Career Awareness/Exploration // Career Exploration Visits
Tips for Professional Introductions

This activity allows students to prepare for professional introductions using best practices.

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Any interview starts with introductions. So what does this mean: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression"?

This activity will provide you with a few skills that will lead to making a good, professional impression the first time around. When you meet someone for the first time in a professional setting it’s important to be able to talk briefly about yourself.

Turn to the handout, Tips for Professional Introductions and review it.

  • Think about and write down on page 2 a few words or phrases that describe your career academy.

  • Brainstorm with the class.

  • Suggest short summary sentences that describe the academy.

  • Write your own 2-3 sentence description of your academy and the skills you are learning.

In pairs, use the Introduction Peer Feedback Form to take turns practicing your introduction and giving feedback to each other.

Teacher Notes

  • Conduct a group brainstorm session - have students call out some of their answers which you record.

  • After you have a good collection of words and phrases, ask students to suggest short summary sentences which you will write down. This is often called an “elevator speech” because it’s something short that you can tell someone about a topic in the time it takes an elevator to go from one floor to another.

  • Now ask students to spend about 5 minutes to write their own 2-3 sentence description of their career academy and the skills they are learning.

  • Call on students to read what they have written. If students hear another answer they prefer, they can write that down on their sheet as well. At the end of this activity students should have a concise statement explaining about the academy and themselves.

Assessment Notes

Completion of feedback form


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