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.

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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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Nicki, Don’t Focus On That

One of my favorite sayings is “what you focus on expands”.  I strive to live by this life lesson and eliminate negativity and doubt from my life.  I know that for better or for worse wherever I let my attention flow will grow. My goal is always to ‘walk the talk’. Despite my best intentions, I realized that I had been focusing on a negative perception and holding myself back in a very important area.  Somehow I had begun to focus on what I didn’t want to become instead of concentrating on becoming the person I want to be.  This was such a powerful revelation I had last week.  I am so grateful that the mental shift happened and I have passed another hurdle on the road of life.

Where are you dedicating your time, interest, and efforts?

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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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Should I Go To College?

With rising student loan debt and a slowly recovering economy many people – young and old – are asking themselves “should I go to college”? There are groups of people that believe that college is not for everyone and others who believe that every person needs a college degree to advance professionally and make a living wage.

Here are the realities:

  • Some people enroll in college right after high school while others may enter the workforce or start a business and never obtain a college degree.
  • Some people travel or enroll in a service program then attend college years after graduation.
  • Some people work for years and only enroll in college once they receive tuition assistance through the military or an employer.
  • Many students begin their college years in a community college then transfer to a four year institution.
  • Some people decide to pursue only an Associate’s degree while others continue onward to a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or a doctorate degree.

 

Higher education is not one size fits all. We are all unique beings and the decision whether or not to enroll in college or when to enroll in college should be an individual choice. If you are currently unsure of which professional path to take I invite you to connect with me for academic or career development coaching.

 

Get Hired Strategy Session
Do you need new strategies to help you land the job of your dreams?
During our 45 minute Get Hired Strategy Session, you and I will work together to develop creative solutions to employment issues and situations in an effort to get you hired. The Packaged For Success Get Hired Strategy Sessions allow you 45 minutes of uninterrupted productivity with me ,”Ms. Strategy”. Schedule your strategy session if you want:
• To develop new perspectives to help you get unstuck
• Need a dose of enthusiasm
• Want a new cheerleader on your team

 

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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Specifically For College Students

At Packaged For Success, we teach millenials how to apply the knowledge they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world to develop marketable skills, build a powerful professional network and create long-term success.  Check out these blog posts below for success strategies and contact me to bring our workshops to your millennials.

 

We are a resource to help millennials build a bridge to their future.
Check out our Generation Y Workshop Series:

1. 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.

2. Generation Why – Character traits from your generation include confidence, optimism, and an eagerness to learn and contribute. Join other millennials in this workshop to answer three very important questions that will accompany you into your place as a world changer.

3. Work Your Network – Networking effectively is one of the most powerful tools you can use to advance personally and professionally. Improve your skills to successfully navigate academic endeavors, office politics, and other important relationships.

4. Avoid The Boomerang – You’ve landed your dream job and now it’s time to keep moving forward. These strategies will help climb the career ladder and make a lasting impact in your organization.

5. Guest Lecturer– I am an experienced Human Services Worker. In addition to my management experience and workforce development research, I am an Adjunct professor at Trinity University. I received my Masters of Social Work degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore with a concentration in Management and Community Organization and a specialization in Social Action and Community Development. I am available as a guest lecturer for both graduate and undergraduate courses in Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, Public Health and other related fields.

 

Testimonial
Nicki has definitely been very helpful in developing my professional skills. One way in particular would be that she challenged me to assess the meaning and purpose behind the activities/ program plans I think of. She consistently asked me to assess the overall message and take away information for my audience. She’s helped me form a realistic approach to addressing both youth and donors. She has challenged me to really identify what I want to do or try to do in my career and set specific learning goals for myself along with activities that help me learn. – Ebony, MSW Student

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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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What Do You Know About Your College Major?

Choosing a college major can be scary and overwhelming but it can also be extremely satisfying.

Why did you choose your college major? Did you select it because you were interested in the subject because you wanted to know more or to prepare you for a specific career field? If the goal of your major is to lead you down that path to employment in a particular industry then you should know the industry so well can write a research paper on it. Surprisingly, many students near graduation without knowing much about their job prospects and career options.

Here are a few things you should know about your major prior to senior year in college:

  • Job profile – What are the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with careers in this industry?
  • Job Opportunities – What are the most popular or competitive jobs in the industry?
  • Job Outlook – Is this a growing industry?
  • Starting salary – What is the immediate and long-term earning potential?
  • Education – Will you need to pursue graduate education or other certifications or credentialing?
  • Plan B – What are the careers in a similar industry?

Here are 5 ways to learn more about your college major:

  1. Do an internet search for “a day in the life of a _____”
  2. Do an internet search for “what can I do with a _____ degree”
  3. Spend some time on the website for the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
  4. Visit the websites of different schools offering the same degree you are pursuing
  5. Shadow a person already working in the field

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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23 Ways To Earn Money In College

Since 1985, the price of college has increased 538%. Average student loan debt is nearly $30,000 per graduate. To combat the skyrocketing higher education costs, start saving for college early, investigate scholarships, keep an open mind about where you obtain your degree, and explore student aid. Many students also work while they attend school to pay for tuition, books, and personal living expenses. In addition to outside employment, you can also put your marketable skills to work to earn money on campus and thrive not just survive.

23 Ways to Earn Money In College:

  1. Proofread or edit papers
  2. Sell food or beverages
  3. Become a social media consultant for an entrepreneur or nonprofit
  4. Make homemade beauty products (soap, hair care, etc.)
  5. Run errands for students or staff
  6. Be a chauffer
  7. Do landscaping
  8. Sell products (ebay, yard sales, dorm sales)
  9. Do hair, nails, or makeup
  10. Sew or repair clothing
  11. Write (songs, poems, stories)
  12. Plan parties and other celebrations
  13. DJ at parties
  14. Sell your musical talent (sing, play instrument)
  15. Make jewelry
  16. Fix computers
  17. Babysit
  18. Teach dance or exercise classes
  19. Help students get organized/clean or do laundry for other students
  20. Become a tutor
  21. Sell gift baskets or care packages
  22. Help students apply to grad school
  23. Help students apply for jobs

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 Things You Should Never Say To a Social Work Student

Social Workers are dedicated to making a difference. They are compassionate professionals committed to helping others live their best lives. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. Employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by specialty.

Results from the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual 2011 Survey reports there were:

  • 35,107 full-time juniors and seniors enrolled as of fall 2011
  • 5,262 part-time juniors and seniors enrolled as of fall 2011 in the 195 baccalaureate programs that reported offering a part-time program
  • 30,755 total enrollment of full-time master’s students
  • 18,481 total enrollment of part-time master’s students
  • 1,815 total enrollment of full-time doctoral students
  • 760 total enrollment of part-time doctoral students

Here are 5 things you absolutely should never say to a social work student:

1. You’re Limiting Yourself
The field of social work is rich with opportunities. A degree in social work allows one to work with diverse populations in churches, hospitals, schools, mental health clinics, senior centers, political positions, prisons, the military, corporations, as well as public and private agencies. In addition to private practice, many social workers also become consultants and social entrepreneurs or found nonprofit agencies.

2. You’re Going To Be Poor
Many industries pay more than social work but Social Workers do not have to take a vow of poverty. Upward mobility and promotion potential are common place in our field. Our skills and professional knowledge are not just relevant in social services, we add constant value to government agencies and corporations where wages are traditionally higher. Social Workers who choose to challenge social shackles can also use their expertise to earn additional income as a professor, author, motivational speaker, trainer, media host and consultant.

3. You Can’t Save The World
One person can make a huge difference. Every social worker understands that they cannot literally save the world but we believe in the ripple effect. We know that a positive impact on one life can affect their home and community for generations to come. We are committed to helping people overcome challenges and eradicating unjust social systems and policies bit my bit.

4. I Can’t Believe You Want To Take People’s Kids Away
Despite what is portrayed on television, not every Social Worker is employed in child protection. A degree in social work can also lead to positions such as Parole Officer, Hospice Coordinator, Vocational Counselor, Program Manager, Addictions Counselor, Policy Analyst, Parent Educator, Patient Advocate, or Immigration Officer.

5. Don’t Do An Internship In The Concentration You Want To Work In
If a student believes they want to work with a specific population or in a specific service area, don’t encourage them to pursue a different specialization just to diversify their experiences. It is better for a student to get experience in the area they want to work in and find out if that is something they are good at or enjoy. This isn’t the time for guesswork or blind commitments. My advice to students is intern in the area you’re most drawn to and see if you like it but if you don’t then move on.

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.

5 Things You Should Never Say To A Social Work Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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