Career Day Ideas for Elementary Schools

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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Are you hoping to make the most out of Career Day at your elementary school? This lesson gives you some ideas for organizing a strong and memorable Career Day.

Career Day Counts

If you work in an elementary school, then you know how much fun students can have on Career Day. Career Day allows students to learn about the different jobs that exist in their community, and many of them might discover something new to aspire to. Organizing a career day is not easy, but it is worth it. Many students will learn about careers they may never have heard of, and they will start to see themselves as people with so many opportunities ahead of them. This lesson gives you some ideas that will help make your elementary school's Career Day special and memorable for all students.

Creating a Successful Career Day

Step 1: Interview Students and Teachers

Before you start recruiting visitors for Career Day, find out what your students are interested in. Take an informal poll of students and teachers to learn what kinds of careers kids already know about and what they are interested in learning about. Students will appreciate being heard, and you'll be able to figure out how you can cater the day to meet their interests.

Step 2: Recruit Far and Wide

Start by inviting parents from your school to share their career trajectories, but do not stop there. Recruit participants for Career Day from your own professional and social networks, from your community, and even by advertising on local websites or in newsletters. Remember, it's important to provide students with diverse examples of career possibilities, so invite people from different walks of life, with different areas of expertise and philosophies about careers that they can share with your students.

Step 3: Encourage Participants to Prepare

Once you have recruited a core group of participants, give them some guidelines for preparing brief presentations to share with students. For instance, you might ask each participant to:

  • Talk about how they came to their current career
  • Show some visuals or props that are part of their daily work life
  • Share what they love about their career
  • Share some of the challenges of their career
  • Leave plenty of time for children to ask questions

Make sure your participants keep their presentations short, since young elementary school students often do not like to sit and listen for more than fifteen minutes at a time.

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