Project - Researching a Career
Due April 22nd (Before class)
This project is designed to help you get more information about your desired career including salary ranges, job availability, career path, a typical day on the job, etc. While many of you are probably already working, or have worked in the past, you might not be working in your “dream job” or in the career for which you are currently studying. Also, I have found that many students are unsure of what exactly they want to do when they graduate. Thus, this project is designed to help you focus in and advance in your careers, no matter what stage you are in.
1. You must determine what your expected or desired entry level job will be upon graduation and
typical salary ranges for that job title. There are many online and print sources for determining
this information. Make sure to make appropriate adjustments for local cost of living in
determining a reasonable salary expectation. Base your salary range on at least three sources.
2. Create a list of companies list of 4 companies you would like to work for and find a contact person using LinkedIn (An FIU Alum would be great). Include their name, title, company and email.
3. You will conduct an “informational interview” with someone already working in your chosen
field, either in an entry-level position or higher up. An informational interview is NOT a job
interview; it is a short conversation with someone who holds a job you find interesting. Most
professionals are willing to give 10 minutes of their time to talk about how they got their job, what their typical day on the job is like, what someone interested in the same career should do to
prepare, etc.*. When attempting to set up the interview, explain that you are not looking for a job, that it is an informational interview, which will take no more than 10 minutes of their time. Once the interview gets going, you might find that they are willing to talk for much longer than that. You should feel free to ask them about their college major and activities, their first job and how they got it, their career path, what a typical day on the job is like, and anything else you might want to know before setting out in a similar career yourself. Under no circumstances should you ask them how much money they make (or made at the time!) That is rude, and you can get general information about salary from other sources.
4. Using indeed.com, simplyhired or BusinessCareerLink find a job description that would be your dream job and add it to your paper.
5. Make the match. What are your top 4 skills that apply to this job? Do you have them? If not how will you obtain them?
6. Finally, please write a reaction to what you have now discovered about your desired career. Are you still interested in pursuing this career? Why
or why not? Are you more or less excited about it than you were before? What was surprising
from your research? What is your overall reaction to this project? How prepared do you feel for
this career and what are your next steps?
The paper should be typed, using a double-spaced, professional font. The contents should be presented in the following order:
· Cover page listing name, date, course title and your targeted job title.
· Job description of your dream job.
o Make the match. Do you have the needed skills and education for this position? What are the top 4 needed skills? Do you have these skills? If not what will you do to obtain them?
o Expected Salary Range (Where did you find this information? Cite)
· Create a list or table of 4 companies you would like to work for and contact names
o Find a contact person at each company using LinkedIn (An FIU Alum would be great)
o Include their name, title, company and email (and/or Screenshot of LinkedIn Profile)
· Informational Interview (1 page)
o Summary of informational interview
o Include contact information and title for your interviewee
o Screenshot of their LinkedIn profile or company bio if they have one
· Reflection (1 page)
o Finally, please write a reaction to what you have now discovered about your desired career. Are you still interested in pursuing this career? Why or why not? Are you more or less excited about it than you were before? What was surprising from your research? What is your overall reaction to this project?
· Next Steps (1/2 page)
o How prepared do you feel for this career and what are your next steps?
Projects missing any of the requirements will be penalized. Please note: all late projects will be immediately docked 5% for each day that they are late. No projects will be accepted more than one week late unless prior instructor approval was given.
FINAL NOTE: Due to the nature of your potential interviewees’ schedules and limited availability in you should set up a time to meet as soon as possible.
|Due By (Pacific Time)||04/22/2015 09:00 am|
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