Zero in on your Career

There is a lot of buzz around sensitizing students about the world of work, careers, and options in higher education. The question is to find an easy way to start this exploration and develop it into a conversation, which can be built step by step

With the help of an activity, a teacher can get students started into the dynamic and interdependent world of work – ‘A picture speaks a thousand careers.’

Activity description: At any given time, several occupations/industries come together to make a situation possible in different aspects of our daily lives. The purpose of this activity is to help counselors and students understand careers in action through various real-world scenarios using a static image of an activity. In this activity, students need to examine a photograph and understand all the different occupations/industries that have come together in that particular image.

Given below are various occupation roles/industries involved in the above picture.
Time to experience the activity


  1. For each of the images provided below, identify 15 occupations or industries associated with the image.
  2. Apart from the primary industries visible directly in the image, think about the secondary industries/occupation roles working behind the scenes to achieve the outcome in the picture.
  3. For the 15 occupation roles/industries, identify:
    a. School subjects that students are required to study in order to pursue that career
    b. Undergraduate program/certification/training program required to pursue that career
    c. Universities/certification centers/institutions which provide the relevant program
    d. One or two companies that are renowned for working in this industry/sector
  4. In the table below, there is a template which can be used to populate the information.
  5. For reference, the sections have been coded into 3 colors. This is to utilize the document as a curriculum resource:
    a. The first two columns (sections in blue) can be used for younger classes such as grade 7 and 8 to identify various careers and describe their role as an exploration
    b. The first four columns (until the sections in green) can be used for grades 9 and 10 to help them understand the connection between subjects and careers – enabling them to make informed decisions about their career choices
    c. All six columns (the last two highlighted in orange) can be consolidated for the use of students in Grade 11 and 12 to help them to connect with their career and higher education pathway

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