Archives for: May 2015

Annual student literary magazine published

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Georgian Court University loves to show off its students’ talents, and the annual Fountain Spray, GCU’s annual literary journal, gets the job done. The 2015  collection of student poems, short stories, artistic photos, paintings, and graphic designs was published in April.

Georgian Court University loves to show off its students’ talents, and the annual Fountain Spray, GCU's annual literary...

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Level Playing Field: Georgian Court Breaks Ground on New Turf

 

The Georgian Court University Lions marked another milestone this week as work began on GCU’s field turf complex. The project consists of a 103,917 square-foot conversion of the current soccer and lacrosse grass field, and is considered an investment in the university’s growth.

  The Georgian Court University Lions marked another milestone this week as work began on GCU’s field turf complex....

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Get to Work: Georgian Court Job Pro Offers Advice, Expertise

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Get to Work: Georgian Court Career Pro Examines Student Preparation for 2015 Job Market 

Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2015— According to a recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers expect to hire 9.6 percent more new U.S. college graduates this year than they did last year.

Get to Work: Georgian Court Career Pro Examines Student Preparation for 2015 Job Market  Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2015— Ac...

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Get a Job: A Q&A with GCU’s Kathleen Brady

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Kathleen Brady, director of career development at Georgian Court University. She has published several books, including Get a Job! 10 Steps to Career Success (Motivational Press, 2015). She has shared her expertise on CNN, CBS, NPR, Fox News and various radio stations across the country, so we asked her a few questions of our own! Her answers are below.

Career Services and the Undergraduate Job Search

What changes would you like to see in the higher education career services landscape?

KB: Career Services needs to be more integrated into the fabric of the academic side of the house. We need to help students understand that the choices they make today will have an impact on their future selves. To do this career services needs to go where the students are. We can put on programs for students, but if they’re not coming, it’s pointless. At Georgian Court University, faculty invite me to their classes. We’re also offering 1-credit courses around some career issues that students have.

Should job placement numbers be very important when selecting a college?

KB: Parents ask about job placement numbers a lot, but I don’t think this is the right question. It’s more important to ask what career services is doing to help the students get jobs. At Georgian Court, we focus on those life skills that they can take with them, as opposed to doing an on-campus interview program where they walk out with a job that isn’t right for them. We want to send them off for a career, not just a job.

Does technology help or hinder jobseekers?

KB: Technology makes it easier to monitor the market. You can enter search terms and come up with many job postings, search job boards targeted to your area, and get a good idea of what is going on from Facebook and Twitter. Technology can be a curse because too much information can be be overwhelming. Jobseekers don’t know where to start and so it paralyses them. Understanding the technology and using it to your advantage is the key to all of this right now.


READ MORE: Kathleen Brady on the Class of 2015 and their job outlook


What is the biggest thing students need to look out for when using technology?

KB: The biggest mistake college graduates can make with technology is to try to use it to replace personal relationships. Instead, they should use all resources in tandem. If they find a job on a job board that they like, they should go to LinkedIn to see if they know anyone who works at that company. Then they should pick up the phone or send an e-mail to that person to ask if they’d be comfortable introducing them to the hiring manager.

How should new graduates deal with their lack of job experience?

KB: Rather than say “I have no experience,” which is how most college graduates start, we advise students to look at their academic career as experience. They should talk about the special knowledge that they gained in specific courses, or talk about the leadership skills they developed through clubs and activities. Any job that you had before graduation can show that you can hold down a job, that you’re responsible, and that you have good time management skills. It’s all in the way you tell the story.


Searching for Work?  Top 10 Tips to Remember

Getting a job upon graduation demands that you believe in yourself and put in lots of hard work. Georgian Court University Office of Career Services Director Kathleen Brady has outlined a roadmap to success in her book, “Get a Job! 10 Steps to Career Success.” To be successful, you need to:

1. Learn the Job Search Process
2. Craft Your Message
3. Design Your Marketing Materials
4. Network! Network! Network!
5. Cultivate Your Network
6. Understand the Job Search Process
7. Get the Offer
8. Evaluate and Negotiate
9. Develop Soft Skills
10. Cultivate Your Brand

More on each step can be found in Ms. Brady’s book, which is available for purchase at www.amazon.com/Get-Job-Steps-Career-Success/dp/1592999182.


For more information about GCU’s Career Services, contact Kathleen Brady at 732.987.2415.

Kathleen Brady, director of career development at Georgian Court University. She has published several books, including...

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Congrats to the Grads! Profiles in Success—2015


Kelly Braun: From Brick to the Big City

Kelly Braun PhotoHaving hopes and dreams is great, but Georgian Court University expects students to act on their intentions, to lead lives of purpose—and Kelly Braun ’15 knows it. She made repeated attempts to land a network internship and did not get a response. Still, Kelly kept at it. Her tenacity paid off when she found an online posting about internships available at the Wendy Williams show in New York City. Kelly, ever prepared, jumped on the opportunity and got the gig.

“The best part was being able to see how a talk show works, and it affirmed the fact that I would love to work in the field,” says Kelly, who was a member of the production management team. Her job—to help make sure everything ran smoothly in the production office and during actual taping. “During my time there, I was doing everything from the typical coffee and food runs to restocking the green rooms and working with the audience,” says Kelly, who is looking for full-time work in TV production.

Next: Jennifer Bumbico answers the call to teach

 



Return to our Commencement 2015 roundup, or contact the  Office of Marketing & Communications to learn more about our standout students! 

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TRIO-SSS Program Guides GCU Students on the Road to Success

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Students who want to pursue a college education sometimes have added obstacles to overcome. They may be the first in their family to go to college and have no role models or mentors to guide them. They may have a disability or limited financial resources for the cost of education.

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Georgian Court hosts “Poet of the Poor”

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Msgr. Michael Doyle illuminates Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society induction ceremony

Msgr. Michael Doyle, renowned poet of the poor and social justice advocate, whose priestly ministry to the under served and impoverished residents of Camden has spanned more than five decades, lit up the Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society induction ceremony April 28,with insights on crafting liturgies that build community and bridge the gap between despair and hope.

Msgr. Michael Doyle illuminates Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society induction ceremony Msgr. Michael Doyle, renowned poet of...

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