MS Career Exploration 1

Course Description:

How do you pick a career path when you’re not sure what’s even out there? This course introduces you
to the world of work by first offering you the biblical perspective of work and explaining how to exhibit
Christlikeness in the workplace. The course allows you to begin exploring options in fields such as
teaching, business, government, hospitality, health science, IT, and more! You’ll align your interests,
wants, and needs to career possibilities, including the required education for each. Along the way, you
will learn about God’s plan for you, the traits of godly leadership, and the biblical perspective on rest and
recreation. Let’s find a career pathway that aligns with God’s plan for your life!

Biblical Worldview Summary:

This course contains at least one faith-based lesson in each unit that relates the concepts students are
learning to the biblical worldview. Each quiz, the mid-semester test, and the semester exam contains
questions related to biblical worldview. In addition, there are at least two faith-based discussions in the
course.

Biblical Worldview Objectives:

• Identify the biblical perspective on work
• Identify the origin of work and how it was affected by the fall
• Explain what your priorities and considerations should be when searching for a job
• Identify how wealth might affect one’s ability to dedicate his or her life to God
• Differentiate your plans and God’s plans for your life
• Explain why God created such a diverse population of people
• Explain the importance of delegation
• Identify the characteristics of godly leadership
• Identify ways you can serve others both in and apart from your job
• Describe the biblical perspective on rest and recreation
• Identify important considerations when choosing recreational activities
• Describe some of the temptations you may face in your career
• Describe the importance of action as it relates to prayer

Themes of Biblical Worldview Content:

Creation

God created His people to work (Genesis 2:15), to have joy in work (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20), and to glorify
Him in their work (Matthew 5:16; Colossians 3:23). We are called to discover and develop the potential
that God has gifted us with, in order to fulfill His commandment to “subdue the earth” (Genesis 1:28).
God intends for us to do this by combining our intellect, skill, and spiritual gifts to produce fruit, or good
works (John 15:1-8; Ephesians 2:10).

Fall

As a result of Adam and Eve’s original disobedience, human nature is thoroughly and universally marred
by sin (e.g., Genesis 3:14—4:16; Romans 1:18—3:23; 5:12–21). Work became trying and arduous. Man
came to erroneously put his faith in his own strengths and skills, which he believes he earned himself (as
opposed to them being gifts from God). Man believes he will find satisfaction in the pursuit of worldly
success, which is measured in such things as money, prestige, and reputation.

Redemption

Mankind has been commanded to work hard for kingdom purposes (Ephesians 2:10) and spiritual
formation (1 Peter 1:13-16), to take joy our work (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20), to work for the common good
(Romans 8:28-29), and to promote the gospel (Matthew 28:19). Christians should devote themselves to
pursuing excellence (Colossians 3:17), stewarding and maintaining their resources well (Matthew 25:14–
30), conducting themselves in ethical and lawful ways (Exodus 20:15, 17), giving and accepting
constructive criticism in a wise and loving manner (Colossians 3:12–14; 4:5–6), and practicing biblical
virtues in their work, such as humility, integrity, and hospitality (Philippians 2:3–8).

Recommended Prerequisites:
None

Grade Level:
6th-8th Grade recommended

Course Types Available:
• ½ credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
• ½ credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
• No placement test available
• No honors available
• No credit recovery available

Required Materials:

Physical
• Video recording device like a camera or a phone

Software
• Word processing software
• Slide presentation software

Optional
• Paper, pencil, posterboard, and markers

* Common household items, and access to research materials as well as word processing and
presentation software, may be required for the completion of lab activities and/or other assignments. See
course for details.