Notes about this assignment: To ensure students are properly placed into the English courses that will best set them up for successful college writing, it is customary for students to have their writing skills assessed. For students without transfer credit for college-level English courses, the writing you provide in the Week 4 Assignment will be assessed to determine whether you should be placed into ENG090 or into ENG116. This review of your writing will not affect your grade on the assignment or the overall course; your instructor will grade the Week 4 Assignment based on the rubric for the course, which is separate from the writing review.
What to submit/deliverables: Word document that contains Parts 1‐3 of the Week 4 Assignment Template.
What is the value of doing this assignment? In this assignment, you will reflect on the qualities, values, strengths, areas of improvement, and accomplishments that capture who you are and how they connect to the 10 Skills and your personal, academic, and professional goals. You‘ll then practice your communication skill by writing about what you‘ve identified in ways appropriate for a CV or résumé. You‘ll use this information in the Week 9 Assignment to create an action plan for developing skills that will help you reach your future goals. After completing this assignment, you will have a document you can bring to the Career Center where counselors can help you further develop your career strategy.
Your goal for this assignment is to: Reflect on and communicate your skills, goals, and accomplishments.

STEP 1: Complete the four questions in Part 1: About Me, reflecting on your values, aspirations, key qualities, goals, strengths, and areas of growth.
STEP 2: Complete the three steps in Part 2: Accomplishment Statements by reflecting on your past accomplishments, using the template to identify the challenges, actions, results, and details, and then writing two concise stories using the accomplishments formula provided.
STEP 3: Complete the four-question reflection in Part 3: Reflect on Your Experiences, considering Parts 1 and 2 of this assignment and the connections you have made to the 10 Skills.

Week 4 Assignment Template:
Reflecting on Your Skills, Goals, and Accomplishments

Part 1: About Me
Answer the following questions to capture how you see yourself in terms of values, aspirations, key qualities, goals, strengths, and areas of growth:

1) Describe your values, motivations, or aspirations in your own words.

2) Describe some of your main personal, academic, and professional goals. Make sure to write five or more complete sentences.

3) What are some of your strength areas? Think about the top 2–3 skills you would advertise about yourself, or consider what others come to you for advice about. Make sure to write five or more complete sentences.

4) What are some areas you would like to grow and improve in? Make sure to write five or more complete sentences.

Part 2: Accomplishment Statements
Accomplishments don’t have to be as large as climbing the top of Mount Everest or starting your own company. We accomplish many things in our lives every day that have meaning. For example, perhaps you organized volunteers for your school’s food drive or made an extremely profitable sale. Or, if you’re more advanced in your career, perhaps you’ve received a promotion or special recognition.
In this part of the assignment, you’ll identify two accomplishments from work, school, volunteering, or other activities. You’ll then practice communicating these in ways appropriate for a résumé.
To begin, brainstorm accomplishments from your work, school, volunteering, or other activities. Read the
Accomplishment Categories
section for a list. After you’ve identified two accomplishments, write statements for each accomplishment using the information below:

Step 1: Think about each of your accomplishments in these terms:

Challenge

Situation, problem, or requirement.

Action

Specific actions you took to resolve or meet the challenge.

Result

The benefit created in specific and measurable terms. Be sure to tie results to the organization’s goals when possible.

Details

Clarifying details, such as numbers or percentages, to provide context (consider answering how many, how much, how long, or how often).

Consider the example below of someone with experience as a retail manager:

Challenge

An increase in customer complaints about the helpfulness of staff.

Action

Developed a new training program for staff, got approval from district manager, and once approved implemented it with a regular review process.

Result

After 3 months, customer complaints decreased.

Details

Previously, customer complaints averaged 4 per week.
After 3 months, complaints averaged 1 or less per week.

Step 2: Write two accomplishment statements to practice using this format:

Challenge

Action

Result

Details

Challenge

Action

Result

Details

Step 3: Now, try writing your two accomplishment statements concisely for a résumé (you w

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Week 4 Assignment Template:
Reflecting on Your Skills, Goals, and Accomplishments

Part 1: About Me

Answer the following questions to capture how you see yourself in terms of values, aspirations,
key qualities, goals, strengths, and areas of growth:

1) Describe your values, motivations, or aspirations in your own words.

2) Describe some of your main personal, academic, and professional goals. Make sure to write
five or more complete sentences.

3) What are some of your strength areas? Think about the top 2–3 skills you would advertise
about yourself, or consider what others come to you for advice about. Make sure to write five
or more complete sentences.

4) What are some areas you would like to grow and improve in? Make sure to write five or
more complete sentences.

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© 2020 Strayer University. All Rights Reserved. This document contains Strayer University Confidential and Proprietary information and may
not be copied, further distributed, or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part, without the expressed written permission of Strayer University.

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Part 2: Accomplishment Statements

Accomplishments don’t have to be as large as climbing the top of Mount Everest or starting
your own company. We accomplish many things in our lives every day that have meaning. For
example, perhaps you organized volunteers for your school’s food drive or made an extremely
profitable sale. Or, if you’re more advanced in your career, perhaps you’ve received a
promotion or special recognition.

In this part of the assignment, you’ll identify two accomplishments from work, school,
volunteering, or other activities. You’ll then practice communicating these in ways appropriate
for a résumé.

To begin, brainstorm accomplishments from your work, school, volunteering, or other activities.
Read the Accomplishment Categories section for a list. After you’ve identified two
accomplishments, write statements for each accomplishment using the information below:

Step 1: Think about each of your accomplishments in these terms:

Challenge Situation, problem, or requirement.

Action Specific actions you took to resolve or meet the challenge.

Result The benefit created in specific and measurable terms. Be sure to tie results to
the organization’s goals when possible.

Details Clarifying details, such as numbers or percentages, to provide context (consider
answering how many, how much, how long, or how often).

Consider the example below of someone with experience as a retail manager:

Challenge An increase in customer complaints about the helpfulness of staff.

Action Developed a new train




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