| Classroom to Boardroom - Experience on the Resume
by Meredith Daw and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
It's time to take a detailed look at the resume, paying particular attention to the experience section for college students trying to snag that first great job. This section can be a challenge as most college-aged individuals won't have the experience a five-year veteran holds. Meredith Daw, assistant vice president of enrollment and student advancement for the University of Chicago, offers her inside information on what shoul...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Unpaid Internships for School Credit
by James Tarbox and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
Companies love job candidates who have actual real-world experience in their chosen field, so that is where internships can be invaluable. Even if they're unpaid gigs, there are tons of benefits. James Tarbox, executive director of the career services department at San Diego State University, speak with Tim Muma about the value and tangible advantages of internships for college credit. He also clues us into the keys for making...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Hard Truths for College Grads
by Danny Rubin and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
When making the jump from college into one's career, there are often some misleading thoughts and ideas that are believed to be true. Much like anything else in life, there are also some hard truths that you don't learn about until it's a touch too late. Danny Rubin, creator of the popular career advice blog News to Live By, looks to share these items with college students earlier. Danny gives Tim Muma some important and benef...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Professional Development Strategies
by Josh Frahm and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
You don't have to be a professional to work on your professional development, and that's specifically what this episode is all about. Josh Frahm, adjunct professor at the University of Iowa, implores students to start early on developing skills and personality traits to improve their chances at a great career from day one. Josh is also the co-developer and program coordinator of Iowa's STEP (Student to Employed Professionals)...
Is Your College Doing The Right Thing For Students?
by Bob Roth - Dec, 2014
With so many disappointed college students graduating without good jobs, much less jobs in their areas of interest, the progressive leaders of some college are starting to pay more attention to the job search preparation needs and concerns of students. Their colleges are actively looking for ways to ensure that greater numbers of students achieve success in the job market. They are trying to do the right thing. Isn?t that w...
Should You Go Back to School for Your Master’s Degree? 3 Points to Consider
by Lisa Rangel - Nov, 2014
After being on the job hunt for a while with no prospective offers or interviews on the horizon, executives often times wonder whether or not they should go back to school to obtain an advanced degree. Same conundrum can happen to recent college graduates when they struggle to find a suitable first job. Job seekers from both demographics feel that perhaps a Master’s Degree (or any advanced degree) will improve their chances of...
Good Grades Are Not Enough
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2013
College students should be aware that employers look for much more than just good grades. Employers believe that well-rounded students who have had a broad range of on-campus and off-campus work and learning experiences tend to perform at a higher level than students whose experiences and performance were limited to classroom. The best employers seek students who have proved that they can excel in more than one environment....
A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Careerist Self About What Really Matters
by Karen Vitale - Mar, 2013
It’s a classic Catch-22—with a careerist twist. When facing big decisions early in your career, you don’t have tons of real-world experience to draw upon. And by the time you’ve actually racked up a decent supply of workplace wisdom, you may feel like you no longer need career advice. If only career tracks came with fast-forward and rewind buttons. (Or a blue police call box, for those who like to time travel in style.) Wh...
Why English Majors Don’t Have to Finish Last
by Jay Cross - Feb, 2013
What if my degree isn’t marketable?” I have always been fascinated by the assumptions behind this question. They get echoed back to us in remarks like: “Ugh, what are you going to do with philosophy?” “You majored in psych? Enjoy grad school for the rest of your life.” “Hell of a job market out there for that English degree!” Someone has apparently decided that math, science and engineering are the only majors th...
Is Your College Committed
by Bob Roth - Jan, 2013
What does it look like when your college is fully committed to student employment success? As they say, “You will know it when you see it.” When your college is fully committed to student employment success, everyone in the entire college community (not just the Career Services Office) is both responsible for and accountable for helping students learn about, prepare for, find and land good jobs. Therefore, if you are...
Yesterday I received a call from a community college out east. They may want to hire me to provide a motivational presentation to their undecided fema
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2013
Yesterday I received a call from a community college out east. They may want to hire me to provide a motivational presentation to their undecided female students sharing the benefits of nontraditional careers, i.e., male-dominated. What a great idea! Many female students enter college undecided about what major to pursue, and ultimately, what career path to choose. These students range from 18-year olds to those in their 40Œs...
Choosing a Career Training Program? Evaluate These 3 Key Support Services
by Marcia Robinson - Nov, 2012
As a new immigrant to the United States in the mid 1980's I searched for a career training program that would augment my job skills. My goal was to transition quickly into the job market. As I evaluated programs I learned that choosing a career training program was not just about the academics. Choosing a program was also about key support services the school offered. After looking at both 4-year and 2-year programs, I chose a...
If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2012
I had a great conversation with Jamie Harrison at Black Enterprise magazine recently. She wrote a very interesting article, If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit, about knowing how to evaluate job opportunities and whether they’re a fit for you! This is a process that’s different for every individual, so keep that in mind. Here are some additional thoughts I wanted to share with you… 1) GET A JOB: As a college stu...
Seven Reasons Why College Students Become Unemployed or Underemployed
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2012
In recent years, the sad fact is that fifty percent of all college grads have been unable to land good jobs. The reasons for this statistic can be traced to a variety of reasons including the economy and a poor understanding of the employment process. Too many students fail to follow the steps that are most likely to lead to employment success. They prefer to ignore their employment goals until the senior year. Since gat...
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