Here is the student guide that goes with this activity.
During the current COVID-19 shut-downs, many people have either lost their jobs or are working from home. Some workers have been deemed essential. Take for example, the healthcare workers, who are tirelessly helping people who have fallen victim to the virus.
Now, check out the recent article from the Tampa Bay Times on essential workers.
Before Reading: Consider the title: Cities differ on who's essential, who's not. Why do you think cities might differ in their assessments of which workers are essential? Predict some of the city workers that you think are deemed essential during the COVID-19 shut-down.
During Reading: While you read, record which workers are deemed essential. Take notes to compare and contrast Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater.
After Reading: Which workers were deemed essential? What were the differences and similarities among the cities? Why were some people given more money than others? What changes in the labor market created these changes in salary? Why do you think some people have lost jobs? What else did you learn?
Extension: Many of the jobs that were deemed essential are people with skilled trades. There are many different jobs people can do that don't necessarily require a college degree. Many of these jobs require certifications or on-the-job training. Sometimes people just apply to college without a future job in mind. Check out the Career Cluster infographic to learn more about different jobs and careers. What did you find? Now, visit Florida Shines.org to plan your future. When you find some jobs that look interesting, visit ONetOnline.org to conduct research on job options. What skills are required? What education is required? Which jobs match things you like? How much can you make?
Use the PACED decision-making model to evaluate different jobs. Choose four different alternatives. Evaluate those alternatives, based on criteria important to you.
SS.8.FL.1.1 Explain that careers are based on working at jobs in the same occupation or profession for many years. Describe the different types of education and training required by various careers.
SS.8.FL.1.2 Identify the many decisions people must make over a lifetime about their education, jobs, and careers that affect their incomes and job opportunities.
SS.912.FL.1.3: Evaluate ways people can make more informed education, job, or career decisions by evaluating the benefits and costs of different choices.
SS.912.FL.1.5: Discuss reasons why changes in economic conditions or the labor market can cause changes in a worker’s income or may cause unemployment.
Created by Deborah Kozdras and Brittany Sampson