E1: My early interests

Please read the Instructions below first.

Hints for identifying your interests

Consider the following when you are trying to identify your interests.

  1. select words from the functional transferable skills listed in this PDF - http://www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/publications/8961/8961.pdf
  2. list tools and technologies you like to use
  3. list organizations where you like to spend your time
  4. name people, places, animals, things, etc. you like or like to be with or around
  5. name books, movies, songs, authors/singers, etc.
  6. (If you think of other ways to identify your interest, make a comment  here so I can add it to the GD Template at goo.gl/8UunO.
  7. Click on this Google search to find more "hints for identifying your interests".

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If you are younger than 13 years old, please start here

A school project offer

If you are not ready to Make this site YOURS to do your LifeWork planning! consider the following offer I will make to you and a few others.

It is a long way off, but someday you will be looking for a job. Most of you won’t want just any job; you will want a job that you will enjoy doing and that pays a decent wage. I call that your LifeWork.

There are over 900 occupations that describe almost all 150 million jobs in the United States. How do you find the right occupation for you so you can begin to search for the right LifeWork for you? And what is your Plan B or C in case Plan A does not work out?

There is a process called career planning. I call it LifeWork planning. It starts with you listing your interests. It goes through several more steps until you find the occupation that appeals to you. Then you start looking for your LifeWork in that occupation field or you design your own LifeWork. I’ve defined those steps in this Google Sites (GS) Template that you can copy and edit to your needs called “My LifeWork Planning (e)Portfolio”. I will give you more details about it later.

My offer to you is to help you through this LifeWork planning process in return for you helping me to “perfect” portions of the Template (from your point of view) so it is easier for others in your age group to use.

Type this short URL goo.gl/8UunO into your browser and follow the instructions to use a Google Doc that will be a “communication center” between you, your teacher, perhaps your parents and school counselor, and me to make a list of your interests, then, later, begin to use this Google Site template.

Begin to use this Google Site template

If you completed the school project (above) with me and your teacher, congratulations! Please follow the instructions below to begin to use this Google Site template.

  1. Read Tips to change your site before you go any further. 
  2. Click Make this site YOURS to do your LifeWork planning!
  3. Click on the "Edit icon (pencil)" to edit this web page.
  4. Place your cursor in any cell in the table above, click the function "Table", then click 'Delete table".
  5. Go to your Google Doc for your school project with me, copy the table of interests you created, then come back here to PASTE that table where the blank table was before you deleted it.
  6. Make any changes or additions to your table of interests and click SAVE.
  7. If you continue with me on our project, we will use your Google Doc to communicate. Edit it to journal that you have gotten to this point, then click share to send me a note.
  8. When you are ready, go to E2: My top 5 interests

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If you are a parent of a child younger than 13 years old, please start here

Children ages 6 thru 12 should be encouraged by their parents to create and maintain a very simple paper list of their interests without regard to relative importance or explanation. (More)

If you are a parent with a child younger than 13 years old, encourage them to list their interests on a piece of paper, then fold it and keep it on them for a week or two to add interests as they think about them. Ask them to give you the list so you can keep it safe and tell them you will give it back to them if they ask for it or in a few months so they can review and add any new interests they have acquired.  

Click "Print page" at the bottom of this web page, and print just the first page and give it to your child and ask them to add their interests and give it back to you.

When your child is ready, consider clicking on Make this site YOURS to do your LifeWork planning! and set this site up for your child, adding their interests above and periodically printing it off for them?

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  1. If you are younger than 13 years (and/or completed the school project offer with Mr. Hubbard), please click here.
  2. If you are a parent of a child younger than 13 years old, please click here.
  3. If you have made this site YOURS to do your LifeWork planning!, click the edit icon (pencil) to edit this web page, then ... 
    1. List one interest in each cell of the table above.  Review Hints for identifying your interests
    2. Click the “Table” function above to change the table: add or remove columns or rows or change the properties.
    3. When you have added all the interests you can think of at this time, print the top page (click "Print page" below), carry the list with you to add more interests, then return here to edit to add your new interests, and reprint the page, and repeat.
    4. When you feel you have listed all of your interests and you are ready for the next LifeWork planning task, go to E2: My top 5 interests.

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