Career Choice

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Career and
Financial
Management
Defining Work
Objectives
 Differentiate
between a job, a career,
and an occupation
 Determine how career plans are affected
by skills, interests, and preferred lifestyle
 Examine the relationship between work
and lifestyle
What is Work?
 Work:


any useful activity
Cleaning your room
Includes jobs, occupations, and careers
Jobs, Occupations, and
Careers
 Job:



Work that you do for pay
Consists of specific tasks
Often a specific position within a company
A job typically does not last a lifetime
 E.g.:
Ski Instructor, Bank Teller, Food Service
Manager, Production Artist
Jobs, Occupations, and
Careers
 Occupation:

the type of work you do
Can change jobs but have the same
occupation
 E.g.:
Nursing, Teaching, Photography, Graphic
Design
Jobs, Occupations, and
Careers
 Career:
a series of related jobs or
occupations built on a foundation of
interest, knowledge, training, and
experience

Advancing in your career will require you to
learn increasingly more complex tasks
 Career
Ladder: shows a sequence of
work in a career field, from entry to
advanced levels
Career Ladder
Advanced Degree
Bachelor’s Degree
Career/Technical School Training
High School Diploma
No High School Diploma
The Bottom Line
Work
Career
Occupation
Job
Job
Occupation
Job
Job
Job
Job
Interests
 Interests:

things you like to do
E.g.: Play basketball, listen to music, draw
Skills
 Skills:

things you know how to do
E.g.: Drive a vehicle, count change,
operate a tool
Transferable Skills
 Transferable
Skills: Skills that you can use in
many different situations

E.g.: Organization, writing, listening
Transferable Skills
 Basic

Skills
Communication skills, mathematical skills,
and scientific literacy
 Thinking

Creative thinking, critical thinking, decision
making, problem solving, reasoning, etc.
 Personal

Skills
Qualities
Responsibility, self-direction, motivation,
honesty, etc.
Your Interests & Skills
 People
with similar skills and interests are
often good at the same types of activities
 Consider your skills and interests when
planning your career

You’ll spend 2000 hours/year at a full-time
job!
Choosing to be an Architect
“Reggie chose to become an architect
because he was artistic and interested in
business.”
What other skills or interests might be
important for an architect?
Work and Lifestyle
 Lifestyle:
the way you use your time,
energy, and resources


A large portion of a person’s time, energy,
and resources are used at work
How much time will you have left to pursue
your interests?
The Bottom Line
Skills
Transferable
Skills
Interests
Lifestyle
Career
Choice
Work and Lifestyle
 What
kind of lifestyle do you want in the
future?





How many years of school will you need?
Who do you spend your time with each
week?
How much money and time you will have
for fun activities?
Where will you live?
What are you willing to give up to achieve
your goal?
Comparing
Jobstheir
& Lifestyle
How does work affect
lifestyles?
Ski
Instructor:
seasonal
DJ:
schedule
Fisher:
geograp
hy
Choosing a Career
 Make


a list of your:
Interests & Skills
Ideal lifestyle
 Combine
the work you would enjoy with
the lifestyle you would like to have
The Bottom Line
Education
Free Time
Money
Location
Lifestyle
Factors
Defining Work
Journal Question:
 Think about your interests. What do you
like to do? What classes do you like? What
activities do you enjoy? Taking these
things into consideration, create a list of
ten jobs or careers you are interested in
and would like to know more about.
Defining Work
Journal Question:
 Think about your interests. What do you like to do?
What classes do you like? What activities do you
enjoy? Taking these things into consideration,
create a list of ten jobs or careers you are
interested in and would like to know more about.
Suggested Answer:
 Student responses will vary, but should contain a
list of 10 jobs or careers that they are interested in,
and would like to research further. Students should
be thoughtful and reflective in their responses,
using complete sentences and proper grammar.
Objective: Differentiate
between a job, a career, and
an occupation.
Transferable skills necessary for successful
employment include _____.
a. basic skills
b. thinking skills
c. personal qualities
d. all of the above
Objective: Differentiate
between a job, a career, and
an occupation.
Transferable skills necessary for successful
employment include _____.
a. basic skills
b. thinking skills
c. personal qualities
d. all of the above
D
Objective: Differentiate
between a job, a career, and
an occupation.
Luke is going to school to get a degree in
Veterinary Medicine. He wants to work in an
animal hospital after he graduates. Which of the
following job options would be most beneficial
to Luke’s career while he is going to school?
a. Babysit after school
b. Work at a fast food restaurant
c. Volunteer at a social service agency
d. Work an entry level position at a veterinary
clinic
Objective: Differentiate
between a job, a career, and
an occupation.
Luke is going to school to get a degree in Veterinary
Medicine. He wants to work in an animal hospital
after he graduates. Which of the following job
options would be most beneficial to Luke’s career
while he is going to school?
a. Babysit after school
b. Work at a fast food restaurant
c. Volunteer at a social service agency
d. Work an entry level position at a veterinary clinic
D
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