Archive | March, 2012

Welcome Justin Jones

28 Mar

We’d like to take a second and welcome our newest writer, Justin Jones, to the blog! Justin has been working in the Career Center for 2 years, so he’ll be able to provide some great insight. Here’s what Justin had to say about himself:

I’m a senior in the communications department, and a true believer that a degree is not enough. After serving at the Career Center for nearly two years, I’ve decided to step up my game by sharing information that interest our staff or myself.  My posts my vary in topic, but they’re all meant to help you succeed as a student or as a professional. Personally, I enjoy sports, writing and essentially all things media. So if you see any sports analogies, just try to follow along or forgive me, either way I’ll try to keep the information as beneficial as possible.

Finding Ways to Increase Productivity

27 Mar

Everyone likely experiences the feeling of burnout or overwhelming stress. As students, these feelings are very possible with the challenges presented by classes and a job.

It’s our tendency to use technology to help our situation, but sometimes, it makes the situation worse. Constant e-mail buzzing from our phones, new updates on blackboard and Facebook a click away can all lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed.

While your trying to be productive in the midst of all these things, your productivity is often what suffers. Having your hand in multiple projects really leads to you not being fully on board in one.

Tony Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project, came up with some pointers that will help you as you try to juggle classes, projects and work.

1. Don’t demand or expect instant responses, and don’t think you have to respond instantly either.

It forces people into a mindset that suffocates their attention to detail and makes it difficult to follow through on promises. It’s okay to turn off your e-mail to get things done.

2. Find ways of self-encouragement.

Whatever it is that helps you feel better about yourself- try it. Might be a snack, nap or relaxing song. Find the things that help you renew your focus and change your attitude to a point where you can feel encouraged going back to work, so you can focus on one thing, and one thing only.

3. Take care of the most important things first.

Without interruption, tackle the biggest task you have set for that day. Work privately and resist distractions. The more you can get out of the way, the less stress you’ll likely feel throughout the day with projects hanging over your head.

Use these tips, and even try to come up with your own. Utilize “Quiet Study Zones” or make your own place that is just devoted to getting things accomplished.  Find the place where you work best to start crossing things off your list.

Quote: Simon Sinek

14 Mar

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” — Simon Sinek

Welcome Yemisi Egbewole

6 Mar

You may have noticed a new writer on our site. Her name is Yemisi and she just started writing for us a few weeks ago. We completely forgot to introduce her, so here she is!

In the year 2009 I enrolled at Liberty University reluctant and apprehensive. I had no idea what to expect from the “world’s largest Christian university.” What I found was an environment and student body that pushed you in your academics, and encouraged you to grow spiritually. The changes that took place in my life within my first year at Liberty University were immense. Liberty’s students are trained to be Christian professionals in a secular biased world. Working at the Liberty University Career Center has provided me with knowledge to better understand the tricky ladder to career success. Through this blog, I will provide quick tips and communication perspectives that ought to each individual’s journey to professional achievement.

Money Management and Professionalism

6 Mar

Every two weeks, on Friday, I get a check. This enchanting piece of paper commands my attention. Within this check, there are decisions like which bill I will pay first and what social events will I get into? Call it dramatic or an over-exaggeration of a mere pay cycle, but money is money. I’m still holding onto the hope that one day, money will grow on trees! So for now, here is some money saving guidelines to get you started.

  1. Don’t eat out! Beware of the flashy signs that lure you in with their promise of good food at a low price. You may think, ‘I don’t have the energy to cook, and grocery shopping is a hassle, right?’ Stop. You’re wrong. When you eat out every day, it adds up. Challenge yourself to buy a week’s worth of groceries then compare your spending to the amount you spend in a restaurant or fast food chain every day. The difference will surprise you. Cooking your own meals is a healthier and cheaper alternative.
  2. Always pick the low-cost option when it comes to activities. There are plenty of alternatives to your costly weekend plans. Take the cinema for example. Movies are expensive and their prices are continuously increasing. A Redbox kiosk can be found at most grocery store chains, leaving you to pay just over one dollar for one night’s rental of the latest blockbusters. Compare that to the twelve-dollar 3-D movie ticket, over-priced snacks, and the obnoxious people you’ll probably sit in front of, and you’ve already saved yourself a good bit of change.
  3. Conserve your gas. The hardest thing to do in college is just sit still. You want to meet up with a friend or run errands. That’s fine. There’s no need to become a hermit. Implement some changes though. When you run errands, plan them in a way that leaves you less time running the roads. That way, you won’t waste gas driving up, down, and all around. Carpool! Carpool is the greatest idea that no one uses. You don’t always have to take your car. If you’re going the same place as a group of people and someone volunteers to drive . . . let them! Try to stick with purposeful driving only. Don’t drive around trying to figure out what to do or searching for something. Plan what you’re going to do before you leave, then drive. Cutting those little corners will save you from all too often visits to the pump.

Being a professional in your career path means being a professional with your money. Knowing how to manage and save in finances is what people look for when they hire managers and administrators. If you don’t learn how to become financially successful in your personal life, it will reflect in your working lifestyle. Companies require credit checks before hiring employees and if you are poor at managing your finances, it could even cost you a job. When you decide to start saving money, you don’t have to take a huge leap. Introduce small changes within your lifestyle, and you will see improvements. Good ole’ Benjamin Franklin once said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” It might be time to finally consider the possibility that he was right about that one.