Progress Report Of My Educational and Career Goals
Length: 1400 words (4 double-spaced pages)
I am writing to bring you up to date on the progress that I have made on my educational goals, career goals, goals completed, goals in progress, fie year goals and action steps, ten year goals and actions steps, and potential obstacles to achieving goals. I am confident you will find the results of the report useful for evaluating the progress of my educational and career goals.
Educational Goals: Education is extremely important part of my past, present, and future goals. I currently hold an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design Media. I have found that an A.A.S Degree does not go as far al I originally intended in the Rochester, MN area and furthering my education will be a necessity for my future career goals. Over the past 2 years I have been working on my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the Minnesota School of Business Rochester campus. I am currently a senior with 3 quarters left before a spring graduation. After a June graduation, I plan on taking a summer quarter break. After summer break I will either continue on at MSB for my Masters in Business Administration with a Minor in Marketing or transferring the University of Minnesota for my Masters in Adult Education. After my Masters Degree is complete I will decide at that time if I wish to continue on and achieve my Ph.D.
Career Goals: I have narrowed in on three main career goals to complete at this time. First, I plan on staying at my current job at the Mayo Clinic as a QA Publication Specialist until my above educational goals are complete. It is important for me to stay with my current employer throughout my educational goals since my employer offers tuition reimbursement. This reimbursement is offered to every employee on a yearly basis. However, if one year of service is not completed after a reimbursement then all reimbursement money provided will need to be paid back in full. The tuition reimbursement covers about one quarter a year of my current education.
Second, after my educational are completed I will focus of finding a job where I can advance into business management and gain the necessary experience required to become a college professor in the business area. I would like to stay with my current employer, but transfer to another higher paying position that will give me the skills and experience that will be give me advancement opportunities.
Finally, after necessary on the job experience is completed I will find my dream job as a college professor at the University of Minnesota Rochester Campus. I will teach undergraduate general business or introductory marketing classes.
Goals Completed: The following goals have already been completed:
• Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design Media
• Employed with the Mayo Clinic
I have already completed my first goal by getting an A.A.S Degree in Graphic Design Media. My A.A.S Degree was the first step in my education goals and has been essential in getting hired for my job at the Mayo Clinic. Without completing this goal I would not have the current job I have or as far along in my B.S. program.
The second goal completed is staying with my current employer at the Mayo Clinic. I have been working hard at this job and have made great contacts in the industry that will help me with future goals.
Goals in Progress: I have one main goal in progress at this time, which is to complete my Bachelors in Business Administration. I have been working hard at achieving this goal and hope to finish in June of 2009. Classes yet to be taken to complete this goal, according to MSB College, are Finance, Human Resource Management, Leadership & Management, Investments, Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Consumer Behavior, and Capstone: Business Administration.
Five year Goals and Action Steps: In the next five years I plan on focusing on my education as follows:
1. Finish my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration
2. Finish my Masters is Business Administration or Masters in Adult Education
3. Enrolling and attending a Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota
The main actions step that will be necessary to complete these goals would be to stay in school and not give up no matter how difficult it will become. It will be necessary to rely on my family to help me in the progression as well.
10 Year Goals and Action Steps: In the next 10 years I plan to:
1. Finish my education by achieving by B.S. Degree in Business Administration, MBA in Adult Education, and Ph.D. in Adult Education
2. Get related on the job experience through various positions at the Mayo Clinic
3. Find a job at the University of Minnesota as college professor for undergraduate studies of business and introductory marketing
The action steps to my 10 years goals are very broad and can take on many different paths at this point. The main action step that I will need to do to achieve my 10 year goals is to put as much energy into school and work as I possibly can. I believe the harder I work at these goals the closer they are to me reaching them.
Potential Obstacles to Achieving Goals: One of the main obstacles I have found in achieving my goals is balancing school, work and family life. I am married and have a 3 year old little boy. I would like to have another child in the future as well. It will be a challenge to have another child and continue on with all the goals I have put forth. In the past I have found it extremely difficult to balance all of these things at once with just one child. Luckily, with my families help, I have been able to keep pace with all of these things. As my work toward achieving my goals I will have to rely on my family even more to get through it all successfully.
Another potential obstacle I will run across is money to pay for all the schooling I need and finding a way to pay it all off. School is extremely expensive and due to the current economic state it is difficult to get loans. I will have to find a way to pay for my schooling and pay back what I already owe. According to Annys Shin, Ylan Mui, and Nancy Trejos of the Whashington Post, “student borrowers are limited as to the amount of federal loans they can take out. And family grant money are, for most people, a finite resource. That’s where private loans come in”. However, private loans can be very difficult to achieve due to the current state of the economy. Undergraduate loans are easier to get, but once in graduate programs with more in loans already taken out, it can become difficult. It is even more difficult to find the extra money to pay in cash for the extra expensed that the federal loans do not pay.
The final obstacle to achieving my goals is family and personal time. It gets harder each day to find more time for my family and for myself. In order for me to reach all of my goals I know that I will need to keep up with family time and reward myself once in a while with personal time. Without these things the chances of my continuing and fulfilling my goals with deteriorate. According to the article, Moms Going Back to College by Stacy BeBroff, 2.3 million women 30 or older are now attending college.
Conclusion: In conclusion I have provided exact information for the progress that I have made on my educational goals, career goals, goals completed, goals in progress, fie year goals and action steps, ten year goals and actions steps, and potential obstacles to achieving goals. I look forward to expressing my educational and career goals with you in person.
DeBroff, S. Moms Going Back to College. Mom Central. Retrieved September 14, 2008, from http://www.momcentral.com/Home/moms-going-back-to-college.html
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Shin, A., Mui, Y. Q. & Trejos, N. (2006, October 25). Getting Schooled on Student Loans. washintonpost.com. Retrieved September 14, 2008, from