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ERIC Number: EJ793867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Introducing Students to Career Exploration
Beutler, Steve
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v83 n5 p50-52 May 2008
Using a Web-based program he developed, one educator is helping students understand how their career and lifestyle choices are linked. MyLife, a Web-based life-planning program for young people, offers comprehensive budget activity in which participants develop simulations of their fantasy futures and calculate their future monthly bills--including rent or house payments, car payments, car maintenance, gasoline, insurance, utilities, groceries, clothing, and entertainment. MyLife also motivates students to explore careers to determine which occupations are good fits for them, as well as those that will support their lifestyle choices. The author, career counselor at Minot High School in Minot, North Dakota, created MyLife as an introduction to career exploration and planning. A life simulation activity like MyLife engages students by getting them interested in their futures and helping them to understand the importance of education--encouraging them to work harder in school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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