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Career Interest
Eric Franklin
Gen 300 skills to for professional growth
Curt Crandall
February 20, 2006

Deciding on a career has been a challenge. My first career interest was to be a physical therapist. As a child I would look at my mother-nursing textbook was intrigued by the muscular and skeletal systems The most intriguing part was how muscles, tendons, and ligaments all work to attach themselves to our skeletal system to create motion. My second career interesteas in mass communications. After only one semester I realized that I had no real desire to pursue a career in this field. The around the same time I was offered a promotion as the evening manager at my part-time job. I quickly change my major to business administration In hopes of becoming a hotel G. M. and completed my associates degree in business administration, but found that Hospitality industry was not a suitable career choice. All this time I was overlooking the one interest that had been present from the beginning. My career interest is information technology, specifically Network administration.

At the age of 10 I had a huge interest and computers. I can remember getting my first computer. It was an Apple IIc. There was a game that I enjoyed playing on it, Wheel of Fortune, and one day as I went to insert the floppy disk and there was something preventing the computer from accepting the disk. I retrieved a screwdriver and proceeded to dismantle the computer. My mother walked in on me and was very up set about seeing the computer and it parts scattered about the floor. I assured her that I would have everything back together in no time. She stood over me and watched as I continued to look for the problem. I spotted the problem corrected it and put everything back together. From this point on I had more of an interest on how this machine works vs. just paying video games on it.

It was not until my senior in year high school that I was reintroduced computers. By this time, my old Apple IIc was a relic. My father purchased Packard-Bell that year for Christmas. This computer was way more advanced than the little Apple that I previously owned. I offered to set the computer up. Usually, I would just start plugging in cords and connecting what ever needed to be connected. But this time, I read all the directions before I started. At the time we had everything a printer, fax machine, and scanner. The scanner is till this day is still wanting to be installed. Then, I installed the software and drivers. I was so into this small task that I consider for the moment this being a career option. I shook of the consideration because I had made up my mind to major in physical therapy. A few months passed and the modem stopped working. We received a new one by mail and I was eager to get the device installed. I opened up the computer and was totally intrigued by all the separate parts connecting to make on unit. I look up all the parts, and definition for those parts to try to get a better understanding of how the whole system worked. I was so inclined that I was able to impress my father, who is a self-proclaimed computer expert, with my new acquired knowledge. Although, I was very interesting computers and IT: I never gave it a second thought as career in computers.

When I first decided to go to college I had no idea that I would change my major four times. My aspiration was to be a radio DJ or host my own radio talk show. As children, some friends and I would listento a local DJ named Doctor Jockenstine (Jock). He hosted a radio program called the Roll Call Show. Listeners would call in and Jock went through a spill of asking their name, zodiac sign, school attended, and favorite teacher. Then, he would let them do a freestyle rap to the music. I entered college knowing that I was going to complete my degree in mass communications. I went on a tour of the campus radio station with the department chair and few other mass communications students....
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