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ENG 165 - Career Research (Ramsey)

1. Getting Started

Exclamation PointFirst Things First - Assignment Requirements

Before you begin work on any research project, examine the assignment closely for any requirements. 

Q. How long is the project?

For this project,  you have a short report as well as a presentation. The presentation will be approximately 5 minutes in length.

Q. How many sources?

You are required to have three credible, outside sources (1 of which your instructor will give you).

Q. What kind of sources?

You must use the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (this is a required source). Then you must pick 2 other sources. These could be database articles, books, magazines/journal articles, credible websites, videos, etc. (see Find Sources page for suggestions).

Q. How do you cite sources?

You will use MLA format for your citations - both in-text citations and the Works Cited page. Both your short report and your presentation must have a Works Cited page listing your sources. You may want to remind yourself what information you need to create the MLA Works Cited page.

Q. What is due?

  • A detailed, typed outline of your presentation (with in-text citations). Your outline will also include a works cited page.
  • A print out of your slides (4-6 per page) to turn in with the outline.
  • A short report and presentation. The presentation must include oral instructions about some task related to the occupation, and your should include some visuals as well (pictures, handouts, etc.).

Q. When is it due?

How long do you have to work on this paper or project? Is there one due date for everything or are there multiple due dates for different parts of the assignment?  Plan out your time, so you don't get stuck doing all the work at the last minute. Plan extra time in case you have problems or get stuck.

Selecting a Topic

The first thing you need to do before you begin is select the occupation or career that you're going to write about. You should choose an occupation that is related to your SCC program or the field of study y ou want to pursue. If you're undecided, it could also be a career that you want to explore and learn more about. One important consideration though:

Q. Are there sources?

Before you totally commit to a career, you'll want to make sure that there are enough outside sources for your assignment. Not every career is going to have a lot of information written about it (i.e. you may not find a lot about some lesser known or very specific jobs). Do some searching to make sure there are sources, and Ask-A-Librarian to double-check if you're not sure there are enough sources for an occupation you're really interested in. You may need to tweak or choose a related job if you can't find enough information.