Form Time Activity For All Key Stages

This activity is mapped to CDI Framework Learning about Careers and the world of work – Exploring careers & careers development

  • KS2 be aware that people’s careers are different and they develop in different ways
  • KS3 describe different ways of looking at people’s careers and how they develop
  • KS4 explain key ideas about career and career development
  • KS5 /Post 16 reflect on changing career processes and structures and their effects on people’s experience and management of their own career development

Ensure all pupils have pen and paper

  1. Ask them to work in pairs for 3 minutes and write a list of all the jobs that they can think of.
  1. Pick a pair and ask them to share all the jobs they have on their list ( A member of the class can be asked to complete a flip chart with all the jobs as they are read out.)
    • Ask other groups to tick off any job shared by the first pair that they already have on their list and also make a list of any job the first pair have that was not on the other group’s list.
  1. Pick a 2nd pair and repeat the process using only jobs that have not been mentioned yet.
    • Repeat step 3 until there are no more jobs to be shared.
  1. Discuss the following aspects of the resulting list
    • KS2 Where do these people work? Group jobs into places of work such as Hospital, Office, Outside, Factory etc
    • KS3 Ask an employer or a member of staff to talk about their career and how it progressed. NB this may be better as a follow up activity.
    • KS4 Pick a career from the list that would be hard to do for a long time, for reasons such as fitness, popularity, the world of work changing, automation etc.. E.g. a ground keeper, social media manager or a ballerina – Ask pupils what would the worker have to do when they couldn’t do the job any longer.
    • KS5/Post 16 What routes are available to you when you leave school? E.g. University; Apprenticeships; School Leaver Programmes; Traineeships etc. Encourage pupils to think about how they fit in with their own plans.