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Final Research Paper

Your assignment is to research and write a 4-6 page paper about a job that you are interested in learning more about. The goal is to learn about the job from an “insider’s” perspective by interviewing a person about their experience for 30-45 minutes. You may interview anyone who is not a parent or close relative for this project. Consider why you might select that particular person. For instance, is the person in a job similar to your career choice? Has the person had interesting or unusual work experiences that intrigue you? Ultimately, there are a wide variety of reasons for selecting a person to interview. You should decide for yourself what you would like to learn in the interview,

When selecting a person to interview, be sure to explain clearly what you are doing. Explain the assignment, how long the interview will last, and that the interviewee’s name will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone other than the instructor. Schedule an appointment with the person–either in person or on the phone–for the interview so that both of you are prepared and can have each other’s undivided attention. The interview should be recorded and you should make sure your interviewee is comfortable being recorded. You may conduct this interview whenever and wherever is most convenient for you and your interviewee.

Although you may ask any questions that interest you, consider some of the following as


What is your present job?

How long have you held the job?

What are some of the duties and responsibilities of the job?

What is a typical day like?

How did you end up in your present job?

What do you like about your job?

What do you dislike about your job?

What changes would you make to improve your job or organization?

How has your job affected your personal life and vice-versa?

In the end, ask the questions that interest you. For instance, you may focus more specifically upon a topical area like organizational culture, work ethic, emotional labor (if it fits the job), gender issues in the workplace, and so on.

Once you have conducted the interview, you should transcribe it. That is, you should put the questions and answers onto paper. This is a time-consuming process, so give yourself enough time to accomplish the task. Typically, it takes 5-6 hours to transcribe a one hour interview. Finally, once you have transcribed the interview, take some time to read over the comments from your interviewee. You will hand the transcript in with your paper.

Begin your paper by discussing why you chose your particular interviewee. Then, analyze the interview, asking yourself what you learned from the interview. For example, what surprised you about the interviewee’s comments? What was unexpected and out of the ordinary? What seemed more familiar and expected about the interviewee’s comments? How, if at all, has your interview reaffirmed or altered your view of the person, the job, or work in general? Keep in mind that the focus of the interview analysis is not to summarize your interviewee’s work experiences. Rather, it is to focus on what you learned about work from the interview. Remember to hand the transcript in with your paper.

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