Building a Career – A Conversation with Joan Elhoffer
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Learn what it means to build a career and run a business as Joan Elhoffer, owner of seven McDonald’s Restaurants, shares her story of rising from working at a McDonald’s counter at age 16 to being an owner/operator today. During the conversation she shares her insights on setting goals, the importance of education and training, and running a successful business.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: Careers-19**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Explore what it takes to be an entrepreneur. List character traits that can be observed in this video.
  • Research some famous entrepreneurs and write short biographical essays or create short videos about them and their accomplishments.
  • After viewing the video, have students discuss insights gained from Ms. Elhoffer that helps them better understand what is involved in owning your own business.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.