MAIN POST: Introduction For this discussion, you will interview an expert on the

MAIN POST:
Introduction
For this discussion, you will interview an expert on the topic you are researching. This is a form of action research that will provide you with qualitative information to help you ground yourself in the research topic. This is a fantastic way for you to ask specific questions you have about your topic since you can ask targeted questions that you may not readily see answers for in the literature. If you are confused by a premise in the research you have conducted, you are able to ask your expert for clarification and follow-up. Interviews move beyond the text and allow for a form of action in your research.
Your expert will typically not be a friend or relative providing anecdotal experiences as tied to your topic. Rather, an expert will be someone who is employed in the field you are researching. Experts include a number of professionals: lawyers, business professionals, published authors, medical professionals, or scholars in the field. As you ask your questions, you will most certainly become more grounded in the topic you are exploring.
Part 1: Initial Post
Read your instructor’s initial post in this forum.
Research/Interview
Conduct a brief interview with an expert on your topic.
Use the following guide to help you prepare and develop interview questions.
How to Conduct an Interview Download How to Conduct an Interview
An in-person interview is a preferred method, but if you are able to use cloud conferencing such as Zoom, or Skype that works well too. Telephone and email interviews are also acceptable. You were informed to contact an expert in Module 3, however, if you have not done so, please set up your interview early in the week so that you can post your interview results by Thursday. Please contact your instructor should you find complications with scheduling your interview with your expert.
Take careful notes. If you interview via Zoom or Skype, you might want to record the interview. Be sure to ask permission first.
Think
Consider what you learned from the interview and what perspectives were brought to light as part of your interview.
Did you learn something new?
Do you feel this helps to clarify or add to your thesis?
Write
In your discussion post, order your interview as follow:
Name of expert
Title of expert
Name of organization
Summary of interview
Part 2: Responses to Peers
Respond to at least two peers with a minimum of 100 words each per response, offering specific feedback on the interviews they posted.
A substantive post will do at least ONE of the following:
Ask an interesting, thoughtful question pertaining to the topic.
Answer a question (in detail) posted by another student or the instructor.
Provide extensive additional information on the topic.
Explain, define, or analyze the topic in detail.
Share an applicable personal experience.
Provide an outside source (for example, a website) that applies to the topic, along with additional information about the topic or the source (please cite properly in APA.)
Make an argument concerning the topic.
Your initial posting should be 250-500-words and must be submitted by Thursday, midnight (MT), of this week. By Sunday at midnight (MT), respond to two or more of your classmates’ initial posts in one of the following ways:
Build on something interesting or provocative that your classmate wrote.
Explain why and how you see things differently.
Ask a probing or clarifying question.
Share your understanding of your classmate’s posting in your words.
Offer and support an opinion with peer-reviewed sources or industry best practices.
Expand on your classmate’s posting by providing constructive feedback.
Keep in mind that you’re expected to engage critically and not editorially (this is important to remember when we’re discussing “hot” or controversial topics). Work to demonstrate your understanding of the material from this module and, where necessary, include your sources, formatted and cited in accordance with APA style, according to the CSU Global Writing Center.
peer’s reaction #1
Closing the Gap Between Military Service and Civilian Career: Issues veterans face transitioning into the civilian workforce
Name: Gabe Wright
Rank: Chief Master Sergeant (CMSAF)
Branch: United States Air Force (active duty)
and
Name: Dana Wright
Rank: Master Sergeant (MSgt)
Branch: United States Air Force (Retired)
Chief Master Sergeant Wright who is on active duty and Master Sergeant Wright who is retired was asked 5 questions pertaining to challenges service members face when transitioning to a civilian career, programs offered to assist in the transition, how service members cope with cultural shock, and if there is anything more they feel the military could do to help men and women with a successful transition from a military career to a civilian career. Here is what CMSAF Wright and MGst. Wright had to say.
Q: What are some of the challenges and barriers military members face when transitioning into a civilian career?
CMSAF Wright: Civilian job doesn’t always match military experiences which could be compounded by some PTSD military members may have experienced while on active duty.
MSgt Wright: There are a few but not a lot of employers that have a stigma of veterans with PTSD. Also, sometimes there are issues with veterans and their medical appointments that are necessary.
Q: What type of programs is available for service members exiting their military career and transitioning into a secondary civilian career? This can be for retired members and discharged members.
CMSAF Wright: Troops to Teachers (TTT) program helps service members and veterans become certified and employed as teachers.
MSgt. Wright: There’s a program called TAP (Transition Assistance Program). This program teaches members how to draft different forms of resumes, provide information on military-friendly employers, and training, and gives different tools (websites, job fairs, etc.) to assist with transitioning from military to civilian careers.
Q: Some military service members might require unique assistance or preparation in their transition into a civilian career due to their rank and skill levels, are there any programs that are tailored to different service members’ ranks to meet their need for assistance, or are the programs that are available made for all levels of service members in general?
CMSAF Wright: The DTAP or the Disabled Transition Assistance Program is used to assist and find jobs for military members who have the will or desire to work.
MSgt. Wright: TAP is for all ranks. There are different programs tailored made for disabled veterans.
Q: How do military service members cope with the cultural shock once they’ve made the transition into a civilian career?
CMSAF Wright: Most use their experiences and training while in the military. The transition is nobility easier if the job is like their military career.
MSgt. Wright: There are support groups. The Veteran Affairs office has information on the different types of support groups. There are ones for those who have PTSD, women’s groups, etc.
Q: What could be done better or differently to assist in a successful transition for military service members transitioning into a civilian career?
CMSAF Wright: I do not believe there is more that could be done to improve the transition program. Each situation is different but most successful transitions start with the drive of the individual.
MSgt. Wright: As far as the Air Force side I don’t think there’s anything else they can provide.
References:
Wright, D. (2022). Phone interview. May 9, 2022
Wright, G. (2022). Phone interview. May 9, 2022
Edited by Samantha King on May 11 at 4:12pm
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peer’s reaction #2
Closing the Gap Between College and Career
Hello class,
This post will be a little different because I have not yet obtained a response from an expert. However, this post will still go over the three main questions that would have been a part of the interview. It is important to note that the questions below are based on the premise that soft skills are vital to employers. Baird & Parayitam’s (2019) paper provides support for this premise.
Questions
How will the increase in remote learning in recent years affect the development of soft skills in students?
Will the rise of remote work decrease the need for soft skills in employment?
Is it practical for universities to teach soft skills through online courses, or are the challenges too significant?
These questions each focus on a different aspect of soft skill value/development, with question one looking at how the present learning conditions might affect soft skill development, well question two focuses on how remote work might affect soft skills value in the workplace, and finally, question three looks forward at the prospect of developing soft skills given the present remote learning conditions of many students.
Below are the names and titles of the experts contacted for this project. This post will be updated once a response has been received.
Chiara Succi, Ph.D.
Title-Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Name of organization-ESCP Business School
Satyanarayana Parayitam, PhD
Title-Professor Management & Marketing
Name of organization-Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Anthony M. Baird, Ed.D.
Title-VP DEI/Student Transition/CDO
Name of organization-Utica University
timothy
References
Baird, A. M., & Parayitam, S. (2019). Employers’ ratings of the importance of skills and competencies college graduates need to get hired: Evidence from the New England region of USA. Education & Training, 61(5), 622–634. doi:http://dx.doi.org.csuglobal.idm.oclc.org/10.1108/ET-12-2018-0250

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