Should I Use That Campus Resource?

For many students college is their first shot a real independence. What some students fail to realize is that independence is not synonymous with do it alone. None of us succeeds on our own. In fact, seeking resources and support is a sign of maturity and responsibility. I recommend that all college students familiarize themselves with the resources on their campus that fit into the following broad categories.

Academic Support

Library

School Supplies

Meals

Housing

Tuition Payments

Career Services

Support Services

Special Accommodations

Technology

Activities and Recreation

 

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 You Can Benefit from a Career Coach

Getting to college graduation and the transition from college to a prosperous career can be challenging. A career coach can help you maximize this special time in your life and confidently propel yourself into the next chapter.

 

Here are 5 reasons you can benefit from a career coach.

1. Academically Overwhelmed
If your academic life is out of balance, stressful, and just plain overwhelming, working with a career coach can help you manage your time more efficiently by organizing your living environment, school supplies, class schedule, study time, and activities and setting up reminders and other systems to stay on track.

2. Ready to Change Majors
If you are contemplating changing your major or recently changed your major, working with a career coach can help you outline your goals, evaluate your options and create an academic and career plan that is easy to execute and maintain.

3. Accessed Less Than 3 Campus Resources
Your college tuition affords you with a plethora of opportunities. A career coach can help you research and access all the campus resources available to assist you mentally, physically, academically, and emotionally.

4. Seeking an Internship or Job in Your Field
A career coach can not only help with identifying career goals, cover letter and resume development, discovering hidden opportunity and interview preparation but positioning yourself for success overall.

5. Unsure of Your Next Steps
Whether you are a student ready to declare a major, a senior nearing graduation, or a recent grad unsure of your next educational or professional steps a career coach can help you evaluate your skills, interests and options so that you move forward with assurance, support, and a strong plan that fits your individual situation.

 

Do any of these statements sound like you?

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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 to Do Before You Change Your Major

Many students change their major at least once during their college years. Some students change their major several times. Remember that a college major is a field of study not a life-long commitment. Your major may be most important as you pursue your first job after graduation but the truth is that many graduates change jobs and careers throughout their lives. Despite that, changing your college major should not be taken lightly. Here are 5 things you should do before you change your major.
Check Your Transcript -
Many students take general education courses in their first two years. If you have not earned your first 60 credits there is a greater probability that your completed course work will transfer to another major or another institution. If you only have one or two semesters before graduation you may want to reconsider finishing where you started. Whatever your decision, it will likely take longer to graduate college if you change your major.
Meet With College Advisers -
Schedule a meeting with a college advisor that you have worked with because they are aware of your goals and the courses you completed. Then schedule a meeting with an advisor in the major you are considering changing to. Ask about the pros and cons switching. You also want to ask about the resources available at your college and job outlook for each major. Also explore the possibilities for declaring a minor in the new field. Talking with these two should help you get a balanced view of your options.
Visit the College Career Center -
Career Services may be one of the most underutilized resources on any college campus. Visit your career center to learn about available resources for choosing a major, career options for your major, and job and internship opportunities to gain experience in your field.
Consult an Outside Resource -
Now it’s time to leave your campus to get additional information. Talk with a mentor, professional in your field of study, or a college student at a different institution with the same majors. This is a great opportunity to conduct an informational interview to learn more about your major, recommended courses, internships, and what you can expect after graduation.
Do Your Own Research –
After you have talked with your campus and community resources don’t make a final decision until you conduct your own personal research. Don’t forget to explore the costs associated with changing your major, required courses, and potential internships and career paths. The most important research happens from the inside out. Decide what is best for you as an individual then pursue that. Don’t allow someone else to make this important decision for you.

 

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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 Sanders, College Speaker

SPEAK IT INTO EXISTENCE: I will be speaking and offering college and career success coaching and training to students at colleges and universities all over the United States.

 

Contact Nicki Sanders to Get Hired at your dream job or Get Promoted to the next professional level. I also offer college success and career development coaching to ALL college students who want to Get to Graduation with more than a degree. I can’t forget to mention that I offer special strategies for students in the helping professions who want to make a difference while making a good living.  I am available to speak in both graduate and undergraduate courses in Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, Public Health and other human services fields.

 

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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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8th Annual Pack A Purse Drive 2014

Supporting Teens Girls in Foster Care

Our 8th Annual Pack A Purse Drive begins November 1, 2014 and ends December 15, 2014. We are collecting purses (totes, and other handbags) filled with personal hygiene items for teen girls in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters.

Only new and gently used purses will be accepted.

New personal hygiene items needed include: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, soap, lotion, powder, shampoo, conditioner, shaving items, and lip balm.

Since 2007, JaMai has organized this annual drive and collected and delivered 2,302 purses to 38 organizations.

We hope you will collaborate with us during our Pack A Purse™ Holiday Drive.
• We are seeking several drop-off locations in the community for our Pack A Purse™ Drive. Churches, hair salons, barber shops, coffee shops, schools, community centers, and other local businesses.
• We are also in need of a central location for storing, sorting and packing donations. Volunteers welcomed!
• We are seeking a location where agency representatives can pick up donations be given specific “shopping” times so that youth can come and select their own items.
• We never want to make deliveries in black garbage bags so donations of large holiday shopping bags and other durable large bags are needed.

 

If you want to host a collection site, here are 5 easy steps to Pack A Purse™ Drive collection success:

1. Select appropriate containers for donations and an accessible collection location.

2. Choose collection/drop-off dates and times.

3. Publicize Pack A Purse™ — social media, canvas your neighborhood, post flyers at home, school, or work. Be sure to acknowledge your collaboration with JaMai and Packaged for Success.

4. Sort through all donations at the conclusion of the drive — keep new and gently used purses; discard items that are not in good condition

5. Coordinate pick up and/or delivery with Chief Visionary Officer, Nicki Sanders.

 

The last day to donate directly to Pack A Purse Drive will be December 15, 2014. Purses will be delivered before Christmas Day.

Donations can be mailed to: Packaged For Success, PO Box 6368, Columbia, MD, 210145.

Financial donations can be made via PayPal.




 

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!

Best,

JaMai and Nicki

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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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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.

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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 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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