Step 1: Interview

For this assignment, you will interview a professional in your future career field to gain insight into your future discourse community. You should not interview one of your professors.

It is preferable to interview the subject in person. The interview should cover 1) your subject’s background and career path; 2) your subject’s current role and responsibilities; and 3) your subject’s insight on the types of communication skills required for advancing in your field.

Step 2: Outside Research

Find a minimum of 2 outside sources (articles, journals) that give you additional information about your future discourse community – for example, what types of work or jobs someone in that field would have, or what the requirements will be for those jobs in the future. The outside sources must be cited within the Discipline Investigation report. Make sure that the outside sources you add are relevant to the content you are discussing in that specific section and are meaningful. You must also provide in-text citation where you add these sources. You might also research additional genres of writing that might be used in your field. Note: Step 2 can be done while you are arranging the interview. You do not have to wait until your interview is done.

Step 3: Prepare Report

Your Discipline Investigation will report the information you learned during your interview and outside research, providing an introduction and conclusion to share how your own expectations about the field may have changed or broadened in doing this assignment.


Suggested Organization


Your introduction should include a brief overview of the discourse community you investigated for this assignment and provide a very short background on why you chose your field of study and what your expectations were before you conducted the interview and outside research.


Background & Career Path

Introduce your interview subject, giving details of the subject’s background and education to show why the subject chose that profession and how he/she got started in the field. You will also need to give some explanation of the subject’s career path so far, highlighting particular positions or stepping stones to the current role. Possible topics to discuss in this section include:

  • What requirements or skills were needed before entering the field
  • The expectations and surprises your subject had in entering that profession
  • Jobs your subject had leading up to the current position

Outside sources (articles) that add additional or supporting information may be used in this section.

Roles & Responsibilities

Provide an overview of your interview subject’s current role at his/her place of employment, explaining the responsibilities of that position and how it fits into the overall structure of the company or organization. Your subject should also give you a general sense of the types of jobs and career paths common in that field. Possible topics to discuss in this section include:

  • The subject’s job responsibilities in his/her place of employment
  • Types of jobs people in this profession have
  • The skills and qualifications your subject’s job requires
  • The biggest challenges the subject faces in this job

Outside sources (articles) that add additional or supporting information may be used in this section.

Communication Skills

Explain the types of reading and writing typically required in your field of interest. Provide an overview of the communication skills that are most important in your field. For example, some occupations demand the ability to work collaboratively on reports, while others may require an ability to respond clearly and concisely to time-sensitive email inquiries. Possible topics include:

  • The types of reading and writing required in your subject’s daily responsibilities
  • The typical audience for written communication (co-workers, clients, general public, etc.)
  • The communication skills your subject finds most important in his/her role

Outside sources (articles) that add additional or supporting information may be used in this section.


Share your thoughts on what most surprised or interested you about your interview and research. Did it change your expectations about your chosen field? For the remainder of your undergraduate studies, what further skills, knowledge, or experience (such as an internship) will you need to develop to help prepare you for the start of your career?


Include a list of your outside sources (at least two are required). Use the style that is used in your field of interest (for example, APA, MLA, etc.). Do not forget to include in text citations in the report.


Please see the attachment for the sample paper, and this paper need 1500+ words

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