LIFE™ Program Goals By: Zachary Owens
Why am I in the LIFE™ Program? • To become more independent • Be more responsible with my money • Live on campus or in an apartment • Work on getting my driver’s license • To socially interact with my peers • Talk about work outside of class • Join clubs and organizations on campus • To work on getting a good job • Experience with internships • Learning how to find jobs and interviewing skills
What are my Personal Goals? Independent Living Goals • I want to get a driver’s license so I can drive a car • I want to work on not giving up when frustrated and have a positive attitude in class • I am working towards budgeting my money on a monthly basis • I want to learn to stay awake in class and stay focused • I am working on being more independent by walking around campus on my own so I can live on campus next year Career Related Goals • I want to learn how to get a job • I want to learn how to work with animals so I am able to get a job being a zoo keeper at Brookgreen Gardens • I want to gain skills as a janitor so I may get a paid position at Brookgreen Gardens
Progress on Personal Goals • Resolved goal to stay clean and shave daily May 2011 • I have made progress on goal to work towards getting job by interning at Brookgreen Gardens • Progress made on goal to work towards getting license by studying driver’s manual and going over different driving signs in class • I have made progress staying alert during class time • I have made progress staying positive not giving up • I have made progress going around campus on my own • I have made progress learning skills as a janitor and working with animals • I have made progress on learning how to write a resume, interview and keep a job • I need to work on budgeting monthly
What are My Attributes? • Caring- I like to help those in need like friends, family, and animals. I take people’s feelings into consideration when I make choices that effect other people. • Good listener- Listening to people’s problems and helping them work through it. I follow directions to the best of my ability when I work on group assignments. • Creative- I do not like to do the same routines everyday. I enjoy adding my own style to posters, power points and drawings.
What I Like To Do? • Going out on my dad’s boat and going fishing • Riding my 4-wheeler on the weekends • Spending time with my cat Fluffy and my mom • Shopping at the mall • Going out to eat at places like TGIF • Enjoy going to the Wild Water and Wheels in Surfside with friends
Music Video from My Favorite Band: The Psychedelics • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G81a90ySKXM
What do I like about being in the LIFE™ Program? • Making new friends in class and out of class • How to get a job in the community • Learning about different kinds of apartments • I like learning about different careers • Learning about how to keep a job and working at Brookgreen Gardens • Opportunity to live on campus • Taking different classes like Personal and Community Health and The Sea
What Have I Learned this School Year? • About careers and how to get a job • How to keep a job that I want • How to stay focused on my school work • How to get my own place • Visited a local bank and learned about different services such as saving money, opening an account and balancing a checkbook • Studying for getting my driver’s permit • Learning to budget money on a monthly basis • Going around campus on my own
Career Aspirations: Animal Caretaker • One part of being a animal caretaker is taking care of the animals. This type of job will take place at a zoo or animal shelter like Saint Frances Humane Society in Georgetown, SC. Also being a good animal caretaker you need to be able to work with all types of animals. A good animal caretaker must clean, feed, bathe and look after the animals on a daily basis. I enjoy interning at Brookgreen Gardens this place is cool, and some day I would like to work there or a similar place.
First Internship: Kimbel Library • Student Assistant • Put books and magazines in alphabetical order • Clean off the computers by putting documents in the recycle bin • Experience on how to maintain a job with a regular work schedule
Skills I Learned at Kimbel Library • How to work on a job and what I need to do to keep a job • I learned how to sort out magazines and newspapers that was fun and kind of confusing at times • Putting books in order and back in proper place on shelf • Clean up the computers by putting documents in the recycle bin on the computer • I learned to work as hard as I can and do the best I can no matter what
Second internship at Brookgreen Gardens • Animal Caretaker- I help feed the animals and clean out there stall by raking out hay and leaves. I hope to learn on site how to groom the animals and medicate them. • Janitorial- I help take trash out from the different offices and clean out bathrooms. • Beverage Services (Host and Dining Room Attendant)- I help take people to their tables and hand them their menus and silverware. I also take up dirty dishes when they are through with their meal.
Skills I am Learning at Brookgreen Gardens • When I work with the animals I have learned how to adapt and properly handle animals • I learn how to feed the birds of prey they eat meat balls and rats • I learn how to feed horse, sheep, and cows feed hay and balls of grass • As a janitor I have learned about different chemicals to clean bathrooms and how to sweep the Holiday Cottage for Weddings • At the Restaurant I learned how to speak to people when I'm taking them to their silverware sets and taking their dishes
Career Related Classes: The Sea Class and Personal and Community Health • Personal and Community Health- we learned about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and smoking • The Sea Class and Lab- gained an understanding of under water sea life like dolphins and their homes in the sea
What are my Plans for this Summer? • Ride my Honda Rancher four wheeler • Intern at Brookgreen Gardens • Camping at Buck Hall • Maybe work recycling with City of Georgetown to pay for residence hall at Coastal Carolina University
Why Should New Students Join The LIFE™ Program? • It will benefit students to continue their studies and become able to get a job • Joining the LIFE™ Program will help you start your future in the right direction for your dream job • You will make life-long friends in the LIFE™ Program • It is a good way to start your career and learn from on-campus working experiences such as interning at Brookgreen Gardens • The opportunity to live in the residence hall next year and I am really excited about it
Resources • Careers State University.com • Occupational Outlook Handbook • Wikipedia • ONET • Ornithology.com