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SDV 100 Course Playbook

This playbook contains information about academic success topics covered in SDV 100 and SDV 101.Please use the links on the left to navigate the site.

Capstone Project

For this project, you will write a short (2-3 page) paper that will answer the following questions:

1.  How much money will it take for you to feel that you have made it? (for this question, you need to think and provide an opinion)

2. What will be your career? How much education is required? You will research two colleges/universities and explore majors, GPA, tuition, location, etc. 

3. Where will you live?

4. What will be your annual salary?

This paper should have at least two citations/references.

What will be your career and salary?

Library Resources

  • You can use the library's home page to conduct a lot of research about careers (and many other topics).
  • Under START HERE, search the Gale Virtual Reference Library  to find career information in online handbooks and manuals.
  • Under FIND BOOKS, search the library catalog to find print and electronic books about careers.  Click on the down arrow and select "subject," then format your search this way: (your term) AND vocational guidance.
    • Example: photography AND vocational guidance
  • Under  FIND ARTICLES, search the EBSCO portal to find materials about your career. . Type your search this way: (your term) AND vocational guidance
    • Example: architecture AND vocational guidance

Web Resources

The best site to research careers is The Occupational Outlook Handbook

What education/training will you need?

As part of your career exploration, you will have to find out what education or training is required for your career.  You will be asked to research two colleges/universities and explore majors, tuition, location, etc.

Researching Individual Colleges

When researching prospective colleges and universities, the best resources are the institutions' websites. Every college/university website is arranged differently, so it is essential to explore the site by clicking on links and running searches if necessary (look for a search box, often located in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Here is a simple procedure for investigating colleges and universities, with examples for each step:

[1] Go to the site.

Stanford

Virginia Commonwealth University

[2] To find information and facts about the school, look for areas titled About, About Us, Key Facts, etc.

Stanford

Virginia Commonwealth University

[3] To find information about costs, look for the financial aid page (sometimes this information is on the Registrar's page or on pages titled Prospective Students or Information for Parents.

Stanford

Virginia Commonwealth University

Alternatively, search Google using  terms such as cost of attendance, tuition and fees, and similar terms, paired with the institution's name.

[4] To find information about programs, majors, etc., look for a section titled "Academics." Most university websites have this section. If you can't find this section, try "Prospective Students."

Stanford

Virginia Commonwealth University

Researching College Rankings

Find information about colleges and how they rank nationally by visiting Best Colleges, a site by U.S. News and World Report.

Where will you live?

You will be asked to think about where you might want to live and to research things like cost of living, transportation, schools, climate, culture,etc. See some selected resources below.

Let's practice!

You will work in groups to find career information and will conduct 3 tasks.   Read these instructions carefully before working with your assigned group.


Task 1

  • You will be given a career (for example, nursing).
  • Using the library's home page, search under FIND BOOKS to find a book about the given career.
  • To search, use this term: career name vocational guidance   
    • Example: nursing vocational guidance
  • Copy the title, author, and year of publication.

Here’s what your library catalog search setup will look like:

screenshot of book catalog subject search

Task 2

  • You will be given a profession (for example, dentists)
  • Using the Occupational Outlook Handbook, search for the profession.
  • Find the following information: salary, education needed, job outlook
    • Example: Dentists
      • Salary: 159,200 per year
      • Education: DDS or DDM degree
      • Job Outlook: Projected to grow 3% in the next 10 years

This is what your search setup will look like:

screenshot of Occupational Outlook Handbook search

Task 3

  • You will be given the names of two academic institutions.
  • Using a search engine, find cost of attendance information for each of the institutions given.  Search using the following term: college cost of attendance.
    • Example: University of Iowa cost of attendance

This is what your search setup will look like:

screenshot of search engine cost of attendance search

GROUP 1

Find a book about this career: psychology

Find information from OOH about psychologists

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: Princeton University and University of Maryland

GROUP 2

Find a book about this career: photography

Find information from OOH about photographers

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: Ohio State University and Longwood University

GROUP 3

Find a book about this career: accounting

Find information from OOH about accountants

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania

GROUP 4

Find a book about this career: advertising

Find information from OOH about marketing managers

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: Michigan State University and James Madison University

GROUP 5

Find a book about this career: biology

Find information from OOH about microbiologists

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: Duke University and Yale

GROUP 6

Find a book about this career: real estate

Find information from OOH about real estate brokers

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: New York University and University of Southern California

GROUP 7

Find a book about this career: fashion

Find information from OOH about fashion designers

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: Columbus College of Art and Design and Fashion Institute of Technology

GROUP 8

Find a book about this career: theater

Find information from OOH about actors

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: Juilliard and Carnegie Mellon University

GROUP 9

Find a book about this career: law

Find information from OOH about lawyers

Compare cost of attendance for these two institutions: UVA Law School and Harvard Law School

 

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