In this project, you will write a short essay that reflects your belief or passion about a particular part of your professional experience. This project will help you refresh your writing skills to prepare for the rest of your graduate program. Organizing complex and divergent thoughts to write a single page requires prewriting, perhaps an outline, and thinking about the mechanics of writing an essay paragraph by paragraph. That means starting with a topic sentence, adding supporting sentences, and concluding with a sentence that provides a bridge to the next paragraph. Your essay is intentionally limited to 500 words to engage you in the structural process of writing.

There are four steps that will lead you through this project. Most steps of this project should take no more than two hours to complete. Begin by reading the video transcript below, which introduces the project as it might occur in the workplace, and then continue with Step 1: Review the This I Believe Radio Program.
When you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your work before submission.

1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment.
1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation.
1.4: Tailor communications to the audience.
1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience.
1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Identify Core Beliefs Start Here Video Transcript
[MUSIC PLAYING]
You’ve just landed your dream job considered a fast track to a lead cybersecurity analyst position working for a dynamic organization called Cybertech. The president and CEO, Alice Johnson, is very charismatic and prizes engagement with her employees. Every month, she hosts a lunch for all of the new hires at Cybertech. And you’ll be attending next week. This will be your chance to speak with her.
A few days before the lunch, your manager emails you– “Speak with me after you read this article.” In the article, Johnson says, “I believe my ability to identify new talent and capitalize on the passions of my employees is the key to my success. I find it valuable to speak with my employees about their core beliefs.” When you stop by your manager’s office, he gestures for you to sit down.
Alice is big on first impressions. The article I sent over should help you prepare for your lunch. Please send me a few notes on your core beliefs. What motivates you? What’s your passion? What do you believe?

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