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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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Campus expansion will reach even more students

February 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau As if a new engineering building and a state-of-the-art recording studio weren’t enough … As if four new residence halls for freshmen, creating a new community called The Grove, weren’t enough … As if expanded and revolutionized food options, in a corridor christened Lopes Way, weren’t enough … Construction schedule Tentative completion times for the 12 projects underway on GCU’s campus and at its 27th Avenue office complex: MARCH: Hotel pool APRIL: Administration building, soccer stadium MAY: Intramural field, sand volleyball and basketball courts between Canyon and Cypress halls SUMMER: Hotel lobby and restaurant AUGUST: Second engineering building, phase 1; phase 2 to be completed shortly after. Also, Agave, Encanto and Roadrunner apartments, and the parking garage at 29th Avenue and Camelback Road NOVEMBER: 27th Avenue office building and parking garage … There are even more construction projects — 12, to be exact — scheduled to be completed this year at Grand Canyon University. (Click here for a slideshow.) And according to Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, the impact of the most important change, a new administration building right in the middle of everything at the intersection of the […]

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Students, alumni, employers take note: GCU Career Services’ Annual Job/Internship Fair is coming

January 15, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services Career Services is preparing to host our annual Job/Internship Fair on campus from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, March 3. As the biggest part of Career Week, the Job/Internship Fair is a great opportunity for current students and recent graduates to meet-and-greet 175+ companies looking to hire, and for companies to find their next all-star employee. If you’re a recent graduate and are still looking for a full-time position or are open to an internship, the Job/Internship Fair gives you exposure to numerous companies with open positions in a variety of fields. This is your opportunity to dress to impress, bring your resumé, and make some valuable connections. Follow these tips to make a strong first impression: Prepare for the job fair with a strong resumé (bring 30-40 copies), a solid handshake and a confident demeanor. Practice with a trusted source beforehand. Develop a strong elevator speech to introduce yourself in an impactful manner. Research which companies will be attending the event, if possible. Target employers with whom you are most interested in connecting. Business attire is most appropriate to make a strong first impression. Be sure to wear comfortable but professional shoes. Bring a […]

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Career Services: New year, new career

December 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell GCU Career Services The holiday season has come to an end and many individuals are now endeavoring to establish their resolutions for the New Year. Some are working on fitness goals, spending more time with family, planning vacations, etc. It is also a great time to consider your career. Are you where you want to be? Have you achieved your desired goals? If not, do not worry. Begin taking inventory and thinking about what you would like to achieve over the course of this year such as a new position, advancement in your current company or starting and/or growing a business. Rather than making resolutions, which typically fade away by February, consider setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timed. These are called S.M.A.R.T. goals: S – Specific: Rather than striving for a promotion, think about the precise details. What is the title of the position you desire? What department are you looking to promote into (either in your current or a different department)? Try to be as specific as possible. M – Measurable: When you make specific goals, you should be able to measure the attainment. If you set a goal to be promoted by […]

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Sharp rise in cutting-edge STEM degrees

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill  Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine In the heralding of a new era, Grand Canyon University is rolling out a new series of online science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees in subjects ranging from digital design to cybersecurity. The seven bachelor of science degrees represent the tip of the information-age iceberg. GCU is seeking to ramp up its online offerings as it escalates its emphasis on STEM subjects for all students. “We are designing cutting-edge programs that represent the future of STEM education,” said Dr. Hank Radda, the University’s provost. “We have innovative ways of delivering STEM education to online populations.” This initial crop of online STEM degrees, with plans underway to offer more in the future, are the latest moves GCU is making to produce well-trained, highly competitive graduates in these subject areas as well as to make the degrees more accessible. The number of STEM students GCU graduates each year is growing, and so are the number of opportunities to apply their skills, said Dr. Mark Wooden, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “There is a huge job market in this area,” Wooden said. According to the Economics & Statistics Administration […]

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Dennis Green coaches students to get passionate about their potential

November 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dennis Green is happy to be a former football coach — he said he smiles a lot more these days — but he hasn’t stopped coaching. He came to campus Thursday afternoon and delivered an enthusiastic talk to Colangelo College of Business students about life, integrity and, of course, football. Along the way, students learned about “SWOT” and his “Five F’s” and “Three D’s,” and he even recreated for them his famous postgame rant. GCU Today has the story.

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Tide of teenagers visit campus for HSET Day

November 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Aruba Siddikqi and Jazlyn Leon are only in 10th grade, but they already know they want careers in the health sciences. That’s why they traveled four hours Friday morning from Douglas, Ariz.,  to Phoenix for Grand Canyon University’s Health Sciences, Engineering and Technology Day 2015. “We came to get more information about the medical fields,” said Leon, who attends Douglas High with Siddikqi. “I’m interested in studying to be a pharmacist, or some kind of forensic career.” Siddikqi is also considering a career as pharmacist, in addition to wanting to be a physician. They were among nearly 2,500 high school and junior high school students who descended on campus to learn more about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and nursing. They toured science labs, listened to lectures from impressive speakers, participated in hands-on experiments and visited booths ranging from the GCU Sports Medicine Club and Honors College–Honors STEMists to Dignity Health and the AZ SciTech Festival. “The students come out with a much stronger idea of what they wanted to go into,” said Teri Varley, who teaches at Ray High School in Kearny. “It opens up broader ideas to them.” […]

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Career Services Student Worker of the Month: Brooke Beckwith

October 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services If you’ve ever wanted an example of someone who goes above and beyond, Brooke Beckwith exemplifies the go-getter attitude. Beckwith is a sophomore honors student from California who is majoring in business management and has a Spanish minor. A student worker in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, she’s known for working hard and going the extra mile. It all starts with getting up early, at 6 a.m., to start each day off right with classes that start at 7 a.m. Beckwith continues like the Energizer Bunny each day, staying motivated because she loves her job and the responsibilities that come with it. She plays an integral part in GCU’s Health Sciences, Engineering and Technology Day, known as “HSET Day.” The faculty and staff love her and rely on Beckwith greatly, especially to be the eyes and ears of the new engineering building. Her responsibilities as an administrative assistant include answering phones, directing guests, scheduling and special projects. Beckwith also gets the opportunity to apply what she’s learning in her Spanish classes in her job, and she makes trips to Guatemala each summer. When she’s not studying, working or traveling the world she enjoys Java Jam, concerts and Ethington Theatre productions on campus. Hiring manager […]

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