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CAS 394: Career Exploration & Professionalism

Assignment Instructions

Goal: The goal of this exercise is to give you an opportunity to explore career options available for CAS majors. You will be required to complete several questions, visit different websites, watch a short webinar, and write a reflection about what you learned. You may have to copy/paste the links to your web browser for them to work. Keep in mind that this assignment is not for you to learn about your dream job (for which you might have already done some research), but to expose you to different possibilities, search engines, and resources with which you might not be familiar.

Corresponding Course Learning Objectives (CLO):

CL5: Identify characteristics of professionalism.

CL8: Explore career opportunities for CHAD majors, including relevant skills, education, and experience requirements.

Format: This exercise needs to be completed and uploaded in Microsoft Word or word processor (not on a PDF) through Turnitin. Follow the format of the questions.

Due Date: Check Syllabus. This assignment will take approximately 4+ hours, so plan accordingly.

Grading Criteria: Check the Grading Rubric at the end of the document


CAS 394: Career Exploration & Professionalism -S21

Name:

Career Exploration

Based on your current professional interests, fill out the following.

Professional roles I am interested in include:

Post-baccalaureate/graduate programs I am interested in include:

The CSUF Career Center has a link to a database about “What Can I do with this major?” Copy and paste the link below in a browser to get to the database (click on the image). You may have to log in into your CSUF account. Once you are on the database’s website, click to see “all majors”. Find two majors related to CHAD (e.g., Education / Human Services) and answer the following questions.

http://www.fullerton.edu/career/students/career-major-exploration/career-exploration-resources.php

a. Area (e.g., K-12, Higher Ed., etc.):

One Employer:

One Strategy:

b. Area (e.g., K-12, Higher Ed., etc.):

One Employer:

One Strategy:

Explore the CAS Career Resources Manual (link on Canvas).

Identify two genres of careers in which you might be interested as described in the manual (e.g., youth development, corporate) and two types of jobs you were not aware to which you could apply. Explain why you would be interested in those based on what you read. (Example, Genre: Educational/Academic Services; TRIO program advisor, because ….). You may select two types of jobs under the same genre.

a. Genre; Type of Job; Rationale

b. Genre; Type of Job; Rationale

Examine careers in education (teacher, principal, counselor, etc.) on the following website.

Address: http://www.edjoin.org/

Search by district (click on district, then county, then select district).

Available jobs include: (1) Position Title, (2) Organization (3) Required Educational Background (BA/certifications, etc.)

Job 1

1. Position Title:

2. Organization:

3. Required Educational Background (BA/certifications, etc.)

Job 1

1. Position Title:

2. Organization:

3. Required Educational Background (BA/certifications, etc.)

Click on Events and select one you would be interested in attending.

Address: http://www.edjoin.org/

Event name:

Date/time:

Location/Web link:

Examine average teacher salaries. Using the menu drop down, select “Job Outlook and Salary for Teaching in CA”

Address: http://www.teachersalaryinfo.com/average-teacher-salary-california.html

CA Annual Mean Wage:

U.S. Annual Mean Wage:

Select another teaching level you might be interested in (e.g., preschool, elementary, middle school)

Average Annual Salary:

Some of you might be thinking about becoming professors or university administrators, examine the following website to examine job listings in higher education.

Check on “Jobs” / Select by Position Type (Faculty, Administrative, etc.); If you select a faculty position, select by discipline (e.g., Education, Social/Behavioral Sciences)

Address: https://jobs.chronicle.com/

Position Type:

Position Title:

Organization:

Location:

Ideal degrees:

Using the CSUF Career Center link, scroll down to Internship/Job Search Site and find jobs/internships (other than Edjoin) in which you might be interested. This may take a little time until you get familiar on how to do a search on the specific engine.

Address: http://www.fullerton.edu/career/students/specialists/health-and-human-development.php

CSUF Career Center: HHD

Search Engine Used (other than Edujoin):

Position Type:

Position Title:

Organization:

Location:

Ideal degrees:

Post-baccalaureate/graduate programs

One common career for CAS majors is teaching. Identify one institution with an approved single or multiple subjects’ programs (e.g., CSUF, CSULB, UCLA, UCI, USC, etc.). Go to the official website of those universities and find the application requirements and/or materials. Note that to get application materials you may have to sign up as a prospective applicant (you may opt-out later)

Teaching Credential Program Name:

Institution/University:

List the required application materials:

List the desired applicant background:

Find out how many letters of recommendation you need and whether they need to be academic or from an employer:

Typically, letters of recommendation/assessment forms evaluate writing, reading, scholastic performance, character. Identify 2 people who could be potential recommenders. Include their title.

– Recommender 1 name/title:

– Recommender 2 name/title:

If you can’t think of anybody, reflect on why this might be the case and think of steps you can take to establish working/academic relationships with faculty or employers who could eventually recommend you.

Let’s explore another career. Go to CSUF Career Center / select Eureka by clicking on the icon / create an account if you don’t have one / select Education / select Majors/Programs / Select a major of your interest (e.g., counseling), fill the information below. You will also go to a university’s program page to find more information about applying to that program.

http://www.fullerton.edu/career/students/specialists/health-and-human-development.php

Major Selected (e.g., counseling):

Related Career/occupation:

Education Required:

Identify a potential program of interest (e.g., career counseling masters):

Institution/University:

Go to the Program of interest at the university and find out:

List the required application materials:

List the desired applicant background:

Find out how many letters of recommendation you need and whether they need to be academic or from an employer:

Go to the website on Ed.D. programs and explore the website and whether an Ed.D is worth it.

https://www.eddprograms.org/resources/is-an-edd-worth-it/

Describe one thing that you learned about Ed.Ds.

On the CSUF Career Center, identify a workshop, information session, career fair or expo you would like to attend. Register for the event.

http://www.fullerton.edu/career/students/

Event Title:

Time/date:

Go to the
Interviewing
section of the CSUF Career Site, watch the Interviewing Recorded Webinar (approximately 30 minutes)

http://www.fullerton.edu/career/students/interviewing/index.php

Describe 2 things that you learned about the interviewing process (be specific)

a.

b.

On the CSUF Career Center, identify a video or section, apart from the interviewing video above, which provides useful information on career development.

http://www.fullerton.edu/career/students/

Describe 2 things that you learned through the video / readings (be specific)

a.

b.

Reflection

Through detailed explanations and specific examples show what you learned.

Reflect on the process of completing this assignment, including what did you learn about your professional interests through this exercise? Describe any information you learned that will be particularly helpful in your career path? How might this assignment allowed you to think more deeply about your career track? Include any next steps for you based on what you learned. (Try to avoid very general statements and provide specific examples).

Rubric Career Exploration Exercise

FINAL EVALUATION

Exceeds Expectations

(90-100%)

Meets Expectations

(80-89%)

Approaches Expectations but inconsistent or incomplete

(70-79%)

Fails to meet Expectations

(0-69%)

1. Thoroughness

(60%)

All sections are addressed thoroughly.

(60 pts.)

Most sections are addressed thoroughly.

(45 pts.)

Some sections are not addressed or addressed superficially.

(30 pts.)

Many sections are not addressed.

(15 pts.)

2. Thoughtful reflection and critical analysis evident?

(30%)

Outstanding and

insightful reflection

and critical analysis the includes good explanations and examples.

(30 pts.)

Very good reflection

and critical analysis. Not thorough contextual explanations and examples.

(22.5 pts.)

General

reflection and minimal critical

analysis. Few examples and rationale.

(15 pts.)

Almost no reflection

and critical analysis.

(7.5 pts.)

3. High quality writing

(10%)

Very well written (no typos or misspelled words).

(10 pts.)

Generally well written and clear (almost no typos or misspelled words).

(7.5 pts.)

Punctuation and

grammar errors were sometimes distracting. Some typos or misspelled words.

(5 pts.)

Punctuation and

grammar errors made the ideas difficult to understand. Many typos.

(2.5 pts.)

Notes: