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Managers of the Future

Course, Subject

Home & Careers, Career Development and Occupational Studies

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


  • Student–generated “Appropriate Behavior Checklist” is used in evaluations.
  • Teacher observation is used in evaluations.
  • Team discussions and managers' reactions are evaluated.


Melissa Dixon, Patricia Molloy, and Carol Varsalona.


2–3 periods

Essential Questions

How are my social skills related to my future success?
Why do the choices I make now matter to my future?



  • Students will develop problem-solving strategies.
  • Students will interact effectively with business partners.
  • Students are divided into groups. The teacher provides students with several pictures of people in different types of dress (e.g., business, casual, sloppy), and with the names of different occupations, mounted on heavy paper. (Have more pictures than occupations.) Students match the pictures of people (explaining they are only to look at dress) with the occupations they think they will hold.
  • Teacher asks students why they made the specific matches, moving the discussion to professional images and the importance of “dressing for success.”
  • Students identify the criteria for appropriate dress for business.
  • Teacher and students identify one day as “Dress for Success Day,” and the students are to dress according to the criteria.
  • Students discuss any reactions they had to their dress and how dressing up impacted their feelings toward their work (school work) and interactions with others.
  • Students interview managers of community businesses concerning their roles and responsibilities. They also discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
  • Teacher reads examples of possible “business–related problems,” and the students propose solutions. The managers talk with the students about their solutions.
  • Students develop an “Appropriate Behavior Checklist” for the classroom.
  • Students discuss both appropriate dress and behavior in the workplace.

Materials / Resources

  • Pictures of people in different dress
  • Names of different occupations mounted on heavy paper
  • Cards with business problems

Comments / Modifications

  • Students write a thank-you letter to participating business partners.
  • Students can create their own business cards.
  • Debriefing summaries can be computer generated.


Melissa Dixon, Patricia Molloy, and Carol Varsalona. “Managers of the Future.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 93.

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