Description 1) DISCUSSION POST Week 8 Discussion In Chapter 8 of the webtext, you’ll read Demystifying Decision-Making, an article by Maud Purcell (2016) that offers four steps in the decision making process: Clearly define the problem Brainstorm possible choices List the pros and cons of each choice Engage your feelings as well as your intellect In this discussion, we want you to engage in the decision making process as it relates to earning your degree. In your post, focus on step 1 (clearly defining the problem) and step 2 (brainstorm possible choices) of the decision making process. Answer these questions in your discussion post: What problem will earning your degree solve? Brainstorm three things that you can do today to start to prepare yourself for your future goals. For example, maybe you are earning your degree at Strayer to change your career from retail to accounting. The problem that you are working to solve is how to gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials that will allow you to get a job as an entry-level accountant. Similarly, three things that you can do today to help with your goal might be: Create a profile on LinkedIn Network with accounting firms in my area to find out what they look for in new hires Research and join a professional association for accounting If you need help brainstorming activities, check out our Career Services through iCampus. To receive full credit, remember to write 2 posts in the discussion: one original and a response to another student. Your original should be at least 7 sentences, and your reply should be 4 sentences. Click here to watch the video 2) PEER REVIEW #1 (PATRICIA) Hello Class, After reading this week’s discussion and webtext about decision making I started to think about my career choice and the choice to get my degree. I believe getting my degree will help to solve the everlasting need of being more financially stable. We see studies all the time that relate directly to finances. One article might list how much a high school graduate is able to make compared to one that has a degree and the one with a college degree always seems to make a little more than the one with just a high school diploma. To do this I have to have the grit and the determination to go to class and stay focused enough to do the work required to earn my degree. I also want to indulge more in a job or career that interests me. I believe that you should have a career where you enjoy coming to work every day and I feel like in gaining my degree and becoming a criminal psychologist there will never be a boring day. The question then becomes how to achieve it, and to answer that question I started to write a list of what I wanted to accomplish first. I first wanted to accomplish find a better way to understand how the brain works and operates and found it would be best to sign up for a psychology class. Then as I begin to read the web-text and watch the videos listed, I began to do my own research even reaching out to fellow peers with the same focus as mind. I also begin to look for work studies or people just simply looking to hire an intern to file paperwork at a psychiatrist or psychologist’s office. I begin to use this class and my degree focus on my resume on Indeed ( an online job site) to progress and propel myself into my career choice. I have also joined a criminal justice career focus group that Strayer specifically offers on Facebook and was able to speak to some officers and others about the field. 3) PEER REVIEW #2(BRIA) Hi All, I can personally say that I enjoyed this week’s topic of decision making. I am a fan of Omar Epps in the movie Juice and Love and Basketball! To hear about his Brooklyn journey without a father and still be successful was very interesting. My choice to go back to school for my Bachelor’s degree was driven by the problem of me not being able to advance in my current company without my 4-year degree. There are also other factors of why I chose to go back to school. Those factors being: Self-Fulfillment, Job Placement, and Pay Raise. Everyone wants to be financially stable and have wiggle room. Self-Fulfillment was a big factor for me also. I wanted to know that it wasn’t given to me but definitely earned. A degree is something nobody can take away. Even if someone has the experience, having a degree is like the foundation of the experience. In order for me to be the Marketing Manager for my current company or any other company is to have my BA degree. Things that I could continue to do to solve the problem is to continue to take classes to reach the degree, partner with our current MM and ask for advice, network with the other pharma companies that we have project with and build my network, utilize my LinkedIn profile, and use Strayer’s Career sources to complete my resume.
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