We believe that the Career Catalyst is a powerful resource for students to use on their own, however, having an adult to guide and facilitate the experience with reflective and collaborative activities can empower learners to go further with their career exploration process. Be sure to check out the Changemaker Wall to see how students are articulating their desire to bring change to the world through school and work.
The lesson plans below offer enrichment and group activities as well as strategies for curriculum integration.
How to approach the Career Catalyst and use the lesson plans:
Getting Started with the Career Catalyst
Foundation for career awareness, exploration, and planning:
Know Yourself Lesson Plans
Increase engagement AS STUDENTS DO each Know Yourself activity:
Use AFTER STUDENTS COMPLETE all Know Yourself activities:
Connect with Others Lesson Plans
Guide students as they engage in each Connect with Others activity:
"The Career Catalyst is easy to navigate. There are built-in lesson plans but I can also create my own assignments out of it. It's crucial that these type of websites point students in the direction of a multitude of careers and industries which Career Catalyst does. The students seem to enjoy how easy it is to sign up, the simple layout, and the personalized results. One student exclaimed, "How does this thing know me?" when he was reading about his traits. The main benefit of the site is it exposes students to careers they had never thought about thus opening their doors to additional possibilities."
- Community College Teacher
“I like to begin college and career readiness with Green 360 because it’s great for students to start with the end goal of the career of their choice and then we can build towards it throughout the year with resume workshops, mock interviews, and job shadows. With all of this preparation, students can make informed college decisions beginning with the career they are most passionate about.”
- Academy Coordinator for SFUSD College & Career Pathways
"I used the Career Catalyst with my middle schoolers as a way to pinpoint their strengths and interests. Once a student was able to utilize an adjective that described themselves, it was wonderful to see a positive outlook they began to have about themselves. The interest survey was great in helping students narrow their choices of what they could do with their future. Others were completely uncertain prior to this interest survey. Students need to be able to paint a picture for the pathway for success and the Career Catalyst is a great instrument for that purpose."
- Middle School Teacher
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