NOTE: This is a draft and subject to change. Links are not set up properly yet.
^ TR2 - Being asked (at a young age) the question "What do you want to do when you grow up?"
|# ^ Age ~6 Kindergarten -|
|# ^ Age ~7 Grade 1 -|
|# ^ Age ~8 Grade 2 - Make a simple list of what you like to do and what makes you happy. If you have a Google account, use this Google template My Interests|
|# ^ Age ~9 Grade 3 - Review and add to your list of interests.|
|# ^ Age ~10 Grade 4 - " "|
|# ^ Age ~11 Grade 5 - " "|
|# ^ Age ~12 Grade 6 - " " T|
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Below are suggested age-appropriate career/lifework planning activities for Grades K-6 and ages 6-12. The National Career Development Association (NCDA) Board - in their policy statement1 - classifies this as Stage 2 of career development. If your child is 13 years or older, please go to item 9 below.
Please find the grade/age below for your child and help your child complete the activities under their group. (Other tasks may be added at a later time.) Click here to read an explanation of how these Stage 2 activities fit into the lifelong career/lifework planning process.
Other resources you can review as well as quotes from the NCDA policy statement about "Career Development" for this age group are listed below.
- Kindergarten - age ~6 (No activities at this time.)
- Grade 1 - age ~7 (No activities at this time.)
- Grade 2 - age ~8
- Grade 3 - age ~9
- If you think your child would be interested, consider asking them to get a head start by doing the following Grade 4 activities.
- Grade 4 - age ~10
- If you think it is appropriate at this time, ask your child to write down on a piece of paper the things that interest them and that they like to do.
- Grade 5 - age ~11
- Ask your child to
- continue to write down the things that interest them and that they like to do.
- interview you and your spouse (and maybe a few other close working family members) about your work. You may want to print off this draft interview form.
- Ask your child to
- Grade 6 - age ~12
- Continue the activities listed in Grade 5 above. They should have several pages of interests and at least 5-10 interviews completed.
- Bookmark this page and make an entry in your calendar to go to that bookmark and resume and review your activities here.
- Go on to Stage 3: Grades 7-9 and ages 13-15 after you have completed the activities above.
Click the "LifeWork Planning Services" title in the header above anytime you want to return to the LWPS home page.
Resources for parents to review: (Concentrate only on topics dealing with parental involvement and K-6 activities.)
(I will expand upon and prioritize these resources and add more details at a later date.)
- Georgia CRN (See Career Development Manual for Grades K-5 and "Parent Tools")
- Career Key "Eight ways parents can help their kids"
- Parents as coaches
- Career awareness for children ... lifework planning ... Jan Hively, senior fellow at the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.
- 8/30/09 - Students’ Personal Career Development Counseling - Its Benefits And Importance
- 8/31/09 - http://www.yourchildscareer.org
- ?? (Read Petersons's comments about career planning readiness)
- "Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness"
National Career Deveopment Organization (NCDA) Policy about "Career Development"
Below is a summary of NCDA policy1 stating that "... each of the following major kinds of activities (is) needed and especially appropriate for use by teachers and counselors2 beginning at the K-6 level." (Editor emphasis for item 5). There are more details in the Policy statement below.
- Making the Classroom a Workplace
- Teaching/Reinforcing Productive Work Habits
- Helping Pupils Understand Career Applications of Subject Matter
- Using Community Resource Persons To Emphasize both Work and Occupations
- Emphasizing Career Awareness But Not Specific Occupational Choices (See "Career awareness" in this ACRN webpage.)
- Reducing Bias and Stereotyping In Career Awareness
2 I would like to add - and emphasize - that parents can and should play a key role in exploring these activities with their children.