In this assignment, you will have the opportunity to choose a health care career to explore as a…

In this assignment, you will have the opportunity to choose a health care career to explore as a…

In this assignment, you will have the opportunity to choose a health care career to explore as a prospective career pathway. You will initially submit this for peer review by a fellow classmate for the Midterm (30 points), and then you will submit a revised document at the end of this quarter to the professor (an additional 75 points). In addition, you can examine the main tasks and challenges of professionals in that career, the treatments they administer, and the interaction those professionals have with other professionals. You will learn about the educational requirements and the employment and salary outlook for each career, and evaluate how their own skills, abilities, and interests align with your career choice. You will learn and apply research techniques, as well as use current news articles and texts to analyze trends and job growth potentials. As part of this project you will write a 5 page research paper, and for extra credit create a multimedia project that highlights the key parts of your research findings. The driving question for the project is, “How can you, if you were a recruiter, inform potential job candidates of the benefits, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular health career?”

Develop/Select a career path that you are interested in. It’s absolutely fine not to know what you want to do, do not feel pressured to stick to this path. The assignment is just to pick a path you are interested in and research it. Come up with a draft time line (month to month or quarter to quarter). Be prepared to share the following week. If this career does not work out, what is your backup plan?

    1. In your Introduction, based on research, self-reflection, and personal experience, discuss which profession in health care you are thinking of pursuing. Write this as if you were to write a research paper; develop a thesis statement in your first paragraph, making reference to sources that support the thesis statement. Make sure that every paragraph is connected to the previous paragraph. Write an outline. Make sure your paper includes the following sections: an introduction, background, professional requirements, benefits and drawbacks of the chosen profession, your plan for pursuing the profession, a discussion section, and a concluding paragraph.
    2. For the background section, consider the following questions:
      • What are the day-to-day activities involved in this career? What kind of training/education is required for this career? If you know someone or have shadowed someone in this profession, you can share your experience.
      • How will technology affect your learning curve in pursuit of this profession, and during your practice?
      • Describe the populations at risk that you will be in charge of the health care management or care of, as well as 2 acute or chronic diseases that you might encounter. Briefly describe the diseases and why you are likely to encounter these conditions in your profession of choice.
      • Describe how you may interact with two other health professionals. (Circumstances, patient problem solving, etc.
    3. For the Professional Requirements section, note that some jobs have multiple levels; if you are researching a specific level, make sure to keep in mind what its specific requirements are. (For example, occupational therapy aide vs. occupational therapy assistant vs. occupational therapist.)
      • What knowledge, skills, and abilities are required?
      • What are the education and training requirements?
      • What are the licensing, certification, and/or registration requirements?
      • What are the continuing education requirements?
    4. For the Benefits and Drawbacks section, consider benefits and drawbacks of the profession as understood by people who are already in the profession, as well as your own research.
      • Do some research to find out labor trends and/or labor projections in your field.
      • Labor trends are forces that impact employers, workers, and those seeking work; for example, if you’re interested in a nursing career, you’ll need to know that the trend among hospital employers is a preference for hiring nurses with bachelor’s degrees.
      • Labor projections are estimates of the number of positions needed in the future based on labor trends. When you are exploring health careers, you want to choose an occupation that has ample employment opportunities.
    5. For your plan for pursuing the profession section, outline a plan and expand on the specific educational requirements (classes, GPA required, location, costs, etc.) that you will need to meet to achieve your goal.
      • Develop a plan for course work you might need to take while at CSU East Bay.
      • What pre-requisites do you need to take? Do you need to take classes in a certain order in order to graduate?
      • Do you need to have done internships in this area prior to applying to specific graduated programs if applicable? What are the application deadlines if any?
      • What schools might you be interested in that have these programs?
      • Do research on scholarships that will help you obtain the degree. If you are a member of a minority group look up scholarships. Take a look at the applications from some of these schools and look at what type of questions are asked of you. Is there anything you could do now that would strengthen the application?
    6. For the discussion section, consider the following questions in light of the background and other sections:
      • What interested you about the career you selected? If applicable;
      • How do your skills, abilities, and interests align with your career choice?
      • What are some drawbacks about this career?
      • What did you learn about this career that you didn’t know about before?
    7. For the (optional) Ethical Considerations section, consider ethical considerations that may emerge in this particular profession, and that are unique to this occupational setting.
    8. For your Conclusion, reflect on the significance of your choice of profession (contribution to humanity, e.g.). The conclusion could also consider the policy and programmatic implication of providing this particular health service in the context of our health care system in the U.S. Situate your chosen profession in the loaded context of our political, social, and economic system. This conclusion should support your original thesis statement and highlight the main consideration in choosing or pursuing this profession.
  • Length requirement: 5 or more pages in Microsoft Word, double spaced (Does not include title page or references.)
  • Must include at least 5 references from credible sources including a peer-reviewed journal, articles, and textbooks.
  • Essay (Title page, content, references) must be in APA format.

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