In this activity students will be asked a series of generic questions that will help them begin to think about what their interests are. When asked directly most students are unable to identify their passion or interests. We intentionally left those words out of this activity so that students don’t overthink their answers. In order to spark a rapid and honest response, give students a short time frame (ten minutes) to complete all the questions.
Once they have all completed the activity, ask the students to reflect on the types of questions they were asked using the following prompts:
Did you see any patterns in the questions you were asked?
Looking at your answers did you learn anything about yourself?
Did you see any value in the questions you were asked?
Did the time constraint affect your results at all?
Explain to the students that these were all questions that allowed them to learn something about themselves and what they choose to do in their spare time. Introduce the topic of interests by asking the class whether they have an established hobby/passion. Be sure to discuss how basing career discovery off of your interests is a great starting point, as these are all industries students will be naturally inclined to learn about.