Each class member is to write the job title of his or her ideal first job out of college on a small piece of paper. The class then breaks into random teams of five to six people each and completes the following steps:
1. List the top three characteristics each of the members wants from their first job out of college (the aspects that would make them satisfied in the job). Everyone should contribute, and identical ideas should be recorded as often as they occur.
2. Each team should identify whether each job characteristic is an intrinsic satisfier (like working with others, or the job itself) or an extrinsic one (like pay or benefits) by marking an “I” or “E” next to it.
3. Tally the I’s and E’s and write them in descending order. For instance, if pay was mentioned by all the team members, it goes to the top of the list under “E.” The class can then reassemble to share their findings and discuss the following questions.
3-8. Is there a consensus in the class about which list is longer (intrinsic or extrinsic)? If so, why do you think one list is longer than the other?
3-9. Is there a consensus about the top three intrinsic or extrinsic characteristics? What do you think
explains whether there is or not.
3-10. Looking at your individual dream job title, how likely do you think your job is to match the
characteristics generated by the class? How likely do you think your job is to match your top three