Coach Jackson/Ms. Kuykendall/Mrs. Kirby
SENIOR EXIT PORTFOLIO COMPONET 1 PART 2
The 5-Step Personal Essay
Writing Guide: “Future Career”
Writing about your future career is an excellent way to show colleges and scholarship organizations how you will use your education. College is not your final destination, but a springboard that will help you reach larger goals in life. Colleges and scholarship organizations do not expect you to be 100% certain about your future job. Don’t be afraid to aim high and write about your dream job. STEP 1: Brainstorm Your Future Career
You don’t need to be absolutely certain about your career choice. You’re going to write about your dream job and there’s no limit to what this could be. Answer these questions to help you decide what to put in your essay:
1. What is your dream job? _______________________________________________________ 2. What attracts you to this job? ___________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 3. How did you first get interested in this type of work? Did someone in this career inspire you? How? ________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 4. What do you hope to accomplish in this career? _____________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 5. Have you prepared yourself for this career in any way? (e.g., talked to someone in the fi eld, read a book about what it’s like to have such a career, or tried out a workshop or class?) _______ _____________________________________________________________________________ 6. What will you do in college to help prepare you for this career? (You might list a major, classes or activities you’ll pursue.) ________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 7. Have you had any experiences that have helped you learn about this career? (e.g., summer job, internship, job shadowing, etc.) _________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Which of the above questions was the easiest to answer?
______________________________________________________________________ Which question gets you started on the best stories you can tell? ______________________________________________________________________ Choose one to two main points to use in STEP 2 of this worksheet. Also, weave in some of your other great answers and stories into your essay in STEP 3.
STEP 2: Uncover Your Main Point
Your essay needs to have a strong main point. You need to tell your reader, “THIS is what I’m going to tell you about.” Here are four examples of how to start your essay with a strong main point:
My dream is to become a civil engineer. Ever since I was a child with a Lego set, I have enjoyed building things. Engineering would let me express my love for creating things, and allow me to apply my science and math skills.
In the future, I would like to become a teacher. Teaching seems like the perfect match for me because I enjoy working with children and teaching them new skills. Also, my own teachers have played an important role in my life and I hope to do the same for other students in the future.
I want to become a chef just like Sam Choy. To me, cooking is very creative and although it can look easy from the outside, it is often very diffi cult to do well. Plus, I love to eat! Although I’m not sure what job I will have, I do know that it will be in the fi eld of medicine. I have learned a lot about nursing from my aunt, who has inspired me to consider a career in medicine.
What will be one or two main points of YOUR essay?...
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