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April 9, 2018

Invest in What’s Next

Exploring options for life after high school can be overwhelming. What lifestyle do I want? What education and career path is right for me? How will student loans affect my future? It might seem like there are more questions than answers. But Invest in What’s Next, an interactive, online mini-course from our Bank’s Economic Education group and our colleagues in San Francisco, allows students to tackle those questions and more.

Invest in What’s Next is designed to build students' economics and personal finance skills while preparing them to make an informed decision about post-secondary education and careers. Through personalized exploratory activities and guided research over three lessons, students create an actionable plan for their future. The third and final lesson, Evaluating My Plan, was just released in early February. In Lesson 3, students weigh the costs and benefits of their education investment and see how their plan might respond to real-life challenges, such as earning less than expected or starting an education path but not completing it. 

With Lesson 3, two new tools are available. Since preparedness is an important factor for completing an education path, students take a Preparation Assessment to evaluate how prepared they are. They answer a series of questions and get tips on what they can do next. The other new tool is the Plan Builder. Students can freely build additional plans; they can explore a different school option, job choice or education path. Then, they can compare plans to evaluate which one is the best fit.

The Economic Education group has been busy sharing Invest in What’s Next throughout the District and nationally. In 2017, the group shared the course with over 1,000 educators at various conferences and teacher workshops, and since its initial release in 2014, more than 20,000 people have experienced Invest in What's Next. Outreach efforts will continue in full force this year to raise awareness about the course’s new features. Want to learn more? Contact the Economic Education group.

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