Let’s Get Creative! Toolkit

 About this Toolkit: The Let’s Get Creative! Toolkit is designed to be introduction to a few creative uses of VIEW resources. The activities in this toolkit are designed to promote student and parent awareness of careers, provide counselors and educators with ideas to use in grades K-8, and to allow for easier career-related lesson planning.


"Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. ”
George Kneller


Creative Tip #1:  Creating Career Units
Approach career exploration by combining related occupations that span the 16 career clusters as opposed to exploring career clusters individually. This allows for depth as well as breadth in career exposure.

Creative Tip #2:  Using Career Clusters

Creative Tip #3:  Using Educational Events
Tie what the kids are learning in the classroom with your career lessons.

Creative Tip #4:  Hands On
Primarily for elementary students. Try to include physical examples of tools or equipment people use in certain jobs to aid in student understanding and excitement.

  • Gather hats that represent different careers, such as a fire helmet, police hat, construction hat, John Deere hat, etc. It’s recommended that children not wear the hats, but the counselor can. Discuss who wears this hat, what tools they use, what school subjects they studied, and who they work with.
  • Purchase low-cost plastic tools representing various careers. Stimulate conversation with the questions listed above.
  • Create “career stations” for the students to rotate through, providing hands-on activities for each career. Examples: microscope and slides for lab technician, doctor’s kit and stuffed animals for a veterinarian, a plant/dirt/pot for a gardener or farmer, a headset and play computer for air traffic controller.