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Allison Vaughan
INTS 3301
Assignment 3: Focus Assessment
June 16, 2013
The FOCUS assessment defined me as primarily artistic
and the careers suggested to me are reflective of that. 1.
Actor/Act...
at least one major similarity between the two spheres of
occupations. Both require the skill of relating to people and
ens...
some information on my personality and on other career options
that may be an alternative to what I have been considering....
FOCUS Assessment Grading Rubric
Criteria
Points
Possible
Points
Earned
General
Paper adheres to APA formatting (title page...
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  1. 1. Allison Vaughan INTS 3301 Assignment 3: Focus Assessment June 16, 2013
  2. 2. The FOCUS assessment defined me as primarily artistic and the careers suggested to me are reflective of that. 1. Actor/Actress: takes on personas of characters reflected in TV or movies. 2. Cartoonist (Publications): a job drawing animated characters for publication in newspapers or magazines. 3. Choreographer: designs original dance routines. 4. Commercial designer: a job designing product packaging. 5. Composer: creates music for various types of musical groups. None of the career choices provided for me are related to my major. However I agree with the assessment and could see any one of these careers being enjoyable and fulfilling. I hope to pursue a career in the mental health field actively working with patients to improve their psychological wellbeing. This is much more of a social occupation involving the ability to understand and relate to others in addition to the skills of active listening and client management. My current job however is much related to the artistic field, so I can see why this assessment would place me in that category. Right now I work as a makeup artist where artistic skills are highly in demand. I do very much enjoy the creative aspect of my work; however the industry is difficult to succeed in even when talent and skills are present. Although psychology is primarily considered to be a social occupation, while the careers listed above are primarily considered artistic occupations, there is
  3. 3. at least one major similarity between the two spheres of occupations. Both require the skill of relating to people and ensuring client satisfaction. A successful psychologist needs to be able to connect with patients in order to understand and provide effective treatment for each patient’s unique situation. An artist will likely have clients who may be either individuals or corporations who come with expectations and a need to be satisfied. My major as a student of University Studies integrates three areas of concentration. Communication studies, Human Development and Family studies, and Organized Leadership. None of these areas particularly related to the careers pinpointed by the FOCUS assessment. However, one could speculate that the study of communications relates to a career such as acting because communication studies emphasizes skills such as public speaking which is necessary for an actor. All three areas are applicable in a social field such as psychology. Psychologists communicate actively with patients, while human development can be considered as a branch of psychology opening doors to careers, and the ability to make decisions and encourage others that are taught for leadership are necessary as well for a psychologist. The FOCUS assessment was not completely helpful to my future career plans. However I do think the assessment provided
  4. 4. some information on my personality and on other career options that may be an alternative to what I have been considering. I feel that the assessment may have been more helpful had I taken it without a potential career in mind.
  5. 5. FOCUS Assessment Grading Rubric Criteria Points Possible Points Earned General Paper adheres to APA formatting (title page, citations, references page, etc.). Filename correct. This rubric pasted at the end of the assignment. 10 Writing is clear with appropriate grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Headings are appropriately labeled 10 Top Career Choices (100 Words) Clear identification of the identified top 5 career choices with a brief description. 10 Career and Future Plans (500 Words) Student identifies own career choice in relation to those identified by the assessment. 10 Student provides a discussion of how these identified choices fit or not into student’s career and future plans. 20 Connections (500 Words) Identifies three areas of concentration. 10 Student discusses how those three areas relate to top 5 career choices or their own career choice. 20 Conclusion (150 words) Student articulates a conclusion summarizing the helpfulness of the assessment to career and future plans. 10 Total 100 Instructor Comments:

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