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Career Services: Successfully working on teams

September 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services Working in a team setting is almost inevitable in today’s corporate culture. Therefore, it is incredibly important to understand group dynamics and how your interactions impact the effectiveness of the group. There are steps you can take to improve your own communication and teamwork! Do you remember all of those CLC (Collaborative Learning Communities) groups during your degree program at Grand Canyon University? You may have loved it or you may have rolled your eyes and sighed. Either way, those groups were intentional in an effort to prepare you to work with others in a professional setting. Group work can be incredibly valuable by offering diverse knowledge, opinions, ideas, and creativity. However, it can also pose many challenges via varying communication styles, people who are too pushy, and people who remain silent. Everyone has different styles, so it is extremely important to not only understand your own style, but also how to read, interpret, and adjust to other styles. There are many ways to grow in this area including your own observations and reflections, but there are also a number of tools out there to help you. For example, the DISC Profile assessment is […]

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Campus food changes are sweet for local businesses

September 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s passion for its local community extends to the food on campus this year. A record number of local businesses supply items in the Grand Canyon Beverage Company (GCBC) and other campus restaurants and stores. “We want GCU to flourish, but we want the community to flourish with us,” said Brennan Williams, the GCBC general manager.

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How to apply your faith to your career

August 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services As a Grand Canyon University alumni, you have a unique perspective that serves as an asset to you as you navigate and pursue your desired career path. Your values-based education allows you to strategically align your faith with the pursuit of ideal employment opportunities. The scriptures state, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version). What an amazing biblical reference that speaks to so many aspects of our lives, especially our careers! How many times have we heard this scripture quoted from pulpits and in Christian reading material and then sat back waiting for this scriptural promise to ‘materialize’? Unfortunately, results are not achieved by hope alone. It is vital that we become intentional about our future. Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26)! So how do we, as educated Christians, align our faith in developing our strategic career plan? There are clear steps to take to ensure we are pursuing a career field that is the best fit and those steps are clearly supported by scripture. Step One: Have […]

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Career adviser puts her passion into I.D.eal book

August 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Aysha Bell of Career Services has published a book that helps people figure out where their passion lies as they choose a career path. “When you seek positions for the purpose of a paycheck and you really have no fulfillment, you are, in essence, broke,” she writes in “I.D.entifying Your I.D.eal Career.”

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Starting a new job? Be sure to follow the Four P’s

July 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services CONGRATULATIONS! You might have just graduated from Grand Canyon University or maybe you’ve been out of school for a little while and you have now landed your first, real-world position. What a wonderful feeling! It is tempting to relax, put your feet up and feel as if you have “arrived.” However, the work has actually just begun, and GCU Career Services wants to help you be successful with the Four P’s of being successful at work: preparation, professionalism, politics and performance. PREPARATION: Feeling anxious about your new position is normal. To overcome anxiety, review your resume and the job description again by focusing on your past accomplishments and visualizing how you will utilize your previous experience in your new career! Practice your elevator speech and handshake. You will meet numerous new colleagues, and it is important to make a strong first impression. Know the logistics! Some key items to know are the address of the company, where to park (and if you need to pay to park), dress code, and name and phone number of the person and/or department to which you report. Also, know whether you need to bring a lunch or if […]

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Antelope Intros: Ruth A. Douthitt and Katalina Inzunza

July 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features two alumni who remember a campus library that was far different when they were students. Both enjoy creativity and the art of expression — one has her own YouTube channel and the other can secretly rap. And wait until you see where one of them was born.

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Career Services on task with conference, initiative

June 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

There are big things happening in GCU’s Career Services department. Not only did it host, for the first time, the Arizona Statewide Career Services Conference on Thursday, it also is being assimilated into every college at the University. “We really want to make sure that the students are prepared not just academically, but also spiritually, socially and professionally,” adviser Marette Hahn said.

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Career Services: Layoff Survival 101

June 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services In today’s global market, companies suddenly can lose revenue and be subject to swift fluctuations in leadership and organizational structure. Oftentimes, staff suffer the consequences of these changes, one of the most severe being loss of employment. I am well-aware of this phenomenon and have personally been through two layoffs in my own career and know layoffs can be devastating, especially when there is little or no prior notice. However, a layoff is not career-ending and, with the right attitude and proper course of action, can open doors of opportunity. Below are steps I found helpful when I experienced an unexpected loss of employment. Connect with others While it is tempting to isolate yourself and sulk in disappointment after a layoff, resist the urge to do so! Connect with other individuals to avoid pessimistic thoughts. Here are a few great ideas: Volunteer with community and civic organizations Take a class for leisure or to increase skills Join a job club or a local support group Getting involved and interacting with others is beneficial because it gives you new perspective, allows you to “fill the gap” of employment on your resumé and might help you […]

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GCU to host Statewide Career Services Conference

June 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Career Services department has tackled a lot of big assignments in recent years, and it has another one Thursday — it is host of the Arizona Statewide Career Services Conference. Dr. Deb Wade, GCU’s vice president of counseling and psychological services, will be one of the keynote speakers for the event, which will bring together more than 80 professionals from colleges around the state.

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After Fiesta Bowl internship, Schindler brings a lot to the party

May 31, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Kelly Schindler, a December graduate of the Colangelo College of Business, used an extremely educational internship with the Fiesta Bowl as a springboard to a full-time job with a nonprofit. It’s yet another example of how students benefit from working for major employers while attending the University.

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