Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Discovering Employment Opportunity Factors


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Carol Kruskie, Greg Nagurney and Ron Bolam


Discovering Employment Opportunity Factors

Standards Addressed
  • 13. 1.8  Analyze employment opportunity factors
Brief Overview Students will analyze employment opportunity factors.
Grade Level 8th
Content Area(s) Language Arts, Reading, computer literacy skills 3.7.7D, cooperation skills
Other standards supported PSCA, ASCA
Prep Time 30 minutes
Implementation Time 5 sessions
Learning Objectives
  • Students will analyze a career on personal interests.
  • Students will learn the importance of selecting a career based on their interests and abilities.
Materials Needed Computer with disk, paper, teacher-made materials, supply of website references, basket
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Students will draw career title from a basket.
  2. Students will research information about their career and complete template from disk.
  3. Using cooperative learning groups, students will develop through brainstorming personal employment decision factors. (i.e., labor supply, local job openings, opportunities for advancement, etc).
  4. Students will share their decision factors from the researched career.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theories
Evaluation/Assessment Local Language Arts rubric for written assignments
Comments Teacher should emphasize the importance of career planning and appropriate career selection.
Teacher will discuss how job satisfaction is linked to personal identity traits.
Enhancement Activities Students will write a paragraph explaining their likes and dislikes about the career they researched.
Teacher will facilitate The Real Game with students.
Adaptation for at risk kids One-on-one help for technical assistance.
  • Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation resources
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Choices Program
  • The Real Game

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