CAREER RESEARCH

Comprehensive Research-Based Career Development Program


Career Launch is a comprehensive research-based career development program especially designed to meet the needs of preparing students for the ever changing world of work.  Careers in Michigan and across the nation are continuously changing.  Hiring and the advertising of job positions, education programs and training opportunities can only be communicated when information is current and updated on a regular basis.


An important component of Career Launch is to require students to complete a Career Research Paper that provides detailed information on a specific career interest or career major.  As part of the Career Launch Diploma Endorsement criteria, students are asked to have Career Research Papers as an essential part of completed Career Portfolios.


Important information to include in Career Launch Research Papers:

•  Education and Training Qualifications

•  Important Career Features, Details, Characteristics

•  Career Challenges

•  Career Strengths

•  Work Expectations

•  Career Advancements

•  Career Skills

•  Career Selection Rationale

•  Important Career Information


RESEARCH INFORMATION TEMPLATE:

Career Launch Research Paper

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Current Information on Career Awareness & Career Preparation

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CAREER MAJORS

•  Systematic programming finds careers
•  Educational planning method  
•  Process to help identify career goal
•  Exciting and fulfilling when career interests  
•  Overcomes career aimlessness

CAREER ATTRIBUTES

•  Postsecondary career preparation
•  Awareness of career skills and interests
•  Acknowledge academic achievement  
•  Value educational planning    
•  Answer question:  What do I want?

CAREER READINESS

  Know strengths, attributes
 Identify career major
 Understand career cluster
 Prepare list of potential careers

SELECTING CAREER MAJOR

KNOWLEDGEABLE
LITERACY - read books with reading comprehension; write with purpose; logical problem solving
MATH - critical thinking, analyze evidence, understand quantitative problems
SOCIAL STUDIES - understand social, historical, economic, political, cultural and geographical concepts
SCIENCE - draw conclusions using relevant empirical evidence; understand scientific concepts
ARTS - understand culture, language, arts and humanities

CRITICAL THINKER AND PROBLEM SOLVER
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Apply reason and logic
•  Ability to research and investigate information
•  Evaluate information and ideas
•  Effective problem solver

COMMUNICATOR AND COLLABORATOR
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Acquired presentation and speaking skills
•  Interacts and communicates effectively
•  Takes direction from others
•  Cooperative and values teamwork

STRONG WORK ETHIC
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Efficient time management
•  Takes responsibility for actions
•  Prioritizes personal health
•  Acts with maturity and politeness
•  Takes orders and follows through

VOLUNTEERISM AND SERVICE
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Values, engages and volunteers
•  Takes on leadership roles
•  Models compassion and empathy
•  Participates in political life

CREATIVE
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Shows intellectual curiosity
•  Promotes new ideas and initiatives
•  Appreciates cultures and all art forms

TECHNICAL
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Uses technology to learn
•  Utilizes computers to problem solve and research
•  Knowledge of social media-software programs