Diversity

Posted: November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Personally, yes I’ve judged people by their appearance before. I was taught that the way you dress and present yourself says a lot about who you are. It’s the stereotypes that people get caught up in; yes the way you dress tells me something about you but it doesn’t mean that everyone who dresses like you is the same. Some people dress to follow the trend, some dress to stand out, some dress for attention, and some dress just to be comfortable. The same goes for tattoos or piercings, some people get them to rebel, some people just think they’re pretty, some people get them as a tribute, and some get them to make other statements about themselves. Judging a book by it’s cover happens all the time, it’s when you take the time to open that questionable looking book that you come face to face with real adventure. I wouldn’t say I identify myself with any particular culture or religion, but I know my values and I know God. I don’t drink, smoke, or do any other drugs for recreation. That is probably my only set of values that have been questioned by outsiders multiple times, but after I explain where my opinion came from they back off. I grew up around drinkers and smokers, I watched them do stupid things and I promised myself I’d never be like that. Not only that, but the accident my dad died in, the other driver had been fighting with his wife and was a little bit drunk. I guess I base most of my personal beliefs on things that happened in my life, not just things I’ve heard about. I’d definitely like to learn more about diversity by maybe studying abroad, I know it’s always been a dream of mine to travel to Africa.  

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Student Money Management Center

Posted: November 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

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On thursday, we had two speakers from the SMMC come to our class. They taught us about budgeting, saving, and priorities. We did an exercise in which we were split into groups, given $700 (hypothetically), and had we had to decide what we would spend our money on in a zombie apocalipse. After we had written down what we bought and the amount we saved, we were put through several tests and the team who came out with the least lives lost and the most money left was the winner. My team won! We only lost one member and still had a safe blanket of money leftover. I think the SMMC is a very helpful place and I plan to pay them a few visits in the near future. We also talked about having savings and an emergency fund and we discussed the difference between the two. I definitely need to do some budgeting and take some advice from them; I’m going to start tracking my money with a pen and paper again, it was really helpful when i got my first job but I have strayed pretty far from it. It kind of shocked me how much the average college student spends on “fun,” but when I really looked at my money I realized that I spend just as much on my spoiled boyfriend(; but I don’t mind so much because I take care of bills first. I liked this presentation more than the “Reality Check,” it was more fun and presented better and with more confidence; I felt like they were much more relatable and comfortable presenters.

Elevator Talk

Posted: November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Working as a Team

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Teamwork is not my strong suit, I don’t like to feel like I’m not in control but I don’t like doing all of the work for others either. I think it’s important in a team to recognize everyone’s abilities and to make sure everyone is doing their part, that being said, I have not found a team that I work well in so far. Maybe it will be different in my career field because we will all be of common interests and have shared goals but as for school, I HATE group work. I think leadership skills are important when dealing with teams, not just people who try to do it all by themselves but people who take the initiative and contribute structure to the team, someone who will assign parts for everyone to do or set up the appropriate times to meet. I also think it is important for team members to value each other, if someone has no respect for you then why would they do what you asked them to do? Being part of a team also has a lot to do with communication, nothing can or will get done without it. Probably the only thing I like about group work is presenting in front of an audience, when you have others up there with you, even if they are just as nervous as you are, it takes some of the pressure off of you and helps you to relax.

UGST on Tour

Posted: October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

In Thursday’s class, everyone went to Willis Library to learn about the cool things they have to offer. I was on route to Austin for my cousin’s wedding at that time, but I was able to make it to the Career Center on Tuesday. I learned a lot about the program and the helpful things they do. I learned that they have employers from all over the DFW area come to their location for interviews for job/internships. I think that’s a great idea, because it’s easy to get lost in a new place and you wouldn’t want to be late for a big interview. I also learned about to cool events they have set up throughout the semester. I thought the etiquette dinner looked really interesting, I might see about attending. They showed us the ins and outs of the website and went more into depth about o-net, which was nice. I guess I kind of already knew this, but I was reassured that it is recommended to tailor your resume to the specific employer. Waitressing experience is not necessary if your looking into an accounting job, you know. I’m so glad there is a place like that where I can go to have my resume looked over and to help me set up interviews and such. I know that I will definitely utilize this place when I’m more confident of my major/career path. I enjoyed the tour of the Career Center, and even though it was kind of short, I absorbed lots of information that will someday come in handy.

 

I thought I posted this yesterday, but when I logged on today it was in my drafts. Sorry!

Family Career Tree

Posted: September 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Could not figure out how to embed so here’s a link.

Career Path Famly Tree

Strong Interest Inventory Results

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

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My Results

Just as I thought, my highest themes from the Strong Assessment were conventional, investigative, and artistic (CIA), although I did imagine them in a different order. I figured artistic would be my highest, then conventional, then investigative; but either way, I am positive that these themes describe me perfectly. Of the top ten occupations it provided for me, I chose Occupational Therapist. I know for sure that I want to go into some therapy related field so I looked into it, and Occupational therapy is a good career for a person like me. It requires creative thinking and helping people, those two factors are important to me in my career search!

 

Style Scales Preferences

1. I prefer working alone.

2. I enjoy learning by doing.

3. I’d prefer to lead by example.

4. I am comfortable taking some risks.

5. I enjoy the role of independent contributor.

(I agree fully with all of the above)

 

Typical College Majors

Typical college majors for my personality type are most of the majors I was already considering, the three I liked most were accounting (C), psychology (I), and architecture (A). Accounting which falls under the Conventional theme is more on the organized side of things; it involves keeping records, working with numbers, and paying close attention to detail. They probably matched me to accounting because of the structural aspect and my preference for math. Psychology is in the investigative group and as of now is my top major choice; it is the field I have the most interest and the most ties to. The investigative group is for solving abstract problems, researching, and has a strong independent base.  I think psychology was a chosen major because it fulfills my desire to help people and still gives me my independence. In the artistic group, I found architecture which is a career that I really wanted to pursue for a very long time, it involves numbers, creativity, independence and imagination. I believe it is a possible major for me because it is a good mixture of my interests: art, math, and doing my part for the world.

 

Learning Environment

It’s suggested that I like applying learning to everyday life and learning through hands-on experience and that I will probably prefer learning through labs, internships, and work-study programs rather than traditional classroom lectures. I agree with my learning environment results, I’d much rather physically apply what I’ve learned to real world scenarios than to just hear or read about the process. I don’t often struggle in school but I feel like I’d do a lot better in a more hands-on environment, the problem is that I really hate group work. It’s hard for me to trust my group to actually do what they say they will and it’s hard knowing that my grade is based on their efforts, not just my own.

Combining Strong and Myers-Briggs

  • structured/orderly
  • stable/secure
  • hierarchical
  • focused on precision and accuracy
  • authentic self-expression
  • easily connect everyday routines to the bigger picture
  • decisions promote harmony
  • self-expression through creativity and relationships
  • being creative within set guidelines
  • cooperative business environments
  • personalizing information in decision making
  • projects that benefit others

It says that my concern for human development and innovation may be viewed by others and soft or impractical or as a sign that I lack focus, but I don’t find that to be true. To me helping others is one of the greatest things you can do in life, and if someone looks down on me for that then that someone is probably not a person I want in my life.

 

Weirdest Career Match

My career match that I found to be the weirdest was a buyer, I’m not sure why it was even on my list. When I did further research, I found out that the themes most commonly associated with being a buyer are Realistic and Enterprising which happened to be my lowest on the Strong Scale. I’m not a good negotiator and I really don’t like teamwork. I guess maybe it was chosen because it involves math?? Either way, it’s not going to make the cut!

Asking Myself About Psychology

Q: Is this an environment that is committed to what I hold important, and a place where people cooperate to achieve common goals?

A: Yes, I value the wellness of others and a career in psychology is a good way to help out the people around me and yes people will be working together to achieve common goals in my workplace.