Getting Paid

Following one’s passions can result in getting a dream job, but what other factors do your students need to consider? This unit will provide students with the tools they’ll need to navigate the working world—both before and after they’ve landed that perfect position.

Educator Guide: Unit Four

Topic 1

Preparing for Work

How can you help your students get the jobs they want? Introduce these tools to understand the job search process, including networking, research and preparation of a resume, cover letter, and job application.

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Preparing for Work

10 to 15 minutes (plus optional discussion)

Students will learn key job search skills, including networking and research. They will also get an overview on how to prepare a résumé, cover letter, and job application.

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Classroom Activity

Networks: Not Just Social

1 to 2 Class Sessions

Your students will brainstorm ways a professional network can help people who are seeking jobs, consider how social media can be used by potential employers and others to form opinions, and discuss the value of creating a professional social media profile.

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Topic 2

Calculating Different Types of Pay

Your students will explore the difference between earning a salary, tips, commission, or other type of pay. They will examine various jobs and how different forms of payment may impact earnings.

Classroom Activity

Many Ways to be Paid

1 to 2 Class Sessions

After learning about different ways that people can be paid, students discover how four people can be paid differently but have similar job skills and training. Students apply this learning to their own career aspirations and consider multiple ways to earn money with the same job in the future.

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Topic 3

Comparing Job Offers

Your students will learn what they should look for in a job offer. Share these tools to explore income and other factors, such as insurance, flexibility, and personal satisfaction when considering a job.

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Comparing Job Offers

10 to 15 minutes (plus optional discussion)

What should students look for in a job offer? With this module, they will learn how to explore income and other factors, such as insurance, flexibility, and personal satisfaction when considering a job.

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Family Connections

Let’s Talk Jobs

10-minute read, plus discussion

This guide will help parents prepare their teens for a first job or a career. They will find tips and links to helping with career decisions and writing résumés.

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Topic 4

Paying Taxes

Your students will want to know why money is taken out of their paychecks. Teach your students how to examine parts of a paycheck and typical deductions for taxes and benefits along with the types and purposes of taxes withheld.

Self-paced Module

Paying Taxes

10 to 15 minutes (plus optional discussion)

This module will cover why taxes are taken out of paycheck along with the benefits of paying taxes. Students will get an overview of the parts of a paycheck and typical deductions for taxes and benefits.

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Topic 5

Creating Your Own Job

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