Once the students have create d a meaningful work statement, they now get to work on Project #2: Major/Career/Calling Exploration Poster and Presentation. We consider this the major step in creating a plan for their future – at least on the ‘work” that they are here to do. Although they will groan about the amount of work they’ll have to do for this particular poster, it will provide them with so many great options to move forward that some may not know where to start!
We devote the first ten minutes of class on their meaningful work statement. I’ve created a quick 6-question Quiz that helps students identify their meaningful work statement as truly their meaningful work. The six questions are:
- Could you do this meaningful work if you had to start out making little money, like minimum wage?
- Could you love engaging in this meaningful work on a daily basis?
- Could this meaningful work inspire you to get out of bed most mornings?
- Could this meaningful work allow you to use your gifts, talents, and/or strengths on a regular basis?
- Could you see time flying by when engaged in this meaningful work?
- Could you see the possibility of making more money doing this meaningful work?
In past classes, we’ve had some VERY interesting discussions about Questions #1 and #6. I changed the answer to Question #1 because when I asked if they would do it for free, most answered “No.” When I changed it to minimum wage, I had more responses to yes, but only about 1/2 the class. The key words in the question is “start out”; when we address that specific point, most would be willing to at least start out with minimum wage. When we get to Question #6, most again answer “No” – but this time, most don’t see that far ahead. Most students see a pre-defined job when they get their degree, not that they might have to create their own job. However, we’ll address Question #6 in their Poster.
Here’s a link to the Quiz document: meaningful work quiz, 1-24-16
Once we get through the Quiz, we’ll move on to the instructions for the Poster. Actually, we provide two options – freshmen and sophomores create the Major/Career/Calling Exploration Poster; juniors and seniors create the Calling Connection Mind Map. To start their Poster/Mind Map, they need to write their meaningful work statement, preferably in the center (but can be anywhere on the page). The poster must be a minimum of 18″ by 24″; we’ll provide paper for those who don’t have poster paper that size.
Instructions for Major/Career/Calling Exploration Poster: major-career-calling exploration poster, 10-9-18
- Components of Poster:
- Must choose at least two majors – one primary (Plan A) and one secondary (Plan B).
- Entrance requirements (if any) for primary major.
- List of potential minors with number of credits.
- List of fun/interesting courses.
- Go to link: What Could I Do With a Major In (https://www.umflint.edu/advising/careers-by-major/)
- List at least one area of interest
- List at least two employers
- List at least three strategies to enhance knowledge/get hired.
- Go to link: Majors That Pay You Back (http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/majors-that-pay-you-back) and list average starting salary and mid-career salary.
- Write down your schedule for the 2019 Spring Semester and your 4-year Graduation Plan (we provide links to most programs plans).
- List at least three graduate schools based on your interests/meaningful work statement (if interested).
- List at least one student organization and one professional organization to potentially join.
- List at least one place to go if interested in obtaining a Study Abroad experience.
- List at least one internship/apprenticeship experience they could obtain related to meaningful work.
- Identify either an entrepreneurial business or side hustle they could create.
We provide links to each of the sections above. Again, this is required for Freshmen and Sophomores.
Instructions for Career Calling Worksheet and Mind Map: calling connection worksheet and mind map, 10-9-18
- Components of Mind Map (a minimum of 30 different ideas):
- Minimum of 4 ideas in the Business category.
- Minimum of 4 ideas in the Creative category.
- Minimum of 4 ideas in the Scientific/Research category.
- Minimum of 4 ideas in the Social/Political category.
- Minimum of 4 ideas in the Education/Teaching category.
Again, this is required for Juniors and Seniors.
Every now and then, we’ll have a freshmen/sophomore request to do the Career Calling Worksheet and Mind Map and a junior/senior, adult student, and/or transfer student request to do the Major/Career/Calling Exploration Poster. We’re pretty flexible, since the goal is to provide the students with a plan to college and beyond.
Once they complete their poster, they will share their poster with either the class or with a partner, addressing these bullet points:
For the Major/Career/Calling Exploration Poster:
- Share your meaningful work statement.
- Provide an overall view of your Poster. What did you learn about your choices and options – now in your college career and moving forward in the future?
- Share your choice of majors (first and second choice) and if you decided to choose a minor(s). When do you plan to apply to the major of your first choice – if they require secondary admission? What do you plan to do if you don’t get in?
- Briefly share your thoughts about your options, regarding involvement in a student/professional organization, study abroad, graduate school, an internship/apprenticeship, and an entrepreneurial/side hustle venture.
- How did you feel about putting this Poster together? how did it help you get a little clearer about what you hope to do in the future – while in college and/or after college?
For the Calling Connection Worksheet and Mind Map:
- Share your meaningful work statement.
- Provide an overall view of your Mind Map. What did you learn about your choices and options – now as you finish up your college career and moving forward in the future?
- Share one important item from each of the five categories: Business, Creative, Scientific/Research, Social/Political, and Education/Teaching. What are two things that you could potentially see implementing right away?
- Briefly share your thoughts about your options, whether that’s for a current position, a position that you’re looking for, and/or a potential entrepreneurial/side hustle venture.
- How did you feel about putting this Poster together? How did it help you get a little clearer about what you hope to do in the future – while in college and/or after college?
To access the links to the information required for the posters, go to the “What Could I Do With My Life” page at: https://thedreamdean.com/life-design-program/hhs125-design-your-life-i-what-could-i-do-with-my-life/
Next week, I’ll share a few examples of the Posters and Mind Maps that the students have created in class.