Activity 5.1

Social media buttons on a keyboard
Figure 5.5

If your main aim in completing this course is to help you decide on a future career or a career change, you may want to spend more time on this activity to fully explore your ideas. This will help ensure that you make a realistic, well-informed decision.

IT skills can help you research or explore your ideas and are useful skills in their own right.

Activity 5.1 Using the computer to explore ideas

Timing: We suggest spending around 30 minutes on this activity.

Go to Activity 5.1 in your Reflection Log. Once you have completed the activity, make sure you save the document again.

  • Choose at least one of the careers or subject areas listed in Table 5.1 that you are interested in, or are unfamiliar with. The career areas given here will link you to job profile information in these areas. [Press the ‘Ctrl’ key on your keyboard and left-click with the mouse.]
  • Explore the information given for two job profiles, so that you are able to respond to the following questions:

    1. What are the entry requirements for your chosen job profile?
    2. Name two skills that are required for your chosen job profile.

Make a note of any point that particularly interests or surprises you.

You can complete this activity on your own or in pairs if you are in a group. Remember to save your answers because you will return to these in future activities.

You can use your notebook to record what you’ve found out or use this table [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   but remember to save the document.

How did you get on? Were you able to answer the questions? Did any of the information surprise you?

If you completed this activity in pairs or a group environment, you may want to discuss your answers. The information that you have just researched will help you with the next activity in this session.