RTN Process Paper

          The interview that I wanted to focus on for my process paper was the person I picked, Marlette Mason, because it is the person most like me and she helped me figure out the next step in my life. The aspects of her life impacted the decisions she made because she did not go to college to be a photographer, but instead something that would make more money. It was not until she was a stay at home mom that she decided to go back to doing what she loved. Her values impacted the decisions she made because she put what she thought was more important than doing what she loved. I think this shows that you always come back to doing what you love.

            What I learned through all the interviews about the career exploration process was that your dream job might be something you are totally not aware of and that every person is different. The person Rachel interviewed, Jackie Tamplin, had no idea growing up that being a flight dispatcher would be her career, but now she has no doubts. Then there are some people like Sean Gorman, Brendin’s interviewee, that pretty much had an idea of what they wanted to do with their life and it ended up working out for them. More power to those people because it is taking me quite a few steps to end up where I belong.

            I think a theme that popped up along the interviews is that every single person is different. Each of our interviewees were completely different and all had reached their career through different paths and processes. This struck me kind of strange at first that there were not very many similarities between our people, but now I kind of see it as normal. I don’t think there is a clear path in the career process; I think it is something where you have to create your own path. I have decided to use what I learned from this project to pick what I love instead of trying to find something different. That is the only way to be happy with a job and that is why Marlette taught me so much through her interview, because she told me to follow what I loved and to “never cut myself short.” I think this is great advice to anyone in any major.

            Finally, this project taught me a lot about myself and what I want to pursue next. Also, it taught me to never depend on others in a group project, but instead to make sure you know what the outcome is going to be before you put your faith, and grade in another person’s hands. But all in all I think our team worked good together. We worked through the kinks and all learned how to work with people that are different than us. It’s a lot different than in high school when you picked your groups and knew everyone that you were working with.  In conclusion, I think this was a great project and I love what I have gained from it. 


#UGST On The Move

At the library I learned about a lot of useful things that will help me out in the future. First of all I learned who our UGST librarian was, which was interesting because I did not know there was a librarian for almost every major or subject. I think that is really useful for students because the librarian is more specialized in your studies. Our librarian is Lilly Ramin and she is super nice and I wouldn’t have a problem asking her for help in the future. Also, I learned more about the Willis Library and that some students call the seating area to the right where everyone talks “Club Willis.” Now I don’t feel so out of the loop of some people I follow on twitter are talking about. There is also a Cyber Cafe to pick up some healthy snacks while studying. But the most useful thing I learned was about the databases students have access to when doing research on a subject. I did not know about those resources.
Today I missed out on the Career Center tour because I was in the emergency room with a kidney infection, but I plan on stoping by because I feel like it will be a very useful tool for this class and maybe even on helping me find a job or internship in the future.


Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory assessment identified my occupational theme as artistic. Which I totally agree with because my interests include self expression, art appreciation, culture, and communication. Also, my values are beauty, originality, independence, and imagination. So I thought it was spot on. I scored a moderate on artistic which surprised me because I thought it would be higher.
One of the top ten strong occupations on my list that I am most interested in is being a photographer. I have been debating to make that my major the past couple of weeks. The person I am interviewing for Roadtrip Nation is a photographer, so I hope to learn more about the daily life and salary.

My personal style scales preferences:
1. You likely prefer a balance of working alone and working with people.
2. You seem to prefer to learn by doing and through lecture and books.
3. You probably are comfortable both leading by example and taking charge.
4. You may dislike taking risks.
5. You probably enjoy participating in teams.
I agree with all of these except number four because I love taking risks.

The major I picked from artistic category was obviously photography because I have a passion for it and would love to major in it. I just have to do a lot of thinking about what it takes to get that major and if it is right for me. I talked to someone today that told me that all the drawing classes you have to take for that major ends up helping you a lot even though you are a photographer. That is the major I am most interested at the moment.

Learning Environment:
– Your score suggests you may prefer a balance between learning by doing and learning through academic course work.
– At times you may enjoy attending lectures or reading theory, and at other times you may prefer hands-on practical training.
In my opinion I totally agree with their take on my learning environment. It explains exactly how I like to learn new things, which is kind of weird how accurate it is.

The weirdest occupation I chose from the occupations to explore section was a dental hygienist. I could never ever see myself doing that as my career. But after research I think they put that on the list because I love to help people and they could tell that through the test.

Would this job allow me to be self-expressive, independent, and artistic?
Yes, photography would allow me to be all the above. I can plan my on schedule and be independent depending on what I do with my major. The women I am interviewing started her own photography company and gets all those benefits.

In conclusion, I think the Strong Interest Inventory was very accurate to the things that I am interested in and the careers I would like to pursue. It also helped me learn more about myself and things to avoid that are not in my interest field. I am really glad I did this assessment.


Photo from National Geographic


Where My Time Goes

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I have two pie graphs so that you can see how my time is spent by hours and by percentages.

Sleep- this is the amount of time that I sleep at night (excluding naps, i categorize those in free time) which probably isn’t enough but it is what I spend most of my time on throughout the week.

Free Time- This is the time I allow myself to do things that I like to do. For example, run, take naps, netflix, or do some yoga. Basically me time or anything that I need to take care of.

Social Life- This category is pretty much how much time I spend seeing my boyfriend and friends. I’m with my boyfriend a lot, so that’s why this chunk is so big. But I also spend a lot of time with friends on and off campus.

Classes/ Homework- The name kind of sums up what this one is about. This is the percentage of time I’m in class or working on things out side of class. This changes weekly based upon how much homework I have, so that is a rough estimate of this past week.

Meals- This is how much time during the week that I stop to eat. This changes as well because no week is ever the same.

Errands- These are basic things I have to handle during the week. Such as doctor appointments, job interviews, or stopping by the store.

Commute- This is how much time during the week I drive certain places, but most of my commute time is on the weekends when I’m with my friends.

Personal Hygiene- I spend about an hour everyday taking a shower and getting ready for the day.

Church/Clubs/Work- These are non existent at the moment that’s why they show up on the side bar but not on the pie chart. Hopefully they’ll be apart of my weekly time soon.

1. Most of my time goes to sleeping, which I’m totally okay with. I’m a big fan of getting as much sleep as possible. My least amount of time goes towards errands, which is also totally fine because I dislike to run errands or go to doctors appointments. I think my pie chart is pretty balanced, but I also think it will continue to change as the semester goes on and I’m having to spend more time on school work.

2. I don’t think I have much of “time wasters” because I’m usually on the go and I always get my school work done well and on time. Some people might say netflix is a time waster, but sometimes you just need a break and relax.

3. The key time management areas I would like to improve on are becoming aware of my best time of day, keeping up with a more detailed daily schedule (on paper and not in my head), and making realistic goals that fit my needs.

4. I will hold myself accountable for managing my time by seeing it reflect in my grades and in my outside life. If I’m managing it correctly then I should be seeing results.

5. Time management will help my reach one of my long term goals because it is essential in making good grades. With those good grades I will accomplish my goal of graduating from the University of North Texas.


MBTI Assessment

My MBTI Assessment was pretty accurate to what I thought I was. Its results say that I am an intuitionist while I thought I was more of a sensor, but now that I read up on both in more detail, I agree with the MBTI. So it was pretty much spot on in each category. I liked my MBTI report results because of how accurate it was to how I am, what I want to do, and things that I like. For instance, what it says my preferred work environment would be is exactly right, to travel or work with people in other countries. 

My MBTI will affect my career exploration because I have a hard time focusing on all the possibilities. I tend to put all my eggs in one basket instead of having back up plans. Which means I need to prioritize and focus on all of the possibilities ahead of me. Also, I have no set in stone plan on how I want to get to where I am going. I am more of a laid back spontaneous person when I should be planning. The MBTI’s suggested strategy is to work backward step-by-step to learn what I need to do to get to where I want to be.

I selected the “Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media” job family from my most attractive job families. I scored a 91/100 on the ranking for ENFPs, so I figured it would be a good family to look into. Out of the family I chose photography because it is what I am most passionate about, but the O*NET was very stereotypical of what a photographer is. You don’t have to just take pictures of people in a studio or on location to be a photographer. This is definitely something I would research, but not through the site provided.

Some of my most popular occupations were photographer, dancer/actress, fitness trainer, bartender, and a psychiatrist. These are all things that I would be interested in. I danced for ten years and I am crazy about running and fitness, so I thought these occupations fit me pretty well. Some of my least popular occupations are an air crewmember, nuclear engineer, bank teller, and computer hardware engineer. All these are exactly what I do not want to do with my life. I dislike math, sciences, being bored and heights. Which pretty much wipes out all of those occupations. I thought the occupations listed were extremely accurate, actually kind of scary correct, because it feels like the assessment knows exactly who I am. 



This photo was taken by Lynsey Addario who is a photojournalist for National Geographic and The New York Times. This photo is apart of her Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo gallery on her website www.lynseyaddario.com. She is who I am trying to interview for my Roadtrip Nation Project. 


What are you passionate about?

The career that I am most interested in is to work for National Geographic. I want to major in journalism and minor in photography. I am most passionate about traveling the world. That is my number one dream is to see as much as the world as I can. That’s why this career path is the best for me. Also, I want to come back and get a master degree in international studies. I feel like that will help me the most to get my dream job.
Photography is definitely something that I’m passionate about. To me it’s like I’m in my own world when I’m taking pictures, almost like when you’ve been running so long that you’re almost in a trance. I love that feeling. I knew that I was passionate about photography when I traveled to Italy and got to take so many beautiful pictures. When I got back home I couldn’t stop. My friends would be models for me so I could do a “photo shoot.” Since then I’ve known that it was always going to be apart of my life.
Even if I decide journalism isn’t for me, I will always want to do something with photography.
In addition, I am also passionate about other things such as running and dancing. These are similar to photography for me. They will always be apart of my life even if they are not apart of my career. In conclusion these are few important things to me that I am passionate about!