Powerful career readiness programming for middle schools made easy and fun.

Kids activate growth mindset skills while discovering the amazing world of careers from pros.

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You already show them the ropes. Prepare them to make career decisions by emphasizing a growth mindset and greater self-awareness.

Let us help you make career discovery a journey not a day.

Students need time and exposure to grow self-awareness about their interests and talents.

in just 15 minute modules, transform homeroom, leadership, advisory or freestyle.

80% of middle schools value career discovery but struggle to incorporate it easily into their curriculum. We're making it super easy for you!

Pros share growth mindset skills students can use

Students connect the value of staying curious, achieving goals, and overcoming challenges to designing a successful career.

Pros also highlight core Career Readiness skills

Re-enforce skills like empathy, relationship building, critical thinking, and communication to their futures.

Diversity in action

Pros from all walks of life share by example that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

How it works

In 15 minutes, hear from inspiring STEM and non-STEM professionals and re-enforce vital growth mindset and career readiness skills that help students succeed.

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Program includes modules for 14 classes. Highly customizable to fit scheduling needs.

<p><span class="text-xl">Choose a pro</span></p>

Choose a pro

Watch a NASA engineer talk about curiosity, Shark Scientist on critical thinking, and many more. (10 min)

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" >Take a fun quiz</span></p>

Take a fun quiz

Quizzes emphasize growth mindset/EQ themes. (5 min)

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" >Group discussion (optional)</span></p>

Group discussion (optional)

Students practice the theme through fun discussion questions and role play activities. (5 min)

Career Dreamboard tool helps kids identify options and set goals

Career readiness progress and goal setting is made fun with a dreamboarding tool kit that helps students visualize future career options and set exploration goals that help them understand their interests.

Supports intermediate career readiness standards of Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV and over 40 states, including New York.

What's included

14 modules with pro videos that highlight specific themes

Activities that re-enforce 6 growth mindset principles

Access to growing library of videos on STEM and non-STEM careers

Embedded fun and informative Kahoot quizzes

Activities that re-enforce 6 EQ skills

Career dreamboard activity to encourage goal setting and measure impact

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What educators are saying

Our middle school students were eager to learn about careers and connect with the world outside of our school walls.  Fig & Wally came to us during the pandemic and supported our students through their website, which was specifically tailored to meet our needs. Through the website, our students were able to gain exposure to some of the most interesting professionals, whose stories supported student interests and generated discussion.  The result?  Our students want more!

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" >Dr. Jennifer Lamia</span></p>,

Dr. Jennifer Lamia

Superintendent of Schools, Byram Hills, N.Y.

"I showed my students the video with Dr. Yu when we learned about the various NASA missions currently in action. They really like it and had even more questions at the end!  I think the Q&A format with the diagrams visuals while he explained was perfect.  Kept their attention and inspired curiosity!  I thought the length was super appropriate for my middle schoolers too. Great job!" 

<p>Ms. Nicole</p>, <p><span style="color: rgb(113, 128, 150);" >Math teacher, Marshall Middle School</span></p>

Ms. Nicole

Math teacher, Marshall Middle School

"The Fig and Wally career chats were engaging and inspiring! I'm so grateful that my students had the opportunity to engage in such a meaningful career exploration opportunity."

<p>Ms. Nicky</p>, <p><span style="color: rgb(113, 128, 150);" >Guidance Counselor, Hampstead Hill Academy</span></p>

Ms. Nicky

Guidance Counselor, Hampstead Hill Academy

"As a middle school teacher I am so used to working with students to frame their perceptions of themselves not just as learners but also as a future member of the workforce in whatever field they choose, so seeing this done in this way is just so awesome!"

<p>Beth</p>, <p><span style="color: rgb(113, 128, 150);" >Parent/MS Teacher</span></p>

Beth

Parent/MS Teacher

As Middle School Teachers, we had the opportunity to present this workshop to our students. From the moment we sat down to meet with the creators of Fig & Wally we knew this was going to be something special for our students.  It was AMAZING!!!!!!! The website was user-friendly and easy to facilitate and navigate. It is clear the creators of Fig & Wally are passionate about helping students to find an accessible, but not a finite path to their future. We were thrilled with this experience from start to finish. Thank you Fig & Wally from H.C.C!!!

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);" >Jeanine and Melinda</span></p>,

Jeanine and Melinda

8th Grade English Teachers at H.C. Crittenden MS, Byram Hills, N.Y.

See sample modules below

Check out trailers of our pros and a sample Kahoot quiz. The full program includes 14 modules.

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Founder & CEO of Beauty Brands on seeking help.

Shalini Vadhera built multi-million dollar global beauty brands from scratch. She started her entrepreneurial journey right after high school. Shalini shares the importance of seeking and giving help. She also talks about overcoming bullying and learning from failure.

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Key themes: Non-STEM, seeking help, entrepreneurship, overcoming bullying.

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Topgun Fighter Pilot on perseverance.

Former Major Daniel Flately was in the U.S. Marines for 13 years and a Topgun pilot. He shares how he overcame the fear of failure to fly the most advanced fighter jets in the world

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Key themes: STEM, how to stay calm, what to do when you feel like giving up.

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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

<p><span class="text-xl">Maya Angelou</span></p>,

Maya Angelou

What research says about starting career discovery early

We need to encourage our children to aspire before they tell themselves they can't or shouldn't.

CAREER CURIOSITY STARTS EARLY

Career aspirations, exploration and interest in career information naturally occur during elementary school age (Gottfredson, 2005). 

ELIMINATION OF OPTIONS ALSO BEGINS EARLY

By the 5th grade, students begin to eliminate careers and develop career aspirations based on gender and social appraisals of careers (Auger et al., 2005).

CAREER DISCOVERY INCREASES ENGAGEMENT

Engagement and motivation to learn increase when younger students connect lessons to real world activities and desirable future occupations (Means et al., 1997). 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in a program?

14 STEM and non-STEM videos, that are each approximately 10 minutes long. Every video includes:

  • a short Kahoot quizz

  • optional discussion questions

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We also include a bonus career dreamboard activity, which helps students visualize their interests and set goals.

What grades is this program for?

We recommend this grades K6-8, as they are in the right place developmentally to benefit from it.

How much does the program cost?

$10 per student per year for up 50 students.

$7 per student per year for 50+ students

Do you offer free pilots?

We do offer a limited number of free pilots for schools with limited funding. Please contact us to learn more.

Can we request specific careers or fields?

Absolutely! Please send us your request and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What is Fig & Wally about?

Built by sisters who've spared little in exploring the world of careers, Fig & Wally's mission is to ease the confusion and pain that comes with finding our place in the world. We do this by helping kids try on a world of options early on so they are prepared when they need to make the big decisions. We're building a first of its kind exploration platform for children that is exciting, helps build self-awareness, strengthens real-world skills, and nurtures a mindset that helps them actively design their path to happiness.

Start now! Introduce your students to amazing careers, reinforce their growth mindset, and help them connect class to their future.

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