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Teaching Students Financial Independence

This curriculum has generated one of the fastest growing and most popular classes at Ohio University.  It incorporates transformational skills on both employment and personal finance.  It teaches students how to leave campus with multiple job offers, thrive in that role, replace it quickly and efficiently if need be (voluntary or involuntary departure), be wise with money they earn and all the while progress on a plan for their own financial independence in this near pension-less world.

It uses the case study of the Baby Boom (the first recent generation who self-managed retirement with the introduction of the 401k), and uses their outcomes to motivate early behavior to avoid career and financial trouble.

At a macro level the course covers:

  • Helping students discover the big picture of what they want out of their career and lives
  • Leveraging campus resources in the areas of employment skills and personal finance
  • Obtain internships during their college years relevant to their future employment
  • Leave campus with multiple job offers while learning a process that will derive multiple job offers on subsequent searches in their careers
  • Thrive in that first role
  • Be wise with the money they earn
  • All the while building toward their eventual financial independence post-career

This sets the stage for career and financial success post-college. Students will recognize and have the skills to immediately deploy in order to better their chances of a powerful start.

This class is taught by Adjunct Professor Alan J. McMillan via the Wealth & Poverty Theme in Ohio Universities College of Arts & Science.

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