TEJ2O1: Careers Exploration

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One of the reasons that you are in school is to become prepared for future
jobs. The job market has changed dramatically since the incorporation of
technology into many fields. Some jobs have disappeared, and other jobs
have been created. This will be true for you as well. Some of you will have
jobs that haven’t even been invented yet! Consider that on December 31,
1995, there were only 24 businesses providing Internet services. By
December 31, 1996, there were 2,298 such businesses.
Today, every job uses tech. But in a tech career, you don’t just use tech – you
create, support, manage or sell the technologies that other people use.
CareerMash can help you mash up your personal interests with tech in a
career that's interesting, fun, cool and creative. Tech careers are also well
paid and in high demand!
We are going to use the site http://careermash.ca/ to investigate
computer careers.

FIND YOUR CAREER MASHUP!
Think about this – how much time do you spend every day
online socializing, playing games doing homework or just
surfing around? Basically, you’re involved in tech more
than you realize because you take those digital skills for
granted.
Now think about your personal interests – art? sports?
fashion? And, yes, even shopping counts!
What if you could learn to expand those tech skills you use every day into a professional talent and
combine them with a personal passion like art, sports or retail to create your dream career?
Can’t you just hear your friends and parents asking – how will you ever make a living? Where are the
jobs in that?? Tell them - everywhere!!
Cool career mashups in tech + (your personal interest) are one the fastest growing employment areas
around because the role of technology in our personal, social and business lives is expanding with each
new capability for how tech is used. You don’t have to be geeky either to mash up tech with a personal
interest.
Employers today are looking for well-rounded skills in university and college graduates. They’re
looking for talent that really “gets” what tech can do and what its potential is to drive an organization or
company’s goals forward. But just as important, they want new hires to have an understanding of tech
combined with really strong basic skills like the ability to take initiative, write, communicate, think
strategically, be creative, collaborate with others and take a project from its planning stage to successful
completion.
To help you start planning for an in-demand tech career that matches your personal interests, check out

the CareerMash profiles to find out where the hot jobs are, as well as suggestions for post-secondary
education programs.

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From the home page, click on
Choose one of the following “Career Mashes”
that combines technology with an area that
you have an interest in. Circle your choice:
Anthropology and Tech
Art and Tech
Crime Solving and Tech
Education and Tech
Entrepreneur and Tech
Fashion and Tech
Health and Tech
Humanities and Tech
Music and Tech
Retail and Tech
Sports and Tech

List and describe a minimum of three jobs that “mash” these interests together:

Job:
Description:

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FOUR KINDS OF
CAREERMASH
Every tech
career fits
into one of
four
categories:
leader,
innovator,
builder or
problem
solver based
on the type of
work they do.
Use these
four
CareerMash
categories to
start thinking
about which
area is the
best fit. Or, if
a particular
career
catches your
interest, use
its
CareerMash
category to
understand
the type of
work
involved and
how to
develop a
roadmap that
leads to a
job. Here are
short
examples for
each
category:

LEADERS
Leaders
mashup
business and
tech. They
figure out how
technology can
help projects
and
organizations
succeed.
Leaders love to
work with
people and
make change
happen.Tech
entrepreneur,
IT consultant,
systems
manager,
technical
director on
video games
and business
analyst are just
some of the
cool IT jobs
that Leaders
excel at.

INNOVATORS
Innovators
mashup
several areas
of tech skills
and
knowledge to
operate at the
cutting edge
of the new.
They love to
learn, analyze
and
create.
Robotics
engineer,
data analytics
specialist,ga
me designer,
health

informatics
analyst/consu
ltant or
mobile apps
designer are
some of the
tech jobs
occupied by
Innovators.

BUILDERS
Builders turn
great tech
ideas and
information
into reality.
They take big
- sometimes
complicated
ideas - and
bring them to
life. You can
find Builders
working in IT
jobs like
mobile app
developers,
web
developers,
systems
integrators, or
database
administrator
s.

PROBLEM SOLVERS
Problem
solvers set
up,
maintain, fix
and answer
everyone’s
questions
about
technology.
Whether on
the phone,

in a
classroom,
in the field
or in a
repair shop,
problemsolvers
make tech
available to
users. Video
game
testers,
biomedical
engineering
technologist
s, IT tech
support or
electronics
technicials are
all Problemsolver tech
careers.

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List all of the careers that
came up in your results:

Robotics Engineer

Smart Grid Engineer

Crime Solving Engineer

Health and Tech

Education and Tech

Select one of these careers
that you are interested in,
and click on “Find Out
More.” This will take you to
the Career Profile. If you
don’t like any of the careers
listed, go back to the
website and click on
“Career Profiles” in the left
menu, and find a career in
the list that interests you.

Complete the
attached job profile
in your own words.
You may have to
use websites other
than Career Mash to
find the required
information.

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CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY
Career/Job Title: Video Game Art Director
Job Description
The objectives of artistic directors on video games are focused around
three main areas, the design, negotiating with other contributors and
monitoring that the technique produces the right results of the game.
An artistic director leads a team of graphic designers and integrators,
ensuring that the graphics support the setting of the video’s gameplay.
Directors communicate all the information necessary for the team to
create a complete model of the game before final production.

Duties and Responsibilities
 They are responsible to supervise and support a team through


the production process so that the finished product meets the
requirements of the customer.
To ensure quality, consistency and compliance of the graphic
production throughout the production process.
To assist the project manager in the selection of resources
And to participate in the development of new graphic techniques.

For People Who…






Enjoy being on the leading edge of technologies
Have a talent for drawing.
Have a basic knowledge of art history.
Are bilingual.
Can mobilize and inspire a team
Are great communicators and can present ideas clearly.
Have strong management skills.


Are accountable.
Have good interpersonal and communications skills.

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Education Pathways
If there is more than one
pathway, identify the pathway
that best applies to your future.

Experience



A quality portfolio of
previous graphic design
works.
Experience in modeling.
Five years’ experience in
the video game industry.
Experience in producing
commercially successful
films and games that were
delivered on schedule.

Median Salary
Around $63,000

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Click on
near
the top of the webpage.
Find a program at a
College or University that
could serve as an
“Education Pathway” to
the career you chose. The
information below may be
found on the
college/university’s
website. Please remember
to cite the website(s) you
use.
Program Title:
Computer Science, Digital
Media Specialization
Degree Type: Bachelor’s
Degree
School & Location:
University of Ontario
Institute of Technology
Program Description
The use of computing science to
cover the use of sound, images,
graphics and video in interactive
computer applications. The
application areas covered by this
specialization include computer
games, educational software,
mobile devices, marketing and
advertising, and location based
services.

Program Length:
Admission
Requirements

Tuition/Fees:
Additional
Information

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Computer Engineering/Technology Certifications
Using the Internet, find 3 more certifications that you can receive
related to computer engineering/technology.
Certificatio
n
MCSE

Description and level of
acceptance
Microsoft Certified Systems
Engineer –
requires six completed courses.
Based on
IT job requirements it is well
accepted as
a certification as many employers
are
requesting the qualification.

Career potential with
Certificate
Based on IT job availability
and
MCSE requirements, career
possibilities as a result of
certification is high.

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CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY – RUBRIC
CATEGORY
Completion

Content

Level 4
All topics are
addressed and all
questions answered
clearly and
completely

Level 3
All topics are
addressed and most
questions answered
clearly and
completely

Level 2
Level 1
All topics are
One or more topics
addressed, and most were not addressed.
questions answered
with some lack of
clarity and/or
completion

10
9
8
Information clearly
relates to the main
topic. It includes
several supporting
details and/or
examples.

7.5
7
Information clearly
relates to the main
topic. It provides 1-2
supporting details
and/or examples.

6.5
6
5
Information clearly Information has little
relates to the main
or nothing to do with
topic. No details
the main topic.
and/or examples are
given.

10
Knowledge

Mechanics

7

Demonstrates
considerable
knowledge and
understanding of
chosen careers
4

3.5

6.5

6

Demonstrates some
knowledge and
understanding of
chosen careers
3

5
Demonstrates
limited
knowledge and
understanding of
chosen careers
2.5

Information is well
organized.

Information is
Information is
somewhat organized. disorganized and
difficult to follow.

5
4
No grammatical,
spelling or
punctuation errors.

3.5
Almost no
grammatical,
spelling or
punctuation errors

3
A few grammatical
spelling or
punctuation errors.

4

3.5

2.5
Many grammatical,
spelling, or
punctuation errors.

3

2.5
Needs assistance or
supervision to use
suggested internet
links and/or to
navigate within these
sites.

Successfully uses
suggested internet
links to find
information and
navigates within
these sites easily
without assistance.

Usually able to use
suggested internet
links to find
information and
navigates within
these sites easily
without assistance.

Occasionally able to
use suggested
internet links to find
information and
navigates within
these sites easily
without assistance.

Resources used are
recorded.

Resources used are
recorded.

Some resources used Resources used are
are recorded.
not recorded.

5

TOTAL:

7.5

Information is very
well organized and
easy to read.

5
Research

8

Demonstrates
exceptional
knowledge and
understanding of
chosen careers
5

Organization

9

/40

4

3.5

3

2.5