Icebreaker: My First Job

Icebreaker: My First Job


In this icebreaker, delegates get to know each other better by learning about their first jobs. The question is not too intrusive and most people are happy and sometimes excited to talk about their first job as it reminds them of how far they have come. It also allows the delegates to engage in a conversation with each other using the first job as an initial point in order to get to know each other better.


Guess who had a particular first job.

What You Need

  • Blank cards.


  • Give one blank card to each person.
  • Ask delegates to write their first job on the card. You, the trainer, should also do the same too.
  • Ask them to fold the cards.
  • Collect all the cards including yours and shuffle them.
  • Now read through each card one at a time. Let the group guess who had that first job. Once guessed successfully allow a one-minute conversation as that person explains what he did or recalls the experience for the group.
  • Move on to another card and continue until all cards are covered.
  • As you go through this exercise, the guessing game becomes easier as less people are left to choose from. This is why you also need to include yours so that there is still a choice to be made for the last delegate.


Explaining the Exercise: 2 minutes

Activity: 10 minutes

Group Feedback: 0 minutes





Dan Miles

By Dan Miles @ Monday, December 10, 2012 3:43 PM

Please correct in your text:

Objective Guess who had a particular FIST job.

Thank you for all interesting exercises.

Chelsea Elm

By Chelsea Elm @ Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:55 AM

Thanks Dan for spotting this, it has been updated.

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