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INFOhio Blizzard Bags - Grades 6-8: Module 1: Jobs/Careers

These modules were developed using a research model involving six dimensions of inquiry: questioning, locating, evaluating, applying, sharing, and reflecting.

Explore the World of Work



The jobs you'll be eligible for will depend on the education and training you have. The more time you spend improving yourself and learning new skills, the further you can advance in your chosen field. On the other hand, education is also an investment, and the more time you spend getting an education, the more it will cost. It's important to balance possible increases in money you can with extra training against the money you must spend to get it.

Activities: Career Exploration and Planning


Activity 1: What kind of career are you interested in pursuing? Use the OhioMeansJobs K-12 Career Cluster Inventory to match your interests to career fields and possible occupations. You do not need to log in, but it is strongly recommended that you sign into your OMJ, K12 backpack to track your progress. 

  • Once you have completed the Career Cluster Inventory, explore the information provided under your top three career clusters. Click on a career cluster and select "Industry Careers". Next, click the link in the "Industry Careers" section to find careers within that cluster. If you struggle to find careers that interest you, change how you sort the results of the list. You can sort results by: in demand, highest salary first,  lowest salary first.
  • After exploring your top three career clusters, select the career cluster that interests you the most. Write that career cluster in the "my topic" box on the Topic/Subtopic graphic organizer. 
  • Within that career cluster, select three careers to explore, write each career in the "subtopic" boxes on the Topic/Subtopic graphic organizer.   
  • For each career, explore the work activities, skills, and personality sections. Add interesting facts and details to the "evidence" boxes on the Topic/Subtopic graphic organizer.  
  • 15-20 minutes

Activity 2: One critical aspect of finances involves career choices. Go to INFOhio's Featured Items and select "College and Career Readiness". Look for the "Occupational Outlook Handbook" and follow the link to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Use it to explore the incomes for the three occupations that interest you.

  • Find the three occupations that you included on your Topic/Subtopic graphic organizer. What is the median income for each occupation? What are the related jobs and incomes? Record this information for each of the three careers you selected in the evidence boxes on your Topic/Subtopic chart. 
  • 15-20 minutes

Activity 3: Now that you have matched your interest to possible careers and research income, use the Ohio Department of Education's Career Connections web page to learn more about each career pathway that matches the three careers you selected.

  • Scroll down the list of industries and jobs and select the three careers that most closely match the careers you included in the "subtopic" boxes on the Topic/Subtopic graphic organizer.
  • Select the ppt or the pdf for each career.
  • According to the pathway, what can you do as a student to help you prepare for this career? For example, does the pathway recommend job shadowing, internship, or supervised work experience? Do you need a certificate, license, or college degree to be eligible for employment in this career? Which classes should you take now, and in the future, to help you prepare for this career? What is the job outlook for this career? Include this information in the evidence boxes on the Topic/Subtopic graphic organizer. 
  • 15-20 minutes

Activity 4: Apply what you have learned from your career exploration by creating a poster or an infographic reflecting the information you gathered. Select one of the careers you explored from the Topic/Subtopic graphic organizer. Select one of the options below, ask your teacher which option they would prefer you complete. 

  • Create a poster using poster board and art supplies including the most important information you learned about the career.
  • Create an inforgraphic using Canva including the most important information you learned about the career.
  • 45 minutes

Career Exploration Tools: Free to Ohio Students