Review of Week 1
I hope you enjoyed reading and thinking about how "chance" can impact your life. Not everything in you life can be planned or scripted. The idea is to be open to opportunities as they become available. Please read the comments I made to your first journal entry since that is the way I can support you in your career development. Continue to explore "the Edge" since we will use it again for later assignments and as you pursue "life after college".
Introduction to Week 2
In Week 2, you will explore who you are and what you need to be satisfied in a position. You will have an opportunity to think about your interests, strengths, personality and values. You need to make sure that you incorporate what is really important to you, who you are, in your career direction. Hopefully, the assessments this week will help you think about what will best fit who you are. This week assignments should help you develop your own personal brand, or what is it that you want others to know about you. We will talk more about this next week.
Our values are what guide us in our decision making throughout life. An example of someone not getting their values met in their position was a Project Manager I worked with recently. She worked for a company, Alliant Techsystems, who manufactures weapons for the military. She was very unhappy in her position not because she didn't enjoy the work but because the products she was involved in did not fit in with her values. She did not believe in the products that she was involved in. She transitioned to an environmental company where she did very similar work but the products fit her values that were important to her. After she made this change she reported that she was very happy in her new position.
You will also take the StrengthsFinder and choice of other assessments. See agenda for detailed instructions. When taking any of the assessments make sure that you have some quite uninterrupted time without the distraction of other people, tv, facebook, cell phone, texts, internet browsing, etc, etc. Focus on the assessment so you can really think about who you are. Go with your first gut feel and don't think about each question too much. Keep in mind is that the assessments are not similar to telling your fortune. You need to take the assessments with a grain of salt. You need to confirm that the results are actually true for you. Ask someone close to you who knows you well before you rule out the results as not true for you. I hope you will find the assessments interesting.
Looking Ahead to Week 3
As listed on the syllabus, you need find a professional in your area of interest to sit down with and conduct an informational meeting. One of the assignments in week 3 is to have your plan for the meeting set including a person and date scheduled. I'm giving you a heads up so you can start working on this. The actual follow-up report from the meeting is due in week 5. This assignment is usually very stressful for students but they also report that after they do it that it was VERY beneficial for them. By talking to people in your field of interest is the best way to find out what it is really like. It is important to start getting used to interacting with professionals and push yourself to get out of your comfort zone. You need to allow yourself to be uncomfortable to be able to grow and develop.
Again, assignments and readings can be found in the Agenda for Week 2.
Have a great week!