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Possible Futures—Career Exploration Curriculum

October 12, 2023

This new, digital version of the Possible Futures—Career Exploration Curriculum enables both synchronous and asynchronous engagement and helps learners in grades 6 through 10 develop essential employability skills, explore STEM occupations, and better understand themselves and the world of work.

Jonathan Payne Senior Program Manager
Tobie Baker Wright Senior Program Manager
Marshall Davis Program Associate
Practices & Centers

Enabling Career Exploration

JFF’s Possible Futures—Career Exploration Curriculum helps learners in grades 6 through 10 develop essential employability skills, explore STEM occupations, and better understand themselves and the world of work.

We have updated our flagship curriculum for school year 2021-2022.
This new, digital version of the curriculum is learner-centered, research-based, and developmentally appropriate. Every lesson is interactive and allows for in-person, remote, or hybrid learning with synchronous and asynchronous engagement. The curriculum can be used in classroom, out-of-school, and in extended learning time settings.

Download the curriculum below.

What You Get

The Possible Futures—Career Exploration Curriculum offers six units that help learners: explore STEM occupations (four units), develop essential employability skills, and better understand themselves and the world of work.

Each unit includes:

  • 12 lessons, each providing 45 minutes of learning time
    Each lessons is provided as a SCORM file for easy use in your Learning Management System
  • Learner worksheets in a fillable PDF format
    Worksheets are also embedded within the SCORM file for each lesson
  • Facilitator guide for each lesson with:
    • Lesson overview for educator
    • Lesson materials
    • How-to guide for both educators and learners on using Flipgrid for asynchronous interactive engagement
    • Extension and in-person activities
    • Recommendations for shortened learning experiences (for example, a three-lesson series on employability skills)
  • How-to guide for using SCORM files

STEMploration: Information Technology

Learners develop the fundamentals of computer programming and practice critical thinking skills as they take on the role of coders to design, develop, and market an app solution to a community need.

STEMploration: Health Sciences

Learners explore careers in the health sciences by taking on the role of health care professionals as they follow the treatment journey of a young person injured in a skateboarding accident.

STEMploration: Engineering and Design

Learners assume the role of engineers as they learn to prototype, iterate, and innovate. They are introduced to the design process, develop problem-solving and research skills, and learn to foster a growth mindset.

STEMploration: Cybersecurity

Learners explore the roles of cybersecurity professionals as they learn about digital citizenship, digital threats, ciphers, digital security, and networking and communication protocols. This module was developed by the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University with support from JFF.

Employability Skills for Success

Learners develop the essential employability skills of growth mindset, collaboration, communication, and self-regulation.

Lenses on the Future

Learners chart a path to future success through the lenses of Self, Security, and Society. They identify their personal interests and strengths, research various colleges and careers, consider the life they want to lead, and explore potential ways they can contribute to society.

Work With JFF

JFF offers services to support the launch and scaling of Possible Futures in a variety of settings and contexts, including:

  • Developing the strategy for implementation and connecting Possible Futures to college and career exploration standards and policies
  • Training and professional development
  • Site-based coaching
  • Connecting the curriculum to your local labor market and state or district standards and policies

Our support services have the greatest impact for K-12 leaders at the district, regional, or state level that develop and follow standards and policies to build career exploration capacity into systems, rather than for a single school or afterschool program.

Contact us at to work with JFF to bring Possible Futures to your learners.

More About The Curriculum

JFF’s Possible Futures—Career and Exploration Curriculum is designed so that educators do not have to be experts in the career fields or topics covered. They can approach the content from a facilitative stance and focus on fostering learner engagement.

The Possible Futures—Career and Exploration Curriculum is, and will always be, offered free of charge to make this important learning opportunity accessible to all learners. It may not be reproduced for commercial purposes.

Looking for the original version of the Possible Futures Curriculum? Access it here.


JFF’s Possible Futures team is grateful to our current collaborative partners, the Center for the Future of Arizona and Arizona State University and their partner districts and schools. CFA helped fund and lead the development of the new digital version of Possible Futures with additional support from the Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC). We also thank our partners in New York City and through the STEM Next Opportunity Fund.
We will always be grateful to the Noyce Foundation for supporting the development of Possible Futures and for early partners in California and Tennessee who helped pilot the work.

We would also like to thank the JFF Pathways to Prosperity team for their guidance, the JFF innovation team for their continued advice and direction, and the JFF communications team for their work on communications strategy, promotional materials, and design.