How to Write a Career Investigation Report
A career investigation report is used in the selection process for entrance into highly competitive programs at some institutions of higher learning. It is a written summary of a career that a prospective student is interested in pursuing. The career investigation report further details how the institution's educational program provides the proper preparation for entrance into the career field. It requires investigation and analysis of the program and the career of interest.
Acquire program information. Visiting the campus, attending informational sessions or open houses, viewing the college’s Web site, and speaking with advisors are ways to learn about the program.
Research the career. Speaking with individuals who are currently employed in the field will provide realistic insight about what to expect. Research average salaries, required education and necessary experience. Volunteering or obtaining part-time employment in a position closely associated with the career is another way to gather pertinent information.
Contact the program for standardized forms and/or format requirements for the career investigation report.
Organize the information. Compile the information into three categories: heading, industry research, and autobiographical information. (Only use those categories in the report itself if the program does not have format requirements or standardized forms.)
Write the report. Career investigation reports must be typewritten and must not be more than three pages in length.
Check the document for grammatical and punctuation errors. Scan the document and fix any identified errors. The career investigation report must be professional in its appearance, and grammatical and punctuation errors make it look unprofessional.
Rewrite the final copy of the career investigation report.
- Following the steps exactly will not guarantee acceptance into a program of interest. The decision rests solely with the institution.
- When writing the autobiographical information section, be sure to mention any personal qualities and related activities or experience that qualify you for entrance into the program.
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