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Join professional associations; Membership has rewards

November 7, 2019 9:22 am Published by

Membership has its rewards. “Man is a tool-using animal…Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all” ~ Thomas Carlyle Professional associations is one of the best tools out there if you are trying to get involved! We spend a lot of time being members of groups whether we define ourselves that way or not.  As children, we joined play teams, in high schools we were in sports or academic teams; in college we added Greek Life or clubs and as adults we are members of churches, community groups,... View Article

Become a Librarian in the Automation Age

September 7, 2019 5:44 pm Published by

Moving forward, it’s hard to imagine a line of work that won’t be radically altered by the prevalence of artificial intelligence and automation. However, contrary to what we might think, Librarians (those who used to deal almost exclusively in a paper based service), are actually riding the automation wave really well. Librarian jobs are in a really good position to weather the AI storm. Gone are the days where libraries only served basic community functions like housing your local book club or children’s reading circle. Libraries are now key to... View Article

Rail Careers are Worth Exploring

September 30, 2017 3:48 pm Published by

Did you know that median wages for rail careers last year was $57,160? I would guess that most people don’t know that. In fact, I have found that most people don’t know much about careers in transportation at all. As a former Air Traffic Controller myself, I have participated in the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) sponsored by the Department of Transportation, many times. The goal of the NSTI is to expand the awareness of secondary  school students, about careers across transportation, including rail careers.  Those NSTI sessions, often had panels or presentations with rail professionals and sometimes students... View Article

Is Your Prospective Employer Getting Diversity Right?

March 30, 2017 6:28 pm Published by

In many ways college is a safe space, a place where the burdens of under-representation for African Americans can be slightly offset by the pedagogical drive to innovate and create new knowledge. This is particularly the case at HBCU’s where students have the room to embark on the path of creating knowledge, developing the skills that they’ll need, but also growing in a space that positively cultivates their Blackness in tandem with its rich history. So for many of these African American students, the idea of exiting post-secondary and entering into... View Article

It’s Official! Paul Quinn Is The First HBCU Work College

March 22, 2017 2:08 pm Published by

After a two-year application process, Paul Quinn College has become the first HBCU to meet the Department of Education’s standards for the “work college” designation. As of Monday morning, Paul Quinn now joins seven other institutions trailblazing this new method for potentially reducing student debt. Unlike traditional work study programs, whose distribution is based solely on the student’s financial needs —since 2015—every student at Paul Quinn, has either a job on campus or with a local business in Dallas, Texas. According to college president Michael Sorrell, due to 80 percent... View Article

Tell Your Story and Push Past Networking Anxiety

November 14, 2016 7:21 pm Published by

Anyone who knows me well enough can tell you about my very real aversion to most conventions, among them, the traditional networking event. Something about the prospect of going into a room full of strangers— not necessarily to have fun per se— but to just chat about what we’re up to professionally and maybe exchange contact information, unnerves me. These events can often begin to feel tiresome when the meaningful exchange of ideas intersects with the need to self-promote, preach, or sell something. I’m not into that. Enough of my... View Article

7 Ways the Workforce is Changing

October 30, 2016 1:36 pm Published by

The workforce is changing and some of the questions to ask are – Am I keeping up?  How am I preparing to stay competitive?  What do I know about employment trends? If you work with college students as much as I do, you too might find yourself thinking hard about whether or not colleges and training programs are preparing the workforce in a manner consistent with how the workforce is changing.  I read an article today in Forbes.com, that made me think that some of us still have a ways... View Article

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