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“How to Get a First Job” is the topic of this mind-map poster creating lesson
9, 10, 11, 12
Title – First Job and How to Get It
By – Charlie Talley
Primary Subject – Other Career Exploration
Grade Level – 9-12
Write/draw a “blue print” / “game plan / “road map” mind map for securing your first paid job.
Final project will consist of a poster board “game plan” mind map for securing that first “real job” which includes:
- hourly wage
- time clock
- pay check with deductions for taxes, social security, etc.
- poster board
- Focus and Review:
Summarize rationale for having a job (i.e. income available to pay for living expenses, contributing to society, helping others, supporting a family, etc.).
- Statement of Objectives:
Inform students that it is essential to have a “game plan” when securing oneâ€™s first “real” job.
- Teacher Input:
- Students will “map out” their game plan.
- Criteria to consider may include:
- current/transferable skills (learned at: home, school, athletics, volunteer activities, internships, etc.)
- proximity to home
- transportation to and from work
- hours of availability
- networking (with friends, family, contacts in community via church, clubs, etc.)
- application process (online or paper)
- resume development
- references, etc.
- Guided Practice:
- Show example of mind map on board using task analysis (breaking it down into logical and sequential steps).
- Use example of baking a cake (gathering ingredients, sequence of mixing dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately at first then together, including required temperature, baking time, etc.).
- Independent Practice Seatwork:
- Students draw/sketch mind map with materials provided.
- Students fill in bubbles or blank lines with the aspects and steps associated with securing that first job.
- Provide time for students to share their “game plan” mind map with fellow students.
- Post mind maps on board and go over.
- Summarize results.
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