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

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.


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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.

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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

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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Passion, Purpose and the Power of Brand at Georgian Court University

As a member of the Georgian Court University community, you share a belief in this institution, and an interest in its progress. And that’s because, somewhere along the line, GCU entered your head, and eventually, your heart.

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Words of Wisdom to the Class of 2014: ‘Show Up’ and Believe in ‘Miracles’

Lakewood, N.J., May 23, 2014—Writer, peace-building expert and Catholic University professor Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D., challenged the Class of 2014 at Georgian Court University Thursday to believe in a “world of miracles,” beginning with the life-changing miracle of earning a college degree.

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Nursing Graduates Hit the Floor Running

 

Just hours before Hurricane Sandy roared ashore on October 29, 2012, Helen Yousef packed an overnight bag and reported for work at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. A member of the first graduating class of the Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing, which bestowed 20 B.S.N. degrees in May, she didn’t know what injuries the superstorm would bring or when she would return home. One thing was certain: Helen was prepared to do her job.

“Working the day of the hurricane and in days after, I learned and truly appreciated the dedication, positive attitudes, flexibility, sacrifices and continued quality of care we—as hospital team members—provided despite the adversities in the hospital or in our personal lives,” says Helen, a 2012 GCU graduate. “Our staff shrunk significantly while the patient population was the greatest I have ever seen.”

In early 2013, the New Jersey Nursing Initiative highlighted the GCU-Meridian Health program for its innovative simulation project, which pairs nursing students with medical students. Led by nursing educators Teri Wurmser, R.N., Ph.D., department chair, and Jane Bliss-Holtz, R.N., D.N.Sc., associate chair, the program has received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The goal was to build collaboration skills that would serve both professions once students enter the workforce. Since Helen’s pinning ceremony at the spring 2012 commencement, the university has graduated more than 30 additional nurses as the model partnership continues to attract industry attention. Georgian Court’s third class of nurses is set to march in May 2014.

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Making Room for Men at Georgian Court

For more than a year, Georgian Court administrators, faculty, and staff gathered research and prepared to go coed. Now that the guys are here, everyone is asking the same question: How’s it going?

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GCU’s transition to coeducation has been the focus of recent feature stories in
The New York Times, National Catholic Reporter, Asbury Park Press and Star-Ledger.

Luka Zgonjanin spoke to the New York Times about GCU's transition to coed.

Perhaps business major and Serbia native Luka Zgonjanin (pictured at right) answers it best: “It’s a great honor to start something from scratch, to make history,” Luka, a 6’5” Lions basketball guard, told the New York Times in a November 29 story about GCU’s creation of men’s athletics. “Everything we do is a first.”

Indeed, they are the first—the first men to live on the GCU campus. The first men to tend the Mercy Garden. The first to run cross country or play soccer. The first men to serve in student government, and so much more.

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