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Career strategy: Professional Objectives Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


importance and value of performing self-a­sse­ssments of your interp­ersonal behaviors and charac­ter­istics, management and leadership style as well as identi­fying your profes­sional operat­ional and technical skills. Without question a realistic and self-aware approach to these is of tremendous value in everything from resume and personal brand develo­pment to interviews and successful onboarding in a new role.

Profes­ional Objectives

What kind of role would be the ideal job at this point in your career? Job titles can be helpful; however, due to the wide range used in the security profes­sion, it is better to focus on describing and rank-o­rdering the work and any related activities that really interest you.
What are five specific objectives you want to see in a possible job?
What are your long-term career object­ives? This will depend on what point you are currently at in your career and should target clearly listed goals for five, 10 and 15 years out.
What adverse factors or possible barriers are there to attaining these object­ives? Be honest and list anything you feel would get in the way of your career. Is there anything you can do to correct or overcome these issues?

Personal Values

Consider and rank or prioritize those areas that are important in your career choices:
Life Style: Unifying areas such as career, family, hobbies and personal interests.
Power: Contro­lling things around you; impacting the organi­zation.
Indepe­ndence and Autonomy: Being able to operate indepe­ndently with few rules or restri­ctions.
Leadership and Manage­ment: Leading and managing others and owning the respon­sib­ility for the results.
Technical Expertise: Developing a strong set of skills within a specific area or function.
Service: Contri­buting to the beneficial welfare of others through worthwhile causes.
Friend­ship: Mainta­ining important relati­onship and being liked by others.
Securi­ty:** Having stability and predic­tab­ility; not having worries regarding your future financ­ially.
Challe­nge:** Desire to take on tough problems within your chosen field of endeavor.
Wealth:** Accumu­lating larger the average amounts of money beyond what is needed.

Writing SMART Learning Objectives

To be useful, learning objectives should be SMART:

Learning objectives focus your learning on specific areas and can help you maximize your time spent in an intern­ship. Further, discussing your learning goals with your supervisor helps to ensure that you will spend your time produc­tively during the internship and that all parties involved are aware of the learning you are trying to achieve.

What are learning object­ives?

Learning objectives can fall into the following catego­ries:
Knowledge or Skills Acquis­ition: Knowledge or skills you hope to acquire during the internship
such as learning to use approp­riate proced­ures, equipment, or methods.
Person­al/­Pro­fes­sional: Skills you hope to apply or cultivate such as self-c­onf­idence, interp­ersonal skills, working effect­ively with others, profes­sional meetin­g/e­mai­l/t­ele­phone etiquette, networ­king, written commun­ica­tion, relati­onships with superv­isors, time manage­ment, organi­zation, decision making, etc.
Career Knowledge: Gaining new inform­ation regarding the company, the industry, or job duties.
Other: Depending on the intern­ship, there may be additional categories of learning object­ives. Consider your field of choice and the critical knowle­dge­/skills you would like to obtain.

Steps to writing learning objectives

For each objective, answer the following three questions:
What do you want to accomp­lish?
How are you going to accomplish it? (What steps will you take to accomplish your objective?
What activities will you do?
How will you acquire the learning?
Under what conditions will the learning occur?)
How you will measure your objective?
(What evidence will you have to demons­trate that learning has taken place?
What criteria will be used to evaluate your evidence?
Who will do the evalua­tion?)