Career Genogram and Final Reflective Portfolio
Due Monday, December 11, 2017, by 11:59 pm
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This assignment contains two parts: the Career Genogram and the Reflective Portfolio. This assignment is worth 250 points of your overall grade in UCCP 1100. Each part of this assignment will account for 50% of the grade (125 points each).

Part I: Career Genogram – 125 points

A genogram is a tool similar to a family tree that helps to track family patterns. For this assignment, you will create a family genogram for three generations (your grandparents’ generation, your parents’ generation, and your generation) of one (either maternal or paternal) side of your family and document patterns that have potentially effected your academic and career path. Each family member’s name, age, and relationship to you should be included.

On the genogram, a minimum of five patterns must be documented.

  • Pattern 1: Earned college degrees (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorates, etc.)
  • Pattern 2: Career paths. This will be done by including each person’s current career (if currently employed) or past career path (if retired or no longer employed) on the genogram. If someone is a stay-at-home parent, that is a career path and should be documented. If someone is unemployed and/or disabled, please include this information.
  • Pattern 3: Specific family members who showed a strong support for your educational and career path. Although your entire family may be supportive, only document those who had the strongest and most direct influence on you.
  • Patterns 4 and 5: Free choice. You may choose any two patterns that you would like to document on the genogram. Be thoughtful about your family’s history when choosing these patterns. Consider some of the following patterns:
    • Military service (If not already documented as part of current or retired career path, such as someone who has been discharged from the military)
    • Religious practices/affiliations
    • Common family illnesses
    • Mental illness diagnoses
    • Socioeconomic statuses
    • History of legal troubles
    • Common family hobbies/interests
    • Common family talents/gifts (e.g., singing, dancing, athletic abilities/sports, etc.)
    • Political affiliation or activity

If there are patterns other than ones listed above that you would like to document, feel free to do so. That is simply a list of suggestions rather than a list of limitations. The overall goal of this part of the assignment is to assist you in reflecting on how your family history has effected your career path.


Please visit this link for a list of the basic symbols you will need to use and a sample of what the genogram may look like. An interpretation of the sample genogram is also offered on this page; however, this is NOT a sample of what you will write in your reflection. This is simply to help with understanding what the genogram is communicating.

  • All names, ages, and relationships should be in black font.
  • When documenting Pattern 1, please use blue font.
  • When documenting Pattern 2, please use red font.
  • When documenting Patterns 3, 4, and 5, you may use whichever symbols you choose.

All of the symbols used on the sample genogram can be found in Word by using Shapes (found in the Insert ribbon) or Wingdings (a type of font). If you are struggling with this part, please come and see me for assistance.

The genogram must be completed on a computer, such as in Word or PowerPoint using shapes and text boxes. Be sure that the genogram can be included in the final document you submit. It should be not submitted as a separate document. Provide a key similar to the one provided in the sample so that your patterns can be interpreted.

If you save your genogram in a PDF file, which can be done from both Word and PowerPoint, you can turn it into a jpg for free by using this website: or by taking a screen shot and inserting it into paint or a photo editor. Each image can then be inserted into the Word document.

Part II: Reflective Portfolio – 125 points

This part of the assignment will contain a written reflection of the career genogram and bring together the assignments that have been completed throughout the semester with the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for UCCP 1100. Reflective writing is your personal response to the experiences you had and provides information about how these experiences have effected you on a deeper level. See for more information about reflective writing and its relationship to critical thinking.

Genogram Reflection: Provide a written reflection of your career genogram. Some questions to consider when writing this portion of the reflection are:

  • What did you notice about the careers in your family? Explain.
  • What did you notice about the degrees earned in your family? How do you think this has influenced your decision to attend college?
  • Who did you identify as having strongly supported your educational and career path? What did they do to support you?
  • What patterns did you choose to identify and why? What do they tell you about yourself?
  • How have these identified patterns effected you? How did they help or hinder you?
  • Was there anything surprising that you noticed and had not considered before? If so, what was it, and why was it surprising? How has this potentially effected you?

These are simply questions to consider. If there is anything else upon which you would like to reflect feel free to do so.

Activities and SLOs: Revisit the assignments you have completed during the semester. These were: Party Time; Party Time Continuation; College 2 Career Conference; the Midterm Reflection; StrengthsQuest Reflection; Résumé and Résumé Review; the Choices360 assessments; and the ADDRESSING and privilege constellation cultural self-assessments. You can see the assignments you submitted by going to the grade book and clicking on the title of the assignment that is underlined and in navy blue font.

The first three SLOs are:

  • Articulate personal strengths in relationship to major and career interests
  • Increase knowledge of academic and career resources available on campus
  • Apply decision-making strategies in relationship to confirming major and career choices

Describe how the activities completed this semester have helped you to address the first three SLOs. Be sure to write in a reflective manner about how the assignments assisted you in experiencing these SLOs.

The last SLO is:

  • Implement goal-setting strategies to set achievable academic and career goals

For the final section of the reflection, you will be setting two career goals for yourself. One goal will be a short-term career goal that you would like to meet while you are still a student at TAMUCC. The second goal will be a goal that you would like to meet before the fifth anniversary of your graduation from TAMUCC.

You want to be able to see your progress by each of the set dates for meeting these goals (graduation and five years after graduation), so make these goals realistic and attainable.

  • Goals should be worded in a positive voice rather than a negative voice. In other words, state what you ARE going to do versus what you ARE NOT going to do. Ex. I will not fail a class. versus I will earn an A in Business Calculus.
  • Make your goals specific rather than broad. Ex. I will be a better student. (Broad) versus I will start studying for tests 2 weeks prior to the test date. (Specific)

In addition to setting each goal, include a discussion of what resources, both on and off campus, might assist you in meeting these goals. The resources you list may help you meet each goal or you may identify different resources for each goal. Tailor the resources to each of the goals that you set. Resources can include specific offices, organizations, and/or faculty and staff at TAMUCC. You may also think of people you know in your current job or future field who could help you in your future career. Explain how each of these resources will be useful to helping you meet your goals.


  • APA Formatting – 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, with a title page and page numbers; a running head is not necessary.
  • Word or PDF document only
  • Although there is not a specific page count, be sure to cover all the sections that are mentioned in the assignment description. Remember that this entire assignment is worth 25% of the grade in UCCP 1100. Be reflective and provide in-depth answers rather than simply saying yes, no, or stating that something is or is not a certain way.
  • Due on December 11, by 11:59 pm

OPTIONAL EXTRA CREDIT: You may receive 25 points of extra credit on this assignment by having a consultation with the CASA Writing Center to have a draft of the reflective portfolio (not the genogram) reviewed. This would make the possible grade on this assignment 275 points. If you decide to take this extra credit opportunity, be sure to ask the Writing Center staff member with whom you work for a slip to show that you came in. If you complete the Writing Center consultation online then take a screen shot of the online session. Insert a jpg of the slip or the screen shot at the end of your paper as the last page of the assignment. The Writing Center accepts walk-ins, but appointments are highly recommended. You can find out more information about the Writing Center and schedule an appointment by visiting