Considering my strengths and weaknesses my career goal is to become a license substance abuse counselor so that I can help the drug abuse victims and their family overcomes their sufferings. I always viewed drug abuse as one of the major problems faced by the societies across the world.Thus, it made me motivated to opt for the course and develop career that would not only benefit me but also the community. When I was working with a non-profit health organization as an administrative assistance, I had come through various drug addict patients suffering from severe problems which further strengthen my desire to develop may career as license substance abuse counselor. Although setting career goal may seem to be quite easy but at the same time achieving the goal is quite a challenging task but I am determined towards accomplishing my goal of becoming a license substance abuse counselor.As I started with the learning of substance abuse course, I observed that my knowledge regarding how to deal with the people involved in drug addiction augmented to a considerable extent. Besides, the experience that I have complied while working in the health organization contributed towards the development of skills related with communication, problem solving, cooperation and reclamation of information and its utilization which I feel are extremely necessary for developing my career as substance abuse counselor. Acting as administrative assistance for a non-profit and a home health aide further offered me with opportunities to interact with the many people and listen to their problems which has undoubtedly facilitated in enhancing my communication skills. While working, I communicated with the people regarding their problems of drug addiction and also tried to solve those problems to the utmost importance. This process has contributed towards increasing my problem solving skills. Recently, I have been working as both the residential manager which has facilitated me with developing leadership quality and ability to work within a team.During the course of my learning, one of the general education courses that had the greatest effect on my present employment was GEN/480 Interdisciplinary Capstone Course. Apart from this, the other two of the core courses affecting my present employment were BSHS/312 Models of Effective Helping and MGT/330 Management Theory, Practice, & Application.
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University of Phoenix. (2014). Models of effective helping. Retrieved from http://www.phoenix.edu/courses/bshs312.html
University of the Pacific. (2014). Substance abuse counselor certificate program. Retrieved from http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Professional-and-Continuing-Education/Programs/Certificate-Programs/Substance-Abuse-Counselor-Certificate-Program.html
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