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Senior Project 2016-17

Project Proposals
Career Research

Project Proposals

Career Research

Template for Career Research


Highlighted resources have assessments to help you determine interests and strengths. Create an account to take and save assessments.
How to create an account in Career Cruising & COIN

Career Cruising: Login with the username and password on the back of your ID. Very similar in set up to COIN.  Register in My Plan to save assessments, resume, college and career information. Has a guided resume creator.

COIN Career Community (CCC): Login with the username on the back of your ID and the password, 2claps. You will need to type in the Site ID CA13695. You can create a personal folder with assessment results, career and college information. To do this click on Quick Signup: Click here to register for an account. Fill in the information and you will have your own individual login which stores your assessments and any information.

Job and Career Accelerator:  New EBSCO database, to replace COIN.  You need to create a username and password to save assessments, resumes and career information to your own account.  To get the the career information click on Resources, then using the dropdown menu click on Explore Occupations. Click on launch nest to Explore Occupations at the bottom of the page and you will be able to search by keyword.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: For current information on hundreds of jobs including the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions.

My Next Move: O*NET database for students. Career assessment test, career information by keyword or industry field. Special focus areas: bright outlook careers, green careers, and registered apprenticeships. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.

California Careerzone: An interactive career exploration site designed for students. The site includes self-assessment, an occupations database with on the job videos, actual job openings and a 'Reality Check' option to figure how much education you need and how much money you will need to earn to live well.

Occupation Profile, CA State Employment Development Dept.:  Great place to find career growth and wages specific to CA

Career One Stop:  Career subsite of the Dept. of Labor, search by area, by career, by salary. "Your source for employment information and inspiration."

My Future:  College, career and military service all in one. Top 10 careers by industry and salary lists.   Sponsored by the Dept. of Defense. 

Princeton Review Career Website: Students can find career information, internships in the field, resumes on a desired career, and college information.

CollegeBoard Majors and Career Central: Over 600 careers and majors profiled.

What Can I Do With a Major In?: From UC Berkeley's Career Center.

Exploring Occupations Website: Links to careers by subject area provided by JobStar (a federally funded, library produced).

What Do You Like?: Exploring career possibilities based on 6 major interest areas from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career City's Assessments: This site provided by Glencoe offers several quick assessments on motivation, team style, brain power, stress and learning style. These quickly scored tests may help you determine the type of career for which you are best suited.

CTI Career Search: Career descriptions (including videos and stories), data (salaries and growth) and colleges offering education/training.

Citing your Sources:

Getting Started with Noodletools 2016
Career/College Sample Works Cited (MLA 8th)
Help with Parentheticals


What is an Infographic?

"An information graphic (or infographic) is a visual representation of a data or instructive material.
An infographic takes a large amount of information in text or numerical form and then condenses it into a combination of images and text, allowing viewers to quickly grasp the essential insights the data contains." (from Techopedia)
Click on the samples below to see the fullsize.


For your senior project you may use the Infographic creator last year's seniors found easiest to use, Piktochart.
You might also consider creating an Infographic in Word using SmartArt.  Check out this brief tutorial on how to use Word and Powerpoint for your Infographic project.

Setting up your infographic:

  • Select the poster format for easy printing to letter 8.5" x 11" paper. 
  • A horizontal line on your piktochart will appear at the end of 1 page.  Do not add information below that line for ease of printing. 
To print your infographic:
  • Download as a .jpg
  • Open with Windows Picture Viewer
  • If looks good, print.  If you would like it in color and are printing at school, change the printer to Copyvend Color HPC 4005.
  • If it does not look good, uncheck the box 'Fit to Page'.
  • If you still do not like the way it looks you may want to put it into Microsoft Word:
    • Save the .jpg to a location you can find again (if at school, in your personal-ID number, drive)
    • Open Word
    • Go to Page Layout and select Margins.
    • Choose Custom  Margins and make as small as possible, try .2 for the top, bottom, left & right.
    • Insert picture.
    • Adjust picture size to best fit the page.  Be careful that print is legible and pictures not too stretched out.
    • Print.  If trouble printing at this point (it is probably a size of graphics issue) so save as a .pdf and then print.
Examples & Tutorials:

Piktochart How-to

Resources for Creating Components in Your Infographic:

Most charts/graphs can be created in Word or Excel and saved as a picture and added to the Infographic.

Wordle will not work on the school computers.  A substitute is TagxedoTagxedo works with Firefox and IE.

Make sure to look for images that are Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

  • 2016-17 Mentor & Professional Contacts Acknowledgement 
    • to use in Google docs, make sure you are signed into your Google account,  click on Open with and start typing. 
    • To use with MS Word Download and Save As to create a template that you can add your specific contacts to. 
    • Delete the sample information.
Make sure document prints in black and white, not green.

  • To use in Google docs, make sure you are signed into your Google account,  click on Open with and start typing. 
  • To use with MS Word Download and Save As to create a template that you can add your specific contacts to.
  • Delete the sample information.