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Professional Interviews and Secondary Analysis. Research Paper (Research Paper Sample)

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Please make up three interviews and analysis like the example in the file. Those professionals and their contact information should be real in life, and they should be in careers related to finance. Detailed instructions are in the file I uploaded.
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MGG 303 – Strategic Guide Project

Instructions

 

This project is designed to give you experience interacting with professionals, delving into their leadership experiences, and working with inductive research methods, including latent content analysis (thematic coding). This process will build on the learning you receive on the science of leadership and interpersonal performance, and also helps reinforce the importance of these skills in real-world contexts. 

 

The idea behind this project is to get you talking with 3 real-world professionals about their experience with feedback and performance appraisal. These will be simple interviews that you will document in detail. You will then code your data through a process we refer to as latent content analysis. Through this process, you will develop a system for describing the types of answers your participants provided. Ultimately, you will present these findings to the class near the end of the semester.

 

This project has several different parts, with different due dates. They are as follows:

 

o   Professional Interviews and Secondary Analysis (10%): You will identify and interview three professionals who work in careers that stem from the degree you currently pursue regarding their experiences in their respective careers. This assignment is designed to have you explore avenues you might pursue with your degree, as well as get advice from seasoned professionals about how you might prepare for such a career. These professionals may be from the same or different career paths (e.g., advertising, marketing, public relations, management, human relations, corporate sales, organizational consulting, entrepreneurship, etc.). After identifying careers of special interest to you, you will then identify and approach individuals currently employed in those fields, asking if they would be willing to speak with you about their experiences and career.

 

o   Importantly, you will be trained on how to conduct such an interview, taking care how to think critically about the information provided, determine when more should be pulled from the subject, using guiding questions where necessary, and helping the interviewee to reword and articulate their ideas, if needed. You will take notes, distill key ideas and quote key narratives if necessary. 

 

o   Lastly, you will summarize in a series of key findings what you learned from your primary data collection (interviews). First, you will summarize the key take away points from the interviews. You may consider this something akin to a Top 10 list (though no number quota needs to be met). 

 

o   You will then submit the interviews altogether, the list of sites/sources used in your secondary analysis, along with the key take away points from the interviews and the secondary analysis. 

 

o   Group Synthesis (10%): I will place you into a peer group, in which you will synthesize the findings of your interview and secondary data. This will serve as the basis for a Strategic Guide to Success you will create for students in your program of study. In short, you are learning for professionals firsthand how best to prepare yourself for the workforce following your degree. This report/manual will be formatted according to guidelines taught in class and is the basis for your group presentation. You will submit a draft and be given an opportunity to revise and resubmit this final work. 

 

o   Group Presentation (10%): Resubmit group presentation materials and present to group. Finally, you will work with your team to present your proposed strategies for success to the class, utilizing persuasive techniques taught in class and incorporating evidence from your interviews and secondary analysis.

 

STEPS TO COMPLETION

 

Step 1: Identify career paths of special interest to you. This can be done through the Career Center, speaking with your professors, your personal network, and the like.

 

Step 2: After you have identified fields of interest, you then must identify professionals who work in these fields. This can be done via professional contacts (e.g., through your department, through Career Services, etc.), through your personal network (e.g., friend of the family or a relative who works in an area of interest to you), UB Career Connector, or personal outreach (i.e., you identify organizations that house such individuals and you reach out to them, including cold-calling).  Be nice and ask politely. Most people and even companies will say yes. Please see the introduction I have created for you below:

 

      Introduction:

 

Hello my name is XXXXX (insert name). I am a student at the University of New York at Buffalo. In my Communication Literacy for Business course, we’re asking people to share their experiences and perspectives on how best to prepare for entering their field of work. I, personally, am interested in XXXXX (insert the field/career of the person you’re interviewing).

 

I only have a few questions for you and should only need about 20 to 30 minutes of your time. I’m genuinely interested in what you have to say. Afterwards, I’ll be discussing your feedback with my classmates and create a report that can help to prepare for our future careers. Please let me know if this something that you can assist with.

 

I appreciate any time and advice you can offer me. Thank you.

 

      Sincerely,

 

Step 3: Set up an opportunity to speak with each individual in real-time. Face to face interviews are preferred. However, if this is not possible a phone or Skype interviews is acceptable. We’ll discuss in class about how to use probing and follow-up questions to ensure you’re getting useful answers. I have provided the list of questions below in Appendix A.

 

Step 4: When people are providing answers to your questions, your job is to write out their answers in as detailed account as possible. You may even wish to record your conversation and listen to it later to ensure that you’re getting every bit of the conversation correct. Be sure that you are taking notes and telling the stories EXACTLY as the person says it. You’ll be left with a rough script of their responses, which you will later include in the appendix of your paper. An example interview is provided in Appendix B.

 

Step 6:  You will then create a document on key findings. These present the thematic and core takeaway messages from your two data sets. Starting with the interviews, you will look for examples from the interviews that underscore skills, experiences, and knowledge these employers think you should acquire before entering their field. This is called “latent content analysis,” or thematic coding of your data. You’ll likely hear several similar accounts given across the interviews. When you see similar examples/stories, you group them together and decide what to call their grouping. This will leave you with a list of “types” or “categories” of strategies that are important to perform or avoid when giving feedback. Since you’ll also have the stories coupled with these titles, you have examples of these categories to further explain your point. After you have developed your thematic coding and Master List of strategies from this list, you will do the same with your secondary analysis. 

 

Step 7: After all interviews are completed, you will be assigned to a team. Each team will consist of 4-5 people. Each team will be based on academic similarities (i.e., accounting with accounting, business admin with business admin, etc.).

 

Step 8: After each person has independently reviewed all of the interviews, you come together to compare your respective coding systems. This means you will look at all the categories and examples provided for the key findings in each of your respective Master Lists. You will then undertake a coding process, where each individual will review the materials and try to thematically organize what they’re seeing. Together, you will reassemble these disparate coding systems into a single Master list of suggestions based on your interview findings. This will be used as an Appendix in your final report, submitted when we begin group presentations.

 

Step 9: Your team will create a "How to Manual" for how to undertake your program to hit the job market in the best possible shape. We will discuss specifics for formatting.

 

Step 11: As a team, you will present your strategy guide to the class, making a pitch as though you are trying to convince your audience to pursue this path of preparation. You will draw from examples in your interview and secondary data throughout this speech. Each member of your team will speak, alongside a PowerPoint presentation. In other words, you will present your strategy guide to your audience, inspiring them to act on your suggestions. This will include utilizing the findings from your collective coding, presenting citations and quotes from interviews to illustrate ideas from time to time. Each member of the team should be involved of this presentation to the class.  

 

Step 12: Turn in the following two things before giving your presentation:

    (1) The PowerPoint itself;

(2) The Strategy Guide, which will include your core persuasive report, along with an appendix, which will include your team’s codified Master List.

 

 

Appendix A

 

Information to be included in Transcript (i.e., put this at the top of the page):

1.     Person’s name

2.     Occupation

3.     Contact information (phone or e-mail, so we can confirm their participation, if needed)

4.     College

5.     Major

 

Questions:

 

1.     What core skill sets, knowledge, or experiences do you feel will best prepare a current college student interested in pursuing work in your field?

 

2.     If you were in a position to design a college program from the ground up specifically to prepare students to enter your field, what would you ensure was included (specific training, course content, experiences, etc.)?

 

3.     Are there specific experiences, training, content you wish you received in college that you think could have helped further your career?

 

4.     What problems, frustrations, or concerns do you see with recent college graduates entering your field these days?

 

5.     Are there any other issues or suggestions you might have for someone interested in this career path?

 

Remember to add 1 - 2 questions of your own.

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix B

{STUDENT NAME HERE}

Interview with Bruce Rozengaard

Position: Quality Control Manager at FOX News

Contacts: email – 

College: UB

Major: Communication

 

1.     What core skill sets, knowledge, or experiences do you feel will best prepare a current college student interested in pursuing work in your field?

  • First and foremost, the ability to write to pictures in true TV style. Many times we came across new recruits who delved into a topic without considering what visual material was available, and they used long, complex sentences in their writings. That may be fine with the print media but certainly not with TV.
  • Secondly, a good grasp of hot issues in different parts of the world will definitely be a big plus for those aspiring to excel in the industry. Globalization has made the world a smaller place and the world economy more integrated. What appears to be a local news story could often have a global perspective. One example of that is last month’s disastrous building collapse in Bangladesh and the link to international brand name garment retailers.
  • Thirdly, keeping up with technological advances is also necessary, especially in mobile networking. For reasons, it is becoming cost increasingly frequent for news crews working at a distant location to use the Internet to send their works back to the station.
  • Fourth, they need good interpersonal skills.

•         PROBE: What do you mean when you say interpersonal skills? What exactly are you referencing?

•         They need to be able to talk to people. To carry a conversation. To be polite. To lead a work team. Handle conflict.

 

2.     Are there specific experiences, training, content you wish you received in college that you think could have helped further your career?

  • I didn’t do an internship in college, which was a mistake. If I were to do it over again, I’d definitely do that. I didn’t study abroad, either, which would have been a good thing for me. It would have helped me mature a bit more, see the world. It’s one of my regrets about college.

 

3.     What problems, frustrations, or concerns do you see with recent college graduates entering your field these days?

  • They should be better read. Read continually, soaking up as much information and making as much connections as possible. They aren’t doing that enough.
  • A lot of current affair issues to keep up with. They need to be updated.

•         PROBE: What do you mean by be better read?

•         They need to keep up with current events, not just their Facebook friends.

•         PROBE: What do you mean about making as much connections as possible?

•         I mean understanding the world around them, how it’s all connected. How does something in India affect something in Russia, which then affects us in the US.

 

4.     If you were in a position to design a college program from the ground up specifically to prepare students to enter your field, what would you ensure was included (specific training, course content, experiences, etc.)?

  • College graduates in America are often comparatively weak in terms of their general knowledge about the world and their understanding of Asia in particular. But Asia, especially China, is a rising power on the world stage.
  • A recent Reuters report cited U.S. intelligence analysts as saying that by 2030, Asia is likely to overtake North America and Europe combined in global power based on GDP, military spending and technological investment. And China, now the world’s second largest economy, will probably surpass the United States a few years before 2030.
  • Aspiring journalists in America need to have a deeper understanding of what is going on in Asia.
  • The inclusion of courses about contemporary China and Asia and world economics in the core program plus student exchange schemes with Asian universities may help serve this purpose.

 

5.     What role do effective writing skills play in this field?

  • They are essential. If you can’t write well, you won’t be allowed to interact with clients or the public. People judge your intelligence by your writing. Poor writing means you won’t likely advance up the corporate ladder, if you even get hired in the first place.

 

 

 

 

Key Takeaways (at least 8 takeaways)

 

Here you will write the points that you found to be important. List them with bullets and write a short definition of what that skill/concept means.

 

Example

  • Communication – Write your definition based on what you’ve learned from the interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of thoughts (at the least 1 page)

 

Tell me how you plan to implement what you learned through these interviews during the rest of your time here while at UB. Also, explain what you found to be important to focus on and why.

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Professional Interviews and Secondary Analysis
Student’s Name
Institutional Affiliation

Professional Interviews and Secondary Analysis
Interview with
Position: Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Christian Care Communities Inc.
Contacts: Email –  HYPERLINK "mailto:" , Phone –
College: 
Major: Finance
1. What core skill sets, knowledge, or experiences do you feel will best prepare a current college student interested in pursuing work in your field?
The first and most significant skill is adaptable communication. Sometimes one comes across interns in the field of finance who have mastered relevant knowledge and skills, but they are unable to interact with others well. Moreover, one should have analytical skills and be a problem solver and not a creator.
2. If you were in a position to design a college program from the ground up specifically to prepare students to enter your field, what would you ensure was included (specific training, course content, experiences, etc.)?
The first thing I would suggest is a university exchange program with other countries, particularly China and Russia, so that students can acquire relevant financial management skills and see problems from different angles. Additionally, I would minimize theoretical work and increase practical work, such as case studies.
3. Are there specific experiences, training, content you wish you received in college that you think could have helped further your career?
If I had done certifications in finance, I would be at a higher working position than I am today. What I am insinuating is that students should take their time at school seriously and do constructive things to improve their careers.
4. What problems, frustrations, or concerns do you see with recent college graduates entering your field these days?
For sure, many finance graduates do not bother updating themselves about what is happening in the financial sector worldwide. They need to understand how the occurrence of events in one place can influence other regions and narrow down to a specific company.
PROBE: When you say updating themselves, what do you mean specifically?
I mean that graduates should reduce the time they spend on Facebook and other social networks and use them to follow economic situations or cracking down case studies to improve their analytical skills.
5. Are there any other issues or suggestions you might have for someone interested in this career path?
For anyone who wants to become an effective financial officer in the future, the most significant thing is to emphasize solving problems in the real world. One should research how the money flows in a firm so that an individual can make proper financial management recommendations.
6 What is your final word for the financial graduate out there who only relies on what is taught at school?
I would tell any student in the finance field to wake up and be interested in studying different strategies that companies use to manage their resources. That information might enable them to overcome the financial crises of a particular firm in the future.
Interview with Mike Santomassimo
Position: Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bank of New York Mellon
Contacts: Cell – (212) 495 1784
College: New York University at Buffalo
Major: Finance
1. What core skill sets, knowledge, or experiences do you feel will best prepare a current college student interested in pursuing work in your field?
The primary core skills in the realm of finance are analytical, ease of using relevant technologies, exceptional leadership, and effective communication. Most importantly, one should be able to analyze data and come up with strategies that can help the company to generate...

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