Typed essay that defines your career goals and tells the reader a little bit about who you are, what you are good at, and why you have chosen this path. Section 1: Career Plan Sheet



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Career Narrative

A career narrative is a 1 ½ - 2 ½ page typed essay that defines your career goals and tells the reader a little bit about who you are, what you are good at, and why you have chosen this path.


Section 1: Career Plan Sheet
Complete this plan sheet. This information will help you write your Career Narrative, Complete one based on what you know about yourself and information you have learned about yourself in class.

Part 1 Personal Profile

Interests: What do you like to do, what intrigues you, what do you enjoy learning about and doing. This may include hobbies, sports, music, clubs, etc. BE SPECIFIC!


  1. _______________________________________________________

  2. _______________________________________________________

  3. _______________________________________________________

  4. _______________________________________________________


Skills: What can you do? Do you communicate well, speak well, manage money, fix things, computer skills etc.

  1. _______________________________________________________

  2. _______________________________________________________

  3. _______________________________________________________

  4. _______________________________________________________

Aptitudes: What areas do you have a natural tendency to excel in? Are you good with numbers, communication etc?

  1. _______________________________________________________

  2. _______________________________________________________

  3. _______________________________________________________

  4. _______________________________________________________

Personal Characteristics: This includes all of your qualities and personal attributes. Are you patient, a good problem solver, competitive etc.?

  1. _______________________________________________________

  2. _______________________________________________________

  3. _______________________________________________________

  4. _______________________________________________________


Values: These are the things you hold deeply and are essential to you. You might include things like, gaining recognition and respect, creating new things, helping others etc.

  1. _______________________________________________________

  2. _______________________________________________________

  3. _______________________________________________________

  4. _______________________________________________________


Work Environment: Describe your preferred work environment. (Inside, outside, tasks performed dress code etc.)

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Geographic preference: Where do you want to live? Big City? Small Town? Stay in AZ? Travel frequently?

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Educational Level:

How many years of post-secondary education do you want to pursue? ____________________

What options for further education are you willing to consider (community college, university, technical school?)

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What resources do you have to finance your education? (Scholarships, loans, parents etc.)

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Lifestyle Conditions: Consider your desired standard of living. In today’s dollar what would be acceptable for starting pay? BE REALISTIC

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Part 2: Career Plan
For this section you need to have a specific career in mind. You may want to refer to your computer research.
The career I am planning on pursuing is: _______________________________

  1. Write a job description for this job. This should include main duties and responsibilities. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. Is this job related to my interests? yes no

Explain: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What main skills does this job require? Do you already possess these skills or are you planning to learn them?

Skill Have/Don’t have Where learned

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  1. Does this career choice conflict with any of you values? Explain. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________




  1. How well do your personal characteristics fit with the career choice? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. How well does the work environment match with your preferences?

________________________________________________________________

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  1. What is the required level of education? _______________________________

  2. Are there options for what degrees, certifications, or other post secondary training you need?________________________________________________

  3. Where can you get it?_____________________________________________

  4. How long will it take?______________________________________________

  5. How much is this training going to cost?_______________________________

  6. What plan do you have to pay for your education?_______________________

Education required __________________________________________________

Where can you get the education? ______________________________________

How long will it take to complete the training? _____________________________

How much will it cost? ________________________________________________

How will you pay for it?_______________________________________________


  1. Will this afford you the lifestyle you desire? What is the pay range you can expect? Are their any special benefits that are common in this job? Is there significant life style choices associated with this career? (travel, high stress, long hours etc.)

Pay range: Starting Salary _________ Average _________ Top __________

Special considerations:

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  1. What are the negative aspects or possible disadvantages to pursuing this career? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. What is the job outlook? Are there any roadblocks that may make it difficult to achieve this goal? How might you overcome theses obstacles? Explain.

Job outlook:____________________________________________________________

Roadblocks:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Overcoming obstacles: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Overall, does this career seem a good match for you? Explain.



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Now that you have thought fully considered your future goals relating to your career, use the information to write your report.


Career Narrative Rubric



Content













Title page

5


(5) has title page typed neatly with name, date and titles

(4) has title page typed, with name, date and titles

(2-3) Title page is messy or hand written

(0-1) no title page

Introduction

15


(15) clear and complete, interesting, presented in a way which make the audience want to read it,

(10-14) clear and complete, somewhat lacking creativity contains 5 of 6 components outlined in directions

(5-9) Statement not clear, lack of interest contains 4 of 6 components outlined in directions

(0-4) Not interesting contains less than 4 components outlined in directions

Body

50


(50) Covers all topics presented in the directions plus other information, flows smoothly. with good transitions

(40-49) Covers all topics presented in the directions

flows smoothly. with good transitions



(30-39) Covers 3 of 4 topics presented in the directions,

flows less smoothly, with fair transitions



(0-29) ) Covers 2 or less of the topics presented in the directions,

does not flow smoothly, with weak transitions



Conclusion

(20) Clear and complete statements including a thoughtful description of advantages and disadvantages, steps to fulfill career goal clear, All stated in appositive manner and enthusiastic

(15-19) Clear and complete statements including advantages and disadvantages, attempts to describe steps to fulfill career goal clear, All stated in appositive manner and enthusiastic

(10-14)Less clear and complete statements including some advantages and disadvantages, attempts to describe steps to fulfill career goal clear, not as positively stated

(0-9) not clear and complete statements does not including advantages and disadvantages, attempts to describe steps to fulfill career goal clear, not as positively stated

Mechanics

(30) Easy to read and written in proper format, less than 2 grammar or punctuation errors

typed as stated in directions



(25-29) Easy to read and written in proper format, less than 4 grammar or punctuation errors

typed as stated in directions



(15-24) Not as easy to read and written in proper format, less than 6 grammar or punctuation errors

typed as stated in directions



(0-14) Not easy to read and not written in proper format, more than 6 grammar or punctuation errors

font hard to read or not typed at all



Totals













Section 2: Career Narrative
Now you should be ready to write your career narrative. Your final draft needs to be typed. It should be in essay form and will be the introduction to your 4th quarter project, the Portfolio. Failure to complete this project will result in an incomplete and possibly failing and loss of credit. Grading will be based on the attached rubric.


Introduction:

Define your career goal. If you do not know for sure what you want to be, at least identify a career cluster. Explain why you have chosen this career. What interests you about it? Why do you think you would be successful at it? What experiences you have had so far that lead you to think you would like this career?


Body:

Describe the career in all of the following areas



  • job description: duties and responsibilities of the position

  • personal qualities/characteristics needed for success

  • working conditions and environment

  • average salary

  • benefits

  • educational requirements

  • cost and time of education

  • where you can get the education needed

Conclusion:

  • Include advantages and disadvantages for this career. It should be clear in your writing that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. List the disadvantages followed by the advantages.

  • What Specific plans do you have for pursuing this career? Include further work experience, classes/programs you will take post-secondary plans.

  • End on a positive note. This should be a sample of your best work!!!


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