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Career Services: Are you connected to your career goals?

June 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services At Grand Canyon University, Career Services aims to connect alumni and students to their goals in a variety of ways – academically, socially, spiritually and professionally. Career Services’ newest online tool, Career Connections, was designed to do just that. It’s a comprehensive career management tool that enables users to create personal and academic profiles, as well as search and apply for full-time, part-time and internship positions with GCU partners. It also allows for alumni and students to create and update their resumes, practice video interviewing and receive feedback. Alumni also may schedule appointments with career advisors through Career Connections. This new resource bolsters Career Services’ already dynamic lineup of online tools including Career Compass, used for career assessment, and two innovative job search tools – GoinGlobal and Bridgemycareer. GoinGlobal is a comprehensive career, living and cultural exploration tool for people looking for jobs in major metropolitan cities around the country and the world. Bridgemycareer helps employers find alumni and students with specific personalities to meet their hiring needs. Alumni and students are always welcome to schedule one-on-one appointments with career advisors to review their resumes, practice interviewing and discuss career ideas and opportunities. GCU […]

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Career Connections is on the job for students, alumni

June 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Career Services has introduced a new online tool called Career Connections, which in dynamic ways connects students with employers and vice versa. It even helps instructors keep track of their students’ progress in getting a job.

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Lopes Leap to Teach links students with schools aiming to hire

May 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University hosted the third and final Lopes Leap to Teach job fair on Thursday. The event drew dozens of dozens of job-hunting students and school officials dealing with Arizona’s statewide teacher shortage.

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Career Services: The importance of limiting cell phone, tablet use in the workplace

April 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By David Orosco GCU Career Services Some would say current technology has become an extension of who we are. The ability to check e-mails, order lunch and inspect bank statements is at our fingertips, just a few taps away. Many use the cell phone or tablet to resolve various issues in their daily lives. Some of us, however, don’t  know how to “unplug” from our devices while in the workplace. The use of electronic devices while on the clock initially may seem harmless or nonthreatening to the organization. It may take only a minute or two to check an e-mail, but that time easily can turn into five minutes, and reading personal email once a day may become a recurrence throughout the day. Do the math: If the average employee works eight-hour shifts, five days per week, and every three of four employees in a department uses his or her personal phone/tablet for five minutes, 10 times per day for one week, that is a minimum of 15 hours of work unaccounted for during that week. It’s important for management to evaluate how much paid company time is used when employees use their personal electronic devices. Companies depend on employee production, and it is important that staff members understand the impact they have on the organization. GCU Career Services is here for you. Follow us on Facebook […]

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Career Services: Maximizing the value of your Study Abroad experience

April 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services Your study abroad experience brings more value to you, your job search strategy and your potential employer than you may realize. By studying abroad, you can bring a multitude of skills, knowledge, tools and resources to a company that may not be found in others who did not matriculate outside the United States. Study Abroad and Integrative Complexity As career advisers, we often see students struggle with what to put on their resumés, usually overlooking incredibly valuable experience and qualities that set them apart from other candidates. It can be difficult determining what to include, but things that make you stand out in a positive light should be. Study abroad experience is commonly omitted in resumés and job interviews. Some alumni and students don’t view it as professional experience. However, the fact that you studied abroad is just the tip of the iceberg – what is conveyed by that experience speaks volumes about what you can bring to a potential employer. It’s no secret that the business world continues to be increasingly diverse. That means a lot of different things for employers, including the need to train, support and develop a diverse workforce, market to a distinct consumer base and effectively relate […]

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Career Services Student Worker of the Month: Bailey Lindsey

April 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services The customary back-and-forth of “thank you, you’re awesome!” and “no, thank YOU – YOU’RE awesome!” is emblematic of the hard-working and polite nature of junior Bailey Lindsey, April’s Student Worker of the Month at Grand Canyon University. Nominated by her hiring manager, Ricky Bezanson, for her willingness to take on extra projects with a smile and for being a shining example of GCU’s mission, Lindsey has excelled in her student worker position as an accounting specialist. Lindsey’s role in accounting has allowed her to be successful in the classroom and her “three-ish” jobs that take up her free time. In addition to working four days a week at GCU, she also coaches fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ basketball and is doing freelance design work for her summer internship at AudioFlood, based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Lindsey, whose major is digital design with an emphasis in web design, came to GCU as a pole vaulter on the Lopes track team. After two years as a student athlete, she now is focusing more on academics and her jobs. After graduating, Lindsey hopes to do freelance design work and perhaps own a business. As someone who loves to […]

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The Scruggs twins and Saleem earned $11,000 in two prizes for their business idea, Joblyt.
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Joblyt gets job done, wins Canyon Challenge

March 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau In the best sense of the word, Brad Scruggs, Ahmad Saleem and Brian Scruggs are taskmasters. The recent biology graduates of Grand Canyon University put medical school on hold six months ago to jump aboard an international phenomena fueled by the popularity of Uber, the mobile-app-based transportation service. They created a software application that matches people who need tasks done sooner rather than later with people who have the know-how, desire and time — now — to do them and launched Joblyt. The young entrepreneurs needed funding, and they got it Tuesday when the judges selected Joblyt the grand prize winner of the 2015 GCU Canyon Challenge, which was hosted by the Colangelo College of Business before an estimated crowd of 400 in GCU Arena. The Scruggs brothers and Saleem, instructional assistants in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, received a $7,000 check for first place plus $4,000 more for nabbing 49 percent of the votes in a 20-hour texting campaign drawing nearly 5,200 voters. That’s 11 grand that goes, you guessed it, back into the business. “You can’t patent an idea,” Brian Scruggs said of a concept that […]

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Career Services: Finding the right career

March 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services Every individual possesses skills, gifts and abilities, and it’s important to discover what career is the best fit for those interests and values in order to increase the likelihood of professional success. The adage of ‘do what you love and you will never work a day in your life’ is a possibility. Grand Canyon University’s Career Services Office is committed to helping alumni and students find or rediscover their passion and transition into a purposeful career. Through the use of electronic resources and one-on-one advising, the Career Services team can guide alumni and students toward viable career options. One recommended tool is the Career Compass which requires individuals to answer a series of questions and then measures those preferences to build a professional summary with suggested career paths.  Also offered is a resource called Bridgemycareer which allows users to build profiles and match to employers based on common interests and values. Alumni, current and prospective students are encouraged to take advantage of the resources offered through GCU. Professionals typically spend approximately 20 to 40 years of their adult life working, and so it’s important to make sure those years are spent doing enjoyable activities. […]

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Learning a new way: COE transforming Arizona’s classrooms

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Michael Ferraresi Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine As his second graders sat cross-legged in front of a colorful interactive assignment board, Anthony Pérez cautiously monitored the lesson. His eyes darted from student to student to examine their varying responses. This time, though, he wasn’t the teacher. A girl in a pink hoodie held that title for the moment, at the request of “Mr. Pérez.” It was her turn to lead her Sunset Elementary peers — kids in braids, camouflage fleece jackets and well-worn sneakers — through multiple exercises in the cinder block room. She directed the class with a cartoonish rubber finger. Pérez learned early that this method allows students to feel what it’s like to guide their own classmates to the correct answers and digest the material with ease. The 32-year-old Grand Canyon University alumnus and west Phoenix native grew up on the same side of town as his students — many who come from immigrant families and low-income homes and are part of a district with a higher than average number of children who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. In Arizona, a statewide teacher shortage, struggles with funding for public schools, and a […]

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Career Services Student Worker of the Month: Andrew Boozer

February 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services Have you ever wondered what “servant leadership” looks like? Take one look at Andrew Boozer, and you’ll see such leadership in action. As a digital marketing campaign manager, Boozer exemplifies Grand Canyon University’s mission, vision and values. The business management student also is a worship leader at his church and aspires to be in executive leadership at a company in order to balance a good-paying career with family and travel. Boozer’s favorite part about his major are the personal stories told by the professors and the life lessons he has learned from Dr. Moronke Oke, Kenneth Hein and Taylor Carr in particular. Beyond his responsibilities as a student and worship leader, Boozer excels in his student worker position. “It’s nice to be given more responsibility than some others, and the knowledge I’ve learned – there have been a lot of good things I can use in the future,” he said. Above all, he values the servant leadership focus of GCU and its business management program as a whole. Erin Kerger, Boozer’s hiring manager, said Boozer seems to have a good understanding of servant leadership. “I have never met such an upstanding and philanthropic young […]

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