Career Investigation Learners Record

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Career Investigation Learners Record

  1. 1. This Career Investigation Learner’s Record © third edition was written by Brian Comerford of Classroom Guidance 2016. Editor: Jennifer Rope
  2. 2. Table of Contents THE TASK PAGE Introduction 1 1. Choosing a Career 2 2. Your Objectives 3 RESEARCH & PLANNING 3.1 Methods 4 3.2 Action Plan 5 3.3 Resources Needed 6 3.4 Real Life Example 7 3.5 Who Can Help 7 3.6 Planning Your Meetings 8 3.7 Alternative Solutions 8 CARRYING OUT THE TASK 4.1 Education - Courses 9 4.2 People - Interviews 11 4.3 Interview Questions 11 4.4 Guidance Counsellor - Interview 14 4.5 Task List 15 PRESENTATION & ANALYSIS OF FINDINGS 5.1 Results 16 5.2 Conclusions 17 6. Self-Evaluation 18 7. Bibliography 21 8. Appendix 21
  3. 3. 1 Introduction This Learner’s Record is intended to act as a guide to writing up your Career Investigation. It should be used as a template to help you when producing your own original report. Please note you are expected to use a computer to type up your work as this will demonstrate your skills in this area.
  4. 4. 2 1. Choosing A Career List your Top 5 careers. Suggestion: use Careersportal’s interest assessment. Decide on a shortlist of three and include detailed job descriptions. 1. 2. 3. After reading about my top three jobs, the career I’ve chosen to investigate is: ______________________________________________ Why? ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Career / Job 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  5. 5. 3 2. Your Objectives Write down what you want to achieve from doing this investigation and why you want to achieve it. Aim: _____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Why? ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ For Example: Aim: I want to find out all I can about a career in carpentry. Why? So I can know for certain if I want to do an Apprenticeship.
  6. 6. 4 3. RESEARCH & PLANNING OTHER METHODS:_______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ JOB DESCRIPTION AREA OF RESEARCH Education AREA OF RESEARCH Work Environment AREA OF RESEARCH People METHODS College Open Day Prospectus College Website Qualifax 4.1 (p9) Guidance Counsellor 4.4 (p14) METHODS Company Website 4.1 (p9) Word Of Mouth SOLAS / FAS Office Guidance Counsellor 4.4 (p14) METHODS Phone Calls 3.6 (p8) Emails/ Letters 3.7 (p8) Interviews 4.2 / 4.3 (p11) Surveys Work Experience 3.1 Methods
  7. 7. 5 3.2 Action Plan Write in what needs to be done for you to understand everything about the job/career. ORDER THINGS TO DO 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
  8. 8. 6 3.3 Resources Needed What will you need to use to get the information required? RESOURCE TICK IF USED Computer Library Printer Mobile Phone Scanner Camera Video Camera Guidance Counsellor Other (write in) Other (write in)
  9. 9. 7 3.4 Real Life Example Complete a short report on an organisation where the job you are investigating is done: Company Name Established Product / Service Description No. Of People Working There No. Of People Doing Your Job 3.5 Who Can Help? List people that could help you find out about the job. People
  10. 10. 8 3.6 Planning Your Meetings When are you going to make contact? ___________________________ Why have you chosen this person? _____________________________ _________________________________________________________ 3.7 Alternative Solutions If the person is unavailable for interview, how else will you find the information you need? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Name Company Address Phone number Date Of Meeting Time
  11. 11. 9 4. CARRYING OUT THE TASK 4.1 Education - Courses Investigate two courses that allow progression to your area of interest. Course 1 Course Title College Name Minimum Entry Requirements Subjects Taught 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. No. of Years Qualification Earned Options For Graduates
  12. 12. 10 Course 2 Course Title College Name Minimum Entry Requirements Subjects Taught 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. No. of Years Qualification Earned Options For Graduates
  13. 13. 11 4.2 People - Interviews Keep a written account of any interviews done: Person’s Name: ___________________________ Job Title: __________________________________________________ Date of interview: _____________ Time of interview: _____________ Place of interview: ___________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Aim of the interview: _________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 4.3 Interview Questions Why did you choose this career? Answer__________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Do you find the career interesting? Answer____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________
  14. 14. 12 What training was involved? Answer___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Are you paid well? Answer___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What equipment do you use every day? Answer___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What type of environment do you work in? Answer___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Do you work on your own or with others? Answer___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  15. 15. 13 What are the key skills involved in this job? Skills Personal Qualities What are the bad things about the job? Answer___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What are the good things about the job? Answer___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  16. 16. 14 4.4 Guidance Counsellor - Interview Appointment Date Appointment Time Do you think I am suited to this career? Why? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What is the future like for this career? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Will the qualifications that I get from school allow me to start my career? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Is there a course in college / Further Education I should consider doing? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  17. 17. 15 4.5 Task List Looking back, list and briefly explain all you did DATE TASK DONE 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
  18. 18. 16 5. PRESENTATION & ANALYSIS OF FINDINGS 5.1 Results Tick any methods you used in the table below. Present these results when you write up your task. METHODS TICK IF USED Personality Tests Interest Inventory Future Skills Needs Age / Gender Profiles Salary Survey Your Own Surveys Your Own Questionnaires Other (write in) __________________________ Other (write in) __________________________
  19. 19. 17 5.2 Conclusions Write down your aim(s) again from page 2: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Did you achieve your aim(s) Yes No Why? _____________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ What was the most useful piece of research to your investigation? Why? ___________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________
  20. 20. 18 6. Self-Evaluation Rate your overall performance by circling one of the below descriptions: Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor Why did you rate yourself this way? _____________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ THINGS I DID WELL THINGS TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME
  21. 21. 19 List two things you learned about yourself while doing this task: (e.g. I have learned that I can organise myself and can work alone, this I discovered when I organised the interview found the address and did a great interview) 1. _______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 2. _______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Write down any skills or qualities you now know you have: Skills Qualities List two problems and how you solved them: 1. _______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  22. 22. 20 1. _______________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ What learning could you use in the future? _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Did you change any future plans? Yes No Why? ________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________
  23. 23. 21 7. Bibliography List the details of any websites, videos, books or newspapers you used in your investigation in the table below: 8. Appendix Include the following evidence here to personalise your investigation: Photos – Take lots of photos but make sure you have permission if you need it. Internet Research - Keep print outs of relevant internet research you used in your write up. Highlight relevant information. Maps - Print out and keep copies of any maps of places you visited as part of your task. Details Of Website / Video / Publication 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  24. 24. 22 NOTES ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________

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