career tips

Improving Networking Effectiveness

When searching for a new job or embarking on a new career path, who you know can make all the difference. Someone who knows you and trusts in your professional skills putting in a good word on your behalf can go a long way to landing an interview, and ultimately, a job. In Active Interviewing: Branding, Selling, and Presenting Yourself to Win Your Next Job, author Eric P. Kramer writes that “research shows that as many as 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking” (154). There are many ways to make these all-important connections — Read More…


Helping Students Connect Coursework to Career Goals

Sometimes in life, we can get so caught up in the immediacy of meeting a goal that’s right in front of us that we “can’t see the forest for the trees.” For students who are working their way through college in pursuit of the goal of career success, this can often be the case. Certainly, they should focus on success in their individual courses — those achievements are crucial to their overall success and pivotal in reaching that ultimate goal. However, they’ll be much more motivated and engaged in that coursework if you can facilitate their ability to look Read More…


Making the Most of Convention and Event Attendance

Events, conventions, and workshops offer unique opportunities to gather knowledge, exchange ideas, learn new skills, and hear about the latest developments in your field. While there, you also have a chance to connect with other people who share your personal and professional interests. And if you’ve traveled to the meeting, you’ll hopefully have a chance to experience some of the local highlights as well! In our “success map” for convention and event attendance, Cengage Learning Events Specialists Jason Berena, Sarah Miskelly, and Ilana Sims share their top suggestions for getting everything possible out of your investment, and share strategies for planning Read More…


Clarifying Written Communication Skills

In a digital world where we often communicate via a quick text or pack a message in 140 characters or less, we can’t overlook that having polished written communication skills is key for professionals in most any field. Your students likely need to compose e-mails to their instructors and potential contacts in their field of study, and correspond with fellow classmates on group work or discussion boards. Beyond their academic careers, students will likely find that good written communication skills are key to demonstrate in cover letters, requests for contact with potential employers, and correspondence with Read More…


Career Skills Activity: The Importance of Looking Ahead

You have a lot to cover during your allotted class time. Though helping students make skill connections to the professional world is something you’d like to do, it may not always be feasible to cover in that time frame. However, there are ways you can quickly drive home the importance of professionalism and career skills without taking up much time. What are some of your ideas for quick activities, practices, or exercises that emphasize the importance of professionalism in a career? Share your thoughts below. In the Instructor’s Manual that accompanies Illustrated Course Guides: Professionalism – Soft Skills for a Read More…


Identifying Appropriate Guest Speakers for Career-Focused Class Sessions

As an expert in your field, you’re more than qualified to offer students insight into the opportunities, challenges, and required skill sets of your discipline and profession. But in the interest of providing students with the broadest possible perspective on potential career paths, you may also see the benefit in allowing them to hear from individuals whose experiences, skills, or work environments differ from your own. If this is the case, you may consider inviting a guest speaker to address career-related topics or current professional issues during one or more of your class sessions. By virtue of your own expertise and Read More…


Assisting Students in Connecting College Studies to their Careers

Beyond wanting your students to soak up all of the course-specific knowledge you endeavor to instill in them every day, you likely also work hard to equip them with skills that will benefit them as they grow throughout their time in school and move beyond it, not only to a workplace, but to a career. In this recorded virtual event, titled Career Readiness and Transferring College Skills to the Workplace, leadership coach, author of (among others) the Master Student series, educator, and philanthropist Dave Ellis encourages you to consider what you can do to help your students make the Read More…


Helping Students Develop a Positive, Success-Focused Attitude

Without a doubt, we need the pertinent professional skills to get where we need to go career-wise, but beyond that, our attitudes can define our path in a powerful way. By maintaining a positive–yet realistic–mindset, we can remain persistent and keep going when we might otherwise be tempted to give up. These discussion and activity ideas from the Instructor Guide for Lauri Harwood’s Your Career: How To Make It Happen, Eighth Edition can help your students frame their knowledge, skills, and achievements in the most positive light. By participating in these activities, they’ll learn to express their accomplishments in concrete terms and Read More…


Tips for Students: Planning Tomorrow’s Career… Today

Thankfully, we have seen some signs of improvement in the economy and employment opportunities. However, today’s graduating students continue to face a job market that presents many challenges, including relatively high unemployment rates, the potential for underemployment, and the possibility of returning to their parents’ home for financial (rather than familial) reasons. All is not lost, however! With preparation, dedication, and a willingness to squarely face today’s realities, it’s still possible for graduating students to find jobs that get them started down a viable career path. During Cengage Learning’s 18th Annual Course Technology Conference, Jeff Butterfield offered a special session Read More…


Share Your Bright Ideas About Teaching and Learning!

At the Cengage Learning Blog, we endeavor to bring you tips and information that speak to your needs and interests as an educator. But we also value hearing from you! Have you tried any of the activities or teaching tips we’ve presented on the blog? What topics would you like for us to address in the future? Have you observed any emerging trends in your discipline or field? What ideas would you like to share with your colleagues? We invite you to submit your suggestions to us in the comments. As always, thank you for reading and engaging with us! Read More…