Project 2: Career Quest

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Shirley Denine

Lillian Bussey
(lbussey@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Beaconsfield High School
Waterford Bridge Rd.
St. John's, NF
A1E 1E2
Tel: (709) 368-0146
Grade Level: Senior High School
Number of Students: 36
Project Start and Finish Dates: February - March 1998

  Project Overview

This project is intended to stimulate students to consider a variety of career options and to devise and execute a program. Students will become acquainted with a wide range of career exploration options via the Internet. Through the examination of web sites for job listings and career assistance, students will discover the types of positions being offered via computer technology, as well as alternate application procedures. Students will be encouraged to appraise careers in technology and of personal interest ascertaining what qualifications are needed for the position. The appraisal process will assist students to draw conclusions with regards to their academic needs as it relates to future employment. Using a Net Browser, students will also identify academic web sites for post-secondary educational institutions. At these locations students will compile information applicable to their individual searches and compare the data provided by various institutions. Students will be expected to also distinguish between the various web sites they visit and provide evaluations for a least 4 sites. The students will be involved in a search and dissemination for other types of career support information, including résumé, C.V., on-line application, etc. Students will consider and comment on how technology has altered the way potential employers and employees communicate and how it has affected the labour force and market. Students will also be expected to bookmark Web Sites valuable to their personal career program and produce a personal career program portfolio.

  Curriculum Connections

Career Education

This project fits into the overall curricular plans of the school as all students can benefit from using this unit through other curricular areas, the guidance department or the learning resource center.

Curricular Learning Outcomes

The curriculum guide states that the specific objectives of Career Education 3101 include the following:

  • to provide students with knowledge of the world of work
  • to acquaint students with career options
  • to develop decision making skills
  • to develop job search skills

The intended learning outcomes of this project support the aforementioned as students are provided with learning opportunities to increase their knowledge of the world of work and to explore careers through the hypermedia of the WWW. Students will also be assisted to develop skills which can be applied to seeking and obtaining employment. Students will:

  • identify a variety of career options
  • devise and execute a personalized career development program
  • examine web sites for job listings and career assistance, students will also evaluate these sites
  • appraise careers in technology and of personal interest ascertaining what qualifications are needed for the position
  • identify academic web sites for post-secondary educational institutions and will compile information applicable to their individual searches
  • compare and contrast the data obtained
  • consider and comment on how technology has altered the way potential employers and employees communicate and how it has affected the labour force and market
  • produce a personalized career development program portfolio

Learning Outcomes for Technology Education Addressed by this Project

Students will in whole or part:

  • understand the nature and characteristics of electronic and non-electronic media
  • explore network communication systems
  • demonstrate understanding of new and emerging communication systems
  • identify and clearly state, needs, problem situations and opportunities related to human-human, human-machine, and machine-machine communications
  • demonstrate an understanding of technological convergence in information and communications, on the interrelationships among individuals, communities, and global societies, and on the nature of work and the workplace
  • examine and consider careers and professions in production, communications, and related fields as well as in areas of control technologies and the development of fixed of flexible control systems
  • develop skills to manage and accommodate technological change
  • comprehend the role of information and communication tools, systems and networks in daily life, in the work place, and in society
  • develop and adopt strategies to employ communications technologies in building new knowledge from existing information
  • develop proficiency with a variety of communications technologies and tools
  • demonstrate understanding of how information and communication tools are used to access information, to evaluate and select information appropriate to need, and to create, modify and disseminate information
  • examine the impact of technological change on production related workplaces and careers

  Resource Connections

The STELLAR Schools Internet connection will enhance this project by giving students access to on-line career information both locally and globally, including job sites, career and education information. The WWW connection provides exposure and exploration to locations otherwise inaccessible.

Other Resources being utilized:

  • Shirley Denine
  • Lillian Bussey
  • On-site print materials
  • CHOICES
  • Prescribed Text Book

<  Evaluation

Learning Outcomes Checklist

  • identify a variety of career options
  • devise and execute a personalized career development program
  • examine web sites for job listings and career assistance, students will also evaluate these sites
  • appraise careers in technology and of personal interest ascertaining what qualifications are needed for the position
  • identify academic web sites for post-secondary educational institutions and will compile information applicable to their individual searches
  • compare and contrast the data obtained
  • consider and comment on how technology has altered the way potential employers and employees communicate and how it has affected the labour force and market
  • produce a personalized career development program portfolio

The impact on both school and curriculum can be qualitatively measured through the increase in number of students who utilize the Internet for career exploration and via the number of teachers who implement the project to conduct career explorations within their curricular areas. The number of teachers creating their own projects will also increase as the observe successful units being developed and used by their colleagues.

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