How to Give a Speech About Your Job

by William McCoy - Updated September 26, 2017
Many parents speak at their child's school career day.

If you have a child in school, or are a recognized member of your community, you may be asked to deliver a speech about your job to a group of students. Though many people have phobias about public speaking, talking to students about your career can help them decide what they want to do for a living. Keep your speech light, interesting and geared toward their age level for best results, and be ready to answer questions, when you are through.

Tell an interesting, poignant or humorous anecdote to introduce yourself and your job. Depending on the age of the students listening to you, they may be rambunctious or indifferent. If you begin your speech with something that catches their attention, you can draw them in. To capture them further, ask a question right off the bat.

Explain your job title -- where you work -- and begin outlining your typical workday. Focus on the most interesting aspects of your job in order to keep the group's attention. For example, if you're a fireman, talk about the risks and rewards of your job, perhaps detailing a time in which you climbed into a burning building to save someone. Don't focus on the most mundane aspects of the job, such as cleaning the firetruck or hanging the hoses to dry.

Outline the steps you took to achieve your position. Because the class' teacher may have invited you to emphasize that hard work and a post-secondary education can lead to success, it's important to emphasize the educational aspect of how you reached your position. Explain that you worked hard in school to graduate, attend college and law school.

Give a few examples of what you love about your job and what you don't love about it. Most jobs aren't perfect, and pretending that yours is may only alienate the students. Outline the rewards you achieve through hard work in your job and the duties you must fulfill, despite not enjoying them. Reminding students that not everything in life is fun and easy is a lesson the teacher will appreciate.

Invite the class to ask questions about your job. They can either raise their hands and you can select them one by one, or write the questions on small pieces of paper for you to gather, read and answer. Try to answer questions as truthfully as possible.


  • Check with the teacher prior to giving your speech, asking if there's an aspect of your job you should accentuate or avoid discussing. If she's stressing the need for post-secondary education, she may ask you to detail your college experience.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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