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Evaluating career coherence

This Peer Assignment, will help you evaluate the "coherence" of your career. By coherence we mean the harmony between your chosen occupation(s), personal attributes and preferences, and career aims.

This assignment is intended to be commented by your peers so that you will be able gain feedback on your entries. Please appreciate the effort of your peers by giving structured, useful feedback.

Please respond to the following tasks:

Task 1: In 1-2 sentences, please describe your career so far. What degree have you gained; and what professional experience do you have?
- What is your career path type? (technical, project, leadership or entrepreneurial)

Task 2: In 1-2 sentences, please describe what tasks, events or subjects you have most enjoyed in your past work and studies, and why.

Task 3: From the following list of career aims, select the 2-3 most important to you:
- Maintain job stability and security to plan ahead
- Satisfy family expectations
- Quickly assume new responsibilities and earn a high salary
- Become independent and realise your unique lifestyle
- Grow your expertise and capabilities, earn respect
- Realise your passion, work for a sense of purpose
- Use your creativity and express yourself

Task 4: Imagine that you have decided to seek a new job. Having applied, an employer has invited you to a job interview.
a) Please describe the job you would have applied to.
b) The interviewer asks what your three most important personal strengths for that job are. What will you answer?
c) In which ways would you like to grow and develop in your new job?
d) How likely is this position to involve tasks or events that you named under task 2?
e) How likely is this position to allow you achieve the aims you selected in task 3?

Evaluating my career coherence

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Task 1: In 1-2 sentences, please describe your career so far. What degree have you gained; and what professional experience do you have?
- What is your career path type? (technical, project, leadership or entrepreneurial)

I am a bachelor in electronic engineer and a MBA&E. Before my master study, I worked in a pure technical engineering tasks (Failure analysis in semiconductors) and gradually learning more generic skills such as technical career development, process improvement and project management.
I want to develop a Leadership/Entrepreneurial career.

Task 2: In 1-2 sentences, please describe what tasks, events or subjects you have most enjoyed in your past work and studies, and why.

I enjoy working in analytical tasks that involves understanding concepts and playing with numbers, i just find them fun and challenging.
I enjoyed projects in which I (or we) needed to improve something, I liked it because everything can be improved however one needs to balance at what cost. I enjoyed the subjects of finance and strategy, because you understand better the big picture and how it influences (virtually) everything.
I like to work with people because you learn a lot from them.

Task 3: From the following list of career aims, select the 2-3 most important to you:

  • Grow your expertise and capabilities, earn respect
  • Quickly assume new responsibilities and earn a high salary
  • Satisfy family expectations (family is important!)

Task 4: Imagine that you have decided to seek a new job. Having applied, an employer has invited you to a job interview.

a) Please describe the job you would have applied to.

A job in which I can work with numbers and data in order to solve problems and improve something or help take decisions. Finally, a job in which I can learn different things from different areas.

b) The interviewer asks what your three most important personal strengths for that job are. What will you answer?

  • analytical thinking
  • teamwork skills
  • responsible

c) In which ways would you like to grow and develop in your new job?

I would like a job that provides increasing job responsibilities and that one can move up "fast" the career ladder.

d) How likely is this position to involve tasks or events that you named under task 2?
Hopefully very likely.
e) How likely is this position to allow you achieve the aims you selected in task 3?
Very likely

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