In this session, participants will discuss characteristics that employers expect employees to have and positive behaviors on the job.


  • Character
  • College and Career Prep


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Specify characteristics that can help an employee keep his or her job.
  • Discuss ways to handle difficult situations on the job.


  • How to Keep a Job activity sheet—make a copy for each participant
  • On-the-Job Problem Solving activity sheet—make a copy for each participant
  • Pen or pencil for each participant


: Text in italics should be read aloud to participants. As you engage your post in activities each week, please include comments, discussions, and feedback to the group relating to Character, Leadership, and Ethics. These are important attributes that make a difference in the success of youth in the workplace and in life.

Activity 1

How to Keep a Job

Give each Explorer a copy of the How to Keep a Job activity sheet. Have them work in pairs to define the work ethic terms on the activity sheet and provide an example of how each might be used in a job situation. Discuss the first word, “attendance,” together. Ask: What does “attendance” mean? (A possible answer might be showing up.) What is an example of how attendance might be used in a job situation? (A possible answer might be employees should not miss work unless they are sick or have a death in the family.)


After Explorers complete the activity sheet, initiate a discussion about the terms and ask for volunteers to give an example of each. Provide clarification as needed.

Activity 2

Employee Expectations

Say: All employers set expectations for their employees. How do you make sure you know what an employer’s expectations are for you? Guide Explorers to the understanding that they should have a conversation with the employer or review the employee manual to find out those expectations.

Activity 3

On-the-Job Problem Solving

Give each Explorer a copy of the On-the-Job Problem Solving activity sheet. Ask for a volunteer to read the scenario aloud. Then divide participants into groups of three to five Explorers each and have each group work together to formulate a plan to solve the problem of missing money and supplies at the gas station.


After Explorers complete the activity sheet, have each group present its solution to the other participants.


Use the questions below to lead a reflection at the conclusion of the activity.


Some sample questions are below. They are designed to help the participants apply what they have learned to their own interests. You are welcome to use these questions or develop your own questions that relate to your post or specific focus area.


Focusing Questions

  • What were you asked to discuss today?

Analysis Questions

  • Why do you think it is important to consider employer expectations when holding a job?
  • What have you learned about being a good employee?
  • How might you use this in your potential career?

Generalization Questions

  • How might you use this in life or in college?
  • Why is this important?
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