Software Engineering


I have many goals in mind for my life. I want to graduate university, possibly go to graduate school, and obtain a career in which I am happy and satisfied. Yes, I know this sounds very cliché as many people want to obtain this kind of life. I don’t mind obtaining a “normal” happy life as long as I am happy with it. I am familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and I want to make sure I fulfill my lower needs before I start trying to achieve my goals. I have never actually applied the GIOADA process to my decision making in the past. After reading the document that describes the GIOADA process, I will start applying this process to future decisions I make in life. Also, as I look back at some of the big decisions I made previously, I wish I applied the GIOADA process in making these decisions. That would have allowed me to more strongly analyze all the processes of the decision making.

My goal in life right now is a choice between two very different careers. The careers I have in mind are being a Foreign Service officer or being a software engineer. I know in my career paper I indicated a preference towards becoming a Foreign Service officer, particularly one involved in economic affairs, as it fits my major better. However, I’ve always held an interest in computer and software design and programming and my interests would also be served by becoming a software engineer. My goal is to find the career that suits me better than the other career and strive to achieve that career. Right now, I am still working on best aligning my interests towards my desired career. As described in my career readiness paper, A Foreign Service Officer (FSO) is a commissioned member of the United States Foreign Service. As Diplomats, Foreign Service Officers formulate and implement the foreign policy of the United States. FSOs spend most of their careers overseas as members of U.S. embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions, though some receive assignments to combatant command, Congress, and educational institutions such as the various U.S. War Colleges. Foreign Service Officers are in demand, though the U.S. government caps the number. The process to become a Foreign Service Officer is one of the most difficult for any career tracks, requiring difficult interviews and tests and thorough background checks. Being an FSO pays well and the government covers many expenses. FSOs can come from many university backgrounds, with degrees such as international relations, economics and biology. A software engineer is what it sounds like, someone who develops software using computers. The demand for this career is skyrocketing and has been as companies move into the Internet age. Many software engineers with a bachelor’s degree can easy find software engineering jobs. Jobs are in particular demand in places like Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, TX. Usually, a computer science or software engineering degree is required to be a software engineer, but what matters most are the skills. There are several options I can take to decide my career. First we’ll focus on becoming an FSO. I am interested in becoming an economic FSO, so I could either stay as a business major or move to an economics major.

I know that FSOs often come from top schools, so I have been considering transferring from Western New England, not just to help my chances of getting my career, but for other reasons as well. I may have to go to graduate school, though it is not required to be an FSO. If I were to decide to become a software engineer, I’d have to switch into the engineering school. I’d have to take a computer engineering or computer science track for my major. It is also not necessary to go to graduate school to become a software engineer, as many software engineers get high paying jobs just out of college. There are several ways to analyze my future career choice. A foreign service officer is what I’ve always wanted to do. I would be most happy in that career. On the other hand, it is very difficult to become an FSO. The admission rate for FSOs from applicants is 2.1%. It is easier to get into Harvard than to become an FSO. Graduate school, especially public service graduate schools, is encouraged for those wishing to become an FSO. I would choose to become a software engineer if I wanted to have an easier time getting a job out of university and a higher starting income. It is relatively easy to become a software engineer, provided one can finish all the university work and graduate. The most difficult step of the GIOADA process is selecting a final decision. This decision should and will be made later, however. Right now I am taking computer science and economics classes to determine which subject I enjoy and am most successful at. I can switch majors up until junior year. For this decision, the input of others is very important. By others, the important of them would be my parents. My parents will give their input on my career choices and guide me towards a choice that will benefit me the most in the future and that I will be most successful with. My parents’ opinions would definitely not fall in “groupthink.” They will not just “go with the flow” but will give their expert opinions. Once a decision has been made, action takes place. I will work hard in the classes of whatever major I choose. This will eventually give me in edge in getting a job and will prepare me for the hard work of the future. Only my actions can truly cause the action stage, and I am willing to work for the ends.

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