Tag Archive: Job Skills

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

10 Things to Know about the Gig Economy

February 25, 2019 8:30 pm Published by

If you haven’t heard the term “Gig Economy” before, let me explain.  The gig economy is the concept of short term jobs and projects everywhere and all the time.   Technology, of course, is enabling this new gig economy and companies like Uber, Lyft or Grub Hub are some of the familiar examples where workers can jump into to work and jump out of work at their own convenience. Here are 10 things you should know about the gig economy. 1. Pew Research suggests that  “nearly 1 in 4 Americans... View Article

Build your Writing Skills

November 7, 2017 8:56 pm Published by

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” ~ Benjamin Franklin Just as college professors complain about the writing skills of their students, so do managers complain about writing skills of their employees. The difference? While your college professor will have to tell you about it; neither recruiters nor your managers are obligated to let you know.  I can tell you that throughout my assignments working in four different college career centers and since I started The HBCU Career Center a decade ago, poor writing skills from job... 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

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

Teaching Job Skills Employers Want With Digital Education

March 13, 2017 11:14 am Published by

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has launched a new digital education initiative. The program officially titled “Technology Applications for Professional Success” is funded by Title III grants to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The project started off in a rather unique way that involved students — “updating” the university’s story on Wikipedia. According to Dean of Student Affairs, Marcia Robinson, the goal of the program is to make sure students understand the way that technology and the new economy of information are having “an impact in our everyday lives.”... View Article

No Pay Raise; What Else Could You Ask For?

February 2, 2016 11:48 am Published by

Let’s face it, many of us see our annual pay raise as a way to feel value at work. It reaffirms our importance to the company and it is something employees look forward to – even more than they do the company picnic or Christmas party. USA Today reported, based on survey data from Towers Watson (a compensation consulting firm) that U.S. employers were planning to give pay raises averaging 3% in 2015.  That was on par with the 2.9% average raise in 2014 and 2013.  However, if you are... View Article

5 Big Workplace Skills Employers Want

August 19, 2014 2:26 am Published by

Employers usually are not shy about saying what workplace skills they need to see in the new graduates they hire.  In an article published in the Deseret Morning News, Wendy Leonard said, “Colleges and universities dump a lot of graduates into the work force, and yet some in the work force still need additional, specialized training to perform well in the jobs they choose.” Why do students need to learn these workplace skills in addition to their college degree?  The reason is simple.  Most employers feel that students should know... View Article

No Work Experience? No Problem

July 11, 2014 8:50 am Published by

One of the big questions new college grads and career changers ask when we discuss their workplace transitions is – I have no work experience in that area so who will hire me? Where will I get the experience that employers seek if I haven’t had a real job? For new grads with no significant work experience or “real job”, I  encourage grads to think about transferable skills from any of the following experiences.  These does NOT have to be paid experiences. Identify Transferable Skills if you Have No Work Experience – volunteer... View Article

Combat Job Search Age Discrimination

July 3, 2014 2:53 am Published by

I spoke with a colleague recently who had lost a spouse and was looking to reenter the workplace.  It was pretty clear that his biggest concern was the job search age discrimination he felt he would face. He was worried about his chances of finding, what he called, decent employment.  “Nobody wants to hire old people anyway and with all these young people looking for work, I feel bad trying to take a job from them.  They have families. They are starting out. I’m just too old for a job search anyway.” Not only... View Article

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