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  • Sue Gordon 10:29 pm on April 27, 2016 Permalink
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    “Think Critically” by guest blogger, Robert Mack, SIS ’12 of PublicRelay 

    This post is the second in a series on critical thinking and analysis, one of the top skills employers want you to have.   Here, SIS alum Robert Mack tells  how the critical thinking skills he learned here at AU  have been important to his career at PublicRelay.  Robert is currently a Media Analyst and Recruitment Specialist. 

    Think Critically, by Robert Mack

    Analyze; problem solve; synthesize; think critically. To anyone perusing CareerWeb’s listings, these terms quickly become a dime a dozen. Yet these words appear often for good reason – employers need individuals who can come up with simple solutions to massively complicated problems. As evidenced by a recent survey, 93% of employers highly value critical thinking skills – so highly, in fact, that they value critical thinking skills more than an applicant’s undergraduate major.[i] Writing as an AU alum who now works in a recruiting role, I can attest to the fact that critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills are in demand more than ever and that AU is a great place to perfect them.       (More …)

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  • Anna Litman 9:55 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: analytical reasoning, , , , Skills   

    ANALYZE THIS: PART I. TOP SKILL #4 IN THE EYES OF EMPLOYERS IS ANALYTICAL REASONING AND CRITICAL THINKING 

     

    According to the annual survey of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, one of the top skills sought by employers is a combination of critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Our own sample of 162 employers who attended the Job and Internship Fair in March 2016 has confirmed this finding: 89% of them were looking for candidates with this particular skill combination. These employers range from not-for-profits and businesses to government agencies and international organizations in various fields and industries.

    What do the employers mean by “analytical” and “critical thinking” skills? Why are these skills so much in demand? Do you possess these skills? If you do, how would you demonstrate that to your potential employer? What activities would help develop analytical reasoning and critical thinking?

    Find out this and more in my two part blog. (More …)

     
  • Anna Litman 7:07 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink
    Tags: competencies, , Skills,   

    Skills Series: Skill #2 – Teamwork skills are Essential at the Modern Workplace 

    Our second blog in the series on the key skills that employers seek is about teamwork.  Most of the projects/tasks at the workplace, be it in the field of business, science, communication, arts, etc., are carried out nowadays by teams. Based on employers’ surveys, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has concluded that employers search for candidates who have the teamwork skills defined as the capacity to “Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.”   What do you need to do to make sure that you are ready to be a productive and successful team member at your future workplace? How would you market your teamwork readiness to your potential employer? (More …)

     
  • Jennifer Carignan 1:57 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink
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    Career wisdom from AU alums 

    Students who attended the “Exploring Law-Related Careers” panel on April 6 were treated to great conversation and career advice from four AU alums. I’ve summarized some of their bits of wisdom below. As you’ll notice, these tips apply to a wide range of careers.

    • Try new things. Whether it’s pursuing an internship, volunteering with an organization or meeting new people in the community, find ways to get outside your comfort zone. You might find that trying new things will lead you down a career path that you never considered.
    • Network, network, network. A common theme on this blog, networking is absolutely critical to finding career opportunities in DC and beyond. Faculty, staff, alumni and even your peers can be great sources of information. Start networking today by striking up a conversation with a classmate or joining LinkedIn.
    • Use DC as your classroom. AU offers a great number of events for students, but that shouldn’t stop you from experiencing other opportunities in the city. Attend professional events, lectures and social gatherings to meet new people outside of the AU community. Sign up for the DC LinkTank listserv for a comprehensive list of events each week.
    • Develop professional skills while you’re still in school. The panel identified three skills that are critical to a successful career and yet are lacking in many candidates: writing, research and relationship building. Each of these skills can be developed while you’re here at AU, through researching and writing papers, leading organizations, holding an internship or job, or through a myriad of other ways.
    • Stay positive! It may take many applications and interviews before you find the right job for you. You are not alone. What will separate you from other candidates is keeping a positive attitude throughout the job search process. How might you find ways to stay positive while searching for work?
     
  • Marie Spaulding 7:31 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , happy, , , Skills, think   

    Literature Career Night ‘Word Cloud’ 

    Take a look at key ideas from the “one thing students learned” at the Spring 2010 Literature Career Night.

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  • Marie Spaulding 11:19 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink
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    What CAN you do with a Philosophy major? 

    Philosophy majors make happy people” according to one student who attended Philosophy Career Night on February 18, 2010.  Students had the opportunity to hear about the varied lives and careers of six Philosophy alumni.  Students at Philosophy Career Night learned such tips as “Studying Philosophy enables a deeper understanding of societal issues and a greater sensitivity to social justice” and “private sector can be useful for getting higher power jobs in nonprofits later”.

    Listen to our video to hear more of what students learned from our amazing alumni:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKyUFhJjfGg]

    If you couldn’t make the event here are tips the alumni shared:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wa-sDRdknQ]

     
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