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Name: ________________________

Career Cruising
Mr. Cowan Futures Forum

1) What are your top 5 careers? Provide a description for each: a) Infantry b) Military Officer c) Personal Trainer d) Outdoor Guide e) Coach 2) Click on each of your top 3 careers and record the “Central Aspects” of that career a) Being physically active and on your feet, Obeying orders and instructions, Facing dangerous situations, Work involving teamwork and co-operations b) Obeying orders and instructions, Organizing or supervising other people, Persuading and motivating other people c) Being physically active and on your feet, Training or teaching, Being involved with sports and recreational activities 3) Now record the secondary aspects for each career a) Working outdoors in any weather, Following clearly defined procedures, Lifting or carrying heavy things, Being away from home regularly b) Training or teaching, Planning how work is to be carried out, Facing dangerous situations ,Being responsible for other peoples safety or well-being, Following clearly defined procedures, Coordinating people and groups, Work involving teamwork and co-operation, Being away from home regularly c) Providing a service to members of the public (e.g. customers, patients), Being interested in human biology, Persuading and motivating other people 4) List your top 5 skills for your top 3 careers and indicate your response (skilled, highly skilled, etc.). Do this for your “core skills” and “desirable skills”.

Name: ________________________

Career #1 _______________________ Core Skill: Organizing people and physical resources Core Skill: Decision making Core Skill: Prioritizing Core Skill: Leading Core Skill: Explaining Desirable Skill: Using your hands in a skillful way Desirable Skill: Asking questions to gain information Desirable Skill: Teaching and training Desirable Skill: Problem solving Desirable Skill: Observing people Response: I Am Highly Skilled Response: I Am Skilled Response: I Am Skilled Response: I Am Skilled Response: I Am Skilled Response: I Am Highly Skilled Response: I Am Highly Skilled Response: I Am Highly Skilled Response: I Am Highly Skilled Response: I Am Highly Skilled

5) Read the “job description” for your top 3 careers. Summarize (with deails) what each career is all about: 1) The infantry is on the front line of national defense. During times of war, infantry soldiers are deployed to capture or destroy enemy forces on the ground and to repel enemy invasions. Planning and leading the troops are infantry officers. Both play crucial roles in combat. 2) There are many examples in history of military forces that have defeated opponents who had better weaponry or more soldiers. Sometimes this is due to good luck, but in most cases it can be attributed to excellent military leadership. Military officers are the people responsible for planning, organizing, and commanding the activities of military units in all branches of the Armed Forces. 3) In our hectic modern world, personal trainers provide a necessary service. They help clients maintain or improve their physical fitness by working out, which offers the additional health benefits of reducing stress, lowering the risk of developing certain diseases, and increasing energy. However, trainers don’t just tell people how to work out—they show them. Personal trainers assess their clients’ health, fitness, and goals. Then they provide instruction, structure, and the motivation of working out with a partner. Now…pick your top career (what you want to do) and answer the following questions: 6) What are the working conditions? To get prepared for combat, officers and soldiers eat, sleep, and work outdoors during training. They are pushed to their limit, both physically and mentally. During peacetime, most of their time is spent on military bases. 7) Earnings? Infantry soldiers are classified as non-commissioned members (NCMs) of the Canadian Forces. Entry-level NCMs, like privates, earn between $33,000 and $48,000 a year. With seniority and more training, they may move up through the ranks to become chief warrant officers, earning around $87,000 a year or more. 8) Education and Training?

Name: ________________________ Applicants to the Canadian Forces must be Canadian citizens, at least 18 years of age (17 with parental consent), and able to provide a birth certificate. They must also pass a medical exam, aptitude tests, and personal interviews. In addition to the general requirements, those applying to become infantry soldiers must have at least a grade 10 education. 9) Sample Career Path Level 1 Sample Title Private Note: This career path details the levels of rank among non-commissioned members (NCMs). For the career path of military officers, see the Military Officer profile Earnings $33,000 to $48,000 a year Requirements • Meet minimum requirements established by the Canadian Forces (see Education section) • Completion of basic training requirements Responsibilities Living on a Canadian Forces base or ship, performing drills, including the operation of firearms; training for war situations in the field; maintaining good physical shape; learning who is in charge and what standards are expected. Level 2 Sample Title Corporal / Specialist (for example, Communicator, Sniper, Parachutist) Earnings $55,000 to $74,000 a year Requirements • At least 4 years of qualifying service Responsibilities Participating in combat; inspecting and maintaining weapons systems; attending leadership training courses; supervising privates to a limited degree. Level 3

Name: ________________________ Sample Title Sergeant / Specialist (for example, Communicator, Sniper, Parachutist) Earnings $64,000 to $78,000 a year Requirements • At least 2 years of experience as a master corporal • Demonstrated skill and leadership Responsibilities Commanding small infantry sections; assigning, directing, and supervising junior NCMs; providing leadership; using the skills of junior NCMs in combat and/or reconnaissance situations. Level 4 Sample Title Warrant Officer Earnings $71,000 to $83,000 a year Requirements • At least 3 years of experience as a sergeant • Demonstrated skill and leadership Responsibilities Supervising junior NCMs; assuming leadership roles; assigning duties; providing the link between officers and the NCMs; making sure that officers’ orders are carried out. 10) Related Careers •Construction Tradesperson •Explosives Specialist •Gunsmith •Human Resources Specialist •Military Engineer •Military Officer •Non-Commissioned Member •Police Officer •Stuntperson 11) Other Resources Other Resources

Name: ________________________ Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) http://www.rmc.ca RMC educates and trains future leaders of the Canadian Forces. Click on Admissions under the Students heading to find out more about pursuing studies at RMC.

Canadian Forces http://www.forces.ca Learn about different career possibilities with the Canadian Forces. Click on Browse Jobs to find out more.

Canadian Army http://www.army.forces.gc.ca This site provides helpful information for anyone interested in joining the army. Be sure to click on Army Life and then on Joining Up to find out more.

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) http://www.cflrs.forces.gc.ca CFLRS provides basic training for members of the Canadian Forces.

Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Forces (CF) http://www.forces.gc.ca Visit this page for information about the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.