Documentation — Just Do It

12 01 2010

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Nike has a marketing slogan, “Just Do It.” I believe that this applies to everyday life as well. As I recently completed the BUSX 460 Professional Experience course within the College of Business and Economics at Towson University I walked away with a valuable takeaway. This course taught me the importance of saving files and other information as I gathered tangible documentation from my entire collegiate career to create a career portfolio. For this project I collected various work assignments from my different internship experiences. Accomplishments and awards that I received in the past were also included in the portfolio. In addition to these items I incorporated articles from the various student organizations that I am actively involved in. I found it rewarding to view all of my accomplishments in an organized portfolio.

When I started my college career I was less mature and didn’t have the same mindset that I do today. Over the years I have become more organized and actively involved in and out of the classroom. These experiences have molded me into the person that I am today, but without documentation and organizational skills it would be difficult to access this information today. I have referred back to my career portfolio a number of times since completion and am sure I will continue to in the near future. Recently I have become more conscious of my documentation and organizational skills as I have improved upon these as my involvements grew. I felt a need to “Just Do It” and feel that I would be lost had I not made this decision. I strongly advise that you follow Nike’s slogan and “Just Do It” in terms of documenting your accomplishments and living an organized life — believe me, you’ll be grateful you did. Make sure to document what you’ve done, why you’ve done it, and the impact it’s had on your life and you will also walk away with some great lessons learned.

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