Career Exploration Award – Available only to Level 4 and 5 Only.
This award may be earned multiple times as long as new Areas of Discovery, careers, etc. are chosen. You may not use knowledge or an activity counted toward one Career Exploration Award as a requirement fulfilled for a second award, but must learn and explore something new.
- Choose an Area of Discovery to concentrate on and earn the Major Award for that Area.
- Choose a minimum of 6 different careers within your chosen Area and find out the following: Education needed, average salary, locations where this job is plentiful, expected hours/seasons worked, what companies hire these jobs and what a typical day in this job looks like.
- Interview someone who holds each of the jobs you chose. Ask the following questions as well as any others you may have:
- What are the pros and cons of the job?
- Would they recommend the company they work for? Why or why not?
- What advancement in this career is available?
- What benefits are usually included?
- What is the best education for this job?
- Is continuing education in the field is required?
- Learn the difference between various forms of continuing education after high school including community college, public universities, private colleges, trade school, the military, online learning, and certificate programs. What are the costs, benefits and time commitments of each? What are the pros and cons of each?
- Visit at least 3 continuing education schools such as universities, colleges, or trade schools.
- Understand the difference between blue collar jobs and white collar jobs.
- Choose at least one company you may be interested in working for and find out what jobs are needed to keep that company in business. Talk to the Human Resource manager to build a list. For example a winery needs farm workers, farm equipment handlers, payroll and accounting personnel, sales people, wine makers, janitorial staff, bottling factory workers, shipping and receiving staff, and more. Also find out what other types of companies your chosen company does business with. In the winery example above they must work closely with various filtration and bottling supply companies, freight forwarders, and wholesalers among others.