Career Knowledge Building Activities
- Join our Agriculture Mr. Babcock to attend SWCC's CTE (career and technical education) Day each school year - the focus is on trades and technology career programs there in Creston, Iowa
- Great way to investigate Information Technology careers (area Panorama doesn't have numerous courses but is high growth career area)
Travel to a DMACC campus for their Career Discovery Days to see differing programs scheduled throughout the year. These 1-2 year programs are popular & seem to have good job placement. Career Discovery Days are available at most DMACC locations, but transportation is provided for the Perry, Iowa, VanKirk Center Career Discovery Days.
Look at different college majors and see what jobs different colleges report graduates doing.
- DMACC used to list their publication of Graduate Status Reports for each year of programs. They shared for each program how many student got their degree, diploma, or certificate and what they did after graduation, listing average salaries of graduates for most programs what do you see? 2013-14 DMACC Graduate Status Report
or 2010-11 DMACC Graduate Status Report
More College's Graduate Job Trends:
4. Use America's Job Center Network online tool - www.mynextmove.org to search for jobs using 1 or all of these 4 career trait fields -
Bright Outlook - jobs that are growing in number in future
Green - jobs that help us sustain our natural resources
Registered Apprenticeship - jobs that provide on the job training and pay you to becoming highly skilled, often including college education, without needing collect debt
Job Prep - use the different levels of prep (experience, training, education) to search for jobs
5. Use Bureau of Labor Statistics's Occupation Finder; to search for jobs using 1 or all 5 career trait fields -
Education (traditional college options listed from No HS Diploma up to Doctorate/Ph.D)
On-the-Job-Training (included Apprenticeships!)
Projected Number of New Jobs (increases expected by 2022)
Projected Growth Rate (the higher the % growth, the better)
Median Salary (in 2012 half the country earned less than $34,750 & the other half earned more)
6. Look over our nation's Fastest Growing Jobs and research what characteristics and training the jobs need...if you don't know what job you want you might as well consider jobs that are growing and need people to begin your career adventure.
7. Read a Bureau of Labor Statistics's Career Outlook job interview, note answers to these below questions, compare & contrast findings with classmates who read about a different job
how did the person become tied to their job?
what challenge(s) did they overcome?
what advice did they share?
8. In cooperation with IowaWorks, Panorama Students in Gr. 11 & 12 can volunteer to complete the NCRC (National Career Readiness Certification) test (math, reading, locating information), so they can
show employers their skills; bronze, silver, or gold (copy of certification or posting on resume)
Circle 1 = Your Natural Strengths, experiences you have had where time is lost because you enjoy what you are doing
Circle 2 = Passions & Interests, instead of faking a lifestyle you don't like because it brought someone else a good salary, spend your energy on those things (principles, causes, visions, values) that matter most to you
Circle 3 = Personality Traits, it may help to consider what kind of books you like, what compliments you seem to get, the types of things people ask for your help doing, you can always ask your family, classmates, teachers - then use the positive feedback for this circle
Where 3 circles intersect are those activities in your career "sweet spot"; career related activities that include aspects of you best self are you are likely to enjoy
10. Early Memories to Careers [ASCA C:A2.7]
- Think back to an early memory. What was it about that experience that made it memorable? Think about how to share it as a short story -
- What themes are present in your early memory story?
- Describe the setting & main characters.
- What was the focal issue (challenge, problem, or surprise)?
- How did you respond to the issue?
- Now analyze your writing:
- Do you see connections from the early memory story to values, beliefs, strategies, or activities you have today, or may have just always had?
- What career activities connect to your values, beliefs, strategies, or activities from your early memory story?