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Career Competencies
Develop skills for future career success
The journey to a fulfilling career involves many factors. Many people struggle to understand all factors involved in finding the right career fit and become distracted by the re-routes and detours that often present itself along the way.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), through a task force of select professionals,  identified eight competencies associated with career readiness.

Click here for the Career Competencies

 

 

 
 

  

Work & Life Balance

Managing professional growth and work-life balance can be challenging when you're not sure where to start. Since every person is different, it’s hard to decipher what exactly contributes to career happiness and success, but based on years of research we know proven ways to help promote opportunities for growth and maintain better work-life balance.  Use these career wellness tools to develop a plan of action.

Money Matters
Are you stressed out over your financial obligations? Are worried about your student loan repayment? 
Managing your personal finances is not always easy, but knowing what you’re doing helps.  Check out Money Smart Seawolves. It contains a wealth of information on a wide-range of financial literacy topics. Learn more tips and tricks about money management.

 


 

Personal Branding

 

Why build a personal brand?

Building a recognizable brand opens professional opportunities.
Personal branding is the process of developing a “mark” that is created around your name or your career. What image do you wish to project? Personal brand includes: telling your story (pitch), your appearance, online presence, business cards, resume, your attitude.

Here's how you can develop your peresonal brand:


Tell Your Story

Prepare answers for questions about:

  • Type of work you want to do
  • Knowledge, strengths, interests, values
  • Target industries and companies
  • Related accomplishments

Think about how your story will be different with:

  • People who know you well 
  • People who know you somewhat
  • People who don’t know you at all

 

Networking

Networking is the process of meeting people, having conversations, exchanging information, and nurturing relationships.

  • Networking requires a positive mindset
  • Happens anytime, anywhere…
  • Why do it? You GIVE and GET… Knowledge, opportunities, and connections for the future

Focus on QUALITY over quantity. Can people in your network speak to who you are? Can you speak to who they are? Spend time making meaningful connections and being curious about others.

 

 

Who's in your network?

Brainstorm using a technique called mind mapping.
Think about the people you know within these communities and then continue to expand upon this list. If you find that you don't have a lot on this listm then start arranging meetings with the few people you have on this list and start engaging the few contacts by asking questions and listening for more contacts.

mindmap

 

Challenge yourself to reach out to 3 people in your network, methodically, and reconnect with them. However, before you reach out think about your approach and what messages you’d like to send.  What’s your core message?

Who’s in your current network…?

  Click here to learn more about networking and discover the art of informational interviewing.

Why do you need LinkedIn?

Seven smart habits of successful job seekers. LinkedIn studied job seekers who successfully found a job within three months.

  1. 91% listed 5 or more skills
  2. 91% used  LinkedIn Company Pages
  3. 89% had a   profile photo
  4. 87% added 10 or more connections
  5. 82% participated in   LinkedIn Groups
  6. 81% had 10 or more   endorsements
  7. 81% were engaged with content on LinkedIn

 

Business Cards

A business card not only helps you get noticed, but it also gives your network contact information and a professional perception of you.

It is important to brand yourself—meaning to show how valuable you are as an individual, but also what goods and services you can offer. Having a business card is a great way to show potential employers what you’re interested in and what you have to offer. However, it isn’t just about giving out your business card; it’s about the cards you receive in return. You’re expanding your business network and increasing your chances of succeeding in the professional realm.

 

Life Long Learning

It's essential to create and maintain a positive attitude to learning both for personal and professional development. Introducing new knowledge and learning new things can help can people get "unstuck."  For example, learning can b oost confidence and self-esteem, makes us less risk averse and more adaptable to change when it happens, helps us achieve a more satisfying personal life, challenges our ideas and beliefs, and can be fun.

 

 

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