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Career Choices

Materials Needed:
Computer(s) with Internet access

Prior to this lesson, the facilitator should create a Google Excel Spreadsheet with the following column headings: Name, Occupation, Skills Required, Knowledge Required, Education Required, NY Salary Range, PA Salary Range, & California Salary Range. Once created, this spreadsheet should be shared with the participants of the class to allow them to fill in their information.

Direct participants to research at least three occupations of interest and have the participants record the information needed on the shared Google Spreadsheet. They will need to visit the following sites to compare the salary ranges of New York, California and Pennsylvania.
www.nycareerzone.org
www.cacareerzone.org
www.pacareerzone.org

Once they are at one of the sites, they will need to choose the link for “Assess Yourself” (Quick Assessment). They will then be prompted to choose and rank 3 of these 6 interests:

Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

This will then give them a list of career choices to choose from. They must choose the same 3 at each of the sites to correctly fill in the spreadsheet.

Facilitator should conclude the activity with:
A round table discussion of what participants discovered about themselves and the economic differences among various careers. The facilitator might wish to have participants create a Power Point presentation examining the pros and cons of various careers to share with the entire group.