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Title: Unit One: Intro to the World of Work

Unit One Intro to theWorld of Work
  • By
  • Dr. David Agnew andMr. Jim WendellArkansas
    State University

  • 1.  Define terms associated with introduction to
    the world of work  1.1Attitude, career,
    demographics, ethnic, global economy, goal, job,
    occupation, orientation, outsourcing, work,
    workforce diversity 2.  State reasons why a
    positive attitude is important. 1.2.13.  Explore
    reasons why people work   1.1.24.  Interpret
    factors that contribute to a global economy
    1.3.15.  Describe the effects of a global
    economy in relation to the world of work  1.3   
  • 6. Describe how school courses and school
    work can affect a persons career and life

Unit 1 Terms Introduction to the World of Work
  • Attitudea persons outlook on life, usually
    positive or negative
  • Careerthe work done over a period of years in
    one area of interest
  • Demographicscharacteristics or make-up of a
  • Ethnicrelating to races or groups of people with
    common customs
  • Global economyworldwide financial management
  • Goalan objective that a person wants to obtain
    and works to achieve
  • Jobwork that a person does for pay
  • Occupationthe type of job in which a person is
  • Orientationacquaint or become familiar with a
    new situation
  • Outsourcingutilizing external resources
  • Worka productive activity resulting in something
  • Workforce diversitya wide variety of workers
    with different backgrounds, experiences, ideas,
    and skills in the workplace

Reasons to Have a Positive Attitude
  • Makes a better impression, makes you more
  • More like to retain job longer
  • People prefer to work with others who have a PMA
  • You will enjoy work more with a PMA
  • Productive is higher for those who have a PMA

Attitude - Your Basic Outlook on Your Lifes Work
  • Perhaps the most important factor in your job
  • Usually influenced by parents and other adults
  • Helps to develop a good work ethic - a set of
    values based on hard work using the belief that
    work is good, productive, and contains certain
    joys and benefits.
  • Could help to avoid a bad work ethic - a set of
    values based on the beliefs that work is always
    negative and a necessary evil where one must do
    only the minimum amount of labor to survive.
  • Self-concept - ones self image concerning your
    feelings about your own worth and value

Attitude Attributes
  • Smiles constantly
  • Seldom complains
  • Listens to others opinions
  • Willing to change for the better
  • Will admits mistakes
  • Seldom makes excuses
  • Seldom criticizes others
  • Considerate of others
  • Likes working with people
  • Seldom smiles
  • Complains often
  • They are always right
  • Stubborn - refuses to change
  • Blames others
  • Always makes excuses
  • Criticizes others
  • Thinks only of self
  • Anti-social behaviors

A Career is Work you do over a period of
years. Total of all the jobs you will ever have.
Example - An Education Career can consist of many
jobs such as aide, teacher, principal,
Job or Career?
  • Not the same thing
  • Compare to friendships you may have
  • Job - similar to a casual acquaintance that you
    didnt care to know very well and wont spend
    much time with
  • Career - like a best friend a big part of your
    life and you want to keep knowing and learning
    about all your life

Difference Between Job and Occupationusing an
example of a grocery store clerk in two separate
  • Both have the same occupation - grocery store
  • However, these are different jobs because of the
    different job duties in each position. In one the
    clerk might be responsible for gathering grocery
    carts and sweeping the floors and in the other,
    the clerk might have responsibilities of checking
    customers out.

  • Characteristics or make-up of a population
  • Age, ethnicity, gender, income, marital status,

  • Relating to races or groups of like people with
    common customs and attributes

What is a Good Work Ethic?
  • Being one time
  • Doing your best
  • Using your resources wisely
  • Listening and following directions
  • Thinking through what you are doing

Global Economy
  • Worldwide financial management system

  • An objective that a person wants to obtain and
    works to achieve

Possible Career GoalsYou might dream of
  • Owning a fishing cabin in the mountains
  • Workshop with tools
  • Solving mysteries, understanding scientific
    problems, or acquiring knowledge about a specific
  • Inventing new products
  • Writing a novel
  • Owning your own business
  • Going into politics

  • Acquaint or become familiar with a new situation

  • Utilizing external resources

Then There That Four Letter Word, Known as
What is Work???
  • Hard to define - over 30 lines one dictionary.
  • Most definitions state useful, productive
    activity and the labor by which a person earns a
  • On average, one will spend 30 or 40 years working
    full time during their adult years.
  • By developing a positive attitude towards work,
    you can be someone who has a happy and fulfilling
    life .

Work is
  • Productive activity resulting in something

Why do People Work -besides to make money
  • People like to be with people.
  • People want to be fulfilled.
  • People need direction and purpose.

Source Text
Working to Meet a Need
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Psychological

Work has mixed perception in society today
  • People seem to want to Get out of work
  • work smarter not harder
  • Let others work for you
  • Mans work is from sun to sun but a womans work
    is never done
  • Eat sleep go fish
  • Work in song. Take this job and ______,
    Working 9 to 5,
  • Make hay while sun shines
  • Work your fingers to the bone

Attitudes toward work has evolved over time
  • Industrial revolution first great drain on the
    traditional rural and agrarian society and it was
    a different kind of work.
  • Electricity of the 1880s led to lighted
  • Sabbath Schools for children to learn to read in
    the early 1800s who were being over worked by
  • 1872 National Labor Reform Party formed
  • 1878 Socialist Labor Party founded
  • Child labor laws begin to emerge mid to late

Attitudes toward work has evolved over time,
  • Agricultural advancements (Mechanical, Chemical)
    released workers from the farms.
  • The Great Depression 1930s
  • 1938 Congress passes the Fair Labor Standards
    Act, which establishes the forty-hour work week,
    the minimum wage, and bans child labor in
    interstate commerce
  • Study done in the 60 and repeated in the 80s
  • Generation X

Survey Answers to Main Reasons to Work
  • To have money for necessities
  • To have money for luxuries
  • To be with other people and make friends
  • To feel good about myself because I am
    accomplishing something worthwhile
  • To feel good about myself because I expand my
    skills and knowledge through my work
  • To feel good about myself because work gives me a
    sense of identity

Your Work Ethic Where did it come from?
  • The protestant reform movements in Great Britain
  • Came to America with Pilgrims and others.
  • Part of the religious movements of the late 1700s
    in the U.S.
  • SocietyTV, Movies, magazines, etc..
  • Parents, teachers, church, community
  • NEED

In Summary
  • What is work? What is a job? and what is a
  • What are the reasons people work?
  • Why is it important to plan a career?
  • Why is it important for one to have a positive
    attitude towards life and work?
  • What are the attributes of a positive attitude?

The End
Advantages of Career Planning
  • You have more control over your life when you
    plan ahead
  • Your income may increase faster because each job
    will be higher on your career ladder
  • You will more likely be working in your area of
  • Each job may give you new skills and experiences
    for preparation to the next advancement step
  • You may be able to focus on reaching your most
    important goals that you have established for
    yourself with the least amount of distraction

Planning a CareerRalph Waldo Emerson The reward
for a thing well done is to have done it.
  • Set a personal goal - something you want to
    obtain and will work to achieve.
  • Has a definite direction
  • Has a thought-out plan
  • Contains many steps
  • Requires hard work
  • Takes time

Planning a Career (Cont.)Comparing Career
Planning to Mountain Climbing
  • Both require planning to advance in the most
    productive manner
  • Decisions need to be made for successful
    completion of both
  • Aimless wandering in either may result in much
    activity with little or no gain toward the
    desired goal
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