If you do not have a career choice, make a tentative choice by choosing one of the careers suggested by your Myers-Briggs test or Choices Planner. 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 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 personality types or 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, www.bls.gov/ooh, 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: http://www.cuyamaca.net/mfralick/home.asp You may also use Cindy Morrin website for additional information. www.cuyamaca.edu/cindymorrin, 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 Be careful to check the date of these publications because they quickly become outdated.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.


Telephone Operator
2. Computer Network Specialist
3. Administrative Assistant
4. Bookkeeper
5. Medical Secretary
6. Economic Development Officer
7. Website Designer
8. Research Analyst (Financial)
9. Economist
10. Editor
11. Proofreader
12. Purchaser
13. Venture Capitalist
14. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator
15. Bill and Account Collector
16. E-Business Consultant
17. Health Records Professional
18. Communications Specialist
19. Mathematician
20. Web Administrator
21. Market Research Analyst
22. Video Game Developer
23. Personal Financial Planner
24. Public Relations Specialist
25. Database Developer
26. Translator
27. Medical Illustrator
28. Print Journalist
29. Web Developer
30. Retail Buyer
31. Computer Programmer
32. Insurance Underwriter
33. Sociologist
34. Business Systems Analyst
35. Public Policy Analyst
36. Money Manager
37. Critic
38. Investment Banker
39. Trader
40. Fashion Designer

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