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Mind Your Own Business

Course, Subject

Home & Careers, Career Development and Occupational Studies

Grade Levels

Commencement, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


Kathie DeKalb, Fort Plain High School


1-1.5 days


Student groups create and illustrate the perfect place to work.


  • As a group, you create and illustrate the “perfect” place to work.
  • You may decide to manufacture a product, provide a service, manage information, etc.
  • You may decide to help people in need, build bridges, sell “great ideas,” etc.
  • You may decide to do a combination of things (products and services) in order for each member of your group to be happy at work.
  • You decide which job each of you will take within this business. You need to include a leader or manager of the business (someone who is in charge). What things will each of you be responsible for to make the workplace or business successful?
  • You may also decide what kind of work environment you want; factors to consider include physical appearance, setting, work schedule, relationships among yourselves (supervisors, middle management), etc.
  • As in many workplaces, you are short-staffed. There is more work than your team can handle! You may get more staff, but there is no guarantee. How would you divide your current workload if you lost a member of your team to another workplace? How would you recruit new members to your workplace?


  • Large pieces of construction paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons


DeKalb, Kathie. “Mind Your Own Business.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 223.

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