Careers in IT!

 


Careers: Student Guide

 

 



Moving on Up!

 

 


 

The Mission

 

“What do you want to do when you get older?” You probably hate that question because there is so much that is possible yet it seems like you’re not sure what you want to do. For some of you, you know what you want to do and can’t wait to start or you already started. Regardless this project is meant to help you explore careers in area of computers or Information Technology.

Your  Job

 

To complete your digital portfolio carefully carry out these tasks:

 

  1. Careers in IT – Definitions

  2. World of Work Map

  3. IT Careers

  4. Presentation of 2 career interests (one IT and one non-IT) via Prezi

  5. Resume

  6. Digital upload of resume and prezi to wordpress e-portfolio

Name___________________ Date_________________

 

Careers in IT – Definitions

Directions: Define each of the following terms below from this unit.  After you are finished use the word in a sentence (in the green area) to demonstrate an understanding.

Term

Definition

Career

An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a persons life and with opportunities for progress.

Sentence:

I have a career in Information Technology.

Occupation

A job or profession.

Sentence:

The woman tried to explain to me what her job occupation was.

Specialized Skills

Things you could do to be really good at a job.

Sentence:

I have specialized skills in IT.

Transferable Skills

A set of tests or logic to determine what positions a person may fill if their previous position(s) no longer exists in the local job market.

Sentence:

They tested my transferable skills.

Information technology

The study or use of systems.

Sentence:

I wanted to get a job in information technology.

Computer Science

The study of the principles and use of computers.

Sentence:

Last year i had a computer science class.

Resume

Begin to do or pursue (something) again after a pause or interruption.

Sentence:

I begin to resume after i was rudely interrupted.

           

           
           

Name________________________ Date_________________

 

ACT Search (World of Work Map)  

 

What kind of work is for you?  Click on the outer ring of the map to find information about people who work with other people, data, things, and ideas.   Write down some things that these people like.  Follow this link http://www.act.org/world/world.html

 

Category

Professions within that Category

(List at least 3)

People and Data  –    

 

Working With People  –

 

People and Ideas –

 

Working With Things  –  

 

 

After looking at all of the different categories, which type of person do you think you are?  Explain.  

 

What career areas are in your selection (these will be the names within the triangles of the pie – example: Creative and Performing Arts)?

What are some examples of careers in that area?

   

 

Below pick three occupations that you find would be something that you would like to do…..sorry no athletes (even athletes have a back up plan).  Summarize each of the three categories in your own words.

 

Career #1

Categories

Put your answers from each category below.

Occupation Title

               Dancer/Choreographer

Work Tasks

*3-4 sentences – your own words*

Being a dancer or a choreographer is to express and interpret idea, stories, and sounds with their bodies. Dancers use a variety of different dance forms that allow free movement. It allows them to have self expression.

Salary, Size & Growth

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

Dancers/choreographers make an average of $43,500 per year. Thats $21.00 per hour.

Entry Requirements

*2-3 sentences – your own words*

Training to be a dancer or choreographer depends on what type of dance. Some dance school companies have summer training. Women usually start training at the ages of 10-12.

Career #2

Categories

Put your answers from each category below.

Occupation Title

                 Dental Assistant

Work Tasks

*3-4 sentences – your own words*

A dental assistant perform a variety of patient care, office duty, and laboratory duties to help out the dentist. Dental assistants work chair-side as dentists examine and treat their patients. They make patients comfortable,

Salary, Size & Growth

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

Dental assistants make an average of $37,000 per year. Thats about $17.75 per hour.

Entry Requirements

*2-3 sentences – your own words*

In order to be a dental assistance you have to have a 2 year college degree. You should also take a course in biology, health, chemistry, and office practices.

Career #3

Categories

Put your answers from each category below.

Occupation Title

        Electrical/Electronics Tech

Work Tasks

*3-4 sentences – your own words*

You use principles and theories of science engineering and math to solve technical problems. They help design, develop, and manufacture electrical equipment. Electronic technicians assist engineers and scientists in research and development.

Salary, Size & Growth

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

On average, they make an average of $52,500 per year. Thats $25.25 per hour.

Entry Requirements

*2-3 sentences – your own words*

You must atleast have a 2 year degree in engineering technology. You don’t need no special license or certification.

Name___________________________ Date___________________

Careers in IT Worksheet

 

Directions: Below is a list of different IT positions that are available.  From the list, research the positions below at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and pick 2 IT careers (1 of the 2 will be assigned to you) that you would potentially be interested in.  Once you have done that, fill in the following information below.

 

IT Careers

 

  1. Career and Technical Education Teachers

  2. Chief Information Officer

  3. Computer and Information Research Scientists

  4. Computer and Information Systems Manager

  5. Computer Hardware Engineers

  6. Computer Programmers

  7. Computer Support Specialists

  8. Computer Systems Analyst

  9. Database Administrator

  10. Desktop Publishers

  11. Graphic Designers

  12. Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects

  13. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  14. Software Developer

 

IT Career # 1

Categories

Put your answers from each category below.

Occupation Title

            Computer Programmers

What They Do

*3-4 sentences – your own words*

Computer programmers do all types of things. One of the things computer programmers do is write code to create software programs. They also turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions a computer can follow.

Work Environment

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

I believe computer programmers usually work in offices.

How to Become One

*2-3 sentences – your own words*

In order to become a computer programmer you have to have a bachelors degree. Some employers hire workers with an associates degree.

Pay

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

Computer programmers usually make $71,380 per year. Thats an average of $34.32 per hour.

Job Outlook

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

Computer programmers employment is expected to increase 12% from 2010 to 2020.

Similar Occupations

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

I’m not sure.

IT Career # 2

Categories

Put your answers from each category below.

Occupation Title

                Graphic Designers

What They Do

*3-4 sentences – your own words*

Graphic designers create visual concepts by hand or by using computer software. They do this to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They also use color, images, or logo designs for organizations.

Work Environment

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

Most are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations and related services.

How to Become One

*2-3 sentences – your own words*

In order to become a graphic designer you need a bachelors degree in graphic design. You also should be able to demonstrate your creativity and originality through a professional portfolio.

Pay

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

Graphic Designers make an average of $43,500 per year. Thats an average of $20.92 per hour.

Job Outlook

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

Graphic Designers employment is projected to increase by 13% from 2010 to 2020.

Similar Occupations

*1-2 sentences – your own words*

A similar occupation is a game designer.

Prezi Rubric

You will be doing a presentation on 2 different careers.  One will be from your “World of Work Map” (which will be a general non-sports related career) and one will be from your “Careers in IT” worksheet.  Every bullet point below should account for a portion of your Prezi.  After you finish your Prezi you will be responsible for doing a 3-5 minute presentation to the class along with uploading it to your eportfolio in your “careers” section.

 

World of Work Map – Career (general)

Careers in IT – Career

  • Occupational Title

  • Work Tasks

  • Salary, Size, & Growth

  • Entry Requirements

  • Occupational Title

  • What they do

  • Work Environment

  • How to Become One

  • Pay

  • Job Outlook

  • Similar Occupations

 

 

4

3

2

1

Clarity of

Ideas

Prezi is easy to read;

text guides audience

and serves as an

aid.

Prezi is readable;

text guides the

audience/ presenter.

Prezi is sometimes

difficult to follow;

zooming effect is

excessive.

Prezi is difficult to

understand.

Oral

Presentation

Presenter

demonstrates

thorough

understanding of

content and speaks

knowledgeably about

content.

Presenter

demonstrates good

understanding of

content and is able

to speak

knowledgeably about

most talking points.

Presenter

demonstrates limited

understanding of

content and relies

upon Prezi text for

most of the

presentation.

Presenter

demonstrates little or

no understanding of

content and reads

text directly from

Prezi to audience.

Content

Ideas are interesting

and thought

provoking. Ideas

demonstrate depth

of knowledge.

Ideas are interesting.

Some ideas are

thought provoking.

Ideas do not

demonstrate depth

of knowledge. Ideas

are not particularly

interesting or thought

provoking.

Ideas are illogical or

unclear.

Organization

The path moves

logically from one

idea to the next;

ideas build on each

other. Ideas are

grouped in a way

that makes sense.

The path moves

logically from one to

the next. Ideas are

grouped logically.

The path move in a

seemingly arbitrary

way. Ideas are not
grouped or are

grouped arbitrarily.

There is no path

and/or grouping.

Multimedia

Effective use of

images/videos/links

to enhance and

support content.

Prezi includes

adequate photos,

videos and/or links

to support content.

More visual

elements would add

to the presentation.

Prezi does not

include visual

elements.

Spelling &

Grammar

No spelling or grammatical mistakes.

Minor spelling or

grammatical mistakes.

Some serious

spelling or

grammatical

mistakes.

Spelling or grammar

hinders clear

communication of

ideas.

Originality

Content is original

and in the student’s

own words.

Most content is

original. All content

is in the student’s

own words.

Some content is

original. All content

is in the student’s

own words.

Content is not in the

student’s own words.

Effort

Are always attentive in class.  Always stayed on task while working independently. Were never disruptive.

Are sometimes inattentive in class. Sometimes strayed off while working independently.

Are often inattentive in class. Often strayed off the topic while working independently. Are occasionally disruptive.

Are usually inattentive in class.  Consistently was not focused on independent work.  Tended to be disruptive.

 

Total:         / 32

Mock Resume Project

 

Important:  The project will be due Friday September 27, 2013.  You will be given class time to work on the project, however it is strongly recommended that you work on this project outside of class.  Please contact your teacher if you need to work on the project during non-standard class time.

What is a resume`?

  • A resume` is a brief account of one’s professional or work experience, often submitted with an employment application.

 

Project Details

 

Purpose:

Create a mock resume that will project your future degree, College or University, GPA, and skillset in the Information Technology career that has been assigned to you.  You are required to research the Information Technology program offered by your desired College or University.

 

The resume should include the following sections:

  • Profile\Objective

  • Education

    • This section will include the College or University you plan to attend, major, intended graduation date and GPA.

    • Certifications (Comptia: A+, Network+, Server+; Cisco-CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, Microsoft: MTA, MCSA, MSCE, etc.)

  • Work History (At least one occupation)

    • You can use a real or fictional company.  Please include your job responsibilities with the company.

  • Skills

    • Skills related to the career that has been chosen

  • Professional Organizations (Optional)

 

Evaluation Process

Your resume will be evaluated according to the below criteria:

  • Grammar

  • Layout and Design

  • Content

  • Effort

  • Length  

Mock Resume Resources

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/sampleresumes/l/blresumeittech.htm

http://www.dayjob.com/content/network-analyst-cv-template-365.htm

http://news.dice.com/2013/05/03/sample-resume-information-security-analyst/

http://news.dice.com/2011/01/01/sample-resume-application-developer/

http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resume-samples/sample-resume-it-project-manager-experienced/article.aspx

Resume Rubric

Date:

Names:

 

Evaluation Process

Your resume will be evaluated according to the below criteria:

  • Grammar

  • Layout\Design

  • Content

  • Effort

  • Length

Criteria

Exemplary

(Finished)  4 points

Good

3 points

Acceptable

2 point

Unacceptable

(Done) 1 points

Grammar

The writing is free of errors.

There are occasional errors, but they don’t represent a major

distraction or obscure meaning

The writing has many errors, and

the reader is distracted by them.

There are so many errors that

meaning is obscured.  The

reader is confused and stops

reading

Layout\Design

The ideas are arranged logically to support the purpose.  They flow smoothly

from one to another.  The employer can follow the resume clearly.

The ideas are arranged logically to support the review. They are usually clearly linked to each other.  For the most part, the employer can follow the resume.

In general, the ideas are  somewhat organized logically. The employer is somewhat clear about what writer intends.

The writing is not logically organized.  Frequently, ideas

fail to make sense together. The employer cannot identify a line of reasoning and loses interest.

Content

Balanced presentation of  relevant and legitimate  

information that clearly

supports the position the student is trying to pursue.  Employer gains important insights.

Presentation provides reasonable

support for the position being pursued.  Employer gains some insight  regarding the employees background.

In general, the  presentation is clear and arranged logically, although

occasionally  information does  not support the position being pursued.  The employer  is

fairly clear of the employee intent.

Presentation is not clear and does not support the postion the student is trying to pursue.  Employer does not gain import insights.  Does not contain pertinent information.

Effort

Works on the project during the assigned class times.  Schedule time outside of class period to work on assignment.  Assignment is submitted on time.  Grammar, organization, and content are free from error.  Research is evident in the content.

Works on the project during scheduled class times with minimal disruption.  Assignment is submitted on time.  Very few grammatical errors

Does not work on the assignment during class but does work on it during non-standard class time.  Is a distraction to other students  The assignment submitted 1 day late.

Does not work on the assignment in class and does not work on it outside of class.    Has serious grammatical and and organization errors.  Assignment is submitted more than 1 day late.

Length

Paper is one page in length

   

The paper is half of a page

 

Total Points

/24

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