There are some careers that are dangerous. Believe it or not, fishing workers and loggers have a statistically more dangerous job than firefighters or police officers. Yet any one of those jobs could lead to death in the wrong circumstances. What do you think compels someone to work in a dangerous job? Write a paragraph explaining your point of view.
Some people enjoy solitary jobs, like being a medical researcher or a writer. Others like to work in jobs where there is a more social setting, such as teachers and office workers. Which would you prefer and why? Write a paragraph explaining your choice and back up your decision with examples of why the job would work best for you.
A hundred years ago, there were no auto mechanics, but there were plenty of blacksmiths to make horseshoes. Now there is less of a need for blacksmiths and a great need for auto mechanics. Can you think of another job that will probably be gone in a hundred years? What type of jobs do you think there might be in the future that don’t exist now?
Pretend you must decide on a future career right now. Your choices are either a job where you will make a lot of money, but will never be happy in your work, or a job that pays very little, but brings you great joy and satisfaction. Which job would you take and why?
Ms. Brody is an ISS teacher at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, NY.