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
Identify three science-related careers in which you are interested in.
Choose one career to investigate in your project.
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
- What does someone with this career do? Define the career (e.g. a civil engineer designs bridges and roads).
- What type of education, background, and experience must someone with this career have?
- What discipline does someone with this career major in? What other disciplines are closely related to this one?
- With a degree in the discipline listed in Q.3, what other professions could someone pursue?
- 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?)
- What types of courses did someone with this career complete in college?
- Where does someone with this career work? (Describe types of employers and examples of companies).
- What does someone in this career do on a typical day?
- 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?
- 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.).
- 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?)
- Read a story or article about someone who has this career. Write a summary of the article.
- 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?
- List characteristics of people who have this career (i.e. detail-oriented, analytical, visionary, creative, etc.).
- What type of personality might be typical of a person with this career? (Quiet, dedicated, hard working, leader, talkative, etc).
- 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.])
- Who does someone in this career supervise?
- Who is the boss of someone with this career? What is the boss background?
- Describe the career (revise your answer to Q.1 and write a more detailed and complete definition of the career).
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:
- Purpose of the Interview: Getting information and making a positive impression.
- 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.]
- Writing Interview Questions: basic to deep.
- Scheduling the Interview: professional communication via phone.
- Dry Runs: practice professional phone communication for setting up the interview and practice conducting the interview.
- The interview
- Confirming the interview or shadowing experience.
- Introducing yourself and your purpose while setting the tone.
- Conducting the interview.
- Concluding the interview.
- Follow-up (sending thank you).
- Interview Techniques
- Note taking.
- Recording (audio, video or both).
Report your findings.
Create an artifact showcasing what you have learned about the career (PowerPoint presentation, video, website, portfolio, etc.).
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.