Career & College Planning

Learning Goal:

  • Students will be able to identify career and college options
  • Students will understand employee benefit options
  • Students will be able to use a formal decision-making process
  • Students will be able to identify college or training needs
  • Students will understand the cost/benefit of career choices
  • Students will be able to write SMART career goals
We'll check out this clip from the Bee Movie about career choices. We'll talk about this link and how we will use it to guide our career research. 

Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to explore the highest paying, fastest growing, and most new jobs categories with a partner. Use this collaborative page to add two career options from each category that you both found interesting. Include an image/link for each career and a short description of what they do. 


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The Assignment - CareerCluster Interest Survey Paragraphs 20 pts

Complete the CareerCluster Interest Survey from this link. Your results won't save, so make sure to take a screenshot or print them as a PDF. Explore two career options from your results. Create a Google Document with one to two paragraphs about each career option. Make sure to include information on wages, job outlook, education/training, and on the job work tasks (what will you be doing) for each career. Also, include a reflection on why you choose the career options you did. 

Virtual Field Trips

Mini Virtual Trip

Use the links below to choose career videos that you would be interested in watching. Add a link to the video to this collaborative page

CareerOneStop - Choose at least two videos
Alberta Alis - Choose at least two videos
Bridges Career Videos - Choose at least one video

After watching the videos add a reflection to the collaborative page. Which career video was the most interesting to you and why? Did your opinion of a career change after watching the videos? 

Employer Benefits and Work-Life Benefits

When exploring careers, the wage category is one most people focus on. It's important to remember that the wage you are receiving is more than the salary or hourly pay. 

In class, we'll look at these two articles that focus on understanding employee benefits. We'll also watch the video from this link that talks about a work childcare program's impact on employee retention (mom's and dad's). 

Here is one list of great companies to work for that help provide work-life benefits/balance. 

Use this collaborative workspace to create a mindmap that includes five traditional benefits that you value and why they are important to you. Also, find two companies providing work-life benefits you would like to work for. Include which work-life benefits are most important to you and why. Make sure your mind map is visual (images/icons) and/or interactive (links).

Decision Making


As we saw in the Bee Movie, making a career choice can be a tough decision. Luckily, there are resources and procedures a person can use to help make the best choice. 

We will break this article up and read about strategies that can be used to make career decisions. We'll also talk about this article together as a group. We'll practice using a pros and cons list by choosing a situation from this link as a class. With a partner, create a pros and cons list using this collaborative workspace

The article we just looked at talks about using a methodical, stepwise approach. One such approach we'll look at is this decision making process. In groups of four or less, you will plan and present a decision making skit showing someone making a major life decision. Use the collaborative workspace, linked above, to describe how they would use the decision making process (steps 1-6). There will be two parts, the skit (acting) and your breakdown using the decision making process. 

The Assignment - Career Decision Making Process 25 pts

It's time to choose. Use the decision making process we covered to choose a career. We've explored a number of different careers, but now we want to choose one to focus on. Use a Google Document to describe how you would use each step of the decision making process to choose a career. Make sure to include enough detail for each step. Include a link to information about the career you chose (wage, outlook, etc.). Also, include a reflection on this process and your ultimate decision. Finally, include some visuals to enhance your description.  

College or Career Training

You've decided on a career, now what. How will you get the skills needed to enter that profession? Use the MCIS website (Education tab) or another source, to research the training or schooling you will need to break into your chosen career. 

The Assignment - College/Training Visual 20 pts

Create a visual (presentation, infographic, poster, etc.) that includes the following:
  • The type of training/schooling
    • Specific degrees/programs
    • Certain colleges
    • Special training program
    • Professional license or exam, eg. Bar Exam
  • Three options where you can receive this training
    • For example, three colleges
    • Different training programs
  • How long will it take to complete this training/schooling?
  • What will it cost?
  • Choose the best option and reflect on the decision
Make sure your visual includes enough detail and is visually appealing. Send it to me on Schoology and add it to this collaborative page

Career Cost/Benefit & Reality Check

The time and money you put into your education or training for a career can be a huge investment. Is it a good investment? Will the investment provide you with the lifestyle you want? Complete the assignment below to find out.

The Assignment - Career Cost/Benefit & Reality Check 20 pts

Create a Google Document to complete the both of the following parts. 

Use this JA Build Your Future tool to find out the return on investment for your chosen career. Take a screenshot (Awesomescreenshot) of the ROI page and include it in your document. Write at least a paragraph reflection on the results of the career ROI. Do the results surprise you? Do they impact your interest in pursuing that career option? Other thoughts?

Use this Reality Check Tool (click on Get a Reality Check) to do a reverse budget for your future lifestyle. Take a screenshot (Awesomescreenshot) of the completed monthly expenses and annual salary needed, include this in your document. Write at least a paragraph reflection on the results of the career reality check tool. Do the results surprise you? Did you expect to need more or less or a salary? Will the career you chose provide for the lifestyle you want? Other thoughts and reactions?

Send your screenshots and reflections to me on Schoology.

Career Goals & Smart Goals

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Goals are important. They give you focus and motivation. The same is true with having career goals. In class, we'll look at this article about career goals. We will also look at this link on creating SMART career goals.

Write a SMART career goal and add it to this collaborative page. Partner up with someone and find out why they choose the SMART career goal they did. Add what you discovered to the collaborative page. 

Career Fair Project

We'll check out this video on do's and don't for job seekers at a career fair. We'll also watch the video on this site about a local career fair

The Assignment - Career Fair Project 35 pts

In the video, we learned about strategies for someone exploring career options. You will take on the opposite role and be the recruiter at a career fair. Create a visual (poster, infographic, presentation, etc.) that you will use to recruit job seekers into your career field. Your visual should include:
  • Information about your career (wages, outlook, job tasks, etc.)
  • Recommendation on the education/training 
  • Alternate or related career options
  • Cost/benefit or ROI for career
  • Benefits of choosing that career (sales pitch)
Your visual should be visually appealing and informational. You will create and print a QR code that people will use when you are talking about your career. We will split up the class, one half will be job seekers and the other half will be recruiters, then we will switch roles. You will be graded on your visual (20 pts) and your recruiting presentation and job fair participation (15 pts). The following questions will be used to evaluate your project.

Guiding Questions:
  • Did you include all the required information in your visual?  8 pts
  • Did you provide enough detail? 2 pts
  • Is your visual appealing (nice to look at)? 5 pts
  • How creative is your visual? 3 pts
  • From an outside perspective, how much effort did you put into this assignment? 2 pts
  • How well do you know the information from your visual? 5 pts
  • How engaged in the recruiting presentation were you? 5 pts
  • Did you actively participate in the mock career fair as a job seeker? 5 pts
Use the guiding questions to self-assess your project/recruiting presentation. Send me your total score and visual on Schoology.