I began this class not having a clear idea on what career I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life. I often asked myself “What job will I have when I grow up?”. Ever since I was a little girl, I thought I wanted to become a doctor. After taking biology, genetics, and biochemistry, I quickly realized that being biology major was not for me. I then changed my major to exercise science. I searched for the possible career choices for exercise science and became interested in Physical therapy and physician Assistant. I was still confused on my career choice, so I decided to enroll into a career development class. I wanted to know what careers might better suit me.
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Computer choice and SIGI3 provided information on the educational level, annual salary, and job description of physical therapy. With the career that I have picked, I plan to use my skills to my advantage. I am strong communicator, motivator, organized, and consistent with my work. I have developed these skills from volunteering at hospital and Christ Fellowship student ministries.
The occupation that I am currently interested in is physical therapy. I am interested in volunteering at Tallahassee Orthopedic and Sports, Center for Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and Therapy Specialists. I must network and make a great first impression when I express interest in these companies. I first must create a Individual action plan (IAP) which will help me organize my career choices. The IAP helps make my decisions more manageable and gives me a clear idea on what I need to do.
I am currently in the execution step in the CASVE cycle. I have been in contact with Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports about getting a internship at that company. I have emailed him/her my resume and cover letter. I plan to set a meeting with the Manager in May; The Career thoughts inventory (CTI) has helped me develop negative thoughts into positive ones. There has not been any decision-making confusion, commitment anxiety, or external conflicts.
I have reached out to an OB/GYN Dr. Lauren that gave me advice in courses to take, colleges to look into, and great volunteer opportunities. I have also read physical therapy books, used online sources (Choice planner and SIGI3), and used resources in the career center. At the career center I have done resource while writing my career field analysis paper. This paper allowed me to explore alternatives in occupations with the resources at the career center. I conducted a information interview, read a published book on occupations (athletic training, physical therapy, and physician assistant), and used chronicle guidance publication.
The three occupations that I am currently interested in is physical therapy, physician assistant, and athletic trainer. After volunteering at Saint Marie Hospital I realized that a career as an OB/GYN physician is not the career for me. I have lost interest in becoming become a doctor.
When picking my career I have values that I expect my job to obey. I expect to have a secure job that allows me to make time for my family. I want to work in a comfortable, easy going, and friendly environment. I enjoy interacting with people and helping people recover from their injuries. So If I was to pick a career, I would rather work a job that pays less money, but has more flexible hours, has benefits, easy going co-workers, and treated as an equal. Then to work a job that had a higher salary, not flexible hours, tension among co-workers and not treated equally among men and women. I also would prefer a job that is not far from home just in case of any family emergencies.
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