Connecting the Classrooms to Careers

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The Career Center has rolled out a new workshop, Classroom to Career. The workshop focuses on what students need to do to be career-ready, based on what the National Association of Colleges and Employers says students need to do to be prepared for a successful transition into the workplace.

Classroom to Career teaches students the eight competencies employers are looking for:

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Actively and skillfully analyze issues and evaluate information to reach an answer or conclusion.

Oral/Written Communications:Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to people inside and outside of the organization.

Teamwork/Collaboration: Be a team player! This is essential to employers.

Digital Technology: Become proficient with existing digital technologies. Continue to improve technology skills, staying up-to-date with new and emerging technology.

Leadership: Develop a leadership skill set by working with Student Life.

Professionalism/Work Ethic: Show up every day and be enthusiastic about your job. Be a person of honesty and integrity.

Career Management: Know how to manage your career by understanding what’s next.

We might be focusing on graduation, but what’s going to come after that? Your career spans your whole life. Think about your whole self and how that relates to your career.

Global/Intercultural Fluency: Understand and take an approach to respecting others and their differences. Demonstrate an attitude of stability in the workplace, and be willing to learn from others’perspectives.

“There are a lot of things happening in the Career Center,” says Kate Vodicka, the Career Services Specialist at Metro Campus. “We are encouraging students to take advantage of the resources because it’s free. It’s going to help them stand apart when they are job searching.”

Vodicka continues,“Every step of the way there are things we can do things to help them, whether it’s thinking how to develop some basic skills or getting them employed after graduation.

”It’s never too early to begin working with the Career Center and get a resume together. They encourage first-year students to come in and complete the “My Plan.”

 Whether you transfer to a four-year school or go straight into the workforce after graduation, the Career Center has something for everybody. You may be able to find an internship or a co-op while you’re still at Tri-C that will help you later on.

“Take advantage of the resources!” says Vodicka. “Come in and talk with us. We’re happy to help.”

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