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My ePortfolio Presentation
By: Valerie Jantzi
Unit 1: Activity 1: Assignment 3:
My Strength Profile
While my Career Pathway may change several times over the course of my life, certain essential skills and work habits that I have can be transferred to a variety of work situations and be helpful with many different jobs. My strongest skills and work habits that I have are organization, responsibility and collaboration.

In my life, I am a very organized person. An example of this is in terms of homework and other responsibilities and activities that I have after school. I know everything I need to do and I decide which things are more important and which things can be left to the side and completed later. Prioritizing really helps me to stay organized with my life and by doing this, I get everything done on time and I never hand in any homework late. Also, I love to plan things and organize the details for any event.

I am a responsible person. This is evident through my organization skills and the fact that I get everything done on time. I also know when I have to do something and in my opinion, I am a very helpful person and people can count on me.

I work well with other people. Whether it’s a group project or fundraising, people can always count on me. I get along well with other people because if the group needs a leader, I can be that leader but if not, I’m happy to follow along with the group. I can play a variety of different roles in a group and I try to avoid arguing. I’m not usually very bossy and I think I have an agreeable attitude.

Despite having three very positive and helpful skills, unfortunately, I am not very good at taking initiative. To be able to take initiative more easily, I need to have more confidence in myself. And I need to participate in class more and not just depend on others to answer all the questions and participate for me. I am aware of this issue and I am trying to improve it. I need to work on this skill because in the future, companies will want to hire someone who can take initiative and work by themselves.
In My Strength Profile, I highlight my strengths and qualities as well as acknowledge my weaknesses. The goal of this assignment was to talk about essential skills and work habits that can be used in a variety of work places. My strongest skills and work habits that I have are organization, responsibility and collaboration and my weakest is taking initiative. In this assignment, I talk about how I demonstrate these qualities in my life and how I can improve on the ones that I am not very good at.
Unit 1: Activity 2: Assignment 2:
Destination Guidebook
Unit 1: Activity 1: Assignment 1:
Reflection of " Oh the Places You'll Go"
According to the story, what skills do we need to first choose a path? Do you think you have those skills?

According to the story, you must have “brains in your head and feet in your shoes” so “you are can steer yourself any direction you choose”. You must know what you want to do and be able to decide where you want to go. You must be smart enough not to “go down any not-so-good street”. You must be able to take risks and be adventurous so you can “head straight out of town” and “join the high fliers who soar to high heights”.

I do not think that I have all these skills. I have “brains in my head and feet in my shoes” but I don’t know what I want to do when I’m older. I don’t know what careers interest me yet and I very indecisive and I sometimes have a difficult time making decisions. I also don’t take a lot of risks. However, I know what I don’t want to do and I think I’m getting better at making decisions do that’s a good sign!

What are the highlights of choosing a “good” path? What would you consider to be a “good” path?

According to the book, the highlights of a good path are “You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest”. You can also be famous and happy and “you’ll move mountains”.

I think that a good path is one where you are happy and content doing what you do. You don’t wish that you were doing something else; you wouldn’t rather be doing another job or going down another path because what you’re doing right now is exactly what you want to be doing.

What happens when we discover the path we've taken is not the right one? What should we do? What would you do?

When you discover that the path we’ve taken is not the right one, “hang-ups can happen to you” and “you’ll be left in the lurch… and the chances are, then, that you’ll be in slump…you will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly are dark.” You will not know what to do and be confused about what to do next.

What I would do in this case I would stop going down this path and I would wait. Wait for a new wave of inspiration to wash over me or wait for a new idea to come to my mind. I would wait for anything that would help me decide what my new path would be. I would not rush into making any decisions because chances are, if I did, the new, hastily chosen path would not be the right path for me neither.

What skills does one need to overcome the Lurch, the Slump and the Waiting Place? Do you think you possess those skills? Elaborate.

To overcome the lurch, the slump and the waiting place, I think that the most important skill to have is determination because without determination, it’s possible that you would stay in one of these three places longer than you would like. You need to be able to make up your mind so that you can plan your next move. You need to be patient and not be frustrated with waiting because sometimes it can take a while for the right opportunity to present itself.

I think that I have most of these qualities. I am patient and determined. I don’t give up on things easily. Also, I have people around me who would be incredibly helpful to me during a situation like this and so I think I would not be in the lurch, the slump or the waiting place for very long if something would ever happen to me.

The story points out that you need to expect problems to occur in your life journey. Reflect on when you have encountered problems. What skills did you use to overcome problems in the past? Consider how useful would those same skills be with other problems - or, do you need to find new ways to overcome future obstacles?

To overcome the initial problem of moving to a foreign country and settling into a new school there, the main quality I used was determination. I didn’t lose hope. I didn’t give up on the people there and I made some amazing friends. I was determined to make my teachers like me and I worked hard not let them down. The work was hard at first but I persevered and achieved excellent results. I think that this determination can really help me in the future for things like finding a job that I love and with school work. I also think that my determination makes me a more confident person. However to overcome more problems more effectively, I think I need to become more of a risk taker.

Life is a Great Balancing Act – what are the things that you have to balance right now in your life? What skills and attributes do you possess and what skills and attributes do you feel you could acquire to help you maintain a good sense of balance in your life journey?

At this time of my life, I have many things to balance. Between school, extra-curricular activities and friends and family, I am very busy. To balance all these things, I prioritize to decide which things are the most important to me and which things I can leave until later. I am also extremely organized. For example, I know what time I have to start my piano practice in the morning to be able to make it to school on time and I know how long a time I have to call my friends before I have to get started on my homework for the night.
This assignment is based on the book,
"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
by Dr. Seuss. This was a journal assignment and I answered questions about the book and made reflections about the book and my own career journey.
Unit 1: Activity 1: Assignment 2:
Learning Skills Assessment Record
In this assignment I was presented with different scenarios that fit into six different categories (responsibility, collaboration, organization, initiative, self-regulation and independent work). i had to evaluate myself in each situation with E (excellent), G (good), S (satisfactory) and N (needs improvement). form doing this exercise I learned that my strongest skills are organization, responsibility and collaboration. My weakest skill is taking initiative.
(please see work in eportfolio)
The questions that are the base of this assignment are:
If you could choose any destination – any goal – be anything you want – what path would you take to get there?
What are your opportunities?
Who do you want to become?
What are your plans to achieve your goals?

To answer these questions, I created a guidebook that illustrates the destination (or destinations) where I might want to go in the future in addition to the pathway (or pathways) that I could take to reach my final destination.

My guidebook identifies the tools and skills that I will need to achieve my goal and the connections between who I am now and the demands, rewards, and characteristics of my intended destination goal.

for this assignment, I chose teaching and engineering as my final destination and this is my guide to how I will get there!
(please see work in eportfolio)
Unit 1: Assignment 2: Activity 3:
Packing List


I am able to work well with others on school projects
I am an open-minded and agreeable person and I listen to people’s ideas and respect people’s opinions

People can count on me.
I get all my work done
I don’t let people down.
I do things even that I don’t want to do because I know that I have to.

I am an organized person
I keep track of my work and my responsibilities
I am never late for events and I never lose my work and things

Independent Work
I am able to work efficiently and effectively by myself

I don’t need to wait for others to tell me what to do
I see what needs to be done and I do it

I stay on task
Even though I don’t always want to do my homework, I do it anyway

Define areas that need improvement and set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) to guide your progress.

Academic Goals:
Improve my creativity (in media art and drama)
Take more risks with my school work
Participate more in class discussions

Career/Work Goals:
Decide what possible career pathways interest me
Decide what universities interest me and pick one where I will go to school
Improve my initiative skills

Personal Goals:
Complete my grade 9 piano exam
Go and travel around in Europe (especially France and Paris)
Live a balanced lifestyle

My Parents
My Sister
My Grandparents
My Friends
My Teachers


Math Tutoring
Yearbook Club
My Packing List helps me to keep track of of some of the items that are part of my IPP. I recorded my strengths and my resources and my extra-curricular activities.
Unit 1: Activity 3: Assignment 2:
Unit 1 Reflections
How has what you've discovered affected you in your everyday life - in class, at home, and in your personal relationships? Does knowing a little bit more about your strengths explain why you are meeting with success in some areas of your life and not so much so in others?

Knowing what you are good at and knowing the areas in which you need improvement, what do you think are your next steps?

If you are not sure what your next steps are, or how to take that first step, what resources (local, personal, online) could you connect with to help you out? Maybe it is time to investigate your options!

If you have been playing the game, My Personal GPS, what decisions have you made with your avatar that are similar to decisions you have made in your own life? Can you see any connections between the experiences of your avatar and how they relate to experiences you may, or may not have, encountered yourself?

Yes, my discoveries have made a difference in my life. Since I did my self-evaluation and learned that I am not very good at taking initiative and risks, I have made a conscience effort to do both of those things. I have tried to be the leader in group discussions and participate in class and take some risks by doing or saying something that I normally wouldn’t have. Also, I have tried to be more decisive.

Knowing more about my strengths and weaknesses makes it clearer to me why I am always on time, I get all my work done, I am serious, I work well with others and by myself, and why people can count on me and trust me. It also explains to me why I have a hard time making decisions and taking risks. It is because I am not good at taking initiative.

My next steps are to build up confidence so that it is easier for me to take initiative in group situations. I need to use my collaboration and independent work skills to help me with this goal. Something else I could do would be to find little jobs or volunteer work where I could continue to improve and build on my existing skills and develop new ones.

To help me make some decisions, I could talk to the any of the adults at my school (teachers, guidance counselor etc.) or my parents who are always very supportive and helpful.

I have not yet started the game but I can imagine that there would be some similarities between your own choices and the avatar since you are the person controlling the avatar.
In this first unit, I examined and reflected upon my personal strengths through numerous activities. this assignment combines all that I have learned so far.

For my reflection I answered the following questions:

How has what you've discovered affected you in your everyday life - in class, at home, and in your personal relationships? Does knowing a little bit more about your strengths explain why you are meeting with success in some areas of your life and not so much so in others?

Knowing what you are good at and knowing the areas in which you need improvement, what do you think are your next steps?
If you are not sure what your next steps are, or how to take that first step, what resources (local, personal, online) could you connect with to help you out? Maybe it is time to investigate your options!

If you have been playing the game, My Personal GPS, what decisions have you made with your avatar that are similar to decisions you have made in your own life? Can you see any connections between the experiences of your avatar and how they relate to experiences you may, or may not have, encountered yourself?
Unit 2: Activity 1: Assignment 1:
Creating a Career Cluster
List the Career Clusters that you discovered as being best suited to your skills and interests:

1. Education

2. Engineering

3. Management

List the top eight to ten Career Occupations related to your Career Cluster(s):

The following occupations are part of the career cluster for education:

Educational Counselors
(advising students on educational issues, career planning and personal development. They are employed by school boards and post-secondary educational institutions.

Early Childhood Educators (ECEs)
(plan, organize and implement programs that support intellectual, physical, social and emotional development for children between the ages of infancy and 12 years. They are employed in licensed child care centres, kindergartens, nursery schools etc.

Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistant
(workers who assist Elementary and Secondary School Teachers and Counselors. They are employed in public and private elementary and secondary schools.

Community and Social Service Worker
(administer and implement social assistance programs and community services, and offer assistance to people who deal with personal and social problems. They are employed by social service and government agencies, school boards. There is often a social worker present in secondary schools to help students deal with their individual issues relating to school, family etc.)

College and Other Vocational Instructor
(Instructors who teach applied arts, academic, technical and vocational subjects to students at community colleges and other college level schools.

Administration Officer
( Principal, Vice-Principal) (oversee and implement administrative procedures, establish work priorities and co-ordinate the acquisition of administrative services.)

The Ministry of Education
(The section of the Ontario government that administers the education program and curriculum)

School Board Trustee


Somebody who creates the education curriculum

Complete the table below for the top three career occupations that most interest you using information gathered from your research.
Career/Occupation # 1:
Job Description:
Administration Officer ( Principal, Vice-Principal) (oversee and implement administrative procedures, establish work priorities and co-ordinate the acquisition of administrative services.)

The median annual earnings for a principal in the United States is $96,948. However, this means that 50% of the united states principals get paid less than this amount and 50% get paid more.

Working Conditions:
A principal will usually have a private office located in the main office of a school. They have the same holidays as students at the school.

Required Education/Training:
A principal needs:
a bachelor’s degree in education
to complete a teacher education program
teaching experience
a graduate degree in educational administration
to complete a principal internship

Essential Skills Required:
A principal needs to be dependable and responsible. It takes a lot of work to keep a school running and functioning so a principal needs to be organized and know what he/she is doing. They need to be able to collaborate with other (eg: teachers) and they need to show initiative in running and improving the school to make it a better place.

Future Prospects:
A principal could become a school board trustee or work for the ministry of education if they want a change from being the principal of a school.
Career/Occupation # 2:
Job Description:
Teacher: a teacher is a person who teaches or instructs. Teachers are usually in schools where they are teaching and educating (young) people. There are different types of teachers, for example, math, science, English, music etc.

On average, teachers make $89,000 a year. However, according to the ministry of education, if you have a masters degree with ten years of experience, you can earn up to $100,000.

Working Conditions:
A teacher works in a classroom setting in a school. They have the same holidays that the students do. Pleasant and supportive working environment and a safe school.

Required Education/Training:
Teachers need:
to receive a high school diploma
to enroll in college
to complete a teacher certification program
to advance in the field

Essential Skills Required:
A teacher needs to be smart, understanding, kind, and good at explaining things, creative, organized, responsible and collaborative. Also, a teacher needs to be a problem solver. All of these qualities contribute to a positive and healthy classroom and work environment.

Future Prospects:
A teacher could become a principal or a school trustee or many other professions in the education field.
Career/Occupation # 3:
Job Description:
School board trustee: trustees set the school board’s policy direction and they manage the board’s budget. They represent the interests of the community, parents and students in their community in their area (ward). The job of trustee is considered part-time.

They earn a base salary of $5,900 a year plus an extra amount that depends on their board’s enrolment. This final annual salary can range from $6,900 to $27,000.

Working Conditions:
They work with the other board trustees in a safe and positive working environment.

Required Education/Training:
To be School trustee you must have a high school diploma. you are elected to be a trustee by the people who live in your community.

Essential Skills Required:
They have to be good organizers, smart, good with managing money, responsible, communicative and reasonable.

Future Prospects:
Manager of a business, teacher, administrator
The goal of this assignment was to create a career cluster which is a way of organizing and grouping occupations based on common knowledge and skills.
I chose education as the base for my career cluster and I investigated some related professions.
I then chose my top three interests form what I had researched before and I did some more investigating to give me some more information about the job.
Unit 2: Activity 2: Assignment 1:
Exploring Educational Resources
This activity was useful for gathering all the necessary information that we might need to use to plan all possible pathways which is one of the following assignments.
(please see work in eportfolio)
Unit 2: Activity 1: Assignment 2:
Pathways of the pioneers
For this assignment, I interviewed my Dad who explained how he started his own company and the route that he took to get there. some of the interview questions were:
What helped her or him to decide upon a particular career? What skills were needed and what skills had to be developed over time?
What postsecondary pathway did she or he take? In hindsight, was it the right one?
(please see work in eportfolio)
Unit 2: Activity 2: Assignment 2:
Planning All Possible Pathways
For this assignment, I created three possible Postseconday Pathway Plans for the same or similar career goal(s). I thought of this as a “what if?” scenario where I could test and see what would happen if I decide to follow along a certain pathway. I created a career path for teaching and two for engineering.
(please see work in eportfolio)
Unit 2: Activity 3: Assignment 2:
Job Search Package
Unit 2: Activity 3: Assignment 3:
Knowing Your Rights and Responsibilities
What are the three basic health and safety rights at any workplace?
The three basic health and safety rights at any workplace are the right to know ( the hazards in your job), the right to participate (in keeping your workplace healthy and safe and in training sessions) and the right to refuse unsafe work (you have an obligation to report an unsafe situation or management).

What should you do if you think you should have special safety equipment and don't?
If you feel like you should have safety equipment and don’t, you should ask/talk to your employer about your concern. If nothing happens, you should quit working at this place because you are not working in safe conditions.

Do you have the right to refuse unsafe work?
Yes, you have the right to refuse unsafe work. If you think your job is endangering you, you have an obligation to report the unsafe situation to management. If the situation is not fixed or taken seriously and you still feel your health and safety are in danger, you have the right under the OHSA to refuse to perform the work.

What is WHMIS training?
WHIMIS training is training concerning Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.

What should you do if you get injured at work?
If you are injured at work, report the injury to your supervisor right away. If the supervisor is not immediately available, go immediately to the first aid station. Make sure someone tells your supervisor about the injury. Tell your supervisor if you develop any illness or condition (like a skin rash or burning eyes) that you believe happened because of something you were exposed to or were doing at work. If you have to leave your work to go to the hospital or doctor's office, your employer will pay for wages for the day of the injury. You have to file a claim with the WSIB as soon as possible after an accident. If you are less than 16 years old, a parent or guardian will have to sign part of the form.

As a student/young worker, does the ESA (Employment Standards Act) apply to you? Are there exemptions?
Yes, the ESA does apply to students and young workers. However, people much be at least 18 years of age to work in Underground Mines and window cleaning and 16 years old to be able to work at a construction or logging facility.

What is the minimum wage in Ontario?
The general minimum wage in Ontario is $11 per hour but for students the minimum wage is $10.30 per hour.

How can you tell if you are not being paid correctly?
Employers must provide detailed records of how many hours each employee has worked, wages and deductions. An employer must establish a recurring payday.

As a young worker, are you entitled to paid statutory holidays?
Young workers are protected by the ESA and get paid on New Year's Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Are you entitled to lunch and coffee breaks?
Yes. Most employees (including young workers) may not work more than 5 hours without a 30 minute eating break.

Can an employer deduct the cost of a company uniform from your pay?
Yes, the employer can but only if there is a written agreement between the employee and the employer to have the certain amount deducted from the employee’s wages.

In this assignment I researched my rights and responsibilities in a workplace to make sure that I am working in a safe environment. I learned a lot of things that I didn't know before.
Unit 2: Activity 4: Assignment 2:
Unit 2 Reflection
How resilient are you? What happens if your well-thought out plans hit a bump in the road? With changing technologies, it is important to pay attention to trends in the job markets. There are currently jobs in your career cluster that may disappear by the time you finish high school. There are also some jobs that are just emerging – with pathways that have yet to be blazed. How prepared are you if you need to take a fork in the road? Do you have a contingency plan? Do you have skills that can be easily transferred to different or tangent pathways?

I think that I am very prepared if my plans hit a bump in the road. In this unit, I have done research to complete assignments such as a career cluster or a postsecondary pathway plan. These two assignments will greatly help me in the future. They will help me one of the jobs that I want to be disappears, for example, a school principal, I will know that there are other professions in the same career area that I could consider (teacher, vice-principle etc.). Also, I have a few different pathways that I could take to achieve my goal and so if one of these pathways becomes impossible to complete, I will have other other options. This could help me if the university or the program that I want to go to closes down. I have skills that can be transferred to another career path such as responsibility, organization, intelligence, determination, independent work and collaboration.

Have you considered how far afield you are willing to go for your future ‘dream job? For example, with the recent scarcity of jobs in the education sector, many young teachers have gone overseas to find work. Would you also be willing to leave your town and pursue a job in another country?

To find work, I would be willing to go to a different country. However, I would only choose to go to a country where I already speak their language. If not, I think it would be too hard for me to learn a new language and adjust to a new job and lifestyle.

If you have been playing the game, My Personal GPS, what decisions have you made with your avatar that are similar to decisions you have made in your own life – especially in areas of career planning? Can you see any connections between the experiences of your avatar and how they relate to experiences you may, or may not have, encountered yourself?

Something that is very important in career planning and achieving goals is working hard. In the game My Personal GPS I always choose to do school work and homework before doing any other activity. I do this in my real life also so that I can establish good and healthy work habits and succeed in life. Sometimes, my avatar must complete group work with other people. When I have group assignments, my group usually reads the assignment and then assigns roles to each group member, similar to what happens in one activity in the game.
Unit 3: Activity 1: Assignment 2:
Survey- How Resilient Am I?
This survey helped me determine how resilient I am. Being resilient is helpful with changes that happen and occur. Sometimes these changes are unexpected and a resilient person would be able to get back on track if one of these unexpected changes was a setback. I found out that I am quite a resilient person, something that I wouldn't have guessed before I did this survey.
(please see work in eportfolio)
Unit 1: Activity 1: Assignment 3:
My Personal 911
These are some phone numbers and contact information for a wide range of companies and organizations. These phone numbers can come in very useful if I am ever in a difficult situation.
(please see work in eportfolio)
Unit 3: Activity 2: Assignment 2:
Recalculating Directory- Your Transitions Skills List
These are some of my skills that would help me if I ever need to transfer or change jobs. These are my skills that are universally helpful in most situations.
(please see work in eportfolio)
Unit 3: Activity 3: Assignment 2:
Unit 3 Reflection- Roadblocks or Stepping Stones
Depending on the difficult situation, my initial reaction could be varied, but I think that my most common reaction would be to fight. I am a very determined person and I do not like to give up. If a difficult situation arose, I would be quite agitated. It depends on what the situation is, but I would not blame others for what has happened if it is not their fault and they do not deserve the blame. I would take responsibility for my own actions. After a few days, I would calm down and be able to do something productive with my time to solve the problem. My very initial reaction would make it hard for me to solve the problem in the first couple of days, but then after I had assessed the situation and calmed down, I could be able to work productively on finding a solution.

In general, I consider myself a resilient person. When I was younger, my family moved and I had to switch schools. I was very sad about this because I was doing so well at my previous school and I had a lot of friends there. At my new school, I had a harder time adjusting to the new routine and school atmosphere and as a result of this, my marks dropped a considerable amount. Nonetheless, I continued to work hard, be positive and do the best that I could and gradually my marks started to improve and I became happier at my new school. I think that I did make the right decision because you can’t do anything better than trying your best and my hard work paid off in the better marks that I started receiving. I think I dealt very well with this situation.

Most of the time, I learn from my mistakes. For example, once I didn’t hand in my work on time and my teacher got mad at me and gave me a bad mark. Now, because of that experience, I don’t hand any work in late.

I can be both an optimist and a pessimist depending on the situation. I try to be an optimist as much as possible because looking on the bright side of situations can really help progressiveness and helpful and productive thinking. I think that and optimist is more encouraged to work then a pessimist would be.

This is my final reflection of unit three. In this reflection, I talk about my level of resiliency when faced with obstacles, some of my problem-solving strategies, and some resources and allies that could help me in times of trouble.
Unit 4: Activity 1: Assignment 2:
The Best of me Now Narrative:
I haven’t completely decided what I want to do after high school but I am interested in becoming either a teacher or an engineer. Regarding high school, my goal is to complete the IB program, continue to work hard, receive good marks and hopefully be accepted into the University of Toronto for either an engineering program or a teaching program. I would also like to go to a French school for engineering in France.

I think that both of my career choices suit me very well. Early on in this careers course, I did a self evaluation and I noticed and learned that I am an organized and responsible person and I’m good at independent work and collaboration. I brainstormed some jobs that feature and use the skills that I already have ad one of my ideas was a teacher. I am very familiar with teachers since they have been a part of my life for many years. I have been interested in being a teacher since I was in grade three and so this course was a helpful way for me to research what I would need to do to achieve my goal. I know that some of the qualities that a teacher should have are niceness, friendliness, smartness, organization and responsibility. I have all these qualities and that is one of the reasons that I think that I would make a good teacher.

However, I am also interested in being an engineer. I am a determined and hard worker. My favourite subjects in school tend to be math and science and so I researched some professions that use math and science. I found that engineering is a good profession for people who like math and science as I do. After discovering this, I talked to some family members who are engineers and they described some of their work to me. I have been especially interested in aeronautical engineering ever since I toured the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.

The main things that I learnt about me in this course are my personality qualities (which I mentioned before), the fact that I am resilient and determined person and that I still am not positive about what I want to when I grow up. I created my IPP based on the information I gathered and learned about myself throughout this course but I am aware that changes may be made to it since I am not completely decided on my post secondary pathway. I think that it’s ok that I still haven’t decided what I want to do later in life because I still have a lot of learning to do about myself and about my career options but I think that this careers course helped me narrow down my options and now I have a clearer idea of where I should focus my attention.
This assignment was the first one in the new unit called My Life, My Future, My Vision.

My goal while I was I creating my Personal Narrative Abstract was to retell what I felt were the most important aspects and pivotal moments of your experience in this course. I tried to tell it in an interesting way so that the person who listens to or reads this story can understand the emotions and experiences that I felt at the time.

To begin, I reviewed the reflections I had archived in my e-Portfolio. I gathered the most relevant and significant reflections and used them to create this narrative.
Unit 4: Activity 2: Assignment 1:
Game Reflection

I started playing this game by completing the activities that I thought would be easiest for me. I did this because I was following my heart. Depending on the circumstances, I would say that it is generally better to follow your heart than do something that you think might be good for you but that you don’t enjoy doing. In the game, I started with the organization, responsibility and self regulation activities because I am good at those three things. After I completed the first activities I chose, I challenged myself to do a more difficult activity in initiative which I am not always very good at. It is better to be happy doing something you love than to be unhappy doing something that you don’t enjoy but that might be helping you more.
While I was playing the game My Personal GPS, I noticed that the fact that change is constant helped me to succeed with a lot of the activities. The first time that I played some of the activities, I made wrong choices and did not receive a key for that specific activity. I reflected on the choices that I had made in that activity and which ones I could have got wrong and then I tried to do that activity again. The second time I played, I usually got my key at the end of the activity because I changed some of my answers. One example of this was in the activity called Squirrel, where you have to answer questions without letting people distract you. The first time I played this activity, I was very focused on getting all the right answers to the questions and eventually I ran out of time. The second time I played I did get a key because I realized that the objective of this activity was not necessarily to get all the correct answers but to form good and studious work habits. Throughout this game, the fact that I was able to redo any activities that I got wrong the first time and change the results I obtained, helped me to reflect on my choices and improve my decisions about certain things. Change happens all the time in real life. Sometimes you can redo something but sometimes you can’t. Nonetheless, change gives you an opportunity to reflect on past experiences, learn from them, build on them and improve them in the future.
In this game, it is not only the final results that matter but also how you achieved the final results. It is nice to always achieve perfect scores and to always be successful but I think that the journey of how you reach the final destination is the most important part. In this game, the journey allowed me to build on and improve my learning skills. The journey is the part where you learn and if you didn’t take the journey to get somewhere, I don’t think that you’d be able to succeed. In this game, my final results were not perfect but I think they were good. I’m proud of how I did in this game because I learned a lot on my journey to the final destination. In the game, I was placed in certain situation that I have not experienced in real life, for example planning a party using social media and working in a soup kitchen etc. I learned what I could do if I was ever in a situation like this. Throughout this game I gained experienced and I learned something new from each activity I did and I think that that makes my final achievements of the game very valuable and helpful to me.
Every time I do something new, I learn from the experience. As I mentioned before, I experienced things in the game, that I have not experienced in real life and each time I learned and gained experience. Sometimes even figuring out how an activity worked and how to complete it was a learning experience for me. A very important thing that I learned from this game is that no matter how much you know about something, there is always more to be learned. I consider myself a responsible and organized person however, in the game, I had some difficulties with some of the activities in these categories, most notably in the baby sitting activity.

I think that the teamwork activities in this game were beneficial to me. They allowed me to further develop my collaboration skills. I consider myself very good at working with others and so the collaborative qualities that are so natural for me influenced my choices while playing the game. I have been in situations where I have needed to work with a group and these real life experiences helped me to choose the best way to deal with a problem. I also know that I am a person who tries to avoid conflict and arguments so I try to do the thing that will cause the least amount of tension within the group. Collaboration skills are important because in so many jobs and work environments, people are required to interact and work together and developing collaboration skills early on in life can be very beneficial when you are searching for a job.

Throughout this course, I have been playing a game called My Personal GPS. In the game, there were many different activities in different categories (collaboration, organization etc.). In this assignment, I reflect on the game has helped me in my life and decisions. In the reflection, I used the "high fives" (change is constant, focus on the journey, learning is continuous, team up with others and follow your heart) to reflect on and talk about the game.
Unit 4: Activity 3: Assignment 1:
Informed prediction

Based on what I have learned about myself in this course and on all the reflections and course work that I have completed over the last few months, here is my informed prediction about where I will be in certain amounts of time.
In five years time from now, I see myself attending university either for education (teaching) or engineering. In one of the assignments, I said that my plan is to continue getting good marks in high school so that I can graduate with good marks and be accepted into the university of my choice, which in my case is the University of Toronto. The fact that I am smart, a good, hard worker and determined are signs that I will accomplish this goal.

In ten years time from now, I can see myself living in France (most likely in Paris) to continue learning and speaking French and possibly to be an English teacher in a French school. Also, I would explore more engineering possibilities. These are the two possible career paths that I talked about in my post secondary pathway assignment. I mentioned in one of the assignments that I would like to travel and live in France. I think that this is a realistic possibility since I already speak French and I have already lived in France for two years and I have a lot of friends and know a lot of people there. I am interested in teaching and engineering as possible career paths for me.

In fifteen years time from now, I can see myself making a final decision as to what my final career choice will be. I am not the kind of person who makes decisions very fast. In fact, I am an indecisive person and I think I know that I would need some years of fun and exploring different jobs before I could make my final decision. In France, I would hopefully be able to do some exploring that would prepare me to make a decision.

In twenty years time from now, I can see myself happily settled at a job that I am very happy doing. Since I took so long to decide on my job, I’m sure that the job I end up choosing will be perfect for me. I am generally very easy to please and I tend to make the best of every situation so I know that I would be happy doing my job. I work well independently and collaboratively so I don’t think that there is any reason why I shouldn’t be happy at my chosen job.
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