Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Careers and Colleges, OH MY!

Dear Advisory Students!

Use the following assignments from now until September 27 to continue to build your portfolio. You will look at careers that interest you and schools you want to go to based on careers you are interested in. Complete worksheets 12 and 13.

I will be at a teacher training on Sept 25 and 26 (next Wednesday and Thursday). You will continue to work on this when the substitute teacher is here.


My Plan Activity 3: Careers That Interest Me




In your Plan, you can bookmark careers that you are considering pursuing. You can quickly access the career profile, record your thoughts about each career, and access education information related to your career interests as you create your education plan.

Sign into Career Cruising using your personal My Plan username and password. Open the My Plan menu near the top of the page and click on My Assessments.

PART 1: EXPLORING CAREERS FROM MATCHMAKER RESULTS


Once you have completed Career Matchmaker, you can use your suggested careers list to browse through the careers that you are most interested in pursuing.

Step 1. Click on the name of your Career Matchmaker session.  This will bring up your list of suggested careers. If you haven’t already, you can answer more questions to improve your results, change your answers, or select a level of education.

Step 2. Click on a few of the careers to learn more about them and to see which ones you would most like to pursue. You can read about working conditions, earnings, education, how they suit your interests, and see interviews with real people in each occupation.

Step 3. When you have found a career that interests you, click on the blue Save To My Plan button, located near the top of the screen on the right side of the page. This career will now be saved in the My Careers section of your Plan.

Step 4. In your Plan, click the My Careers link, then click the View More button under the My Saved Careers heading. Under the career you saved, you will see the option to add a comment. Click on Add Comment and type in what you like most about this career and why you want to pursue it. Click Save.

PART 2: SEARCHING FOR CAREERS


You can also save careers to your Plan from the Explore Careers section of Career Cruising.

Step 1. Click the Careers link in the top menu bar.

Step 2. You can search for careers in a number of ways.

If you already know what career you are looking for, try the keyword search.
You can also search for a career using the alphabetical index under the Index tab.
To find careers related to a particular school subject, click on the School Subjects tab.
To find careers in a particular cluster, click on the 16 Career Clusters (or Search By Cluster) tab.
To search for occupations in the military, click on Military Careers.
Step 3. When you have found a career that interests you, click on the blue Save To My Plan button. This career will now be saved in the My Careers section of your Plan.

Step 4. In your Plan, click the My Careers link, then click the View More button under the My Saved Careers heading. Under the career you saved, you will see the option to add a comment. Click on Add Comment and type in what you like most about this career and why you want to pursue it. Click Save.

PART 3: USING CAREER SELECTOR


The Career Selector allows you to search for careers based on earnings, core tasks, working conditions, level of education, school subject, and cluster.
Step 1. In your Plan, click on the My Careers link, and then click the Start Career Selector button.

Step 2. Use the links on the left to select the criteria that are important to you. Once you have made your selections, click on the blue View Results button to see careers that match your selections.

Use the Review My Criteria tab to review your selections. Use the Compare Other Careers tab to search for careers that didn’t appear on your list to see how they compare with the criteria that you have indicated is important to you.

Step 3. Click on the blue Save To My Plan button. You can return to your saved Career Selector results at any time by going to the My Careers section of your Plan and then clicking on View Results under the Career Selector Results heading.

If you make any changes, be sure to save the changes by clicking on the Save To My Plan button in the results section of the Career Selector.

My Plan Activity 4: Schools That Interest Me




You can use your Plan to store information about post-secondary schools that offer the education and training you need to pursue your career goals.

Sign into Career Cruising using your personal My Plan username and password. Open the My Plan menu near the top of the page and click on My Careers.

You will use worksheets 12 and 13 as you work through this assignment.

PART 1: FIND SCHOOLS BASED ON YOUR CAREER INTERESTS


Step 1. Click on a career that you are interested in pursuing to go the occupation profile.

Step 2. Click on the Education link on the left side of the occupation profile page. Read through the educational requirements for that career. Under Related College Programs you will find links to schools offering post-secondary programs related to that career. The most closely related programs are at the top of the list. Select a program.

(Note: There are a few careers that do not have any related college programs. If the career you chose does not have any related programs, select another career that interests you.)

Step 3. When you click on a program name, you will see a list of schools in your state that offer the program. You can also select a different state or region by clicking on the Add States/Regions button. Browse through the list of schools and select one that interests you. Click on the school name and write down the following information in your notebook:

School Name: ________
Type of School (2-Year, 4-Year, Career & Tech): _________
Program Name: _____________

Step 4. Click on the school’s name to read through the rest of the school profile.

Step 5. If this school interests you, click on the blue Save To My Plan button. The school will now be saved in the My Education section of your Plan.
Step 6. In your Plan, click the My Education link, then click the View More button under the My Saved Schools heading. Click the Add Comment icon under the school you saved and record your thoughts about the school. Click Save. You can add as many schools as you like. If there is more than one school you are interested in, it is a good idea to specify why each school interests you in your comments.

PART 2: OTHER WAYS TO SEARCH FOR SCHOOLS


You can also add schools through the Explore Education section.

Step 1. Click the Education link in the top menu bar.

Step 2. There are a number of ways to search for schools.

If you already know which school interests you, type the name of the school in the search box and click Search.

To search for schools by state, click on a state on the national map. Then click on the name of a school that interests you.

You can also search for programs by clicking on the Majors tab. You can search for programs by name or by major. To search by major, click on the program area that interests you. Continue to narrow down your selections until you come to a list of schools. Click on the name of a school that interests you.

Step 3. Browse through the information about that school. You can visit the school’s website for more details. Once you have found a school that you would like to save to your Plan, click on the blue Save To My Plan button. This school will now be saved in the My Education section of your Plan.

Step 4. In your Plan, click the My Education link, then click the View More button under the My Saved Schools heading. Click the Add Comment icon under the school you saved and enter what appeals to you about this school (e.g. a program, tuition, location, student life, etc.). Click Save. You can add as many schools as you like.

PART 3: USING THE SCHOOL SELECTOR


You can use the School Selector tool to search for schools based on a variety of factors. You can specify criteria such as on-campus services, admission difficulty, tuition, and athletics.

Step 1. Click on the Education link in the top menu bar.

Under the School Selector heading on the right side of the page, select the level of education you would like to pursue.

Step 2. Use the blue links on the left to select the criteria that are important to you. Once you have made your selections, click on the blue View Results button to see schools that match your selections. If you receive 0 matches, click on the Close Matches tab to find schools that match most, but not all, of your criteria.

Step 3. Select a school and browse through the information about that school. You can use the Compare Schools icon near the top of the school profile page to view different school profiles side by side to compare data and evaluate which of the schools is the best option for you. You can also visit the school’s website for more information.  

Once you have found a school that you would like to save to your Plan, click on the blue Save To My Plan button. The school will now be saved in the My Education section of your Plan.

WOOT! You did it!!!

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