Career Reflection Essay
The My Career Plan program and individual assignments were intended to help me develop a strategy for my career goals. The process revealed my career interests, competencies, work culture preferences, and thinking style. It also helped me identify strengths and weaknesses that will be key throughout my career. My interest profiler results were realistic, conventional, and social. Although I did not agree with most of the job titles listed, I definitely identified with the interests. Realistic occupations regularly involve practical activities, hands-on problems, and solutions. Conventional occupations follow set procedures and routines, and social occupations work with, communicate with, and teach people. The BCOM/275 program has provided me with many practical applications I can use to attain my career interest goals. During the career competencies exercise, I received 4 of 5 marks in the areas of adapting to change, writing, and logical thinking. I received only 3 of 5 marks for organizing, strategizing, delivering results. Although the exercise helped me validate traits I “thought I had,” it also made me realize there is much I need to improve.
My work culture preference results were ethical, high powered, and supportive. These outcomes revealed my desire to be in a demanding, secure, and fair work environment that promotes personal development and making a difference. The course complimented these results by making me more cognizant of a need to be culturally aware, diversity-focused, and promote equal rights for all people. My last career plan exercise, reasoning aptitude, defined me with one word…wide. It defined that term as meaning, “Your profile shows you could work well in a wide range of careers from cognitively demanding roles to more practical jobs. You are capable of developing the practical skills necessary for physically demanding work, but you may be more attracted to careers that demand rapid learning, complex information processing and problem solving.” (University of Phoenix, October, 2014) The course has taught me that by being diverse and open, I can succeed in the wide range of careers this exercise mentioned.
University of Phoenix. Phoenix Career Services My Career Plan. Retrieved from https://careers.phoenix.edu/career-plan.html