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CNS 220 Final Project

Part 1: Personal Action Plan
Jenna Truedson

First, begin by answering these questions for yourself. Be as complete as you can, using a sentences or
two for each prompt:
❑ I enrolled in this course for this primary purpose or because:
❑ When I started this class, I was considering this/these options in the world of work:
❑ At the beginning of our course, these were my initial assumptions/thoughts about myself and the
world of work as it related to me
1. I enrolled in this course because I was unaware of what I wanted to do in my life and I felt
like I was running out of time to make a decision. I hoped that this course would provide me
some clarity and help me with my future goals.
2. When I started this course I was considering Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Film
making, Botany, chef and dietitian.
3. At the beginning of the course I had a preconceived idea that I only had a couple of career
paths to choose from because I limited myself with how far I could go in a career.
Next, continue by considering the results of your self-assessment undertaken through our course. You
may wish to review the Self-Assessment section of your ePortfolio. Write a sentence or two to answer
these prompts:
❑ What are the key points you have learned about yourself as it relates to your current ideas related to
career goals? Which projects, experiences or readings provided this learning? List 3-5 key learnings
and the rationale/or sources for class that help clarify this self-assessment.
1. I learned that it is really easy to network with people, especially Wake Forest alumni
through career connectors on LinkedIn and Career Shift.
2. I learned how to make valuable decisions when it comes to choosing between two career
opportunities. It is important to take into account the living costs and the benefits that with
come with each opportunity.
3. Through the book Luck is No Accident, I learned that one does not just fall into their
dream career. People must work toward what they want and put themselves into a position to
give themselves the opportunities to meet new people.
4. I learned that it is important to research a career before you fully commit. It takes a lot of
time and energy to find out after you have been working towards a specific career that it isn’t
what you thought it was. Job shadows and informational interviews help give an inside look at
what tasks a prospective career entails.
5. I learned how important it is to send thank you letters and “make the Wake Forest
difference” as Andy Chan put it.

❑ What has been the most valuable piece of information you have learned about yourself as it relates
to opportunities of value to you? How did you learn this as part of our course?
1. The most valuable piece of information I have learned from this course is how important it
is to reach out to people whose career you find interesting and how excited and accommodating
most people are to help (especially Wake Forest Alumni). I learned this by reaching out to people
on LinkedIn and conducting informational interviews and a job shadow. Also reading Road Trip
Nation gave me valuable insight on connecting with people.

Now, think about the exploration and research you have conducted and write a sentence or two to
answer the following for yourself. Again, you may wish to look at your Career Research and Exploration
section of your ePortfolio.
❑ How did you explore and research career-related opportunities and options? How would you
summarize the resources/experiences that have been most helpful?
1. I explored and researched career- related opportunities through the career page on the
OPCD website and through ONET. I found that there are so many options available under each
career field and there is so much information including skills, salary and much more to explore.
❑ What do you need to be doing now based on your class year at Wake Forest and the options you are
currently exploring? hint: take a look at the OPCD site (it lists activities by year and the “explore
careers” tab here: gives a timeline for specific career
1. Decide on a major/ minor
2. Look for internships this summer or next and also look into career treks.
My list of key

points and valuable personal learning is the following:
Networking is easy and fun
Don’t be afraid to explore career paths you may not of thought of first
Send thank you notes
Put yourself into positions to be successful and meet new people
There is not one path to a career that you love and it is okay to change your mind

My plans for growth are:

Study abroad
Try to meet more people on campus
Volunteer more throughout the community
Look for internships
Decide on a major

Options in the World of Work: Career Action Plan
[April 25, 2016]
Step 1: Self-Assessment

Self-Assessment/Career Related Knowledge

Course Citation/Experiential Source

It is important for me to have originality,
independence and imagination within a career
that I choose

Strong Interest Inventory Test

I am interested in a flexible career that allows
be to meet new people and experience new
cultures and places.

Strong Interest Inventory Test, Roadtrip Nation, ONet

It is important for me to branch out and meet
new people that I find interesting

Networking, Journal entry → Roadtrip Nation

Step 2: Short-Term Goals for the Next Thirty (30) Days

Short-Term Goals for the Next Thirty (30)

Rationale/Source from Course or Exploration

Goal 1: look for internship


Action Step a. Apply to 10 different internships
related to marketing/communication/film before
May 10th.

1a. I need to build my professional network and my

Action Step b. Follow up on internships after

1b. OPCD website internship and career
opportunities--- career exploration presentations

Goal 2: Look for volunteer opportunities at home
and abroad


Action Step a. Search for opportunities through
OPCD by May 10th

2a. I need to help other people and gain more
experience working with others on a project

Action Step b. Connect with people at home to
find opportunities (when I get home)

2b. OPCD website

Potential Obstacles to Completing ShortTerm Goals

Resources to Overcome Potential Obstacles

1. Limited time during finals week

1. Set aside time in between studying or when I am done
with finals to complete my short term goals.

2. Getting distracted when I get home and not
looking for volunteer opportunities

2. Create a list of things that I will do when I get home
and create a list of contacts that I can meet with right

3. Having to train during the summer for Athletics

3. Find opportunities that allow me to also train during
the summer

Step 3: Long-Term Goals for the Next Three (3) Months
Long-Term Goals for the Next Three (3)
Goal 1: Conduct informational interviews with
marketing/ communicating/ entertainment
people in my city

Rationale/Source from Course or Exploration


Action Step a. Look for connections on linkedin

1a. Grow my professional network and explore careers
I am interested in

Action Step b. Network with people in my town

1b. LinkedIn, Informational interviews, OPCD website

Goal 2: Go on a career trek


Action Step a. Find a career trek available over
the winter and apply by Sep/Oct

2a. Important to explore career and see what skills are
needed and what the job actually entails

Action Step b. Keep working on my resume so I
am ready to apply when the time comes

2b. Informational Interview

Potential Obstacles to Completing LongTerm Goals

Resources to Overcome Potential Obstacles

1. Getting busy next fall with athletics and not
applying for career trek

1. Talking to people in the OPCD and working on
resume/ LinkedIn over the summer

2. Looking for people to interview

2. Look on linkedIn and ask people if they know of
anyone who I could speak to

3. Summer job

3. Make list of who I want to interview and set aside
time to meet with people

Accountability Partner (with whom will you share
this plan):

Kim Truedson (sister)

I attended a Career Coaching appointment with Brian Mendenhall