The student must research the career on their own time. Each student must utilize 2 sources that help you identify the questions in the box below. Be careful with some internet sources (are they valid?) Examples of possible sources could be… Career Transitions, Careers.org, The Career Project, Careers Internet Database, US Military Careers Research, SJC’s Career & Employment Center. Each source must be from within the past 5 years.
((((PAPER)))) Students have picked a career to research. The student must turn in a 3-5 page research paper over the career topic. The paper should address the following… 1st section – WHAT IS IT? What is the career? What does this career look like (i.e. what are the job’s duties; what does a typical day entail)? What professional skills are required? What experience is required? Who are the top organizations that offer the job? How much is the average income? o How prevalent (common) is this career today? What is the present demand for this career? Will there be a strong demand (job growth) for that career in the future? What are the trends that could influence the demand in the future? o Is this career regional (specific to certain parts of the country/world)? Will there be local jobs in that field, or will you have to relocate? o What chances of advancement/promotion are there in this career? What is the typical career path of the job? 2nd section – HOW WILL YOU GET THERE? What amount of college/university work (degree type) is required? What type of educational degree is most useful? How long will this education take? (i.e. will you have to work fulltime/PT/not at all and how many courses can you take in 1 semester) How much money $ will this education require? Where will you get the money? (i.e. grants, loans, scholarships, parents, work) Are there internships available that will expose you to the job so you can try it out?
3rd section – WHAT WILL IT DO FOR YOUR FUTURE? Based on your inventory results and knowledge of yourself, do you have what it takes to be successful in that field? Who will this career serve? What is the personal value of this career? Will you find satisfaction in that career and will it be fulfilling? Will the job pay enough to maintain the kind of lifestyle you want? (marriage, children, house, cars, vacations, retirement, savings) The paper must be typed (black ink, white paper), 12 pt font, 1 inch margins, and double spaced. It should be left justified with new paragraphs/sections tabbed/indented. The title of the paper should be the career you are researching. The research paper must have a cover page and reference page. The entire paper (cover page, text of paper, and reference page) must be in AP