Education Is Ongoing

 

Education Is Ongoing

Education doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom.  Remaining current on the skills, trends, and policies of your chosen profession is an important part of the career development process.  Today I am continuing to invest in myself and my professional development by attending the Maryland Career Development Association Conference “Tradition vs. Innovation: Developing Career Pathways In A Rapidly Changing World”.

MCDA conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Note To Self: No Excuses Today

Check out this video.  My strength-based perspective calls this ‪#‎ingenuity‬ ‪#‎resourcefulness‬ and ‪#‎collaboration‬. Note to Self: NO excuses today!

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Get In, Get Out, Get Ahead

Get In, Get Out, Get Ahead initiates a frank discussion about what it really takes to get involved on campus and make connections to make a difference, get out of college with the skills and experience employers value, and get ahead in your chosen career field.

 

This conversation is best offered to the entire student body. Students will achieve the following learning outcomes:
• Understanding the importance of a strong professional network
• Ability to define success for themselves
• Knowledge of how to develop a strong academic and career development plan
• Awareness of how to make themselves more employable
• Knowledge of how to use social media as a branding tool
• Understanding of what it means to be a life-long learner

 

This talk is crafted from the undergraduate and graduate experiences of a first generation college student who is a college parent, adjunct professor, career coach, and supervisor of interns and emerging and seasoned professionals. Additional academic and career research will also be a part of the discussion. Students will explore the true value of a college education to maximize their college experience. This talk will ultimately:
• Decrease student uncertainty
• Increase retention and graduation rates
• Enhance alumni engagement

 

Contact me to bring this keynote presentation to your college campus.

Get In Get Out Get Ahead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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5 Questions That Can Positively Impact Your College Experience

As tuition continues to rise, many people are questioning the value of a college education. According to census data analysis by Pew Research Center, high-school graduates, as a whole, were more likely to live in poverty and be dissatisfied with their jobs, if employed. Young adults with only a high school diploma earn 62% of the typical salary earned by a college graduate. The earnings gap is increasing. In 1965, high school grads earned 81% of the typical salary of college grads.

 

Here are 5 questions that can positively impact your college experience.
1. Am I eligible for additional financial aid or institutional scholarships?
2. What services are available to support students academically?
3. What are my study abroad options?
4. Can I schedule walk-in or do I need to schedule an appointment with career services?
5. Where can I find out about all the organizations and activities available on campus?

 

Here Are 5 More Blogs For Your College Journey:
• 5 Things to Consider Before Selecting College Courses
• 5 Things I Would Go Back And Tell Myself As A College Freshman
• 5 Questions to Ask Your Financial Aid Advisor
• 5 Questions for the Department Chair of Your Major
• 5 Things I Would Go Back And Tell Myself As A College Junior

 

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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5 Tips for College Transfer Students

The traditional college experience where students enter and graduate from the same institution has steadily over recent years. It is estimated that nearly one third of students change higher-education institutions. The economy, sky-rocketing tuition rates, and better marketing by community colleges are all factors. I don’t want to overlook that these transfers can also be initiated by family responsibilities, moving to a new area, or a desire for improved academic or social opportunities.

 

Whether the transfer is precipitated by an opportunity or a hardship, the process can be daunting. Here are 5 tips to help ease the transition and succeed in your new academic environment.

1. Talk with an advisor – Make sure your official transcript is properly evaluated and that you receive recommendations from an advisor in your major before registering for classes.

2. Seek out a transfer services – Many schools are adjusting to student mobility by hiring Transfer coordinators and hosting transfer fairs and special programs for transfer students. This can be invaluable in helping you get acclimated to the culture of the institution and also meet other students in the same situation.

3. Seek out other transfer students – Being the new kid on the block can be tough. You can ease the transition by connecting with other students who have already been in your position or who you can learn and grow through this experience with.

4. Get involved on campus – Eliminate isolation, overwhelm, and uncertainty by finding out all your institution as to offer academically, socially, emotionally, and professionally. Getting involved isn’t just about keeping you in the know it is about making a difference.

5. Keep the end goal in mind – No matter the reason you decided to change schools staying focused on your goal is essential. Things may not go according to your plans or the transition may be more difficult than you imagined and it is easier to maintain your momentum and motivation when you remain focused on the reason you enrolled in your new institution.

 

Check out these additional Get To Graduation tips for you:
5 Things To Do Before You Change Your Major
5 Reasons to Get Involved in Campus Life

5 tips for college transfer students

 

Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.
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How To Help Nontraditional Students Get To College Graduation

My college success coaching helps struggling, unmotivated, unprepared students as well as thriving students GET TO GRADUATION with more than a degree. My clients GET TO GRADUATION with assistance in course and activity selection, utilization of campus resources, building a professional network, and developing a solid career plan.

 

Why am I so passionate about college students and emerging professionals?

 

I was a first-generation college student. I never enrolled in college prep classes, only took the SAT once, never took the ACT, never attended a college tour, received one $2,000 scholarship that I don’t remember applying for, and had no idea that I could ask for a higher financial aid package. I didn’t have a mentor who could explain college culture. I worked part-time so I didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to campus involvement and extra-curricular activities. Adding a little more complication to my college experience was motherhood during my sophomore year. I earned my bachelor’s degree in six years by attending two institutions but not before quitting my federal government job.  I also have years of experience working directly with highly motivated, low-income and first generation college students as well as years of supervision of interns and of recent graduates.

 

First-generation college students are more likely to:
• Be older than the traditional student
• Have more financial responsibilities
• Be employed while they attend school
• Make important decisions on their own
• Leave college without a degree

As you can see from my story, I have been there and done a lot of that!

 

My consulting services supports colleges and universities in increasing retention and graduation rates by establishing or strengthening academic and career programs. No longer is the average college student between the ages of 18-22 year-old who lives on campus, attends day classes, and has an active campus life. Nontraditional college students include students who are:

  • Older/Adults
  • Parents (young and old)
  • First generation
  • Former foster youth
  • Active military
  • Undocumented immigrants

 

The “new” college students bring entirely new issues to campus such as:

  • Financial constraints
  • Lower academic ability
  • Weak advocacy skills
  • Child care needs
  • Need for evening or weekend classes
  • Inability to meet with professors or department heads during traditional work hours
  • Professors who do not fully understand their personal experiences

 

Naturally, one of my specialty areas includes the development and improvement of programs and services to support nontraditional college students. Although the barriers to graduation may be high, nontraditional students can succeed with assistance from their academic institution. The ultimate goal is college students who become college graduates who become active alumni.

 

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Giving Myself the Birthday Gift of Business Investment

Birthdays are special. Although I believe we should celebrate life every day I also believe that we should treat ourselves on our birthday. I practice what I preach by not working on my birthday.

Last year I treated myself to a 7 day Caribbean cruise and dolphin swim. This year I’m treating myself by investing in my personal and business development. I’m still celebrating my birthday today. Today my daughter and are attending the Heal A Woman To Heal A Nation 12th Annual Unlimited You Weekend!

 

Remember my other special gifts? Don’t procrastinate! Invest in yourself by taking advantage of my special birthday gifts to you before they expire on April 29, 2015. Check the gift out HERE.

 

Unlimited You Weekend 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Celebrating My Birthday by Giving Gifts to You

Today is my birthday and I have 3 special birthday gifts for YOU!!

 1.) Strategy Session

  • Strategy Session regularly $249.00
  • Undergraduate Student Strategy Session regularly $189.00

Do you need new strategies to help you turn your dreams into reality?
During our 50 minute Strategy Session, you and I will work together to develop creative solutions to get you on track to your goals. Schedule your strategy session for:
• New perspectives to help you get unstuck
• A new cheerleader on your team

Birthday Strategy Session Special $149.00 expires April 29, 2015

 

2.) Basic Individual Coaching Package

  • Basic Individual Coaching Package $497.00 per month
  • Undergraduate College Student Coaching $397.00 per month

A one hour individual coaching call each month
One accountability email each week (no coaching will be provided by email).
Three month commitment required.

Birthday Coaching Package Special $259.00 per month for 3 months expires April 29, 2015

 

3.) Cover Letter and Resume Critique
Cover Letter and Resume Critique Regular Price $69.00
Review and Critique of Cover Letter and Resume to help you get hired or get promoted to your dream job.
This service includes a critique of your existing resume and cover letter with recommendations for improvement only. No rewriting provided. Each cover letter and resume package should be no more than three (3) pages in length.

Birthday Critique Special $39.00 expires April 29, 2015

 

CONTACT ME to take advantage of these special birthday gifts before they expire.

 

Nicki Sanders special birthday packages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Black Girls Rock Is Not Racist

Racism is the hatred or intolerance of races other than your own. White supremacy believes that all non-whites are unequal and unworthy. Black people were brought to this country as property – no rights, no freedom, no love. For hundreds of years we were not considered fully human. Out of those horrific experiences came the Black pride movement which was founded in love and pride – not separation and superiority.

  1. The Black Girls Rock organization isn’t racist.
  2. The Black Girls Rock awards program isn’t racist.
  3. Yes, Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the entire United States but her attendance at the Black Girls Rock awards doesn’t make her a racist.

 

Mainstream media rarely shows us positive images of Black women and girls. Television, movies, magazines, toys, video games, and fashion shows are all flooded with images of European beauty. The evening news and social media want you to believe that all Black teenage girls are stealing, fighting, illiterate, or pregnant. Black Girls Rock shatters those stereotypes. Black Girls Rock is about sisterhood and empowerment. It is a celebration of the accomplishments and achievements of Black women and girls. A showcase of beauty, brains, politics, education, courage, confidence, and service. If we don’t support our sisters then who will? If we don’t show our greatness then who will? If we don’t believe in ourselves, who will? In 2015 we are still striving for respect and equality.

  • The NAACP is no more racist than The National Council of La Raza.
  • Black History month is as essential as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
  • ESPN has how many sports channels? More than are dedicated to Black culture.
  • Just like feminism is pro-woman not anti-man, Black Girls Rock is about self-love and not racism.
  • The Soul Train Awards are no more racist that the Latin Grammy Awards.
  • Black Girls Rock is as necessary as Girls Who Code and The Girl Scouts.

 

Black Girls Rock is an inspiration and a declaration!

And for the record, Black Lives Matter isn’t racist either.

Michelle Obama Black Girls Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Businesses Do Good In Order to Be Good

Long-term business growth and financial gain are impacted by:

  • Public safety
  • Public health
  • Educated consumers
  • Diversity
  • Mission

 

  1. JC Penney “Too Pretty To Do Homework” T-shirt
  2. Exxon oil spill
  3. Discrimination at Denny’s

All memorable business fiascos right?

 

Gone are the days when businesses can simply ‘do no harm’. We have entered the age of the internet and mainstream social consciousness. In order for businesses to achieve sustained success – increased profits and reduced liability – they must also make a positive impact.

 

The ultimate goal in business is to make money but businesses that invest in their community are at an advantage.

  • High turnover destroys profits. A healthy business environment attracts qualified employees who do good work and are more likely remain with the company longer.
  • Strong communities financially (and even legislatively) support good local businesses.
  • Strong business and community partnerships increase a company’s potential customer base.
  • Customers boast about supporting ethical companies

 

I encourage doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. Businesses who perform socially responsible activities fare better. Consumers spend their money with businesses they know, like, and trust. Employees want to work in companies that share their values and goals. Community relations is about more than branding and marketing. Although public image is important, I encourage owners and managers to make their people and our planet just as important as making a profit.

 

A few common activities that bolster community relations or corporate social responsibility are:

  • Sponsoring a blood drive
  • Donating holiday gifts to a children’s hospital
  • Sponsoring a little league team
  • Recycling and using green materials
  • Creating a scholarship fund
  • Offering employees a day off with pay for their birthday
  • Offering free health workshops to community members
  • Support our National Foster Care Month Pack A Backpack™ Drive

What is your company doing to improve its relationships in the community?

Community Relations Consulting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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