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EDIT: Thanks for the help, everyone! I just turned it in! All nine PDFs and 18-ish pages. I did it all in one day, too!

Inaction and a smattering of depression. I have three very short essays to write for my portfolio, 1-2 pages, shouldn't be a biggie. They comprise about 60% of the portfolio, and the other 40% is done. After that, one Finance paper, and one final project.

Inaction/depression/writer's block. BLEH!

I am currently blocked on the first paper, which wants me to "Write an essay (suggested length of 1–2 pages) in which you do the following:
1. Evaluate your top five strengths in relation to your chosen career.
2. Provide examples from your personal life, work, or school activities that support your

I am having trouble thinking of my five strengths. I guess posting this here is in fact a way of saying "If you know me really well, particularly if we have worked together, please send me a suggestion or two about my strengths." Yeah, that's it.

The other two short papers are on:
B. Write a career outlook report (suggested length of 1–2 pages) in which you summarize a
specific career field that interests you.
1. Provide information such as salary range, employment outlook, types of positions
available, and education required.

C. Write an essay (suggested length of 3–5 pages) in which you reflect on how your
education and past work and life experiences have prepared you for your future in the

I'm pretty sure I've got those ones down, but the first one's kinda killin' me.


Date: 2012-11-16 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] learnteach.livejournal.com
1. What are your Masonic Virtues?
2. What are your Knightly Virtues?
3. How big a can of Whoop Ass do you carry?
4. How fabulous is your wife?
5. How fabulous are you?

There, there's 5 seeds. Write on some of those.

Re: Dude,

Date: 2012-11-16 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cathyn.livejournal.com
Thanks [livejournal.com profile] learnteach! Pretty much spent the day in that existential quandary that every knight faces, that of balancing ones modesty and humility with the need to sometimes shout to the world how fucking awesome you are. I promise you it causes me headaches, and it's mostly impossible to discuss. How does one mention their humility without sounding like Weird Al in Amish Paradise, "I know I'm a million times more humble than thou art."?

Date: 2012-11-16 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emt-hawk.livejournal.com
I hate assignments that are aimed specifically at 18 year-olds. I'm 48, if I haven't already done some sort of evaluation of employment, I need to turn in my opposable thumbs and return to Darwin's Waiting Room.


Date: 2012-11-16 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brat-grrl.livejournal.com
Gosh, I would say your adventurous spirit in taking some ingredients and making a gourmet meal from them, just for the sheer pleasure of feeding someone.

Being able to read something off-hand and being able to quote it, years later, word for word... (is that photographic memory?)

Your ability to be open-minded to other folks' opinions, and to not be afraid to change your own opinion, if given enough information...

I hope this helps! You can DO it!!!

Date: 2012-11-16 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cathyn.livejournal.com
I DID IT!! A full portfolio in one day!

Date: 2012-11-16 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evil-macaroni.livejournal.com
I had to do a similar exercise in one of my career counseling classes that I took recently. They recommended we contact former coworkers and have them fill out a Personal Qualities sheet (found at: http://novaworks.org/JobSeekerServices/WorkshopInformation/WorkshopTools.aspx) and also ask them to list my 3 top accomplishments (real ones, not "refrained from bopping idiot cow-orker on head"). The coworkers chose a bunch of different adjectives, but overlapped on about a half dozen, so I counted those as my strengths. Maybe this could work for you -

Date: 2012-11-16 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cathyn.livejournal.com
This comment helped more than I can say. I simply did not have time to involve former cow-orkers in any form of 180-review, so I did the next best thing. I found an 80 question Strengths and Weaknesses quiz online, took it in about two minutes, and not only did it give me mine, it gave a little blurb defining each term, which broke the crap of my writer's block thinking of ways to paraphrase them and relating them to my career so far. Full box of awesome, many thanks!

Date: 2012-11-16 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evil-macaroni.livejournal.com
Hurray for the internets! And congratulations on finishing the next piece.

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