The personal goals that I want to achieve as a student of the University of Phoenix are in the education and career areas of my life. In my education, my major goal is to gain knowledge in computers and network administration, eventually culminating in a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. I also wish to strengthen my grammar and interpersonal skills. In my career, my goal is to either advance from my current career as a paralegal to that of an office manager or to enter into a different career as information technology department administrator.
I will use staff and university services in order to achieve my goals in a reasonable time frame with limited obstacles. To achieve these goals I plan on using the University of Phoenix's classes and academic services and to eventually use the degree I will receive from the university. To achieve my education goals I plan on using classes and academic services provided by the University of Phoenix. To strengthen my grammar and interpersonal skills, I plan on taking classes at the University of Phoenix that will give me more confidence and experience in writing and communication. I also plan on attending writing workshops that the University of Phoenix offers and use of the Center for Writing Excellence to help me as well.
To gain knowledge and training in computer and network administration I plan on taking the computer courses that the University of Phoenix offers. I plan on taking computer-programming courses to help me to develop an understanding of computer software programs and how they are designed. I plan to take networking and telecommunication courses to allow me to develop my understanding of computer and telecommunication networks. All of this education and training will then culminate in me receiving my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. In order for me to meet my career goal of advancing in my current field or changing to the Information Technology career field I will first need to meet all of my education goals and attain a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. Once I have received my degree I can use it in conjunction with my Associates degree that I have in Paralegal Studies and would qualify for many legal office manager positions or I could use it to attain a job with the federal government as a paralegal (because the federal government requires any person with a paralegal certificate to also possess a Bachelor's degree).
The degree would also allow me to exit the legal field altogether if I wanted to and I would be able to enter Information Technology job market. When developing a time-line for my goals, it is best to divide the goals up into short and long-term goals. Short-term goals to goals that I can reasonably accomplish in the next year and long-term goals will be any goals that will be in excess of a year. Goals that I can reasonably accomplish within the next year are my ability to strengthen and develop my grammar and interpersonal skills. After completing this class, I will be able to take additional courses that will help me grow more confident and develop my writing and speech giving capabilities. Although I don't expect these skills to perfect overnight, I do believe they will be at a higher level in about a year.
My other goals will most likely be long term in length. I feel that I will meet my goal of gaining knowledge in computers and network administration in around a year and a half. Most of the courses that cover these areas are later in the universities curriculum, but if I stick to my current academic plan I should be done with all of those courses in that time. My goal of attaining a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology can be attained in about two years if I stick with my current academic plan.
Once I have attained my degree, I should then be able to accomplish my career goal of advancing in my current field or changing to the Information Technology career field. My goals should be accomplished in the time frame I have established, unless I run into a problem that could delay me. Some possible obstacles that could delay my goals are money and intra personal conflicts. College classes are not cheap and I do not have the money to pay for college classes right now, but college classes are necessary for me to attain my goals. To overcome this I will need to take out college loans that I will be able to pay back more easily later after I have completed my degree and have entered a better paying career. Intra personal conflicts that may arise could be self-defeating feelings, such as "this is too tough" or "I can't do it".
Ways I can overcome these thoughts are to practice as much as possible and learn from the mistakes as learning experiences and not as failures on my part. I'm confident that I can achieve my educational and career goals at the University of Phoenix with support of the staff and the use many services provided by the university. I'm certain that with guidance I will be able to meet my goals in a suitable amount of time and overcome any obstacles that may come my way.