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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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Career Services: Building rapport and developing camaraderie, Part 2

May 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Helping new employees get established in the workplace, setting clear expectations for them and aiding in their on-the-job growth are critical tasks for hiring managers. GCU Career Services explains.

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Career Services: Building rapport and developing camaraderie

April 25, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services It can be stressful and overwhelming being a new employee. It is also stressful for the hiring manager and/or supervisor when a new hire enters the workplace. These next two months are dedicated to helping both the manager and employee navigate the process for successfully building rapport and developing camaraderie. This month will focus primarily on the new employee’s transition into a new work environment. It is critical for an individual starting a new job to take the following steps to integrate into a new team. Step 1: Remain positive When starting a new job, positivity is important. A new employee will meet quite a few people in the first few days/weeks on the job and also might need to learn many new systems, concepts and procedures. This can be overwhelming! Attitude is critical during this time. New personnel can, technically, still be in the interview process during the first 90 days of employment. Employers will closely monitor how fresh team members are adapting to their roles. Therefore, remain polite and calm during this stage. Also, do not forget to exchange the typical pleasantries. Greet fellow coworkers when entering the office and do not […]

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GCU Today Magazine praises Havocs, student clubs

April 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

  Three cheers (at least) for the Havocs! You can read all about them and other student groups in the May edition of GCU Today Magazine, which has been distributed around campus and is available online here. It features an inside look at the stunning growth of clubs and student groups on campus the last few years — starting with the national recognition of the Havocs and what makes them special. (Hint: Their spirit extends beyond games.) But there’s much more, including the impact of the Canyon Kids program, the top 10 GCU stories of 2015-16, Grandy Glaze’s gratitude for his one year on the GCU basketball team, what it’s like to be a student intern for Sen. John McCain, and the importance of the new cybersecurity curriculum.

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Career Week broadens student horizons

February 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau It’s time for students to polish their resumés, pick out their nicest dress clothes, shine their shoes and wear their best smile. It’s time for Grand Canyon University’s Career Week. GCU’s Career Services will provide a mocktail reception and etiquette dinner Tuesday, assistance with resume writing and interviewing skills Wednesday, a job/internship fair Thursday and an opportunity to interview with GCU human resources professionals on Wednesday, March 9. Jacqueline Smith, director of career services, said the events are beneficial to students and alumni who are looking to land a job or an internship. “We know more and more students are doing off-campus jobs, internships or part-time jobs just to make sure they’re in,” Smith said. “At GCU we are preparing our students to get up and get out into the workforce.” At the mocktail reception and etiquette dinner, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, students will learn how to tie a necktie, give a proper handshake and use proper dinner table etiquette. “It’s a wonderful event where students get to experience a very formal dinner,” Smith said. “We want them to feel comfortable and confident that they have the skills to represent themselves well.” […]

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Career Services Student Workers of the Month: Autumn Gilchriest and Stephen Crane

February 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services When you sit down with Autumn Gilchriest and Stephen Crane, this month’s Student Workers of the Month, you immediately feel at ease. They exude hard work, customer service, strategic thinking and a true enjoyment of working with others. Gilchriest and Crane both started their student worker experience at the ITS Staff Help Desk. However, with their exemplary work ethics and service-oriented dispositions, it’s not a surprise that they were promoted to even bigger responsibilities. Gilchriest, a senior Forensic Sciences major, now works as a Network Operations Center (NOC) Technician, where she gets to try her hand with servers on a much larger scale.  Crane, a junior Entrepreneurial Studies major, is now with End Point, which requires a higher level of technology software understanding and supports full-time staffers. Gilchriest initially applied for the NOC full-time position just to practice interviewing, and they were so impressed with her and her potential, they brought her on as a student worker so she could start learning earlier. When she’s not busy taking care of our servers, she is out enjoying her classwork, which includes learning about instrumental analysis, toxicology, blood spatter and DNA testing. As if that wasn’t enough, […]

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What to know about professionalism at work

February 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Lily Schwartz GCU Career Services Recent graduates moving into the workplace have to learn many rules and guidelines about professionalism, both written and unwritten. Professionalism is defined as the skill, good judgment and polite attitudes and behaviors that can be expected from an individual in a given job. Maintaining these professional actions are crucial to being an exemplary employee and starting out strong in the workforce. While every work environment is different, here are a few basic guidelines to remember that can apply to any setting: Being on time every day is key. If you’re not early, you’re late! Get dressed up each day. Research shows that individuals who dress professionally display higher levels of professionalism and a sense of influence. If a uniform is required, pay close attention to the guidelines set forth by your employer. Limit (if not eliminate) use of personal technology, such as cellphones; it is typically an expected practice in the workplace and will help you keep focused. Keep all forms of communication professional. Depending on the work environment, you might be expected to interact with others in a variety of ways, such as in person, over the phone, through email or IM (instant […]

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