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Step 1: Draft your Long-Term Goals

Begin by reading page 8.3 in the webtext about SMART goals and long-term goal setting. Follow the directions on those pages to come up with two long-term goals for your own life – one related to your academic future and one for your career/professional future. Follow the SMART framework outlined in the webtext to make sure each goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely

Step 2: Create your Action Plans

Read pages 8.5-8.7 in the webtext to review a sample Action Plan and begin creating your own. Then go to the template for this assignment to begin filling in your two action plans using the chart provided. Delete the example provided there in red and fill it in with your own plan. You will need four short-term goals for each of your two long-term goals.

Your action plans should include at least one short-term goal that makes use of a resource on the Excelsior College Career Development  (Links to an external site.)website.

Step 3: Reflect

Below your action plans, reflect on this exercise and your next steps. Respond to the following questions in a few sentences each:

  • Do the short and long-term goals I’ve laid out here match my interests, abilities, and values?
  • What questions or concerns do I still have about my goals? How can I work with others to resolve my concen.
  • When I think about achieving these long-term goals, how do I feel?

WEBTEXT RESPONSE ATTACHED

[Delete the examples in Red and fill in your own work.]

Student Name

IND101 Module 8 Action Plan Template

1. My Academic Action Plan

My Long-Term Academic Goal: Complete my bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity at Excelsior College by 20XX with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Short-Term Goals for Achieving Long-Term Goal

Actions Required

Barriers or Constraints

Resources: Who or What Can Help Me

Target Date for Action

1. Plan out all of my remaining course requirements

Set up a phone call with my academic advisor to plan out my schedule and ask questions

I have limited time in my workday for phone calls, so I will need to schedule time to talk during a lunch break or call during extended advising hours.

My academic advisor John Doe

Within 1 month

2.

3.

4.

2. My Career/Professional Action Plan

My Long-Term Career/Professional Goal: Work in a Cybersecurity-related position at a company in the Chicago area

Short-Term Goals for Achieving Long-Term Goal

Actions Required

Barriers or Constraints

Resources: Who or What Can Help Me

Target Date for Action

1. Learn more about specific Cybersecurity-related careers

Explore resources online about Cybersecurity positions that require a bachelor’s degree and align to my skills and interests

There are many positions and subfields in Cybersecurity, I will need to narrow my focus based on my skills, interests, and degree level

The Excelsior Career Development resources in Phase 1 Discover and Phase 2 Explore

Within 1 month

2.

3.

4.

3. Reflection: [Each response should be several sentences]

Do the short and long-term goals I’ve laid out here match my interests, abilities, and values?

What questions or concerns do I still have about my goals? How can I work with others to resolve my concerns?

When I think about achieving these long-term goals, how do I feel?

How has my thinking about my academic and career/professional goals and plans changed during this Cornerstone course?