Form groups as assigned by the instructor. Brainstorm to develop a master list of the major characteristics you expect to fi nd in the workplace in the year 2020. Use this list as background for completing the following tasks:
1. Write a one-paragraph description of what the typical “Workplace 2020” manager’s workday will be like.
2. Draw a “picture” representing what the “Workplace 2020” organization will look like.
3. Summarize in list form what you consider to be the major planning implications of your future workplace scenario for management students today. That is, explain what this means in terms of using academic and extracurricular activities to best prepare for success in this future scenario.
4. Choose a spokesperson to share your results with the class as a whole and explain their implications for the class members.
Personal Career Planning Add-On After participating in the The Future Workplace exercise and using its implications for your career planning, complete the following activities as an individual assignment. Summarize everything in a report to be submitted to your instructor. Activity 1 Strengths and Weaknesses Inventory Different occupations require special talents, abilities, and skills. Each of us, you included, has a repertoire of existing strengths and weaknesses that are “raw materials” we presently offer a potential employer. Actions can (and should!) be taken over time to further develop current strengths and to turn weaknesses into strengths. Make a list identifying your most important strengths and weaknesses in relation to the career direction you are likely to pursue upon graduation. Place a * next to each item you consider most important to focus on for continued personal development. Activity 2 Five-Year Career Objectives Make a list of three career objectives that you hope to accomplish within fi ve years of graduation. Be sure they are appropriate given your list of personal strengths and weaknesses. Activity 3 Five-Year Career Action Plans Write a specifi c action plan for accomplishing each of the fi ve objectives. State exactly what you will do, and by when, in order to meet each objective. If you will need special support or assistance, identify it and state how you will obtain it. An outside observer should be able to read your action plan for each objective and end up feeling confi dent that he or she knows exactly what you are going to do and why
Career Situations for Planners: What Would You Do?
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