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Course: WRK100: Preparing for the Future of Work

Week 4 Assignment: Reflecting on Your Skills, Goals, and Accomplishments

Due: Week 4

Points: 100

Notes about this assignment: To ensure students are properly placed into the English courses that will best set them up for successful college writing, it is customary for students to have their writing skills assessed. For students without transfer credit for college-level English courses, the writing you provide in the Week 4 Assignment will be assessed to determine whether you should be placed into ENG090 or into ENG116. This review of your writing will not affect your grade on the assignment or the overall course; your instructor will grade the Week 4 Assignment based on the rubric for the course, which is separate from the writing review.

What to submit/deliverables: Word document that contains Parts 1‐3 of the Week 4 Assignment Template.

What is the value of doing this assignment? In this assignment, you will reflect on the qualities, values, strengths, areas of improvement, and accomplishments that capture who you are and how they connect to the 10 Skills and your personal, academic, and professional goals. You‘ll then practice your communication skill by writing about what you‘ve identified in ways appropriate for a CV or résumé. You‘ll use this information in the Week 9 Assignment to create an action plan for developing skills that will help you reach your future goals. After completing this assignment, you will have a document you can bring to the Career Center where counselors can help you further develop your career strategy.

Your goal for this assignment is to: Reflect on and communicate your skills, goals, and accomplishments.

Steps to complete: In Week 4, complete and submit your assignment using the following steps:

STEP 1: Complete the four questions in Part 1: About Me, reflecting on your values, aspirations, key qualities, goals, strengths, and areas of growth.

STEP 2: Complete the three steps in Part 2: Accomplishment Statements by reflecting on your past accomplishments, using the template to identify the challenges, actions, results, and details, and then writing two concise stories using the accomplishments formula provided.

STEP 3: Complete the four-question reflection in Part 3: Reflect on Your Experiences, considering Parts 1 and 2 of this assignment and the connections you have made to the 10 Skills.

STEP 4: Save the template with your completed responses as a Word file titled Your Name, WRK100_Week_4_Assignment Reflection and submit it in Blackboard in Week 4.

Week 4 Assignment Template:
Reflecting on Your Skills, Goals, and Accomplishments

Part 1: About Me

Answer the following questions to capture how you see yourself in terms of values, aspirations, key qualities, goals, strengths, and areas of growth:


1) Describe your values, motivations, or aspirations in your own words.

2) Describe some of your main personal, academic, and professional goals. Make sure to write five or more complete sentences.

3) What are some of your strength areas? Think about the top 2–3 skills you would advertise about yourself, or consider what others come to you for advice about. Make sure to write five or more complete sentences.

4) What are some areas you would like to grow and improve in? Make sure to write five or more complete sentences.

Part 2: Accomplishment Statements

Accomplishments don’t have to be as large as climbing the top of Mount Everest or starting your own company. We accomplish many things in our lives every day that have meaning. For example, perhaps you organized volunteers for your school’s food drive or made an extremely profitable sale. Or, if you’re more advanced in your career, perhaps you’ve received a promotion or special recognition.

In this part of the assignment, you’ll identify two accomplishments from work, school, volunteering, or other activities. You’ll then practice communicating these in ways appropriate for a résumé.

To begin, brainstorm accomplishments from your work, school, volunteering, or other activities. Read the
Accomplishment Categories
section for a list. After you’ve identified two accomplishments, write statements for each accomplishment using the information below:


Step 1: Think about each of your accomplishments in these terms:

Challenge

Situation, problem, or requirement.

Action

Specific actions you took to resolve or meet the challenge.

Result

The benefit created in specific and measurable terms. Be sure to tie results to the organization’s goals when possible.

Details

Clarifying details, such as numbers or percentages, to provide context (consider answering how many, how much, how long, or how often).

Consider the example below of someone with experience as a retail manager:

Challenge

An increase in customer complaints about the helpfulness of staff.

Action

Developed a new training program for staff, got approval from district manager, and once approved implemented it with a regular review process.

Result

After 3 months, customer complaints decreased.

Details

Previously, customer complaints averaged 4 per week.

After 3 months, complaints averaged 1 or less per week.



Step 2: Write two accomplishment statements to practice using this format:

Challenge

Action

Result

Details

Challenge

Action

Result

Details



Step 3: Now, try writing your two accomplishment statements concisely for a résumé (you will not be completing a resume). Use either example format below to write your accomplishments:

Accomplishment Statement 1: Result + action + brief description including clarifying details.

Example: Decreased customer complaints from 3 per week to 1 or less per week by training staff and implementing a regular review process.

Accomplishment Statement 2: Action + brief description with clarifying details + results.

Example: Trained retail staff in customer-service techniques and implemented a regular review process, decreasing customer complaints from 3 per week to 1 or less per week.

Accomplishment Statement 1

Accomplishment Statement 2

Note: Delete this section before handing in your completed template.

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Accomplishment Categories

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Saving Time:

· shortening a procedure

· optimizing a process

· establishing a new procedure

· investing in new technology

· retraining staff

· identifying inefficiencies

· changing a schedule

· recommending new systems

Saving Money:

· using supplies more effectively

· eliminating unneeded reports

· contracting with a new vendor

· reducing underperforming programs

· properly scheduling staff

· recruiting volunteers

· creating something from scratch

· finding cost-effective solutions

Making Money:

· increasing sales/profits/market share

· enlarging a market

· finding a new market

· expanding class offerings

· developing new services

· inventing something

· winning a grant

· enrolling new participants

· retaining clients/customers/students

· developing partnerships

· upselling customers

· extending contracts

Reducing Risk:

· meeting government requirements

· improving testing

· fixing a problem

· ensuring safety standards are met

· decreasing negative behaviors

· increasing positive behaviors

· protecting against a hazard

· developing policies

Improving Quality:

· upgrading a system or software

· updating a course

· facilitating employee training

· instating best practices

· implementing new procedures

Recognition:

· winning an award

· securing a promotion

· achieving a certification/degree

· boosting customer satisfaction

· improving employee engagement

· increasing teamwork

· reducing errors

· receiving positive feedback

· earning a bonus

· accepting a board position

Creating Positive Outcomes:

· implementing successful intervention

· teaching life skills

· observing behavioral change

· fostering therapeutic relationships

Part 3: Reflect on Your Experiences

1) How has reflecting on your goals, strengths, areas of growth, and accomplishments been valuable for you?

2) What are ways you can build in a regular practice of reflection?

3) In your current understanding of the 10 Skills, identify 1–2 skills that you believe have helped you reach the accomplishments listed in Part 2. Briefly explain how.

4) After practicing writing your accomplishments in a résumé-appropriate style, do you feel more confident in expressing your accomplishments to an employer? Briefly explain.

Week 4 Assignment Rubric

Week 4 Assignment: Reflecting on Your Goals, Skills, and Accomplishments.

Levels of Achievement

Criteria
Unacceptable
Below 60% F

Needs
Improvement
65% D

Satisfactory 75%
C

Competent 85%
B

Exemplary 100%
A

WRK100-A2-1
1. About Me:
Reflection on
Goals, Strengths,
and Areas of
Growth.

0.00 %

Does not
describe oneself
in terms of goals,
strengths, and
areas of growth.

65.00 %

Describes oneself
in terms of some
but not all of the
following: goals,
strengths, and
areas of growth.

75.00 %

Briefly describes
oneself in terms
of goals,
strengths, and
areas of growth.

85.00 %

Reflects on
oneself in terms
of goals,
strengths, and
areas of growth.

100.00 %

Thoughtfully
reflects on
oneself in terms
of goals,
strengths, and
areas of growth.

WRK100-A2-2
2.
Accomplishment
Statements.

0.00 %

Does not identify
accomplishments.

65.00 %

Identifies
accomplishments,
but fails to
describe them in
the directed
statement format.

75.00 %

Describes
accomplishments
in the directed
statement format,
but fails to
address some of
the following
components:
challenge, action,
result, and
details.

85.00 %

Describes
accomplishments
in the directed
statement format
by addressing
each of the
following
components:
challenge, action,
result, and
details.

100.00 %

Clearly describes
accomplishments
in the directed
statement format
by fully
addressing each
of the following
components:
challenge, action,
result, and
details.

WRK100-A2-3
3. Writes a
concise version
of
accomplishments.

0.00 %

Does not use the
resume example
format to write
accomplishments.

65.00 %

Uses the resume
example format to
write
accomplishments,
but does not
include all
elements.

75.00 %

Uses the resume
example format to
write
accomplishments,
but the language
is vague or
wordy.

85.00 %

Uses the resume
example format to
write
accomplishments.

100.00 %

Clearly and
concisely writes
accomplishments
using the resume
example format.

WRK100-A2-4
4. Reflection on
Your Experiences.

0.00 %

Does not reflect
on the
assignment
experience.

65.00 %

Explains the
assignment
experience with
little reflection.

75.00 %

Insufficiently
reflects on the
assignment
experience
and/or does not
identify practices
for the future.

85.00 %

Reflects on the
assignment
experience and
identifies
practices for the
future.

100.00 %

Thoughtfully
reflects on the
assignment
experience and
discusses
concrete
practices for the
future.

WRK100-A2-5
5. Connection
Between
Accomplishments
and 10 Skills.

0.00 %

Does not identify
skills that support
accomplishments.

65.00 %

Identifies skills
but fails to explain
how they support
accomplishments.

75.00 %

Identifies skills
but provides a
vague or unclear
explanation of
how they support
accomplishments.

85.00 %

Identifies skills
and provides an
explanation of
how they support
accomplishments.

100.00 %

Clearly articulates
the skills and their
role in reaching
the identified
accomplishments.

6. Write with
appropriate
grammar,
mechanics, and
spelling. 

0.00 %

Writing has an
abundance of
errors (11 or
more) in

65.00 %

Writing contains
many errors
(9–10) in
grammar,

75.00 %

Attempts to write
with appropriate
grammar,
mechanics, and

85.00 %

Writes with
appropriate
grammar,
mechanics, and

100.00 %

Writes with
appropriate
grammar,
mechanics, and

Name

Description

Rubric Detail

Weight
20.00%

Weight
20.00%

Weight
15.00%

Weight
20.00%

Weight
15.00%

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Levels of Achievement

Criteria
Unacceptable
Below 60% F

Needs
Improvement
65% D

Satisfactory 75%
C

Competent 85%
B

Exemplary 100%
A

grammar,
mechanics, and
spelling.

mechanics, and
spelling.

spelling, but
errors are
noticeable (6–8).

spelling. There
are few errors
(3-5).

spelling. There
are minimal
errors (0–2).

Weight
10.00%

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