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About Me/Self Awareness


School to Work Unit 1

Knowledge of the student's strengths and weaknesses as well as motivation for employment will help shape realistic vocational goals. In this unit students explore their interests, skills, abilities, values, learning styles, and occupational preferences through a variety of inventories and activities.

Information compiled from these activities go in the students STW notebooks/portfolios.

Other additions to this unit could be: photos of the students at their jobs and job descriptions, awards or recognitions: honor roll, special Olympics metals, school awards, other sports, and citizenship awards.

Interest- What you like to do. (curiosity, entertain, amuse, occupy, recreation)

Ability/Skill- talent, aptitude, knowledge, understanding. Skills can be gained by practice.

More text on Interest/Abilities/Skills


NH Curriculum Standards - Career Learning

Curriculum Standard 4. The student will develop characteristics and behaviors necessary for success in school, work, and everyday settings.

  • Identify and appreciate individual characteristics and differences (i.e., likes, dislikes, interests, abilities, skills, etc.). curriculum standard 4- end of 4th

Curriculum Standard 7: Students will understand the relationship between individual qualities, education and training, and the world of work.

  • Develop an individual educational and career plan that integrates interests, abilities, and skills, supports the identification of one or more career pathways, and that includes tentative decisions and planning for high school and beyond. curriculum standard 7- end of 8th
  • Evaluate the relationship between their individual interests, abilities, and skills and achieving individual, social, educational, and career goals. curriculum standard 7- end of 10 th


    • will complete activities in the area of exploring personal interests, values, skills, and abilities related to employment and will file his/her work in her vocational notebook/portfolio for reference.
    • will complete activities to identify personal characteristics related to work and occupational groups for exploration.

Self Awareness Activities

1. Interest inventories: more at bottom of page*

  • Provide support for reading and writing as necessary.
  • Information gained from these inventories can be used as motivational material for other activities

2. My Preferences- This  inventory asks a students about their preferred learning styles in the areas of perceptual preference, group size, test taking, materials/methods, and environment.

3. Abilities Inventory ( from LCCE)- students rate themselves strong, average or weak to a list of general abilities (i.e.. playing sports, running, science, writing, being on time, goal setting, relating to others, sewing, cooking....)

4. Survey of occupational characteristics- 25 questions in which the student must make a choice as to which work related characteristic comes closest to describing the work situation that they would like to be in. Answers are compiled to a list which becomes a profile to compare jobs to for compatibility.

5. CDM- Career Decision Making Survey , published by AGS, easy to use, hand scored survey. - see STW curriculum materials

6. Why Work Anyway- Fifteen personal statements, ask students whether the reason for working is due to psychological, social or economic reasons. This comparison can be referred to throughout the year when the reasons people choose their jobs are discussed.

7. My Ideal Job- Eight questions create a profile of the students ideal job. Expected wage is a difficult question for students. Use the Boston Sunday Globe Parade magazine article " What People Earn" to give the students an idea about what kind of salaries people earn or something similar.

8. Plan a job shadow experience and/or field trips they would like to take to learn more about a job they are interested in. Use the yellow pages of phone books and the Internet to find information on businesses and other places of employment. Students are encouraged to take part in the planning process of  field trips.

bookstext/activity books/resources
  • Glencoe-McGraw-Hill, Exploring Careers- ISBN-0-02-643183-1 ( middle school text )
  • Dream Catchers, Developing Career and Educational Awareness in the Intermediate Grades, from Jist, ISBN 1-56370-085-9
  • You're Hired, Book One, Charting Your Career Path, Contemporary's activity based employment program. Contemporary Books, ISBN 0-8092-4031-9
  • Elementary to Middle School Career Awareness Materials
  • NH Job Notes

More Interest Inventories, Self Awareness Assessments and Career Information

Holland Interest Checklist (adapted from NH Job Notes)

Understanding Myself based on Holland's theory

Holland's Theory of Career Choice and You The Career Key is based on John Holland's theory of career choice. The theory explains work-related behavior – such as, which career choices are likely to lead to job success and satisfaction.

Understand Yourself- Learning Style Worksheet- Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

The VARK Questionnaire -Learning Style Preferences

What Sparks Your Interest?- From NH Job Notes

What are You Interested In? - NH Job Notes

Career Cluster Posters

Occupational Profiles

updated 7/18/2010-PL