Chapter 12: The American Labor Force
In this lesson, students will go to the JOBTRAK Web site to
understand how to use the Internet to search for career information
and find advice on job-hunting. They will also understand
that their choices of training, education, and career make
a difference in their future income.
Students will use information from the JOBTRAK Web site to
learn how the Internet can help them access information to
make career choices. They can browse the site to collect information
from the "Job Search Guide" and "Career Index" categories.
Students will answer four questions. They will then use their
research to choose a career and create a poster illustrating
their ideal job.
unskilled workers: people whose jobs require no specialized
semiskilled workers: people whose jobs require some
training, often using modern technology
skilled workers: people who have learned a trade or
craft either through a vocational school or as an apprentice
to an experienced worker
professionals: highly educated individuals with college
degrees and usually additional education or training
Content Standards (from the National Council on Economic Education)
Standard 13: Income for most people is determined by
the market value of the productive resources they sell. What
workers earn depends, primarily, on the market value of what
they produce and how productive they are.
1. Students will be able to understand that the Internet is
a valuable resource for career and job hunting advice.
2. Students will understand that the choices they make in
training, education, careers, and locations directly influences
3. Students will be able to use this information to create
a poster illustrating their dream job.
Student Web Activity Answers
1. Students' answers should include informational interviewing,
researching careers, career fairs, and internships.
2. self-assessment; research and explore career options; choose
career field and then target employers; prepare job search
materials and develop job search skills; plan and conduct
job search campaign; obtain offer and continue to develop
career action plan
3. Students' answers may include: arrive early, carry a notepad,
write down names and titles for follow-up communications,
write a thank-you letter, be prepared to market yourself,
listen carefully, be positive, look the interviewer in the
eye, be enthusiastic about your experience
4. Students' answers should include that the student can gain
work experience before graduating, develop skills, evaluate
personal likes and dislikes, develop professional contacts,
gain confidence, and build a stronger resume.
5. Students' posters will vary.
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