How Important Are Soft Skills? Ask Employers…

Ray - ThumbnailSubmitted by Ray Rogers, Director of Career Services

We speak a lot about skill development, transferable skills and how to list both, hard and soft skills, on your resume.  Just how important are soft skills and how do employers rate them?  Take a look at the infographic below provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers for a quick overview.

 

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Your Career Begins The First Day You Step On Campus

Anne - ThumbnailSubmitted by Anne Meehan, Assistant Director

While many Rollins freshman are just trying to figure their way around campus on the first day, they really need to begin thinking about how to build career skills to land a great job after graduation.  Many employers share feedback that they do not feel college graduates possess the “soft” skills they seek in new hires.  Here in the Center for Career and Life Planning, as well as across campus, there are many ways to you can begin to hone your “soft” skills and stand out among your peers to truly gain the career edge.  Be sure to view the infograhic below which highlights ways you can take responsibility and start developing communication skills (verbal and written), a strong work ethic, and other critical “soft” skills.  These career skills and attitudes will help you be more successful on campus,  attractive to prospective employers as well as achieve career fulfillment beyond Rollins.

Infographic by Alfred Poor, Author/Speaker

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Final Blog Posts from Rollins’ Summer 2014 LGBT Advocacy Interns

Hanna Cody @ Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) in Washington, DC

As I sit on the plane heading back to Minnesota, I can’t help but realize how wonderfully unexpected these past two months have been.  I came to Washington D.C. excited, but completely unaware of how transformative this summer would be.  My time at American University and SMYAL has helped me grow in my strengths as well as confidence.  A week ago I successfully executed a donor cultivation event that I planned from start to finish all on my own; I have watched a taping of Meet the Press; I had breakfast with Senator Al Franken; I was quoted in Tagg Magazine, DC’s premiere lesbian publication; and I 06.29.14_002met countless amazing people, including my wonderful roommate.  I loved my time here so much that I will be returning to American University as a participant in their Washington Semester Program for the fall.  I could not be happier to return to this incredible city in three weeks.  I honestly don’t know if I could ever sufficiently put into the words the experiences I’ve had and the lessons that I’ve learned this summer, but for the purposes of this blog, I will do my best to summarize.

This summer, I have learned that:

  • Laughing makes you a better advocate. It can be easy to get bogged down, worn out or take yourself too seriously, and though putting in late hours at work can be good, being too tired to function isn’t.  Taking care of yourself by taking time off work, or stopping to laugh with your coworkers gives you the energy to do your job better.
  • We are very far from equality.  My last weeks at SMYAL heavily focused on finding ways to engage queer women to become donors and get involved in supporting SMYAL’s programs.  As we continued to brainstorm, it became increasingly evident that women were not involved in SMYAL, not for a lack of interest, but because our system (and probably the LGBT advocacy movement at large) was heavily geared towards supporting the needs of gay men.  Even though our society is making strides towards equality, it is obvious that much more needs to be done to make sure that no one, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender, is underrepresented or ignored.
  • Never pass up the chance to build a relationship. When working in any field, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to interact with people.  It never hurts to take some time to grab coffee, learn more and start establishing a good relationship for the future.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for advice.  Most people want to see you succeed and are more than willing to tell you about their experience.  Take time to reach out and ask someone about the path they took to where they are today.

IMG_5194These lessons are applicable to anyone, anywhere, at any age or in any field, so I would hope that any student reading this would take some of this advice to heart.  As I conclude this blog post and my trip, I have to thank everyone who made this possible either by conducting interviews, answering my never-ending stream of questions, or just assuring me that I would some day conquer the Metro (in case you’re wondering, I only got lost a few times… a week).  This couldn’t have been possible without you, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Read all Summer 2014LGBT Advocacy Intern blog posts here.

 

Don’t Let a Disability Disable Your Job Search

Bianca - ThumbnailSubmitted by Bianca Buscemi, Career Services Practicum Student

According to the United States Department of Labor as of June 2014, the unemployment rate for persons with disabilities was 12.9%, which is twice that of persons without disabilities.  According to Jon Viera, Assistive Technologies Specialist, Disability Services, Rollins College, it is important to combat these statistics that are against persons with disabilities by ensuring a, “creative, proactive approach when in the job market, and coming to prospective employers with solutions.”  As a job seeker, it is at your discretion when to self-disclose your disability.  With this self-disclosure, it is helpful to provide suggestions on accommodations you can be provided in able to perform the essential job functions.  In addition to this approach, use your disability as a positive.  For example, “Even though I may not be able to do x, because of this, I am really great at y.”

Jon closed with one last piece of advice, “own the disability, it is as much a part of you as your hair color.”  Jon provides great insight due to his experience with Disability Services and with identifying as a person with a disability.  No matter what the circumstance, employers are always seeking an employee who is confident and comfortable in their own skin.

Jon provided a very comprehensive list of services to assist.
Law/Policy:
Department of Labor-Office of Disability Employment Policy
Section 508
Americans with Disabilities Act

Transportation:
Access Lynx *serves Orange/Seminole/Osceola counties, but most areas have similar programs.

Rollins Assistance:
Disability Services
Career Services

July Blog Posts from Rollins’ Summer 2014 LGBT Advocacy Interns

 

Hanna Cody @ Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) in Washington, DC

photo 1As the saying goes, time always flies when you’re having fun. It seems like it was only yesterday that Sabrina and I were moving into the Berkshires and coming home excited after our first days at work. Within a short four weeks, I can already see the growth that has occurred since I entered the Washington Summer Internship program. Just like anyone starting something new, you always begin doubting yourself at first; you question every single one of your actions and always look for confirmation that you haven’t committed some horrible mistake that would to bring your entire workplace to shambles. When I first started at SMYAL, I can safely say that I was that tentative person who wasn’t always confident of her work or abilities. Though I still have doubts, I feel much more confident in my abilities and knowledge. If my boss had told me at the beginning of the summer to plan a donor fundraising event to rejuvenate the Women for SMYAL program all on my own I probably would have panicked. Now, I feel capable and prepared to put together a donor cultivation event all on my own. Read the rest of this blog post here.

 

 


Sabrina Kent, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) in Washington, DC

photo 3As my time here in DC continues, I continue to grow as a professional. I have felt myself become more comfortable with taking on ambiguous tasks without much direction and finding positive results. My supervisor has an invested interest in NGLCC’s interns continued growth and success during our time at the organization. In order to monitor my growth as a professional, each week I write a detailed report of the projects that I am working on, how I feel I am growing at NGLCC, and what I seek to be challenged by in my internship; this system has encouraged me to be accountable for the growth I am achieving. I have recently been working on becoming a business-oriented, succinct writer, which my supervisor has encouraged and guided me through.  Read the rest of this blog post here.

 


Since the Summer of 2009, the Johnson Family Foundation has provided grant funding to send Rollins students to Washington, DC to intern with LGBT advocacy organizations.  This summer, Sabrina Kent and Hanna Cody were selected for this program.  They have been asked to post periodic blog entries, sharing their experience with our blog readership over the summer.

First Blog Posts from Rollins’ Summer 2014 LGBT Advocacy Interns

Since the Summer of 2009, the Johnson Family Foundation has provided grant funding to send Rollins students to Washington, DC to intern with LGBT advocacy organizations.  This summer, Sabrina Kent and Hanna Cody were selected for this program.  They have been asked to post periodic blog entries, sharing their experience with our blog readership over the summer.  Below are their first blog posts of the summer.


Hanna Cody @ Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) in Washington, DCIMG_4936

As I looked out the window from my plane, the beauty of the city immediately surprised me. I could see the Washington Monument out of my window, and as we descended into Reagan, I could not believe that I was about to spend the summer in the nation’s capitol. It quickly became apparent that the city was both an exciting and welcoming place. I met with my fellow classmates during American University’s orientation to debrief what our class, Community and Social Change, was going to be like over the next eight weeks.  Our professor immediately made it apparent that he wanted to make the class as beneficial as possible and promised to design classes that got us off campus and out into the “real” D.C. We made wish lists of all the things we wanted to do or people that we would like to meet while in the city and presented those ideas to our fellow classmates. From there, our professor has begun to compile a personalized itinerary for the remainder of the summer, which started out with a trip to the British Ambassador’s home for a gathering, celebrating the launch of the summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The evening was truly unforgettable and it was awe-inspiring to hear the ambassador speak, let alone see the inside of his home.  Read the rest of this blog post here.

 


Sabrina Kent, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) in Washington, DC

We’ve only been in DC for two weeks and already this experience has been better than I had ever expected it could be. I’ve already made it a point to embark on my fair share of tourism. The first night that I got here I went to the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and last Monday on my afternoon off Hanna and I explored the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. This summer I am serving as the Meetings and Education intern at the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) here in DC. Not only do I work less than a block away from the White House in the old National Securities Building (how surreal!), but I instantly felt at home in the positive work environment that I was thrust into just two short weeks ago.H and S at British Ambassodor reception

The NGLCC serves the LGBT business community by connecting LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTEs), business owners, employees, and entrepreneurs with the chamber’s corporate partners (Wells Fargo, American Airlines, IBM, to name a few) to expand the economic opportunity and advancement of LGBT equality in the workplace. In 2002, the founders, Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, sought a solution to the economic inequalities that LGBT small business owners (in particular) face in a capitalist America. Read the rest of this blog post here.

How to Find a Job You Love: The Answer to a million dollar question

Bianca - ThumbnailSubmitted by Bianca Buscemi, Career Services Practicum Student

The job search can be a daunting task on its’ own, but finding a job you love could prove even more challenging. Luckily, Glassdoor has partnered with universities and colleges worldwide to give students free access to job listings, company reviews, salary reports, and much more. Check out the infographic by Kira Hillman on Glassdoor on how to find a job you love!

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