Activity: Career Exploration Scavenger Hunt (ES-MS)
Objective: Introduce the mentee to different careers and encourage them to think about their interests and aspirations. * You’ll need School Contact permission for you and your mentee to walk around campus for this activity. If this is not possible, please refer to the materials below to complete this activity.
- Sheet of paper
- Markers or crayons
Begin by discussing the concept of careers with the mentee. Explain that a career is a job or profession that people choose to do for a long time, and it’s important to find something they enjoy and are good at.
Ask the mentee what they think they might like to be when they grow up. Encourage them to think big and consider different options.
Share a list of various careers with the mentee. These can include doctor, teacher, scientist, artist, engineer, firefighter, chef, veterinarian, etc.
- Discuss each career briefly, explaining what the job involves and the skills required.
Explain that you both are going on a “Career Exploration Scavenger Hunt.” The goal is to find objects around the school, or draw pictures related to different careers.
Give the mentee the list of careers and explain that for each career, they should:
- Find an object related to that career in the school.
- Identify objects related to different careers. For example, a teacher’s desk for the teacher career, a fire extinguisher for the firefighter career, etc.
- Draw a simple picture of that object on the paper.
- If you have access to the library, check to see if there are any books you and your mentee could look through for the scavenger hunt.
- As you find each object, discuss why it’s related to the career and briefly explain what that career involves.
Sit down together and review the pictures and objects the mentee collected. Ask the mentee which careers stood out to them and why. Discuss the skills they think they will need for those careers and why they find them interesting.