Career Exploration Packet and Resume
Student Name _________________________________
Career Exploration Packet and Resume
Background and Outcomes:
The first year in college is an important time to identify career opportunities and to make a plan to achieve professional goals. Through this career exploration and CV assignment, you will:
Identify a career to research. (Note: If you have not decided on a career, choose one that interests you. This project is about a thorough exploration, not a commitment to pursue a particular field.)
Use library resources to research the career.
Explain why and how the career is significant to your interest.
Explain the designated career path.
Identify a degree plan related to the career.
Create your resume.
1. Career Exploration packet – Please complete the following documents (attached)
Career research worksheet (50 pts) ________
Job analysis worksheet and job posting (20 pts) ____________
2. Resume (Resume template attached and posted in D2L) (30 points)
You may use one of the templates provided or your own resume format for this assignment. Please make sure that your resume is accurate and up-to-date.
Career Research WorksheetStudent Name:
What is your intended career? If you are not sure of a career right now, choose one of interest to explore.
When I complete my college studies, one of the career paths I am interested in exploring is that of a real estate agent.
Using the library catalog, find a book (or e-book) related to your career. If the book is available, check it out. Write the title, author, and call number here:
Sirgy, M. Joseph. Real estate marketing: Strategy, personal selling, negotiation, management, and ethics. Routledge, 2019.
Using the research databases, find two articles from the library research databases that are related to your career. One of the articles should be peer-reviewed, and one should be from a trade publication or other periodical that is not peer-reviewed such as a magazine or newspaper. Email yourself the two MLA Works Cited entries using the research database email function. Write the titles and authors of the two articles here:Barwick, Panle Jia, and Parag A. Pathak. “The costs of free entry: an empirical study of real estate agents in Greater Boston.” The RAND Journal of Economics 46.1 (2015): 103-145.
Realtor Magazine: “Where Home Seller Profits Are Highest.” 5 May 2021. https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2021/05/05/where-home-seller-profits-are-highestSearch online for a website related to your career. This may be a professional association or an organization related to your career. Write the name of the website here:
National Association of Realtors, Realtor Magazine
Find your career in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/). Use the information from the OOH to complete the following questions.
Identify the career field/discipline (i.e. if the career is teaching then the field is education or if the career to be a mechanic then the field is automotive industry).
Real Estate Industry
Identify the specific position or title in the field/discipline that interests you (i.e. elementary school teacher or body work repair mechanic).
Real estate agent.
Identify two related positions in a similar or related field/discipline (i.e. day care worker and college instructor or machine repair and certified dealer service manager).
Property Managers and Advertising Sales Agents.
List the minimum requirements for the position (i.e. high school diploma, college degree, certifications).
High school diploma or equivalent.
Outline the career path to include:
the education required
Real estate agents must pass certain exams and certifications which vary based on state and area. Education requirements include real estate courses such as certificate courses and bachelor’s degrees.
years of experience required
Real estate agents begin working after passing the required exams and getting the relevant licenses.
A real estate agent needs business skills, interpersonal skills, organizational and prob;em solving skills to be successful in their career.
List the entry-level salary range:____41950___________
List the median salary range:_____$51220_____________________
Give the top salary range for the position. In other words, what will someone in this position earn after being in the position ten or more years? ______60370_________________
Future of this career:
Describe the job outlook for this career. What percentage growth is expected for this job?
The expected percentage growth for this career is 2% between 2019 and 2029. There will be a demand for workers in this position as people need them when buying, selling or renting homes and other spaces.
What do people in this field or job do? Describe a typical day for this position. A real estate agent has different daily activities. On a typical day, the agent begins by responding to queries from potential clients and advising them on suitable properties they might be interested in. if the client is interested in these properties, the agent will take them on a tour to see if they are ready to buy or rent. The agent places an offer from their client and then waits for feedback from the seller. Once the offer is accepted, the agent guides the client on the necessary documents they need to fill out. The agent also goes out to scope available properties they might sell to their clients. Career and you:
What is your Do What You Are (DWYA) four-letter personality type? _ENTJ___________
How does this career align to your interests and personality? (Use your DWYA results to justify your alignment.)
My personality type aligns with my career path for various reasons. The first reason is that I am extraverted, meaning I can interact with various types of customers. Working as a real estate agent means working with clients with different personality types. I also make fast and accurate judgment. I also have good intuition when dealing with people, and I can get a good sense of what my customers need and how far they are willing to negotiate.
What is it about this career that interests you? My main interest in being a real estate agent stems from the fact that I enjoy exploring new properties. I have always had an interest in looking at new homes and this career will give me that opportunity. I also look forward to helping people find their ideal homes within their financial capabilities.
Job Analysis WorksheetStudent Name:
Suggested websites to use:
1. **Important: Please include a copy of the job posting**
Using the above-listed websites or other job listing, look for a specific job posting. Print or copy the job posting and attach it to this worksheet. Use the job posting to answer the following questions. Where did you find this job posting? (identify website): ________________SimplyHired.com_______________________
2. Where is this position located?
3. What is the title of the position?
Real estate agent- entry level.
4. With what company/organization is this position?
Rector Hayden Realtors.
a. What education/training is required for this position?
The position requires a real estate license. This requires the applicant to pass real estate courses from an accredited institution and a state exam. The company provides additional training and resources after hiring.
b. Describe your plans to accomplish your education/training. I plan to enroll for a course in real estate online as it is more flexible than in person training. Once I pass my exams after the course, I will apply for a state license. Thereafter I will also enroll in a marketing course because marketing skills are essential for a real estate agent.
6. a. How many years of previous experience are needed?
The position does not require any experience as it is an entry level position.
b. Describe your plans to gain the experience you need.
Since I do not need any experience, will make sure to familiarize myself with the processes involved in becoming a real estate agent.
7. a. What specific skills required for this position?
The skills needed for this position include organization, communication, marketing, and negotiation skills.
b. Describe your plans to develop these skills.
I plan on enrolling on a short term marketing course to enhance my marketing skills.
8. List three STRENGTHS (skills, knowledge and personal qualities) that can help you be successful in this position and describe how these are important for this position.
One strength that will be valuable for this position is my meticulous organization skills. I like to make sure that all of my affairs are in order, which will keep me organized in my job. I will keep all relevant documents at hand, keep appointments with clients and be on time for all my assignments. Creativity is another skill that will help me sell real estate properties by finding attractive qualities and showcasing homes in their best light. Third, my extroverted personality will help me interact with clients and make them comfortable.
9. List three WEAKNESSES (traits that you currently lack) that can hamper your success in this position and describe why these are weaknesses are important to overcome.
One weakness with regard to this position is that I do not have the necessary qualifications such as certification and licenses. I also do not have adequate marketing skills for a real estate agent. Finally, I am quite unfamiliar with other relevant processes such as legal documentation for the position.
10. What interesting fact(s) did you discover about this career that you did not know before?
While doing research for this position, I learned many things I did not know before. One example of this is that licensing qualifications vary from state to state, I expected them to be uniform across the country. Additionally, I also discovered that there is a difference between a real estate agent and broker.