selected careers that are of personal interest to them and are researching what is necessary to prepare for that career. You were contacted because you work in a career that the student is interested in and doing research on. Their career research combines online and library resources with these interviews and observations with professionals working in that career. Students are also required to use research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and from the professional organizations for that career (for example, the National Association of Social Work, American Sociological Association, American Psychological Association, etc.). Students will present their findings to the class in early May and write a 10-page paper summarizing their findings. The semester long project is a combined total of 40% of their final grade. I encourage students to ask you about several dimensions of career development such as: •your education and training to prepare for your career, •how you have advanced in the career (i.e. past jobs/positions), •what your current position includes/responsibilities, •what a typical day is like, •what ongoing professional development and training do you engage in, •what is your future goals or career aspirations are, •what aspects of the career that you like or dislike, •how you balance work and personal or family life, •what changes you would make in your career/job, •suggestions you have for students wanting to go into this career. Thank you in advance for any help you can give the student who contacted you. They are eager to learn about the career field you are in—and would appreciate your time and knowledge about your career. If I can provide any additional information about the project or if you might be interested in being a guest speaker in our course, please contact me at: [email protected] or 713-743-1918. Sincerely, Sheila Katz, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology
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- Spring '17
- Samantha S Kwan