career tips

How to Find a Great Mentor: Tips and Strategies

As your students begin to develop their career plans, make their first steps into the career world, or seek to transition into a new field, they’re likely in need of guidance that get them off on the right foot.

At this point in their lives, your students may want to work with a great mentor, who can show them the ropes and offer road-tested advice that helps them navigate the process successfully.

But how do you find a great mentor? It’s a process that takes time, but reaps worthwhile benefits. In their book The Ultimate Job Hunter’s Guidebook, Seventh Edition, authors Susan D. Greene and Melanie C.L. Martel provide several important points that will make the search process more fruitful. We’ve summarized them below. Share them with your students… or use them as you seek a mentor for yourself!

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Advice for College Students and Recent Graduates

Each semester, ambitious students make their first foray into college life. And each semester, talented graduates find themselves prepared to take on the world.

At Cengage Learning, we encourage students to be life-long learners—always looking for new challenges and opportunities to learn. In the video featured below, Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen provides real advice for students from their first days of college to their final days of college. Read More…


Five Tips for Creating a Professional Digital Portfolio

For students about to graduate from college, the prospects of finding a job in this economy may seem rather daunting. Often, one of the greatest problems they face is what to provide their prospective employers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, especially when they don’t have ample professional experience on their resume. Recently, more and more employers have been requesting digital portfolios from their applicants, which provide a more complete, holistic view of the applicant’s talents, skillsets, and knowledge. However, many students and recent graduates have never created a professional digital portfolio before, so we thought we’d provide Read More…


2015 TeamUP National College Success Conference: Register Today!

Join us from June 17-19 for the 2015 TeamUP National College Success Conference: Transforming Your Students into Superheroes, and learn strategies to turn your students into skillful and successful super students! This year’s conference will take place at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. 
This year’s program features College Success expert practitioners who will offer practical, relevant ideas ready for immediate use in your classroom. Learn more about the sessions and speakers by reviewing the agenda. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Guadalupe Quintanilla, is an associate professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the Read More…


Where Do College Students Seek Career Development Help?

Whether students are in their first year of college, they’re getting ready to graduate, or they’ve returned to take a course or two that will help them change or advance in their careers, many are there to get themselves ready for today’s job market. Most colleges offer career services and career development help that will start them off on the right foot.

As part of our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students: “What career-prep resources does your college offer you?” and, “Which career-prep resources have you used?” Read what they had to say!

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Creating a Digital Portfolio: Career Advice for College Students

Late summer, 2013: I graduated from a respected New England college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, a high GPA, and a relatively solid resume consisting of a handful of internships and various part-time jobs I’d held throughout college. I even had study abroad experience. So, truth be told, I was pretty confident that when I moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, I would have no problem finding a job that would set me on my choice career path. Such arrogance… Such naivete… According to the Economy Policy Institute, the current unemployment rate for new Read More…


Student and Professional Organizations for Achieving Career Goals

Getting involved in student and professional organizations related to your desired career path is the perfect way to begin getting a sense of the field as well as making connections. This is particularly helpful for students who are new to selecting their major and are testing the waters or for those planning ahead for their entry into the workforce. Most schools offer opportunities to get involved with career-oriented organizations, but not all students are queuing up to join. Learn what percentage of students actually join career organizations and what you can do to encourage them.  Read More…


College Students and Career Planning

In a previous post, we reported that 92% of the students who responded to our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey believe that they will definitely or probably get a job right after graduation.

In order to start the post-college job search off with confidence, it makes a great deal of sense to approach college with a plan in mind. As part of the same Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked students: Do you have a defined career plan? 

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College Students and Job-Search Confidence

The closer most college students get to graduation, the more likely it is that they’re thinking about how, and where, they’ll start their new careers. But how confident and optimistic are they about their prospects in today’s job market? In Cengage Learning’s recent Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students: “Do you think you’ll get a job right after graduation?” Of the 3,249 students who responded to the question, an overwhelming majority—92%—are fairly confident that they will find a job after graduation. Half of the respondents said they’d definitely find a job post-graduation, while 42% expressed that they believed Read More…


Entering the Workforce: How to Prep Your College Students

For college students brand new to the job market and even returning students looking for improved employment, a little guidance goes a long way. But where to start? Learn what college students have identified as their biggest job hunt concerns, and try these tips for preparing your students to tackle them.

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