I begin before the beginning. A paper must be written and papers always need to be introduced before they really begin. The first few paragraphs exist only to set up the real beginning where all the ideas that must be conveyed exist. The introduction is like the bread that presents the sandwich. Without an introduction this paper would be too messy; the meat of the sandwich would get all over the place. As I look down at all my sociology notes taken throughout the year, I familiarize the topic to myself once again. My mind thinks out-loud: I must write about my future career and the inevitable problems I will face; I must discover some of the unintentional consequences and relate them to what I have learned over the semester. As I ponder this topic, I soon realize that it may be more difficult than I expected. You see, I have no clue what type of sandwich I want; maybe a turkey and cheese, or a BLT, or maybe just a traditional. I'm in my second year at UH and have still not declared a major nor due I have any idea of an intended major, so how am I going to write a paper about my future career. I can barely look toward the future within college much less after college. I understand that no one really knows for sure what they will be doing in their future career. If they did end up perfectly in the career they had planned on submitting themselves to, I believe that they were too close-minded. They probably did not consider the twists and the problems that society gave them on their way. The last sentence that I just wrote caused me to realize that maybe I'm missing the idea of the paper. This...
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"Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." –Confucius At thirty-two, I came at Chubb to gain the skill sets I needed to move forward in my career. About a year ago, like many Americans, I found myself "downsized" out of a job. After recovering from the shock, I decided that this otherwise unfortunate turn of events would present an excellent opportunity to pursue my passion for IT. I already have a Bachelor of Arts in English from Emory University, so I really was not looking for another Bachelor's degree. I needed job specific skills that would make me employable; skills that would help me advance to the next level. My positions to date are describable as functional with technical overtones. I found that I currently occupy a middle ground between functional user and application analyst. Yet, I discovered upon interviewing for technical positions, many employers wanted experience I didn't have. I have always been computer savvy, but did not have the professional training I needed. A decision to "do what I love" entailed returning to school. I chose Chubb Institute because of their excellent reputation in the IT training industry. Chubb offers many advantages: immersion-style training in a true-to-life working environment, industry case studies and instructors recruited from the IT industry who offer invaluable career support and advice. Chubb's newly developed Database Administration Program seemed to be the best choice to fill in my resume gaps. Databases and database applications have always fascinated me. For years I have worked on Oracle platform applications and had a firm grasp of the tenets and rules that govern databases. Additionally, I have always enjoyed troubleshooting and problem solving. My job responsibilities often expand to encompass being the unofficial helpdesk/application support person for my colleagues. I thoroughly...
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From the beginning of a child's life parents always dream of what their kids will grow up and be. Every parent's dream is for their kid to be very successful and make a good living. Many parents dream of their kids being very rich. Lawyers and accountants make the money parents dream of their kids making. A lawyer as well as an accountant make the big bucks everyone dreams of making. These are two great careers one should explore when thinking about a lifetime job. These two careers are both good choices, but they have their differences. Among these differences are their salaries, education requirements, and skill requirements. Lawyers and accountants both make great money, but their income can differ. The amount of money one earns depends on several factors. Most accountants coming out of college with a bachelor's degree earn between $23,000 and $35,000 a year. Senior accounts can earn up to $50,000 a year. Owners and partners of firm can earn $100,000+ a year. These opportunities are rare, but can be reached. An accountant with a major earns considerably more than one with just a bachelor's degree. A CPA makes more money than all the rest of accountants. Lawyers can make even more money than accountants. Lawyers starting in salaried positions earn an average of $37,000 a year. Starting salaries with the federal government are about $29,200 to $36,000 depending upon their education level and specialization. An experienced lawyer in a private practice earns an average of $115,000 a year, as compared to an experienced lawyer working for the government who earns about $68,000 a year. The potential money is enough to make anyone want to be a lawyer or accountant. But, before making the big bucks, one must first obtain a degree. College is a must for an accountant...
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The world of today is not the same as the one of the yesterday – nor will it be the same tomorrow. In the field of intense competition, globalisation compels managers to make decisions in the shadow of uncertainty. There is a statement that says, "A good improvisation is a result of well orchestrated rehearsal." It is related to the experience and proper training that enable managers to act adequately in risky situations. To me the MBA is exchange of experience, acquisition of language skills, gaining knowledge of foreign trade, tax laws, accounting standards and last but not least practical skills. All of which are necessary to effectively merge with the global business environment. My ultimate career aspiration is to become a successful executive in a global company playing a leading role in customer focused marketing, driving revenue and profit. This goal has been shaped and grounded by the diverse marketing assignments I have benefited from in marketing research, customer related management, and market intelligence at Imperial Tobacco International Limited. My current position at the World Bank Sofia Office gives me the opportunity to meet people, who are true leaders. While working with them, they demonstrate a superior combination of leadership, managerial , and communication skills. As a result of this, I have learned valuable lessons about the importance of team working, interpersonal effectiveness, personal integrity . I am convinced that the MBA program will be the milestone in my career and will let me set high standards for myself and others. I am eager to meet this challenge! In five years I would like to do the brand management for a big domestic company. In ten years, brand marketing for an international company. Attending the Master of Business Administration program will smooth the path to my goal. I do believe that...
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Everyone should have goals when they are striving to achieve a specific task. A good example of when goals are important to have is when people attend college. Therefore, I have developed three goals that I consider important in achieving during my time here at the University of Phoenix. First is the goal of meeting other people that have the same careers that I do. Secondly, I would like to diversify myself using education, thus making me a better rounded individual. Third, and finally, I would like to receive my Bachelors in Science with a degree in Criminal Justice. With the goals that I have listed, I feel that it will benefit my career and educate me further in the criminal justice field. Firstly, my goal of meeting other people that have the same career interests as I do or have already been in the police field. In order to achieve this target, I am going to talk to other individuals that have already worked for a police agency. Also, if they are willing to talk to me about past experiences they can give me tips and other information that they have learned and are willing to help other people learn from their mistakes. Furthermore they will be able to give me ideas regarding what it will take for me to get my foot in the door in the Criminal Justice field. I feel that I will not have a problem talking to people that already work in the field because I have learned that people in the police force are friendly and are willing to help others because assisting others is what this career entails. For that reason, meeting others that have the same career ambitions as I do makes this goal an extremely important one. My second goal of becoming...
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I've been scarred and battered. My hopes the wind done scattered. Snow has friz me, sun has baked me. Looks like between 'em They done tried to make me Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'-- But I don't care! I'm still here! -Langston Hughes (1902-1967) Hughes, in his poem "Still Here" (1902-1967), describes a prime example of what it might have felt like to be a slave. In the 1800's, blacks had to go through numerous difficult times which included strenuous labor followed by horrendous abuse, emotional as well as physical. Nevertheless, a few slaves were able to persevere and escape from these detestable occurrences and flee north to freedom. Frederick Douglass is one particular individual who did just that and then started his career as an abolitionist orator. However, before he became this distinguished man, he had to reach a turning point in his life which gave him the strength and courage to begin again and reembark on his journey towards his independence. In his book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), Frederick Douglass explains the periods in his life when he really felt like a slave and the things that let him know he could and would be a man one day. He speaks of the different slave masters who tried to control him and the beatings and brutal treatments he received from them. Furthermore, Douglass also reveals the ideas, actions, and thoughts from others as well as himself that make him want to strive for his liberty. Although at different times in his life he just wanted to give up, he pushed on and accomplished monumental things. Unfortunately, Douglass was a black person born into slavery in the south, and his situation was something that he would have to deal and live with. Countless times in his life, he really identified himself with the fact...
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As a new student of the University of Phoenix, I have recently taken the opportunity to reflect upon my past life and professional experiences, examine my strengths and weaknesses and contemplate my priorities in both my career and personal life. Doing so has prompted me to set goals and objectives not only for educational experience, but also for my career and personal life. A broad view of these goals include improving my communication and presentation skills, earning my degree, using it to my advantage, building my self confidence and making my family proud. I am excited about expanding my knowledge and marketability by earning the credentials so many employers now require of their candidates. In the past, and even in some present situations, I find myself very self conscious about my qualifications. In my present career, I am occasionally required to meet with high level business executives. My role is a consultative one intended to provide tailored solutions to a diverse client base. I present materials, products and services in order to help my customers better manage their business. Improving not only my credentials, but also my presentation and communication skills is crucial to achieving success in my field. In addition to achieving success in my career, being a role model to my family is also of high importance to me. My view is that if I can accomplish this new endeavor at thirty-four years of age, while working full time and being a loving and involved wife, mother and step-parent; there is no obstacle that my children cannot overcome. They have their lives laid out in front of them, and they are filled with choices and opportunities. I want them to make wise choices and take advantage of the opportunities that come their way while they are still young and free of...
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Abstract What a life? The only question that fills my mind with uncertainty is that of who I am. This life leaves no time for family and true romance. It involves all effort and time. If education should get in the way, it too would have to be sacrificed. One thing is for sure though, no matter what it takes, I will achieve my goals with the help of my friends and family. Everyone has expectations of what their life will consist of in the future. My career is very important to me. I hope to set my occupational and educational goals and not have to ever look back or start over. My job is something that I want to strive for and put all my time and energy into. I would hate to begin an occupation and then five years down the road decide that it's not right for me. I approach life now, after a year has gone by, with a new outlook. There is a time and place in life for everything. As I recollect all that has occurred this year I think of the many changes that I, as a person have undergone. I realize that I don't have to choose between things in life. If I want something bad enough, I will get it. This year I was able to decide what I want to be and who I am. There are major points that are essential to my career and me. Academically, I will continue to strive to put forth all of my effort into my classes. I will challenge myself, and work hard at what does not come easy. My goal is to do the best I can and to have fun as I do it. I will focus more on my career decisions than my instincts...
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Censorship by definition is the prohibiting of words, images or ideas that are "offensive" to others. I feel that the laws governing film censorship should be more versatile. The teenagers of today are becoming more mature and adult-like at an earlier age. They are taught about the dangers of sex as well as drugs in Enrichment or in Personal and Social Education (P.S.E) and know more about certain subjects than adults today would have known when they were younger. I feel therefore it is ridiculous not to allow them to see films containing sex, drugs and violence on TV or at the cinema, until they are 18. In my opinion teenagers today are clearly mature enough to see these films at the age of 16, which is when they are able to finish their secondary education. At this stage they will have been taught everything they need to know. My main argument is that I feel that the laws on the classification of films are outdated. I believe that the 18 certificate and the 15 certificate should be abolished and replaced by a 16 certificate. This means that they will be able to see the films that they are (in my opinion) mature enough to see. My main argument is that I feel the laws surrounding film classification are outdated. Censorship by definition is the prohibiting of words, images or ideas that are "offensive" to others. I feel that the laws governing film censorship should be more versatile. The teenagers of today are becoming more mature and adult-like at an earlier age. They are taught about the dangers of sex as well as drugs in Enrichment or in Personal and Social Education (P.S.E) and know more about certain subjects than adults today would have known when they were younger. I feel therefore it...
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Whenever I recall my vacation up to my grandpa's house boat, I remember all the happy childhood memories that we shared together. During the summer, after my last year of elementary school, my family and I decided to go on a vacation to visit my grandparents, who live on a houseboat in Stockton, CA. This was my first trip further than 100 miles from home. I was very excited and I was sure I was going to come home with new experiences and stories to share. We woke up almost every morning before dawn to get our gear and tackle box ready to go for a long day of fishing. I remember my grandpa telling me that if you go out to the lake early the fish will bite because they haven't had anything to fill their bellies with. We would head to the bait store, right down the street, and buy some fresh bait. We would get some earthworms and some pieces of cut up fish. I remember looking at the worms and seeing them wriggle around, felling bad that they were going to be hooked and eaten by a huge monster and they could do nothing about it, but that did not stop me from stabbing those suckers with the hook once the time came. The cut up fish that we purchased were mackerel, which was used for luring in the big fish. As we would head out to the lake I remember always working the fish finder. I didn't really know how to use it but the screen would have pictures of fish on it, and when it did it was supposed to mean that there were fish underneath the boat. I would always shout out loud and get excited when the fish appeared on the screen. There...
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