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The Portfolio…A Must Have for the College Student

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The Portfolio In my book, Check It Off!  I offer information on college life for the first-year college student.  One item on the list that is easy for the college student to do, yet often overlooked, is to create a collection of important information throughout the college years.  I call this collection:  your portfolio. First-year […]

YOUR PERSONAL NETWORK

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Did you know that most people’s first job out of college is usually found through a relative or close friend of a relative? It is a true fact, even in today’s digital world; person-to-person networking is still a most powerful tool. What I find from my students is that when you tell them to start […]

The Most Important Activity in College

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The Most Important Activity in College I teach a communications course to first-year college students and one question I often ask is: “Of the many opportunities college offers, what are you looking forward to over the next four years?” The overwhelming answer? Meeting new people and making friends. Here is the good news. On campus, […]

Valuing Your Professional Presence Pays Off

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“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” This is a quote by the famous designer Coco Chanel. I encourage my students to be unique; I teach my students to show their individuality when creating a personal website or LinkedIn account. Being unique displays confidence and self-assurance and that is what employers like […]

What are the questions that first-year college students ask?

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What are the questions that first-year college students ask? What major should I choose in college? What career will I pursue? Some people say, follow your passion. Others, find a good paying job. For me, I want to know What am I  going to do? But it is important to ask: What do you want to […]

Taking Risks: One of the Great Hidden Benefits of College

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College is a time for exploration and taking risks. From the professor’s chair, I see students from every stage, maturity level, and economic background. What binds them all together is the experience of taking risks to explore their own gifts and direction. Recently, I was speaking to a group of students about this very subject […]

Teaching the Importance of Networking by Conducting Informational Interviews

Due to the changing nature of the work environment, from bounded careers to boundaryless careers, networking is still a skill that must be learned. Students planning to work in today’s business environment must be entrepreneurial. That means students must take responsibility for their own career path. This paper describes an exercise that teaches students the […]

The Art of Conversation

I just came back from cycling Madagascar.  This was a week’s fundraising trip for the Genesis Research Trust—a non-profit research organization for the health and welfare of women and children.  It was a very challenging cycling event for a very good cause. Forty-two women signed on for this cycling challenge; the bike ride was one […]