Author:
Nathan Rutko
Subject:
Career Development
Material Type:
Assessment, Questionnaire, Software
Level:
High School
Tags:
#NCDLS, Career Exploration, Occupation Preparation, ncdls
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Audio, Video

Education Standards

Occupation Preparation Career research

Occupation Preparation Career research

Overview

In teaching Occupation Preparation, I encountered the following:  How to assist students in learning about careers and professions that I may know very little about?  And how to turn this issue into a projectr that would be engaging for the students? The Solution was simpler than I thought.  Have the students as a group research a career or profession each week, chosen from a list I created, and have a member of that profession vist the classroom to be interviewed by the students..

On Monday and Tuesday, students, as a group and facilitated by myself, would discuss exising knowledge of a particular profession.  They would also develop questions to guide their research, or ask a member of that profession.

On Wednesday and Thursday, students woudl research the profession, both individually and as a group (using employment websites).

On Friday (or Thursdday if it was a short week), a member of that profession would meet with the studnets and discuss skills, training, etc needed in the profession.  Students would, in their graphic organizers, summarrize skills, training, etc needed for the profession and identify their level of interest in the profession.

A copy of both the graphic organize and a list of campus professions is attached

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So before the semester began, I completed the following steps.

1.  Draft a list of professions that the students have both directly and indireclty interacted with.

2.  Contacted members of the departments in the list to discuss and identify a person within that department (that students did not have direct contact with) that would be willing and able to meet with the class.

At least 2 weeks prior to the meeting date, I

1.  Passed along the graphic organizer to the professional to reviiew and assist in their presentation with the students.

2.  Reminded the professional of the meeting date, time and location.

The week following the interview, I would send a thank-you follow-up note to the professional for visiting the class.

This can be a very useful project that allows students to research careers and develop their research and speaking skills.

In teaching Occupation Preparation, I encountered a major issue:  How to assist students in learning about careers and professions that I may know very little about?  And how to turn this issue into a projectr that would be engaging for the students?

The Solution was simpler than I thought.  Have the students as a group research a career or profession each week, chosen from a list I created, and have a member of that profession vist the classroom for a question and answer time with the students..

So I broke it down by days.

On Monday and Tuesday, the students, as group and facilitated by myself, would would discuss their exising content knowledge of a particular career/profession.  They would also begin writing down questions they would like to either answer in their research, or ask a member of that profession.

On Wednesday and Thursday, they would spend time doing reearch, both individually and as a group (uusing employment websites to gather information such as qualifications, educaiton, etc) about that profession, and then complete individual research about the profession in the comptuer lab.

And on Friday (or Thursdday if it was a short week), a member of that profession would arrive to speak with the studnets and help them understand what skills, training, experience was needed to work in the prrofession.  I had previously arranged for the individual to come to Frdiay;s class a few weeks prior.  Students would then, from their graphic organizer (which was also forwarded to the professional the previous Monday to prepare with)..  Followig the interview, students would complete the last section of hte graphic organizer, focusing on a summary of the profession (skills, expereince, training, etc) and identify their level of interest in the profession.

The studenrts enjoyed completing the research and being able to engage with the professional, and identify if their were intersted in the career, or if they could use the profession's skills in another profession.

I've attached a copy of graphic organizer for you to adapt and revise as you see fit, and a list of professions from the school campus that I drew from for this project