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Career Research Assignment Description



You have started to think about some careers that you might be interested in.  Now you are going to begin to research one of those careers to find out more information.  With everything we see on television or in the movies, it is easy to form false impressions about certain jobs or careers.  Choosing a career is an important decision, and it’s important to have the right information in order to make that decision.



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As you complete your research, take Cornell notes on each of the following paragraph requirements. Use AZCIS to help you with this research. You may use other websites if necessary.



Requirements ~


  • Title the essay using your career choice somewhere in the title.
  • Paragraph one:  Introduce your career choice.  Tell what the essay will be about.  Explain why you choose this career. 
  • Paragraph Two:  Job Environment ~ Will this job require you to work inside or outside?  Will you travel, or will you work in one location?  Will you work with many people or by yourself?  Will you work with the same people every day or many different people?  Will you work with machines more than people?  If so, describe the machine you will work with.
  • Paragraph Three:  Specific Tasks ~ How will you be spending your time in this job?  What percentage of time will you be spending on various tasks?  Will you be doing the same thing over and over again, or is there variety to the duties of this job?  Describe the various duties.
  • Paragraph Four:  Working Hours and Conditions ~ Will you work a regular, 40-hour week?  Will you work days, nights, weekends?  Will you be required to work overtime often?  Is there stress involved with this job?  Are the working conditions safe or hazardous in some ways?  Explain any hazardous conditions.
  • Paragraph Five:  Typical Salary ~ What is the typical starting salary?  Does the salary increase with years of experience?  What increase in salary might be expected?  Did you choose this career because of the salary that you’ll earn?  Do you feel like you could support a family on the salary this job will pay?
  • Paragraph Six:  Education and Training ~ Does this career require a high school diploma, a college degree, or an advanced degree? (Masters, Doctorate)  Is on-the-job training provided?  Does it require a certificate or license?  Do you have to pass any tests to attain that certificate or license?  Are you expected to continue your education and training once you enter into this career?  What are the possibilities for advancement in this career?
  • Paragraph Seven:  Special Skills and Abilities ~ Are there any special physical skills required to do this job?  Any special talents or abilities?  Is the field so competitive that only a few people with specialized talents may enter it?
  • Paragraph Eight:  Physiological Requirements and Personal Characteristics ~ Are there any special demands on your body such as sitting, standing, or working on a computer for long periods of time?  Are certain personal or personality characteristics desirable, such as friendliness with new people or the ability to work unsupervised?
  • Paragraph Nine:  Advantages/Rewards and Disadvantages/Drawbacks ~ What about this job would be stimulating or rewarding to you?  What would be its greatest advantages to you?  What could be disadvantages to this career?  What might be a drawback for you?
  • Paragraph Ten:  Classes to Take Now ~ What courses are available to you now, in high school, that will help you prepare for this career?  What other experiences might you have through school, such as clubs, sports, etc., that could help you develop the skills and abilities needed for this career?
  • Paragraph Eleven:  Conclusion ~ Do you think that you meet the requirements for this job?  Does this job fit your values, strengths, and personality traits?  Would this job meet the lifestyle and budget needs you anticipate?  What are the strengths you bring to a job like this?



  • Paper length:  approximately 3-5 pages, double spaced, 12-point, legible font

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