Career Exploration A WebQuest for 8th Grade Home and Careers Career Project Designed by NSJH Career Center Teacher and 8th Grade Home and Career Teachers Based on a template from San Diego State University’s The WebQuest
Introduction • Today starts the journey to your tomorrow. You have the ability to chose any career you may have an interest in. The key is to know about yourself, your interests, your skills, and your options. • In order to be successful you must learn about your career choices and the decisions you make to reach them. • Your future is in your hands • You are in charge of your destiny • It’s you who is in the driver seat of your future • This activity will help you prepare for tomorrow. • Once you find an occupation you may be interested in, • you can start preparing for it. Success Tip Look at Evaluation Tab
The Task • Working as an individual, you are going to evaluate your interests and skills, and use this information to determine what type of career you may like. With this information you will: • Identify your interest areas, likes and dislikes. • Make a list of 3 careers from your Interest Survey. • From at least 2 websites, on the fastest growing occupations, record 3 occupations you may find interesting. • Record 5 careers of interest, from Web Quest websites or Choices. • You will pick one occupation from your career list and research the career. • You will decide if the chosen career would be something you would not only be interested in, but would be good at? Why? • You will make a multimedia presentation • to the class in which you will orally introduce your chosen • occupation and explain the research you have done. Did you look at Evaluation Tab?
The Process • Part 1-an interest survey inventory completed in the classroom. • Part 2- Look at least TWO websites from the list below that discusses the fastest growing occupations or jobs in high demand (record 3 choices on worksheet). • http://www.acinet.org/acinet/oview1.asp?level=baplus • http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_104.htm • http://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Occupations/OccupationsWhatsHot.aspx • http://www.khake.com/page5.html • Part 3- Research various careers and compile a list of 5 careers that may be of interest to you using at least TWO of the following websites (record 5 careers on works http://www.bls.gov/oco/ • http://www.nycareerzone.org/ • http://mappingyourfuture.org/planyourcareer/careership/index.cfm • http://www.careeroverview.com/careers.html • Part 4- Choose a career to investigate. • Part 5- Investigate the career. Collect information to prepare for your presentation. • Your research should include information on the following topics: • • General Job description • 3-5 job tasks / typical tasks (be specific) • • Training /Education • Outlook • • Expected Salary • Hours • • Any other information that be of interest to you for extra credit • Part 6 Head to the Conclusion Tab
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Evaluation (continued) Oral Presentation 0 =Little Effort 1= Moderately 2= Average 3= Moderately 4= Strong Weak Weak Strong back
Conclusion • After exploring a specific career option in depth, you should have a better idea as to whether this career would be a good choice for you. You should also be more familiar with the following: • Internet resources to help you explore careers • Employment trends • Set career goals • Now, when you are asked that inevitable question, • “What do you want to be when you grow up?” • you will have a better idea. • If you are still unsure of your career goals, hopefully you have found some useful resources to continue your career exploration.