Career Research Projects engage students in researching the educational requirements, required skills, salary ranges, job duties, types of work and benefits as well as challenges associated with a particular career field, cluster or pathway. Quality career research projects involve online research, personal interviews with individuals employed in that career, written presentation/reflection and oral presentation of the findings.
- Students explore a career field or pathway in which they have an interest
- Enable a large number of students to explore a variety of career opportunities efficiently
- Allow students to practice the career readiness skills of communicating effectively and appropriately through speaking, writing, and professional etiquette
- Offers the opportunity to use a variety of research methods including internet research, library research, job shadowing, personal interviews, etc.
- Engage students critical thinking and decision making as they meet with various career professionals and learn more about the responsibilities and rewards of each career field or pathway they represent
- Clearly communicate the objectives and expectations for the career research project
- Provide a sample worksheet with key questions that should be answered in the research (Salary, educational requirements, job description, occupational outlook, personal characteristics, skills and knowledge needed, career readiness skills needed, advantages/disadvantages/rewards/challenges
- Incorporate interviews into the research to allow practices of verbal and written communication skills
- Require an information presentation of the information and perspectives gained from the career research project
- Provide a clear grading criteria/rubric to guide the career research project activities and specify outcomes