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Unit 9 Assignment: Individual Career Plan

Learner Name

COUN 5279

Date

Professor Name

Abstract

Here you are to summarize the contents of this paper. This summary should be one short paragraph that includes the purpose of this assignment, and the list of this assignment’s components in narrative (not list) form.

Unit 9 Assignment: Elements of an APA Paper

Start writing your introduction here (1–2 paragraphs). An effective introduction prepares the reader by identifying the purpose of the paper and providing the organization of the paper.  Please double-space and remember to indent all paragraphs throughout your paper (not block form!). Aim to keep your writing objective using 3rd person.  Unless required for the specific assignment, please do not include a Table of Contents, as it is not APA style.  Review paper guidelines on page requirements and number of sources required.   Unless citing a classic work, aim to cite research articles and texts published within the past 5 years.    Please use headings throughout your paper that are consistent with the paper’s scoring guide (that way you ensure you are adequately addressing all required areas.).

When you finish writing your paper, re-read it to check for errors and make sure your ideas flow well.  A helpful tip is to read your paper aloud to yourself.  If it does not sound right to your ear – it is not working on paper!  Please submit your papers to Turnitin (linked in the course) to check for plagiarism.  Also, remember as a Capella learner you have FREE access through iGuide to personal tutoring services with Smarthinking.com.  

Client Profile

In this section you are to describe your client identifying information such age, race, gender, family, works status, educational background, current educational status, etc.  Explain the presenting issues.  Please remember to write in third person although you are writing about yourself.

Assessment Results

In this section describe the assessment results for all the assessments and inventories that you took in the Career Exploration Workbook.   Include your client’s preference for each assessment or inventory.  For example, in the 16 Type Jungian Personality Test, identify your client’s E/I, S/N, T/F and J/P.  What was your client’s score on the Big 3 personality such as extroversion, openness, agreeable, neuroticism, and conscientiousness?  What were the top five values from the card sort?  Identify your client’s highest categories from the interest inventory.

Interpretation of Assessments

In this section connect the assessments results to the presenting problem.  Describe what themes emerged.  Using your reflections from each assessment may be helpful in this section.   Include a discussion and analysis of the appropriateness of the inventories and assessments in relation to the client’s developmental stage and profile.  For example, were they culturally appropriate?

Professional Assets/Career Options

In this section assess your client’s training, education, and professional and voluntary experience as it relates to career goals.  Describe your client’s career options.  Identify two to three career options that match your client’s skills and interests.  In this section describe the educational or training needs and expected salary for your client including employment trends, as found using the current labor market information.

Individual Career Plan

In this section you are to create a career plan for your client.  You will include your client profile, goals, and an action plan.  You can use the example from your text or find a different one that you like. 

Personal Reflection

            Although this is a personal reflection, you are required to write in third person.  Describe what you learned about yourself doing this exercise and how you will use this knowledge in your specialization.   Include an assessment on your professional limitations as a career counselor in this section.

Conclusion

Please provide a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas of your paper.

References

Begin your references on a separate page with the heading above (not bold). (Delete this and all these instructions when you are done reading them.)   For this paper you are to have at least four references not including your text.

You must have a reference for EACH source cited in your paper. Do NOT list a reference that was not cited in your paper. Consult your APA manual for proper examples on citing and referencing APA style. The Capella Writing Center also has helpful tutorials. 

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