Based on THIS article: What is the ethical solution?
1. Hurricane Sandy has quickly become the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. With damage costs estimated to be over $20 billion, many citizens are worried about their own financial situation. The big question is whether or not people are covered by their insurance providers.
2. Unfortunately according to USA Today, most of the damage from Sandy is from flooding, which many insurance policies do not cover. This upsets me especially because this is the same problem the people of Louisiana felt during Hurricane Katrina. These people have already suffered a great deal and they literally had no control over the events that lead to their situation. In my opinion, it is unethical for insurance companies to deny people their clams in the event of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy. I was under the impression that the purpose of insurance was to help people at risk.
3. I understand that in this economy nothing can be perfect. I would still like to see more insurance companies go out of their way to help customers, instead of just trying to save a couple hundred bucks. As the customer, we are paying for a service that we should be satisfied with. Damages from natural disasters should be covered by all insurance plans. Only then will insurance companies truly be ethical and everyone will be satisfied.
Next on the agenda for the Career Action Program was the group mock interview. I took this event very seriously, as I do all my interviews. Being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi has allowed me to develop my interviewing skills, which I am very proud of. The most important component of any interview is merely being prepared. So I prepared by reviewing common interview questions. At the Conference the students were actually given a binder with a list of interview questions. I put two and two together and decided it would be best to study those questions. I’m able to
I made sure to arrive at the event 15 minutes before it was scheduled. In my experience, it is much more advantageous to be early as opposed to just on time. Being early allowed me to gather myself, as well as get to know some of my fellow students. We are all enrolled in the same Management class at UTSA, so I politely initiated conversation that we could all relate too. I saw the time before the event as a great opportunity to network and practice my elevator speech.
This event consisted of about 50 students in all and about 10 separate tables. Each table was assigned 5 students and a table captain who was volunteering from a local company. The day before the event, each student was emailed the representative that was assigned to their table. I was assigned to table 8 with Shawn Morris from Service Uniform. At that point I researched the company my representative worked for. Like I said, preparation is the key to a successful interview. I don’t expect to work for Service Uniform, but at least I have a general idea of the company and can bring that knowledge to the interview.
I had a great interview with three of my fellow students. Mr. Morris held a very constructive interview. He allowed all of us to give each other feed back on our answers. I have actually had experience interviewing individuals, so I think I was able to pass along some useful advice. The only criticism Mr. Morris specifically gave me was the fact that I was very straight forward and professional with my answers and examples. He asked me if “I was a fun person to be around?” to which I replied “I’d like to think so.” He told me that I should relax and let my answers flow more smoothly. I completely understood his point and I actually see it as a compliment. Being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi has ingrained this professionalism in me and I am proud of that.
After the interview we were asked if we had any questions for our interviewer. None of the other students really had anything to say, but I had tons of questions. I only got to ask one. I asked,”How has your degree in marketing lead you to where you are today?” He literally said “That’s a very good question” and he continued to tell his story of working his way up through several companies. I felt a very strong connection with Mr. Morris. He helped me very much in his interview and his story was very inspiring to me. I gave him a copy of my resume and told him to expect a connection from me on LinkedIn. He recommended a book for me to read, which I’m glad to say is on the way. I learned very much in the hour and a half this event lasted and I’m looking forward to the next event: Speed Networking.
Based on THIS article. Who is unethical?
1. A new trend has begun to appear regarding hourly employees. According to a study by John P. Robinson of the University of Maryland, people overestimate the number of hours they typically work each week by 5 to 10 percent. This is primarily because people don’t want to appear as lazy and would like to be seen as doing a good job.
2. The issue here is that employees are misleading their employers as far as their time on the job is concerned. Lying is unethical in the first place, but when you’re actually getting more money as a result, it’s even worse. If workers are getting paid not to do anything then there is literally no motivation for them to do any work at all. Both the employer and employee are to blame in this situation. The employee should obviously be more honest about their work, and the employer should do more motivate employees and keep them focused on the task at hand.
3. These employees must feel the consequences of their actions. If I was an employer of hourly workers, I would make sure to have plenty of deadlines to make sure my employees are consistently doing their work. I would probably implement some type of performance evaluation as well. If my employees aren’t doing the job to the best of their abilities, there are plenty of other candidates that are more than willing to fill that position. In my opinion, honesty is key to a successful workplace.
The Conference lasted a total of 8 hours! I didn’t even get 8 hours of sleep last night, more like 4. Like I had anticipated, the CAP Conference was very informative. We (the students) were given the tools necessary for “Becoming a Professional” and “Making the Right Impression in 30 Seconds”. I noticed that the exercises and lectures were primarily geared toward networking. I’ve come to understand how important networking is and I think the Conference did a good job at emphasizing that.
There were volunteers from companies such as Tesoro Corporation, USAA, Aerotek and Medtronic in attendance at the conference. I am glad to say that I saw many potential internship and job opportunities. I’m seriously considering applying for an internship with Tesoro Corporation. I think it’s the recruiter that sold it for me. She seemed genuinely happy with the company and talked about it with such grace that I had to take a second look.
Tesoro Corporation is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Tesoro operates a total of seven refineries in the western United States, with a combined capacity of approximately 675,000 barrels per day. Tesoro’s retail-marketing system includes over 1,375 branded retail stations, of which over 590 are company operated under the Tesoro®, Shell® and USA Gasoline™ brands. Her presentation also went over the core values of the corporation: Respect, Integrity, Safety and Environment. All of these values are important to me as well, so I believe I would be a good fit for this organization.
The Career Action Program (CAP) gives business students 15 hours of practice in professional interviewing, introductions networking and business etiquette Ideally, students should complete CAP at the beginning of their junior year in preparation for internships and career placement. A survey showed that 99% of participants strongly agreed that CAP helped them to be more fully prepared to enter the job market.
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I didn’t just make you read this far because I think CAP is a neat program. Ironically enough, I begin my CAP journey tomorrow. I view this as a great opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge of interviewing and networking. I’m in a professional business fraternity, so I’ve been through my fair share of interviews. I’m also a marketing major, so I feel twice as compelled to stand out while I’m at these events. Who knows? I might meet my future employer there.
Once I complete this program it is my mission to attain an internship. I’m not a risk taker. I’m not gambling on the uncertainty of not having a job once I graduate. Acquiring an internship is the most challenging goal I have ever set for myself, and this is where it starts.
Tomorrow I will be attending the CAP Conference located at The Vista at Valero Energy in San Antonio. This event is mandatory for everyone in the Career Action Program, so I’m anticipating quite a crowd. Local business leaders will be hosting workshops where students (including me) will learn valuable knowledge about how to prepare during college in order to stand out in the future.
I’m excited to get started. This is the first of three events! I’ll update my journey as it unfolds! You have to admit, It’s a pretty neat program.
Today was unfortunately the last day with my 3rd graders. Every session I held literally flew by, but it was still a great experience overall. I did my best to teach those kids about the city and I think the teacher saw that. I told the class that I might come back if they stayed on their best behavior. We’ll see if that actually happens. I created some good relationships with those kids and I know they’d be happy to see me again.
After completing the program, I have a new found respect for teachers. It is not an easy job and I think most of us take our teachers for granted. Teachers play a crucial role in our society and we should treat them accordingly. I also learned a lot about myself. I think I did well considering how hard young children are to handle. If I decide to volunteer again, I will most definitely move up to middle school.
I think the reason I enjoyed this program so much is because I always had a small passion for becoming a teacher. It’s fun telling people what to do, especially when you’re actually helping them. It really does feel good to help. I’m glad I can say I participated in this program.