Career Exploration Web Quest

Introduction | Task | Process & Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion

Introduction

Fast forward to the year 2030. You've just returned to TCS for a class reunion after getting your dream job. You walk in and see a room full of familiar faces (people don't change much after high school, do they?) that bring back a flood of memories. As you talk to some of your former classmates, you find that they've done some really interesting things since graduating from high school; Jeff is a neurosurgeon, Sue travels worldwide as a photographer for a nationally published wildlife magazine, and Robert is a United States Congressman. So, what stories will you have to tell your classmates about your life? What will be your occupation? This Web Quest will help you find possible answers to these questions.

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Task

In this Web Quest you will be taking several interest and personality assessments to decide what career you may want to pursue in the future. Then, you will research this career in depth to find out more about it. We will also be using the Delaware Career Compass to guide us. Based on your research, you will create a multimedia project to present during our own Career Fair.

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Process & Resources

Step 1: You will begin this project by taking at least two interest or personality surveys and printing the results. Please answer each of these surveys as honestly as possible. The following links may be used for these:

Career Interest Survey

Work Interest Quiz

Mental Muscle Diagram Indicator

Skills Profiler

Big Five Personality Test

Careerlink Inventory

 

Step 2: Now it's time to begin work in your Delaware Career Compass. Complete "Step #1: Who Am I?" (pages 3 - 18).

Step 3: Complete "Step #2: What's Out There?" (pages 19 - 42) in your Delaware Career Compass.

Step 4: Continue your work in your Delaware Career Compass by completing "Step #3: How Do I Decide?" (pages 39 - 42).

Step 5: Finish your work in your Delaware Career Compass by completing "Step #4: How Do I Do It?"

Step 6: Now, on to the research phase. You are to take the career that you find to be interesting (from Delaware Career Compass, your survey results, or your personal opinions) and research it in more depth. Use the "Research Questions" worksheet to help you.

You should be able to find answers to your research questions at the following links:

Career Click

Job Star

Collegeboard.com

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career Ship

 

Step 7: Based on your work in your Delaware Career Compass and your research, choose the career that you are most likely to pursue. You will create a 2 - 3 part multimedia presentation (slide show, imovie, etc.) to share with the class during our Career Fair.

Your presentation must include the following:

Part 1 - Interests

Slide 1 - Title and name
Slide 2 - Results of your Interest Inventories, and which online sites you used to find this information
Slide 3 - Learning styles and characterisitcs of that style (DCC page 4)
Slide 4 - Possible careers for your learning style (DCC page 4)
Slide 5 - Likes and Dislikes, and what that looks like (DCC page 6)
Slide 6 - Possible careers based on your likes (DCC page 7)
Slide 7 - Work Value Scores and Work Importance Locator Report (DCC pages 10, 12)
Slide 8 - Possible occupations based on your Work Importance Locator Report (DCC page 12)
Slide 9 - Personality Type (HOLLAND Code) and typical jobs for your type (DCC page 14 - 15)
Slide 10 - Three Career Cluster Titles that interest you (DCC page 17)
Slide 11 - What I Know About Myself - Summary (DCC page 18)

Part 2 - Possible Careers
Choose one career that you are interested in, and create the following slides about that career.

Slide 12 - Job title and description
Slide 13 - Career Cluster
Slide 14 - Average annual openings
Slide 15 - Estimated annual wages
Slide 16 - HOLLAND Codes
Slide 17 - Training Code - the minimum education or training necessary to enter the field
Slide 18 - Job Characteristics

Once you have completed Parts 1 and 2 of your presentation, you maybegin working on Part 3.

Part 3 - Real World Application

Slides 19 - 24 - Monthly Budget (DCC page 37)

  I. Gross Monthly Pay  
  II. Taxes  
 
Federal
12.60%
 
State
5.55%
 
Social Security
6.20%
 
Health Insurance
4.80%
 
Personal Insurance & Pension
11.80%
 
Total Taxes:
 
  III. Monthly Take-Home Pay (Net)  
  IV. Expanses  
 
Food
13.7%
 
Housing
33.7%
 
Clothing
4.8%
 
Transportation
17.1%
 
Savings
5%
 
Miscellaneous
14.2%
 
Total Expenses:
 

Your Dollars Across America

Slide 25 - Where will you live or go to school?
Slide 26 - How much will an apartment cost to rent?
Slide 27 - What is the total energy cost per month?
Slide 28 - How much will the phone bill be?
Slide 29 - How much will you pay for gas?
Slide 30 - How much will a trip to the doctor cost?
Slide 31 - How much will it cost to see a movie?
Slide 32 - How much will it cost to buy milk, cereal, bread, soda, and pizza?
Slide 33 - What will you do to achieve your career goal? (High school goals? college plans or job training? work experience - summer jobs, jobs in high school?) (DCC page 46)
Slide 34 - How will this career make you happy?

Have fun and be creative!

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Evaluation

Your project will be graded according to the following criteria:

0 Points
1 Point
2 Points
3 Points
Planning and Research Phase
Student did not complete any interest surveys. Student completed and printed a part of one interest survey. Student completed and printed one interest survey. Student completed and printed two interest surveys.
Student did not attempt to completed DCC section. Minimal attempt was made to complete DCC section. Student shows evidence of completed DCC section. Student accurately completed Step #1 - Who Am I? in the DCC.
Student did not attempt to completed DCC section. Minimal attempt was made to complete DCC section. Student shows evidence of completed DCC section. Student accurately completed Step #2 - What's Out There? in the DCC.
Student did not attempt to completed DCC section. Minimal attempt was made to complete DCC section. Student shows evidence of completed DCC section. Student accurately completed Step #3 - How Do I Decide? in the DCC.
Research completed 5 or more days late. Research completed 3 - 4 days late. Research completed 1 - 2 days late. All research completed on time or early.
Multimedia Presentation
Presentation does not inform the class about their career. Presentation illustrated some of their career information. Presentation illustrated most of the career information. Presentation clearly illustrated all of their career information.
Part 1 of Presentation includes 3 or fewer slides. Part 1 of Presentation includes 4 - 5 slides. Part 1 of Presentation includes 6 - 7 slides. Part 1 of Presentation includes 8 slides.
Part 2 of Presentation includes 2 or fewer slides. Part 2 of Presentation includes 3 - 4 slides. Part 2 of Presentation incldues 5 - 6 slides. Part 2 of Presentation includes 7 slides.
Presentation incldues 0 Budget slides. Presentation incldues 1 - 2 Budget slides. Presentation includes 3 - 4 Budget slides. Presentation includes 5 slides (Budget).
Presentation includes 0 - 2 Dollars Across America slides. Presentation includes 3 - 5 Dollars Across America slides. Presentation includes 6 - 9 Dollars Across America slides. Presentation includes 10 slides (Dollars Across America).
Student did not include text, graphics, backgrounds, or original artwork. Student included either text, graphics, backgrounds, or original artwork. Student included two of the following: text, graphics, backgrounds, or original artwork. Student included text, graphics, background, and original artwork to create a visually appealing project.
Student mumbled, incorrectly pronounced terms, and spoke too quietly for the class to understand them. Student did not speak loudly enough for the entire class to hear them. Student spoke fairly clear, pronounced most words correctly and most of the class could hear. Student used a clear speaking voice and correctly pronounced all terms. All audience members could hear the presentation.
Presentation is completed 5 or more days late. Presentation is completed 3 - 4 days late. Presentation is completed 1 - 2 days late. Presentation is completed on time or early.

 

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Conclusion

So, how did you enjoy becoming reacquainted with your classmates? Were you able to attend your class reunion with stories of how much you enjoy your career, or did you see someone else's that looked more interesting to you? The good news is, you have several years to think about what you want to do beyond high school and now you have the research skills to discover more about the diverse world of work.

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