STEP 3: Setting and Achieving Goals Related to Career and Education Planning
Classroom Activity Theme: Recognizing How Internal and External Assets Influence Goal Achievement (Portfolio Exercise)
- Introduce the Personal Development Profile (PDP) and hand out copies to class. Using the directions for administration, have learners take the PDP. Once everyone finishes, ask them to put their PDP somewhere where others cannot see it.
- Ask learners to break into groups and elect both a spokesperson and a recorder. Hand out one or more copies of the PDP for each group to use as a reference. Each group will be asked to:
- Develop a definition for both internal assets and external assets
- Determine why these assets are important to success in school and in career development
- Prioritize the categories (e.g. constructive use of time, commitment to learning, etc) in order of which is most important to success in school and in career development
- Save the information for a subsequent class.
- Ask learners to take their seats and read through their own completed PDP. Based on their answers, have them each make a list of two internal and two external assets they personally need to work on in order to be successful in school and career and prioritize them in order of importance or urgency.
Note: Selecting internal and external assets that need addressing is important to the creation of a Personal Learning and Career Plan). Collect all PDPs and lists. Make one-on-one appointments as needed with each learner based on the results. Keep copies of the PDP and the list in the learners’ portfolio and/or personal file.
Classroom Activity Theme: Recognizing How Internal and External Assets are Important to Goal Achievement
- What problems is this person facing?
- What could be causing each problem?
- Which problems need to be addressed first and why?
- How will these problems prevent this person from being successful in school and career?