What is the My First Job icebreaker?
This is a personal favorite of AJ&Smart's CEO Jonathan Courtney. It’s simple yet effective, as any good icebreaker should be, and doesn’t take any time or effort to set up.
Everyone takes turns sharing their first job and a lesson they learned from it. This is a chance to learn something new about each other without getting too uncomfortably personal!
How it works
- Open the poll and ask everyone to write down their name, their first job, and the most important lesson they learned from it. Give them 3 minutes. There’s also a timer you can play alongside the poll!
- After everyone’s done, ask them to line up through the Queue. Select them one by one to share answers aloud.
🤔 Guessing game variation
If you want to add a bit of mystery to this icebreaker, choose the Guessing Game poll where everyone writes down only their first job and what they learned from it (leaving out their name). This option shows answers anonymously!
After they answer, have the group guess which first job belongs to which member. Ask them to share in chat or out loud!
About the creator
AJ&Smart is an award-winning product design, strategy and innovation studio with particular expertise in using Design Sprints to help our partners with product design, product strategy and rapid innovation.