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Here career exploration results in a PowerPoint including educational and job requirements, a mentor interview and possibly a job site tour
Social Studies, Computers & Internet
Title – Career Exploration
By – A. Walden
Primary Subject – Computers / Internet
Secondary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – 5-6
- The students will evaluate information gathered and synthesize judgments and criteria to determine if a certain career is suitable for their interests and personality.
- The student will be able to identify career possibilities according to their interests and educational goals.
- Students will:
- Gain insights into criteria employers use in selecting employees.
- Develop generalization from collected data.
- Gain experience in talking with employer of a desired career.
- Practice data collection through a questionnaire.
- Practice converting data into a visual representation through PowerPoint.
Alabama Course of Study:
- Career/Technical Education COS:
- 2) Assess the use of technology in different career fields.
- 3) Apply knowledge and skills gained through student organization activities to enhance personal and professional growth.
- 12) Assess appropriate professional behavior for the workplace.
- Technology COS:
- 2) Use various technology applications, including word processing and multimedia software.
- 8) Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
- 9) Use technology tools to organize, interpret, and display data.
- 12) Create a product using digital tools.
- Review careers – group students by interest area, chosen field, or required college major.
- Have a list of careers by college departments from an actual college catalog.
- Allow students to share information and share careers of interest.
- Use Socratic questioning techniques when questioning students about interesting careers.
- Day 1:
- Students can work in groups of two to research information of interest about the career of their choice.
- They can use the Internet, books, library, or any other resource in the classroom that will help in their research project.
- Students will collect and group their information for their career choice.
- Students will collect their research and include entrance test score requirements for a specific college offering a degree for their career, whether a Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D. is required in the field, etc.
- Students will also research the salaries, job requirements, job locations, and the benefits of their profession.
- Student can contact a person within their career field and ask for an interview or chance to see them do their job.
- Day 2:
- Students can look into contacting an online mentor if they cannot find a person to interview.
- Using a standardized questionnaire, students will obtain opinions on the most important skills and attitudes that employers look for in potential employees.
- Afterwards, students will transfer their collected data into a bar graph to illustrate the top ten on-the-job skills and attitudes needed for employment success.
- In closing, ask students to compare this list to the most important skills and attitudes list and discuss their similarities and differences.
- Students can follow the daily routine of their job and ask specific questions of interest.
- Students can keep a journal of career experience.
- Organize materials for presentation.
- Day 3 & 4:
- Day 5:
- Students will create their own PowerPoint presentation of their experience including pictures, and any other interesting resources within this career exploration project.
- Students must have a minimum of seven slides with precise information and pictures about their career of interest.
- Each student will have an idea of a career path to take and the education required to pursue particular careers according to their own individual interests and education goals.
- The student’s presentation must include at least seven slides with precise information about their learning experience.
- Students will be given a rubric to follow for meeting the requirements of this project.
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