I do internal adult training for government agencies
I like to teach innovation and design in informal project settings.
How many years have you been teaching?:
I have taught as adjunct faculty at a government agency... mostly narrow technical disciplines.
"Post-Its and Sharpies!"
I'm a career government bureaucrat who discovered user-centered design/design thinking late in life. As one colleague colorfully put it, "he failed to adapt to the rhythms of the bureaucracy." At every opportunity to choose between the normal path or try something different, I've consistently taken the road not traveled, and had just about as much fun and satisfaction as frustration. As difficult as it is to innovate in a bureaucracy, there're just so many opportunities to make things better. Great when you can pull it off, hard luck when you can't.
I really love this idea. What I think would help advance it is creating a prototype to make it more 'real'. At this early stage, a storyboard could be really effective. You might consider putting together a 'sample' episode or two using a storyboarding tool like storyboardthat.com. Even better would be an actual video production. You'd be able to get to questions like, what formats work best to convey the experience of a particular profession, and what kinds of issues seem to be key in differentiating where the passions lie for deciding one's life pursuit. You could also compare the crowdsourced approach with a more crafted point of view to see the best that each offers.
What would advance this idea significantly would be a couple of prototypes. If I were back in high school, I'd have loved to see a series of videos, or interactive experiences that would help me understand what I might want to do, in terms of college and thereafter... a series of 'guided tours'. Actually creating one or two of these would advance the idea, which I think is great.
These examples are great ones, and they should inspire more, and with greater variety. Giving young people meaningful exposure to possibilities they can relate to would help them figure out potential paths to their future.