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Changing Jobs: How?
The student will list at least three ways or steps that a person can take to make a job
Once the decision to change jobs has been reached, it is then time to begin the job search all
over again; however, there is one difference -- now the person has had at least one job and has
experience! Even if the experience was negative and the person realizes that this is not the job for him
or her, at least that is a starting point. In this lesson, students will complete paragraphs to indicate how
to go about changing jobs by improving skills, getting additional training, or using other available
resources to make that change.
- Have students write a probable job they are capable of holding right now or perhaps work
- Have students indicate by raising hands if they would like to keep that same job for the rest of
their lives. Why or why not?
Students are to complete the worksheet Changing Jobs: How? by filling in the blanks in
paragraphs with words from the selection at the bottom of the page. When completed, the paragraphs
will give ideas for ways to make a job change.
Answers: 1. experience; 2. training; 3. help; 4. recommendation; 5. job; 6. classifieds; 7.
move; 8. consider; 9. night; 10. quit
Discussion: Changing jobs does not indicate that you are disloyal or hard to get along with -- it
may only indicate that you are willing to move up or move on to something else that comes
along that is better for you. Have students discuss the following questions.
- If you are happy with your present job, why even bother looking for something else? (it
may not meet your needs for the future, you may want to earn more money, have more
- What are some jobs that have built-in advancement? (some entry-level jobs provide
training, management positions, etc.)
- Do you think some companies would like to keep their good employees so they make
arrangements for them to stay to have a better job? Why? (yes - good employees are hard to
- If you knew that your boss could recommend you for a better position within the same
company, how could you go about using this resource? (ask for an evaluation, talk to boss
about your desire to change jobs, etc.)
- What are some ways to get additional skills that would qualify you for a better job within a company? (ask around, check with the personnel office, look for in-service opportunities, etc.)
- Sometimes factories or businesses close and the job goes with it. If your position is
terminated because of those factors, how would this affect your looking for another job? (still
use the references, explain that it was not your fault that you're out of a job, etc.)
- Have students check with their parents or other adults who work and bring in examples of
on-the-job or in-service training that is available to employees. How does this help both the
employee and the company?
- Find out what evening school courses are available at local community colleges. How could
a person maintain a day job and still get training to help him or her advance to another position?
- List two or three ways a person could change jobs once already employed.
- Write a paragraph explaining how satisfactory (or superior) job performance on a present
job can benefit someone when they are changing jobs.
Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major