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Achieve your career!
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Table of Contents



  • Part 1: Investigating your career

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  • 1A. Where are you coming from?

3

  • IB. Finding your career

4

  • IC. Analyzing your career

5

  • ID. Career research paper

6

  • Part 2: Getting out there

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  • 2B. The resume

12

  • 2C. The letter of interest

14

  • 2D. The informational interview (of a professional)




  • 2E. Taking notes




  • 2F. The interview (of you)







  • 3A. Option A: Job shadow




  • 3B. Option B: Internship




  • 3C. Option C: Product




  • Part 4: Following up




  • 4A. Reflection




  • 4B. Thank-yous






Part 1:

Investigating your Career

Where are you coming from?

(Assignment 1A)
The purpose of this assignment is to get you thinking about what kinds of careers you’re interested in and how you’ve come to be interested in them. So, in a quick-write, please address the following questions:


  • What kind of work do you think you want to do? Why?

  • To what extent do you think your family has influenced this idea?

  • To what extent do you think school has influenced this idea?

  • To what extent do you think the media has influenced this idea?

Finding your Career

(Assignment 1B)
This purpose of this assignment is to choose a career that you’re really interested in. You will focus on this career for the entire project--and hopefully afterwards, too.
One great way to get started is to take some career interest assessments. By now, you should have done these three:


  1. The ASVAB

  2. The Naviance Career Key: http://www.bisd303.org/domain/789

  3. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

    1. This is a personality test, not a career aptitude test. People have studied the best careers for different personalities, though, so you can investigate potential careers for your type. A good place to start is http://www.truity.com/view/types

      1. If you don’t remember your Myers-Briggs type, this site also has a free test.  

If you are still stuck, try browsing careers instead. A great resource is the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Another great site to check out is Big Future by the College Board. It lays out multiple career/college major options by category. It also tells you what you need to do in high school to prepare for each job. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers

So, your assignment is to respond to the following questions in a quick-write:

  1. What careers did the ASVAB suggest for you?

  2. What careers did the Naviance Career Key suggest for you?

  3. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?

  4. What careers did the truity.com suggest for your Myers-Briggs type?

  5. Do you see any commonalities in your results? What kinds of careers come up most often?

  6. Do you agree with these results? Do these careers seem appealing to you?

  7. Finally, which career do you want to focus on for this project?

Analyzing your Career

(Assignment 1C)
Now that you’ve chosen a career to focus on for this project, your next task is to do some research and analysis on it.
Use the following questions to guide your research:


  • How many people do this job?

  • How competitive is it to get a job in this field?

  • Are job opportunities in this career growing or shrinking? Why?

  • What kind of education or training do you need to do this job?

  • How much do people with this job get paid?

  • Where do people with this job tend to work?

  • How much do people who have this job enjoy having it?

  • What is good about it, and what is challenging about it?

  • What current issues are there surrounding this career?

  • What other questions do you have about this career?

The best place to start your research is the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/


Use Cornell Notes to record what you learn about your career, and any questions that come up in your research.


Note: You can use tables in Google docs or MS Word to make the boxes for taking Cornell notes. Go to Insert → Table.

Career Research Paper

(Assignment 1D)
Now that you have researched your career, write up your findings in a short research paper.
What your paper should include:


  • An introduction

    • Why you chose to focus on this career

      • Where you learned about this career

      • How school, family and the media have influenced your perception of this career

      • How this career choice lines up with your career interest survey results (AVAB, Naviance, Myers-Briggs)

    • A brief statement telling the reader what you’ll focus on in the paper




  • Body paragraphs, in which you show the results of your research on these topics:

    • Demographics and job prospects

      • How many people do this job?

      • Where do people with this job tend to work?

      • Are job opportunities in this career growing or shrinking? Why?

      • How competitive (difficult) is it to get a job in this field?

    • Pay and job satisfaction

      • How much do people with this job get paid?

      • How much do people who have this job enjoy having it?

      • What is good about it, and what is challenging about it?

    • Education, training and other qualities

      • What kind of education or training do you need to do this job?

      • What other qualities do people need to do this job well?




  • A conclusion

    • Summarize what you’ve learned from your research

    • Give an honest assessment of whether this career is a good choice for you

    • Detail your next steps: What should you do next to learn more about and prepare for this career?




  • Citations

    • Use parenthetical citations to show where your facts and statistics come from, for example:

      • As of 2012, there were 2,100 wildlife biologists in the U.S. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    • Then give a complete citation in your works cited page, for example:

      • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/zoologists-and-wildlife-biologists.htm (visited April 16, 2015).





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