Children have a variety of different career fields they are able to choose from when deciding what they want to do with their professional lives. While they don't need to make an official decision at such a young age, it is beneficial to expose children to the different career opportunities that exist. Schools can accomplish this by hosting a career day with professionals from different fields, and administrators and teachers can ensure this day is a success by learning how to plan a career day.

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Step 1

Set the logistics. Schedule a specific date when career day will be. Complete this task at least two to three months in advance to provide an opportunity to recruit professional speakers. Decide what grades will attend career day.

Step 2

Determine careers to showcase. Develop a list of careers which you can showcase for students on career day. Consider popular career trends at the present time as well as prominent careers in the community. Ensure careers are appropriate for the age of students that will be attending. For example, first graders generally have an easier time understanding what police officers and firefighters do compared to stock brokers or financial planners.

Step 3

Find professionals willing to volunteer. Draft a list of people in different careers in your community who may be willing to serve as a guest speaker on career day. Assign someone to contact the professionals on the list to invite them to attend career day. Give them time to check their schedule and consider it. Follow up with a phone call to confirm or deny their availability and willingness to participate.

Step 4

Establish a schedule for speakers. Plan a time for each speaker to talk to students on career day. Work with the professionals to ensure the time works with their schedule. Mail a copy of the schedule to the professional for their information and reference. Provide copies of the schedule to teachers one week prior to career day, so they are aware of the different time periods and activities for the day.

Step 5

Encourage hands-on activities for students. Invite speakers to bring activities for students to participate in when speaking about their career. Young students especially need hands-on activities to maintain their interest in a subject as well as teach them what a specific career does.

Step 6

Extend gratitude to speakers on career day. Greet and welcome professionals to your school as they enter for career day. Arrange a hospitality room for them to use until students it is their turn to speak or engage students in activities related to their career. Provide any equipment or supplies the professional has requested such as a television and DVD player, computer or paper and pencils. Follow up career day with a thank you note to all guests who attended and participated.


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