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CAREER RESEARCH OUTLINE If you do not have a career choice, make a tentative choice by choosing one of the careers suggested by your Myers-Briggs test (AchieveWorks) or Career Crusing. For assistance, use the Career Center located next to Counseling in the Student Services Building. WHAT SHOULD I RESEARCH? Here are some suggestions for your 3-4 page draft of your research paper. 1. Describe your ideal career. What are some of the external/internal forces that have influenced your career choice? How have your value systems, impact of culture, religion, upbringing, and family impacted or not impacted your career choices? Is there a match or a mismatch between value system on one hand, and your career on the other? What is your personality type? How is each letter of your personality a fit for the career or your choice? Explain and provide examples to support your answer. 2. What are typical job duties? 3. Are certain skills required? 4. What are the educational requirements? Licensures? Related major or majors needed for this career? 5. What is the pay and job outlook? 6. What are some advantages and disadvantages of working in this career? 7. What are some of your personal assets and how they would enhance your job performance? 8. What would you do to deal with your weakness so that it may not interfere with your current or future job performance and your personal like? 9. Any interesting facts you discovered about the career of your choice? You will need at least 2 sources of information on your career choice. At least one computer source of information is required. In the Career Center, you may use several resources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook,, Occupational Guidance or any other research the above questions. Note your computer source or Internet address so that you can include it in your bibliography. Check out my college success website. Click on "Careers" and then "Research" to connect to some helpful resources on the Internet. The address of this website is: You may also use Cindy Morrin website for additional information., CHOICES assessment and Do What You are. You may use a book, magazine or reference book to complete your research. Be careful to check the date of these publications because they quickly become outdated. Make sure to use your own words to answer the above research questions. Note the title of the publication, author, publisher, date and page number so that you can include this information in the bibliography of your term paper Feel free to interview at least two or three professionals in the field who are working in the career (s) of your interest to complete this assignment. Interviews are not to be used as a substitute for the resources at the Career Center.
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Ever since I was a small child, I have always been curious about the functioning of things
when put together. My first question every time I saw something like a toy was “how was this
toy designed.” Other questions that often caught my attention were how various parts of
machines and other equipments function. I was very curious to understand the ‘how’ of
everything I came across. Even as a grown up, I always have this strong curiosity and drive to
learn how things around me work and the need to better understand how things are designed and
what makes machines work or fail to work. It is this curiosity that I believe drove me to chose a
career in engineering. Creativity and curiosity are at the center of how I see the world around me
and hence I believe have always been an engineer at heart. Additionally, there are numerous
family members in my family who are engineers and as a result designing machines was at the
core of most conversations I heard as a child. My family is regarded to be a family of engineers
and hence I believe by becoming an engineer, I will be able to meet my family expectations.
A career in engineering also seems like a good idea due to the stability it provides. For
starters, engi...

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