Purpose: Students practice gathering the information that will help them decide whether to accept a job offer.
1. Students are reminded that the first step of the decision making process is gathering information.
Ask students, “What should you do first when trying to decide whether to accept a job?”
Remind them that when making any decision, the first thing to do is gather information. Explain that though they may have been given information about the job in the offer itself, they may need to find other information before taking the job.
2. Students identify the information that is important when making a decision about a job offer.
Distribute copies of the “Job Offers” activity sheet. Ask students to count off by threes so that each person has either a number one, two, or three.
Tell students, “Ones, you have been offered the first job on the activity sheet. Twos, you have been offered the second job. Threes, you have been offered the third job.”
Tell students to take out their “Ideal Job Equation” activity sheet from “Lesson 2: Exploring Job Possibilities” of Module Eight: A Game Plan for Work. Ask them to take a few minutes to compare the information on their “Ideal Job Equation” activity sheet with their new job offer.
Ask, “What do you need to know about the job before you can make a decision?” Write responses on the board.
3. Students learn how to get answers to their questions.
Ask students how they would get answers to these questions. Explain that they can get some answers by talking to people they know. If it is important enough, they can even call the company, particularly the person for whom they would be working, to ask the question. Remind students that gathering information is an important part of the decision making process.