Career Plan Project Instructions
Career Plan Project Instructions
1. Look up the job you are interested in having in the future. Make sure you notice the salaries and
whether they differ by state.
2. If this position requires a graduate degree, look up the cost of different graduate programs to
determine what is the highest and lowest cost of this graduate degree.
3. You will then prepare or update a resume for job applications. Please use the following resume
guide from FIU’s Career & Talent Development to help you develop or update your resume:
• https://spark.adobe.com/page/NshJo1ncwAH70/: Choose the appropriate resume to reflect your career goals.
• https://linkedinlearning.fiu.edu: Search for ‘resume’ in the search bar.
• Your resume should not exceed one page. If the job you’re looking for requires a graduate degree, your resume should then reflect that (you will pretend that you have a graduate degree—the goal here is to give you the opportunity to become informed about the degree you would need for this position).
4. Now, imagine if your ideal career ceases to exist. Perhaps the robots can do it now, you are unable to get the degree needed to be eligible for that job, or maybe it becomes obsolete for some other reason. You will need to create a parallel or alternate plan. To do so, you will first identify your career-related interests, abilities, values, and goals. Your parallel plan should be a different career than the original career goal you had in mind. If your plan is to go into a healthcare profession, your parallel plan should be a career goal outside of the healthcare field. For example, if your career goal is to become a doctor then your parallel plan can be to become a school counselor for the K-12 school system. This way you are exploring and learning about diverse career options that can be a great fit for you.
Think about the following questions:
• Why am I interested in pursuing (insert your top choice major here)?
• What do I like most about my current major of interest?
• What classes have I performed well in and what classes have I disliked or struggled with
• What specific careers interest me and why?
• What types of work environments do I prefer?
• What companies would I love to work for and what is my dream job?
• Explore different Majors within your Academic Unit, College, School, etc.
• Look up job opportunities that can be done with the same degree you are earning now.
Take note of the fact that the alternate job you’re interested in requires a different
degree and consider if you’d be willing to go back to school for another degree.
• Pay attention to the job salaries for these alternate jobs/careers.
5. Create your parallel plan. When developing a parallel plan, there are several things you should be sure to find out:
• Are there any common courses between my current major of interest and my alternative major choice?
• What courses differ between these majors?
• Are there any application requirements or admission standards that I should know about? • Does this alternative major require a minor? Can I minor in something similar to my current
major of interest or top choice major?
6. Once you have completed all of the above steps, you will prepare your APA style, essay format paper to submit. The document must have the following sections:
• Current job Salary Discussion Section: Discuss your findings when you searched for the job you currently are planning on pursuing. Make sure you include what the salaries are and if
they differ by city, state or region.
• Graduate School or Marketability Section: Discuss the cost and the time it will take to complete a graduate degree if this career/job requires it. Include whether you willing to take the
economic risk of going to graduate school? What strategies during graduate school
might prepare you for a job search? If it does not require a graduate degree, discuss in
this section how can you improve your marketability while you are earning your bachelor degree? For example, internships, volunteering, etc. How can you obtain these opportunities while at FIU?
• One-Page Resume Section: a resume ready for applying to the job you are interested in pursuing currently. Please ensure that it is only one page.
• Parallel Plan Discussion Section: Discuss your alternate job(s) you might pursue instead. Specifically, identify and mention what that job/career would be and discuss why you chose it. You must answer the questions included in Step 5 above, and feel free to include other questions you considered in the steps above while developing your parallel plan. Make sure you include what the salaries are and if they differ by city, state or region. Discuss whether you would or would not be willing to go back to school to get the degree or courses required for the alternate job (or if you can complete these requirements currently while earning your current degree). Finally, discuss how job application and resume writing might be different (if at all) with this alternate job versus the current job you are planning on pursuing.