Sunday, April 3, 2016

How can I shape my college experience to create the career I want? Advisory Weeks 32-33: 5 April - 14 April

Happy Week 32-33 of Advisory!
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Homework: 
1) Ongoing: Complete your email draft tonight. If you do the informational interview, the final work is due to me by May 2.
2) Look into Summer Opportunities:
-Exploring the Earth Summer Camp
-Camp Neuro
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Big Idea: Structures provide support
Essential Question: How can I shape my college experience to create the career I want?
Objectives: I can...
...plan an informational interview.
...send a professional email.
...identify classes I will take based on my major and minor choices.
...choose internship, research, and extracurricular opportunities that will benefit my career goals.
*Sheet To Turn in on Thursday, April 14*
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Tuesday, 5 April
Ensuring my Career is the Best Fit
For the next month, we will be fast-forwarding through your senior years at LEC into the beginning of your careers through a variety of tasks. We will plan informational interviews, send professional emails, choose internships to pursue in college, draft resumes, and write cover letters. While career and college choices may change, the skills we practice will be useful in any career or college setting. 

1) Progress Tracking and Goal Setting Wrap Up (5 min)
  1. Finish any remaining Progress Tracking in your Advisory Guide.
    1. Put in your Quarter 3 grades.
    2. Rate yourself for College and Career Readiness, Time Spent Studying and Procrastinating, GPA, and Positivity.
  2. Flip back to the SMART goal section of your guide. Write a SMART goal for the remainder of the semester. Show me your work.
2) Preparing for an Informational Interview (Until the end of class, finish the draft tonight!)
Today, you are a junior at Lee Early College. You have been involved in clubs, you have taken general education classes at CCCC, and you still want to know more about your first choice career. What might you want to know?
  1. What is an informational interview?
    1. Skim through the resource here.
    2. Discuss: How is an informational interview different from a job interview? What are the benefits of completing an informational interview?
  2. Option 1: Preparing for and completing an informational interview:
    1. Identify who you will contact using the resource here, college departmental websites, company websites, or people you know. 
    2. Make a copy of the document here and plan your 10 questions.
    3. Draft your interview request email using the template below. Send this to me for feedback.
    4. Tomorrow, you will make any changes needed to your email and send it to your career contact; be sure to cc me! 
    5. Email Template:
      1. Subject: Informational Interview about ______(career) Request
      2. To: contact, cc mnickel.lec@lee.k12.nc.us
      3. From: Use your cougarmail account!
      4. Body:
        1. Dear ____ (contact's name with Mr/Ms/Dr before it),
        2. I am a freshman at Lee Early College in Sanford, North Carolina and I am interested in pursing a career in ____(your career/career cluster). So far, we have explored careers online. What makes me most excited about pursuing this career is.../I want to pursue this career because... (share 2-3 details that show that you have done your research). I am hoping to learn more about this career through an informational interview and I was wondering if you would have the time for me to interview you. This should take no more than 30 minutes and we can do this online or on the phone. Here are a few of the questions I will ask:
          1. Question 1:
          2. Question 2:
          3. Question 3:
        3. Please let me know if you have time for this and what format of interview you would like to do (email, Google Document, or phone). Thank you for your time!
        4. Sincerely, 
          1. Your first and last name
    6. Completing the Informational Interview:
      1. This can be done via phone, email, google doc, or in person if you know your contact. Doing this via phone or in person will get you the most information.
      2. Review your questions before the interview. 
      3. Take notes during the interview.
      4. If your original person does not respond and you want to grade boost, find someone else to contact!
      5. After doing the interview, complete the reflection in your document for the full points for your grade boost.
  3. Option 2: Shorter (not for extra points) Version
    1. Identify who you will contact using the resource here, college departmental websites, company websites, or people you know. 
    2. Draft your interview request email using the template below. Send this to me for feedback.
    3. Tomorrow, you will make any changes needed to your email and send it to your career contact; be sure to cc me! 
    4. Email Template:
      1. Subject: Questions about ______(career)
      2. To: contact, cc mnickel.lec@lee.k12.nc.us
      3. From: Use your cougarmail account!
      4. Body:
        1. Dear ____ (contact's name with Mr/Ms/Dr before it),
        2. I am a freshman at Lee Early College in Sanford, North Carolina and I am interested in pursing a career in ____(your career/career cluster). So far, we have explored careers online. What makes me most excited about pursuing this career is.../I want to pursue this career because... (share 2-3 details that show that you have done your research). I am hoping to learn more about this career by reaching out to a current professional. Please answer the following questions when you have time:
          1. Question 1:
          2. Question 2:
          3. Question 3:
        3. Thank you so much for your time and for helping me make an informed career decision!
        4. Sincerely, 
          1. Your first and last name
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Wednesday, 6 April
Exploring Majors
Today, you have just graduated from LEC. You are at your college's summer orientation program and you are choosing your degree programs at your college. 

1) Warm Up: Informational Interview Wrap Up
  1. Check your email (cougarmail) for revisions for your email.
  2. Make necessary revisions.
  3. Send your email to your career contact and cc me!
  4. It is up to you to complete the interview and reflection by May 2 for the grade boost!
2) Majors, Minors, and Academic Worksheets, OH MY!
  1. Important Definitions:
    1. Read the blurb below and paraphrase (to your neighbor) what a major is: 
      1. What is a college major? A major is simply a specific subject that students can specialize in while aspiring to a college degree. Typically, between a third and half of the courses you take in college are in your major or related to it. By completing a major, you demonstrate sustained, high-level work in one subject. In some majors, you prepare for a specific career. Depending on the college or university, you might be able to major in two subjects, have a major and a minor or even create your own major. (From "What is a college major?")
    2. Go to the link here and read from "Declaring a Minor" and stop at "When should I declare a major?"
    3. Discuss: What is the difference between a major and a minor? What is the benefit of having both?
  2. Introducing Your Options:
    1. Skim through the lists of majors at UNCC, UNCW, and WCU
      1. List three of the most interesting sounding majors and explain why they sound interesting.
      2. Don't understand what a major that is listed is? Click on the link for the specific major, google the major, or ask me!

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Thursday, 7 April
Making a Major Choice :)
Today, you have just graduated from LEC. You are at your college's summer orientation program and you are choosing your degree programs at your college. Today you are making your actual* decision! (*Subject to change :)


1) Warm Up: Invent Your Own Major
  1. Read the article "Unique College Majors" here
    1. If you could invent a major, what would it be? 
    2. Why will the major you designed be better than majors that already exist?
2) Your Challenge: Find the closest major/minor combination!
  1. Search "Major Worksheets at _____(name of your first choice college)".
  2. Skim through the list of majors. 
    1. Find the academic worksheets or programs of study. These documents are like your track sheet for LEC/CCCC - they tell you what you need to take to get your degree and meet major requirements.
    2. Make sure the classes sound interesting to you.
    3. List 2-3 classes that sound interesting.
  3. Search "Minors at ____(name of your first choice college)".
    1. Choose a minor.
    2. Justify your choice.
  4. Reflect: 
    1. What classes will you have already checked off of your major's academic worksheet before you get to college? 
    2. How will the major and minor you chose help you excel in your future career?
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Tuesday, 12 April
The Involved Student
You have started your first semester at your 4-year university. You are a freshmen with advance standing, meaning you are taking mostly classes from your major work sheet. Today you will explore opportunities within your department at your college.

1) Positivity Moment: What are you looking forward to this week? Sketch or write your response. Post this!

2) Opportunities in my Department
  1. Before you explore: 
    1. Read the definition of department: 

      • 1. A distinct, usually specialized division of a large organization, especially: c. A division of a school or college dealing with a particular field of knowledge: the physics department.
      • from thefreedictionary.com
    2. Brainstorm: What are the benefits of getting involved in your major or minor's department?
  2. Explore your major and minor's departments at your first choice school.
    1. Search "Major Name department at School Name". (Examples: Psychology department at UNCW, Engineering department at NCSU)
    2. List five things you can find on your department's page.
    3. Search "Minor Name department at School Name". 
      1. *Star* things that you can find on this page that you also found on your major page.
      2. Add two new things to your list.
    4. Stand Up-Hand Up-Pair Up to share what you found.
  3. After you explore, choose how to get involved!
    1. Choose two ways you will get involved in your major and/or minor department. Consider clubs, research, field work, etc.
    2. Describe: How will your involvement in your department help you in your future career?
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Wednesday, 13 April
The Intern
You have finished your first year at your four-year university. You will graduate at the end of next year and you want to make sure you will be a competitive job applicant. You are looking for summer work.

1) Warm Up: Quick Write - Respond to the following questions in a list. Keep writing until I call time.

  1.  Why do people willing to work for no pay?
  2. Under what circumstances would you be willing to work without pay?
  3. If you were working for no pay, what would you expect to get from your experience?
2) Internships, Research Opportunities, and the Benefits of (usually) Unpaid Work
  1. Partner read "Why are internships so important?". Answer the following questions when you pause to switch readers:
    1. How are internships, employment, and the economy linked?
    2. How do students benefit from internships?
    3. How do employers benefit from having interns?
  2. Skim through the "Top 10 Questions" about undergraduate research. As you skim, tell your neighbor the following:
    1. What is the benefit of undergraduate research?
    2. What kinds of research could I do?
  3. What will you apply for?
    1. Return to your major's department homepage from yesterday. Locate information on internships, research, etc. 
    2. Choose an internship or research opportunity you will apply for.
    3. Identify how this opportunity will help you in your future career. List at least three specific skills you will learn and one networking partnership you will make.

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Thursday, 14 April
The Enthusiastic Student
You are in your final year at your four-year university. You are engaged in research, taking challenging classes, and you want to find a way to stay balanced. There is a lot to be learned outside of the classroom in college. Colleges host spring break service trips to foreign countries, intramural sports, and all kinds of clubs. All of these experiences, even if they do not seem to relate to your career, will help you. You just have to figure out what to get involved in and how to make it meaningful for you! Today we will give that a shot!

1) Warm Up: Five for YOU!

  1. Wrap up any work from the past few days that needs final touches.
  2. Work on your informational interview sheet.
  3. Add HOT questions to your sheet.
2) What will you get out of experiences outside of the classroom?
  1. Before you begin, decide what else you need to be a strong applicant for your first career. Do you need service experience? Leadership roles? Ways to stay balanced while you work hard in the classroom?
  2. Begin your search. Try some of the following search terms:
    1. On-campus jobs at ___(name of university) 
      1. Example jobs include: being a resident adviser, teaching fitness classes, working in a visitor center, prepping food at the dining hall
    2. Student life at ___(name of university) 
    3. Student organizations at ___(name of university) 
    4. Alternative break trips at ___(name of university) 
    5. Living learning communities at ___(name of university) 
  3. After you search: 
    1. Choose two extracurriculars to get involved in. 
    2. Relate it! How will each help you with your future career?
    3. Share: What do you still want to know about college? Choosing colleges? 

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