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Career One Stop: What's My Next Move?

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.careeronestop.org

Website Example: http://www.careeronestop.org/TridionMultimedia/WMNM%20FINAL%20JAN%2007%202013_tcm24-13704.pdf

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector

Activity Description

This document is a 10-page booklet that guides the user through five steps in making a career choice. It is appropriate for both people who have not worked before and those who want to make a career change. It would be an excellent exercise for concurrent students who are beginning to think about what kind of work they want to do.

Preparation

  1. Read the What's My Next Move booklet found at the Example Web Site (above), and select the activities you want your students to complete.
  2. Print copies of the Career Planning Document on the last page of the booklet.
  3. Take the O*Net Interest Profiler  yourself, so that you can discuss the results with your students. Write down your scores.
  4. The Interest Profiler will lead you to several jobs. Print out (or show online) one of the jobs that came up for you.
  5. If you plan to use other parts of the booklet, you may want to e-mail the booklet to students or make it available on a shared drive so they can copy and paste any necessary links in their browser.
  6. Test any links found in the booklet that you intent to send your students to, to be sure they are still functioning, that they work at your school on student computers, and that you know what information is provided by the link.

How-To

The steps for this lesson are described in the booklet, and will not be reviewed here, except for a few suggestions.

  1. Introduce your students to the concept of career exploration. Get them to think and talk about whether they have work experience, and when they think they will be looking for a job or for their next job.
  2. Show them the link to the booklet, and introduce the first step, the Interest Profiler .
  3. Describe your experience with the Interest Profiler. Give them descriptions of the six categories (see Example Document, above), and ask them to predict your score for each, then reveal your scores.
  4. Have student predict their own scores and write them down on the handout. They do not need to share these.
  5. Have students complete the Profiler themselves, and discuss their scores with their partner. Did they predict correctly? Do they think the profiler is accurate?
  6. Move on to Job Zones, and continue with the steps you have selected from the booklet.

More Ways

  • There are many Web sites referenced in the booklet that you may want your students to explore further. This lesson could take a day, a week, or a semester!

Documents

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Electives

  • Career Exploration
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.