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					                  Planning Your Career and Education

Career Research Project

At this point in the class, students have assessed their personality type, learning
style, interests and values and have given some thought to careers that match
their personal characteristics. Have students do some research on a career
suggested by the career assessment. A sample handout with an outline of the
paper is located at the end of this section. The paper should include the
following:

       Career Description
       Outlook for the Career
       Skills and Education Required

Students can use the College Success Web site to research a career:

http://www.cuyamaca.edu/collegesuccess/research.asp

They can also use their college Career Center or Library.

As an alternative to writing a paper on the career research, give students the
option of preparing a PowerPoint presentation on the career that they have
researched. Include career information as well as how the career matches
personal characteristics such as personality, interests, values and learning style.
Limit the presentation to 5-10 minutes.

Guest Speakers

This is a good opportunity to invite a guest speaker from the college Career
Center to speak to the class. If you work in a community college, it is also a
good time to have guest speakers from nearby four-year colleges to talk about
transfer requirements.

Educational Plan

Assign students to do at least one semester of their educational plan with a
counselor or academic advisor. Students may be able to do a complete plan if
they schedule ahead and make an appointment during non-peak times between
registration periods. It is difficult to complete an educational plan during busy
times. Planning forms are located at the end of the chapter, or students can see
a counselor or advisor and use any form that is provided.




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Decision-Making Group Exercise

In small groups, have students complete “The Planful Decision Strategy” and
“Practicing a Planful Decision” located at the end of the chapter in the print
edition and at the end of this section for the Web edition.

The Resume

Assign students to complete a resume and cover letter as part of their course
requirements. A worksheet and samples are provided in the textbook at the end
of the chapter. They can choose to make the resume based on their current
education and experience or make a resume for their “dream job” and invent the
perfect resume. If students are inventing a resume, have them research courses
they will take in order to include some of these skills on the resume. Inventing
the perfect resume helps students to think about the future as well as learning
resume skills.

Interview Exercise

Have students complete the “Interview Worksheet” located at the end of the
chapter or included at the end of this section. Then have them pair off and ask
each other the interview questions.

The Royal Chocolate Factory

Have students interview for the position of Sales Representative at The Royal
Chocolate Factory. Divide the class into groups of four students in each group.
Each group chooses a boss. The boss interviews the other 3 members of the
group using the questions in the Interview Worksheet. Each boss reports to the
class about whom they would hire and why. Answers from the boss are
interesting:
            She answered all the questions quickly and confidently.
            He seemed more self-confident and looked me in the eye.
            I didn’t hire her because of her handshake.
(From Carla Edwards, Instructor, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA)

American Idol

Have students do mock interviews. Have them judged by panels that represent
the characters Randy, Paula and Simon.

Informational Interview

Have students do an interview with a person in their career of interest and send
him or her a thank you note. This interview can be used as a source of


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information for a career paper or can be used as an extra credit assignment. Ask
students to turn in a list of questions asked with brief answers and a copy of the
thank you note.
(From Carla Edwards, Instructor, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA)

Interview Simulation

Start with a job announcement or description. Choose an interview panel of five
students. If your class is large, you may have more than one panel. Students
then take turns being interviewed. Sample interview questions are provided in
the text. Have a receptionist who welcomes students to the interview and stress
the importance of making a good first impression with the receptionist. The class
provides feedback first on what is good about the interview and then suggestions
for improvement. Encourage students to come to class dressed appropriately for
the interview. Students can also have a resume prepared and present it to the
interview panel.

You can add some humor to the simulation by assigning roles to the various
interviewers. For example, assign one interviewer that discriminates against
men or women. Some students can show up with improper attire or demonstrate
the wrong way to do an interview. (Contributed by Mechelle Du”Monde,
Instructor, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA)

Career Center Visits

Arrange for your students to visit the Career Center to do career research either
as a group or individually.

Rate Your Skills for Success in the Workplace

This exercise gives the students a way to think about skills important in the
workplace using the Scans competencies described in the text. It is located at the
end of the chapter and integrated into the Web edition. Students can summarize
their workplace skills using “Analyze Your Workplace Skills” also located at the
end of the chapter.

Checklist for a Satisfying Career

This exercise helps students to think about their ideal career and to make a good
decision about a career. It is located at the end of the chapter and at the end of
this section.

For Online Classes:

Online Discussion Questions




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   How will the employment trends mentioned in this chapter affect your future
    career plans?
   What tips would you give your friend before he or she interviewed for a job
    that was really important?

Online Journal Entry/Assignment

I am combining the journal and assignment for this chapter into one assignment
worth 20 points. For this assignment, choose a career that interests you or one
suggested by the career assessments done in this class. Answer these
questions:
   1. Describe the career. What are the typical job duties
   2. What are your personality strengths that match this career?
   3. How does this career match your interests on the Choices Planner Interest
       assessment?
   4. What are some advantages and disadvantages of working in this career?
   5. What is the pay and job outlook?
   6. What are the educational requirements?
   7. What interesting facts did you discover? To research your career, use at
       least 2 sources of information from the College Success Web site:
       http://www.cuyamaca.edu/collegesuccess/research.asp Please list the two
       sources of information that you used.

Attach files of sample student work.

Online Assignment: Educational Plan

Since the above career research assignment takes some time to complete, I do
the following assignment for the next chapter.

Now that you have given some thought to your future career or major, the next
step is to complete an educational plan. Having an educational plan helps you to
be motivated, save time by taking the right courses and accomplish your goal as
soon as possible. For this project, make a counseling appointment with me or
any full time counselor. You can schedule your appointment by calling 619-660-
4429. Counseling is open late Monday and Thursday evenings until 7:00 pm and
I work late on Thursdays. I would like to meet you and discuss your future plans.
Please note that I have 70 students in my online class, so I may not be able to
meet with all of you. If you are still undecided on a major, bring your personality
profile from Do What You Are. To submit this assignment, create a Word
document listing your major and transfer plans along with the courses you plan to
take this summer and next fall. Include the name of the counselor you saw. If you
have any difficulties completing this assignment, please let me know. Hope to
see you soon.




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Online Assignment: Resume

Since the above career research assignment takes some time to complete, I do
the following assignment in a future chapter.

Since the above career research assignment takes some time to complete, I do
the following assignment for the next chapter.

In place of doing a journal and an assignment for Chapter 11, please complete a
resume for your ideal job. Assume that you have completed your bachelor's
degree or other educational goal and you are ready to apply for that professional
job. As a resource for this assignment, use the sample resume in this chapter. 2.
This resume is designed for college students who may have less work history
and places more emphasis on education. This resume is actually my son's
resume. He was able to get a $60,000 job with it. I have revised this resume for
my daughter who is a business major graduating this spring from SDSU. I have
attached the file to this assignment. It is OK with me if you merely delete the
information and add your own using the same format. You will need a college
catalog to complete the Key Related Courses category. This is a good exercise
for you to complete because it helps to look ahead at the courses you will be
taking in the future. You can also be creative with the format if you want. Limit
your resume to one page however. If you need help with the Key Related
Courses section, visit our Career Center to look at college catalogs or make a
counseling appointment and I can assist (619-660-4429). Save the file with your
first initial, last name and resume. For example, mfralickresume

Attach sample resume file. I have included this file at the end of this section

Additional Classroom Handouts
Note that most of these exercises are included in the print edition. They are
included here as a supplement to the Web edition.




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Name _____________________________________ Date _________________
Resume Worksheet for Your Ideal Career

Use this worksheet to prepare a resume similar to the sample in the text.
Assume that you have graduated from college and are applying for your
ideal career.

1.     What is the specific job title of your ideal job?




2.     What are two or three qualifications you possess that would especially
qualify you for this job? These qualifications can be listed under Highlights on
your resume.




3.     List your degree or degrees, major, and dates of completion.




4.    List five courses you will take to prepare for your ideal career. For each
course, list some key components that would catch the interest of your potential
employer. Use a college catalog to complete this section.




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5.   List the skills you would need in each of these areas.
Computer skills:




Technical or other job-related skills:




Personal skills related to your job objective:




6.     List employment that would prepare you for your ideal job. Consider
internships or part-time employment.




7.     What are your interests?




8.     What special achievements or awards do you have?




(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)


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                           SARA STUDENT SAMPLE RESUME
                                   123 College Ave.
                                 San Diego, CA 92000
                               619-123-4567
                           sarastudent@aol.com
______________________________________________________________________

OBJECTIVE              Professional Position as a Financial Planner

EDUCATION              B.S. in Business Financial Services
                       San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, May 2005
                       Certificate of Achievement in Business Administration
                       Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA, June 2003
                       A.A. in University Transfer Studies,
                       Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA, August 2003

                       KEY RELATED COURSES
                          Financial and Managerial Accounting: balance sheets, cash flows,
                           income statements, time value of money
                          Computer Information Systems: Microsoft word, excel, database,
                           PowerPoint
                          Business Law: corporations, partnerships and sole proprietors,
                           contracts
                          Macro and Micro Economics: markets, stock market, investments,
                           monetary policies, foreign exchange, forecasting
                          Statistics and Business Calculus
                          Finance: return on assets and equity, time value of money,
                           forecasting
                          Management: ethics, globalization, technology, organization of
                           tasks
                          Marketing: customer satisfaction, e-commerce
                          Personal Financial Planning: data gathering, cash flow, debts,
                           goals and planning
                          Estate Planning: trusts, conservatorships, planning
                          Individual Insurance Management: life, health, property, liability
                          Federal Taxation of Individuals: income, deductions, credits,
                           social security taxes, and property transactions
                          International Business Strategy: strategy design, implementation
                           and control

EMPLOYMENT             Pizza Industry: assistant manager, cashier, customer service, delivery
                       driver, daily and weekly reports, food orders, deposits

ACHIEVEMENTS           Girl Scout Silver Award, Any High School Honor Graduate, Dean’s List
                       Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges

SKILLS                 Leadership, responsible, determined, hard working, goal-oriented,
                       customer service skills, personable, excellent math skills
(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)



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Name __________________________________ Date ___________________
Interview Worksheet

Answer the following questions to prepare for the interview for your ideal
job. If you do not know what your ideal job is, pretend that you are
interviewing for any good job. You may want to practice these questions
with a classmate.

1.    What can you tell us about yourself?




2.    Why are you leaving your present job?




3.    What are your strengths and weaknesses?




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4.     Tell us about a difficulty or problem that you solved on the job.




5.     Tell us about one of your achievements on the job.




6.     What do you like best about your work? What do you like least?




7.     Are there any questions that you would like to ask?




(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)


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Name____________________________________ Date ___________________
Checklist for a Satisfying Career

Read each statement and think about your current career choice or the
options you are considering. Place a checkmark next to the items that are
true about your career choice. Before you begin, you may want to review
the self-assessment exercises that you have completed in this book and as
part of this course.

My career choice (or tentative career choice) is ___________________

 1.____ My career matches the natural preferences of my personality type.

 2.____ This career matches my interests. I would enjoy doing this type of work.

 3.____ This career will allow me to live the lifestyle that I want.

 4.____ This career matches my values (what I think is important).

 5.____ This career matches my skills, aptitudes, talents, intelligences, and
        learning style.

 6.____ I have the skills necessary to be successful in this career or I am willing
        to obtain these skills.

 7.____ This career provides the kind of salary I need to live the way I want.

 8.____ This career has a positive outlook for the future. The career will exist in
        the future and there will likely be job openings in this area.

 9.____ I am willing to complete the education or training required to enter this
        career.

10.____This career choice will help me to accomplish my lifetime goals.

Look at the items you have not checked above. Sometimes a career does
not allow us to achieve everything we hope to do in our lives. Hobbies or
recreational interests are important to satisfaction with life. Does your
career choice give you the opportunity to pursue your hobbies and
interests? Does it give you time for relaxation and recreation? Will you
have time to spend with the people who are important in your life? Write
your thoughts here.


(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)



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Name _____________________________Date_________________________
Educational Planning Form One Semester

Major _______________________________Student ID__________________

Class              Course Title       Course No.         Days               Times
Section




                                   Weekly Class Grid
Time        Mon           Tues          Wed       Thurs               Fri            Sat




Note: Include general education, preparation for the major and English and math
classes if needed. Check to make sure you have met or cleared the course
prerequisites.


(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)




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Name _____________________________Date_________________________
Educational Planning Form (Semester)

Major _______________________________Student ID__________________

Fall Semester                  Spring Semester                 Summer




Total Units                    Total Units                     Total Units
Fall Semester                  Spring Semester                 Summer




Total Units                    Total Units                     Total Units
Fall Semester                  Spring Semester                 Summer




Total Units                    Total Units                     Total Units
Fall Semester                  Spring Semester                 Summer




Total Units                    Total Units                     Total Units

Comments:



Counselor
Signature____________________________________________________

(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)



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Name _____________________________Date_________________________
Educational Planning Form (Quarter)

Major _______________________________Student ID__________________

Fall                   Winter                  Spring                  Summer




Total Units            Total Units             Total Units             Total Units
Fall                   Winter                  Spring                  Summer




Total Units            Total Units             Total Units             Total Units
Fall                   Winter                  Spring                  Summer




Total Units            Total Units             Total Units             Total Units
Fall                   Winter                  Spring                  Summer




Total Units            Total Units             Total Units             Total Units

Comments:



Counselor
Signature____________________________________________________

(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)



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Name ________________________________________ Date ______________
The Planful Decision Strategy

Read the following scenario describing a college student in a problem
situation. Then, answer the questions that follow to practice the planful
decision strategy. You may want to do this as a group activity with other
students in the class.

Rhonda is an 18-year-old student who is trying to decide on her major. She was
a good student in high school, earning a 3.4 grade point average. Her best
subjects were English and American history. She struggled with math and
science but still earned good grades in these subjects. While in high school she
enjoyed being on the debate team and organizing the African American Club.
This club was active in writing letters to the editor and became involved in
supporting a local candidate for city council.
Rhonda is considering majoring in political science and has dreams of eventually
going to law school. Rhonda likes being politically involved and advocating for
different social causes. The highlight of her life in high school was when she
organized students to speak to the city council about installing a traffic light in
front of the school after a student was killed trying to cross the street. The light
was installed during her senior year.
Rhonda’s family has always been supportive, and she values her family life and
the close relationships in the family. She comes from a middle-income family that
is struggling to pay for her college education. Getting a bachelor’s degree in
political science and going to law school would take seven years and be very
expensive. There is no law school in town, so Rhonda would have to move away
from home to attend school.
Rhonda’s parents have suggested that she consider becoming a nurse and
attending the local nursing college. Rhonda could finish a bachelor’s degree in
nursing in four years and could begin working part-time as a nurse’s aide in a
short time. A cousin in the family became a nurse and found a job easily
and is now earning a good income. The cousin arranged for Rhonda to volunteer
this summer at the hospital where she works. Rhonda enjoys helping people at
the hospital. Rhonda is trying to decide on her major. What should she do?


1.     State the problem.




2.     Describe Rhonda’s values, hopes, and dreams.




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3.       What special interests, talents, or aptitudes does she have?




4.     What further information would be helpful to Rhonda in making her
decision?




5.     What are the alternative decisions she could make and the pros and cons
of each?


     Alternative 1
     Pros:                                              Cons:




     Alternative 2
     Pros:                                              Cons:




     Alternative 3 (be creative!)
     Pros:                                              Cons:




      Only Rhonda can choose what is best for her. If you were Rhonda, what
      would you do and why? Use a separate piece of paper, if necessary, to write
      your answer.




(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)



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Due Date:               Thursday, Nov 14

                 If you need to be absent on the due date, e-mail your paper
                 to me at marsha.fralick@gcccd.net

Point Value:     This is a major project worth 100 points.

Format:          3 pages, double-spaced, typed, #12 font

Content:
     1. For the Career Research Paper, choose a career that interests you or
        one suggested by the career assessment done in the class. Answer
        these questions:
             Describe the career. What are the typical job duties
             Are certain personality types or skills required?
             What are some advantages and disadvantages of working in
                this career?
             What is the pay and job outlook?
             What are the educational requirements?
             What interesting facts did you discover?
     2. To research your career, use at least 2 sources of information. You
        may use the Career Center to find information for this paper or the
        College Success Web Site at
        http://www.cuyamaca.edu/collegesuccess/research.asp
     3. Include a bibliography listing the sources of your information. For
        computer sources, list the Web address and date accessed.
     4. As one of your sources of information, you can also use an interview
        with a person in your career of interest.




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Name __________________________________Date _______________

Journal Entries from Chapter 9: Career and Education

 1. What generation are you in and how might this affect your future?




 2. How will changing technology affect your future?




 3. How will new developments in biology affect your future?




 4. Describe a dangerous opportunity that you have faced in your life.




(From College and Career Success by Marsha Fralick, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2005)


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