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Module 1 Professional Development

    
     Define personal career strengths and opportunities for improvement. •         List important career skills needed for a selected field. •         Identify the components of a career plan. •         Write a paper following the guidelines of academic writing and APA formatting.

Read:
 
•         Book 1: Chapter 1 - Career Directions
•         Book 4: Chapter 1 - Get Started
•         Book 3: Chapter 1 - Values, Goals, and Attitude

Should you stick to your career under all circumstances or should you significantly change your plan to accommodate varying situations? Explain your answer.  
•         Post your initial response to the discussion question no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT.  
•         You must respond to at least two of your classmates no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT.

Discussion

Matter of Faith
 
In 1970, Joe La Rotonda was a 19 year old about to get married. He was working at a hose manufacturing company in Rochester, New York as an inspector. He had graduated from high school and seemed to be facing a rather mundane future. He had no interests other than having a family, and the things that most other men he knew seemed to enjoy (sports, bar hopping, cars) meant nothing to him.  

Six months after getting married, the plant where he worked went out of business. Unruffled by the closing of the plant, he filed for unemployment insurance with the state. Things were fine until Joe and his wife learned that she was pregnant. Joe’s relatives were worried about the situation, but he just told them everything was under control. A few job opportunities came his way, but he ignored them to the concern of those who knew him. To the surprise of nearly everyone but Joe, he suddenly took a low-paying job with a small tank manufacturing company. Several of his earlier opportunities paid much more, but it was of no concern to him.

The Importance of Career Planning
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