This activity introduces students to the purpose of business cards.
Many businesses and companies provide business cards for their employees, but also many people create their own because new and emerging technology make it so easy.
Think about what type of information would be optional and what would be optional or not appropriate. Consider the following:
- Name of your school and Career Academy
- Home or school address/city/zip
- Telephone contact (cell or home)
- E-mail address
- Facebook page
- Twitter account
Why would it be professional suicide to have inappropriate information on your Facebook or other social media accounts/sites? It is a commonly accepted fact that potential employers WILL search the internet for information about you. Some people have one email account for friends and family and a different account (with a presentable name) for professional interactions. Having a business card is also a good practice for those looking for work.
Look at the handout, Creating Your Business Card and participate in a read-aloud as directed. Read the handout, Tips for Exchanging Business Cards, and answer the "why" questions.
Tips for Creating Business Cards
Tell students that many businesses and companies provide business cards for their employees, but also many people create their own because new and emerging technology makes it so easy. Refer to the handout, Creating Your Business Card, and use a quick round-robin read aloud. Take a few moments to discuss the two questions.
Tips for Exchanging Business Cards
Pick a student and model introducing yourself to the student and giving your business card. Ask the class for feedback on your giving and the student receiving the business card. Direct students to Tips for Exchanging Business Cards. Give them a chance to read it and answer the “why” questions. Do a quick round robin to share their answers.
Completion of worksheet
This activity introduces students to ways to design and produce a business card.
This activity allows students to create a design for a business card that represents their academy.
This activity allows students to discuss and practice important elements of a good first impression.
This activity allows students to anticipate some commonly-asked interview questions and practice responses.
This activity allows students to explore careers that they are interested in pursuing and to understand their skill set in the context of the careers that they want to pursue.
This activity allows students to practice asking and answering difficult interview questions and practice offering succinct yet insightful responses to questions.
This activity provides students with an an understanding of the concept of networking and allows them to practice networking in small groups.
This activity allows students to learn and practice the skills to make a professional and favorable first impression.
The purpose of this task is for students to demonstrate proficiency in a professional interview. This should be seen as an opportunity to practice demonstrate professionalism and interviewing. The purpose of a “mock” interview is to provide students with clear expectations for success and provide him/her with feedback prior to a “real” interview for a job, internship, etc.