Earning Power: More Than a Paycheck

Lesson 3-5 Plan for Change

Your career will have many highs and lows. By creating fallback plans and continually investing in yourself, you’ll get through the low times faster. A little preparation will go a long way to ease the stress of a layoff or unexpected work interruption.

What You’ll LearnPrepare to deal with life and work changes. 

Taking it Home

  • Ask a close adult the following questions: What types of temporary or part-time jobs did you have when you were a teen or young adult? What has helped you transition to new jobs?
  • Identify someone you think would be a suitable mentor to provide guidance as you get started in your career. Seek out someone who is successful and has had experiences similar to what you hope to encounter.

Learn More

  • Interview a local entrepreneur to learn about how s/he got started on his or her business endeavor. Ask what s/he thinks it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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Talking Points for Parents

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

  • Talk with your teen about temporary or part-time jobs you had when you were a teen or young adult. Reflect on what has helped you transition to new jobs.