Job Readiness

My Future Reflection
An important part of high school is learning about oneself and what one wants to do in the future. The following assignment guides students in this exploration. It covers assessing one’s personality, intelligences, and interests which leads to researching careers and training that suit that person.

​Once students have determined some potential career paths they will prepare to line up field experience with a mentor in an industry of their interest. The preparation involves signing a liability release and establishing a field advisor.

  • Write a Reflection: Follow these instructions to type a paper or create an online presentation that answers key questions about you and your future.

Professional Documentation Instructions and Links
It's hard to find a good job. To compete students need to speak articulately, write effectively, and present themselves confidently. They prepare for the workplace by creating a résumé, gathering letters of recommendation, practice writing a cover letter and resignation letter, and going through a mock interview.
Professional documentation presents information about your background, experience, skills, and other peoples’ opinions of you. Having this information all together makes it easier for you to apply and show your suitability for a job or scholarship. Put copies of the following documents in the Job Readiness section of your Capstone binder. You should also keep digital copies of key documents so you can update and customize them for prospective jobs in the future (see Online Storage). At a minimum the information should include the following artifacts.

Mock Interview Instructions and Links
To gain further experience so you are better prepared for the workplace, you will meet with another adult who will ask you questions as if it was a real job interview. He or she will also evaluate your performance in the areas of preparedness, body language, voice quality and content just like your peer practice interview. After the interview you will send a thank you email to the interviewer.

  • Ask an adult outside of Lopez to interview you. It can be someone you know but not someone related to you. Someone who can give you helpful job tips and advice would be the best choice. Let your teacher know who you plan to interview with.
  • Schedule an interview time and meet in a public place.
  • When emailing or phoning to set it up you could communicate something like:
Hello, my name is _________ and I am a student at Lopez High School. I am contacting you to schedule a time and place for a mock interview with you. I am available ______________. What time and place would work best for you?
  • Identify key power words to describe your abilities, understand what the words mean, and practice using them in conversation so you can utilize them in the interview when appropriate.
  • In real-life situations research information about the company you are interviewing with so you know their mission, what they do, and the position you are applying to get. Then be ready to ask any questions you have for them.
  • Research where to go and give yourself ample time to get there.
At the Interview
  • Arrive on time.
  • Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and make eye contact.
  • Be confident and positive. Speak clearly. You can do it.
  • Bring your résumé and recommendations to show. Also bring a camera and the evaluation form.
  • At the end of the interview: Thank the interviewer for meeting with you. Get the interview evaluation form from them. It should be filled out. Take a picture with the interviewer and you.