Volume 1: Personal Management

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“Fabulous! Excellent materials! Made students really enjoy learning social skills.” -Marsha Bradbury, Teacher, Woods Cross High School, Bountiful, UT

Personal Management poses the question: “Who am I and how can I achieve the personal power I need to be in control of my life?’’

Through power building unit lessons and activities, students discover and practice skills to use in appreciating their own uniqueness as well as strategies for identifying and pursuing a career goal of their choice. Students also learn the steps to take in furthering their education and skills to use in advocating for themselves.

Unit 1: Winning with Personal Power

The purpose of this section is to guide students in developing an understanding of their own strengths, interests, and goals. This forms a strong personal foundation upon which they will build life skills. They will practice positive regard for themselves and others, and apply decision-making skills to effectively determine their future.

Unit 2: Choosing the Best Career for You

Lessons in this unit focus on personal and career exploration. Students not only learn about themselves, but also about many careers. Students complete a variety of activities and informal assessments to analyze their interests and abilities, then match these to information gathered about careers. After narrowing their career choices, students complete career research activities, such as job shadowing. With information from these activities, students will be ready to make a final career choice.

Unit 3: Maximizing Your Options & Opportunities

This unit gives students information about their career preparation options during and after high school. These options include vocational training in high school, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, community college, and four-year college programs.

Unit 4: Advocating for Your Future

This unit shows students a process to determine their goals for the future and helps them develop a plan to meet these goals. Goal topics may include: career, employment, education or training, personal health, leisure, financial, and independent living.

Personal Management content includes:

• Summary of Performance  (SoP)
• Decision-making strategies
• Self-control strategies
• Anger & conflict management skills
• Realistic appraisal of assets
• Career choices
• Identifying work strengths
• Compensating for disabilities
• Use of positive self-talk
• Vocational aptitude
• Continuing education

Sample Lesson Plan