“SWOT and SMART”

“SWOT and SMART”

This week’s material introduced the SWOT analysis and SMART goals. If you have not read this week’s lectures or viewed the videos, please do so before starting this assignment.

Write a paper addressing all of the following items:

1. Your educational background and academic experiences

a. Write about your educational background and academic experiences. What were some memorable experiences (either positive or negative) that impacted your self-esteem as a student? What kinds of grades did you earn overall? What were your favorite classes in high school? What classes do you think you would like to take in college? Provide details so that your instructor gains a sense of your abilities and attitudes towards schoolwork.

2. Why you chose to attend Grantham University

a. Describe how you first heard about Grantham University. What were the factors that helped you decide to attend Grantham? What is your chosen program of study? What has influenced your decision regarding this program of study? Are you definitely sure that you want to graduate, or are you just “testing the waters”? Provide details so that your instructor gains a sense of how serious you are about your college journey.

3. Self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses

a. As we discussed in the weekly lecture, a SWOT is a tool that helps businesses and individuals assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. For this assignment, you will focus on Strengths and Weaknesses.

b. To generate your list of Strengths, use the feedback you received in the discussion forum this week (along with your own beliefs) to identify at least three strengths you will rely on the most as you pursue your degree. Write a paragraph of at least 250 words to convey your strengths.

c. To generate your list of Weaknesses, again use this week’s discussion forum feedback along with your own beliefs to identify at least three areas that may need some development as your pursue your degree. Write a paragraph of at least 250 words to convey your weaknesses.

4. SMART goal-setting

a. After examining your strengths and your weaknesses, write three goals aimed at helping develop your areas of weakness. Remember to incorporate the SMART criteria (refer to this week’s content that describes SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-sensitive) when you write your goals. After each goal, explain why the goal is important to you and what actions you will take to accomplish your goals.

b. The first goal should be immediate – one that you wish to begin working on immediately.

c. The second goal is one that is short term – you plan on developing over the next 6 months to a year.

d. The final goal is a long-term goal. This one can take several years to achieve.

Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment. You will attach your completed document to the assignment dropbox (do not type in the assignment dropbox).

Remember to include the following information at the top of your paper:

· Your Name

· GID Number

· GU101

· Today’s Date

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