Educator Toolbox

TXGU Activity: Exploring Potential Careers


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 Texas GEAR UP

Grade Level: 7th/8th

Introduction for Educators: These days, there are more options than ever for students who want a college degree. For some students, a four-year liberal arts school is just perfect. Some students might be more attracted to a two-year school. Others might want to take online classes.

If you want to see your students excel in college, help them understand the different options at a young age.

Introduction for Students: Say you're visiting a new restaurant with a friend. The menu seems to be the size of a book. It’s full of words you’ve never seen. How do you choose? Maybe it would’ve been better just to stay home and make a sandwich. 

The options for education after high school can also be overwhelming. But a little research will help you find the opportunity that’s perfect for you.

The Activity: Imagine that you could do any job in the world that you wanted. What would it be?

Pick one job and do a little research. Do your best to answer the following question: What kind of school will prepare me for this dream job?

You could interview someone who has that job. You might use the AchieveTexas career cluster page ( that shows you the path to different types of jobs .

If you don't know what kind of job you might want, use the Texas GEAR UP Discover You quiz to explore the types of careers that you would love.

Bonus Features: Internet technology has created many new ways to take a college class. One is the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Visit and try to find a class that would help prepare you for your dream job.