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When I first started to think about writing a paper for this assignment my initial thought was, “just get your thoughts onto paper and you can rearrange for flow, spelling, grammar, etc. This shouldn’t be too difficult”. About an hour later I realized three things: (1) I had never truly completed a meaningful self-analysis, (2) This was going to take quite a bit longer than I intended, and (3) Just how important clearly and thoroughly completing a self-analysis & career outlook is. I continued to struggle generating meaningful thoughts, let alone putting something on paper. After a long break I came back to the assignment and realized I was asking myself the wrong question. I was thinking of careers, positions and titles and then asking myself if I that would be something for me. Instead I should have been thinking about what I enjoy most and what motivates me and then trying to find a profession or position that fits me. In the writing that follows I will identify my “ideal jobs” 10-15 years down the road as well as the road I feel I must travel to obtain these positions and be successful in them. First I will explain a little about my reflection on my personal values and how they were developed.

During my youth, adolescence and young adult years family and close friends were far and away the most influential people in my life, likely not uncommon. However, the roles the two played seemed to be in reverse. Most of my core values were learned from close friends. While many of the “what not to do” lessons were learned from family. I was raised an only child by my mother. She was very strong and provided unconditional love. However she and other family members did not provide many core values that lead to success as a person. Core values such as integrity, responsibility and self-motivation were learned mainly from friends and their parents. Though these are the values I feel are necessary to be successful, I often wondered if I had only learned how to display them or if they were truly my core values. Essentially, was the display of these values intrinsically or extrinsically motivated? In the early part of my professional career I believe my work ethic and self-motivation was driven by the need to show others that I was or could be successful. As my professional career progressed I began to realize my source of motivation beginning to swing more internal. The addition of my wife and prospect of building a family reinforced the importance of the core values mentioned above. The moment my first child was born I realized that these core values were more than learned. They were actually mine.

When thinking about my ideal job I draw from these core values as well as prior work experiences and Career Test Report found on Careerplanner.com. Core values help to define my success, prior work experience provides a reference for achieving success, and the Career Test Report results provide, amongst other things, careers that appear to be a good match for me.

My ideal job will allow me to be self-motivated, display passion in my work, teach and learn from others, have work/life balance, and do all of this with integrity. Thus far in my professional career I feel I have only been successful with work/life balance and learning from others. My ability to teach and be truly self-motivated is lacking mainly due to an inadequate application of passion. I believe I have the necessary passion, I just haven’t found the ideal job to draw it out. My ideal job would be one where I can welcome challenges because the environment is conducive to coming up with solutions in a collaborative fashion. An environment where input is valued and encouraged even when it is in the minority. My ideal job would be one with rules and guidelines but not to the point where decisions cannot be made unless your boss, your boss’ boss and their boss are required to approve before a project can move to the next phase. Being more...
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