Students have certain characteristics associated with their age and Level of development. The following characteristics may be used as guidelines to help you prepare your career presentations.
Students: Kindergarten - Grade 3 has limited attention span (15-20 minutes for one activity)
views experiences in relation to self (views experiences as revolving around self)
has limited vocabulary — needs explanations in simple, concrete terms
experiences center around home and school
is learning basic skills
enjoys doing simple tasks, likes "to work"
needs to see the relationship between the world of work and school
Students: Grades 4-6 has a somewhat longer attention span of 20-30 minutes for one activity
views experiences in relation to self and others
has expanding vocabulary but still needs explanation in simple terms
has previous experiences centered on home, school, and community
is working to refine basic skills
is realizing "it's a big world out there" enjoys doing a work task
needs to see the relationship between school and the world of work
Students: Grade 7-8 has attention span of up to 30 minutes for one activity
needs specific information about education and training, requirements for jobs, relevance of school subjects, and importance of attendance and attitudes
needs to ask questions
needs information on occupational descriptions, salary range, job ladder, and entry-level requirements
has vocabulary of young adult, but still does not understand technical terms
Students: Grades 9-12 has expressed interest in several career fields
is mature enough to do individual exploration of self and career fields
needs a chance to "get the feel of the job" through shadowing, field trips, co-op education, apprenticeships, etc.
would gain insight into a particular job through shadowing, field trips, etc.
needs to relate school subjects to real work situations
has vocabulary approaching adult level but needs explanation of technical terms