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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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Human Services Interview Questions

In your job search travels your resume gets you to the front door but what happens once you step inside for your interview is the deciding factor in landing the position.  I recommend setting aside time to practice before every interview.  Here are a few practice questions to give you a head start.

 

General:
• What led you to apply for this job?
• What interests you in working for XYZ agency?
• What interests you about working with the XYZ population?

Specific:
• Tell me about your most successful case.
• Tell me about the most difficult case you ever worked on.
• What types of clients are difficult for you to work with?

Career:
• What are your career goals?
• Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Summary:
• What is your availability?
• What questions can I answer for you?

Additional:
• What specific skills do you have that relate to the job?
• What personal experiences have you had that would help you in this job?
• For what reasons do you believe you could handle this position?
• What does this job have to offer you and you offer it?
• What types of volunteer experience have you had?
• Tell me about your education.
• How would your experience/background contribute to your success?
• Which courses were particularly helpful to you?
• Describe your fieldwork experience.
• Why are you interested in the Human Services field?
• What kind of experience have you had with different populations?
• What types of clients have you worked with?
• What is your background and philosophy of social work? Counseling? Etc.
• What are your counseling strengths and weaknesses?
• What supervisory experience have you had?
• How do you describe your professional boundaries?
• What do you think makes a successful team environment?
• How do you keep track of your projects and meet deadlines?
• What do you do when you are faced with an ethical conflict?

 

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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Career Development for Human Services Students

Human services professionals are an integral part of society.  Our compassion, commitment, and competence improves the quality  of life for millions of people around the world.  Whether you aspire to become a teacher, therapist, probation officer, substance abuse counselor, youth development specialist, health educator, or domestic violence advocate – THANK YOU for accepting the challenge and dedicating your career to the well-being of others.

 

Skills for Human Services Professionals
• Interviewing
• Decision-Making/Problem Solving
• Conflict Management
• Writing
• Desire to Serve
• Public Speaking
• Planning/Organizing Ideas
• Assessment/Evaluation
• Team Building/Consensus Building
• Active Listening
• Group Facilitation
• Advocacy/Negotiation
• Leadership
• Cultural Competency

 

Career Development Books for Human Services Professionals
Great Jobs for Sociology Majors – Stephen Lambert
101 Careers in Counseling – Shannon Hodges PhD
100 Jobs in Social Change – Harley Jebens
Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You – Robert J. Sternberg
101 Careers in Social Work – Dr. Jessica Ritter BSW MSSW PhD and Ms. Mary Kiernan-Stern MSW LCSW
Monster Careers: Networking – Jeff Taylor
The Twitter job search guide: find a job and advance your career in just 15 minutes a day – Susan Britton Whitcomb
Multipreneuring – Tom Gorman

 

Job Search Websites
• idealist.org
• indeed.com
• snagajob.com
• monster.com
• aftercollege.com
• internjobs.com
• internships.com
• careerbuilder.com

 

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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I Rocked My SHEPower This Weekend

This past weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the Empire Builder’s Retreat with Dr. Linette Montae and a room full of amazing entrepreneurs.  I can’t begin to explain all the wisdom that Dr. Linette shared but I will say that I Rocked My SHEPower and I will finish 2014 strong and launch 2015 with a bang!

Here is a photo recap.

Empire Builders Retreat Collage SHEPower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Ways to Be a Leader

A leader is a person who rules, guides, or inspires others. It has been said that management is an occupation and leadership is a calling. There are several qualities that good leaders possess such as critical thinking and active listening and various ways to strengthen your leadership skills. Here are 5 ways you can be a leader:

1. Take Initiative
A good leader doesn’t not wait to be asked to take action nor do they sit idle while others work hard. Take charge. Lead the planning and organizing for professional and academic projects, social events, and enrichment activities.

2. Get Involved
Get involved in organizations both on and off campus. The more active you are the more you will learn, the more leadership opportunities will come your way and the stronger your leadership abilities will become.

3. Build Community
Team work makes the dream work. Help foster a team environment by encouraging listening, sharing, and cooperation. Remember to focus on the best interest of the group.

4. Share Your Voice
Express your thoughts and ideas without being overbearing. Praise and commend those who work with you when they do well.

5. Operate in Integrity
Use your power for good. Set an example by treating people with respect and fairness and being honest and fair. Teach and correct with compassion.

 

Get To Graduation Workshop
The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Reasons to Participate in Community Service

I am a STRONG proponent of volunteering.  No matter if you’re providing direct or indirect support, I believe that we all have something to contribute and all have the potential to add value to the world.  Here are 5 reasons college students should participate in community service:

1. Make a difference
Volunteering strengthens the community. Whether serving in an after school program, animal shelter, or national park, volunteers have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for others. Community service also promotes unity and teamwork by bringing diverse people together.

2. Improve your health
Community service can improve both your mental and physical health. Volunteers often feel happy and optimistic and these emotions can boost your immune system. Helping others often allows you to focus less on your own troubles. You also get to network and meet new people with similar interests.

3. Increase your self-efficacy
Community service allows you to discover, utilize, and strengthen various skills and competencies. You learn more about your values, beliefs, knowledge, and physical capabilities.

4. Apply classroom knowledge in the real world
Instead of just learning about political activism you can advocate for social justice in your state. Getting involved in service projects allows you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in real life situations.

5. Improve your resume
You can develop leadership skills and gain practical experience in your chosen career field by volunteering. Serving others shows compassion and commitment and makes you more attractive to employers.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Reasons to Get Involved in Campus Life

Research suggests that when students actively participate in campus life at their institution they tend to earn better grades, transfer less, graduate, and enjoy the college experience more. I describe the college years to be as a launching pad.

Campus involvement includes membership in student organizations and clubs, participation in athletics, faith-based groups, community service, employment or work study, Greek life, campus wide events or celebrations, and student excursions.

1. Learn and develop skills – Campus involvement helps build well-rounded students through personal and professional growth. Extracurricular activities offer new experiences, leadership opportunities, collaboration, and self-expression.

2. Form strong connections – Campus involvement allows students to avoid isolation and feel connected to a valuable support system. Interaction and exposure to people with diverse cultures, opinions, values, and goals provides the open door to new friendships. Students also have the opportunity to forge relationships with people with similar interests and ideals. Students can also build their resume and professional network through campus involvement and increase their employment options after graduation.

3. Clarify your goals – Student can join campus activities based on their long and short-term goals. Active engagement forces students to get organized, set priorities, and manage their time effectively. Exploring career interests through campus involvement is a great way to learn without a commitment. Students can learn more and move on if they don’t like it or go full speed ahead.

4. Leverage Resources – Most higher education institutions offer an array of services, from counseling, to health screenings, to discount tickets to performances that many students are unaware of. Students who are actively involved in campus life tend to know more about what opportunities and resources are available, how to bring performers or events to campus, and who to reach out to during challenging times.

5. Have fun – Campus involvement can help students handle stress and avoid overwhelm and anxiety. Taking a break from academic demands to enjoy an activity allows students to return to their studies more relaxed and refreshed.

**Warning: Never allow your social life to hinder your academic endeavors.**

Get To Graduation Workshop – The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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Do I Really Love School?

I love school. I met my best friends (whom I love) at school. I don’t love quizzes and tests and research papers and group projects and assignments that I don’t find useful in my real life

 

Maybe I love education. Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. I don’t love the formal structure and “one size fits all” instructional approach of our current education system. I don’t love separation and labeling.

 

Now that I think about it, what I really love is learning and teaching.  I love to learn new things, learn about new people, challenge my critical thinking skills, and explore new behaviors.  I love it when teachers meet students where they are and make facts and equations and processes fun and relevant.  I love to share information and resources.  I love connecting social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.  I love watching the spark as an idea is ignited or a concept connects.

 

School is a launching pad.

Education is life and life educates.

Learning is a lifelong endeavor.

Teaching unites humanity.

 

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” – Robert M. Hutchins

 “I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein

 love to teach

 

Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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What does college mean to you?

What does college mean to you?

Here is what it means to me:

C = Community

O = Opportunity

L = Leadership

L = Life Lessons

E = Exploration

G = Growth

E = Experience

 

Get To Graduation Workshop
The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

Quality College Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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Before You Spend Your Student Load Refund

Did You Know?
• Recent unemployment rates for young adults under 25 as high as 54%
• 53% of 18-24 year-olds have never moved out of or have returned to their parent’s homes
• 86% of recent college graduates are boomerang kids
• 13.7 percent of federal student loan borrowers default within three years of graduating

Many, many student use student loans to finance their college education. Student loans are intended to pay students educational and living expenses but many students treat this as income to live a glamorous life. Remember these are loans and not free money so all funds will need to be repaid.

 

If you will receive a student load refund at the end of this semester please DO NOT go on a shopping spree. Take a long, hard look at your wants versus your needs.  What you spend today can strongly influence where you live, what you drive, and where you work ten years from now.

Avoid Buyer’s Remorse:

  • Put the additional amount on your college tuition for the following semester so that you can take out a smaller loan in the future
  • Pay for summer classes  to lighten your work load during fall or spring semester
  • Purchase school supplies – this may include a computer but refrain from going wild with new electronics
  • Buy a good quality interview suit – no need for a full shopping spree
  • Pay for professional development – funding an unpaid internship, job training program,  industry conference, membership in a professional organization, or a professional development course can make you a highly sought after candidate once you earn your degree
  • Save for an emergency or period of unemployment after graduation

 

Get To Graduation Workshop
The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

Quality College Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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