Career-discovery curriculum for 2018

Finally, content that's as up-to-date as our ever-changing world.

Put down the 20-year-old textbooks”

I hear from teachers over and over again that they need something new to guide these kids to 21st century careers. We built the FYG curriculum to do just that: bring the real world into the classroom.

Mike Smith

Co-founder, Find Your Grind

Motivational Speaker

Creator and Host of The Harbor by Jostens

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Students Are Begging for a New Discussion

Anxious Faces

The anxiety is real

Talk to nearly any high school student about their future careers and you'll hear it: the deep-seated fear of messing it all up. They're intensely interested in getting it right.

Anxious Faces

Inspire honest conversation

Ditch the corny and cheesy activities. FYG lessons, prompts, and projects are structured in a way to elicit real, thought-provoking discussion with your students.

Curriculum Interface

It's All There for You

Find Your Grind is web-based and always being updated. Outlines, objectives, plans, handouts, presentations - by providing well-vetted and pre-designed content, the platform removes hours of planning and prep work. You’ll have more time than ever to focus on the important bit: teaching.

Adaptable to Your Schedule

Whether you've got a full semester or six weeks, we've created pre-defined hour variations that maintain the integrity of the curriculum. Or, forge your own path by picking and choosing individual lessons.

7

Units

All with attention-getters to set up topics to come

90+

Pieces of
Instruction

Complete with visuals, detailed teacher notes, handouts, etc.

25

Student
Assignments

No busy-work here - valuable individual exploration time

7

Group
Projects

Students will get to know each other and themselves.

10

Writing
Activities

Students will have time to synthesize through writing.

22

Portfolio
Artefacts

This portfolio will be a springboard into the real world.

Unit Summaries

UNIT 1

Find Yourself

Students will participate in several personality assessment and self-reflection activities. They will utilize the results of those activities as well as peer and familial assessments to create a strengths inventory and to design personalized, realistic goals and action plans. 

UNIT 2

Find Your Options

Students will explore the Find Your Grind website and begin analyzing how the lifestyles featured on the website directly align with their personality attributes and future desires.

UNIT 3

Find Your Grind

Students will utilize research databases to compile job duty, labor market data, earning power, and training requirements for careers associated with their desired lifestyles. In doing so, students will narrow down their list of possible careers into a concise list of focus careers.

UNIT 4

Find Your Opportunities

Students will analyze their knowledge, skills, and abilities while comparing them to the needs of their desired careers. Students will be taught how to apply for a job and will complete a job application, resume, letter of application, and a mock interview.

UNIT 5

Find Your Reputation

Students will evaluate their social media and digital footprints for safety and promotional purposes. Applying information from lessons within the unit, students will create the foundation for building a positive digital footprint for themselves.

UNIT 6

Find Your Financial Protection

This unit is divided into six sub-sections, all focused on money – Earn It (types of wages, deductions, and taxes); Store It (checking and saving account options); Grow It (investment options); Spend It (credit and purchasing expensive items); Protect It (insurance); and Manage It (budgeting & retirement).

UNIT 7

Find Your Balance

Students walk through each level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and learn how stress and failure create obstacles in their lives. Students will end the unit by planning how they will impact a current issue in society.

One More Thing

Exclusive, in-depth video interviews with dozens of professionals

While shortened videos are available to the public on our website, only curriculum subscribers get access to the full interviews. These videos are the next best thing to an in-person job shadow.

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