Family Economics & Financial Education [FEFE]

Career Development

  • 1.1.1 Career Notebook
    Upon completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:
    - Produce a career notebook that can be used as a resource for career development
    Summary:  Each job a person applies for requires a separate resume and cover letter specific to the job requirements. To assist with the career development and job application process, participants create a professional notebook that includes copies of completed interest inventory tests, resumes, cover letters, and any other important information. The participants will be graded by using a rubric on sections and resources included, as well as overall presentation.
  • 1.1.2 Career Research
    Upon completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:
    - Evaluate careers with the largest expected growth and decline rates for 2000 – 2010
    - Research the main components of a potential career area
    - Organize a PowerPoint presentation based upon the potential career
    - Compare a variety of career options after watching class presentations
    Summary:  After analyzing occupations that have increased and decreased over the years, as well as comparing and contrasting the historical rises and downfalls to forecast the future, participants will research possible career opportunities to determine whether a particular career path will be satisfying as well as integral in helping a person meet his/her goals. Participants use current publications as references to research careers and employment projections to design and present a PowerPoint presentation about a chosen career.

    Video:  "Introduction to Career Research" - You Tube [2:40]
    Video:  "Career Research" - You Tube [1:43]
    Video:  "Career Networking Tip:  How to Get the Most Out of Career Fairs" - You Tube [:16] 

  • 1.1.3 Comparing Job Offers
    Upon completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:
    - Examine the importance of career planning, salaries, and benefits to overall financial well-being
    - Differentiate salaries in different cities using the cost of living equation
    Summary:  After a person acquires an education, he/she is ready to enter the workforce. At this stage it is necessary for an individual to have the ability to objectively evaluate job offers. By completing a mind map, participants evaluate the factors involved when comparing job offers. This includes compensation packages offered by employers, employer-provided services, health benefits, and additional perks. With an opportunity to hone in on their math skills, participants learn how to calculate the cost of living when comparing two cities using the standard of living index. Finally, after they have accomplished the skills needed to make a comparison they will apply this to their own life by writing an essay explaining what they feel is the most important component of a job offer and why.

    Information Page/Overview:
      - Supply & Demand
      - Cost of Living Equation
      - Salary & Fringe Benefits
      - Incentives
  • 1.1.4 Cover Letters
    Upon completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:
    - Discover the importance of a cover letter
    - Develop a cover letter that meets quality standards
    Summary:  Cover letters have specific components as well as purposes in the work force. After setting the foundation with the content, participants will have the opportunity to practice writing a cover letter which will be graded using a rubric that includes the different paragraphs written, layout, and writing skills. At the completion of this lesson participants will have a polished cover letter that they can add to their career notebook or portfolio.
  • 1.1.5 Developing a Resume
    Upon completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:
    Level 1:
    - Select what type of information should be included within a resume
    - Develop an understanding of recommended action words to use in a resume
    - Select what types of information should not be included in a resume
    - Judge the appearance of a completed resume
    - Compose a resume
    Level 2:
    - Compare different methods of formatting a resume
    - Understand how different resume formats serve different purposes
    - Create a resume which best meets personal needs
    - Write a resume specifically using a chronological, functional, or combination format
  • 1.1.6 Interest Inventory
    Upon completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:
    - Critique the steps involved in successfully setting and achieving career goals
    - Categorize potential career areas based upon the results of an interest inventory test
    Summary:  There is no better way for participants to find out where their interests lie for their future career than to complete a personal interest inventory. This lesson gives them the opportunity to complete an inventory, analyze the results, and apply them to their personal life. They will have the opportunity to explore jobs that fall into their interest categories and learn more about them. They will walk away from this lesson with a strong sense of occupations that may fit them based on their personal interests, in addition to the resources that will help them pursue a career in the future.
  • 1.1.7 Interview Etiquette
    Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
    - Critique the professional dress expectations for a job interview
    - Role play professional behavior before, during, and after the job interview
    - Compose a courteous thank you note after the interview is completed
    Summary:  Once students have their resume completed and sent to an employer, it is now time for them to hone their interview skills. With this lesson plan they will have the opportunity to learn the proper interview etiquette that includes but is not limited to what to do before, during, and after an interview, what to wear, and possible interview questions. After playing an interactive interview trivia PowerPoint activity, participants will test their knowledge by answering a variety of questions to prove they have learned how to be successful in an interview.
  • 1.1.8 Interview Questions
    Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
    - Gain confidence with interview responses after practicing interview questions
    - Understand the personal aspects of the interview process which need to be improved after completing the mock interview
    Summary:  This lesson gives participants the opportunity to practice answering commonly asked interview questions in mock job interviews with peers and subsequently with a faculty or staff member.
  • 1.1.9 Investment in Yourself
    Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
    Appraise human capital and why it is important for career development
    - Classify the relationship between educational level and income
    - Assess the traits needed for workers to be successful in various job clusters
    - Research different places to perform job searches and the pro’s and con’s to each method
    Summary:  This lesson depicts what the average income and population is for particular levels of education, in addition to the traits and qualities that can be invested to increase human capital. With activities such as Income vs. Education, the participants will have a good visual of the average population that has attained each level of education. They will leave this lesson plan with the technological resources and practical skills to increase their human capital.
  • 1.1.11 Role Play Interview
    Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
    - Plan proper grooming and attire for a job interview
    - Dramatize techniques to make a good first impression in a job interview
    - Recommend common interview questions and responses
    - Select non-verbal communication techniques which leave a good impression during a job interview
    Summary:  Participants have the opportunity to combine all of the skills they have learned and apply them through a role-play interview. This will give them the opportunity to make the learned content come to life. If a dry run of an interview is done in the safe environment of the classroom, they will be more comfortable and have the confidence to be successful when they have the opportunity to test their skills in the work force.
  • 1.1.12 Thank You Notes
    Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
    - Explain the components of a thank you note
    - Determine occasions when it is proper to write a thank you note
    Summary:  It is essential to teach participants that the proper way to close the interview process is to send the potential employer a Thank You note. This lesson plan will help them to understand the proper components of a Thank You note, as well as give them the opportunity to practice writing one. With the grading rubric included, the participants will receive valuable feedback on where they can improve their skills when writing one after an interview in the workforce.
  • 1.1.13 Job Application
    Upon completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:
    - Prepare a job application
    - Model the process of obtaining a job application
    - Create an appropriate response to illegal questions that should not be asked on a job application
    - Compare and contrast completed job applications
    - Examine legal rights that employees have
    Summary:  All of the components of a job application need to be filled out properly for an individual to have the chance at an interview. A job application is the first impression that one can make on a potential employer. With this lesson plan participants have the opportunity to complete a job application, learn from their mistakes, and test their knowledge with an interactive activity. This will help them be one step closer to having a successful career pathway.

  • 2.1.1 Does Money Grow on Trees?
    Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
    - Distinguish the difference between a job, occupation, and career
    - Explain the factors involved in career building
    - Interpret the importance of investing in human capital
    - Analyze reasons why a person would want to build a career
    - Explore the relationship between education level and income
  • 2.1.2 The Places You Will Go!
    Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
    - Examine human capital
    - Define transferable skills
    - Create a plan to reach future career goals
    Summary:  Goals for school, work, and extra curricular activities are set in order to help students reach an ultimate career goal in the future. The importance of investing in human capital and strengthening transferable skills that will assist with future career decisions are explored. A career panel can also be invited to speak in the classroom to provide the opportunity for students to learn from community professionals.
  • 2.1.3 What Does Your Future Hold?
    Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
    - Explore personal interests
    - Research job characteristics
    Summary:  Students research three different careers in order to create a plan for future success. Two of the careers will be researched on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Web site and one will be through a personal interview. After compiling information, students will report their findings and create a plan for success by writing an oral presentation, brochure or summary paper.

  • Understanding Your Paycheck
    National Content Standards:
    • National Council for Economic Education [NCEE] - 3, 5, 11
    • National Standards for Business Education:
      • Economics: III 3-4, VII.I, VII.3, VII.4
      • Personal Finance: II.2, III.2

    Upon completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:
    • Define terms associated with a paycheck [1.13.1]
    • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of three methods for paying employees [1.13.1/7.13.2]
    • Assess the purpose of employment forms [7.13.2]
    • Point out the systematic deductions removed from each paycheck [1.13.1]
    • Interpret the importance of reading a paycheck stub [7.13.2]
    • Analyze a paycheck stub [7.13.2]
    • Understand what taxes are and why taxes are deducted from a paycheck [7.13.2]
    • Complete sample standard tax forms required on the job to benefit each individual’s situation [1.13.1]

    Summary: Every consumer must make money in order to spend money. The money that they make will be depicted on a paycheck that they get at the end of each pay period. This lesson will help individuals to understand the different components of a paycheck.


    Resource: FEFE 1.13.1, 7.13.2