World of Work

Exercise: Success & Disappointment Stories (10%)
As we’ve discussed in the previous module, describing your successes can help you see your passions, strengths and talents. It is one thing to simply say you’ve got such-and-such a strength, but it is another thing to actually tell someone a story that demonstrates your strengths – and you will very likely be asked to do this in an interview (employers may ask you to “prove” you’ve got a certain characteristic). Reflecting on why a personal success story turned out so well can also give you more in-depth insight into yourself – instead of simply thinking “I’m good with people”, Miss A may realize that in fact she is very empathetic and understanding, good at motivating others, and very tactful. Mr. B, who also feels he is “good with people”, might have quite different characteristics – he may be very persuasive, charismatic and have a great sense of humour. Miss A and Mr. B are both good with people, but would probably do well in very different circumstances – and their specific personal experiences would demonstrate their specific strong suits and areas that need improvement. For this exercise, you will write two success stories, and one disappointment story. Your two stories do not necessarily need to be work-related, although it would be best to choose stories that illustrate something about yourself and/or what you learned that you can actually apply to your career. Candidates are often asked during interviews, “What is your greatest strength/weakness?”… and that question is often followed up with “Can you tell us a story that illustrates this strength/weakness?” For your two success stories, complete these five steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. create a title provide the approximate date the success took place describe (in detail) the situation, your actions, and the result THEN summarize the story in one to two lines identify the skills you used during the experience (for a list of ideas for this, try these sites: or or ) For your disappointment story, complete these seven steps. 1. 2. 3. create a title provide the approx. date the disappointment took place describe the situation

I received numerous compliments for my work from teachers and students alike. 6. Occupational Significance – 18% Success Story 2: Strengths/Analysis . 1300 copies of that yearbook were printed. The design was finished on time to the liking of the whole yearbook staff as well as the student body as a whole. It also required working with a creative grouping rather than alone. and you're showing that you've reflected on what you've learned or attained from this experience. all of which bore the cover I designed. they meet the minimum specified requirements.12% Disappointment Story: Clarity. and these questions are increasingly coming up in interviews.4. having a well-thought-out story prepared can be very impressive to a prospective employer. Grading This exercise will be graded as follows: Success Story 1: Clarity. describe the actions you took describe the results you achieved describe the results you did not achieve and the transferable skills that might have helped in resolving the issue describe what you learned through this disappointment 7. It started with developing a number of rough concept designs under the guidelines set in place by the yearbook staff. Designed entirely on computer and to the strict specifications of the publishers. 5. and working to the professional expectations of the Publisher. a final design was chosen. the cover took another 3 weeks to develop into a final design. but one I decided to take in order to expand my graphic portfolio. Occupational Significance – 25% Disappointment Story: Learning Analysis – 15% Examples Below are examples of satisfactory submissions for this assignment. Basically. Reflecting in this way can help you to understand yourself and articulate your self-awareness. Occupational Significance – 18% Success Story 1: Strengths/Analysis – 12% Success Story 2: Clarity. STORY SUMMARY: Designing the yearbook cover required being creative under strict guidelines. These submissions would have been stronger with further elaboration /description that tied the transferable skills to the story--how exactly were these skills made evident in the story? SUCCESS STORY 1 TITLE: Yearbook Cover DATE OF STORY: 05/01 FULL STORY: Taking on the job of yearbook cover designer was a hefty ordeal. you are going to show that you've given this serious thought and have come up significant things that say something to you about yourself. After a presentation of these concepts and a constructive critique. .

I also learned that I must be far more careful in whom I trust to work for me. No matter how hard he worked it was not possible to finish the huge order. I made a number of business connections in the hot rodding community of the GTA. especially when there is a deadline that a customer is depending on – I need to develop my ability to understand others’ abilities and limitations. right from the rough metal state up to a mirror polish. if I want to own my own business and hire my own staff. leaving the third and newest employee to tackle it all on his own. and to be very careful to take potential delaying factors into account. RESULTS ACHIEVED: Managed to please the customer at least to some extent. I presumed with confidence that we could easily handle this order. One such connection was Bruce. Was I ever wrong. In order to try and salvage are reputation in Bruce’s eyes and the eyes of all his network we charged him a mere fraction of what he owed us for the work done. and after delaying it as long as we could. RESULTS NOT ACHIEVED: Failed to complete order and satisfy customer completely. Two of the three basically just all together stopped working on the order. The order was to polish a full exhaust system for his hot rod. Having hired 3 of my friends expressly for polishing within my company. MY DISAPPOINTMENT LEARNING: Learned to be far more careful in estimating the capabilities of myself and my employees. thus I took the loss. What made things far worse was that I. being the owner of the company. Bruce came to pick up his not even half finished order. I ended up paying my employee out of my own pocket and taking a huge financial blow. was the solely responsible party. a very wealthy car builder who decided to take a chance on my small company by throwing us a big order.These are the skills I feel I have demonstrated in this success: Transferable Skills: Coordinating: People Negotiating Decision making/problem solving Visioning Creativity and Innovation Knowledge Management Planning and Organizing Interpersonal Oral Communication Artistic Expression & Composition Organizational Systems Time and Resource Management Critical Thinking *** DISAPPOINTMENT STORY TITLE: Exhaust Polishing DATE OF STORY: 03/03 FULL STORY: In the summer of 2002. managed to pay the employee what he was owed. .

We will look forward to reading your submissions.If you have any questions. 2. you will be able to choose the file you want to upload. submit a new one. (Remove the old one. You should create the assignment in MS Word. you can type a short comment in the “Add Comment” field. Please note: I will be able to see your assignment only after the due date has lapsed. WebCTSubmission Instructions: 1. and hit the “Add attachments” button (in the window to the right).) . When you have completed and saved the assignment. From there. 5. If you’d like. come back to this page. you can go in and change the file. 3. so if you decide to change something on your assignment before the due date. Hit the “Submit” button. 4. please let us know! We hope you’ll enjoy this exercise and give it some serious thought – most students end up loving this assignment.

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