ENG124 San Diego State University Identity Capital Reflective Paper

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Both Robert Reich and Tyler Cowen discuss in their respective chapters ("Three Jobs of the Future" and "The Big Earners and the Big Losers") that the current labor market is very competitive. Indeed, Reich implies that one's ability to secure and retain employment in today's workforce depends on his or her ability to add value to what his or her organization does. Meg Jay, whose writings can be found in the Project 2 folder, extends this idea in her discussion of the need for people to build their value by developing what she calls "identity capital." Discuss at least three specific things you are doing or will do to develop your identity capital in order to make yourself more valuable to an employer.



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Identity Capital – Outline
I. Identity capital
II. Getting rid of toxic relationships
III. Participating in career-related workshops
IV. Setting short-term and long-term goals


Running head: IDENTITY CAPITAL

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Identity Capital
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IDENTITY CAPITAL

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Identity Capital

Identity capital includes the strengths and qualities that people acquire over the years. It
can be practice, courses, degrees, and more for jobs. This applies to the currency individuals use
to buy work and partnerships symbolically. In other words, believing in oneself is what
individuals do. It is about owning by becoming the individual we would like to be according to
our preferences (Reich, 1992). Identity capital presents qualities correlated with collections of
psychosocial skills, mostly cognitive in essence, that seem to be essential for individuals to
sensibly strategize and make judgments concerning their course of life ...


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