Career & College Planning

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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


Can You Make it as an Uber Driver?

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The Challenge - Can You Make it as an Uber Driver?

The career you choose has a direct impact on your quality of life. We will complete the interactive activity linked below. Send me your completed document on Classroom. 


We'll talk about the reflection questions together as a group. 


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Career Clusters

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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. 

Question of the Day: What percent of high school students are interested in careers in the skilled trades (e.g., construction, plumbing)?

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 (six career options in all). 

We'll look at and talk about the MN career clusters from this page (career pathways) and posted on the wall. 

Which jobs are the best? From an outside perspective, there are a number of sites that list best and worst jobs based on different factors. Find one of these lists and look through it. Find a career option that looks interesting and discuss it with someone close by. Consider options you haven't looked at before. Be ready to share. 

The Challenge - CareerCluster Interest Survey Paragraphs 12 pts

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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. The Careers in the Cluster link will be helpful (pictured). Use this CareerWise site, the OOH above, or another site we've used. Create a Google Document (template below) with one to two paragraphs about each career option. Make sure to include information on wages (vs stress), job outlook (eg. lawyers), 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 and if you could see yourself in that career. Send me your survey results as well. 

Use this template to complete this assignment and send it to me on Classroom. Meet with me to discuss what you learned.



Virtual Field Trips

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Mini Virtual Trip

Use the links below to choose career videos that you would be interested in watching. Add a link to the videos on this collaborative page, make sure to include your name.  

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

We will randomly select people's videos to watch. As we watch the videos, sketchnote (visual note taking) main ideas and takeaways. Use one of the sites found under Sketchnoting & Drawing tools from my Course Resources & Links page. When we are done you will add your sketchnote to the collaborative page above with your name. Here is a good example

After watching the videos add a reflection to the collaborative page (add name). 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

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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 traditional 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 are two links that provide other examples of work-life benefits. 

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

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 or traditional benefits you would like to work for. Include which work-life benefits are most important to you and why (at least three). Make sure your mind map is visual (images/icons) and/or interactive (links). We'll look at basic features and options together (zoom in to 200% to have your own space, we can make the canvas bigger too). You can team up with one other person. Be ready to share. 

Plan B (if needed): Use a tool like Coggle or Popplet or something else to create a mind map, and add it to this collaborative page

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Decision Making

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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. 

Team up with one person to read this article about strategies that can be used to make career decisions. Each partner will read two sections and share about the sections they didn't read. Both partners should read the middle section. 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 page

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. To help improve our skits, we will look at some guidelines on improv. Use this template to describe each step of the decision making process for the situation you chose (steps 1-5). Put a link to your completed template on the collaborative page above. There will be two parts, the skit (acting) and your breakdown using the decision making process. 

The Challenge - Career Decision Making Process 20 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.  

Use this template to complete your project. Meet with me to discuss your finished document before turning it in on Google Classroom.



College or Career Training

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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 (good for program options), to research the training or schooling you will need to break into your chosen career. 

It's important to consider what we learned from the Know Yourself section when considering education/training. Some specific jobs at specific companies (eg. Apple) may require certain education pathways (eg. ivy league). However, there are many successful people who started at a state school and went on to do amazing things.  We'll talk briefly about these two (para. 4 & 5) articles that look at high-end colleges vs state schools. I'm not saying high-end colleges aren't something to aspire to, but just make sure it aligns with your Know Yourself results. 

The Challenge - College/Training Visual 17 pts

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Create a media-rich visual (3 pts, presentation, infographic, poster, etc.) that includes the following:
  • 3 pts - Info about the type of training/schooling/education needed
    • Specific degrees/programs
    • Certain colleges
    • Special training program
    • Professional license or exam, eg. Bar Exam
  • 4 pts - Two options where you can receive this training
    • For example, two colleges
    • Different training programs
    • Interesting facts about one college or program
  • 1 pts - How long will it take to complete this training/schooling?
  • 1 pts - What will it cost? 
  • 3 pts - Choose the best option and reflect on the decision
  • 2 pts - Find the college/training requirements for a specific company that matches your career choice
    • What are there requirements?
    • Does your decision from above meet their requirements?
    • Try to find a job description for the career you choose
Make sure your visual includes enough detail and is visually appealing. Meet with me to discuss your finished document before turning it in on Google Classroom.



Scholarships

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You've chosen the best education option for your career. Nice job! How will you pay for it? We'll look at this article that talks about the rising cost of college tuition. Those are some alarming figures but don't give up hope. 

We'll use this article to discuss strategies you can use to find funds for your educational journey.  Here is another good guide to reference. We'll look at the Final Word section for an important tip to remember. We won't look at it in class, but this is another comprehensive scholarship guide

Some of you will not need to worry about scholarships for your education/training, and that's a good thing. We've talked about good career options that require a two-year degree or less. However, we've also discussed statistics on how often people change careers. Even if you don't plan to pursue a degree now, you may want to in the future. So regardless of your college plans, use this Scholarship Finder to select a scholarship you could apply for. Ideally, it lines up with the career option you chose or one of the top options you've explored so far. Add the scholarship you found and a reflection on the information we covered to this collaborative page. Be ready to share. 



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? 

We'll refer back to this info on high paying careers by education level. Consider our know yourself section. We'll talk about some examples (eg. helping people as a sonographer).

Complete the assignment below to find out if your career is a good investment.

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

In class, we'll explore how to use the tools below.  


Use this template to explore the value of your education/training investment. Meet with me to discuss your final results for credit. 



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. Write one goal that has all the different parts of SMART (not separate for each part). 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 Challenge - Career Fair Project (Assessment)

There are three versions of this project. We will use this link to vote on an option as a class. With all versions, make sure the information you collect is in your own words. 

Version One 35 Pts Fall 2019

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 options
  • Alternate or related career options (think career cluster)
  • 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. Larger classes will be split up in waves (chosen randomly). Install this QR scanner Chromebook extension to view other people's presentations. You will be graded on your visual (20 pts) and your recruiting presentation and job fair participation (15 pts). Use the rubric below to evaluate your project. Use the rubric below to self-assess your project/recruiting presentation. Send me your completed self-assessment and visual on Classroom.


Version Two 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 options
  • Alternate or related career options (think career cluster)
  • Cost/benefit or ROI for career
  • Benefits of choosing that career (sales pitch)
Your visual should be visually appealing and informational. You will add your finished visual to this collaborative page. You will be graded on your visual (20 pts), presentation (10 pts), and feedback/audience participation (5 pts). Use the rubric below to self-assess your project/recruiting presentation. Send me your completed self-assessment and visual on Classroom. 


During each presentation, you will use the feedback link below to add:
  • One interesting fact you learned
  • One compliment about the presentation
  • One question you were left wondering

Version Three 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 options
  • Alternate or related career options (think career cluster)
  • Cost/benefit or ROI for career
  • Benefits of choosing that career (sales pitch)
Your visual should be visually appealing and informational. Using your Chromebook, you will install and use the extension Screencastify to record yourself presenting your finished visual and sales/recruiting pitch. Use your school email to create an account. You will view your finished video on Google Drive and download the video file to your device (from Google Drive). We will talk about basic use in class, and here is a link to their user guides. 

Once you have your presentation and sales pitch as a video file, you will share it with the class using Flipgrid. We will look at using Flipgrid (short tutoriallonger tutorial), and talk about expectations (school appropriate). You will use this link to join my grid and share your video. You will record a video response to at least ten other classmates using the guidelines below:
  • One interesting fact you learned
  • One compliment about the presentation
  • One question you were left wondering
You will be graded on your visual (20 pts), presentation/recording (10 pts), and video responses to other classmates (5 pts). Use the rubric below to self-assess your project/recruiting presentation. Send me your completed self-assessment and visual on Classroom.