Career Essay Prompts

I’ll be frank: Blogging is tough work. And a lot of times, it’s not the actual writing that’ll get you; instead, you’ll find yourself stuck figuring out what you even want to say.

If you’re currently having trouble coming up with ideas for your next professional blog post (whether it’s for your own site, another publication, or your company’s blog), have no fear: I’ve compiled a list of 20 possible prompts to use.

Take ’em or leave ’em; there are plenty to go around.

1. A Weekly or Monthly Update

One of my favorite simple blog posts to do is a weekly or monthly update of how you or your company is doing. Did you just switch jobs or take on a new project? Did your company just have a great holiday party? Write about it!

2. A Day in the Life

Similar to an update, take your readers through a day in your life at your job. Talk about some of the more important responsibilities you have as well as what each task entails. It’s always interesting to see how others work.

3. The Best Part of Your Job

This is pretty self-explanatory, but share why, exactly, you love the work you do. Hearing your passion may help others realize their passions, too!

4. A Favorite Productivity Tip

I don’t know a single professional who doesn’t love swapping productivity hacks , so let your readers in on one of your favorite efficiency secrets.

5. An Interesting Industry Blog

What’s one of your favorite industry blogs to read? Explain why you love it, and give some suggestions for great posts that first-time readers should check out.

6. A Great Article

In the same vein, have you read an article that’s incredibly relevant to your industry? Feel free to write your own personal response to it. Just make sure to give proper citation, especially if you quote the article, and add your own spin or thoughts on it so you aren’t just copying and pasting others’ work (we don’t want any plagiarism here, folks!).

7. Relevant Current Events

If a current event is going to affect your industry, it’s a great idea to alert your readers and explain your point of view. For example, if you work in HR, discuss the recent settlements that have been happening with unpaid intern disputes. They’re relevant, and they’re definitely something other professionals would want to know about.

8. A Profile of a Role Model

Who’s a professional role model of yours, and why should everyone else know about that person? Tell the world!

9. Your Favorite Career Quote

Talk about one of your favorite career quotes —how you found it, how you integrate it into your life, and why other people should consider adopting it.

10. Your 5-Year Plan

This post doesn’t have to be taken as seriously as it sounds, I promise! It’s always fun to write a post about where you see yourself or the company you work at now in five years.

11. Your Favorite Apps

What computer or phone applications do you use on a daily (or even hourly) basis? Let your readers know your top five or 10!

12. An Industry-Specific Book Review

Here’s a personal favorite: Talk about one of your favorite industry-specific books you’ve ever read. Include some of your favorite passages or quotes, and show readers where they can buy a copy.

13. Industry Terminology

Give your readers a beginner’s guide to your industry’s terminology. For example, when I first started out in editorial, I went on the hunt for blogs that defined what “heds,” “deks,” and “ledes” were.

14. Best Networking Events

Another favorite of mine: Talk about a great networking event or series of networking events you went to and why you thought they were so good.

15. Advice to People Just Getting Started

Give your advice to recent grads or people just entering your field on things you wish you’d known about the industry when you were getting started.

16. Things Anyone Can Learn From Your Industry

What makes your industry super awesome and is really applicable to just about any job? Let your readers know!

17. A Q&A With a Cool Professional in Your Field

Like a lot of people, I’m a total interview junkie and love conducting and reading interviews with successful professionals. There’s a lot you can learn from the steps and missteps of others.

18. The Hardest Part of Your Job (and How You Deal With It)

Chances are someone out there is dealing with the same issues as you and would love some advice on how to handle what the job entails.

19. The Best Advice You Ever Received

Whether it’s a really great quote from a book or something your boss said in a meeting, we’ve all had that “aha” saying that put everything in perspective. Tell your audience about it!

20. A “How To” Guide for Something You Have Expertise In

Do you rock at writing really great networking emails? Do you know how to draft one kick-butt press release? Share your experience with your readers and help them get great at that those skills, too.

The great thing about all of these ideas is that there are a million different variations for you to choose from when writing a post . So pick your poison and start blogging!

Photo of woman typing courtesy of Death to the Stock Photo .

Most students have a dream of what they’d like to be when they grow up – so use that dream to get your students writing about careers and work! These writing prompts on careers will provide you and your students with a starting point for all of your work-related expository essays.

Prompt 1: You always knew you were going to be an attorney when you grew up. Both of your parents are lawyers as well as two of your uncles. You’ve spent years training for what you thought was your dream job. And lucky you, right after graduation you landed a pretty good job with excellent pay, which is good because you have student loans to pay off. But guess what? Now that you’ve actually started working at a law office, you hate it. You hate getting up each day to go to work. What do you do? 

Prompt 2: What do you think would be better for you in a career? To be well-known or well-liked? Do you think it makes a difference depending on the type of career? 

Prompt 3: 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 virtually obsolete in a hundred years? What type of jobs do you think there might be in the future that don’t exist now? 

Prompt 4: Think of the ideal job for you when you grow up. Now think of reasons why this would be a good job for you. Write an essay to explain why this is your ideal job.

Prompt 5: It’s “Career Day” at your school, and your classmates want to know about different occupations. Choose a job that interests you and write a report about it.

Prompt 6: You saw a help wanted ad for a job that is perfect for you. Write a letter to the hiring manager explaining why you are right for the job.

Prompt 7: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person has ten different jobs before age forty. Yet when you start college, you are expected to know with certainty what career you will choose. Which do you think is better? Should you go to college knowing what you want to do without doubt, or should you work a variety of jobs until you find one that suits you best and then take courses for that career; even if it means delaying college for a while?

Prompt 8: You have the chance to be the first student astronaut to explore another planet. Would you accept the job? Give reasons why or why not.

Prompt 9: You got a summer job working for your neighbor, but after three days he fires you! Was it because of something you did? Are you embarrassed or relieved? What will you tell your parents? Write a short story about being fired from a job.

Prompt 10: 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? Do you think it’s for money, prestige or the thrill of cheating death on a daily basis? Write an essay explaining your point of view.

Prompt 11: Think of a career which would be an asset to your school, your community, or society as a whole. Write an essay explaining why the work is important and why it would be beneficial.

Prompt 12: 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 an essay explaining your choice and back up your decision with examples of why the job would work best for you. 

Prompt 13: You’ve always liked insects. You find them endlessly fascinating. Write an essay on the type of career you mind find if you want to work with bugs!

Prompt 14: 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?

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