What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you still thinking about it? My daughter knows what she wants to be and she has not changed her mind, yet. Well, some girls are undecided and some may just want to be a fairy princess. In order to get them thinking about a real career path and all of the opportunities available to them once they are older, introduce the Careers Try-It. This Try-It can be as fun or as serious as you and the girls want to make it. Because the requirements involve four activities and some of these may require some thinking and planning, it is best to spread this Try-It out over two meetings.
For the first meeting, spend some time having the girls write down things they enjoy doing as hobbies or past-times. Do they like to make crafts? Or play a certain sport? What about caring for their pets? Or reading? Each individual girl should jot down the things she most enjoys doing. Once they get this list, have each girl tell the other girls their favorite things to do. You may find several common ones.
Discuss the lists and see if they can think of jobs that they might be able to do that revolve around their favorite past times. If they care for a pet, they may say a veterinarian or a horse farm owner. For each idea that is given, see if the other girls can come up with a different job and then give some ideas of your own.
Once each girl has their list of jobs, play a game of charades. Pick a different job from the list for each girl and see if the other girls can guess what she is acting out. Remember, they cannot talk during the charade. This may be difficult for some jobs but tell them to give it their best shot.
From all the girls’ lists, see if there is one single common denominator. Perhaps they all have a teacher on there or a banker or whatever. Try to invite a person currently working in the most popular profession to the next troop meeting to talk to the girls about what she does. It is preferable if the worker is a woman just to show them that women can do that job. Also, if any of the parents want to come in and discuss their careers as well, this would be a good meeting to do so, especially if there are some parents with different careers than the girls thought of.
One extra activity that you might include would be to have them learn about a famous woman in one of their careers fields and something special she has done to help that field. This will get the girls excited to learn more about that field and what they need to do to work in that area.
This should be a fun and interesting Try-It to earn that will change the girls’ career goals from princess to doctor (or another realistic important career). Whatever each of them chooses, it is important to make sure that each girl has done this on her own and not decided to do something because anther girl chose that same one. It may sound interesting because someone else chose it, but it might not be fun for them if they do not really enjoy that. Also, one further reminder to them should be that no matter what anyone else chooses, they should remain respectful of each other and not laugh or joke about ones choice in careers.