So, I have to write this research paper about careers...and I thought I'd write about something alarm related...ideas?

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So, I have to write this research paper about careers...and I thought I'd write about something alarm related...ideas?

Postby firefreak57 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:10 pm

So, the great time of the school year has come where I have to write an insanely boring research paper. Hopefully it won't be as hard this year since I take journalism and have to interview people all the time...and I thought I'd do something alarm related, because, why not?
But anyways, our topic is as follows (I'm just gonna paste the guidelines up here for those giving me ideas...)

Research Paper Guidelines: English 10B
Assignment: You are to select a career field or college major of interest to you and write a 4-6 page research paper that describes its educational requirements/training, skills needed, daily activities, future outlook, expected income, history, or any other topics you find relevant.

April 6 (that's tomorrow): Bring MacBook: Topic and thesis due at the beginning of class


There's obviously tons of places to go with this...but what I hate about this english class is they limit so many of your options because they're not 'scholarly' enough...now that's kind of debatable, but whatever. At least they didn't not permit internet sources in their entirety.

The limits on sources are: (here we go again)
You must use a minimum of 6-7 sources in your paper.
ONE of those sources must be an interview.
The rest of these sources can be made up of newspaper articles (obviously not applicable), magazine articles (again not really applicable), books, journals, or interviews found on databases-MUST HAVE 2 DATABASE SOURCES.
There is a limit of 3 (three) websites, so choose wisely...WEBSITE URL'S MUST END IN .gov, .edu, or .org (because we all know how much schools hate .com sources)...so that automatically rules out the forums...not that I would use it on a 300 point paper anyways...sorry guys.
Oh, and Wikipedia? It's not considered 'a source'.
Sources must be US publications, which isn't a problem since alarm codes have to adhere to US regulations anyways.


So, what websites do you all recommend I use? I'm gonna use my state resources but not real sure how I can use alarm manufacturers/companies because they're not 'sources'...I'm gonna try and debate that out with my english teacher and see what he says.

I can use NFPA, because that's a .org, but what would I write about? Code fragments?!

And how in the world would I do this 'interview'? It's not like if I call someplace like SimplexGrinnell and talk to someone in the field that they're gonna say yes...even if my school district has a 45 year history with them anyways. And something I learned in my journalism class is when you contact a professional out in the field (and something my english teacher was wrong about), is that you NEVER, EVER state that you're a high school student...why? Because school matters are considered unimportant to professionals and they never get back to you, because honestly, it's really not their issue to deal with in the first place.

With all that being said, anyone got any ideas where I even should begin? I don't want to do a boring topic, because that just makes the whole assignment boring; and I'm gonna be working on this for at least the next month or so.

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Re: So, I have to write this research paper about careers...and I thought I'd write about something alarm related...idea

Postby kcin556 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:33 pm

firefreak57 wrote:And how in the world would I do this 'interview'? It's not like if I call someplace like SimplexGrinnell and talk to someone in the field that they're gonna say yes...even if my school district has a 45 year history with them anyways.


Are email interviews permitted? Perhaps you could kindly ask members of our Fire Alarm Technicians group for an interview.

firefreak57 wrote:The rest of these sources can be made up of newspaper articles (obviously not applicable)


You could use a news article regarding a fire alarm outage at a school. These appear online all the time, and demonstrate the importance of the career field due to the drastic measures (classes cancelled, fire watch, etc.) that must be taken in the absence of these systems.

Here's an example I just swiped from Google - http://www.providencejournal.com/news/2 ... rm-debacle
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Re: So, I have to write this research paper about careers...and I thought I'd write about something alarm related...idea

Postby firefreak57 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:41 am

kcin556 wrote:
firefreak57 wrote:And how in the world would I do this 'interview'? It's not like if I call someplace like SimplexGrinnell and talk to someone in the field that they're gonna say yes...even if my school district has a 45 year history with them anyways.


Are email interviews permitted? Perhaps you could kindly ask members of our Fire Alarm Technicians group for an interview.

firefreak57 wrote:The rest of these sources can be made up of newspaper articles (obviously not applicable)


You could use a news article regarding a fire alarm outage at a school. These appear online all the time, and demonstrate the importance of the career field due to the drastic measures (classes cancelled, fire watch, etc.) that must be taken in the absence of these systems.

Here's an example I just swiped from Google - http://www.providencejournal.com/news/2 ... rm-debacle


Thanks! It's not time for interviews just yet; but when my class gets to the sources part of the project I'll make a posting on here. Thanks for the help! :)
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Re: So, I have to write this research paper about careers...and I thought I'd write about something alarm related...idea

Postby Nazeo » Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:42 pm

You could detail the progression and necessary skills needed to become a fire alarm technician.

NFPA & NICET are both .org sites that are quite relevant to the field, as well as The Joint Commission ( a certifying body for hospitals, and also a very big deal in the fire alarm industry ), so those are three very good and broad sources.

It helps talking to a technician directly rather than the local office ( especially with how their phone tree has been re-arranged, again, but I'm definitely willing to answer any questions you have about the fire industry.
I know I don't have the "Fire Alarm Technician" rank under my name ( yet ), but I could help you out, seeing as I work for SimplexGrinnell ( can be verified if needed ) as a NICET certified field inspector and I know the whole career tree.
I'm considered to be a younger technician, with 2 years starting in March 2015, and remember quite vividly just how I got there, as well as what it takes to "win the business"

But of course, feel free to consult with the other guys ( ask if it counts having more than one interview as a source ), just letting you know I'm available for questions and the like!
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Postby firefreak57 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:08 am

firefreak57 wrote:
kcin556 wrote:
firefreak57 wrote:And how in the world would I do this 'interview'? It's not like if I call someplace like SimplexGrinnell and talk to someone in the field that they're gonna say yes...even if my school district has a 45 year history with them anyways.


Are email interviews permitted? Perhaps you could kindly ask members of our Fire Alarm Technicians group for an interview.

firefreak57 wrote:The rest of these sources can be made up of newspaper articles (obviously not applicable)


You could use a news article regarding a fire alarm outage at a school. These appear online all the time, and demonstrate the importance of the career field due to the drastic measures (classes cancelled, fire watch, etc.) that must be taken in the absence of these systems.

Here's an example I just swiped from Google - http://www.providencejournal.com/news/2 ... rm-debacle


Thanks! It's not time for interviews just yet; but when my class gets to the sources part of the project I'll make a posting on here. Thanks for the help! :)


Sources are due Monday now, interviews included. I need an interview as soon as possible, and my teacher has approved email interviews. Any technician interested in an interview send me a PM; as I need to do it through my school email account. I'm getting questions ready now, so just let me know. Thanks for your help!

NOTE: I am unavailable from 7:00 AM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT (Monday-Friday; this Friday exempt because of Good Friday I do not have school). I am available all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sources are due by Monday, April 17, 2017. Thanks everyone!
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Re: So, I have to write this research paper about careers...and I thought I'd write about something alarm related...idea

Postby firefreak57 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:09 am

kcin556 wrote:
firefreak57 wrote:And how in the world would I do this 'interview'? It's not like if I call someplace like SimplexGrinnell and talk to someone in the field that they're gonna say yes...even if my school district has a 45 year history with them anyways.


Are email interviews permitted? Perhaps you could kindly ask members of our Fire Alarm Technicians group for an interview.


EDIT: My teacher has just announced that email interviews aren't allowed; but over the phone interviews are. So, if you're interested or comfortable in answering my questions over the phone, please send me a PM. I have to have this done by Monday, April 13th (next Monday) so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: So, I have to write this research paper about careers...and I thought I'd write about something alarm related...idea

Postby firefreak57 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:26 am

firefreak57 wrote:
kcin556 wrote:
firefreak57 wrote:And how in the world would I do this 'interview'? It's not like if I call someplace like SimplexGrinnell and talk to someone in the field that they're gonna say yes...even if my school district has a 45 year history with them anyways.


Are email interviews permitted? Perhaps you could kindly ask members of our Fire Alarm Technicians group for an interview.


EDIT: My teacher has just announced that email interviews aren't allowed; but over the phone interviews are. So, if you're interested or comfortable in answering my questions over the phone, please send me a PM. I have to have this done by Monday, April 17th (next Monday) so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


Whoops, meant the 17th is next Monday. I don't know what I was thinking, although I was trying to type this post and do my math homework at the same time.
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