career prep

Q3 Career Match

16. Career Prep


Select this link to visit the 16 Career Clusters: Definitions and Guide web site.


Now that you have explored your personality and some potential careers, you will find out about the Career Clusters and Pathways you may be on. Careers having similar characteristics and requiring similar skills can be grouped together within 16 national Career Clusters and six Michigan Career Pathways.

I Can Statements

  • research my career for the nature of work, working conditions, education, job outlook and earnings for my top three careers
  • explore local education opportunities
  • create a digital artifact presenting information on the research on my career choice

Key Vocabulary

Career Cluster: A career cluster is a group of jobs and industries that are related by skills or product.

Career Pathway: A career pathway is a series of educational and training programs and services that enable students, often while they are working, to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector. 

Career Technical Education (CTE): CTE is a one-two year programs within the 16 Career Clusters offered to high school students to get specialized training in his or her chosen field. CTE gives students up to two years of training/work experience in their chosen career prior to leaving high school.  

Infographics: Infographics are visual ways to represent data and information.

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To complete this Quest, you will create a digital artifact in the form of an infographic or multi-media presentation. Your artifact will include your research results from the following steps. NOTE: This presentation may be used for future Things. 
Start by downloading your Career Exploration Research Notes document, where you can begin planning and documenting your research for use in your digital artifact.


Part I - Research Careers

1. Take the Career Cluster Survey

  • Identify the Career Cluster(s) that best fits your personality, skills and interests by taking the Career Cluster Survey.
  • View the video about your top Career Cluster. On the left side of the page choose Career Cluster


2. Research your Career Cluster

  • Visit the CareerShip site and search by your top Career Cluster found in the previous step.
  • Locate career descriptions, tasks, interests, education, knowledge, skills, and etc. from three possible careers within your Cluster. 
  • Record in your Career Exploration Research Notes document for use in your multimedia presentation.

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3. Research Career Outlook

  • Watch the video below for helpful tips on researching your career for the nature of work, working conditions, education, job outlook, and earnings for your top three careers using the Occupational Outlook Handbook and/or the O*NET Database.
  • Record in your Career Exploration Research Notes document for use in your digital artifact.

Direct link to the video

4. Explore local education opportunities (CTE Programs)

Part II - Create a Digital Artifact

5. Gather what you have learned from Part I (Steps 1-4). Get ready to create an infographic or multi-media presentation using Visme or another approved program (check with your instructor). 

Your presentation should include:

  • Research gathered in your Career Exploration Research Notes about Career Cluster, detail about your top choice or your Top 2, descriptions, skills, nature of work, work conditions, education/skills, job outlook, salary, CTE program options, and etc.
  • Citations
  • Creative Commons
  • Copyright friendly images
  • Anything else you feel adds to the presentation's visual appeal

6.  Select and learn about a tool you will choose to create your digital artifact. Possible tools include Canva, Piktochart,, PowerPoint, Google Presentations, or another program selected by your teacher. 

View the Visme tutorial video (5:06) on YouTube to learn about creating infographics or presentations, or search for tutorials about the tool you chose.  

Next, open your Career Exploration Research Notes document to help you with the content and creation of your digital artifact.

7. Post BOTH your digital artifact (Infographic or Presentation) AND your Career Exploration Research Notes to your online presence.  

8. Check with your teacher about how you will submit your work for this Quest. 


Completing this Quest

When you have completed your research and digital artifact, you are ready for the next Quest.

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 Go to Quest 4 - Promote Yourself!

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
c. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections or artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions
d. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences