This essay is about your professional identity and your internship site, experience, and obtaining your future goals. You will also need to do some additional research for this paper. Plagiarism is taken very seriously and will result in disciplinary action. – Who are you – Knowing yourself – What defines you professionally? Non-judgmental self-knowledge is an incredibly important skill to help you define yourself. You’ll need to understand what makes you tick and what’s your thought processes. You must know your professional identity to achieve your career goals. Building a professional identity often involves a mix of education, professional training, and personality. Personality and professional etiquette create distinction among the people in a profession who have similar backgrounds. – Why are you unique? – Core Value – These are the principles, standards, or qualities you considered worthwhile or desirable. Core Values are the foundation of self-identification. Core Values do not change based on circumstance. You will not lose your identity if you base it on values you hold at your core. – What is your professional identity? – How do you react to trials and setbacks? How did tasks at your internship help expose your true character? What do you want to accomplish by the end of your career and what are you doing to ensure that you are head in the right direction. – Where are you going? – Now that you have recognized your professional identity, what are your career goals? Matching your professional identity with your career goal is a recipe for success. Where are you going? Below are future occupations of a young Culinarian: • Private Chef • Research Chef • Nutritional Consultant • Cafeteria Chef • Caterer • Professional Baker • Restaurant Manager • Sommelier • Food Stylist • Line cook • Food Writer – How are you getting there? – What are your short-term goals and long-term goals? Where do you see yourself in 6 months and then in 5 years? Do not just state your goals but also make a strong argument of how you will obtain them. Describing your plan demonstrates that you are thinking critically about where you are now and your future. Summarize: How has your internship helped you obtain your goals? Using the five section above summarizes your career path and reiterate a career path for yourself. Take your time with this assessment because it shows you a glimpse into the future

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