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Earning Power: More Than a Paycheck

Lesson 3-4 Lifestyle

What is most important to you when deciding where to work? Overall, the more closely your values match your job and career, the more satisfying your work will be — and the easier it will be to succeed on the job and move closer to reaching your financial goals.  

What You’ll LearnStart down the path to achieving your lifestyle dreams.

Taking it Home

  • Interview a family member or close adult to ask the following questions: If you could do this same job somewhere else, where would you go and why? If you could stay here and do a different job, what would you do and why?

Learn More

  • Select two possible cities where you’d like to live in ten years. Compare the benefits and costs about the cities.
  • Take the Reality Check Challenge, an online budget tool that gives you a quick look at what it costs to live on your own. Discover types of jobs that would support that lifestyle.

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Talking Points for Parents

While your teen is learning about income and careers, consider ways to reinforce learning from home.

  • Share stories about factors that you considered – or wished that you had considered – when finalizing decisions about where to live and work