What are your dreams for your child? If you’re a parent, grandparent, or other caring adult who is raising a girl or young woman, chances are you often find yourself thinking about her future. How will the choices she makes now impact her future? Will her career provide financial security? We know it may seem that your child is influenced by everyone but you. But parents and family are a profound influence in their child’s life. And when it comes to careers, experts tell us that parents and family matter the most.
Of course, you want to guide your child into a future filled with success and happiness. But that could involve everything from helping her to do well in school to introducing her to a whole range of career opportunities — even when you may not be aware of all the options yourself! So where do you begin? What steps can you take to educate yourself while guiding your child in the right direction?
The two of you can sit down and check out Career Girls’ high-quality, no-cost resources available right here. We think you'll agree: the inspiring role models you'll meet will fire up your child's imagination about what her future can be. Best of all? Career Girls is ad-free — creating a distraction-free space to make the most of your time together.
With more than 500 role models working in hundreds of different careers, you may be wondering how to get started. There is a lot to explore, and no one right way to use Career Girls. But a great place to begin is with the Empowerment Lessons.
Using the Empowerment Lessons
Career Girls has developed a special series of videos and educational resources that are just right for supporting parents in raising empowered and independent girls. The Career-Based Empowerment Lessons are centered around career exploration, and the Skill-Based Empowerment Lessons focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) with key topics such as teamwork, confidence, communication, leadership, financial literacy, and the importance of integrity. Each has been designed to help your child build lifelong success while she is still in middle- or high school.
Each lesson centers around a short video clip that features real-world role models who share straight-to-the-point career insights and advice. These videos are paired with ready-to-use educational resources that build on the most important concepts.
To get started, just follow a few simple steps:
- Choose an Empowerment Lesson. Career-Based Empowerment Lessons are located on the Find Your Path page and Skill-Based Empowerment Lessons are located on the Develop Life Skills page. Each Career Girls Empowerment video is about two minutes and focuses on a different topic. You can use the Empowerment Lessons in any order that best meets your child's needs and interests. For example, to help build the confidence she needs to participate and excel in any endeavor, take a look at Be Confident.
- Download the Corresponding Resources. Each Empowerment Lesson has a corresponding set of resources accessible on each video page (see example) and can also be accessed individually through the Resources module at the bottom of this page. Download and print the PDFs you'd like to use.
- View the Video with Your Child. It may be helpful to preview the video first, noting information that might be particularly relevant to your child or vocabulary you might want to review. For example, with “Be Confident,” discuss what confidence means: Is confidence something you get all at once or something that builds? What are some things you feel confident about? How did you develop confidence in this area? What would you like to feel more confident about?
Use the corresponding resources to take the learning further:
- Independent Learning Guide: (see example) This guide is designed to engage girls in digging deeper into concepts introduced in the videos. Your child might complete this guide on her own, but you'll find that it's also a great tool for sparking meaningful conversations that can have a lasting impact.
- Classroom Lesson Plan: (see example) While designed for school settings, you may find this resource helpful for taking an in-depth look at topics that you think have particular relevance.
- Fun Page Activity: (see example) Guide your child in completing this fun activity to further connect what she learned in the video to her own life.
Use the "Positively Empowered!" Certificate. Goal-setting is an important part of mentoring, and this certificate provides an easy and concrete way to help girls set personal goals for developing the skills and knowledge they need to go after their dreams — and track their progress.
Using the Career Exploration Tools
Along with ready-to-use Empowerment Lessons, Career Girls offers built-in career exploration tools to engage girls in expanding career awareness, imagining what's possible, and taking important steps to plan for their futures.
The free Career Quiz is a fun place to start. This quick and easy quiz helps girls discover careers that may be a match for their skills and interests, with links to role models who can help them learn more. Girls who are natural problem-solvers, for example, can meet Makeda Keegan, an IT Systems Manager. Makeda encourages girls not to be afraid of software and coding. More important than being good at math, she explains, is being "curious, enthusiastic, and thorough."
You and your child can also explore by Career Clusters, such as STEM, Health Sciences, and Finance. Or, you can jump right into an A to Z tour of Careers and the Role Models who work in them — from an Accountant to a Zoologist.
Make sure your child is aware of our Student Resources. The printable resources promote independence, providing tools she can use to track careers she explores and connects those careers to her own interests and goals. Be sure to check out the free motivational posters (see example). These colorful posters share powerful advice from real-life role models to help your daughter develop the stick-to-itiveness she needs to go after her dreams.
Does your child dream of being an astronaut? How about a social media director or a surgeon? Maybe she wonders what it would be like to be a computer scientist, a conductor, or a car designer. Career Girls role models will help her discover a world of possibilities.
Use Our Parents and Family Member Resources
Use the Resources module below to find these additional parents and family member resources:
- Mentoring Tips for Parents. Find everyday mentoring tips in the easy-to-share one page Mentoring Tips for Parents.
- Mentors Toolkit. This comprehensive Mentors Toolkit offers activities and additional tips and resources to support more in-depth learning.
- Printable Activities. Print and use activities such as our Career Action Plan, Career Tracker, Career Comics, and our Is This a Career for Me Venn diagram.
- Ready-to-Use Scripts. Need something fast and foolproof? Get a discussion started quickly with topics like Friends and Integrity and Leadership and Teamwork.
- Motivational Mini-Posters. Use the Resources module below, or see them all on our Motivational Mini-Poster page.
Yvonne Spicer, Museum Educator VP: Choose your road and walk it with pride. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.(2.32 MB, pdf)
Download this for a printer-friendly version of college terms for your students to become familiar with.(135.61 KB, pdf)
Topic/Theme: Confidence – Use this Empowerment Activity to reinforce the corresponding video and build teamwork and community within your Career Girls Club or other group.(333.17 KB, pdf)
Career Girls videos are full of surprising and fun facts about widely diverse careers. Imagine this: Jaime Catchen, Mars Rover Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), helps plan the Rover’s driving—which rocks are safe to drive over and how to best position the Rover to carry…(181.41 KB, pdf)
Topic/Theme: Teamwork – Use this Empowerment Activity to reinforce the corresponding video and build teamwork and community within your Career Girls Club or other group.(194.26 KB, pdf)
Agang Ditlhogo, Social Entrepreneur: Dare to dream and dare to be bigger than anything you can imagine. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.(2.17 MB, pdf)
This guide facilitates whole-class and small-group learning with the Developing Communication Skills Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.(273.10 KB, pdf)
Use this activity page with students in conjunction with the Developing Communication Skills Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.(284.69 KB, pdf)
This guide is designed to support quick start discussion-based group learning and students who are independently exploring the Developing Communication Skills Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.(452.91 KB, pdf)
This guide is designed to support quick-start, discussion-based group learning, as well as students who are independently exploring the Developing Writing Skills Empowerment Video in the Develop Life Skills section of the website.(457.75 KB, pdf)
Topic/Theme: Financial Literacy – Use this Empowerment Activity to reinforce the corresponding video and build teamwork and community within your Career Girls Club or other group.(608.26 KB, pdf)
Danya Bacchus, Anchor Reporter: Don't let fear stop you. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.(2.24 MB, pdf)
Danielle Akini, Tech CEO: Don't work to impress people. Work to solve a problem. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.(2.12 MB, pdf)
Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee, Civil Engineer: Embrace math. One class does not define how well you do in a subject. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.(1.90 MB, pdf)
Topic/Theme: Civil Engineering Careers – Use this Empowerment Activity to reinforce the corresponding video and build teamwork and community within your Career Girls Club or other group.(260.68 KB, pdf)