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Ohio U Students Get Job Search Skills with Cengage Learning

For many students, securing an internship and preparing for job interviews can be overwhelming. To help students successfully navigate these crucial steps, Cengage Learning came to the Ohio University campus December 3, 2014, to provide Ohio University students with resources and tools to help best prepare for today’s job market. Engagement Specialist Ann Ruege recognized the need for more student-to-student conversations – mainly using digital solutions and garnering real-world experiences while in college. So with Ann leading the way, the Market Research & Outcomes team, District Manager Janey Moeller, Executive Learning Consultant Ellen Shraim, and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Read More…


What are You Reading? Books for Educators

As an educator, you know the power of ideas and information. To stay abreast of the developments in your field, you frequently read a variety of books, articles, and other materials relating to your areas of expertise. You’re also in tune with issues, trends, and topics relating to education in general. And, undoubtedly, you enjoy exchanging your thoughts, reflections, and discoveries with your colleagues and your students.  

We want to hear from you, too. Have you read an especially insightful, challenging, or timely book relating to education lately? Share your thoughts on the best books for educators.

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Tips for Students: Build Career Professionalism in College

Students often view college as a “pit stop” on the road to their future careers. However, college life provides numerous opportunities to build and develop skills that will lead to career professionalism. In their book FOCUS on College and Career Success, Second Edition, Dr. Steve Staley and Dr. Constance Staley offer a list of “Ten Things Employers Hope You Will Learn in College.” We’ve summarized them below. Share them with any students who hope to apply themselves to career success well before they enter the job market! 1. Develop reliability, diligence, and consistency today. Hard work gains others’ respect. Living by a Read More…


Activity: Traits of an Ideal Leader

Who would you call an “ideal leader”? And which traits define an “ideal leader” in your perspective? By reflecting on these matters, you can define the type of leader that you’d like to become, and strive to develop your own capacities in these areas. The following exercise, selected from the Instructor’s Manual for Richard L. Daft’s The Leadership Experience, Sixth Edition, offers students the opportunity to consider the leaders who have earned their admiration and respect, and then consider how they might grow in these areas themselves.   Spend some time thinking about someone you believe is an ideal Read More…


How to Cultivate the Next Generation of Leaders

From the beginning of their college experience, students can (and should) begin to cultivate the knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective leaders and citizens. As an educator, you certainly want them to exhibit leadership and citizenship on your campus; but more importantly, you want to prepare them to step confidently into those roles after they graduate. In the webinar featured below, Dr. Britt Andreatta, author of Cengage Learning’s Navigating the Research University: A Guide for First-Year Students, Third Edition, provides strategies for weaving leadership and citizenship into your first-year seminar and Read More…


Help Students Discover Their Own Developing Brand

This post is the second in a series from author Francine Fabricant. Read the first article, “First-Year Students & Career Readiness: It Can All Start with Personal Branding.” A developing personal brand can impact a student’s ability to learn about career fields and build skills for the future. In Creating Career Success (Fabricant, Miller, and Stark, 2014), we explore how the concept of personal branding is much like looking at the reputation you build in all of your activities, courses, and relationships—even those that seem far from your career interests. To help students understand how their Read More…


First-Year Students & Career Readiness: It Can All Start with Personal Branding

Contributor: Francine Fabricant, MA, EdM. In the first year, students start exploring student activities and clubs, weigh the benefits of one major over another, choose courses, and begin to consider summer jobs or internships. For many students, important choices take place long before career decisions are made. Nevertheless, these early experiences influence future choices and opportunities. Students brand themselves through the choices they make, even if they are not aware of their developing reputation.

What is a Personal Brand?

A personal brand is a message to others about the qualities and strengths you represent. It reflects your choices and your reputation. Read More…


2014 TeamUP Fall Energizer Conference: Save the Date!

In your teaching, are you regularly charged with taking initiative to be creative and resourceful for the benefit of engaging and motivating your students? Cengage Learning recognizes this, and TeamUP has designed a conference just for you! Save the date! The 2014 Fall Energizer Conference—Taking Initiative!—is scheduled for November 13-14 in Austin, TX, at the Hilton Austin. Prepare to participate in sessions that will provide innovative strategies in the following programs:

    Student Success
    Developmental English
    Developmental Reading
    Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW)
TeamUP has a sensational agenda in the works with an exciting event planned Thursday night that you don’t want to Read More…


Tips for Students: Identify Skills that Transfer to the Workplace

As students get ready to embark on their career paths, they’ll make special note of the specialized skill sets that pertain to the type of job they want to earn. (After all, how profitable is it to seek a job as a lawyer if you haven’t passed the bar, or to apply for a stylist position at a salon if you don’t know the first thing about cutting hair?) But as they prepare for their careers, they’ll also benefit from assessing other types of skills that transfer to the workplace—many of which they’ll already have gained through college and other life experiences. In their Read More…


Activity: Researching Job Requirements

It’s wise for students to begin researching job requirements for a typical career in their chosen field before they proceed very far in their education or, even more certainly, before they graduate and start their job searches. But, because they’re new to the field, they may not know how or where to begin finding the type of relevant and timely information that will truly help them on their journeys. Thus, they would welcome and value some “on the ground” guidance from knowledgeable and experienced professionals. As an educator with a breadth of experience, you can offer quite a bit of knowledge, wisdom, and insight with Read More…