Professional Exploration Module
- Open a new Google Doc and label it “Career Exploration.” Save this to your " Summer Internship Portfolio" folder. Refer back to the section of your Career Identity document in which you noted the three careers that you are currently considering. Today you will be exploring these three careers in detail. You are welcome to modify your list as you see fit when you begin this work.
- To begin this exploration consider 3 "unknowns" you have about these careers. What kind of information do you still need? Write your questions in your google doc. Use the resources below to find your answers.
- Your answers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Do you have a clearly defined problem/question to investigate
- Did you evaluate the accuracy and relevance of the information and the strengths of the arguments you are making to come to your conclusion?
- Did you present a logical conclusion?
- Are your explanations clear?
- Does your answer clearly articulate your opinion and is it based on sound evidence?
- View the Roadtrip Nation Archives found in Naviance for examples of informational interviews.
- Develop a list of questions you plan to ask. Type these questions and plan to take your chromebook with you to the appointment. Think about what is the best way for you to capture the results of your interview. You won't have to worry about "blanking" and you'll be sure not to forget important details even if you get a little nervous. Here is a list that will get you thinking. Feel free to add other questions that are appropriate for your situation.
2. What do you like about your job or field?
3. What skills and abilities are needed to do this type of work?
4. What changes do see you in your field in the near and distant future?
5. What are the challenges you face in your job?
6. What are the educational or training requirements?
7. What are the minimum licensing or certification requirements?
8. What are your duties in a typical day?
9. How do people advance in this field? What are the typical career paths of advancement?
10. What is the salary range for entry-level positions?
11. What are the usual benefits offered by companies for this level position?
12. Do you see a demand for this type of work increasing in the future?
13. Are internships offered by companies in this field? Does you company offer any?
14. Do you have any suggestions, recommendations or advice to offer me concerning this occupation?
15. Are you aware of any professional organizations where I could get more information?
16. Could you refer me to others, who can give me information about this occupation?
- You will conduct two informational interviews during your internship experience. Once you start your internship you should communicate with your mentor about a good time to interview him or her. Also, consider asking your mentor about who might be another candidate to interview. Take the time to mark your calendar now about this future assignment.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER - This is the final piece of Professional Exploration for today. Please create a final header for the "Professional Exploration" google doc entitled, “putting it all together.” Answer the following questions as you consider more deeply a specific list of careers and what they mean for your future. What does gathering all of this information about careers have to do with a summer internship? Why is this something that we do during a boot camp/pre-internship experience? What connections can you make from the results of the your research? Are all three careers still on your list? Did you learn anything that is impacting your decision one way or another? Did you discover any related careers? How does your career research relate to what you learned about yourself in the Career Identity Module?.
FINAL PRESENTATION - To conclude this career-exploration experience you will have to add to your final presentation which is designed to highlight your overall internship experience. A key element of your overall experience with be your developing understanding of career options and career goals. Synthesize the information from your “Putting it all together” in 2-4 powerpoint slides. Fee free to use google slides. How you organize this information is up to you. You must include information about the most significant research you gathered as you explored these careers. Consider including the results of your Informational Interviews as well. The only other rule for these slides is the 6x6 rule. Keep the words on the individual slides to no more than 6 per line and no more than 6 lines per slide. Let the story you tell carry the slide. Practice telling the story of the information contained in the slides, this will help you remember the essence of what you are experiencing now in the Professional Exploration Module.
BEFORE YOU GO...
Please share your Folder "Summer Internship" with Mrs. Soeder. This folder should include the following...
1. Create a folder and title it "Summer Internship Portfolio
2. Create a document entitled, "Career Identity" which includes...
Summary of your MVS (see questions above)
Summary of your Interests using Naviance and Ohio Means Jobs including your Holland Code and Career Matches (see questions above to be sure you answered all of the elements.
Summary of your Works Values Inventory (see questions above to be sure you answered all of the elements
Mini Myers-Briggs and reflection.
3. 2-4 Slides which will eventually make up your final presentation highlighting the results of what you learned about yourself.
4. Professional Exploration document with the results of the research you did for 3 different occupations
5. Informational Interview Questions typed and saved in their own document
6. 2-4 Slides which will eventually make up your final presentation highlighting the results of what you learned about the careers you are exploring.