Career-discovery curriculum for 2020
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.
Co-founder, Find Your Grind
Creator and Host of The Harbor by Jostens
Students Are Begging for a New Discussion
Find Your Grind has taken my leadership class to a new level. The students are engaged from the beginning of the period to the end. The videos, presentations and the worksheets are presented in a challenging but fun way to which the students can relate and respond.
It's All There for You
Find Your Grind is web-based and always being updated. Relevant career profiles, 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.
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My favorite part of the curriculum so far has been the personality profiles. Students were able to go look at parts of their personalities that they maybe didn’t realize they had. Then they could match these profiles with careers that align with their strengths and interests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Find Your Grind curriculum is youth-friendly and visually rich. It encourages students to prepare for their futures by covering a broad range of themes. The ready-made materials use a variety of learning strategies and offer ample room for in-class discussion. I love it!
One More Thing
Exclusive, in-depth video interviews with dozens of professionals
Detailing what kind of lifestyle the career enables, typical career paths, advice for getting started, and day-in-the-life activities, these videos are the next best thing to an in-person job shadow.
The FYG curriculum allows students to engage in their learning while still having a high standard for academic skills along with career-ready skills. After using the curriculum toward the end of this year, I can't wait to start next school year using it from day one.