Become the Master of Your Career – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of our Become the Master of Your Career series! If you’ve missed our last two blogs, you can catch up with Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

If you’re already on your way to becoming a master, awesome! Don’t forget, our Career Readiness Badging Program allows you to become the master of your career by helping you make meaningful connections between your experiences here at USF and your life after graduation!

Today, we’re going to cover two more of the essential skills you need to become career ready: Leadership and Teamwork!

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Leadership
When you think about good leaders, who immediately comes to mind? What kind of traits do these people tend to have, and how do they interact with those that they are leading?

Being a good leader comes down to more than just a line on a resume. Masters of the Leadership essential skill work with the strengths of the people within their group and leverage each of these strengths to achieve common goals. They show empathy as they guide and motivate their team, and they’re able to use their interpersonal skills to coach and develop others so that their group grows together.

While some of the people you may look up to as leaders are politicians, CEOs, and well-known scientists, there are leaders all around you, and there are many opportunities for you to test your own leadership skills across campus. Getting involved in a leadership role in a student organization may be the most obvious way to build this essential skill, but you can also define yourself as a master leader in the classroom and as a student employee. The next time your professor assigns group work, focus on how you can encourage your group to actively participate in the work and help divide the tasks evenly based on the strengths of the team members. If you work on campus, talk to your supervisor about projects that they may want to do but don’t have time to do themselves, and ask them if you can work on it.

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Teamwork
Teamwork is an essential skill for just about every job and career field out there. Even if you plan on working for yourself, or in a role where you don’t interact with many people on a day-to-day basis, understanding this essential skill can help you at times when you do work with clients or colleagues.

Masters of the Teamwork essential skill are able to build collaborative relationships with people representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, and viewpoints. Teamwork and Leadership go hand in hand, but you don’t have to be the group leader to work well in a team structure. Those who have mastered Teamwork can negotiate with their teammates and can manage conflict among the members of the group in order to work toward common goals.

At USF, the ways in which you can build your Teamwork skills are endless. Opportunities to work in a team setting can be found in the classroom, in students organizations, on intramural or collegiate sports teams, and in student employment roles.

 

Six essential skills down and only two more to go! Join us next time for Become the Master of Your Career – Part 4 to learn how you can master Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship!

If you’re ready to become career ready, consider joining us for one of our upcoming orientation sessions.

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Become the Master of Your Career – Part 2

Welcome back! In our last blog, we introduced our Career Readiness Badging Program and two of its essential skills that you can earn your badge in: Professionalism and Career Management. If you haven’t read it yet, you can catch up on those two skills here.

If you’re already on your way to becoming a master, awesome! Don’t forget, our Career Readiness Badging Program allows you to become the master of your career by helping you make meaningful connections between your experiences here at USF and your life after graduation!

Today we’re going to focus on two more of the essential skills you need to become career ready: Communications and Technology!

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Communications
This essential skill refers to both written and oral communications, like email, talking on the phone, memos, and face-to-face conversations. Communications involves the ability to clearly and effectively articulate your thoughts and ideas to another person. That may not seem too difficult, but master communicators know that a conversation depends not only on their own abilities, but also on how familiar their audience is with the topic.

For example, let’s say you’re working as a sales associate at an outdoor recreation store, and a customer who has never gone camping before comes up to you and asks you to explain the difference between two seemingly identical tents. The conversation that you have with this customer would be pretty different from the conversation you’d have with an experienced camper, but you’d be expected to be able to switch between both types of conversations in order to make sales goals for your store.

In order to master this essential skill, you’ll need to use your experiences in the classroom, on the job, and in your extracurricular activities to show how you can communicate with people familiar with the career field you want to go into and the customers you serve who may not be as familiar with the technical terms you use.

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Technology
No matter what career you might be thinking about pursuing, you’re probably going to use technology in your role. Mastering the Technology essential skill doesn’t mean that you have to be familiar with every single piece of existing software in the world – that would be impossible! Rather, being a master means that you’re able to adapt to new and emerging technologies and that you can use them to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

The best way to be able to understand how different technologies work and can be used is to start using them! Do a little bit of research to find out what kind of technology might be used in your career field or industry, and then start familiarizing yourself with them.

As a USF student, you have free access to Lynda.com through IT Services. Lynda.com offers online videos with courses and training programs for just about everything imaginable, and you can login easily through MyUSF.

The USF Tampa Libraries Digital Media Commons also offers opportunities to learn about some Adobe Creative Cloud products, like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. You can find their list of workshops and get information about their Digital Media Creation Badging Program on their website.

 

We’ve introduced you to four of the essential skills you should master in order to be career ready! Look out for our next blog post where we focus on two more of the skills: Teamwork and Leadership!

If you’re ready to become career ready, consider joining us for one of our upcoming orientation sessions.

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Become the Master of Your Career – Part 1

As a college student, your daily grind probably includes classes, student organizations, sports, jobs and internships, and sleep! How are you supposed to squeeze in time to get ready for life after graduation?

Psst. Guess what? You already are! USF prepares its students for their future careers in a number of ways, and for each student, that journey is a unique combination of their individual experiences.

What we’ve noticed in Career Services is that while our students have some fantastic ways of becoming “career ready,” they may not know how to connect those experiences in ways that will be meaningful to the employers who want to recruit them.

So, how can we help you speak the language of campus recruiters? That’s easy.

Learn It  >  Do It  >  Show It
In our new Career Readiness Badging Program, you’ll learn about the eight essential skills employers are looking for, what you need to do to develop these skills, and how you can show employers that you are a master of your career!

How do we know what employers are looking for? NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, surveys employers around the country to find out what skills they say are essential for any incoming hire to have.

What are these skills? Let’s take a closer look at two of them today.

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Professionalism
What does being a “professional” mean? It probably depends on the job, right? Sure. Different industries have different ways of interpreting what it means to be a professional, but they all have some common themes that you can master while at USF.

Masters of professionalism are productive workers, arrive early or on-time for their shifts and to meetings, are humble about their achievements, and own up to and learn from their mistakes. They also act responsibly, which goes beyond simply meeting deadlines. By exceeding expectations and acting with the interests of the larger community in mind, those with professionalism skills become valuable assets for a company.

Through the Career Readiness Badging Program, you can demonstrate that you’ve learned about the professional essential skill in your coursework, through online learning programs (like Lynda.com), or through workshops or training programs.

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Career Management
Those who have mastered career management have a pretty good idea about their career goals. They know their strengths, can talk about their experiences, and have built the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in their future career. They know how and where to search for jobs related to their field, and they can advocate for themselves for promotions and raises in the workplace.

Through the Career Readiness Badging Program, you can demonstrate that you’ve learned about the career management essential skill in your coursework, through online learning programs (like Lynda.com), or through workshops or training programs.

In order to earn the badge for this essential skill, you’ll need to meet with a Career Consultant in our office. They can help you become a master of career management by working with you to talk about all of your other skills and experiences that are beneficial to the jobs you want to apply for.

 

Professionalism and Career Management are just two of the essential skills you’ll need to become a master of your career. Look for our next blog post to discuss two more skills you’ll need: Communications and Technology!

If you’re ready to become career ready, consider joining us for one of our upcoming orientation sessions.

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Get Answers at Career Services

You made it through the first week of the Fall 2017 semester! Congratulations!

How do you like your classes so far? Do you still feel confident in your major choice? What are your thoughts about your life after graduation?

Have you been asking yourself questions like these?

These can be scary thoughts to face alone! And it doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been at USF, these types of questions can bubble up at any time. When they do come up, it’s good to know where you can get answers so that you feel confident, are not stressed, and are able to take classes you enjoy and plan to explore a career pathway that you are excited about.

Luckily, at Career Services, we have staff members who are trained to assist you with all of these questions, and the questions that you didn’t even know you had yet! Keep reading below to find out more about what our office does and how we can help you face any question you might have about your major or career while at USF.

 

Guest Relations Assistants

The Guest Relations Team staffs our front desk area. When you have questions about what our office does, or you need help figuring out what your next step should be, the Guest Relations Assistants will be able to help you navigate our office quickly and easily so that you can get answers to your time-sensitive questions without skipping a beat!

 

Career Peer Advisors

We encourage those who are new to our office to start with our walk-in service, Career Express, staffed by our team of Career Peer Advisors. Our Peers are undergraduate students who have been trained to assist other students with their quick career-related questions, like where to find on-campus job postings, and with career documents, like resumes and cover letters.

Already have a resume or cover letter? Bring a printed copy with you for a review. If you’re not sure how to start writing either of those things, check out the resources on our website, or come by and ask for help creating one. If you do this, it’s best to come with some knowledge of your past experience, be that work experience, involvement in student organizations, volunteering, or something else!

 

Career Consultants

Your Career Consultant is an advisor who is dedicated to assisting you with your career goals. This can include deciding what kind of career you want to pursue, discovering job opportunities within that career field, understanding and refining required application materials, and preparing for job interviews. Our Consultants meet with students from specific major groups or industries. To find out who your Career Consultant is, contact our office or visit us during one of our events.

We recommend meeting with a Career Peer Adivsor during Career Express before seeing your Career Consultant so that the time you spend with the Consultant can be more focused. If you have questions about this, please contact our office.

We also have a Career Counselor in our office who works with students that are trying to change majors. If you don’t feel confident in your choice of major, we will work with you to explore your interests, personality, skills, and values through an assessment called MyPlan to help you decide on both a career and a major that better aligns with you.

 

Other Services

Our office also offers many other services to help you answer your career-related questions. We have career courses, a wide variety of internship opportunities, a Cooperative Education program, Career & Internship Fairs and other employer events, and so much more.

To explore all that we have available, check out our website.

You’ll also want to make sure that you activate your Handshake profile to keep up with our on-campus events. When you activate it, check the box to make your profile visible to employers. They may want to reach out to you about opportunities you may not have considered! You can also upload your resume to your documents, make it a public resume that can be accessed by hiring employers, and use it to build your profile. If you have questions about Handshake, stop by during our Career Express hours!

Career Courses

Have you dropped a class or decided that you want to take another one? Register for one that will help you with your career!

We offer two career-related courses that will help you figure out what you want to do and how to develop the skills to do it while you are in college.

 

Career Development Today (SLS 2401)

Career Development for Today is a course offered to freshman and sophomore level students. In this course, you will be guided through the career development process from self-assessment to decision making and job searching. You will be able to research occupations, majors, and schools; gain tools to help define self-concept and identify work-related interests, skills, and values; and develop an electronic portfolio that can be updated throughout your working life. The course also provides basic guidance on how to find job openings, write a resume and cover letter, and participate in effective job interviews.

 

Job Search (SLS 3308)

Job Search is a course offered to junior and senior level students. In this course, you will prepare for a smooth transition to the world of work by becoming aware of the current job seeking trends and skills that will promote success in the job search process.

 

Through these courses you can learn how to match your major to your career, understand the skills you’ll need to succeed on the job and discover ways you can develop them, decide which companies you would want to work for, and create effective resumes and cover letters to help you land an interview.

For more information on these courses, including the current course offerings and registration numbers, please visit http://www.usf.edu/career-services/students/courses.aspx.