Career Goals and Life Objectives - PFP Assignments
1. List your current Career Goals and Life Objectives.
Where you see yourself five years after graduation? What kind of work and play are you doing? Where? What are your skills and life aspirations at that time? (1 para)
2. Take the free online Princeton Review Career Quiz (24 questions)
a. What is your "interest" color according to the test? Copy your interest color paragraph below. (descrip.)
b. What is your "work style" color according to the test? Copy your work style paragraph below. (descrip.)
c. Create an account at the Princeton Review website (user name & password) so you can see the list of careers that go with your answers. When the career list comes up on the screen, listen to your intuition (first strong feeling) and list your top 5-10 career interests from the list. (5-10 career names)
d. Click through on at least one (more if you like) of these career links, and cut and paste the info paragraph ("A Day in the Life, Paying Your Dues, and Associated Careers") below. What appeals to you most about the one(s) you chose? What don't you like about them? (descrip + 1 para)
3. Play Holland’s Career Interests “Game”
a. Read the page (that's the "game," it seems) and ask yourself which of these six groups of people would be your top three social groups, in rank order. What are they? (descrip)
b. Click through on each of the three groups you chose and look at the career examples listed for each. List at least one career name and as many as five from each of the three groups below. Rank them in rough interest order. (3-15 career names).
4. Visit the Kinder Institute of Life Planning website (http://www.kinderinstitute.com/). Life planning advisors are even more specialized than financial planning advisors, because they help you think about how to use your money to further your life goals. That means they have to find out how you personally define success, and there are more ways to do that today than ever before. Below are some life choices, dimensions, or goals (areas of "success") that can be, at least to some degree, related to money.
Now imagine yourself in mid-life (45 years old). For each of the areas below, give us anywhere from 1 sentence (minimum) to a few paragraphs describing how you live (a possible or probable lifestyle in this area) when you are 45. (1 sentence+ for each)
a. Family (relatives, spouse, kids, kid's associated expenses (college funds), etc.)
5. Midlife Salary and Retirement Savings Guessstimate
Now do an educated guess: what kind of annual salary should you have around mid-life (45 yrs old)? How much money do you think you should have in your savings at mid-life, for use in your later years?
[Reference: The average U.S. 50 year old has only $40,000 in savings/net worth, ten times less than the $400,000the US government recommends as the absolute minimum you should have saved to supplement your social security when you retire, which is typically at 65 or 70.]
Note: Copy these numbers over to Question 3 on the Money page as well.
(2 numbers, annual mid-life salary and mid-life savings)
6. Write your Obituary/"Last Roast"
Assuming you die (biologically speaking at least) in your 91st year of life, write your obituary as it appears in the local community weblog (or on the homepage of your Digital Twin?), or if you prefer, a straight or humorous summary of your life (a “roast”) that is read by a close friend at your 90th birthday party. Write it in the third person, like "He/she achieved xyz when he turned 50, then for his next trick did such and such, etc...".
What year is it when you are 91? What is the world like then? What changes have you seen? What have you made of your life in your time in the sun? How much did you sieze the day and how much did you let slip by you? What kind of friends come to your funeral (or 90th birthday party)? Which of your personal traits, goals, and plans today have endured, and which have changed. What was predictable? What was surprising? What things were harder or took longer than you originally thought? What "lucky breaks" did you get? Each of us is the star of our own life story. Give us one possibility for yours. (3+ paragraphs)
Ready to start using this wiki page to record and reflect on your personal Career Goals? Go ahead and keep writing at the top of this page once you've finished these assignments. May you have a happy, peaceful and productive future!
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