“Career”- the category or field of work an individual chooses
People work to: Pay for needs, Pay for wants, Send kids to
college, and Retire
Typical person works for 30-40 years
Do BEFORE selecting a career: Explore different career
categories, Determine the available jobs, Find out how much
education, training, and skills are needed, Estimate amount of
You need to know how much money you will earn so you
know you have enough money to pay for what you need
“Employee Benefits”- Benefits provided by an employer to
their full time employees
Paid In Cash Benefits: Recognized holidays, Approved vacation
days, Sick days, Bonuses, Profit Sharing
Not Paid In Cash Benefits: Health plan, Dental plan, Insurance,
Pension plan, 401(k) Retirement
157.5 Million people in the work force in 2010
Number of women is expected to increase faster than number
Time spent in school is important because it will provide basic
fundamental education and skills for future careers
Know your career goals! (Goals you wish to accomplish as a
result of working)
Career Paths: Spiral, Linear, Transitory, Expert
Spiral: moves to another job within category with a higher level
Linear: Accepts jobs with higher responsibility and authority in
Transitory: Regularly moves to a totally unrelated job in
Expert: Specializes in one job over entire working life
Education is extremely important. It increases your ability to
successfully move to higher levels of responsibility and
5 Common Job Skills: Problem Solving, Technical, People,
Money & Business
Job Skills: the skills necessary to successfully perform a specific
“The difference between a job and a career is the difference
between 40 and 60 hours a week.” ~Robert Frost
Begin job search 3-6 months before you are ready to start
Start networking as soon as you select a career
Networking: a group of family, friends, and acquaintances that
help you search for a job
You should always leave a job in a professional manner
Applying for a Job
Job Interview: a formal interview with a potential employer
Be ready to answer questions during an interview
Make sure you have your own questions to ask as well
After each interview, send a short letter or email to thank the
First Impressions are made in the first 20-30 seconds of an
Be Ready to Answer:
What are your strongest traits?
Do you have any weaknesses?
What is your ideal job situation?
What does success mean to you?
Why should I hire you?
Be Prepared to Ask:
Where do you see this company in 3-10 years?
What advancement opportunities will be available to me?
In what ways will I be most productive at this company?
Can you describe an ideal employee?
What are the career paths in this company?
Purpose: “Present, and effectively sell, your most relevant and
positive credentials for employment”
Cover Letter: A formal letter that accompanies a resume
Purpose: “Invite the hiring manager to read your resume and
tell him or her why you are the best person for the job”
Follow-Up Letter: A thank-you letter
Purpose: “To reiterate your interest in the job”