Best Jobs For…

FOCUS ON: Best Jobs for Americans According to Glassdoor, Data Scientist tops the list of the 50 Best Jobs in America. Three engineering jobs made the top 10, as did jobs in HR management and occupational therapy. The three factors that determined these results were number of job openings, salary, and overall job satisfaction rating. […]

Counselor Competencies

FOCUS ON: Active Listening Can Make Everyone Happier Deep positive relationships begins with the most important element of good communication: active listening. The empathetic counseling relationships requires mastery of this art. Review and practice these steps toward more active listening from this Positive Psychology resource. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Be Careful and Be Open to Theories Comfort, […]

Supervision

FOCUS ON: Federally Mandated Training of Supervisors Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Federal Supervisor Training Act keeps the spotlight on federal personnel, hiring, and performance management issues. The possibility of big improvements in areas that affect employee morale and productivity could result from such a bill. If this bill passes, the first 12 months on the job […]

New Growth in Spring

 FOCUS ON: Adult Learners Are Different Practitioners who encourage clients to pursue professional development (or want to pursue it for themselves) need to understand the principles behind adult learning. This will help the adult keep the end goal in mind, while selecting a practical program that is self-directed. When adults get too pressed for time […]

Being the First

  FOCUS ON:First You Were a Student The initial learning process for counselors-in-training requires the navigation of of individual learning styles and management of expectations while developing skills that affect the interpersonal roles that shape the counseling outcome. Learning to master basic skills first, before jumping into applying theoretically-based techniques is a goal for beginning students. […]

Retention

FOCUS ON: Employee Career Development Key reasons organizations support internal employee development include stress reduction, a focus on the long-term, in preparation for massive baby-boomer retirement, avoidance of attrition costs and the maintenance of intellectual capital. To make these efforts work, employees and managers need to be given the concepts, tools and practical experience. Read […]

Write Right

FOCUS ON: Poor Grammar Detracts from Our Image No one can claim to be not guilty of misusing the English language at various times. Just remember that following rules we learned in grammar school serve as powerful predictors of how we are perceived. Keep a reference book on your desk, such as the high school […]

College Costs

FOCUS ON: The Value of On-Campus Employment Yes, students can get jobs on-campus, but do they see how these typically mundane tasks (e.g., copying, filing, emptying trash) relate to life after graduation? Most likely students take on-campus jobs for the income or convenience and may not recognize their wider value. Career counselors can offer a […]