Module B: Self Awareness

Middle school is a critical time in the life long process of establishing one's identity. The importance of self-awareness and a positive self-concept in the career development process cannot be understated. This module helps middle school students develop a greater awareness and appreciation of themselves in relationship to others, school, and the world of work. In the module, students will also have an opportunity to become aware of, explore, and develop personal interests, attitudes, and aptitudes and to understand the life career concept.

Students will understand the importance of matching career options to their personal preferences and how those preferences may change over time due to maturity and experiences. Students should complete an interest assessment, explore careers that match their interests, and decide what careers they are most interested in during their MyCareerShines session. There are lesson plans in the Educator's Toolkit that will orient students to values and skills and how they match to occupations. The estimated number of class periods needed to cover the activities in all four lesson plans would be seven class periods.

Lesson Plans

4. Getting to Know Your Interests (PDF)

5. Skills for the Workplace (PDF)

6. Values - What's Important to You? (PDF)

7. Selecting a Lifestyle (PDF)

Related Resources


  • Ability - the power to do something, either intellectual or physical.
  • Aptitude - person's natural ability or potential to learn in areas such as technology, music, athletics, art, communications, science, etc.; potential, or knack, for learning certain skills.
  • Career cluster - a group of jobs that require similar abilities and skills.
  • Employability Skills - General skills that are essential for job success but are not necessarily linked to specific occupational knowledge.
  • Interests - the likes and dislikes of a person that affect the choices he/she makes.
  • Lifestyle - the beliefs, attitudes, and behavior associated with a person or group; a way of life.
  • Personality traits - the qualities and characteristics that shape a person's unique character and identity.
  • Skill - the ability to do something as a result of training, practice, or knowledge.
  • Values - the ideas, relationships, and other matters that a person believes to be important.
  • Glossary in PDF format (PDF)