How to Create a Career Journal


Creating a Career Journal can be a fun project for kids to start collecting ideas on what they want to be when they grow up. It’s also a great way to for kids to learn how to RESEARCH, develop their WRITING skills, and apply their IMAGINATION by personalizing their journals.

How to get started:

Create a page on What I Like To Do

Each day write down at least one thing you had fun doing. Keep the list going as you progress through school. In time, you’ll build a list that will help you narrow down the types of jobs you might find interesting by matching job duties  to your list of likes.

(Note: For small kids, help them find a picture from a magazine or the internet of a job that might look fun and put it in their journal. Write down one word that describes why your kid thought that job looked fun.)

Create a page on each type of career you might like.  Then research to answer the following questions:

I think I might like to be a  _______.

What I think is fun about being a ________.

What type of work this career does. (Ways to find out might include interviewing a person doing the job, go to the library and check out a book on that career, or click on one of the links under WEBSITES from the home page.)

What education will I’ll need to become a ________.

What are the skills I’ll need to become a _________.

What types of tools or equipment a ________ uses.



I think I might like to be a MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER.

What I think is fun:

  1. Working with kids and seeing them grow and learn
  2. Writing lesson plans
  3. Partnering with other teachers and parents

What do teachers do? (click here for a list of tasks)

  1. Write lesson plans to meet the needs of students
  2. Work with parents and other professional on academic needs of students
  3. Assign lessons and homework and grade papers
  4. Keep accurate records on each student

What type of education is needed to become a teacher? at minimum a Bachelor’s degree.

What type of skills are needed to be a teacher? (click here for a list of skills)

  1. Instructing – able to teach others how to do something
  2. Listening – able to listen to others and hear what they are saying
  3. Writing – being able to write clear instructions

What types of tools or equipment do teachers use? (click here for a list of tools )

  1. Computers
  2. Books
  3. Touch Screen Monitors


In her book,The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories Jennifer Hallissy provides more simple ideas on making a Daily Journal, An Inventor’s Log book, A Field Guide to Nature, and more.

The earlier you start researching careers, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to declare your major in college and you have to start focusing on learning about one particular career.



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