Syllabus for Career & Financial Management

    Instructor: Mr. Snyder

    Room: 41

    Course Description: This is an introductory business course assisting students with career development, their role in society, and in the world of work. This course simulates experiences students are expected to know as an independent and functioning person in our society. Many assignments will be accessed using a shared google doc.


    Purpose: To provide students with the opportunity to learn about the features of our economy, explore a variety of careers, learn the skills and competencies needed for success in the workplace and to begin to become financially literate and independent.


    Course Outline:

    1. Financial Literacy 
    • Intro to Behavioral Finance
    • Taxes
    • Checking
    • Saving
    • Paying for College
    • Types of Credit
    • Managing Credit
    • Investing
    • Insurance
    • Budgeting


    1. Career Planning 
    • Your First Job
    • Resume and Cover Letter
    • Networking and Linkedin
    • Interviewing
    • Interview Challenge


    What you will learn and be able to do: 


    Career Decisions

    1. Choose a possible career 
    2. Plan for your career 
    3. Complete the job application/interview process 
    4. Adapt to a professional work environment 
    5. Understand work laws and responsibilities 

    Money Management 

    1. Describe pay, benefits, & working conditions 
    2. Complete a Fed. income tax return 
    3. Create a budget and other basic financial records 
    4. Create and utilize a checking account and other banking services


    Financial Security 

    1. Describe strategies and modes of saving 
    2. Describe the basics of investing for the future 
    3. Describe retirement and estate planning strategies 


    Credit Management 

    1. Describe how credit is used in America 
    2. Understand credit records and laws 
    3. Describe the responsibilities and costs of credit 
    4. Describe possible problems with credit 


    Resource Management 

    1. Understand the process of: 
    2. renting a residence 
    3. buying a home 
    4. buying and owning a vehicle 


    Risk Management 

    1. Understand the basics of risk management 
    2. Property and liability insurance 
    3. Health and life insurance



    Ø A 3inch, 3-ring binder 

    Ø Pen/pencil 

    Ø Paper in the note section of your notebook *Your notebook is divided into the following sections:

    1. Notes 
    2. Portfolio 


    Expectations for Success:

    1. Take accurate & complete notes, as your assignments are dependent on them
    2. Meet deadlines for assignments, as your grade is dependent on it
    3. Stay organized and file all information as instructed
    4. Attendance in class; if absent, record assignments in your log from the bulletin board
    5. Participation in class activities
    6. Effort and quality demonstrated


    1. 50% Class attendance/participation
    2. 50% Portfolio Assignments organized and logged


    Employee Competencies

    Interpersonal Skills are the ability to... 

    • Be a team player 
    • Build trust by demonstrating ethical and responsible behavior 
    • Share information 
    • Communicate candidly and openly
    • Effectively use language, writing and actions to inform, inspire and influence others 


    Initiative is the ability to... 

    • Identify opportunities and take responsibility for needed action 
    • Set and meet commitments 
    • Take “calculated” risks (not wild or lacking thought) 
    • Be self-motivating

            Analytical Ability is the ability to... 

    • Demonstrate planning and problem-solving skills 
    • Be extremely inquisitive and quick-minded 
    • Effectively combine diverse information, intuition, and common sense when considering alternatives 


    Change Orientation is the ability to... 

    • Initiate constructive conflict and change 
    • When working in a group environment, recognize team dynamic and influence in a constructive way 
    • Challenge the status quo 
    • Continue to look for better ways to get things done 
    • React to change in a positive way 


    High Self-Confidence is the ability to... 

    • Show an optimistic “Can Do” attitude 
    • Get input and make decisive and action-oriented decisions 
    • Demonstrate assurance in dealing with others 
    • Share credit and recognition 
    • Accept responsibility for mistakes and learn from mistakes


    Additional Competencies Integrity...

    • Act ethically in dealing with others 
    • Is straightforward and honest 
    • Act in a manner that is consistent with what is said 
    • Maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information Energy 
    • Positively motivates and encourages others 
    • Demonstrate “passion” in an effort to accomplish goals 
    • Perseveres when faced with obstacles and difficulty