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Reflecting on this assignment has shown me that I have learned more than I anticipated in this class. Most of the assignments I was taught in my life have been very vague and boring. For example, most of my writing examples when asked to reflect on something would ask me how it felt writing this or what impact it had. Very mundane. However, this assignment has opened up new insight to how my writing has progressed and how it has prepared me for my career.

My first post was jargon/literacy list. This was my very first blog post, I had a reasonable doubt about how to do this assignment correctly. I remember it was harder than I expected. I thought it was going to be really easy actually but I had to research  more about how each word was used and how it could be used in a sentence. It showed me  what I can expect to talk about in my discipline and how it will affect me.

The second post  was about professional organizations that engineers might join. That pot showed me that there are clubs and organizations that people use to share their ideas and thoughts. Their purpose is to use all those thoughts and ideas to create and build solutions to improve the lives of many different people in the world. Each organization I researched welcomed engineers even if the website was dedicated to one major. They all had one goal in mind: to share and gather ideas to improve the lives of different people.

My third post was about communications and writing tasks that are commonly used in disciple. Like my first blog post this assignment showed me all the different ways I communicate with my bosses and team members. There are many different ways I show the amount of work I accomplished or my group has done. Most commonly are written memos, notes, and posters that can easily demonstrate how well the project is progressing and the specific details of each project. For example, budget constraints, materials used, and/or the prototypes built. This particular assignment helped really showed me that what  I have been writing about int his class is essentially what I could expect to be writing about in the future.

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Second Blog post

Communications and Writing Tasks:

  1. Memos
  2. Final Presentations
  3. New Findings
  4. Notes
  5. Posters
  6. Reports
  7. films

Writing is very broad in this form of communication. The main piece of writing comes from writing daily memo to the certain project you are working on. Then comes you final presentations. Theses forms of writing forms within the discipline are one of the most important aspects of this degree. Technical writing is a practice used daily to communicate between the client, the workers, and the bosses of the project.

Source: http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/

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Blog post 4: Organizations for Engineers

1.The American Society of Engineers: A non-for-profit origination, ASME was established to help all types of engineers share knowledge and skills learned through their experience  working. Their goal is to help the engineering community to develop solutions to benefit and/or improve lives. The group was founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists. “ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 151 countries. Thirty-two thousand of these members are students.”

Source: https://www.asme.org/about-asme

2. Institution of Mechanical Engineers: The main goal of this origination is to help Mechanical Engineers as well as other types of engineers mainly help one another share ideas, develop future engineers, and to embrace their degree and culture. They also work with different governments to work on facing problems facing the world, like climate change, for example.

Source: http://www.imeche.org/about-us/our-vision

3.International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP): This origination is the world leader in production engineering research and is “specialized in  design, optimization, control and management of processes, machines and systems.” Like the other institutions listed CIRP like to share and involve other members to contribute to help make society better an or help to create solutions for everyday problems.

Source: http://www.cirp.net/about-cirp.html

4. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE): This group like ht name implies is specifically dedicated to automotive and aerospace engineers to help them connect to a wider array of mentors, jobs, speakers, etc. The website is dedicated to help future automotive engineers connect with the industry and help establish a connection base between the individual and companies looking for future improvements and or jobs.

Source: http://www.sae.org

5. Society of Manufacturing Engineers: Like the name implies this is another dedicated engineers group that likes to focus its efforts into helping manufacturing engineers develop their skills and to help them involve int he community by posting, reading, and sharing articles written nu other people within the society. Founded over 80 years ago, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers promotes manufacturing technology and skilled workforce to improve the world.

Source: http://www.sme.org/what-is-sme/

All article were gathered from this website: http://guides.lib.umich.edu/c.php?g=282890&p=1885058

 

 

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Blog Post 3: Audiences

1: Project Manager: Working in Engineering means working with other people collaboratively to finish designing, building, or testing a product. One of those people that breaks you up into this group and gives you directions is the project manger. The job description includes: Assessing the costs and resources need, Leading a project team, Negotiating with supplier or contractors, and so on.

2: Client: Most engineering jobs require you to talk to a boss or a superior. However, sometimes working for small corporation means work being contracted to you through another company who might not have the resources to build the final product. So they contract your team or company to work for them until the product is finished. These people or companies would be considered clients.

3: Team-members: The entire process of designing, creating, and building can’t always be done alone. Although it is possible, most engineers work in teams, as previously mentioned, to work together to great a solution or product. usually engineers hired by companies are tasked to work with other colleague in their field.

 

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Reflections of my Blog Posts

Reflection

For my first post I created a list of ten terms that are used in finance. During the entire time I was researching and writing, I could only think about how everyone should be familiar with all these terms and more. I bet that financial advisors or bankers say these terms all time and their clients have no idea what they mean. Every person should know what these terms mean to understand their finances and transactions. Your advisor could be steering you down the wrong path if you are unfamiliar with all these words and are only listening to whatever they tell you. It makes sense, but when it comes to your money, you can never be too careful.

https://houghtonwra150.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/terms-in-financebusiness/

 

For my second post I interviewed Jill Golder, the CFO of Cracker Barrel. She showed me how important writing is, even in the finance field where you are dealing with numbers all day. I thought that the most writing I would have to do in a finance field is writing emails. I believed that most communication would have been done through sharing spreadsheets. I realize now that writing is an important aspect. Every day I may have to write a paper on something whether it be a project report or a weekly summary. What I was really struck by though was when she spoke about how similar her writing is to writing a story or any analysis paper. She must create a picture for her audience and then analyze how to improve. I was really surprised by how much writing is incorporated in the finance world.

https://houghtonwra150.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/interview/

 

In my third post, I found five organizations that finance majors should join. Every single one of them gave finance majors a way to network themselves but, each one had a different overall purpose. It was amazing to see how passionate all the members of these organizations were. They all go above and beyond for their field. I can see why joining these organizations is such a great networking tool because it shows that you really care about your profession and it is more to you than just a job.

https://houghtonwra150.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/professional-finance-associations/

 

In my last post I gave my opinion on the way a financial advisor should communicate to their three main audiences: the client, superior, and colleague. I spoke about what you should really focus on when dealing with each individual. I spoke about this in my post but I think that in any profession, you should treat each individual with respect. It is the base of most professional relationships and employers will recognize how well you are treating all these individuals. Financial advising has a lot of communication, and to be successful you need to have good communication skills with each individual you come across. I find that respect has a very big factor into my thoughts of other people, and so it will be the same in the financial advisor profession.

https://houghtonwra150.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/audiences-as-a-financial-advisor/

 

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Audiences as a Financial Advisor

A financial advisor is one of the simplest jobs for a finance major. You are given clients and you review their transaction history to evaluate the best possible way for them to spend and handle their money. But as in any job, you will have to deal with three major groups of people: clients, colleagues, and superiors.

 

  1. Client: Similar to many other fields, you will deal with a customer. A person who is paying you to give them a simple service of going over their files or showing them where they should invest their money. When speaking or writing you need to be respectful but always truthful. If your client has many debts and needs to pay them, it is not your job to be nice; it is your job to help them with their money the best that you can and sometimes that means being a little harsh. But you never disrespect the customer. You always show them the proof before telling them why they should stop paying so much for clothes or to pay this debt. A client comes to you to ask for help with their cash flow. A financial advisor must do that to the best of their ability, even if that means giving the clients a helpful push.

 

  1. Colleague: As a financial advisor, you may be put onto jobs that take two advisors. When dealing with a colleague you must have respect for both your colleague and yourself. You need to always respect a colleague’s opinion but if you disagree, you must always voice your opinion. In any field, you will not be successful if you do what you are told and nothing else. Those who exceed go above and beyond the call of duty, which is what you need to think about when communicating with a colleague. This does not mean that when speaking to a colleague you must disagree to stand out, this mean when you have an idea that can benefit the client, you must voice yourself.

 

  1. Boss: Just like the client and colleague, you always speak to your superior with respect. The most important thing to remember when communicating with your boss is to always be truthful. If you are giving a progress report on a client who you gave poor advice to, or the relationship between you and the client has been anything but stellar, you cannot lie to your boss about it. Think of the boss as your mother. If you ever lie to your mother to avoid consequences, she will always find out, and the consequences will be exponentially worse than before. If a boss sees that you have good integrity and you work hard, you will be rewarded. When dealing with a boss you must always speak truthfully and always with respect.

 

Even though all of these groups of people are supposed to be dealt with differently, there is one emotion that you should give any person you come across on the job. Respect. Having respect for someone is very powerful as respect is the foundation to a strong business relationship. To succeed in the finance field, you need to have strong relationships and that all starts with your respect.

 

Works Cited:

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Professional Finance Associations

American Finance Association (AFA):

In 1939, The American Finance Association was created to provide connections for those in finance, to improve the public’s understanding, and to encourage the finance field. A finance specialist would want to join this organization to network themselves to potential employers. This would first give a finance major the connection to these employers, and it would give them the edge over other applicants. Joining the AFA shows that finance is more than just a job.

 

Association for Financial Professionals (AFP):

The AFP, based outside of Washington, D.C., serves treasury and finance professionals. They support the regulations of the U.S. capital market to increase competitiveness of companies to help grow our economy. They created the organizations that oversee and set guidelines for the treasury and finance systems. Finance majors would have joining this organization in their best interest as they host the single largest networking conference for finance majors in the world. Joining the AFP would kick start a finance majors career.

 

Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA):

In 1938, the AFWA was founded to increase the opportunities for women in the fields of accounting and finance. This organization has changed the lives of many women, giving them the leadership skills and networking to excel in their communities. In an industry that is predominantly male based, the AFWA gives women today the same opportunities as any man. Women join this organization to help empower themselves, and network themselves to other women finance specialists.

 

American Bankers Association (ABA):

Founded in 1975, the ABA represents a great number of banks, supporting the bank industry and employees. It brings together the voices of all the banks and bankers that are members and makes them one powerful voice changing government policies to their benefit. Joining the ABA would not only network a finance major with other bankers, it would allow them to help make the economy more fit for the banks to increase their efficiency and profits.

 

Financial Planning Association (FPA):

Connects and helps those who need with those who deliver financial planning. They are the principal organization for the Certified Financial Planner who helps those in need of financial support. Finance majors should join this to extend their experience in the finance field and to connect to other financial planners.

 

Works Cited:

 

“About the Association.” – American Finance Association. American Finance Association, 2012. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.afajof.org/details/page/3710241/About-the-Association.html&gt;.

 

“About AFP – Association for Financial Professionals.” Association for Financial Professionals. Association for Finance Professionals, 2016. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.afponline.org/info/&gt;.

 

 

“About AFWA.” Accounting and Financial Womens Alliance. Account and Financial Womens Alliance, 2016. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.afwa.org/about/#.VyppLGNExsM&gt;.

 

“About the American Bankers Association.” American Bankers Association. American Bankers Association, 2016. Web. 04 May 2016. <http://www.aba.com/About/Pages/default.aspx&gt;.

 

“About FPA.” CFP Association & Organization for Financial Planning. Financial Planning Association. Web. 04 May 2016. <https://www.onefpa.org/about/Pages/default.aspx&gt;.

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