Discovery 8 - Careers Project
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Quarter Project Tasks
Know Thyself - Leadership Warmup


Career Research
Find the career for you:
1. Do a search of your 4 Letter Personality Type and "careers".



2. Take a career interest survey:

3. Explore all the variations of your career of interest
4. Search for "types" of engineers, doctors, law, educators, business, etc...
OR use
The Occupational Handbook Online
to explore different career areas.
5. Consider your strengths, careers that "sound" interesting, what your parents and friends of your family do for their careers. Be open to new ideas!

Based on above explorations, what is your career choice?
Write one to two paragraphs detailing your research about your career. Make sure your paragraph(s) answer the following:
1. What is the career you have chosen to explore? What are the responsibilities, duties and expectations associated with this career?
2. What is the average salary for this career?
3. What is the current availability of jobs in this career or field? Is the job market in this area growing or declining?
4. What is the training required for a person in your chosen career? What courses are needed in college and high school? How many years of additional study are required/typical?
The answers to all above questions can be found here:
The Occupational Handbook Online
If you are having trouble finding a job that interests you, check out some of these sites. This is also a good list of resources if you have a broad area that was recommended and you want to find more modern or specific jobs within that field.
Career Information & Resource Services

Monster
Career Builder
Career Mag
Career Journal
Employment Guide
Job Hunter's Bible
Top 10 Jobs for People Who...- The Princeton Review has put together a list of jobs under unusual interest headings!
**College Board Job Listing** - A list of a different jobs organized by categories. Descriptions of each job are listed.




Field Experience - Time with an Expert


In this section of your presentation, you will need to contact a professional in the field of your chosen career to work with. Options of projects in this area include:
  • Shadowing - spending a day or part of a day watching what a person in your chosen career does on the job
  • Online expert – communicating via email with a mentor in your chosen career
  • Other – if neither of these options is possible, work with Ms. Given to find an alternative.
You will need to get approval from Ms. Given and from your parent/guardian before beginning to work on the real-world experience part of your project.
*Strategies for Finding an ExpertMore Help Can Be Found Here
Who do you know? – We have a great variety of people that live right here in Indian Hill that might be willing to share some of their career expertise with you. Do your parents know people in your neighborhood that might have time for an interview or for you to be “on the job” with them?
Multiply your chances of success – Plan to contact multiple people in your field of interest. We’re all busy so having more than one person that could help will increase your chances of making a connection!
Be flexible! – If you are having trouble locating someone in your exact field, try a related job or a teacher/professor that works to train people for your field.
Wanted! – Try the newspaper want ads looking for particular people for jobs. Employers might be happy to let you know their idea of the perfect employee!
World Wide Web – Try using career websites, company websites and other online services to locate additional information and hopefully people that work in your field of interest. If you plan to contact people in your field that you do not have a personal connection to, be sure to email or call several to increase your chances of success.
* You must talk to Ms. Given and/or your parents for permission before contacting someone you do not know for this project.

What do I turn in for this section?
Part A: Planning: Email Ms. Given the following:
  • Plan to contact/speak with 3 people in the field (give names)
  • A set of 5-7 questions
  • 3 email addresses/websites with contact form (if you are not meeting with locals)
  • Intro text (your name, purpose for questions, etc.)

Part B: Results
  • A summary of your experience/conversation/answers to questions



Budget


In this task you will create a budget based on your career and salary.
Part A and Part B: Save a copy of the Tax and Personal Budget Planning Template in Google Spreadsheet. One worksheet is for figuring your taxes and the other is for planning your personal budget.
Part C: When you have finished your spreadsheet, write a paragraph justifying your budget choices. Tell why the choices you made are the best ones for you and your salary. Focus on:
  • Where you chose to live (city),
  • What kind of place you chose to live in (how much are you paying for apartment and why?),
  • What you chose for your transportation and why,
  • What are you spending on optional items such as cell phone, cable/satellite/internet, clothing, health club membership, etc...
You do not need to write about fixed costs (taxes, utilities, insurance, etc) unless it is important to other decisions you made.


Steps for Budget

  • Find your average salary - Go with the LOWEST 10% number since you are creating a budget for the beginning of your career.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Figure out what you will pay in taxes
  • Consider where the best location for you to live is based on:
  • Where is your best chance for a job? (Marine Biologists should live near an ocean....)

  • What kinds of things do you like to do? (Different parts of the country offer different attractions and recreation)


Advice
**Cost of Living Analyses** Cheaper Places Can My Employer Pay Me Less in Region With Higher Cost of Living?

Tools
Cost of Living Calculator-
Time in History - Cost of Living Tool
Cost of Living Comparison Calculator
Comparative Cost of Living - International
  • Housing - How much house can you afford?
**Trish and Scott's Big Adventure: An Investigation of Regional Housing Costs**

**Home Affordability Calculator** Rent vs. Buy Calculator Home Sweet Homeowners Tax Breaks Mortgage Calculators Find an Apartment Find a House
  • Transportation - Public? Own or Lease a car?
Use a loan calculator to figure your monthly payments on a car ORKelley Blue Book Car Pricing and Review Guide Generic Loan Calculator
Research the cost for public transportation each day.Public Transportation Fare Statistics

Additional Resources

Credit - Friend or Foe?
Other

FICA (Medicare & Social Security Tax Rates) -http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/ProgData/taxRates.html
Find an Apartment - http://www.apartmentguide.com/
Rental Insurance Estimate -
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/average-cost-renters-insurance-8445.html
read the article to learn how renters insurance works and to get an average cost.
Water and Sewer - http://www.menomonee-falls.org/FAQ.aspx?QID=61
Average Utility Costs - http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/esr/table5.xls - an excel file based on the census.
Average Utility Costs 2 - http://www.byu.edu/offcampushousing/compdata/averageHousingCosts.html
Car Insurance Estimate - Car Insurance Estimates - http://www.carinsurance.com/Average-Premiums.aspx
Health Insurance Estimate - https://www.ehealthinsurance.com/ehi/Alliance?allid=Ins21970&type=IFP&sid=12714
Here's a site with the average costs http://ehbs.kff.org/?page=charts&id=1&sn=6&p=1
Your employer will likely pick up a portion of this cost - plan to pay 20% of the cost.

Time Article - Family Monthly Spending Averages



Application/Visual Presentation

In this section of your presentation, you will need to demonstrate the skills of your chosen profession in some way. This could be:
  • a model or example of the work,
  • visuals of the process/typical day for someone in your career,
  • a simulation with the class, acting out some aspect of your career
  • something else that illustrates what someone in your chosen career does on a regular basis.
  • Mock Trial Model - http://ccn.aacnjournals.org/content/29/4/52.full.pdf

There might be software that could help you make a virtual model related to your career. Go to http://www.download.com/2001-20_4-0.html?tag=hd_ts and search for a product that might help. Ideas include:

  • Virtual CAD or Building Design – Architect
  • Virtual Room Design - Interior Decorator
  • Virtual Fashion Design

Other ideas for activities can be found here:



Quarter Discovery Project Presentation

Your final presentation should be in the form of a PowerPoint. Please use this checklist to make sure all of this information has been included.

Real-World Experience - 20 points
  • Name and occupation of person contacted
  • Explanation/Overview of experience
  • Answers to questions asked or information gathered from experience
Class Activity - 20 points
  • related to chosen career including some information gathered from real-world experience
  • Make sure to connect to career
  • Make sure to have clear directions for how class is supposed to interact
One more slide? (optional)
  • Something interesting you want to share related to your other tasks


















Tasks from the Semester Project (and possible additions or alternatives to quarter tasks):

Self-Evaluation


Use the websites to help you answer the questions. Write a paragraph or two detailing the results.

1. Take the Temperament Sorter.

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp


(Right-click and choose Open in new window or survey will not work.)

You may have already taken this survey in the Know Thyself assignment. If so, copy and paste your summary as a part of this assignment.

2. Click on the links (D. Keirsey and J. Butt….I am not making this up!)to read the descriptions of your personality type.

3. Describe the results. What are the characteristics associated with your personality type?

Evaluating through Type Logic:




What famous person possesses similar personality traits? (scroll to the bottom of page)




Click on the link that matches your results below, read the information and summarize what you learned.


[ENFP] [INFP] [ENFJ] [INFJ] [ESTJ] [ISTJ] [ESFJ] [ISFJ]




[ENTP] [INTP] [ENTJ] [INTJ] [ESTP] [ISTP] [ESFP] [ISFP]


Evaluating through the Keirsey Temperament Sorter:




What kind of Temperament (Rational, Artisan, Guardian or Idealist) are you?




Click on the link that matches your results below, read the information and summarize what you learned.


Rational - [ENTP] [INTP] [ENTJ] [INTJ]


Artisan - [ESTP] [ISTP] [ESFP] [ISFP]


Guardian - [ESTJ] [ISTJ] [ESFJ] [ISFJ]


Idealist - [ENFP] [INFP] [ENFJ] [INFJ]


4. How do the results fit with your perception of yourself? Give specific examples of how your personality does or does not match the summary described on the web/in the book.

5. What were the careers suggested for your personality type? Do any of these interest you? Why or why not? Click on the link that matches your results below, read the information and summarize what you learned.

[ENFP] [INFP] [ENFJ] [INFJ] [ESTJ] [ISTJ] [ESFJ] [ISFJ]




[ENTP] [INTP] [ENTJ] [INTJ] [ESTP] [ISTP] [ESFP] [ISFP]




6. What career did you choose for your project? How do the responsibilities of that career match with the characteristics of your personality?

Use these resources to learn about more careers:

Career Builder Career Test - Do not use your real email address or name when registering)

Top Ten Careers

Tomorrow's Jobs

Career Library


Part B. Successful Habits


1. Skim through The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens book, Life Strategies for Teens book or another similar resource.

2. Choose two or three habits that you think are most important to you or will best help you in your future OR you may write about other habits that you think are important to your success.

3. In one paragraph per each habit, included the following:

  • What is the habit called?
  • What is the definition of the habit?
  • Name one or two behavioral example(s)/scenarios that illustrate the habit.
  • Why is the habit important?
  • How will incorporating this habit into your life help you and/or your career?





Task #3 - Survey Writing and Analysis



This task incorporates some of our technological skills and analysis thinking skills. Create a 7-10 question survey based on your career. Who are your "clients"? What questions can you ask them to improve your performance? Create a survey on SurveyMonkey. You'll need to create an account in order to use this tool. Post the survey and send me the link so that I can review and then advertise your questions. We'll talk later in the term about how to interpret the results and how to incorporate them into your project.



Survey Analysis - (This will go in your final presentation)

  • You need at least 25 respondents to your survey before analyzing the results.
  • Include the results in graph form of 3-4 of your survey questions.
  • Add bullet points for each graph to explain the significance of the results. (Give the "so what" answer to the data. If 75% of respondents reported that they prefer chocolate ice cream, what does that mean if you were going to plan a party for them?)







Task #4 – Career Project




Task #6 – Career Project

Financial Savvy
Choose one of the following options:
1. Read at least three articles about how to make an effective budget/how to be responsible with money. Write a summary that explains and justifies your personal financial philosophy OR
2. Choose an area of finance to become an expert in. Read at least three articles in your area of expertise. Share your information in your project.
o Credit Card Debt
o Cost of Living Differences
o Investing Money
o Home Ownership vs. Renting

Learn about the economics of poverty with the Spent! game.

o Other ideas?
Your product should include:
The titles of the three or more articles you read
The most interesting or important points from those articles
How these points will help you manage your money in the future
RESOURCES


Semester Discovery Project Presentation



Your final presentation should be in the form of a PowerPoint. Please use this checklist to make sure all of this information has been included.



Info About Me - 10 points



  • Results of Temperament Sorter
  • Description of personality according to sorter
  • Compare/Contrast sorter personality characteristics with actual personality
  • Specific examples of personality characteristic similarities/differences
  • Careers associated with temperament type
  • Which, if any, interest you and why/why not
  • Career choice for project
  • Comparison of career responsibilities with personality characteristics



Info About Job - 15 points



  • Responsibilities, duties and expectations of job
  • Average Salary
  • Availability of jobs
  • Training/years of school required
  • Specific courses for HS and/or college



Habits for Life - 10 points



  • 2 or 3 habits listed
  • Definition of each habit
  • Behavioral examples of each habit
  • Importance of each habit
  • How incorporating the habit will help life and/or career



Real-World Experience - 15 points



  • Name and occupation of person contacted
  • Explanation/Overview of experience
  • Answers to questions asked or information gathered from experience
  • (Task #4) Visual artifact related to chosen career including some information gathered from real-world experience



Survey Analysis - 10 Points



  • You need at least 25 respondents to your survey before analyzing the results.
  • Include the results in graph form of 3-4 of your survey questions.
  • Add bullet points for each graph to explain the significance of the results.



Financial Research - 10 points



  • The titles of the three or more articles you read
  • The most interesting or important points from those articles
  • How these points will help you manage your money in the future



Budget Research/Budget Worksheet - 10 points



  • Yearly Salary before Taxes
  • Total Percentage paid in taxes
  • Amount of salary after taxes
  • Monthly take-home salary (C / 12)
  • City of residence
  • Housing choice and cost
  • Transportation choice and cost
  • Utility costs
  • OPTIONAL - Entertainment costs, furniture costs



Justification of Budget - 10 points



  • Pros and cons of financial decisions you have made
  • Write a justification of your choices (Why these were good choices for you?).



Resources Used - 10 points



  • List of all websites used for completing this portion of project.



Career Final Written Project - /100 Points