Assessment item 1
Assignment 1: Career Research Report
Due date: 16-Aug-2017
Return date: 06-Sep-2017
Length: 3,000 - 4,000 words
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You must submit a career research report (via Turnitin) which requires you to research and report on an industry you are interested in. The report must discuss the following sections:
You are required to research a specific area of employment in the industry in which you are interested in pursuing a career. Your research should be undertaken with respect to discussion of all aspects of the ‘field’ including the following: the nature of the work, the environment, the education, skills, training and personality traits required to be successful, average salaries, the labour market outlook, related positions and typical employers. Sources to use include: books, periodicals, newspapers, professional journals, trade journals and websites.
This section of the assignment requires you to research a specific employer you have researched in Section 1. You are required to include the following in your report: the nature of the employer including the size of the organisation, its history, the organisational structure, its culture and/or mission, branches or subsidiaries, clients or customers, products or services, opportunities for promotion, etc. Most medium to large size organisations have this information on their web site, however you are encouraged to research information from other resources other than the organisation itself.
A description of the typical career path one follows as you advance in this career. What is an entry-level position? What are other names of entry-level positions? Is there more than one path one could take? What are the middle to upper level positions? What qualifications are required?
Your reflection on the above three sections. For instance, reflect on how well you think you would fit in with this employer. Describe your satisfaction in working in the career field you have investigated. How has this research confirmed or changed your plans and why? Are there any areas in which you need to continue to develop skills? Which aspects of the field/position do you like/dislike and why? Which aspects/characteristics do/do not fit? Refer to the exercises completed on interests, skills, and values. Specifically state how there is, or is not a match among these. Thorough and thoughtful analysis is critical to this section. Give specifics!
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