TEACHER OUTLINE | UNIT 4 | Find Your Opportunities
DRIVING QUESTION: Where and how do I begin my future?
Students will continue to grow by shifting their focus to discover the value of the career ladder, understand possible postsecondary pathways, explore the wide array of career fields, develop the foundational skills for career preparation, and begin to build upon experiences to open doors for future opportunities as a professional.
Most of us find it hard to communicate what we are good at, or to be able to share a special talent of ours. But yet society finds it very easy to criticize others based on whatever reason they can come up with. In Unit 3, we helped students identify their strengths and talents, and now it is important to begin thinking about the impact those characteristics may have on their future opportunities. Students must also explore their “hidden” talents, or strengths that they might not even recognize they have. In order to leverage all of the good in each of us, we must dig deep to solidify this foundation of self.
Students have come a long way so far and they have begun to develop a clearer picture of what they might like their future to look like. We want to continue to push students to dig even deeper into the possibilities that exist by using their new-found knowledge about themselves as a guide to the lifestyle they want to lead.
Now that students have begun to navigate a direction towards their future, it’s time to begin the preparation needed for a student to be in a hireable position. This lesson is designed to put into context the job application process that enables him or her to get their “foot in the door.”
As stated in previous lessons, technology has had a significant impact on how we all go about pursuing new opportunities. One very significant impact has been on the ability to generate and utilize one’s own professional network to help position for success. Relationships have always been critical, but the ability to communicate at the push of a button has made a significant impact. Students need to understand the value of networking, what it means to network, how to establish and maintain a network, and the importance of growing their network.
In this lesson, we introduce the idea of networking to students and how it can influence their future opportunities. Students are building their network every day, with the people they interact with and the relationships they maintain. Building relationships and networking is beneficial for students in many ways that they might not even be aware of and it’s never too soon to start.
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