Five Books Every Student Should Read

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Lakeisha Mathews

Lakeisha M. Mathews, Director, Career and Professional Development Center, University of Baltimore
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A few months ago I wrote about 10 must-read books for career professionals. Now I would like to draw attention to a few must-read books for any student who aspires to be successful, a leader, or simply to be ready for the world of work.

With information always at their fingertips, students can access tips, samples, and information on career and professional development in a split second on Google, YouTube, Pinterest, and so forth. However, many professionals can attest to the bookthat changed our lives, or the authorthat helped us mature and think differently about ourselves. Our students should be encouraged to have the same encounters with books that help them grow and mature professionally. Whether it’s a hard back, soft cover, or e-book, books…

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#TBT…Creative Ways to Access Professional Development Opportunities

by Ommy Pearson, Assistant Director of Career Development Services, Lake-Sumter Community College

As Career Services professionals we already know the importance of staying up-to-date on industry trends and best practices as well as connected to our network. However, during these difficult economic times when many of us are struggling to secure professional development funds, how can we ensure that we keep growing as professionals? By accessing free professional development resources! Most of us are already very familiar with LinkedIn and the important role it plays in helping us create a professional online presence and connect with professionals. However, many are missing out on the invaluable information that can be accessed by joining LinkedIn Groups. By joining a variety of career services-related groups, you can access best practices, seek out ideas or feedback and even learn about relevant webinars (many of them free!). LinkedIn Groups are a fantastic way to stay on top of today’s hottest career services trends and issues. If you haven’t already, be sure to join some of the popular Career Services Groups on LinkedIn (see list below).

In addition to LinkedIn Groups, there are additional resources that offer free career services webinars. Some of these are intended for Career Services professionals and others are targeted at students and alumni job seekers. So in addition to professional development, you may find some neat programming offerings for your campus. Due note, however, that in order to access some of these webinars you may be asked to create a free account on the host’s website.

Popular Career Services LinkedIn Groups:

Sites Offering Free Job Seeker Webinars:

Sites Offering Free Career Services Webinars:

Remember that…“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ― Abigail Adams


Blog About It!

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We hope you are enjoying the first half of the semester. Can you believe the semester is about half over?

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    A student success story and how Career Services helped in the success

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#TBT…Dining Out Corporate Style

The annual Dining Out Corporate Style (DOCS) 2012 for Valencia‘s East Campus ace Student Life Skills (SLS) class was a huge success. The program is in it’s tenth year.
Students in two of Dr. Nix’s SLS classes participated in four in-class career preparation seminars and business/social etiquette, and a Latin cuisine employer networking brunch. The seminars, coached by Vertrilla Hunt, Internship and Workforce Services and Enid Rosa, Career Development, directed students through building a “World of Work” pyramid. The seminars also coached students in business and dining etiquette. The students understood that it is not about “what is the correct fork to use,” but about the decision making skills portrayed during a business dining experience. In the seminars, the students developed and presented a networking/elevator speech as well as created a resume and thank you letter.

We reassessed this learning outcome at the Employer Networking Brunch, where 42 students were  observed networking with 18+ employers at their tables; attention was given to their dining etiquette and professional dress.  The students were also graded on their resumes. The students and employers engaged in open table discussion on topics ranging from the type of answers employers look for during the interview process, social networking and the advantages and disadvantages associated with hiring and maintain employees, to the importance of completing an internship as a stepping stone when   considering the internship experience as a selling point for hiring.

We were elated to learn that a third of the students reported that employers had asked for their resumes for future internship opportunities. What’s more, three employers so far have requested to post internship opportunities with Valencia.

Connection, Spring 2012 Edition


Words of Wisdom from Boca Raton’s CEOs, Part 2

A continuation of our blog post from last week, Words of Wisdom from CEOs:

Kelly Vons, General Manager, Boca Raton Resort & Club

  • Find out what you love to do
  • Try different things
  • Love who you are working with

Dr. Levy, Marcus Neuroscience Institute

Daily process:

  • Focus on your goal
  • Check with yourself that your goal is doing the right thing
  • Ask yourself if there is anything I could have done better today?
  • Have you treated your customer the way you would treat your mother.

Dan Kane, CEO, Modernizing Medicine

  • You can’t force change but you can be a catalyst
  • The type of people you surround yourself with will define you and your company culture
  • Like a fine wine, let things breathe
  • Have the ability to see opportunity
  • Find out what people are willing to pay for
  • Be passionate
  • If it’s not fun, do something else
  • Fail fast, succeed faster
  • Social media – you must be able to monetize


#TBT…African-American Male Students and Career Decision-Making Behavior: Tools for Success

Sunday, April 29, 2012 06:59 PM
L. Felix Daniels, Ed.D., University of Central Florida

“I have no idea of what I’m good at.” “I just want to make a decent amount of money.”  “If I can find a stable job with enough money to take care of a family, I will be happy.”  “I just want to help people, but I have no idea how.”  Reminiscing about my work as a career counseling practitioner over past 8 years, I find that these are just a few of the revelations that surface during my sessions with undecided students.  I’m sure many of you may be able to attest to this precarious predicament by virtue of the work you’ve done or by your own personal experiences during your undergraduate days.  Even after graduating from a local community college years ago, I too found myself undecided about my career choice once I arrived at my four-year institution.

Today, more than ever, it appears that career indecision is on the rise amongst college students.  According to a survey of freshmen students, approximately 75% cited getting a better job while 73% noted making more money, as the most important reasons for attending college.  Due to the data revealed from this survey, as well as my sometimes intense encounters with students, it appears that family, a forever fluctuating economy, and more often than not television shows also influence the career decision-making process of today’s millennial students.  Although relevant, these influences don’t always make for “ideal” sessions with our undecided students. As such, it is necessary for career counseling practitioners and administrators to continue gathering information to assist our undecided (and often decided) students.

In order to gain more insight into the experiences of our students, I chose to embark upon an intense information gathering exercise.  In other words, I began working on my dissertation.  From the lens of Social Cognitive Career Theory, I chose to examine the experiences that impact the career decision-making behavior of African-American male transfer students.  According to recent statistics, these students are facing serious challenges with retention in our systems of higher education.  As a seasoned career counseling professional, one may assume that career indecision plays a significant role in the matriculation of these students.  Guess what?  It does!

The participants revealed insightful information that may aid us in our quest to help students make sound decisions about their careers.  Participants noted that experiencing less than desirable job salaries, academic  ability, and gender also played significant roles in the process of selecting a major.  Of the experiences that led to the development of career decision-making self-efficacy: choosing a major consistent with self, engagement in practical experiences, working independently and solving problems, meeting with advisors, and being involved in extracurricular activities were all imperative to the retention of this group.

What does it all mean?  Although this study alone does not solve the problem of the declining number of African-American male students, it does offer some insight into what we can do as practitioners and administrators to address the issue.  Engaging students in various forms of self-assessment, career research that includes practical experiences, making students aware of academic resources and challenging them to utilize them are all strategies that can enhance career decision-making behavior.  Along with these strategies, we may also want to make concerted efforts to reach out to this population as students tend to visit Career Services when they need a job or at graduation.  However for many of our students, that may be too late!

Connection, Spring 2012 Edition

Words of Wisdom from CEOs, Part 1

Great tips for our Student’s and Alumni!

Burt Rapoport, Founder & CEO, Rapoport’s Restaurant Group

  • Must read: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Must watch: Shark Tank
  • Do what you say you are going to do
  • Make decisions based on your values
  • Always begin with an end in mind
  • The nicer you are to people the more successful you will be
  • Make your own luck

Andrew Duffel, President & CEO, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University

  • Know when to listen & when to talk
  • Be flexible
  • Master critical thinking
  • Everyone has something to contribute
  • Everything that gets accomplished is through relationships

Charles Deyo, CEO, Cendyn

Philosophy: I don’t want to be the best I want to be the only one doing it.

To have a sustainable business you must have recurring income.

Rick Hayduk, President, Boca Raton Resort & Club

Philosophy: Work your ass off.  Remove your ego.  Be first one in, last one out.  Be flexible.

Must read:  Good to Great