The Guideposts for Success Lesson Plans provide “ready to go” activities that youth service professionals can use with youth in transition programs and other settings to develop the competencies needed to plan and prepare for careers and postsecondary education. The lesson plans relate to three areas of NCWD/Youth’s Guideposts for Success: (1) School-Based Preparatory Experiences; (2) Career Preparation and Work-Based Learning Experiences; and (3) Youth Development and Leadership.
These lesson plans were designed to complement transition programs that provide a focus on:
- Access to career assessments (both formal and informal) that help identify youth’s school and post-school preferences and interests;
- Structured exposure to postsecondary education and other life-long learning opportunities;
- Exposure to career opportunities that ultimately lead to a living wage, including information about educational requirements, entry requirements, income and benefits potential, and asset accumulation; and
- Training designed to improve job-seeking skills and workplace basic skills (sometimes called “soft-skills”).
The outcomes of these lessons may fit nicely into many of the general goals and objectives in Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) for all youth, Individualized Education/Transition Plans (IEPs/ITPs), and Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs).
Each lesson plan identifies the reason for the activity and why it is important in the career development process for youth and young adults. All lesson plans also include the following sections: an icebreaker, an icebreaker discussion, a lesson/activity, a reflection, and an extension. Unless otherwise noted, most lessons have been designed for one class period of 45 to 60 minutes.
- Guideposts Lesson 1 – What’s In a Name?
- Guideposts Lesson 2 – Considering Labor Market Information in Your Career Choice
- Guideposts Lesson 3 – I am Who I am… And as Others See Me
- Guideposts Lesson 4 -Why Should I Hire You?
- Guideposts Lesson 5 – Know What You Want… And What You Have to Offer!
- Guideposts Lesson 6 – The Art of Communicating… Without Words
- Guideposts Lesson 7 – Considering a STEM Career
- Guideposts Lesson 8 – Getting to the Nitty Gritty with STEM – Informational Interviewing
- Guideposts Lesson 9 – Barriers… What They Are and What to Do About Them
- Guideposts Lesson 10 – Who Needs a Resume Anyway?
- Guideposts Lesson 11 – Career Portfolios
- Guideposts Lesson 12 – OK – So I have a Portfolio and/or a Resume… Now What?
- Guideposts Lesson 13 – Exploring Customer Service Jobs… In the Community
- Guideposts Lesson 14 – Getting Up Close and Personal with STEM
- Guideposts Lesson 15 – Literacy… It Takes All Kinds
- Guideposts Lesson 16 – Generations at Work
- Guideposts Lesson 17 – Purposely Planned or Luck of the Draw?
- Guideposts Lesson 18 – One Stop Career Centers
- Guideposts Lesson 19 – Planning a Visit to a College Career Center
- Guideposts Lesson 20 – What Have We Learned & How Do We Use It?
- Guideposts Lesson 21 – Take the Initiative – A Quality of Leadership
- Guideposts Lesson 22 – Choosing Community Service
- Guideposts Lesson 23 – Goal Setting Begins with a Dream
- Guideposts Lesson 24 – Keeping Yourself Above Water in a Sea of Pessimism
- Guideposts Lesson 25 – Leading by Example
- Guideposts Lesson 26 – What Do Ethics Have to Do with Anything?
- Guideposts Lesson 27 – Do You Have the Universal Skills Employers Seek?
- Guideposts Lesson 28 – Connecting Education to Our Careers
- Guideposts Lesson 29 – No One Does it on Their Own
- Putting It All Together: The Career Development Checklist
- Through the Lens of Universal Design for Learning