career tips

Helping Students Find Valuable Volunteer Opportunities

It may sound cliche, but when students decide to volunteer their time and efforts to an organization or cause, they may feel as though they’ve gained at least as much as they’ve given. First and foremost, they’ll likely experience the confidence and contentment that comes with the knowledge that they’ve contributed to a worthwhile effort. Students can also glean some specific skills that relate to a future career, as well as some soft skills that can benefit them in any number of roles they’ll take on in the future. And, depending on the capacity in which they’ve served Read More…


Nine Ways to Overcome Your “Reasons Why Not”

Hoping to keep up with those commitments you’ve made for the new year? Whether your goals are academic or athletic, professional or personal, they all require one thing: change. That, in itself, can pose a challenge! We all have our reasons (or excuses) for resisting change, but sometimes the cost of staying the same is far greater than the pain we can go through in the process of change. In their book Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness: A Personalized Program, Thirteenth Edition, Werner W.K. Hoeger and Sharon A. Hoeger describe some of the most common barriers to change Read More…


Tips for Students: Creating a Professional Online Appearance

Students in college face a myriad of challenges that were nowhere in sight ten, twenty, thirty years ago, many of which have the potential to make or break their future success. One big challenge for young adults is knowing the difference between what is beneficial and what is inappropriate to post on their online profiles, as well as who they should be sharing this information with. While many students know that sharing explicit or controversial material online may inhibit their success with future employers, choosing to share nothing at all may not be advantageous either. In fact, social media Read More…


Don’t Hide! Using Social Media to Promote Education and Experience

Social media is a powerful tool. We’ve all heard stories of potential employers searching a candidate on the Internet only to find incriminating photos that ruined their chances of being hired. For that reason, many people opt to make their profiles private, which leaves anyone who searches wondering what is happening behind the wall. But what if you used the power of social media to your advantage? Instead of hiding behind privacy settings, you made everything fully public, putting your best foot forward and using the Web to promote your best attributes? Imagine that a recent college Read More…


Taking the Mystery out of LinkedIn For Educators

Guest Contributor: Ron Nash, Founder of The In Academy. As an educator, I’m certain by now you’ve heard of LinkedIn? In fact, if you’re reading this article, chances are, you’ve probably heard about how great it is and that you should be using it, but like many people, don’t fully get it. I’ve got news for you. LinkedIn is like rap; it’s here to stay! So if you are serious about your research, connecting with colleagues, finding groups relevant to your areas of interest and a number of other amazing resources, you’ll want to learn how to leverage Read More…


Tips for Students: Choosing a College Major that Fits Your Career Goals

For some students, deciding on a college major takes no effort at all. Others may choose to take a few intro courses to get a feel for their interests. Should college students pursue a major based on a skill or hobby they excel at or one that may result in the biggest salary or job security? Choosing a major is a big step in your students’ college careers, but doing so will also allow them to begin setting short and long-term goals for their education, which is always something to encourage! Motivate your students to explore careers until they Read More…


Activity: Plan for Your Future Career

College offers students the opportunity to explore their interests, beliefs, and personalities while preparing themselves for the future. And for most, “the future” includes a chosen career path. Some students may make this decision quite readily—in fact, they may have come to your school or taken your classes because of their desired careers—but others will want or need a bit of guidance that will help them make informed decisions and gather the knowledge, skills, and direction that enable them to connect their coursework to their career goals. Using the following activity, taken from the Instructor’s Manual to accompany Gwenn Read More…


Career Advice: How to Make the Most of a Mentoring Relationship

Working with a mentor is an invaluable opportunity that can be beneficial to both the mentor and the mentee. A mentor can give you advice on beginning or transitioning within your career, demonstrate expectations, and serve as a role model for appropriate workplace protocol. Check with your school—some institutions offer mentoring programs that can match you to tenured professionals who are eager to share their experiences and help newer professionals develop their career plans. The same programs can also help you match yourself to an ambitious student who may be eagerly looking to you as a mentor of Read More…


Teaching Entrepreneurial Skills to Today’s Tech-Savvy Generation

If you teach business, your classes will likely include students who have visions of starting up their own companies. These students have entrepreneurial spirits; now, what they need is the entrepreneurial know-how. As an instructor, you can impart the real-world skills and knowledge they need in order to make their vision a reality. In truth, however, even students who don’t have their minds set on starting their own business can benefit from learning the skills and knowledge that govern entrepreneurship. Additionally, they could gain quite a bit from the experience of trying their hands at entrepreneurial  After all, they may work Read More…


The Value of Mentoring Students

Among the many hats you wear as an educator, you’ll probably find one labelled “mentor.” Perhaps it’s a relatively small hat: spending a few moments, here and there, to offer a bit of guidance to a student that needs some direction. Or, maybe it’s a larger (and more formal) hat: you are a supervisor, mentor, or advisor to students matriculating through your department or program. Either way, you regularly play an important role in the academic and professional development of numerous students each term. Though we recognize that many of the things you do contribute to students’ success, there may Read More…