3 activities to help you link learning to careers
As educators, our mission is to prepare students for their future careers. In the UK, we know the importance of the Gatsby benchmarks in supporting young people's career development.
These benchmarks serve as a framework to guide us in equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge for their professional journeys.
Benchmark 4, also known as 'Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers', presents a unique challenge as it requires us to connect classroom learning with real-world employment opportunities.
This benchmark demands a touch of creativity to bridge the gap effectively 🪄
To help you out, we’ve created two kits that you can use in your classroom today:
- My First Job Kit: 56 cards, including 6 activity cards, to invite your students to discover a wide range of existing professions.
- The Future Jobs Kit: 52 exciting careers still on the horizon – like Space Tourism Operator or Virtual Surgeon!
Which one should you use?
You can use both! Use the Future Jobs Kit if you really want to spark your students’ imagination. Or keep it more down to earth (literally!) with My First Job Kit.
This blog post will explore how to use these kits to hit Gatsby benchmark 4 effectively.
If you want to jump straight to an activity, click below:
First things first – download your kits 👇
Once done – let's get into it.
1. Career Research
Objective: To encourage students to conduct comprehensive research on a career of their choice from the kit and develop strong presentation skills.
- Access to research materials (books, internet, articles, etc.).
- Presentation software or tools (e.g., PowerPoint, Google Slides).
Reflection and Discussion:
How it helps: This activity aligns with Gatsby Benchmark 4 and cultivates a sense of curiosity and adventure in students as they embark on a career exploration journey.
Through thorough research and captivating presentations, students develop valuable skills that empower them to navigate their future paths confidently.
2. Curriculum-Career Matching Game
Objective: To engage students in an enjoyable, interactive activity that helps them connect their current curriculum subjects with potential careers.
- Sets of cards (physical or digital) with subjects or topics they are currently studying in one set and related careers from the kit in another set.
- Timer (optional)
- Scorecards or whiteboards for keeping track of scores (optional)
Discussion and Learning:
How it helps: This activity not only reinforces the link between classroom learning and future careers but also encourages critical thinking and enhances students' understanding of the practical applications of their studies.
3. Career Pathway
Objective: To guide students in creating a visual timeline of the educational and career steps required to pursue a specific profession from the Future Jobs Kit.
- Large sheets of poster paper or digital design software (if done digitally).
- Markers, coloured pencils, or digital drawing tools.
- Access to resources for researching career pathways.
Discussion and Reflection:
How it helps: This activity aligns with Gatsby Benchmark 4 by promoting career exploration and encourages students to visualize and plan the educational and career steps needed to reach their desired professions, fostering a sense of direction and purpose in their studies.
The Future Jobs Kit and My First Job Kit are powerful allies in helping students achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks, especially Benchmark 4.
Integrating these activities into your classroom can bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world career opportunities.
Empower your students to envision their futures, connect with emerging careers, and prepare themselves for success in the ever-evolving job market. With the kits, the journey to fulfilling their career aspirations becomes an exciting and enriching adventure.