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chapter 4 career decisions and preparing for 21 st century careers

Chapter 4 Career Decisionsand Preparing for 21st Century Careers

Chap. 4 p. 93

Balancing life goals

do americans really go through careers like they do cars or refrigerators
Do Americans really go through careers like they do cars or refrigerators?

Among the most-repeated claims is that the average U.S. worker will have many careers—seven is the most widely cited number—in his or her lifetime.

Typical American worker's tenure with his or her current employer was

4.1 years in 2008, the latest available data.

standard of living
Standard of living
  • The way you live as measured by kinds and quality of goods and services you can afford.
  • If Americans’ standard of living was the same today as in 1949….
    • The average American household’s income would be $27,500 a month instead of the $4,400 a month that it is currently! (75% decrease 56 yrs)

July 2012 NEWSWEEK

The June ‘13 jobs report shows unemployment rate at 7.6%.

unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds is at a staggering 16.1%.



Every five minutes, a 2012 college graduate starts a job for which he or she is overqualified.

Though the outlook may seem dim for recent college graduates, their prospects of finding a job are better than their high school counterparts with only a high school diploma.

underemployment vs entitlement
Underemployment vs. Entitlement


  • Many future career opportunities will evolve around identifying a problem or need and coming up with an innovative solution.
top 5 personality traits employers are looking for
Top 5 personality traits employers are looking for:
  • New research shows that the vast majority of employers (88%) are looking for a “cultural fit” over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates.
  • Can you guess the 5 traits?
top 5 personality traits
Top 5 personality traits
  • Professionalism (86%),
  • high-energy (78%) and
  • confidence (61%)
  • self-monitoring (58%)
  • Intellectual curiosity (57%)
changing work place policies benefits
Changing Work place policies/benefits
what does google look for in their employees
What does GOOGLE look for in their employees?
21 st century skills for life career
  • Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills.

Look at the skills listed on handout…

    • How do these skills compare with the

7 Habits of Effective Teens?

  • Compare the 7 habits to 21st century skills.
  • Divide into groups- each assigned a habit.
    • Identify appropriate statements that apply to your habit.
job sharing
Job sharing

Two people share

one full time job.

Requires strong communication skills. Ability to work well together.

eap s
  • Employee Assistance Programs:
    • Free or low cost counseling available for many issues.
        • Confidentially get help with stress, personal relationships, illness, death of family members, legal advice, substance abuse, etc.
        • Why would a company offer this?
family medical leave act
Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Provides an entitlement of up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave during any 12-month period to eligible, covered employees for the following reasons:
  • 1) birth and care of the eligible employee's child, or placement for adoption or foster care
  • 2) care of an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent) who has a serious health condition.
  • 3) employee's own serious health condition.
to be eligible for fmla benefits an employee must
To be eligible for FMLA benefits, an employee must:
  • work for a covered employer;
  • have worked for the employer for a total of 12 months;
  • have worked at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months; and
  • work at a location in the United States or in any territory or possession of the United States where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles.