Reflect on your experience
For each event, you attend, consider how the experience has helped you with major and career exploration and/or goals. Respond to the following reflection prompts. This reflection will go in your ePortfolio, you may choose to write it in Word or another format and then paste it into your ePortfolio, or compose it directly in your ePortfolio. A guide for adding the reflection to your ePortfolio can be found in week 3 of this course.
Upon completion of this mini course, the student wil
Reflect on their current career development phase;
Articulate the importance of understanding values, interests, and talents in their career process;
Identify a goal for the next step in their career development process.
Date of event attendance
Name and title of person verifying your attendance
Helpful Contacts – List up to three individuals you met at the event who you may want to continue networking with in the future. Include their name, title/organization, and contact information.
How did this event help you advance or refine your career goals? What did you gain from participating (knowledge, skills, contacts, etc.)?
State one or more questions you have after attending this event. Where can you find answers?
What did you do to prepare for this event (prepare a resume, practiced an elevator pitch, conducted company/organization research, etc.)? What will you do to follow-up on this event (continue networking, write a thank-you note, follow-up with contacts, etc.)?
What are your next steps in your career development? Identify your goals with a timeline (one step you can take this upcoming month, one step you can take before the end of the semester, one step you can take next semester).
How to Write a Reflective Essay
In a reflective essay, you need to express your thoughts and emotions about certain events or phenomena; in this case, you are writing about your experience at a career fair. Writing this type of essay provides solid training to sharpen your critical thinking skills, as well as your ability to develop and express opinions on a particular topic—either chosen by yourself or assigned by your instructor. Check out this infographic for some writing tips.