Career Assessment and Goal Setting Lesson

Career Assessment and Goal Setting Lesson: ESL L6, Transition & ERV

by A. Thompson – October 2013

Objective: SWBAT (Students will be able to) find their possible career interest and find methods to start pursuing their future career by using the GCF Learn Free website.

Teachers the GCF website is full of so many lessons. Follow the steps below to guide your students in a process to find areas of interest to help them find a profession that meets their interest.

Time: Lesson 1 (1 hour)

Materials: Computer, internet

  • Have students go to . The briefcase on the bottom left will take you to the career lessons.
  • Select “Career planning and salary”
  • Next select, “Discover Career Needs” This link helps students find the career that meets their needs and interest.
  • There is a 4 page lesson that shares 2 interesting things: stories of people that chose the wrong career and links to personality surveys that will help students look at professions that meet their interests.
  • There will be a vocabulary lesson in this unit…scan before to see what words students will need beforehand.
  • There are 3 links for Self Assessment Tools. O Net Profiler seems to be the most user friendly.(
  • There are many other links and help beyond this profile but the profile will be very interesting to students. Use other links as student interest allows.

Time: Lesson 2 (1 hour)

  • Next select “Make a plan”. On this link you will find a 4 page information session. You should preview this in advance to be familiar with the vocabulary. You probably will have a vocabulary lesson from this session. (ie: objective, persistence, flexible)
  • On this link you will find an excellent guide to goal setting. Allow students to read at their own pace and note the guide to successful goal setting.
  • SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely)
  • Once students have read thru this and addressed vocabulary questions…have them try to make some career goals based on the SMART method.
  • Page 4 of this link has very good guidelines; have students choose 3 items from this page to apply to their search for a career.

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