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Career Exploration

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Create a Word document labeled Career Research Assignment_YourName.docx, insert a title page as page one and include your name, your professor’s name, title of assignment, and date submitted List each of the following HEADINGS in your document

Under each heading enter the information requested below
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Include in-text citations for any quotes or facts you use. Insert your Bibliography at the end. (APA format)


Choose 3 possible careers or career fields you’d like to research. Make sure that at least one of them is from the program area you are currently studying. You may be thinking of a specific occupational title, (manager, HR recruiter, International Sales Rep., etc.) or you may simply have interest in a particular field (medicine, education, research, finance, etc.)

Visit http://careercruising.com (login = Centennial and password = campus1). Use the “Explore Careers” link on the left side to locate your 3 choices.

Review the “Job Description” and the “At a Glance” pages for each of your choices above. Copy/paste the Job Description page for each of the three choices into your assignment.

If your choices are not available in Career Cruising you may use other resources to gather job descriptions for your choices. You should supply similar information as is available in Career Cruising for job descriptions (approximately 2 or 3 paragraph description)


From the three career options you chose, consider the job duties, salary, labour market, and your work preferences.

Create a table as follows and list each of your three career options. Think about the pros (the good things about each choice) and cons (the not-so-good things about each choice) and what implications pursuing each career would have on your life.

Choose ONE to become your current CAREER Goal. Discuss how you decided upon this Career Goal. Identify how each of the three options either satisfied or did not satisfy your career values and preferences at this time in your life.

Cons about this Career

Implications of choosing this career

Satisfies/Does Not Satisfy My Career Values and Why

CAREER GOAL Choose ONE Career. Why this one?

There are several job possibilities with any chosen career.

www.jobsetc.gc.ca, www.workingincanada.gc.ca/
http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2006/OccupationIndex.aspx www.canadiancareers.com

Visit http://careercruising.com (login = Centennial and password = campus1), “Explore Careers”, click on your decided upon career, and use the “Photos & Interviews” link on the left side menu to find a person who is working in your chosen field. Alternatively, you could conduct a live interview with someone working in your chosen career or you could find an interview online that answers the following interview questions.

Copy/Paste the answers to the following topics which are given in the interview into your Word document. Give the interviewee’s name and career title
Q & A results
Likes and dislikes
A day in the life
Breakdown of Activities
Related Careers


Create or locate a career progression ladder (lattice or career path) for your Career Goal field. The ladder will describe an entry level position then each step along the way to higher level positions within your field. You may find these at: http://onetcenter.org or http://careercruising.com or other websites. They are often in the form of a diagram.


Using the career progression ladder choose ONE higher level position you might apply for within your chosen Career or in a related career field (jobs you might apply for after you’ve been working for a few years in order to advance your career) and locate ONE ONLINE job advertisement/posting. This is not a job you will necessarily be applying for right away, but something you might aim for in a few years.

Copy/paste the details of the job posting. The job posting should contain:
Brief description of duties/responsibilities (expectations, what you will be doing) Brief description of qualifications/requirements (skills, knowledge, degrees, etc.) Salary range (you may need to look elsewhere for this information if not given) Brief description of working conditions or other information not already listed Include the website or other place you found the job advertisement


List THREE possible certifications, associations, organizations, clubs, magazines, and other resources you could connect with in your chosen career field. Career Cruising may offer some suggestions. Provide one point for each resource explaining how it will help you. Be specific.

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