VIEWS: 7 PAGES: 4 POSTED ON: 6/10/2011
Preston 1 Gabriel Preston SPST 425 – senior seminar Reflective Statement 9/26/05 1.) My Statement of Rationale learning goals are to learn more about communication through the written and spoken word and to advance my knowledge of marketing. I wanted to know more about working with small groups and public speaking. I also wanted to gain a better understanding of concise writing, fiction and non- fiction. 2.) The courses that helped me in obtaining these goals were the communication classes I took, including public speaking, interviewing, and political campaigning. In the direction of writing, I have taken several workshops. For example, I have taken (and am taking currently) short story writing, non-fiction writing, and women and writing. For marketing instruction, I have taken advertising principles, public relations, and advertising strategies. 3.) The means to measure my achievement of these goals lies in my understanding of the material that was taught in the aforementioned courses. To demonstrate that understanding, I can show my grades in the courses in addition to my ability in utilizing this knowledge in everyday work-related situations. 4.) I feel that I have achieved my learning goals in the sense that I am able to speak in public more effectively, I am able to write and communicate my thoughts and Preston 2 ideas in a more succinct manner, and I have enjoyed the marketing classes I have taken tremendously. 5.) My learning goals have changed in the sense that my desire to work for a marketing firm or advertising agency has lessened and my desire to work for a non-profit organization has increased quite a bit. For the first few years after college, my preference is to work for a large church or magazine. I would really enjoy working for one of these two organizations because of the large need for marketing in non-profit organizations. However, I would also like to consider the possibility of working in a managerial position at a marketing firm down the road. 6.) The learning goals that I still need to achieve are learning how to work and brainstorm in small group environments effectively. I also need to learn efficient ways of management and leadership. I feel this will help me in future attempts in applying for managerial positions. I would like to be able to be more proficient with computer software and hardware as well. Knowing how to work with the web and computer soft/hardware is always a plus in the advertising business. 7.) My general education courses have prepared me in many ways. For one, they taught me how to study properly and prepare for projects and working in small groups. They also helped me narrow my areas of preference when it came to choosing a major and digging in to specific course work. Preston 3 8.) My career goals have changed slightly, but they are the same in the sense that I want to work in marketing and advertising. The direction of my efforts has changed somewhat, but I still am working towards that specific field and hope to work for a large firm someday. The experiences that I received in my courses allowed me to get a small sample of what it would be like to work for an advertising firm, so I was able to get some early feedback from professors on how I was performing in those situations. 9.) I feel that my education has prepared me somewhat. I have a lot to learn about actually working in a position in marketing and writing. I also need a lot of experience before I am able to feel comfortable working and producing for a company. I think that the courses I took helped me to gain valuable knowledge in writing, advertisement work, and marketing skills. I also think that college as a whole helped me to mature academically and to realize what it takes to succeed in a real-life career. 10.) The most significant parts of my college career here at Ohio University were the class experience and the knowledge that came with it, dorm life and the social connections I was able to make early, the diverse education I was fortunate enough to receive, and the chance to make use of Ohio University’s solid reputation as a starting block for my career. The things that contributed most to my development as a student and as a future professional were the professors that went the extra mile for me in Preston 4 demonstrating necessary skills in the workplace. I was also able to learn from other students and faculty about career-applicable information and work-related knowledge.
Pages to are hidden for
"Gabriel Preston"Please download to view full document