Become the Master of Your Career – Part 4

Welcome once again! We’re wrapping up our Become the Master of Your Career series today with Part 4. You can revisit Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you need a refresher.

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! You’re now well on your way to understanding what it takes to become a master, so you may want to consider signing up for one of our Career Readiness Badging Orientations. We only have a few orientation sessions left this semester, but we’ll be back with more in the Spring!

Now, let’s talk about the last two essential skills you need to become career ready: Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship!

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Critical Thinking
You use critical thinking skills every day when you do things like driving your car or choosing courses to fit your schedule. But when you want to show future employers that you’ve mastered the Critical Thinking essential skill, you’re not going to simply flash your driver’s license as proof.

Whereas most of the other essential skills have some kind of tangible manifestation, Critical Thinking is very cerebral. Master Critical Thinkers are able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. While you may have some type of final product, like a research paper, the original and creative thought process you use to get there isn’t always immediately understood by others. This can make talking about this skill to future employers a little difficult.

Through the Career Readiness Badging Program, we make having conversations about your mastery of the Critical Thinking essential skill easier. We’ve given you a few ideas about where you can learn this skill, like math courses, research workshops, and conferences related to your major or future career field. We have also partnered with offices across campus, like the Office of Undergraduate Research, to make sure that there are opportunities for you to get experience using this skill that you can put on your resume. One you’ve gotten some experience, we’ll help you discover ways that you can talk to employers about this essential skill with a sample interview question.

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Global Citizenship
USF is proud to be home to an incredibly diverse population of students, staff, and faculty that represent more than 125 countries! We’re nationally recognized as an institution that embraces its diversity and offers a variety of global opportunities to its students.

If you remember back to Part 1 of our series, we talked about NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and how they created the eight essential skills we’ve been talking about. Global Citizenship, the final essential skill we’ll discuss in our series, was just added to NACE’s list in January 2017. Its addition speaks to the importance of employees who are masters of Global Citizenship within our increasingly global economy.

Masters of the Global Citizenship essential skill value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and viewpoints. They are also open, inclusive, and sensitive, and are able to interact respectfully with all people.

Because USF is so diverse, there are tons of offices (like the Global Citizen Project) and student organizations (like the Latin American Student Association) on campus for you to get involved with. In fact, USF is home to 43 multicultural student organizations! You can find them all and learn how to get involved on BullSync.

As you start to learn about the Global Citizenship essential skill, find ways to get experience that is related to your major or future career field. Global Citizenship impacts every industry in some way, and even if the company you eventually work for only has domestic offices, you’ll still come into contact with people who have different backgrounds than you. Try doing some research into companies within your field of interest and see how they’re impacting their local and global community for ideas on where you can get experience and become a master of Global Citizenship!

 

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks telling you a little bit about each of the eight essential skills in our Career Readiness Badging Program, but there is so much more that you can learn! If you’re ready to become the master of your career, join us for one of our upcoming orientation sessions. We only have a few dates left this fall semester, but we’ll have a full schedule again in the Spring!

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What’s Your Tool?

When you have to nail something down, you use a hammer. When you need to combine papers, you use a paperclip or a stapler. But when it comes to get yourself organized …

There are too many options!

You may have the perfect solution for staying on top of the organization game, or you may be struggling to come to terms with the piles of papers and unchecked lists on your floor. If you don’t already have a system that works for you, it can be hard to know where to start. Even if you do have your own system, you may find that your life this semester is crazier than ever and your old tools don’t work anymore.

Wherever you find yourself, don’t let it be under a pile of dirty laundry and leftover containers! Use this guide to figure out how you organize and to learn what the best organization tool might be for you.

 

The Planner

If you’re a Planner, you’ve got everything you’ve ever done and will do written down in a book that never leaves your side. It’s planned to the minute and you’re always on time. Your friends know you’re having a bad day when you aren’t your typically fifteen minutes early.

Your Suggested Tool: Nothing beats free! Pick up your free copy of the USF Annual Planner at the MSC Info Desk. Be sure to have your USF ID Card on you when you go.

 

The Artist

As an artist, you have everything color-coded. Your business class has a green binder, notebook, and folder, and you’ve even changed the Canvas color tab. Oh, and don’t forget your green pen! You’re always prepared for class because you know exactly which color to grab as you head out the door.

Your Suggested Tool: Take your color coding to the next level with free highlighters that you can pick up from the Career Services front desk!

 

The Techie

You let your technology do the heavy lifting for you. You’ve got the latest phone and it never dies because you carry a battery back-up with you. And you’ve synced your preferred calendar so that you get reminders about your next task exactly when you need them. All of your emails are filed away in their folders as soon as they’ve been opened.

Your Suggested Tool: The one tech thing you don’t have? The Handshake app. Download it today and keep up with all the employers coming to campus and recruiting tech-savvy students like you. You can also sync your Handshake calendar to your Google or Outlook calendar so it’ll remind you about upcoming events or appointments.

 

The Intellect

Your friends can’t believe that you keep everything you’ve got going on in your head, so they’re constantly asking you what your secret is. But you don’t have a single post-it note anywhere, and yet you still manage to get everything done!

Your Suggested Tool: Who are we kidding? You’re on top of it! Instead, make sure that you’ve activated your Handshake account and checked out the upcoming event page. That’ll give you some more things to keep track of!