The goal of the Senior Project is to allow you time to explore potential college and career choices as you prepare to leave Barker Central Schools. You will have time to research career paths, spend time experiencing your choices, craft a powerful resume and reflect on what will be expected of you as you head into your chosen career.
- You should begin the project by exploring possible career choices based upon your interests and skills. You can use programs such as Choices and College QuickStart to help narrow down your interests.
- You will be expected to FULLY research what requirements are necessary for your career path. For example, if your career choice requires a college degree, your research will need to include an in-depth research of colleges that offer a program in your career choice, requirements for admission to the program and requirements within the major. If your career does not require a college degree, you will be expected to research what kinds of vocational training and/or on-the-job training are required along with various means to prepare you for that career path.
- All careers use specialized technology. The technologies we use today will most likely be outdated in a few years. Part of your research must include what technology/machinery is used in the job today and what technology/machinery will be used as new technologies are developed over the course of your lifetime. Obviously, you may not uncover technologies that are not yet invented but, for example, in medical fields, you will find newer technologies that are just beginning to be used.
- It is highly suggested that you shadow or interview someone who holds the job you aspire to have one day. There is no minimum number of hours required in shadowing but the more you are exposed to the career, the better you will understand what the job truly entails.
- You will be required to present your findings in October-November of your senior year. You must use some form of technology in your presentation. You will be given some class time to prepare your presentation but if you do not complete it during class time, you are expected to work on it in your own time. (NOTES: I still would like to rethink the way we do the presentations. Maybe we could group all similar careers into a particular evening/afternoon and ask people in those fields to join us in maybe a “science fair” kind of thingjQuery15207196442878435658_1310736879097? What do you thinkjQuery15207196442878435658_1310736879098?) from John... I like the science fair concept from an efficiency standpoint. It also makes it more “public” and puts positive pressure on students to do a good job. Let’s talk about that notion. from Denise - thanks!! It will be efficient, get the community involved and give them an authentic audience which absolutely will improve their motivation and final products!
- The writing portions of the project will include a resume and a reflection paper. The resume should be a “postdated/futuristic” resume and should be written as though you already pursued your education and training and are jumping into the job market. In this resume, you will include information that would make you an ideal candidate for a position within your chosen field. The resume will include educational and work experience that reflect your research and interests. You will be given instruction on how to write a powerful resume. The reflection paper will be written after you have had time to think about your experiences and research. Reflecting on your thinking is a vital component as you mature into critical thinkers. You will be given instruction on how to write a reflective paper.
- Explore possible career choices in spring of your junior year.
- Begin research using reputable sites by the end of the junior year.
- Shadow/interview people in your chosen career over the summer between junior and senior years.
- Prepare presentation in the fall of your senior year.
- Present your findings in late fall of your senior year.
- Resume and reflection paper due late winter/early spring of your senior year.