Gen/480 Personal Growth and Development

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Personal Growth and Development

In August of 2007 I decide to further my education and attend classes at the University of Phoenix. I was in customer service as a bartender and waitress and have three children. I had my children young but knew I had the potential to improve the quality of my life and apply personal experience in my field of interest. Since personal experience was not enough, I knew I had to get the credentials to pay forward.

I made it my goal to set an example for my children and to personally achieve goals that I knew I was more than capable of reaching. As a youth I went through the Juvenile Justice System. I spent a total of 1 year in the Juvenile Department of Corrections and I was detained ten times in the Juvenile Detention Center. I enjoyed many of my stays due to the structure and my personal growth. I always said I would come back and impact other youth. I knew if I could do it, so can others. I am now an employee of the Juvenile Probation Division as a Youth Intake Officer in the processing center and will be going full time in December as a Juvenile Probation Officer.

My personal growth has developed rapidly. With the tools I have acquired through coursework along with my professional opportunities I have obtained since earning an Associate’s degree, I am able to match my personal experience with my professional requirements. I am also a college graduate and personally and professionally, this has impacted the way I think, feel and has made me become more marketable.  

Professional Competence

Before attending course at the University of Phoenix, my competence in problem solving, written and oral skills were good. I worked in customer service and gained a great deal of knowledge of communication. The main skills I learned in relation to communication were computer skills. I had never copied and pasted, attached a file or owned a computer. I bought a computer when I saw a commercial for online college. Without the experience I have had completing a degree online, I would not be as computer literate and proficient in completing tasks at work. Since we are 90% paperless at work, I would be lost without these important computer skills.

Career Goals

My career goals are to work as a Juvenile Probation Officer and eventually run a youth program when I complete a Masters program in Public Administration. I would like to directly impact the lives of others through pro-social programming. I have several ideas that I am putting together with a Title I educator, but have yet to put together a concrete plan. I took a Grant and Proposal writing class that helped me decide that I want to earn a MPA.

I am very fortunate that I had the opportunity to get my foot in the door prior to earning a Bachelor’s degree at my current job. It is very hard to get into this department due to a hiring freeze in our county due to budget issues. This has helped my career goals go into effect prior to earning my degree.  

Growth Experienced During Program of Study

It feels good to say that I have a degree! Earning an Associate’s degree was a very proud moment. Attending graduation and walking across the stage for the Bachelor’s program had a huge effect on me! I have confidence that I needed to keep me motivated and it allows me to teach my children not to ever give up.

I have grown as a writer, researcher and thinker since I began the program in 2007. I have developed the ability to think out of the box, help others,, effectively communicate in a heated discussion, work with others and learn more about the business side of the human services field. I once believed that being a good human services worker was just being naturally caring, passionate and helpful. Now I realize the blood, sweat and tears that go into running an agency or organization. There are many factors that go into reaching out to the community, and funding is a major key. I have learned to...
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