Career and Financial Management Career Expectations

Career and Financial Management Career Expectations

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Career and Financial ManagementCareer Expectations

Objectives List factors to consider when choosing a

career Discover personal career expectations

and explore international job outlook Identify the relationship between

education and wage

What Do You Need to Know?

What career questions remain unanswered?

Career Characteristics


Work Hours

Salary and Benefits

Tasks and Responsibilitie


Aptitudes and Abilities

Career Outlook

Work Environment

Education and Training

International Career Outlook

Values What do people working in a particular

career care about? A career’s values should match your own

Tasks and Responsibilities Determine what you will you be doing

each day What tasks will you perform each day? Is the job fast-paced? High pressure? How will your day be structured? Will I primarily use my brain or my body? What challenges are associated with my


Work Environment What will your work environment be

like? Physical surroundings Social surroundings

Spend a large amount of time at work

40 hrs/wk

52 weeks

2080 hrs/yr

Work Hours Not all jobs are from 9 AM – 5 PM Are you at your best in the morning? At

night? Restaurant workers

Flextime Work four ten-hour days and have a three

day weekend Telecommute

Aptitudes and Abilities Identify aptitudes and abilities required

for the career Match your natural talents with career


Education and Training Different levels of education needed for

careers, even in the same field Two-year associate degree Four-year bachelor’s Technical license or certificate

Be aware of time, money, and effort required for various careers

Salary and Benefits How much money will you make?

Hourly rate, weekly salary, yearly salary What additional benefits will be offered?

Health insurance, paid vacation, holiday time, retirement plans, bonuses, discounts, etc.

Depends on field, position, and level of education

Career Outlook Know the future demand for work in

your career Growth or decline?

Options if career is in an area of decline1. Gain additional education and work

experience to be competitive2. Look for a similar or related career

Career Outlook

International Career Outlook More careers involve working

internationally Live in or travel to other countries for


If interested in international careers Research using the library and Internet Work on communications skills and

interpersonal skills

The Bottom LineCareer Characteristics Values Tasks and Responsibilities Work Environment Work Hours Aptitudes and Abilities Education and Training Salary and Benefits Career Outlook International Career Outlook

Why Finish High School? Half of students who do not finish high

school will not find work Of those who find work, their jobs are

usually temporary or part-time

Careers and Education Most jobs require postsecondary

education and training Length of education and training depends

on the career On average, paid more than those who do

not pursue postsecondary education

Education Training $$$

Postsecondary Education Options

CertificateAssociate’s DegreeBachelor’s DegreeMaster’s DegreeDoctoral DegreeProfessional Degree

Certificates Certificate of Completion

Develop a specific skill or trained in a specific career

Earned at technical/vocational schools and community colleges

Earned in 2 years or less

Associate’s Degree Associate’s Degree

Careers in technical or vocational fields Typically earned at community colleges Earned in 2 years or less Credits can count toward a bachelor’s


Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree (undergraduate

degree) Take courses in core subjects and courses

related to major Earned at a college or university in 4-5

years Prepares students for a good career and

necessary for an advanced degree

Master’s Degree Master’s Degree

Can advance a career and is required for some professions

Earned at a graduate college Must take the Graduate Record Exam

(GRE) and complete undergraduate courses

Usually takes at least 2 years to complete

Doctoral and Professional Degrees Doctoral Degree

Follows the Master’s degree Minimum of 3 to 5 years to complete

Professional Degrees Graduate degrees in the fields of law,

business, and medicine

Education Pays

How Will You Pay? Postsecondary education and training is a

big investment Financial aid can help with education costs in

the form of: Scholarships Grants Loans Work-study programs

Being well informed about education costs and aid will help you make good decisions

The Bottom Line$ No diploma

$$ High School Diploma

$$$ Certificate

$$$$ Associate’s Degree

$$$$$ Bachelor’s Degree

$$$$$$ Master’s Degree


Doctoral Degree


Professional Degree