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CareersCareer Report3The BIG Idea What are some things to consider when deciding if a career is agood fit for me?AGENDAMATERIALSApprox. 45 minutesI. Warm Up: Is This Career forYou? (5 minutes) Portfolio PAGES:II. Career Report Review(15 minutes) STUDENT HANDBOOK PAGES:III. Research Career #1(20 minutes)IV. Wrap Up: Share Career Information (5 minutes) Portfolio pages 5-6, Career Report,(from previous lesson) Student Handbook pages 19-20, SampleCareer Report Student Handbook pages 11 & 12,CFWV.com Directions, (from Lesson 1) FACILITATOR PAGES: Facilitator Resource 1, DO NOW Overhead projector LCD projector LaptopOBJECTIVESDuring this lesson, the student(s) will: Use CFWV.com to find information about one of his/her selected careers, using the WhatThey Do, Money and Outlook, and What to Learn tabs. Summarize career information in a Career Report. 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.129

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career ReportOVERVIEW.In this lesson, students will begin by brainstorming questions they might ask about a career tofigure out if it is a good fit for them. Then they’ll review the Career Report they’ll be using torecord information about their careers. As a class, they’ll use the CFWV.com website to completea Career Report for a sample career. Next, they’ll work independently to complete a CareerReport for their first selected career. Finally, they’ll share their personal “follow-up” answersfrom the Career Report with a partner.PREPARATION. Make arrangements for the class to use the computer lab, and make sure the CFWV.comwebsite is accessible from students’ computers in advance of this lesson. List the day’s BIG IDEA and activities on the board. Write the day’s vocabulary and definitions on the board. Write the web address www.cfwv.com on the board. The following handouts need to be made into overhead transparencies or copied onto chartpaper: Student Handbook pages 11 & 12, CFWV.com Directions, (from Lesson 1) For the sample career highlighted in Activity II, Career Report Review choose a career thatyou think will be interesting for the majority of your students. Write the name of the careeron the board. (Make sure you use the name as it appears on the CFWV.com website, suchas “graphic designer” rather than just “designer.”)BACKGROUND INFORMATION. . .In the previous lesson, students identified three careers they’d like to investigate. In this lessonthey’ll familiarize themselves with the CFWV.com website’s Career Profiles, specifically the threesections they’ll need to complete a Career Report:130 What They Do Money and Outlook (focus will be on wages, which are searchable by state) 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.

tTitle What to Learn (focus will be on “Beyond High School,” “Education Level,” and “InsiderInfo” if it is available for the selected career)Then, they’ll use CFWV.com to research the first of their selected careers.NOTE: Students can save interesting careers to their portfolios or print a copy to take home.VOCABULARY.Occupation: jobAnnual: yearlyEntry wage: earnings at the beginning of your careerAverage wage: median earnings; earnings in the middle of your careerExperienced wage: earnings after years of workingIMPLEMENTATION OPTIONS.DO NOW:(You may choose to present the Warm Up activity as a written Do Now. Present the questions onthe board or overhead, and have students write only their answers on index cards. You could alsochoose to give the students a handout by copying Facilitator Resource 1, DO NOW.)Questions:1. List three careers you chose to research last class in the space below. Then explain onething about each career that interests you.2. In the last class, you learned about the six different Career Categories. List two CareerCategories that you feel best fit your skills and interests. Explain why.[Then call on students to read their answers and continue with Warm Up as written.]When using CFWV.com to research careers, possible issues may arise related to the Moneyand Outlook section. Some jobs only list hourly wages instead of annual salaries. In these cases 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.131

Grade 9, Careers 3:1: CareerInterestReportInventoryyou can have students record hourly wages and if time permits you may have students calculateannual wages using the formula below.[Annual salary hourly wage x # of hours per week x 52 (# of weeks per year)]In addition, some careers may not list any wages for your particular state. In that case, have thestudents choose another nearby state with similar demographics.For the most part, CFWV.com is written at a high-school level, which means the reading will bea challenge for many students. It is fine to share this information with them; they’ll need to helpeach other with difficult vocabulary and re-read complex passages to figure out meaning. You’llneed to circulate and provide help to students who need it.For special ed classes, you may wish to substitute career info found at www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm rather than use career profiles on CFWV.com. The material on this website is written at aneighth-grade reading level. Use the A-Z index to search for careers. Note that only a limitednumber of careers are available.For struggling readers, you may wish to print out CFWV.com resources so students can highlightand take notes directly on the pages.For the “Money and Outlook follow up” question on the Career Report, you may choose to havethe class look up two careers of their choice. Rather than using related careers, students will usetwo careers of varying wages as benchmarks. One of the careers should be one the studentsconsider to have low wages, and the second career should be one they consider to have highwages. Students should then enter these values on all three Career Reports. (Career Reports areused in Lessons 3-5).132 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career ReportACTIVITY STEPS.I. WARM UP: Is This Career for You? (5 minutes)1. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the third week in our careers unit.Last week, you selected three careers that you’d like to learn more about. This week,you’re going to research your first career, then share what you learned with anotherstudent.2. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: As you research or hear about each career, I’d like you to bethinking, “Is this a career for me?” What are some questions you might have about ajob to determine if it’s a good fit for you? [Write students’ answers on the board, overhead transparency, or chart paper.][Be sure to get across some of these aspects of a job: What would I do in this job? What are my main responsibilities? How much does it pay? How much education or training will I need? Where will I spend most of my time? Will I work mostly with people or by myself? What hours will I work each week? Will I have enough time for friends and family? What kind of person would be happy and successful in this job?]3. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: Over the next three weeks, you’re going to answer three bigquestions for the jobs you selected. [Write these questions on chart paper, an overhead transparency or the board.] What would I do in this job? How much will I get paid? How much education do I need?Hopefully, by answering these questions, you’ll learn enough about each career to geta sense of whether or not it’s one you’d like to investigate further.II. Career Report Review (15 minutes)1. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: Please turn to Portfolio pages 5-6, Career Report. This is theform you’ll use to record information about each career you investigate over the nextthree weeks. Last week we discussed the differences between a high quality CareerReport and one that needs improvement. What were some of the things we listed fora High Quality Career Report? [Allow students to respond. If they are having trouble 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.133

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career Reportremembering, you can display the list you made last week.]As we dicussed last week, you’ll be using the CFWV.com website for all your careerresearch. Let’s log on to CFWV.com and see where we’ll find all the information weneed.2. [Model how to log in using your laptop and LCD projector. Instruct students to turn toStudent Handbook pages 11 & 12, CFWV.com Directions, (from Lesson 1). Remindthem that all the directions for accessing each part of their Career Report can befound on this page. Give students a minute to scan over the page.]3. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: If I wanted to find information about a social worker onCFWV.com where could I go to find this information? [Allow students to respond andthen model how to click on the Career Planning tab and then on the Explore Careerssection.]Can anyone remember the two ways to find information about a specific career?[Model how to type in the career name, click Go, and find the career from the list. Thenshow how to find a career name using the Alphabetical List. Click on Social Worker toaccess the career profile.]4. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: Great, now we’re at the career profile for social worker.These blue tabs along the left-hand side will take you to the different sections withinthe profile. To complete your Career Report, you’ll just focus on five sections: WhatThey Do, Is This for You?, Skills You Need, What to Learn and Money and Outlook.[Display Student Handbook pages 19-20, Sample Career Report, using an overheadprojector or chart paper. Instruct students to turn to Student Handbook pages 19-20,Sample Career Report.]Let’s work together to complete a Career Report for “Social Worker.” To begin, writethe name of your career at the top of the page.5. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: Now, let’s look for the information we need about this career.To complete the first section of the Career Report, you’ll need to read the What TheyDo page. This is the first thing that comes up when you enter a career profile. As youknow from last week, this section gives a good overview of the job, what it involves,and where people with this career usually work.134 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career Report6. For your Career Report, you will first summarize what a person with this career does.The first paragraph of the What They Do page provides a summary. To make sure youunderstand the information, please restate this summary in your own words. [You maywish to use the overhead projector to model the completion of each step of the CareerReport.][Have students read the first section, Just the Facts, of the What the Do page andsuggest a good summary for “social worker.” For example: A social worker works withpeople to help them with problems like child care, nutrition, and alcoholism.]7. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: The second question under What They Do asks you to list twospecific tasks this person might do in a typical day.[Have students read the second section, A Person in This Career, of the What TheyDo page and suggest a specific task, such as: Interview new clients to understand what’swrong and what services they’ll need and connect clients with the services they need.]8. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: The next question under What They Do is a “follow-up” question. There’s one follow-up question in each section, which asks you to consider whatyou’ve just learned and reflect on whether the job is a good fit for you. In this followup question, you’re asked to consider whether the career is a good match with yourskills and interests. To answer this question, look over the Is This For You and the SkillsYou Need pages by clicking the tabs on the left side of the page. Then think aboutyour own skills and interests and explain if this career is a good fit for you. [You maywish to have your students flip back to Student Handbook pages 14-15, What Do YouLike to Do? from the previous lesson, so that they can review the skills and intereststhey decided best described their personality.]9. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: The next section of the Career Report asks about Money andOutlook. To find this information, just click the blue tab on the left side of the pagelabeled Money and Outlook. You’ll find some general information about the career’searnings in the text at the top of the page. For most careers, you can find the annualincome of the career for our state or for other states. [Model how to use the pull-downmenu at the top of the page to find other state’s information.]You’ll also notice that under each occupation there is a graph with spaces for Average,Entry Level, and Experienced Wages. [See Vocabulary section, and discuss what theseterms mean.] In some careers, all of those spaces are filled in. In other careers, only 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.135

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career Reportthe Average wage is filled in. Remember, the Average wage is not the highest wagethat you can earn in the career! Over time, you could earn more.For your career report, you’ll be asked to list the annual salaries for each level – Average, Entry Level, and Experienced. If Entry Level and Experienced wages do notappear, write N/A in the space. This means Not Available. You’ll still be able to fill inthe Average wage.[Model how to do this on the Sample Career Report. Also note which occupation youused.]10. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: The follow-up question asks how these salaries compare withother careers you know about. You should look up two other careers, like dentist andretail salesperson. Find the average annual earnings for each career by clicking theMoney and Outlook tab within their career profile. Then record this information onyour Career Card. [See Implementation Options for suggestions.]11. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: The next section of the Career Report asks about Education.To find information about the education required for a career, return to your originalCareer Profile by using the back arrows or looking it up a second time. Click the blueWhat to Learn tab. As you’ll see on the Career Report, you are asked to check theeducation needed for this career. You’ll find this information in the section called Education Level.[Have students read the text and identify the recommended level of education. (Notethat a 4-year Bachelor’s degree is considered a minimum requirement. Many jobs requirea Masters degree: MSW Masters in Social Work). Then discuss what level of education this fits into. (More than 4 years of college.) Instruct the students to raise their handif they need help interpreting the type of education listed for their career.]12. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: The follow-up question asks if you’re willing to invest the timeand money needed to get this type of education. This question doesn’t require anyother research – it just asks you to seriously consider your own goals.13. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: And that’s how you’ll use CFWV.com to complete your ownCareer Reports. [Review steps as needed and answer any questions.]136 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career ReportIII. Research Career #1 (20 minutes)1. [Have students turn to their Portfolio pages 5-6, Career Report (First Set). Explainthat today they should research the first career they selected on Student Handbookpage 17, My Careers, By Category.]2. [Give students about 20 minutes using CFWV.com to complete the Career Report forthis career, while you circulate to answer questions, trouble-shoot, and keep them focused and on-task.]IV. WRAP UP: Share Career Information (5 minutes)1. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: Now I’d like you to turn to the student beside you. In the remaining time, you’re going to share your answers to the follow-up questions with thispartner. The person whose birthday is closest to today’s date should begin, and takea few minutes to share these answers with your partner, letting him or her look at yourCareer Report if necessary. Then the other partner will share his or her answers to thefollow-up questions.2. SAY SOMETHING LIKE: You all did a great job today. Next week, you’ll work independently to research your second career. You’ll also have a chance to read about atypical workday from real people in the jobs you’re researching. 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.137

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career ReportFacilitator Resource 1, Do NowDO NOWCareers 3: Career ReportDirections: You will have three minutes to read the questions and write your answers.Questions:1. List three careers you chose to research last class in the space below. Then explain one thing about each career that interests you.2. In the last class, you learned about the six different Career Interest Areas. Listtwo Career Categories that you feel best fit your skills and interests. Explainwhy. 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career ReportStudent Handbook, Sample Career ReportIs this career a goodfit for you? Write yourfindings here.Sample Career ReportUse this form to record important details about your selected careers.Career:What They DoIn your own words, write a general description for what a person who has this career does.List two to three specific tasks this person might do on a typical day. Follow-up: Is this career a good match for my skills and interests? Explain why. 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.19

Grade 9, Careers 3: Career ReportStudent Handbook, Sample Career ReportMoney and OutlookHow much money can a person with this career expect to make in my state?entry wage: AnnualAverage wage: Annualexperienced wage: AnnualFollow-up: How does this compare with other related careers? (Click What to Learn and thenclick the related Career Cluster listed at the top of the page. When the new page appears,click Careers to see a list of related careers. Click on the career of your choice and then onMoney and Outlook )Name of career:Average wage: AnnualName of career:Average wage: AnnualWhat to LearnHow much post-secondary (after high school) education is recommended for this career?Which of these best describes the recommended level of education?q high school graduate onlyq apprenticeshipq tech or trade schoolq 2-year collegeq 4-year collegeq more than 4 years of collegeFollow-up: Are you willing to invest the time and money needed to get this type of education?Explain your answer. 2010 Roads to Success. For information on re-use under our Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license, visit www.roadstosuccess.org.20

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For the sample career highlighted in Activity II, Career Report Review choose a career that you think will be interesting for the majority of your students. Write the name of the career on the board. (Make sure you use the name as it appears on the CFWV.com website, such as “graphic designer” rather than just “designer.”)