Friday, April 6, 2018

Is Your Student Career Ready - Career Management


IS YOUR STUDENT CAREER READY?

Employers want to hire talented college students and recent graduates who can demonstrate particular skills.  Mastering these Career Readiness Competencies will make you competitive candidates for future employment.  Each month we will highlight one competency and strategy to develop and demonstrate these skills

Career Management
Identify and articulate skills, strengths, knowledge and experiences relevant to desired position and career goal; navigate career options and pursue these opportunities.
  • Be able to put their experiences into language that reflects the skills they have accomplished.
  • Consider how to introduce themselves to potential employers.
  • Learn more about industries and organizations that interest them and fit their values and goals.
  • Practice networking in different venues such as career fairs, professional organization meetings, networking events, etc.

Practice these skills in and outside of the classroom:

  • Work with Career Services staff to articulate their skills and strengths on a resume.
  • Create a profile in Handshake job search platform.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and utilize it to share their skills and background, as well as to network with career professionals.
  • Research industries and organizations that interest them to learn as much as they can about them.
  • Seek experiences that expand their knowledge of their chosen profession, such as job shadowing, informational interviews, and internships.
  • Practice using their “elevator pitch” to share their background and interests in a succinct manner.
  • Utilize InterviewStream, an online tool, tor practice interview skills.
  • Attend conferences, on-campus speakers and participate in clubs/events related to their major to expand their knowledge of career opportunities.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Is Your Student Career Ready - Global Perspective


IS YOUR STUDENT CAREER READY?

Employers want to hire talented college students and recent graduates who can demonstrate particular skills.  Mastering these Career Readiness Competencies will make your student competitive candidates for future employment.  Each month we will highlight one competency and strategy to develop and demonstrate these skills

Global Perspective
Respect the viewpoints of those from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions and lifestyles to build collaborative relationships and communicate effectively; appreciate value, and learn from other cultures and perspectives to move beyond tolerance.

  • Reflect and discuss what “inclusive excellence” means.  
  • Demonstrate inclusivity in all daily practices and communication.
  • Consider themselves as part of the global community.
  • Be prepared to work as part of a diverse team.
Practice these skills inside and outside of the classroom:

  • Participate in activities that promote cultural diversity and learning, such as alternative spring break trips, campus clubs, and education abroad..
  • Practice viewing events and situations from different points of view, respecting and seeking the value of each
  • Attend Diversity events - workshops, retreats, lectures, programming
  • Be open to different viewpoints.. Listen actively
  • Reflect and practice answering interview questions about cultural competence and experience working with diverse populations and varied settings.
  • Consider ways that might highlight global perspective and diverse experiences on their resume, cover letter and social media accounts. 
  • Evaluate whether potential employers and graduate programs offer a setting of inclusive excellence.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Is Your Student Career Ready - Information Technology Application


IS YOUR STUDENT CAREER READY?

Employers want to hire talented college students and recent graduates who can demonstrate particular skills.  Mastering these Career Readiness Competencies will make them competitive candidates for future employment.  Each month we will highlight one competency and strategy to develop and demonstrate these skills

  Information Technology Application
Select and utilize technology to solve problems and accomplish goals; maintain a professional social media presence.

  • Develop a LinkedIn profile and utilize the powerful professional networking/recruiting tool.
  • Be professional in all electronic correspondence and social media platforms.
  • Consider adding a section on their resume called “technical skills” or “computer skills” to highlight technology strengths.  Accurately reflect skill level.
  • Develop a Handshake profile and utilize it for career exploration and job/internship search.

Practice these skills inside and outside of the classroom:

  • Work towards proficiency in utilizing technology for professional purposes.
  • Learn and practice any new technologies needed for their career path.
  • Elect to take computer courses or courses that have a technical focus.
  • Embrace technology to network and search for career opportunities.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Spring Career Fairs

Now is the time to consider and prepare for Career Fairs

The two largest career fairs that we participate in happen in February and March:

 Minnesota’s Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair
                  Tuesday, February 27, 2018
                        9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Interviews until 6:00 p.m.
Local, state, and national employers will be on site to share information on employment and internships.
Minneapolis Convention Center.  $20. Registered required at css.edu/hiresaints.

 Head of the Lakes Job & Internship Fair
                  Thursday, March 1, 2018
                        10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Local, state and national employers will be on site to share information on jobs and internships.
                        University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjacket Union
                        Free.  Shuttle available.

Be prepared.  Visit a Job Skills Intern in the Writing Center (T2121) at the following times:
Monday  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Or, set up an appointment with a Career Counselor @ careers@css.edu or call 218-723-6085

Is your student Career Ready - Leadership

IS YOUR STUDENT CAREER READY?

Employers want to hire talented college students and recent graduates who can demonstrate particular skills.  Mastering these Career Readiness Competencies will make you competitive candidates for future employment.  Each month we will highlight one competency and strategy to develop and demonstrate these skills

Leadership
Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals; organize, prioritize and delegate work; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate.

·         Encourage your student to take on a leadership role in a club or organization
·         Encourage your student to take the lead role in group projects
·         Discuss goal setting and strategic thinking and plan how to reach these goals with them
·         Encourage participation in the Sophomore COR Leadership program to develop effective ways to lead, manage conflict, build resilience, build authentic relationships and respect differences
·         Encourage your student to ask for special projects and focused work assignments at their part-time jobs
·         Encourage your student to seek out valuable experiential learning through research, internships, field experiences and clinicals, where they can experience various supervisor leadership styles and techniques


Practice these skills in and outside of the classroom:

·         Encourage practice and development of their leadership skills through both formal and informal leadership roles
·         Challenge them to learn and grow in every group, team and work setting
·         Take StrenthsQuest, an assessment tool, to analyze how they can use their personal strengths for effective leadership (available through Career Services)


Check out additional tips and resources at css.edu/career.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Is your Student Career Ready - Professionalism/Work Ethic


IS YOUR STUDENT CAREER READY?

Employers want to hire talented college students and recent graduates who can demonstrate particular skills.  Mastering these Career Readiness Competencies will make them competitive candidates for future employment.  Each month we will highlight one competency and strategy to develop and demonstrate these skills

Professionalism/Work Ethic
Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits; act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind.

  • Gain an understanding of professionalism, develop the ability to verbally explain expected professional behavior, and consistently demonstrate this behavior.
  • Initiate respectful, positive interactions with students, faculty, staff, and the public.
  • Consistently be early or on time to school, work, meetings, and trainings.
  • Avoid unethical behavior and call out others  that may be acting unethically.
  • Work productively individually or in teams with minimal distraction to task.
  • Ensure their dress and appearance is appropriate to the office, event or responsibilities.

Practice these skills in and outside of the classroom:

  • Show an active interest in learning their job, and improving their knowledge to do the best of their ability.
  • Update their social media profiles with a special focus on a professional profile on LinkedIn and Handshake.
  • Ask for additional tasks and responsibilities when the opportunity presents itself in their job.
  • Join a professional organization in their area of interest, seek out opportunities to network.
  • Find a mentor(s) to support them in their professional endeavors.
  • Gain valuable professional and work experience through internships and other experiential learning opportunities; request feedback and review for continued development and growth.
  • Demonstrate honesty, trust and dependability in interactions, both inside and outside the classroom

Friday, October 27, 2017

Is your student career ready? Teamwork/Collaboration

IS YOUR STUDENT CAREER READY?

Employers want to hire talented college students and recent graduates who can demonstrate particular skills.  Mastering these Career Readiness Competencies will make them competitive candidates for future employment.  Each month we will highlight one competency and strategy to develop and demonstrate these skills

Teamwork/Collaboration
Build collaborative relationships representing diverse cultures, races, ages, gender, religions, lifestyles and viewpoints; work within team structure; negotiate/manage conflicts. Prepare for a workplace where they will be working with and alongside people with many different backgrounds, life experiences, and opinions.

In their career journey this might include:
  • Highlighting their experiences with teams and groups through effective bulleted descriptions on their resume
  • Developing and practicing telling stories demonstrating how they have successfully worked in teams and collaborated with others
  • Participating in the Sophomore COR Leadership Program to develop skills to effectively live and work in community with others
  • Utilizing social media, especially consider LinkedIn, as a way to engage with professionals in your field and join relevant professional organizations
Skills they can practice in and outside of the classroom:

  • Participate actively in group discussions and projects within the classroom
  • Actively participate in a group(s) or club(s)
  • Intentionally seek out and engage with people of different culture, gender, lifestyles, and points of view
  • Attend events that will broaden their understanding about culture and diversity
  • Appreciate and respect the diversity of all opinions.  Be open to new ideas  
  • Encourage participation by all group members, valuing each person individually