Personal Brand Assignment

TAMUC and the College of Business have several resources that will help you with this assignment.

Step 1: To get started, you will take a brief online assessment called Personality Pathways, which helps you understand yourself as a product.  This assessment is shortened version of the Myers-Briggs personality inventory that classifies individuals into one of sixteen personality profiles. Personality Pathways https://www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html

Profiles consist of 4 letters, such as ISFP or ENTJ.  Save these letters that describe you.  For more information on your profile, I will upload a Myers-Briggs Test Overview this weekend.  When you find your profile, print it and circle the descriptions that you think fit you the best.

Step 2:  Using the Myers-Briggs profile as a starting point, the next step is to fill in additional characteristics about yourself, including things you have learned (courses specific to your major, for example), skills you can do (learned from work, volunteering, internships, etc.), and work environments you know something about.

Below is a sample of the table you will include.  Tell me something about personality in the first box.  List courses or areas of knowledge that are relevant to your target job in the second column.  List thing you know how to do (from jobs, internships or other experiences) in the third column.  This could include fluency in a second language, provable tasks you have accomplished, skills learned from campus activities, such as keeping books for a fraternity as treasurer or organizing a fund-raising activity for a club.  Finally, you might know something about how an industry works because you have a family business you grew up helping, or internship or summer jobs.  Even if you plan to work in a different business, knowledge of these industries can be helpful to potential employers.

Personal Characteristics

Content Knowledge

Process Knowledge and Skills

Industry Knowledge

ENFJ  (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)

Marketing Major

Operate cash register, customer service skills

Family grocery store

Exceptional people skills

Retail Management

Open and Close restaurant; schedule shifts

Fast food restaurant (summer job)

Organizational abilities

Certified in Excel, SAP

Conduct inventory, order merchandise

Boutique (internship)

Creative and imaginative

Step 3:  The next step is to begin researching a career field that you want to pursue.  If you are a traditional student with limited work experience, you should be looking for entry-level jobs.  You will apply the steps in CH 7 as you (1) segment the market of potential employers by industry, geographic location or specific skills needed), (2) select a target position/industry/location/size company that you want to work for and then (3) try to position yourself to fit the job.  Find a specific job description via a job search website and see how you match up to what they are looking for.  Indeed.com is one website where you might find an appropriate job description.  You may also find descriptions on the College of Business Career Services website.

Step 4:  When you research possible salaries, be sure you look for average STARTING salaries in the field, not just at average salaries.  You will also want to look at potential salaries and benefits as you move up in the field, but realize that it may take 10 to 15 years to reach the average.  Information on opportunities and salaries can be found using YouScience, the new career software that the Career Services office is using at TAMUC.

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