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.

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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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Focus On Success

What do earning a college degree, landing the job of your dreams, and getting a big promotion have in common? Each of these successes brings new responsibilities, new experiences, and new expectations.

Have you ever felt anxiety or lack of motivation when you’re close to achieving a big goal? Have you wanted something really bad but found yourself not taking action to obtain it? The truth of the matter is no matter how bad we really want to succeed the inevitable changes we experience when we arrive at the next level can be frightening. In our success-driven culture we tend to overlook fear of success. Although many people experience fear of success in some form at some point in life we don’t talk about it because often we don’t recognize it. We don’t understand why we seem to focus on “the worst things that can happen” or why we do silly little things that set us back. Sometimes we may not feel that we are adequately prepared or even deserve to have the success we desire. The trick is to learn to recognize the fears and then face and analyze them. Fear of success rears its ugly head in my life through procrastination. When I begin to procrastinate I have to step back and ask myself what is really going on so that I can move on.

“What you focus on expands.” Focus on success. Focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want. Savor the sweet smell of victory. Don’t focus on fear or what bad things can occur. Turn your attention to all the great things achievement of your goals will bring – self-satisfaction included.

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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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Don’t Dodge Success

Success = the accomplishment of an aim or purpose

We all strive for success but success is individual as we are. What success means to me may not be the same as what success means to you. Our unique preferences and goals negate the fact that specific characteristics and behaviors make success more feasible. Here are ten surefire ways to dodge success.

  1. Don’t plan ahead
  2. Never examine your mistakes
  3. Let other people lead your life
  4. Never accept responsibility for your decisions
  5. Don’t prioritize
  6. Think and analyze but never take action
  7. Do everything by yourself
  8. Focus on failure
  9. Aim for the low hanging fruit
  10. Never show gratitude

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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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Happy Labor Day

Labor Day—the first Monday in September—celebrates the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America

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Are you doing labor that you love?

Get Hired Workshop
During this interactive workshop we will explore the strategies in Get Hired Toolbox: 30 Ways to Land the Job of Your Dreams to help you develop an individual job search plan. Implementing your job new search plan with commitment will result in greater clarity, less apprehension, and more interviews.

Get Promoted Portfolio Development Seminar
Get Hired Portfolio Development Seminar will help students, job seekers and entrepreneurs uncover new strengths, record achievements, and create a long-term success strategy. At the end of the seminar you will have a professional portfolio complete with your employment and business tools, academic records, and civic engagement activities (and more) that is suitable for a variety of professional environments. You will also gain the confidence to utilize your portfolio as a stepping stone on your chosen career path.

 

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5 Ways To Have A Great College Semester

Wishing you a great semester!

1. Expect to Succeed
The most important part of success is your mindset. What you think and belief is displayed in your actions. It’s pretty hard to do well when your focus is on a negative outcome. Focus on what you want to happen and not what you don’t. Focus on success.

2. Choose Classes Wisely
The day of the week and time of day you take your classes is as important as the classes you select. Schedule your course during your most productive time of day. If you are not a morning person it doesn’t make sense to take morning classes because even if you arrive on time you will not be at peak performance. Likewise be sure to leave enough time in between your classes to study and complete assignments.

3. Know What’s Expected of You
Read your syllabus carefully, get to class on time, ask questions on the first day, introduce yourself to the professor in class, and set aside a couple minutes to chat after class. Know what is expected pertains to knowledge of required reading, assignments, and grading policies as much as it pertains to your professor’s teaching style and pet peeves. Remember, every professor is different.

4. Create a Healthy Routine
College life can be fast-paced and stressful but don’t neglect your mental and physical health in pursuit of an A. To keep your mid sharp and your energy levels high get adequate sleep, eat healthy meals and snacks, drink plenty of water, and schedule in physical exercise. More water and less caffeine. More fruits and less cookies. Prioritizing tasks, planning ahead and learning how to manage your stress are also essential elements in a great semester.

5. Familiarize Yourself with Campus Resources
Whether you need academic support from the writing center or a math tutor, a prescription for allergies, job referrals, or someone to talk to about your anxiety, your college campus likely has what you need. Familiarize yourself with all the resources available to students at the beginning of the semester so you know what is available in times of need.

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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