Measuring Your Progress
"A goal well-set is half achieved." - Abraham Lincoln
MODULE: Goal Setting
Lesson: Measuring your Progress
POWER OBJECTIVE #4: Develop an increased level of self-efficacy and solving real-world problems through thinking creatively and critically. (INTERN.4)
INTERN.4.a Demonstrate the ability to organize information as related to the new environment/workplace through their focused observations.
INTERN.4.b Creatively think and design the steps needed to solve problems related to personal growth and the new situations in their workplace. (Derived from the New York Career Development and Occupational Studies, Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies at Three Levels.)
INTERN.4.c Solve problems that call for applying academic knowledge and skills to learn a specific workplace competency.
POWER OBJECTIVE #5: Learn and implement effective professional attitudes and behaviors. (INTERN.5)
INTERN.5.a Engage in professional workplace expectations, including, but not limited to: organizational culture, time-management, appropriate dress, and professional relationship boundaries.
INTERN.5.b Display professional communication through written, verbal, and non-verbal means in professional settings.
INTERN.5.c Arrive on time as scheduled to each appointment with mentor/business partner.
INTERN.5.d Successfully completes x2vol each week submitting hours to mentor prior verifying attendance.
POWER OBJECTIVE #6: Establish appropriate work place relationships with others through professional collaborative efforts while at the internships. (INTERN.6)
INTERN.6.a Recognize potential contacts who positively enhance one’s professional network.
INTERN.6.b Cultivate relationships with contacts through timely communications, a professional demeanor, and meaningful reciprocity.
It makes no sense to write goals that you don't go back to and measure your progress. Goal need to be adjusted at times or reconsidered. Sometimes a goal is achieved well before you expected it to be or you realize that the goal is actually not achievable and it needs to be rewritten. You will monitor yourself weekly throughout your internship to ensure that you are always focused on your goals and making progress week to week.
Through Vlogging you will communicate with yourself and your teacher about your progress. You will refer to your goals throughout the semester on Thursdays during our classtime. You will record a 2 minute video using your chromebook or phone about your progress on each goal. If you are not currently working on a goal that is fine just say why and provide a detailed reflection about the goals you are currently addressing. I am listening for evidence of progress and thoughtful reflection. Here are some ideas for your reflection and self assessment...
1. Tell me what your experience has been like so far. What are your impressions of the company, it's culture, the people you work with so far?
2. Tell me about your mentor.
3. Tell me about what you do on a typical day.
4. What are your goals? How are you progressing with your goals? Any projects underway? If you are observing, what are you noticing? How are you documenting your observations?
5. Do you have any concerns, questions, or thoughts for your next visits at your internship? If I can be of any assistance to you please let me know.
1. How are you doing with your goals? State each goal and provide specific evidence for your progress.
2. So far you have completed inventories related to your interests and your values. What are some of the connections that can made so far between what's happening at your internship and your interests/values? Do they align?
3. Any other professions/careers/college majors you are thinking you should investigate since starting this journey?
Here is a rubric used to measure your Vlogs.
SMART Goals Guidelines are listed below:
SMART! - Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely
What is a Specific goal for my internship? A specific goal should clearly state what you want to accomplish, why it is an important goal, and how you intend to accomplish the goal.
What are the Measurable milestones you plan to reach in the process of achieving your goal? A measurable goal should include a plan with targets and milestones that you can use to make sure you’re moving in the right direction.
What are the smaller, Attainable action steps that you plan to use to achieve my goal? An achievable goal should be realistic and include a plan that breaks your overall goal down into smaller, manageable action steps that use the time and resources available to you within the timeline you’ve set.
How is my goal Realistic? A realistic goal should make sense when implemented into your overall career development.
What is the specific Timeline for my goal? A timely goal is limited by a defined period of time and includes a specific timeline for each step of the process.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, intern.com has a list of possible goals that may be helpful to you and your mentor. When brainstorming your list of potential intern projects or responsibilities, use the list below as a jumping-off point.