Transitioning from backpacks to briefcases is no longer a cut and dried line on graduation day. Many students have already experienced professional internships and co-op jobs while many former students still carry backpacks into a casual work setting. What has not changed is the need to celebrate the graduation for all the hard work and growth that has occurred to date. Keeping on that successful train of thought requires assistance from many facets, including career development counselors and specialists. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.
FOCUS ON: Advice for the Graduate
Confidence makes a difference. Gaining belief in oneself can come from taking risks, travel, teams of high-level advisors and taking action. Read this on-target advice for all graduates from the author of “The Confidence Factor for Women in Business” Carol Sankar.
JOB SEARCHING: How to Make Good Decisions for Post-Graduation Employment
How can a new graduate keep long-term happiness in mind when faced with here-and-now decisions? “Experts have found that biases that we are not aware of skew our perception of our options and create blind spots on our choices…To combat these biases, economists suggest speaking to professionals in various stages of a career.” Read more good news for graduates on aiming to outwit biases.
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: College Recruiting and the Talent Officers
Hiring top talent at graduation time is a lot like communicating with prospective college students. Using an outreach strategy that showcases the employer like university (e.g., coursework = opportunities for growth and classmates = coworkers, etc), talent officers can make better employment offers. Help employees see the whole picture the way college admissions staff do in order to better attract top talent. Read More.
TOP TEN: Words Every College Student Should Know
Vocabulary growth starts young and must continue purposefully well beyond adulthood. Mastering certain words, such as extrapolate, salient and pragmatic, contribute to a college student’s success at communication – a skill every employer expects to see in a graduate. Read the list and definition of all 10 words.
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.” - Ella Fitzgerald
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - J.K. Rowling