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Project 1 Identify Core Beliefs

Project 1 Identify Core Beliefs

Project 1

Identify Core Beliefs 


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?

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 applying 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. Continue to Step 1: Review the This I Believe Radio Program.

  • 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.



Project 1: Identify Core Beliefs
Step 1: Review the This I Believe Radio Program

Now that you know your assignment, you should become familiar with examples of the type of essay you are going to write. The model for this essay is a radio program, This I Believe. Review these This I Believe resources before going on to the next step.

In the next step, you will prepare to write.

Step 2: Prepare to Write Your Essay

In the last step, you looked at the model you will use to write about a passion or belief. Before you start writing, you may want to review some support information about written and oral communication:

  1. Organization in Writing
  2. Paragraphs
  3. Audience
  4. Sentence Structure
  5. Grammar and Word Choice

UMGC’s Effective Writing Center provides many resources and gives you access to experts in writing and citation. You can find the Effective Writing Center under Resources in the top bar as well as access to writing tutors by selecting Tutoring Assistance. From the EWC, are strategies for preparing to write as well as the process of writing.

You will use APA style throughout your program, so take a few minutes to view this UMGC Library APA Document Formatting video to help you set up your paper properly from the start.

In the next step, you will write your essay.

Step 3: Write Your 500-Word Essay

Now that you’ve done some prep work and looked at examples, it’s time to write your essay. Following the APA formatting guidelines as described in the UMGC Library Citing and Writing Portal, set up your paper defaults and create a cover sheet. You will double-space this essay and all your work going forward (unless directed otherwise). You will not cite external sources in this personal essay, so you will not have a References page. You also do not need an abstract for this project.

Your task is to explain what you value and what’s important to you about your profession, your industry, your career, or your education. This requires a level of introspection that no one else can reach for you.

In a 500-word essay, write a statement of personal and professional belief. Answer these questions:

  • What motivates you?
  • What’s your professional passion?
  • What do you believe?

Use the following suggestions, adapted from This I Believe (n.d.), as a guide:

  • Name your belief—If you can’t name it in a sentence or two, your essay might not be about your belief. You are writing an essay, not a list, so focus on one core belief. You will define, explain, and develop ideas about this belief through the essay.
  • Tell a story—Be specific. Ground your belief in specific events of your life. Consider moments when your belief was formed, tested, or changed. Think about your own experiences in work and life and share things you know that no one else does. Make sure your story ties to the essence of your professional or educational philosophy and the shaping of your beliefs. Tell how you reached your beliefs, and if they have grown, what made them grow. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can even be funny—but it should be real.
  • Be positive—Please avoid preaching, editorializing, or finger-pointing.  This essay should explain what you live by and what you believe, not what you don’t believe.
  • Be personal—Avoid speaking in the editorial “we,” the projecting “you,” or the accusing “they.” Make your essay about you. This essay should not be about your views on society or the world; it should be personal to you and your professional or educational journey. Speak in the first person. Read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time, edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly reflect your belief.

When you are satisfied with your essay, continue to the next step to submit.


This I Believe. (n.d.). This I believe essay writing suggestions.

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have incorporated all of them. To view the complete grading rubric, click My Tools, select Assignments from the drop-down menu, and then click the project title.




Project 1 Identify Core Beliefs