Career Explorations

Career Explorations

Introduction

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will make. A career in a science-related field not only enables you to make a living, but you can make important contributions to society that impact the quality of people’s lives.

In Science Bound you will identify science-related careers of interest to you. By completing the Career Exploration Project, you will investigate a science-related career of your choice and gain a better understanding of that career.

You will complete the Career Exploration Project in Science Bound meetings and on your own time.

6 components of the Career Exploration Project

Step 1: 

Identify three science-related careers in which you are interested in.

Step 2:

Choose one career to investigate in your project.

Step 3:

Conduct online and library research of the chosen career.

To gain a solid and basic understanding of your career, research the career.

Answer __ of the following questions. (Use a minimum of seven sources). Contact your Science Bound teacher before beginning.

Career investigation questions

  1. What does someone with this career do? Define the career (e.g. a civil engineer designs bridges and roads).
  2. What type of education, background, and experience must someone with this career have?
  3. What discipline does someone with this career major in? What other disciplines are closely related to this one?
  4. With a degree in the discipline listed in Q.3, what other professions could someone pursue?
  5. Define job, career, and profession. What is the difference between a job, a career, and a profession? (If I had a job in this career field, what would I do? If I had a career in this area, what would I do?)
  6. What types of courses did someone with this career complete in college?
  7. Where does someone with this career work? (Describe types of employers and examples of companies).
  8. What does someone in this career do on a typical day?
  9. When does this person go to work (time of day)? How many hours do they work in a day? Do they get breaks? How long? Who decides?
  10. What other types of professionals interact with someone in this career? Describe the nature of the interaction (What information do they exchange? What do they work on together? etc.).
  11. What contributions to the community/society does someone with this career make? (In what ways do they make things better for others? Why is their job important?)
  12. Read a story or article about someone who has this career. Write a summary of the article.
  13. How much money does someone with this career make in a year? What is the difference between a wage, a salary, a commission, and a bonus?
  14. List characteristics of people who have this career (i.e. detail-oriented, analytical, visionary, creative, etc.).
  15. What type of personality might be typical of a person with this career? (Quiet, dedicated, hard working, leader, talkative, etc).
  16. What is a typical career track of someone in this field? If someone with this career gets promoted, what is their new job? (Include job titles [e.g. junior engineer, engineer, senior engineer, project manager, etc.])
  17. Who does someone in this career supervise?
  18. Who is the boss of someone with this career? What is the boss  background?
  19. Describe the career (revise your answer to Q.1 and write a more detailed and complete definition of the career).

Step 4:

Directly contact professionals in this career

Complete __ of the follow tasks (ask your Science Bound teacher for direction):

  • Interview over the phone someone with this career.
  • Interview face-to-face someone with this career.
  • Job-shadow someone with this career.
  • Shadow a college student who is studying this career field (student should be a junior or senior in college and completed at least 1 internship related to this career).
  • Face-to-face interview of a college professor in this field.

Prepare for direct contact with professionals

These activities will be guided by your Science Bound teacher:

  1. Purpose of the Interview: Getting information and making a positive impression.
  2. Preparing for the Interview: Gathering all the information you can before the interview [name, title, background, experience, current projects, contact information (phone number, address, email) etc.]
  3. Writing Interview Questions: basic to deep.
  4. Scheduling the Interview: professional communication via phone.
  5. Dry Runs: practice professional phone communication for setting up the interview and practice conducting the interview.
  6. The interview
    1. Confirming the interview or shadowing experience.
    2. Introducing yourself and your purpose while setting the tone.
    3. Conducting the interview.
    4. Concluding the interview.
    5. Follow-up (sending thank you).
  7. Interview Techniques
    1. Note taking.
    2. Recording (audio, video or both).

Step 5:

Report your findings.

Create an artifact showcasing what you have learned about the career (PowerPoint presentation, video, website, portfolio, etc.).

Step 6: 

Reflecting: Is this career for me?

Write a cogently conceptualized document in which you explore whether this career is, or is not, a “fit” for you. Tie in your science concept map, your results from the career interest and inventory scales, and your personal characteristics results.