Tuesday, December 1, 2009

SLP/Long Term Goals

My Service Learning Project I hope will give me skills to make me a better writer. I want to be able to have the ability to do the things that I can to help people that need it. In the future I want to own a restaurant and give back to the community. Those are some of my personal goals. My SLP has given me the opportunity to show what I can do for another person to help them.

Friday, November 13, 2009

What have I learned through the SLP?

From the Service Learning Project(SLP), I have learned that I am a much stronger person that I thought. I know now that I am capable of doing something for someone else. I have the ability to ask for opinions, help and ask questions. I also know that people are willing to help me when I ask for help. It is easy to sit back and do nothing but it is more of a challenge to take a stand and do something for another.

The picture of my community is pretty much the same but now I know that there are people willing to help you in whatever you decide to do. I think that is absolutely amazing. The fact that someone you do not even know is willing to help someone else. I am proud to be helping someone who needs it. Imagine what we could do if everyone helped out a little bit more.

My SLP is going decently. I have 2 flyers that are done and a third that I am working on. I have not started the Power point for the presentation yet but I am going to work on that in class tonight with our substitute. Hopefully I can get most of it done tonight so before class next week I can finish it and post it to Blckboard so it can be Peer Reviewed.

Group Work (Technical Definition and Instruction)

I am going to be perfectly honest about these group assignments. I know that I personally did not do as much as I would have liked to do for the Technical Definition. I feel like I only gave 30 percent and everyone else gave it 1oo percent. I think that I should have stepped up more but when I asked if there was anything else I could do I was told that it was fine. I do not want anyone to feel like I did not pull my weight, that they had to do something because I did not. If you need something from me ASK.

I think that we work well as a team. I love the fact that the people in my group throw out ideas that I did not even dream of. Sonya is one of those people, she always looks at something from a different perspective and gives me something to think about. When I want to go in one direction, she says something to point me in another. I think that we all have good energy and that is what a team does, throws ideas out there and then you, yourself come up with something else. All of our group does that, Sonya was just my example. I think that is a great strength.

I think our weakness comes from not being positive of the assignment. I mean I know we have to have some sort of instruction to go to Costa Rica but what exactly does that mean? Obviously you are going to have to fly but do we have to say how to get to the airport and where we are going and do we need an itinerary? I am just going to do the best I can.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Service Learning Project

My service learning project is for Patrick's Community Living Facility. It is an organization that helps individuals in a home setting. They provide group outings, picnics and daily assistance with living skills. There mission and goals include helping people that would normally get no help to function in society. They are doing a service to help people that would not get help otherwise.
The most valuable thing I can do for this organization is to help to get clients and workers interested in being at Patrick's Community Living Facility. To get a person energized to help someone with daily living skills would be great. I want to make flyers that show the care and respect that Patrick's has to offer to the people, whether you are going to be a worker or someone that stays at the facility. I want to bring to life the care that I know is there.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Service Learning

My initial understanding of service learning goes like this: Service learning is basically volunteering to do a task that someone possibly does not want to do or just might not have the resources available to do it. So an individual steps in to offer a helping hand. Along the way this individual actually learns something and gains a greater respect for the organization that they volunteered with. It is a win/win situation. Another thing about service learning is that it helps to spotlight a person's abilities. You never can tell what a person is capable of unless you give them a little freedom but also a bit of stucture.

The only concern that I have currently about doing this Service Learning Project is that 1) I will not be able to find any organization to help
2) They will want me to do something and I will be lost

Some solutions might be to search high and low for an organization and as for my second concern I will ask for help from my organization so they can give me feedback on what they need.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

PLCR Strategies I will employ

First of all my current career does not match up with what I ultimately what to do, which is to own a restaurant. But since that is in the future, I will concentrate on my current job. I know that one thing I need to do is communicate more efficiently. I have a habit of saying things that I should not. I call it footinmouthitis. Sometimes I wonder if I wouldn't have made a better gymnast with how many times a day I put that foot in my mouth. So a strategy to "cure" that is to step back and think before I speak.

I also believe that I need to learn to have a more positive attitude. I walk into work expecting the worst. Sometimes that helps me but other times it hinders me. For instance the other night I was so not into working and a co-worker asked, "How many boxes do you think you'll get? I answered, "I hope I can get five." As the night wore on I realized that I could get six (which is what I got). If I could just have that positive attitude ALL THE TIME I think it would carry me far in life.

When it comes to culture, it is relaxed at my job but maybe we need to be a bit more strict. For instance, when it comes to trimming the parts, no one trims them the same way even though we have trim samples. Currently that is a problem because we have a prototype part that has to be done the same way by all of the shifts. Trying to get everyone to do it the same way has been a challenge to say the least.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Social Networking Sites vs. Professional Networking Sites

Professional Networking sites such as Linkedin and VisualCv offer many people the option of seeing what type of person you are by looking at your resume and the things that you have accomplished in your experiences as an employee. You can post professional pictures or share the types of awards or certifications that you have earned. It is a great way to make yourself known to potential employers. When you use a professional networking site all sorts of opportunities could come your way. Someone could be looking for an employee and like what they see on your page. The next thing you know you have a job opportunity knocking at your door. I think that it pays to have a Professional Networking site that you visit and update regularly because you never know what may come of it.

Social Networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Twiiter have no real value, in my opinion. They are there to let you relax and have fun with your friends. It is a great way to keep in touch with friends that have moved away or friends that you can't see very often. The down side of Social Networking sites is that you never know what may come back to bite you. One of the most valuable things on a Social Networking site is to keep your profile private. You do not want a potential employer finding you partying it up with friends. I do not think you should post anything questionable on a Social networking site. You have to think about your actions before you display them for the world to see. One good example of what not to do is Miss Nevada Katie Rees. She was dethroned because of sexually explicit pictures. Did she not know that they would eventually get out?

Keep your private life, private Share things that might hurt you
Be professional Act crazy
Be calm and collected Bring drama in your life

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Business Card

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Online Reputation

By reading through "Managing Your Online Identity" I realize that I have to have a stronger online identity. I want to brand my myself in a positve light and not negitively. There are certain things that I have to be aware of like, what I post on my MySpace page and what I say on my page. There are always things that could come back to haunt me later down the line. I also want to be sure not to say anything about other people that I know that do not want their business out on the internet. I mainly think that it is about common respect.
When it comes to my visual identity, I want to present myself in a professional and appropriate manner. I do not want some party animal picture being posted on the internet for prospective employers to see. I want them to have a professional image to look at and maybe that image will give employers the right representation of what I am about.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ever Changing Workplace

The workplace has changed so much in the last ten years or so. I mean think about it. Who remembers how big and bulky computers were back in the day? You could not even fit one in your car now you could probably fit at least 30. You have to be on your toes and make sure that everything you do is correct or its possible you could get fired. I think that its so much harder to find a job now then it was back in the day. You could walk into a shop and you would be handed a job but now you have to be a bit more professional, have a cover letter, reume and references if you want a good paying job.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Usefulness of Career Inventories

I believe that the usefulness of Career Inventories is invaluable. The inventories help to put you in the right direction of what career you want to do. Understanding what you want to do in life is a challenge for everyone. I do not think that most people know exactly what they want to do. If you take some sort of test maybe you can be "pushed" in the right direction. What better way to put yourself out there than to have a resume, cover letter and references to show someone that might be a potential employer? That just shows that you are "on the ball" when it comes to the things that an employer would want.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mission Statement

Being a proactive person I sometimes let my environment dictate the way I think, feel and behave; however, I know that I have to change this way of thinking. I have to gain awareness to the things that I CAN help and those that I must leave behind. I have a vision of what I want to be and where I want to be but I have a hard time actually getting there. I am not sure what my roadblock is but maybe if I could define that, I would have an easier time. I do not think that I take time to nurture the relationships that I have. I just kind of take things for granted. I try to have integrity by sticking to my true feelings, values and commitments. Sometimes it is not as easy as just saying that. Very often I find myself saying, "I'm not trying to hurt you but I can not find another way to say this..." Its not that I want to hurt someone. I just want the person to know that I'm not being mean. I don't know how to correctly phrase what I want to say. I attempt to be mature and not hurt any person's feelings. I am so guilty of not actually listening to people. I totally do what the fifth step says-all the time. Perhaps I should step back and take the time to listen and really hear what someone is saying to me. I love being different. That is what makes me, me. I enjoy not being like everyone else. If we were all the same it would be a very boring and lonely place. I do burn both ends of the candle all the time, but I need to take time out for me and relax a bit more. These are some of the things that I would like to do.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Heather Carrier is from Lapeer, Michigan. She is taking Professional writing to expand her knowledge of how to write. She would like to open a restaurant and serve the best food in town, which is why she is attempting to get a Bachelors degree in Business. She loves to make people happy and what better way than to serve food the way people want it? She wants to satisfy the foodies (people that enjoy good food) of the world with wonderful food so that they want to come back again and again. She wants to make a good lasting impression on all of the patrons of her restaurant. She wants to make food the way people want it. She wants to own her own restaurant that serves corn dogs, chili cheese fries, and good home cooked meals. Her intended audience is the people that want good food for a good price.