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

    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 4:56 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , improv, teamwork   

    Article: “10 unexpected career lessons I learned from improv” 

    A career article on Idealist caught my attention today, and I thought I’d share it with you here on our advisor blog. In “10 unexpected career lessons I learned from improv”, author Lawrese Brown reflects on the transferability of skills and experiences from her beginner-level improv course to her day-to-day work. As a former student and performer of improv, this article resonated with me, as I see the practical benefits of my improv training every day, particularly as it relates to working in team settings, actively listening to students and colleagues, responding to unexpected events, and taking risks.

    Career and skill development can happen in many ways, and this article shows how a fun activity can have a broader impact on someone. What are some other fun ways you might develop skills to advance your career?

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