I have many goals in mind for my life. I want to graduate university, possibly go to graduate school, and obtain a career in which I am happy and satisfied. Yes, I know this sounds very cliché as many people want to obtain this kind of life. I don’t mind obtaining a “normal” happy life as long as I am happy with it. I am familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and I want to make sure I fulfill my lower needs before I start trying to achieve my goals. I have never actually applied the GIOADA process to my decision making in the past. After reading the document that describes the GIOADA process, I will start applying this process to future decisions I make in life. Also, as I look back at some of the big decisions I made previously, I wish I applied the GIOADA process in making these decisions. That would have allowed me to more strongly analyze all the processes of the decision making.
My goal in life right now is a choice between two very different careers. The careers I have in mind are being a Foreign Service officer or being a software engineer. I know in my career paper I indicated a preference towards becoming a Foreign Service officer, particularly one involved in economic affairs, as it fits my major better. However, I’ve always held an interest in computer and software design and programming and my interests would also be served by becoming a software engineer. My goal is to find the career that suits me better than the other career and strive to achieve that career. Right now, I am still working on best aligning my interests towards my desired career. As described in my career readiness paper, A Foreign Service Officer (FSO) is a commissioned member of the United States Foreign Service. As Diplomats, Foreign Service Officers formulate and implement the foreign policy of the United States. FSOs spend most of their careers overseas as members of U.S. embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions, though some receive assignments to...
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