Career Awareness Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, this lesson will introduce the importance of career planning. Students will complete an independent reading assignment, discussion questions, a research project and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define career awareness
  • Use research tools to search career paths
  • Analyze their career choice


60 minutes


  • Access to technology
  • Art supplies for poster or presentation software

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.2

Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1.b

Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.5

Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.7

Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to write about their career choice after graduation from high school or college. Also, ask them to list the steps to meet the goal.
  • Explain to students that outlining a career plan will enhance their success, and this lesson introduces strategies to increase career awareness.
  • Distribute a printed copy of the What is Career Awareness? lesson.
  • Require students to read the 'When I Grow Up' and 'Let's Talk Career Awareness' sections, then ask students to define career awareness in their own words. Allow students to share their responses.
  • Then reconvene the class and ask them read the remainder of the lesson.
  • Shoulder pair students and ask them to discuss the following:
    • Share your career goal
    • Discuss someone who has carefully planned their career aspirations.
    • Now analyze a person who was not able to plan their career.
    • Discuss the drawbacks of an unplanned career.
    • Name one important point you learned from this lesson.
    • What would you like to know more about?
  • After the discussion, distribute the lesson quiz to demonstrate learning.

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