Maintaining Balance towards the End of the Semester

By: Rachel Olson

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and deadlines fast approaching, there is one obstacle left between students and the freedom of the end of the semester: finals. Whether you are working an internship, involved in organizations on campus, work a part-time or full-time job, or are focused solely on your education, balancing all there is to do at the end of the semester can be extremely difficult.

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Here are some helpful tips to maintain balance while heading into the last few weeks of the semester.

  1. Prioritize your responsibilities. While you may have many different tasks to complete, it is important to remember which responsibilities need the majority of your time. Be open and honest with friends and family if you need to devote more of your free time to your responsibilities. And don’t be afraid to be honest with an employer if you feel you need time off of work in order to focus on your schoolwork. At the end of the day, you are a student first and your schoolwork must be completed!
  2. Stay organized. With project deadlines, homework due dates, tests, exams, and presentations, it can be much easier than you might think to completely forget about something you should have been working on, especially if you are going to work or being involved with other organizations at the same time. Make to-do lists for each of your responsibilities and mark tasks off once you have completed them. Checking off an item on a long to-do list can be much more satisfying and encouraging than you might think!
  3. Schedule your time. There is only so much time in a day, and when trying to plan when to work on assignments or study for tests, as well as work a shift or go to an organization meeting, it can be easy to forget to account for simple human necessities like eating and sleeping. Schedule the time you need to devote to all of your responsibilities! Be reasonable with your expectations of how long it will take you to complete certain tasks. It’s better to give yourself too much time for a task and be able to work ahead, than to be rushing and get behind. Include eating, relaxing, socializing and sleeping in your schedule as much as you can! It is vital that you allow your body time to recharge, even when you have so many responsibilities to be taking care of at once!
  4. Lastly, do not procrastinate! After creating a plan and scheduling out your responsibilities, stick to this plan! Procrastination may sound like a good idea in the moment, but it will always come back to hurt you in the end. You will be happier, your work will be better and overall you will find more success if you stick to your schedule and avoid procrastinating any of your responsibilities.1_rvsqsOaX-uZFcoo4WlqpSw
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Things a Resume Should and Should Not Include

By Tsunkit Man

  1. Your resume should be a straight-to-the-point informational piece of paper. Anything like personal philosophy or hobbies should not be on it.
  2. There should only be two types of skills: computer and language. Soft skills should not be included.
  3. In most situations, your education should be listed at the top of the resume.
  4. The reference page is a separate document, and should only be provided when asked.
  5. Your name should be the biggest font size on the document (between size 16 and 18).
  6. Pay attention to your verbs. Any previous jobs should be listed with past tense. An example would be to say “cleaned” or “ran”.
  7. Put dates on the right side of the page. Doing this makes it easier for employers to decipher.
  8. Use bullet points to present your job responsibilities; do not use paragraphs!
  9. Omit anything that is beyond ten years. Technology is rapidly improving so things that you learned ten years ago might not be the same now.
  10. As an undergrad student, your resume should be one page. If you are a graduate student, your resume can be up to two pages.

 

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Tips for Dressing for Job Interview Success

By: Hanna Hoopes

Not only does wearing the right clothes make you look great but it is also a big confidence booster. Now while your employer should be focused on your ideas and whether you are qualified it doesn’t hurt to have the whole package so here are some tips to dress successfully.
• Keep it simple. Do not wear items that are too busy or will distract from you and your message.
• It is important to be relaxed and confident so wear something that is comfortable. You can’t be relaxed if you are worrying about your wardrobe! This also goes along with making sure your clothes fit properly. If you are constantly tugging and pulling on your clothes you will be distracted. Comfort = Confidence.
• Try using color to express yourself. Say you are applying for a position at a school you could sport there colors during the interview.
• Although clothes are important it is just important to be well groomed and to keep your breath fresh.
• A big thing to remember is that overdressing is better than underdressing. If you are not sure what the dress code is it is better to be a bit overdressed rather than under. If you are still not sure what the appropriate attire is you can always call the HR department and ask what they recommend you wear.
• The appropriate interview attire will also depend on the industry in which you will be applying for, as well as the location and time of year.
• The last important tip is to wear a smile! It is important to know your employers know that you love what you do!

Five Health and Wellness Tips You Need

 

Five Health and Wellness Habits You Need for College

By Star Billingsley

 

While finding a career, networking, and obtaining internships in the midst of your college career are important, they will not be worthwhile if you are not of sound mind with healthy habits.

  1. Try simple and organic remedies. Most bacterial infections and viruses can be prevented by basic immune support. Being predominantly young, I can understand why most college students do not look into immune support. However, turmeric powder is an amazing source of immune support and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. By adding turmeric powder to a glass of water each morning, you are consuming cur-cumin. Cur-cumin is a powerful anti-oxidant that aids in many things, one of which being immune support.
  2. Put limits on work and study hours. As college students, it make seem like the entirety of your being must revolve around work and study. Additionally, this constant cycle can easily become tiresome and wreak havoc on your mental state and productiveness. You cannot work all the time; you need to designate time for sleep, self-care, and fun. Having these limits will also contribute to a healthy lifestyle by preventing illness and feelings of defeat.
  3. Avoid food and caffeine drinks before bed. The consumption of food and caffeine prior to sleep can throw off your body’s internal clock, which defeats the purpose of trying to get a good night’s rest. Try to limit meals, alcohol, and caffeine consumption to a few hours before bed.
  4. Utilize the Heskett and the YMCA membership. As a student at Wichita State University, you have access to several fitness classes. Since you already pay for these through your tuition, you may as well take advantage and get a workout that will help keep you in shape and motivate you to be the best that you can be.
  5. Trust yourself. Do not let anyone make health or wellness decisions for you that you feel unsure or uncomfortable about. If you do not want to eat that pizza or try that new kale smoothie, then don’t!

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The Advantages of Working at the Career Development Center

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By Carolina Loera Lozano

Working on campus can be a great opportunity for students who are taking classes and are looking to make a little extra cash.  There is a long list of benefits for student workers, such as networking with professionals to having flexible schedules. I would have to say, however, that working as a Peer Advisor is one of the best positions on campus! What other job will work with your student needs and at the same time prepare you for the professional world?

Here are some reasons why I believe working at the Career Development Center is awesome!

Network with professionals within the office.

Our office consists of professionals prepared to help students turn their degree into a career.  Hanging around with these knowledgeable people could only be helpful for our own career development.  Even if you are not a student worker for the CDC, if you have not already, make sure to book an appointment with the specialist of your college and get to know them!  They can help you out with resume reviews, mock interviews, job and internship searches, and so much more.  Take advantage of the resources available to you.

Get career ready.

The Career Development Center highly encourages students having career readiness skills.  As peer advisors, one of our tasks is to inform students about career readiness, and to ensure they know what skills they need to be successful in the workforce.  The career readiness skills are: problem solving, oral/written communication, teamwork, tech savvy, leadership, professionalism/work ethic, and career management.  Being a student worker at the Career Development Center helps as we are reminded of these skills on a daily basis.

Make those resumes and cover letters stand out, and get job interview savvy!

Part of the Peer Advisor role is for us to help students with their resumes, cover letters, and job interviews.  Every day we make suggestions to students in order to make their resumes 100 times better.  We are trained and prepared to know what employers are looking for in a resume or cover letter.  We can also assist students with mock interviews right before they have the “real” one. Helping other students helps ourselves at the same time.  The training we receive for these things is going to help us when the time comes to prepare our own resumes, cover letters, and job/internship interviews!  We also have coworkers who can also assist us in tweaking our resumes to make them as good as they can be!

Come to the helpful events and workshops around campus.

Students get many emails every day from different things going on around campus.  Sometimes we even ignore them because we are too overwhelmed due to the sheer amount we receive.  This can make us ignore emails about events that will help us with our career.  Many times, the CDC has job fairs with employers of different majors.  There are workshops set to help students in many aspects to get them started on their job search. As a student worker, it is hard to ignore all these events because we hear about them every day and know the importance of them!

Access to job and internship searches.

Peer advisor roles include logging onto handshake on a daily basis.  This is a great tool to find jobs or internships pertaining our majors.  Having the specialists next door helps us get tips and advice when it is time for us to find a job or internship pertaining to our major.

Having a flexible schedule.

For students it could be hard to find jobs with decent pay that will work with a class schedule.  The great thing about working on campus at the Career Development Center is that the staff understands the importance of students needing to finish their degrees and be successful.  They are happy to work with schedules, and we are given a maximum of 15 hours a week so we can have time to focus on class work.

Engaging with a friendly staff.

The staff at the CDC is awesome!  There are events where we will have to work with each other, and it’s always a great time!  We also occasionally have potlucks, get to go on roadshows and meet prospective students, and network with students that come into the office.  Students from different majors come into our office every day, and this gives us an opportunity to network and help each other out.  It is a small world, and we will probably work at the same job as these students in the future.