The essay discussion of Professional Expectations is very important if your goal is to use the degree to
enter into or advance in a profession.
Be sure to include the following information in your discussion of professional expectations:
the sources you consulted for information on professional expectations
the most important skills, perspectives, and knowledge areas for your profession, according to the sources
the proposed future direction for your profession, based on the sources you consulted (e.g., the trends and
practices professionals in this area need to think about and prepare for)
the particular college courses that you’ve chosen to address current and future professional expectations
For this portion of the rationale essay, draw on your research into career resources to show how you’re
addressing the knowledge and skills expectations of your profession and of the 21st century workplace.
You should write approximately 1/2 page (minimum) to 2 pages (maximum) on professional expectations.
The length of this section is not as important as type and specificity of information. Again, you need to help
outside readers (especially the Center Assessment Committee) understand the results of your research
and how you’ve applied your research to help choose courses that address professional expectations for
your type of degree.