Assignment paper: Setting personal and academic goals in freshman year

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  1.      Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
  2. Self management & motivation…………………………………………………………………… 2
  3. Conclusions………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3

Reference list………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4

Appendix 1 Personal and professional targets for year one……………………………………. 5

1.        Introduction

 

Management could be defined as the process of planning, organizing, actuating and controlling, performed to determine and accomplish common goals by the use of human and other resources (Terry 1972). And to achieve the goals, driving forces are also need to be identified so another concept needs to be defined as well: motivation. A motivation refers to a central state which reorganized perception and actions (Bolles 1970).

 

2.        Self management & motivation

 

Please refer to appendix 1 for the set personal and academic goals in my first year in the college life.

 

In term of personal life, as stated in the appendix three key word could well describe the plan I made for my personal development: campus clubs, part time job and travel. When face by the challenges of which and how many campus club I should choose, I will follow the suggestion that “Don’t go out and joint every club… Choose a few that fit your interest and commitment.” (Paulsen 2005) and that’s why I only choose three clubs that I am now interesting in. And regarding the part time job plan, it is challenging for me because I never take a job before as I spent most of my time studying when I was in China. The three key word which is travel is the most desired activity that I plan to do but in my plan I would rather describe it as a business trip because I want to see how people manage their business in different countries.

 

In term of developing professional skills, my major plan that will cover the next five or more years is regarding to the CFA test that I am planning about. CFA is a graduate-level and self-study program (Cfainstitute.org 2010) that will gear me up to be a CFA charter for my career development in the investment industry. The association include more than 70,000 members that are elite in the investment analysts in the major developed countries such as the United States(Rattiner 2005). The motivation that I am so persistent in obtaining a CFA qualification is two folds: firstly, it’s my interest to learn about the economy and business phenomena through a financial and quantitative way; secondly, I also witness that many students who had spent three of their years studying business in Malaysia in the end find out that they are not capable to survive in a foreign country. And as I desired to work and live in a developed country, I will obtain a CFA qualification though it is not easy and may take more than 5 years, but I will do that gradually. So the first year in my college, I will try to manage the basic financial knowledge to prepare for my CFA level one test in the coming year.

3.        Conclusions

 

As analyzed above, I have been very clear about my plan in the year one of my college life. I have perceived the motivations that drive my actions: to obtain a CFA qualification and live a wonderful personal. And I also will learn to management myself to achieve these goals, but I think I still need my family and teachers to guide my through my first year in term of planning and execution the personal and professional goals.

 

 

Reference list

 

Bolles, R. C., 1970, Species-specific defense reactions and avoidance learning, Psychol. Rev., Vol 77, p32-48

 

Cfainstitute.org 2010, The CFA Program, accessed on 11th Dec 2010 [online] available: http://www.cfainstitute.org/cfaprogram/Pages/index.aspx

 

Paulsen, K. J. 2005, Living the College Life: Real Students. Real Experiences. Real Advice, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing

 

Rattiner, J. H., 2005, Getting Started as a Financial Plan, revised and updated edition, New York: Bloomberg Press

 

Terry, G. R., 1972, Principles of Management, Chicago, IL: Irwin, p4

 

 

Appendix 1 Personal and professional targets for year one

Visions for the coming 5 Years
Personal goals Professional goals
Year one:

Join at least three campus clubs: Taekwondo, English club, the Student Union (achievable & specific)

Find a part time job in Malaysia  (challenging cause never done before)

Travel to at least three Asian countries with the aim of examining the business practices there (Realistic), candidate countries includes: Thailand, India, Indonesia, Japan (specific)

Year one:

Learn and practice my English as much as possible;

Learn the communication skills by participating more in the debates in the class and group work;

Learn the fundamental IT skills (majorly computer relative such as Office software, Flash); (specific)

Learn basic finance knowledge

Year two:

Travel in the middle east;

Year two:

Learn further mathematics;

Learn further finance knowledge (specific);

Prepare the CFA level one test (challenging)

Year three:

Travel in the north America (US and Canada);

Year three:

Join the CFA level one test in June (Time defined)

Year four:

Travel in the Europe (UK and France)

Year four:

Find a finance relative job;

Prepare the CFA level two;

Year five:

Travel in the Africa (Around Sahara sand)

Year five:

Take and pass the CFA level two;