5 Year Goals Essay

In the next five years I would like to see myself in an HR manager role for a well-known international corporate company. My current position is an administration manager for a private care home and involves using complex computerised systems to input residents and employee’s details to keep a record of everything and update information when needed as well as a logging in and logging out using a hand print scan system to generate the payroll system at the end of each month. I am still adapting to new rules of the game as I started at the end of January this year so the process of learning is crucial for me during this new period.

My role involves a variety of different tasks for instance making sure all policies and procedures are adhered to assisting the home manager maintain a good CQC (Care Quality Control) rating within the sector and ensuring requirements to health and safety, local authority, environmental and other regulatory bodies are adhered to as well as managing people and delegating tasks efficiently to other staff members. Communication is a huge factor in the role so I could say that is one of my strength’s when relating it to the SWOT analysis.

There are several skills I require to improve and develop throughout my educational and professional career timeline and this is one of my main reasons I have created a SWOT analysis to demonstrate clearly what my current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are (see appendix 2). MY CDP plan will help me eliminate my weaknesses and improve my abilities to succeed towards my SMART goals as well as achieve my long term goals of becoming an HR manager in addition to becoming an associate of the CIPD.
I have set ‘.. SMART goals to work towards improving myself and increase my HR knowledge making sure I apply Kolb’s theory of setting the task, doing it then reflecting back on the different tasks to see if I have improve or how I could improve next time I have to carry out the same procedure.

During one of the lectures I took part in a learning and styles Questionnaire taken from Honey & Mumford the results showed that I am a reflector learner highlighting that my most preferred learning style involves appreciating time to think about things, collecting data, thinking before giving a conclusion, keeping a low profile during meetings, reflecting back on real life work situations I can agree that it is accurate as this is why one of my smart goals is to improve my assertiveness when it comes to attending meetings as well as delegating tasks to others. My most preferred learning style could also be an addition to the strengths box in my personal SWOT analysis (appendix 2). The questionnaire also showed that my least preferred learning style is the activist learner who likes to try anything once, becomes bored easily is extrovert, not sceptical and useful to have in teams this is certainly an area I can improve in and apply during work practices for instance trying a different method of doing the end of week reports or being more extrovert during staff meetings.

The following essay was submitted to the Wharton MBA program by our client. The client was accepted to the program.

Upon graduation I wish to lead the fiber-optics product management team in one of the world’s largest optical communication companies (such as Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T), supervising a group of 5-10. Striving to promote myself within the organization, I wish to become the Vice President of Marketing in the fiber optics segment, supervising several dozens of employees.

My mid-term goal is to become the founder and CEO of an innovative fiber optics firm. I desire to position the company as a profitable, international and leading company in its industry, and aspire to establish a sustainable organization, creating workplaces for thousands of employees and turning an underdeveloped area into a flourishing industrial zone. Passave, an optical communication company, which was lately acquired for $300M, is a model for such a successful company.

After fulfilling this goal, I intend to follow the growing trend of successful executives who moved to the public service sector. My plan is to become a senior manager in the Prime Minister’s Office.

I chose my first full time position in the Optronics Division at the military because I knew it will introduce me to the diverse optical communication community in my country, equipping me with basic hands-on experience in the field. The first two years I worked as a Physicist and a System Engineer and then I was promoted to the position of Electro-Optical Projects Manager in the division’s headquarters. There I set the goals, supervised and directed 9 Project Mangers in optical projects performed by 7 different companies in the defense industry.

At that point I realized that for developing the managing tools required for a senior manager I’ll need to gain more experience in bigger organizations. Therefore, I persuaded the head of the R&D directorate to be reassigned to a classified Intelligence unit. My first mission as an Optical Engineer was to lead a group of 4 in building a module which was the heart of a $100M system. One year later I was appointed to a Team Leader where I commanded a team of 8. Two years later I was promoted to Project Leader.

I understood I lacked the financial and international experience of technological project management to lead a global optical communication company. I therefore became a Project Leader in a classified unit of the PMO. I supervised a team of 20, and managed all financial aspects of a $2M project (presented to the Minister of Defense), where I also had the marvelous opportunity to negotiate with highly ranked officials of three foreign governments.

While considering studying for a PhD, I worked as a part time an Internal Consultant of 5 Project Leaders. I then became an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) in Precede, an entrepreneurship and investment firm, in hope to learn more about becoming an entrepreneur. Working in Precede, I matured in my understanding. I realized I still lack some Finance, Marketing and General Management foundations, which an MBA will enable me to develop.

In light of my long term goal to become a founder and CEO of a technologically oriented company, I’ll need to gain the strongest possible general management skills. The finance and marketing foundations will compensate for my inexperience in these fields. The structured formal general management education I’ll acquire in Wharton will broaden my view and give me the tools to leverage my experience and create a successful company. I believe an MBA is the most structural way to learn how to build organizational values, culture and design organizational structure and hierarchy.

Moreover, most of my leadership experience was developed in governmental organizations, where a leader is defined in terms of his values, inter-personal skills and professionalism. However, looking into the future, I will need to lead in the private sector where leadership is also characterized by the talent to lead corporate players in global, competitive markets and an understanding of the cultural, economical and financial forces that drive the marketplace. Hence, I believe studying by the researchers of the Center of Leadership and Change Development like Prof. S. Kaplan who composed Framing the Future will help me build and lead a high performance optical communication firm.

My experience is mainly based on large and established organizations. Hence, learning from Prof. Dushnitsky on the various dimensions of new venture creation and growth in Entrepreneurship, will show me his perspective on the trail I wish to follow as a founder. Desiring to build a sustainable company, I am looking forward to taking Strategy and Competitive Advantage, where I hope to learn how to create and maintain such an advantage. Learning how to identify entrepreneurial opportunities and how to exploit them where “Creating Values” was contemplated, will lay a solid basis for achieving these goals by myself.

In a world which is growing ever flatter, I find international exposure and experience important for the global company I wish to found. The Multinational Management major courses, such as Global Strategic Management, and participation in the Global Immersion Program will prove valuable in helping me understand other cultures which will be important when penetrating new markets. This international exposure will improve my ability to establish contacts with other nations, hence supporting my longer term career goal of rejoining the PMO.

Wharton’s mindset and student body imply numerous benefits. The exciting opportunity to participate in school’s management would contribute to the fruitful interaction between students and faculty. I plan to take part in the leadership development activities and the various student clubs to create strong friendships. These connections, combined with the great global alumni community, can be especially relevant as an eco system for the company I plan to start and for recruiting its management backbone.

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