Module A: Understanding the Workplace - Overview
Young people today are facing a complex and rapidly changing
society. There have been significant economic, social, political,
and technological changes that impact the workplace. Basic concepts
of how our economy functions will be covered in this module.
Students will explore the influences of global trends, employment
trends and issues, cultural diversity and demographic shifts
on future work. Students should complete this module with an
awareness of the impact of economic change, new work patterns
and organizational learning on the workplace. Students will be
able to describe the changing workplace and its implications
for career decision-making and lifelong learning.
Understanding the Workplace
American with Disabilities Act (ADA) -
A 1990 federal law that forbids discrimination against persons
who are disabled.
Career - sequence of occupations
and other roles that you play in your life, the settings in
which they occur, and the major events of your life; the total
series of roles and work experiences a person occupies throughout
life. Life career includes schooling, continuing education,
employment, leisure time activities, volunteer work, homemaking,
and retirement. Each person has one lifelong career that may
include many occupations and jobs.
Career planning - the decision-making
process by which you identify the alternatives open to you
in occupational, educational, and leisure areas of your life.
Child Labor Laws The
Fair Labor Standards Act limits the hours that youth under
16 years of age can work and lists hazardous occupations too
dangerous for young workers to perform.
- Consumers people who buy and use goods and
- Demand – amount of goods and services
that consumers want to buy.
- Economics study of how people produce, distribute,
and use goods and services.
- Entrepreneur - a person who organizes and
runs a business.
- Free Enterprise individuals or businesses
may buy, sell, and set prices with little government control.
- Global economy - the production, purchase,
and sale of goods in a world-wide market.
- Job paid position with specific duties,
tasks, and responsibilities in a particular place of work.
- Occupation - a grouping of jobs with common
tasks that require similar skills.
- Producers make or provide goods and services
that consumers buy and use.
- Profit amount of money left over after the
business pays its expenses.
- Social Security a federal government program
that provides benefits for people of all ages.
- Supply - amount of goods and services available
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