What Are Your Occupational Goals? Have You Ever Thought

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What are your occupational goals? Have you ever thought about how you are going to achieve those goals? Did you create a documented strategy? I have, and I would like to take this opportunity to trace out my path to achieve that dream job. Since I was a young boy, I knew that I wanted to work with computers. I have always been able to adapt quickly to new technology and troubleshoot technical issues. The Information Technology (IT) field like so many others require a College degree, but that is not all it takes to achieve that dream job. You must also possess professional skills and strengths beyond your degree. In addition, to enjoy that dream job you must like who you work for. Planning my career can be summed up into three different …show more content…

Handling stress is another skill, not taught in school. Sure, getting that exam completed or having that essay turned in by Friday is stressful, but it is not like work stress. In the IT field malfunctions happen very fast, that server crashes, the wireless goes down, a user gets a virus. These are all high property issues, but I must maintain composure, and triage the issues. A stressed technician, is not a good technician. Employers are also conscious to attitudes and appearances. As a self-proclaimed nerd, I have developed that stereotypical nerd demeanor. IT’s are now at the forefront of business, not locked away in the basement as in the past. I must develop social skills, and dress accordingly. Again, none of which are taught in school. Lastly, I must choose my employer. To be truly pleased with my dream job, I must locate that dream employer. I will research that employer’s history, find out where they have been, where are they going, and how are they getting there. I will also look at company turnover, and history of legal issues. It is also important to research the benefits offered, like vacation, insurance, tuition reimbursement, and retirement. Benefit packages vary from one organization to another. It is important not to leave anything on the table when negotiation. The employer’s culture is also important to me, what are we doing, how are we doing it. If I

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