CREATING A CAREER GOAL
EDU673 Week 4 Journal
Creating a Career Goal
Using the goal form, create your own career goal, considering how you might incorporate the concepts of differentiation into your work environment. Consider the following:
Is the goal specific?
Are relevant skills included?
Is a specific job title or industry listed?
Are non-negotiable items detailed?
In this journal entry, review steps 1 and 2 below. Then, complete steps 3 and 4 with your own ideas.
My Goal Sheet
Developing a career goal is a great way to take charge of planning your career and a useful tool to manage your career effectively. Many individuals may not know how to develop a career goal; follow the steps below to help you determine where to start. There are a few steps that can be helpful in determining your career goal, which include: conducting a self-assessment, exploring industries and careers, and determining factors that are non-negotiable (e.g., geographic location, salary requirements, and health care benefits). The final step of goal setting is writing the first draft of your goal.
Step 1: Self-Assessment
What do you do well?
What energizes you?
If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
What high school subjects did you do well in?
What issues do family and friends come to you for help?
What do you receive praise for at work or home?
What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
What is something you do where you lose track of time when you are doing it?
If you would like to take an online self-assessment to learn more about yourself, you may take TypeFocus. Visit the Self- Discovery Resources page of My Career to learn how you can register to take the assessment.
Step 2: Career Exploration
Explore job industries by conducting research on the type of careers that use your interests and skillset. O*Net OnLine, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and Bureau of Labor Statistics are great web resources for career exploration, job analysis, and education requirements.
Ask a professional in your career field of interest for an informational interview. Informational interviews allow you to gather information from a direct contact about his or her role. There are various ways to pursue an informational interview. For example, company websites, social networking sites, newspaper ads, and professional associations are avenues a job seeker can take.
Also, while deciding on a goal, consider your current lifestyle and where you would like to be in the future. Some helpful questions to consider are listed below.
Does the career you want pay a salary that meets your needs?
Will it offer you opportunities to advance?
Are you comfortable sitting at a desk all day, or do you prefer to travel?
Is the career you are considering likely to exist when you are ready for a job?
Step 3: Determining your non-negotiable items
Although we may not speak them aloud, we each have things we are not willing to compromise on. During this step, write out your “must haves” for your future career.
To help get you started, think about the minimum salary you need to have, where you want to live, and desired work hours.
Must Have Do Not Want
Step 4: Pulling it all together – Write the first draft of your goal
Now that you have conducted a self-assessment, explored industries and occupations, and written down your non-negotiable items, what are your future career goals?
Example Career Goal
I would like to become a project manager within a large organization (5000+ employees) utilizing my organizational skills, education in organization development, my ability to strategically plan, and my detail-oriented nature. Since I have a family, I must have a salary of $50,000 or more, work within 25 miles of Houston, Texas, and work a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. traditional work schedule.
What is your goal?
Write your specific goal below. Be sure that your goal contains the need for differentiation in your work environment.
12pt double spaced. The Paper should be in Chicago format. It should talk about the life of Puritans,
12pt double spaced. The Paper should be in Chicago format. It should talk about the life of Puritans, how and why they moved to America, their beliefs, and how do they influence the American culture today.
Reflection Assignments #4
Childhood and Adolescence extended into Young Adulthood
Furstenberg Jr, Frank F., Sheela Kennedy, Vonnie C. McLoyd, Ruben G. Rumbaut, and Richard A. Settersten Jr. 2004. ”Growing up is harder to do.” Contexts no. 3: 33-41. Harvard
These reflection assignments are intended to measure your ability to apply a range of course concepts to the assigned videos and articles. You should summarize, relate and support your arguments using additional information found in scholarly articles or credible sources (do not cite Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, etc. If you cite a blog for an anecdote, be sure to give the information of the blog and explain the relevance)The assignment should take you absolutely no more than 4 pages, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins and a standard Times New Roman 12 point font. This does not include bibliography, title, pictures, etc. Writing assignments should have at least 2 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook and the original prompt materials. Be sure to use ASA citation for references and in-text citations (online guide: http://lib.trinity.edu/research/citing/ASA_Style_Citations_4.pdf).
A successful paper will include the following sections:
Summarize. What is the main argument of the article(s)? What is the subject or focus within racial studies? What is some specific data from the article that stuck out to you?
Childhood and Adolescence. How does this relate to things you’ve read in the textbook? What are some specific theories and concepts from the textbook that come out in this material?
Reflection : What did you learn from this material? What did you agree with in it? Did you disagree with anything? Where else have you seen similar arguments? What is your thoughts on the subject discussed? Can you find support for your opinion in other sources?
12 Pages on the benefits/ advantages of using mediation/ arbitration to resolve or manage conflict. Scholarly evidence required to back up arguments.
12 Pages on the benefits/ advantages of using mediation/ arbitration to resolve or manage conflict.
Scholarly evidence required to back up arguments.
Blog: Scholar Practitioners as Program Evaluators Program quality, like child development, is complex and multidimensional.
Blog: Scholar Practitioners as Program Evaluators
Program quality, like child development, is complex and multidimensional.
—Epstein, A. page 3
As a scholar practitioner, how might you use the content in this course to better prepare yourself for the complex and multifaceted process of evaluating program quality? Likewise, how might you use your personal and professional experiences to further promote dialogue and understanding on key concepts within this course?
In this Blog, you consider how the content in this course might better prepare you for your current and future role in the field. You also reflect on your experiences with program evaluation and share any questions you might have about this process.
Note: The Blogs in this course will continue the Blog which you originally created at the start of this program. If needed, locate your external Blog link before starting this Assignment.
View this module’s media presentation, which captures the presenters’ first experiences with program evaluation. As you watch the media, compare their experiences to your own. Then, consider how your role as an early childhood leader might both impact and be impacted by the process of evaluating program quality.
As in your first course, Child Development in the Critical Early Years, your external Blog will be used throughout this course as a communication and collaboration tool.
By Day 3 of Week 2
Post a link to your Blog and subscribe to the Blogs of others. In addition, post the following in your Blog:
- Describe how the content in this course might impact what you want to do and who you want to become in the field of early childhood. Share questions you might have, as well as best practices you may have learned from past experiences with program evaluation.
- Explain how you might both impact and be impacted by the process of evaluating program quality.
All papers must be 3-5 pages in length (not including title page or references), include a title
page, 12 point Times New Roman font, standard margins (1” top-bottom, 1” left-right), double
spaced, include page numbers and must cite all references in CMS format. Failure to properly
cite material will be deemed to be plagiarism and you will receive a zero for the assignment.
Book: Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues, 12th Edition by
Thomas M. Magstadt,