Time needed: 60 minutes
Setup: This is the perfect time to
start thinking about what kind of further education or training you
want. Why? Because whether you want to go to a university, community
college, or vocational school, your education will cost money.
Before figuring out how to get somewhere, you first need to know
where you want to go. Before you can figure out what type of
education you will need, it will help to start imagining your future
even if you don’t know all the details. Knowing your options is a
big first step.
Activity: Spend an afternoon thinking about your dreams and goals. What do you imagine yourself doing in ten years? How about 20 or even 30 years from now? Write down all the intriguing careers you come up with and then narrow your list down to the top three. If you get stuck, try thinking about hobbies or talents you have, then research careers related to those interests. You can also talk to members of your household and call, text, or email friends about career ideas. Challenge them to come up with three options for you to research.
Next, find out what type of education or training is required for each career by doing internet research on your three choices. By the end of this activity, you should know the education or training you will need for each career. Share your research with your family and friends and get their thoughts!
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.