Assignment: Analyzing your Skill Set
You initially discussed some career goals in Unit 1 and careers in Unit 3 Seminar of this course. Now you will examine the differences in skills considering a masters and bachelors degree candidate versus an associates degree candidate for a position of your choice and reflect on your goals.
In this Assignment you will begin your career search on the website of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics (www.bls.gov) for your degree that you have earned. For example for business, read about the occupation, job summary, entry-level education and the median pay. In general the skills you should have acquired in the course of your studies for the Associates Degree in Business Administration program would include the skills listed below:
Strong oral and written communication. If you have a great policy and procedure to change the business, you must effectively communicate it.
Critical thinking skills. Be able to think beyond how to solve the problem, to analyze it after implementation to realize how it is going to affect the company.
Leadership skills. Be able to influence others.
Anticipate information technology needs to remain competitive.
Understanding of different cultures and self-awareness of having a diverse pool of employees.
Intellectual curiosity. Not just to ask questions, but ask the right questions to get the right answer.
Experience. To become an expert in the industry. To remain a life-long learner in your profession.
Please address the following checklist items in a one-page paper (350 words).
Analyze your short term career goals based on an ideal job you would like to attain in the long term (specify the job title and any other particulars such as industry).
Provide your action plan (how you will achieve these goals) in the short term (the next 2 years).
Compare required skill sets needed and lifetime earnings at the associates level, bachelors, and masters level for your ideal long term position on the U.S. Department of Labor website: Occupation Handbook.
Based on what you have discovered what are the differences in skill sets required at each degree level from those that you have now?
How might your lifetime career goals change based on what you have learned?