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					                                                                           Finding a Dream Job
                                                                                 David Nippoldt
                                Finding a Dream Job
         An outline for a five-session project on exploring career opportunities.

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Session 1
Brainstorming – “What are the best jobs in the world? “
 Working alone, students list at least 10 jobs that they consider to be the best.
 In small groups, students combine their lists of jobs, add additional jobs.
 Teacher leads discussion on types of job. “What qualities do these jobs have in
   common?” (i.e. nature of the work, working conditions, types of employers, required
   training, earnings, etc.)
 Students categorize jobs by qualities using Job Categories sheet.

Journal Topic
For you, what are the top 3 jobs? What qualities do these jobs have? Why would you
like these jobs?

Session 2
Jigsaw Activity
 Part A – Teacher selects four interviews about “dream jobs” below (from USA
   Today). Selection should be based on student interest. Divide the class into four
   groups. Each group reads and discusses one interview becoming “experts” on that
   dream job.

   Wally Amos, cookie entrepreneur, Famous Amos brand cookies

   Jared Greenberg, disc jockey

   Randi Mitnick, sports publicist

   Mike Costache, investment banker

   Stanley Czyzyk, hurricane hunter

   Bobbie Eakes, actress, "The Bold and the Beautiful"
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   Part B – Regroup students into groups for four, each of the four having a different
    “expertise.” Students report the findings of their reading to their group.

Class Discussion
What do the people interviewed have in common? What qualities make a job a “dream

Journal Topic
What is your dream job? What job would like to have but you are not qualified for?
What training, education, experience etc. do you need to get this job?

Session 3
Exploring Careers: Steps 1 – 3
 (See following pages.)

Session 4
Exploring Careers: Steps 3 – 4
 (See following pages.)

Session 5
Group Discussion
In groups of 4 or 5, students discuss their dream jobs based on these questions.
 What is your dream job(s)?
 Why is this the perfect job for you?
 What must you do to prepare for this job?

Action Plan
Working alone or in pairs, students consider what they need to do to get their dream
job. Use the Action Plan work sheet.

Journal Topic
What is your dream job? Why is this the perfect job for you? What must you do to
prepare for this job? What sacrifices will you have to make?
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                              Exploring Careers
Step 1: What careers are you interested in?
Select three occupations that you want to learn more about.

Step 2: Make a study group.
Talk to other students to find others people with interests similar to yours. Make a
group of 3 or 4 people. In your group, decide on three occupations you want to learn
more about.

Step 3: Read about three careers.
Find the description of these three occupations you chose in the Occupational Outlook
Handbook on the Internet.

To find a career in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, first look at the list below and
determine which category the job is in. For example, if you want to learn about
computer programmers, first click on the link next to (A) “Professional and Related

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2002-03 Edition http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm
      Management http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1001.htm
      (A) Professional and Related Occupation http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm
      Service http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm
      Sales http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1004.htm
      Administrative Support http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1005.htm
      Farming and Related http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1012.htm
      Construction http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1009.htm
      Installation and Related http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1008.htm
      Production http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1010.htm
      Transportation http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1011.htm
      Job Opportunities in the Armed Forces http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos249.htm

Then look for “Computer and mathematical occupations”. Below that you must click on
“Computer programmers” to read about this occupation.

Step 4: Make notes.
Scan the job information to find answers to the questions on the Job Facts sheet. Work
with your group to write answers. Be sure you understand the answers.
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                               Job Categories
                                                               Name: ______________
Read the list jobs that you made with your group. What qualities do these jobs have in
common? One category is started for you. Work with your group to think of others.
   Work Inside A Building
         Quality                       Quality                      Quality
  computer programmer
   high school teacher

          Quality                      Quality                      Quality
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                                   Exploring Careers:
                                     Job Facts
                                                              Name: ______________
Occupation: _________________________

Significant Points
What are some important things to know about this job?

Nature of the Work
Describe the work of a person with this job.

Working Conditions
Describe the place and the kind of work this person does.

Generally speaking, what companies hire people with this career?

Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
What education and training is required for this career?

Job Outlook
Will this be a good career in the future?

How much do people with this occupation make?

Your Response
What did you learn about this career? Did anything surprise you? Would like this
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                    Dream Job Action Plan
                                            Name: ______________
Occupation: _________________________

Time Frame          Actions Required    Costs/ Sacrifices

  1 – 12

 1 – 2 years

 2 – 5 years

 5 + years

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