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Mission Cookies are tasty way to change lives

November 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Mission Cookies are available for purchase at The Grid, Chaparral and Juniper on Grand Canyon University’s campus, and 100 percent of the proceeds go back to help Phoenix Rescue Mission clients as they transition from dire circumstances toward vocational and re-career training.

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Student Worker of the Month: Joey Marranca

November 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn Career IMPACT Center Joey Marranca is a perfect illustration of finding and living one’s purpose from the beginning, and he’s also the Career IMPACT Center’s Student Worker of the Month for October. An avid student of anatomy since he was 4 (yes, 4), Joey is a senior studying Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant and is a default call representative in the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). No matter what he does, Joey’s enthusiasm is contagious, and he exemplifies Grand Canyon University’s mission, vision and values. Yes, Joey really has been studying anatomy textbooks since he was a toddler; he was influenced greatly by the example of his father, a P.A. at the Mayo Clinic here in Arizona. While he says his father’s career did not impact his decision to become a P.A., it did positively reinforce what he already loved. He even had a chance to scrub in and open a chest cavity! Joey’s goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, and he is well on his way with summers of being an intern and an assistant at the Mayo Clinic, as a member of GCU’s AzHOSA, and doing well in his major. Not surprisingly, his homework […]

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Career fairs coming to GCU in November and beyond

October 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Several job fairs and individual companies are coming to GCU between now and the end of November as they look to hire recent or upcoming GCU graduates for full-time, part-time or internship positions.

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Thrive Conference gives family businesses a boost

October 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

A few hundred entrepreneurs and small business owners gathered at GCU Arena on Wednesday for the Thrive Conference to share stories and advice about building or sustaining a business, work-life balance, faith and much more. The full-day event was sponsored by the Intentional Living Center and Family Life radio.

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Career Services Student Worker of the Month: Mary Petree

October 20, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services If you’ve ever needed proof that effort is the key, look no further than Mary Petree, senior Psychology student and September’s Student Worker of the Month. As a Junior Enrollment Counselor in Tempe, Petree personifies the ideal work ethic everyone can learn from. “I love studying the brain, I love studying human behavior — it’s really interesting to me. I love the classes, I don’t think there’s really any class I don’t enjoy here,” Petree said. As a psychology major with aspirations to move on to an Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate program, Petree is already applying what she’s learning to her student worker position. “We talk with possible students and students a lot, so knowing how the brain works and taking a couple of counseling classes, it helps me know how to talk with them and understand where they’re coming from,” she said. And understand where they’re coming from, she does! Petree is already averaging 10 appointments per month and has even enrolled six students as a result of her efforts – she performs as if she already has five years of experience. According to her nominator, Dan Slover, RDO of the Northeast Region, you […]

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Take advantage of professional development opportunities

October 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services How many times have you taken advantage of your organization’s professional development opportunities? Or passed over those emails and deleted them in order to move on to more pressing ones? Or maybe said “Someday, when I have time …” Stop! Carve out some time to contribute to your own career development. You’re busy. You’re overworked. You have no time to think about dinner tonight much less taking an hour or two of your workday for a professional development opportunity. Or maybe you’d even have to participate in training outside of work hours. Who has time for that? What is important to remember, however, is that this is a marathon – your career is over a long time span, and your overall performance depends on all the little things you do along the way. A marathoner couldn’t run a long-distance race without putting in the work, and the same is true for your career. When professional development opportunities are offered through your organization, those are great occasions to not only develop yourself, but also network with other people across the organization, build allies in other departments, and learn new skills. These training opportunities set a great […]

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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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