The soft skills deficit Five years ago, while teaching full-time as an English instructor at a community college, I became painfully aware of my students’ lack of soft skills. When I walked into class, I greeted my students. Many times, only a few would respond. The rest stared blankly at their smartphones. When I passedContinue reading “Feeling the pain: Employers respond to the soft skills deficit”
About 1/3 of my clients work in the field of education (K-12 or higher education); it’s a natural fit since I have 10 years of experience in higher education and have also worked with K-12 students. Some of my clients want to transition out of teaching; others are determined to stick with education. Teaching is a careerContinue reading “Preparing for life after teaching”
I’ll be honest–I fell into teaching after graduating from college. I didn’t major in education; I’d only taken two education courses. I’d never dreamed of becoming a teacher. I simply didn’t have a solid career plan, and having majored in English, everyone asked me the same question: “So are you going to teach or what?” SoContinue reading “4 ways teachers can transition to new careers”
Today I presented a workshop for high school seniors about selecting a college major and career options for English majors. I provided them with a list of over 20 career options. But most importantly, I ensured they understood this truth: which degree path you choose doesn’t matter. I noticed many raised eyebrows at this pointContinue reading “Does your major really matter?”
Why is it a bad idea to use a resume template? This article by career coach Bethany Wallace offers job seekers multiple reasons why you should avoid templates when writing and editing resumes.