Personal Development: My final class

Hi Blog world,

My final class was on February 4th, and my final exam was a mock job interview. I was nervous, since I was not sure of what types of questions that I was going to be asked. I also felt like I have a lack of confidence since my work history is so small. My teacher’s supervisor and I did the mock interview several times for different kinds of journalism related jobs. After the interview, I got feedback. It’s clear that I am anxious and I tend to talk fast.  Another thing I need to work on is how to give clearer answers and examples of my work.  One of the toughest questions that the supervisor asked me was: What do you want for your life? This question is very complex and its hard for me to answer, since at this time, I feel pulled in many different directions when it comes to setting goals and making those goals a reality.

Right now, I only have concepts that I believe will make me happy, however, if I do not act on these concepts I may end up not  getting what I want out of life. I rather work hard and make things happen.

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Amanda Gene

Personal Development: Networking and Research

Hi Blog world,

This past week, we had our two last lessons. The first one was on Networking and Researching. I found out that I am doing everything right when it comes to finding a job. It’s just that God hasn’t opened the door to the right job for me yet. I have been praying, and I know in time, God will provide me with what I need.

My last lesson was to help me prepare for my mock interview, and then we went over my last few assignments.

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Amanda Gene

Personal Development: Filling out job applications and interviewing skills

Hi Blog world,

This past week I learned about how to fill out job applications and about resumes. Since I’ve been looking for a job for a year I felt like this part of the class was like a review. Even though I already have a resume, my case worker looked  it over. I am glad that she did this because I found out that having an objective on my resume would help my resume look more professional. I also set up an appointment with career services and that meeting went fine, and I found it very helpful when it came to getting feedback on how to write objectives.

I also learned about important interviewing skills. One in particular was how to disclose my disability. I feel awkward talking about my disability to an employer. Sometimes its hard to answer the questions they may have about my disability or questions they may have about my equipment.  Another issue that we talked about was the use of my white cane and if I should use it during my job interview. All in all, I learned that I have to do what’s best for me, and that its better to disclose your disability to an employer so that way everyone will be on the same page.

Another topic we discussed is how I feel about having a disability. Personally, I have mixed feeling about having a disability. This is because I was told, I was in late primary school, about my disability. I have also had to learn how to deal with the experiences, both negative and positive, about having a disability.  To me it’s about learning how to accept  my disability. This is one of the ways I can reach my goal of being happy.

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Amanda Gene

Personal Development: Personal and professional skills-problem solving and professionalism

Hi Blog world,

This past week I learned about personal and professional skills: problem solving and what it means to be professional.

The personal and professional skills class talked about how we all communicate in different ways and how it is different among the people around us, such as our friends, family and in our professional life. I also learned about how to be enthusiastic during the job search and how to continue showing your enthusiasm while your on the job.

Our second lesson was on problem solving and professionalism. To me, I feel like I learned that problem solving can have different meaning while your on the job, for example, working on how to get something fixed on your own, or how to work  with a co-worker. I feel like this skill relates back to one of our earliest lesson of being a team player and getting to certain goals. I feel like another value that had I learned about with problem solving is learning to slow down and think things through before you make a decisions.This is a goal that I would personal like to work on for myself. I also learned that having professionalism and being enthusiastic can help you do your best while on the job.

The lesson on professionalism was a long one. My teacher was using this lesson to help me understand that its important to work hard and to do the tasks that are assigned to you.

All in all, I feel like all these skills I have learned so far can also be used to better myself in my personal life.

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Amanda Gene

Personal Development: a pre-employment class

Hi Blog world,

This past week I attended my first pre-employment  class. The reason I am taking this class to help me gain knowledge and skills that I will need to help me be successful with my career.  My first lesson was on learning styles and how these styles can be used in the job setting and during teamwork projects. I learned that I am an auditory, visual and sometimes tactical learner.

The second lesson was on setting goals. To be honest, I think that this is one of my weakness. I really have been struggling with setting goals this past year. However, having this goal setting lesson presented in a different way has made me realize that I can set and achieve goals.  This has also helped me have a clearer picture of what I want my future to look like.

I am looking forward to the other lessons in this class, and the skills and knowledge that I am going to be gaining from it.

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Amanda Gene