Professional path – goals and gap analysis

I am a ESP paraprofessional and my professional goal is to become an ESP Teacher and an online instructor teaching criminal justice classes online at the college level. 

You are to articulate professional goals and continue doing self-reflection on your readiness for your chosen professional path. Use these headings and prompts as a guideline to write your professional goals:


This section includes current and past professional positions.


This section contains your professional goals including position, type of institution, and size and scope of the division in which you desire to work.

Describe, in detail, the professional goals that you want to set for yourself. In other words, what would you say your professional goals are for the next 1–3 years? Provide as much details as possible, so that you can explore what motivates you, why you are drawn in that direction, and what you hope to accomplish.

Identify a higher education position from the glossary, including the requirements for the position. In general, what is this position’s function within the governing and operational structure of a higher education institution?

Provide a narrative about why you are interested in this position and how this position supports your professional goals.

Gap Analysis

This section includes a description of the knowledge and skills needed for this position and your knowledge and skills appropriate to the position that you currently hold.

  • Do a self-assessment of the knowledge, skills, and disposition you currently possess and how well that aligns to the requirements of the position and professional goals you identified. Describe gaps in your knowledge, skills, and disposition based on your experiences (curriculum vitae submitted in Unit 3), your professional goals (submitted in Unit 4), job postings, and your professional assets.
  • Identify professional organization(s) that you can leverage in supporting your professional goals. Explain the influence and relevance these organization(s) have on higher education institutions. Another approach to this could be to explain the professional organization’s influence on the position, information it can provide, and how that relates to the position’s credibility in a higher education institution.


This is a 3–4 page assignment. To achieve a successful assignment outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Cover page. Format according to APA style and formatting.
  • Body of paper: Cite any and all information that you acquire that is not common knowledge. Also follow the section on Headings.
  • Reference list: Be sure to include all references from the above components.

Use Times New Roman, 12 point, and double-space. 

Describe professional goals; includes details on motivation and interests for the goals.

Describe a higher education position, requirements, and professional associations relating them to the professional goals.

Explain, in general, the function of this position within the governing structure of an institution.

Assess readiness and skills needed to achieve professional goals.

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