Case Study of the Week: A Tale of Two Offers

May 13, 2024

Personal Financial Literacy

You are to assume the role of a career counselor. A client has received two job offers and needs help determining the best option.

The client is excited to have received job offers from two great companies. The client has been offered positions as a policy analyst at a nonprofit organization and at a privately held company. The offers are listed below:

Privately held company:

Policy Analyst without master’s degree – starting salary $65,000.

Insurance, paid time off, free gym membership, complimentary snack/coffee bar


Policy Analyst without master’s degree – starting salary $50,000.

Insurance, paid time off, work from home twice weekly, tuition assistance program

Both employers are located thirty miles from the client’s residence.

You must explain to the client why it is important to consider intangible benefits when making decisions in career opportunities and how intangible benefits can affect income.


Randi Bibiano
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Randi Bibiano is DECA's competitive events specialist. In this role, she conceptualizes and authors role-play scenarios for the collegiate and high school division’s competitive events programs. She also manages DECA's online competitive events and serves as a liaison to volunteer efforts at DECA's educational conferences.

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Classroom Connection

Career CLuster:

Personal Financial Literacy

Instructional Area(s):

Personal Finance

Performance Indicators:

Give examples of intangible job benefits
Describe how intangible benefits can affect a worker's career choices and income
Explain why people should evaluate employee benefits in addition to wages and salaries when choosing job and career opportunitites