Past, Present, Future

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Abstract This past, present and future paper will reflect on my personal and professional growth during the time frame that I was a student at the University of Phoenix. One of the themes that are explored in this paper is that education is a lifetime pursuit. Another theme is what I am taking away from the institution now that I have completed my course of study. Finally the paper sets future career and personal goals to continue my lifetime of learning. Past Present and Future Past I have always valued education, and have a great yearning for knowledge. Prior to attending the University of Phoenix I had attended Oral Roberts University, majoring in Management Information Systems, for three years. My studies at Oral Roberts…show more content…
My written work has gotten better and I have sharpened some of my information retrieval and utilization skills. The two general education courses taken during my course of study that have had the greatest impact on my current and potential employment are Skills for Professional Development and Critical Thinking and Computer Logic. I chose these courses because that helped to develop skills and tactics that will help me to be a better employee to future employers as well helped me develop personally as well. I chose the Skills for Professional Learning class because it taught the concepts of team learning and team problem solving. The most important thing that I learned in this course is what is referred to as the 4P Meeting Management Model by the authors of the book Tools for Teams. This model teaches that a successful team meeting consists of a defined purpose, the right participants, a plan and a defined process. I chose the Critical Thinking class because it was the first class I ever had that really defined and elaborated on what critical thinking is. Critical thinking is the subconscious process that we go through to solve problems, we can however teach ourselves to be better critical thinkers. In Keys to Success the authors basically say that critical thinking deals with “asking questions, considering without judgment as many response as you can, and choosing responses that are as complete and accurate as possible”. The two

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