Never too soon to ask, “What do you want to be?”

September 6, 2011 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

What Do You Like? BLS Career Information Home,, accessed September 6, 2011.

YouthRules! (U.S. Department of Labor),, accessed Spetember 6, 2011.

So often my blog posts focus on resources for preschool, early elementary and high school students.  Middle school students have their books, reviewed frequently in this blog, but resources haven’t been easy to find.  Most either condescend or address issues that do not interest this group.  Well, now that school has resumed, I have been thinking about the middle school book club I worked with.  They all had very strong opinions and most of their opinions were based on the premise that they have very strong preferences and are only interested in those things.

I wish I’d known then about the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ career information website because I would have recommended that they look up careers in their range of interests on their own time!  What Do You Like? is geared to middle school students.  With a simple click on a quote on the splash page, they are redirected to a page with information about careers that reflect their interests.  The lead-in on this page says, “If you love [interest clicked on previous page], then look at these possible careers.”  Under the headline, 5 or 6 career fields are listed.  Click on one of those and you’re redirected to a page rich in information including what’s the job like, how do you prepare for this job, and what are some similar jobs.  Links at the bottom of the page include the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook  which goes into greater detail about the job prospects and earning potential of each career.  What a terrific way to plan what electives to take in middle school and high school!  Teacher (and parent) resources are also available.  This website, one of ALSC’s Great Websites for Kids list, belongs on school and public library resource pages.

A link from the teacher resource page sent me to YouthRules!, a website created by the U.S. Department of Labor, subtitled “Preparing the 21st Century Workforce.”  Links in both margins lead to resources for Teens, Parents, Educators and Employers.  On the Teens page, information is provided about what jobs kids of different ages can have, what hours they can work, and how to be safe on the job.  Posters, stickers and bookmarks are available to download and print for free.  Similar information is available from the links geared to adults.  Although summer is unofficially over, and the opportunity for summer jobs has past, some middle school students will still look for opportunities to make money.  The “What Jobs Can Youth Do?” Web page has a list of possible jobs broken down into age ranges which includes opportunities for middle school students.  With class trips coming up, some middle schoolers may need to earn some money to pay (or to participate in extracurricular activities), and suggestions are abundant here.  Again, this vetted resource belongs on middle school, high school, and public library career/employment resource lists.



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