My long term personal mission in my career is to own and run a hugely successful eighteen-hole PGA certified golf course. I envision my shorter term career goals as being stepping stones to this. Being financially comfortable and secure, eventually having enough capital to invest in a business is a major focus of mine. Honing my skills as a golfer and a golf professional to the master level will serve me well in making business connections. Finally, acquiring business acumen by studying and learning from the professionals in my life already will give me what I need for running a business.
By focusing on these short term goals, I can be confident in my ability to fulfill my core mission. I have many qualities that make me attractive to potential employers. Being a reliable and quality worker is evident in my work history; I have worked at the same organization since I was sixteen, and have carried part time jobs at other organizations. I present myself professionally and have the social skills to make good relationships with customers, clients, coworkers, and anyone else relevant to my job.
I have great passion for the game, which will serve me well in my career. This passion extends pass the love of the game and into my life as a golf professional, driving me to work my hardest while learning and understanding everything there is to know about the golfing world. I breath, eat, and sweat golf – I cannot envision my life without it. I believe this passion to be my greatest competitive advantage. All I need are the practical tools to make my dreams a reality. I am willing to work endlessly to achieve this.
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Though it may my greatest strength, passion is far from the only strength I can identify. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, always willing to try new things and ways of making money. Ever since I was a kid I have always loved the idea of running a business, and concepts in the business world come easily to me. I have a great ability to adapt to situations and make the best of them. I realize that not every venture I take will turn out well, so being able to make the best out of a bad situation will be a useful strength. I am a people person and love talking to others on a personal level.
Given the often huge social aspect of the average golf course or country club, this will better enable me to connect with clients and forge new relationships. I won’t be able to utilize any of these strengths without first understanding and overcoming my weaknesses. I am not a very introspective person, so actually thinking about and writing down my strengths and weaknesses does not come naturally to me. I can combat this by enlisting the help of those around me in identifying these types of things and through them hopefully come to understand myself more completely.
Another weakness I can identify is my lack of experience and knowledge of the business world. I have been combating this throughout my personal and academic career – learning as much as a can and getting as much experience at work as possible. 3. Strategic Choices The opportunities I have had and will continue to have are enormous. I was lucky enough to start working at the Elk’s Country Club when I was sixteen years old. Starting as a simple clerk, I did stuff like caddying and cleaning, generally helping to run the pro shop at the club.
I have worked my way up – now I manage the pro shop and am a certified golf professional. My place of employment has given me the opportunity to grow as a golfer and as a professional, and will continue to do so in the future. Through my close personal relationship with the current owner, I can certainly envision a future where the business could be passed along to me. Possible threats to my dreams are things I will take careful note of. For instance, if I were to try and open a golf course, the market could be a major threat. With three golf courses in the area already, the market may be spread to thin for a fourth one.
Learning Outcome: 1. Be able to asses personal and professional skills required to achieve strategic goals. 2. Be able to conduct a skills audit to identify learning style. 3. Be able to implement a personal development plan. This assignment is based on my personal development plan that helps bridging the gap between where I am now and where I want to be in a certain period of time successfully. ...
I would most likely have to relocate from my hometown in order to do so. Another threat I face is my personal health. I have always had medical problems with my heart and ears and if they escalated it could put my career and life on hold. I exercise daily and try to eat a healthy diet to help mitigate this threat. Should the day ever come that I am offered the business I currently am employed at, taking it or not would be a huge strategic choice. The Elk’s is an established business that already has a client base. The course is well distinguished and hosts many tournaments.
My only hesitation would be the potential for growth in an area like Richmond. To be phenomenally successful you have to have a large market to work with, and I am not so sure Richmond can provide that. Another strategic choice I may face is whether to focus more on my skills as a golfer or as a businessman. Being successful at either one can lead to owning a golf course. A respected golf master would have no trouble opening up a course, especially with all the prize money they would have won over their time. The same thing goes with a respected businessman.
Right now, it is easy for me to straddle both worlds, but the day may come when I will have to make a choice. After attaining a degree in business studies, my career options will grow. Within the next five years, I can see two attractive options available: With my job experience and my golf professional certification, I could easily move to another area and work at a different golf course. With my versatile set of skills on and off the course, I could get higher lever position in the pro shop or in the business office starting out. Having researched other jobs, I know I would likely make more money.
Being able to leave and try something new and be somewhere new is a definite advantage as well. However, moving away is a big risk in general. I would be leaving my home and family along with my usual support systems. Fear of the unknown is a big disadvantage. I could also stay at my current position, managing the Elk’s Pro Shop. After attaining my degree, I could get a raise or a promotion. This option would be safer as I am already established in this town and know I have a job for the foreseeable future. 4. Implementation 1 Yr – Finish Business Studies Degree.
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Requires commitment and hard work for classes. Resources needed are money for school costs and time. Move Away 1. 5 Yrs – Find and land new position. Requires time and money to research and visit potential areas and golf courses to move to. I will need all my skills as a golfer and business professional to acquire the best position available to me. 2 Yrs – Settle in new area and gain experience in new position. Requires money and time, as well as professional skills and golf skills. 3 Yrs – Move up in organization and gain new skills to possibly open my own course. Save money.
Requires business skill, openness to learning and growing. Also requires frugality and good financial planning. 5 Yrs – Evaluate current position. If I cannot or do not want to go any higher in the organization, strongly consider trying to open or buy another golf course. Will require a huge source of capital – some personal savings and loans could provide this. Also will require massive amounts of time and energy to complete. This could take a few years. Stay At Current Position 1. 5 Yrs – Attain a promotion or raise because of my degree. Requires time and business skill, but little resources.
If comfortable, from here on continue to gain know industry knowledge and experience at position. Continue as far up the organizational ladder as possible. If a great opportunity comes along or in uncomfortable, reevaluate. Over 5 Yrs – Take over ownership of the Elk’s Country Club. Requires personal social skills, business skills, and golf skills. Will need plenty of time and patience. Implementing my plan seems to be a gargantuan task, but by breaking it down into smaller goals like I have, I can more easily wrap my head around it. The financial aspect is something I have been working on since I was a teenager.
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I will continue to manage the pro shop I work at while acquiring pay raises and saving money for my future. Working at a pro shop lends itself very well to honing my skills. I can golf for free anytime I’d like, and take advantage of that often. Everyday I am constantly gaining experience and learning new things about the business, which helps toward becoming a successful professional. Not only can I learn from my job and the other professionals that work there, but I have been pursuing a degree in business studies and am very close to acquiring it.