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Welcome to the ENGL 150 Careers Lib Guide!

Unit #2:  Career Research Paper

English 150 – Kreit


Suggested Length:  5 – 7 pages (10 pages maximum)

Task:   For Unit #2, I have asked you to identify a career and/or field of study that you are interested in learning more about.  Through class readings, database and Internet research, and an informational interview with someone in the field, you will have had a chance to learn more about this field of interest and the path you would need to take to get there.  This writing assignment will give you the opportunity to synthesize (organize and analyze) and reflect on all of this information. 

Choose to either focus on one potential career (after college) or one field of study (in college and/or graduate school) that you are interested in. Write your paper to a general audience who is interested in finding out what career/field you are interested in. 

Use at least five sources total (at least 2 of which must come from our Moodle links and one of which must be from the COM Library) to develop your paper.

Include the following parts of your paper:

I.   Introduction: Provide a “hook,” what got you interested in this field, and a thesis that clearly and concisely identifies why you want to study and/or work in that field.

II.  Day in the Life:  Provide a description of what a day in the life of a person in this field entails OR an overview of the responsibilities of this job over a longer period of time if this is more applicable.   Note:  If you are considering a field of study rather than specific career, describe the overall field of study and the various career opportunities that are available within it.  Refer to your interview for this section and at least one other source

III.   Description of positive and negative characteristics. Identify and explain at least 1 - 2 desirable characteristics of the career or field of study and why these may be interesting for you.  Also identify and explain at least 1-2 negative characteristics. Consider your personality, interests, and values as you describe and explain the characteristics.  Refer to at least two sources for this section

Note:  If you are focusing on a career you may want to consider characteristics like flexibility, stress level, upward mobility, compensation (salary, benefits), employment rate, skills required, work environment, variety, and so on. 

Note:  If you are focusing on a field of study, you may want to consider characteristics like skills required to succeed, personal interests, future career options (including the characteristics above).

IV.  ****Current issues. Describe 2 -3 current issues/advances/changes/topics of focus in the field today and how these might affect you.  In other words, what are people currently working or studying in this field talking about or concerned about or excited about?  Topics could include issues like the career outlook (is it easy to get a job?), new technology, how the field is changing, the direction the field is going, etc.  Remember to describe how this issue might affect you in the future.   Refer to at least one source and your interview for this section.

IV.   Pathway. Describe what you need to do to begin and/or continue along this career or educational path.  Here are some questions to help you:


What do you need to do to get from College of Marin to this career?  Can you complete your education at COM or will you need to transfer to a 4-year school? Will you need a particular major?  Which four-year schools are you interested in?  Will you need training or an advanced degree after that?  What are the major obstacles you anticipate and how will you overcome them? What are some resources you can use to assist you to get there?

Refer to at least one source for this section.  

V.  Conclusion. Wrap up your paper’s discussion of your career/field of study and step back to consider the greater significance of your interest. So what and who cares that you plan to study this field or work in that field?  Why should your audience find it significant, interesting, or relevant?

VI.  Works cited. Include a works cited that includes all of your sources, including your interview, in MLA format.


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