High school students all take “career exploration” coursework. It is either a part of another course of a course itself. In the course of that career exploration, they are usually asked to identify a career of interest and then to write a career research paper which delves into all of the details of that field. This is no longer just an exercise for high school students, however. As colleges are becoming more aware of the need for students to make wise career choices (since they are spending so much money on their educations), the requirement of a career research paper is also becoming a more popular assignment, as students declare their majors. The assignment may come in an early course in that major field, so that students are aware of all of the possibilities once they graduate and enter the work force.
If you should be assigned a research paper on a career, you will need to understand two things:
Any research that you conduct relative to careers must include the following:
Sources of Information
As you conduct your research, you need to understand that an important part of knowing how to write a career research paper involves finding the right resource materials. These do not include such sources as Wikipedia or schools that are advertising for students. Instead, you need to go to objective sources – the Department of Labor and respected journals such as Forbes Magazine and the Huffington Post. These resources are online and will provide objective data that you can use to support you ultimate thesis statement. The really important other benefit from this research will be to give you the information you need to determine whether your career choice is going to satisfy your true passions and, as well, offer a means to make a decent living in the future.
Writing a career research paper will not “look” any different than writing a research paper on any other topic. The benefit of this assignment, however, is that you will come away with some really practical knowledge that may impact how you spend your education dollars.