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Name ______________________________________ Peers, Friends, and Family Influence on Work Choices
Interview five classmates and then write about two friends and five family members to complete the charts below. Then answer the questions on page three (3) with full written responses.

Peers/Classmates:
Classmate Peer Name Job type with title: what do/did they do on the job? How they chose it—why did they look for this kind of work? Why they chose it—what appealed to them about the work? Would they do it again? Why or why not?

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Friends other than Classmates or Family Members:
Friend‟s Name Job type with title: what do/did they do on the job? How they chose their work? How long have they done this work? Would they do it again? Why or why not?

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Family Members are often the strongest influence on the choices we make for work or career. Think about your mother, father, step-relatives, foster relatives, aunts, uncles, grandparents and other people who are „like family‟ who have had a significant impact in your life—positive or negative. Here is a different kind of chart to complete: Relationship to Male or What jobs do you (mother, Female they/did they have? father, uncle, aunt, older sibling…) _______________ _______________ _______________ _______________ Was education required for these jobs? Did this person follow a family “job pattern?” What have you learned about work from this person?

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More Questions: Give through written answers. Be specific. Do not give simple answers (like “yes” or “no”) when you can give an explanation.

1. How have technological changes affected jobs of friends or family?

2. How did your family‟s jobs shaped how they live and what they think is important?

3. Have members in your family encouraged you in any way to learn about their jobs, or go into the field that they are in? How? Give specific examples.

4. If you think that some of your relatives wish they had done other kinds of work, what kind of work would they have done? Identify the person or people and write the type of work they might have preferred.

5. In general, how do you think that your family and friend‟s choices of careers affect you? Have your learned what you do and don’t want to do based on their choices?