Category Archives: Career

Job Offers: What to Negotiate Before Signing

The phone rings. You receive a call notifying you that you landed the job of your dreams. While your first instinct may be to scream an immediate “yes”, there are several factors to consider and possibly negotiate to ensure that you will be happy in your new role. Continue reading Job Offers: What to Negotiate Before Signing

Why You Should Ask Why

As a young professional, you are fairly new to the workplace and are eager to learn the tricks of the trade in your industry. Take this time in your career to act as a sponge, soaking up all of the knowledge you can and exploring your interests. During this time, your mind is malleable and lots of more seasoned professionals will be around to offer you words of wisdom. Listening is only half the battle, however. In order gain the most out of any interaction, whether it be a seminar, meeting, or casual conversation, it is important to ask “why”. Probe for understanding and you’ll gain more than expected. Here’s why: Continue reading Why You Should Ask Why

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business

According to the Kauffman Index, in 2015, there were 550,000 adults who went from being employees to being entrepreneurs with their own budding businesses. Trends show that 25% of start-ups will fail during their first year, however, this does not have to be the case. Before venturing out into the world of entrepreneurship, there are several factors that you need to take into consideration. While our list is not exhaustive, knowing the answer to these five questions is essential to making any business viable: Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business

Get Back into the Work Mindset: 10 Tips to Help You Refocus after a Vacation

Returning to work after a vacation can be mentally challenging. You’ve just spent a tremendous amount of time relaxing and now it’s time to get back into the swing of things. While some people are able to make this transition easily, others of us may find this more difficult to do. In order to help you make it through the week, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips to help you get back on track at work. Continue reading Get Back into the Work Mindset: 10 Tips to Help You Refocus after a Vacation

Why You Should Crave Constructive Criticism

Criticism can be tough, and let’s face it, no one really likes to be told they’re not perfect. You have worked long and hard on a project for work or school, and turned it in perfectly. All of your I’s are dotted and all of your T’s are crossed. However, rather than receiving praise for your work, you are met with a load of comments and revisions. This may not be the response you were looking for, but it may be the response you need to make you better at what you do. Continue reading Why You Should Crave Constructive Criticism

Plan-Do-Study-Act: 4 Steps to Accomplishing Your Personal and Career Goals

The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is a tool commonly used to implement and measure changes made within healthcare organizations. Developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the cycle enables practitioners to set actionable goals, evaluate their success, and change their approach as needed through multiple rounds of the PDSA cycle. The tool has been applied successfully to generate change in many healthcare systems, however, it can also be applied to your life and your career. In order to accomplish your goals, it is imperative to create a plan of action and reflect on whether the actions you have initiated are getting you any closer to your objectives. Continue reading Plan-Do-Study-Act: 4 Steps to Accomplishing Your Personal and Career Goals

Navigating Career Fairs: a Fireside Chat with Joe Reaves

Joe Reaves is the DJoe Reavesirector of the Career Planning and Placement Center at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago where he helps students realize and actualize their potential and find meaningful careers. As a part of his role, Joe organizes the college’s annual career fair. In this fireside chat, we speak with Joe about how to stand out in the crowd and navigate a career fair successfully. Continue reading Navigating Career Fairs: a Fireside Chat with Joe Reaves