Paying it Forward: Advice From Past Students

“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.” — Jackie Mutcheson, Teacher


Each term, students are asked to voluntarily offer a piece of advice or insight for students beginning their Integrative Management Capstone journey. They understand that their advice and insights will be shared anonymously with future students and that this is their opportunity to “pay it forward”. The goal is that you learn from your peers’ experiences and that their hindsight can become your foresight.

Here is what has been accumulated for your consideration:

  • Be organized by creating a folder and save all your work in one safe location.
  • Pick a topic you are passionate about.
  • It is easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of notes and research needed to stay on track; having everything organized in one location is certainly key.
  • Start thinking about your topic before the course even starts. Think about it for many days before picking your topic. Pick something you are passionate about!
  • Start your work early in the week. Starting the weekly assignments early in the week allows you to think deeper into your specific topic, so when it comes time to do the discussion forums, project outline, or project analysis you have a good baseline started and know what you need to work on. I found that this also helped me balance my work life, family, and school efficiently.
  • Pick a topic that is really means something to you – a topic that will benefit the greater population, whether it is at your place of employment or elsewhere. If it means that much to you and will affect others positively, you will put the necessary time and effort into this project that it deserves. Stay focused, keep plugging along each week, break it down into manageable sections, and never give up. You will get through it just fine.
  •  Don’t give up, it’s worth it!
  •  Plan ahead – You never know what is going to unexpectedly come up so plan to complete your assignments in advance of the due date.
  •  Utilize all of your resources – Review your previous core course textbooks as they contain some great information that could be used to support your project. Bounce ideas off of people around you. Sometimes just talking through something will get you through a roadblock or clarify your thoughts to move forward.
  •  Don’t panic or get overwhelmed! Take it one week at a time and once you get into the groove, everything will fall into place.
  •  Pick a subject that is meaningful to you. That will make the work easier and more enjoyable. Most of all, use your time wisely.
  •  Don’t give up – it’s a fast 12 weeks!
  •  From the first day of class work to find a topic quickly.
  •  Use Granite State College’s resources to proofread and review your capstone.
  •  Focus your efforts on a concept that will really aid you in your professional development and better your respective field.
  •  Set a time schedule and stick to it.

SAMPLE PROJECTS

To give you an idea of the types of capstone project previous students have produced, here are some examples:

Mentoring Empowerment Program

Create a 1:1 mentoring program to help those with mental illness and brain disorders maintain relationships and employment. The program aims to help increase self-esteem, provide encouragement, improve communication with management, and inspire participants to explore employment as a means for self-actualization.

Food Truck Business Plan

Develop a business plan for launching a Filipino food truck business. The focus of this project is to guide potential restaurant entrepreneurs and fellow college students who may want to break into the food truck industry.

Hiring Program

Develop an organizational hiring program to maximize retention and establish a consistent, fair, and transparent hiring program that will provide equal opportunity for all current and potential employees. Develop mission and values statements, refine job descriptions, establish hiring panels, interview guidelines, and hiring process and procedure.

Fire Fighter Mentoring Program

Create mentor relationships between seasoned fire officers and firefighters interested in the position of fire officer. The mentor assigns tasks to the firefighter throughout different phases of the program. Assignments are based on the kinds of tasks they would complete as a fire officer with the goal of helping them understand the position before taking on the role officially.

Fire Fighter Team Expansion

This project puts forth the information that is needed to understand the opportunities and challenges that occur when adding new firefighter positions to an already established fire department.

Samples of these and other projects are included in the Course Resources section of our Moodle course. You are encouraged to review these samples to help you develop your own vision for your capstone project as well as gain an understanding of how the completed project will come together. Past students have given their permission for their work to be shared to help future students maximize their success with the capstone process.

 

 

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