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Improvisation - Overcoming Fear While Building Your Presentation Skills

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 10:14am


Many people have stage fright – and we’re sure you've heard the statistic that public speaking is the top fear in the US above death. Some people are naturally comfortable with speaking in front of a crowd, going with the flow, getting out of their head, but some people are not… and that’s okay! There are many things that you can do to ease this anxiety, but one thing in particular is going to require you to really step out of your comfort zone.

Improvisational acting
Improvisation is one of the most terrifying barriers to cross, but there is a lot to learn and a lot of benefits from it. When you are giving a presentation or speaking to people at a meeting, in the office or just casually, you always have a purpose, a voice and tone. Improv functions similarly, except well, it’s not your own voice – you create someone else’s. In this case that "someone else" is just another facet of yourself - A confident version of yourself that can speak in front of people. Is this already mind-blowing? Well it's easier than it sounds. Let us explain...

Voice                                                                                                          PurposeAttitude                                                                                                       Audience
Posture                                                                                                       Content
Prop                                                                                                            Tone
Obsession
On the left are the building blocks for creating a character in improv, on the right are the building blocks for how you present yourself in every day speaking. Notice how similar they look? No? Let’s break it down even more.

Voice – Picking a specific voice (pitch, volume, accents, AKA a combination of tone and content)
Attitude – How your character comes across to other characters, their set of opinions (overall tone and audience)
Posture – How you physically look and your mannerisms
Prop – Things that are in the environment with you
Obsession – What does your character want, what do they need? (similar to purpose)

These are what makes up an improv character but also what makes up you in real life as well. Once you explore different combinations of these attributes, you begin to see the wide variety of character development possible, and in turn, personal development.


Benefits of using improv techniques

There are some benefits to improvisational acting skills that include…

1. Self confidence 
2. Public speaking skills

3. Getting out of your head and trusting your instincts (don’t think!)

4. Teamwork (you often perform in “troupes” that need a great deal of synergy)


Employers often like to hire people that can be quick on their feet and work in teams, it’s a huge resume builder
Things you can do to train yourself
There are some exercises you can do to learn these skills on your own without having to take a class. Improv (as well as all acting) requires you to be self-aware, and even just doing these exercises will improve your communication skills.

1. Character monologues – Stand in front of a mirror. Now pick a character, it can be anything from a Miss America contestant to a cowboy (it doesn't matter what gender you already are). Then you start talking. Try to figure out all of the VAPPO attributes as you talk, and figure out who this character is. Give them some detail, a name, where they live, a family, whatever you decide and talk about “yourself” (the character). You become really aware of your facial expressions, voice and purpose.

What you get out of this in real life:When you know who you are and what the point is you’re trying to get across, you suddenly realize how different you look and sound and how that comes across to your audience (and how it reflects of your own purpose). Be aware of this.

2. Rapid physical characters – This is a step up from character monologues, but focuses more on your body than your words. Stand in a room. Now look at a point in the room and be a character (focus more on physicality and voice rather than monologue/words). Now look at a new point and become a different character (dramatically change your posture). Now do this about 5 times, and then rapidly switch between each point in the room, switching between the characters.

What you get out of this in real life:Posture, posture, posture! Be aware of your body, how it moves and looks, and how it can change. Once you know how your body feels when moved in a certain way, you will always be aware of what you look like regardless if you can see yourself or not. Body language is extremely important in public speaking and just in everyday life.
3. Word association– Think of a word, ANY word. Now immediately say what that word makes you think of. Then do the same for that word. Example, you might start with fish, then say water, ocean, boat, cruise, summer, etc. Try to find a rhythm (follow a beat and say a word every 1 or 2 seconds so that way you don’t stop and think. The goal is to not think). Ultimately you want to get back to the first word without trying. It may take 20 seconds or it may take 3 minutes. It’s better to do this with a few people, but it works on your own as well.

What you get out of this in real life:Getting out of your head. Sometimes you may think too hard about something and work yourself to death. If you’re in an interview or meeting and you get thrown a question you weren’t expecting, you need to trust your instincts and internal knowledge and say what comes to mind. Being quick on your feet is a good quality to have. You soon realize how your subconscious works, and how you can trust it to inevitably accomplish your goal (in this case, going around full circle to come back to the original word).

Now go and learn some improvisational skills. There are plenty of opportunities to take a class, workshop or learn on your own. Our very own RIT campus has an improv club (RIT Improv) that has free workshops every Monday and Thursday from 8-10pm, so check them out!


Written by Tom Weekes

The Secret Agents of Job Hunting

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 10:23am


Spoiler: The secret agents of job hunting are search agents (yup, there's the pun). Many job hunting sites have ways to input very specific information and, in return, give you back very specific job openings at your convenience. A lot of people do not know this, however, so we’re going to take you through some examples of how to use it to make your job search less of a hassle.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn has its own built in job search system. It searches jobs that have been posted through LinkedIn (so if a company “posts” a job by just linking to their own company’s application page, it won’t show up).

Go to the jobs tab and click advanced search to put in your criteria.


Once you do that, click search and see all of the results. Nothing you like right now? At the top right is a button called “save search”, this allows you to get alerts from the search you just made, so click on it.


Now it opens up a menu that asks how often you want to receive alerts from this search, so if new jobs come up, you will get an email and notification. Simple as that! You can do this for as many searches as you want. Go back to this window and all of your saved searches will appear and you can edit them, delete them or add more.

Indeed.com

Indeed.com has even more search options than LinkedIn. Utilize both!
http://www.indeed.com/tools/jobseeker/



Some of these options include email alerts just like LinkedIn and even plug-ins that appear right on your browser when you're on the internet.

Job Zone

Last but definitely not least is our office’s very own Job Zone.


Schedule a search agent to run and "ping" you with new job postings! Using the search agent tool in Job Zone is one of the most effective ways for you learn about job opportunities, especially when looking for a co-op.




How To: Go to Jobs > select Advanced Search > check Save As check box > pick your criteria (the less you pick the better) > Submit. Now this search will show on Search Agent Tab under Jobs. Select your saved search and Schedule it to run.




Written by Tom Weekes

Luke Coy - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:33pm


Jessica VanGiesen - Georgetown, Kentucky

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:31pm


Allison Conte - Cincinnati, Ohio

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:29pm


Fall 2013 Co-op Newsletter

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:09am



Co-op Student Newsletter
Stay connected to RIT, while gaining experience

Fall 2013 Issue Topics:Co-op Factoids | Greetings From...Co-op Student Postcards | Make The Most Of Your Co-op| Returning To Semesters | Job Zone Tip: Uploading Transcripts | Things Going On Back Home | Decorating Your “Cube”


Fall Co-op Factoids
Number of students on co-op: 2,774  
Number of students on co-op internationally: 73
Number of companies employing co-op students: 1,573
Top 5 companies hiring the most students this quarter: Microsoft, General Electric - Aviation, Wegmans, BorgWarner Morse TEC, Advance TestingCo-op city trivia:   Two of our co-op students worked in Athens, Georgia last summer. Did you know that Athens is the home to “The Tree That Owns Itself”?  Legend has it that in the early 1800s, Professor William H. Jackson, out of love for a great oak tree on his property, deeded to the tree ownership of itself and the land within eight feet of it on all sides. The original tree fell in 1942, and a new tree was grown from one of its acorns. Its property rights have never been questioned. The tree even has its own Facebook page!



Greetings From – Co-op Student PostcardsWe want you to feel connected to your fellow classmates who are also away on co-op. Here are some of the fantastic places they are right now along with some tips and stories from them on how to make the best of your co-op![view full postcard]

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Send us your own co-op greetings --share your experience! Email Gretchen at geboce@rit.eduif you are interested in being featured – include an engaging photo of you at work. Thanks!

Make The Most Of Your Co-opWe heard some great advice from our students, but we want to give you some tips of our own on what you should do to make sure your co-op an amazing experience and also how to benefit from it after it’s over. Some of you are just starting, some of you nearing the end. Rest assured, there are tips for all facets of co-op students. 1.  First, make a “co-op bucket list” It’s great to have an idea of what you want to accomplish at your co-op, even if you’re halfway through. These can be a combination of professional, social and personal goals. Maybe you’re in Philly and you want to try a real Philly cheesesteak, go swimming in the Atlantic, read War and Peace, see a Broadway show in NYC, ride a horse, or just plain ol’ getting caught up with Mad Men. Anything that YOU want to do! We encourage some professional things to, like reading a certain nonfiction book, learn a new skill, have a one-on-one lunch with your boss, etc.  Whatever you think can help you achieve success and happiness.
2. Make connections. Immediately when you start and before you leave, invite co-workers and supervisors to connect with you on LinkedIn, or other social media. Constantly network when you’re there. Those professional connections can help you later on.

3. Be social! You’re co-op will not be fun if you’re by yourself the whole time. Maybe you’re going on this co-op with a few RIT people, but maybe not so see if there is a Facebook co-op/intern group for that company, or if not, start one! Try getting other co-op students and interns together early on to hang out, go out to dinner, get to know each other. Before you leave, do the same thing. Your co-op experience is a thing to celebrate!

4. Explore the area. Get to know the culture of the city you are in. Even though you’re not from there, you might find some interest that you share with those from the city. Maybe you’re into gardening and the city you’re in had the nation’s biggest gardening expo… ANYTHING. There is bound to be something there for you. Think about attending events outside of work (and invite some work friends of course). Maybe choose a specific day of the week to just go around the city and explore with some friends. You can plan to go to events, or be spontaneous, whatever floats your boat.

5. Join groups/clubs. On top of just exploring what  that city has to offer, see what interest groups there are. You might find one through work, maybe a book club, film lovers, performing arts group, gamers, etc. This will give you something to look forward to outside of work and meet people with similar interests.

6. When you’re finished, make sure you’re actually finished. Don’t leave any loose strings. Make sure all of your projects are complete (in fact, some co-ops begin lightening your work load near the end of the co-op because they know you’ll be leaving soon) and you did them to the best of your ability. When you want your boss to write you a recommendation, you want them to remember that you did all of your work and didn’t drift off before you left. Then, make sure you say your goodbyes! Don’t just disappear one day (maybe you’re company is nice enough to have a goodbye party), so go around the office on your last day, make your rounds, hang out with your co-op friends one last time, and overall have a good time. Thank everyone for their support.

7. Lastly, fill out your report and get feedback from your supervisor.You need to fill out a co-op report every time you do one. It’s best to do it right before you’re done, so it’s still fresh in your mind. Then, make sure your supervisor fills out their work evaluation as well. Take time to sit down with them and maybe give you one-on-one feedback.  Constructive criticism is good and is a very professional gesture.

Returning To SemestersWe are in full swing of semesters here at RIT, but you all haven’t experienced it and when you come back you might feel like a fish out of water. Don’t worry, we thought of that. To ease any confusion or anxiety, we asked various students back home some questions to help you when you return from your co-op and to give you an idea of what semesters are like.
How do you like semesters so far?“Semesters are way better than I thought they were. I sort of expected RIT to spontaneously combust, but that has not happened. Nothing really feels different except for having more time between tests. But when week 10 hits I think I'll feel differently when I think classes should be over...”
“I like semesters, but, overall, I think quarters were better. I liked having the longer classes with the shorter quarter length”
“Honestly, I don’t think I will really be able to have a true opinion on semesters until we pass week 11.  I am an Industrial Design major so almost all of my classes are still 3 hours long, so it doesn’t really seem too different…yet.  “It is fine.  There have been no major issues I have noticed”
What’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed?“Classes started out a bit slower.  I didn’t have my first test until week 4, I know it would have been much sooner in quarters.  However, after the initial slow start things have picked up to what I think is a similar pace.”
“The biggest difference is the extra 5 weeks. It is strange not cramming in study time for midterms during week 5”
“Time between tests are longer. Nothing else feels different besides the whole 75 minute classes which is sort of weird.”“The biggest difference I’ve noticed is that teachers are giving more frequent smaller quizzes (about every 2 weeks), rather than more in depth, large tests.”
What’s one thing you had to get used to really quick?“Honestly, the hardest thing to get used to quickly has simply been saying ‘semesters’, rather than ‘quarters.’”“I had to get used to the number of classes. I usually only take 4 classes or 5 that are much shorter time periods. So I also had to get used to balancing my homework as well”“The shortness of the classes. It was strange only being in a class for 50 minutes as opposed to a hour and 50 minutes. Attendance is much less too because of these shorter class times. I think some students think they can miss a class without having to worry about falling behind like they did in the quarter system”
What’s one piece of advice you would give to students who are returning from a co-op in the spring?“Go over your class plan/ schedule for graduation.  A lot changed and I can take less classes in a year which means I learn more about a subject, but get to choose less subjects.  It really changed my 4/5 year plan so make sure you are still on track to graduate when you want. “
“Go to class, take the time to study, don't slack off. The semester system may seem like it is easier as it may actually be easier, but if you start to get comfortable with the slower pace, it might bite you in the butt later.”“It's just a quarter... and a half. Just roll with it!”
“Don’t worry too much.  RIT is the same school, you just have to change the way you describe the period of study, and might have some weird class times.  I would also advise to stay on top of your work and not get behind, just because there are 15 weeks instead of 10 does not mean there is extra time to fall behind.”
They most frequent statements students made were about:
1. Shorter class times
2. More spanned out testing
3. Different pacing
4. More classes
What advantage you do have over the students currently in semesters is that you will come back after professors had time to work out the kinks. Think of the current students as guinea pigs, if that helps! Don’t worry, you will ease in just fine.

Job Zone TipFirstly, we want to clear up a problem some students have been having adding an unofficial transcript document to Job Zone. How To Add Transcript to Job ZoneUnofficial Transcripts are available in SIS (Note: you may have to unblock pop ups in your browser, Chrome recommended)- Go to SIS 'Student Center'
- From 'other academic' drop down select 'Transcript: View Unofficial'
- From 'Report Type' drop down select 'Unofficial Academic Transcript' hit 'View Report' button
To avoid issues storing a transcript from SIS to Job Zone. Convert your SIS transcript to PDF first (this will avoid encryption in the PDF). We recommend Chrome as your browser - the print and save feature will give you a PDF without encryption. (Firefox does not have the same print and save feature)
1. View unofficial transcript in Chrome through SIS
2. In Chrome Right click and select Print, then click Change button and select SAVE as PDF using the Chrome pull-down options. (Note: Do not skip these steps and save the file. Also make sure you allow pop ups).
3. Upload to Job Zone 'Documents' (file size must be under 200kb)
This should solve any issue you’ve been having. Sorry for the inconvenience! Contact us if you have any questions. Now onto some awesome news

Things Going On Back HomeSteve Wozniak casually stopped by!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFWloj_39m8&feature=share&list=UUvsAa96EzubF7zNHJEzvG2g

Mud Tug 2013 was a success…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCfIwq920j4&feature=youtu.be

…and so was Humans vs. Zombies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMtxLQVzIYI&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLdPBsGyZIovOOflWGVdIbNVuviJYFYVhh

Brick City Homecoming
This past weekend was Brick City Homecoming Weekend! There were plenty of events going around campus. Thursday, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” came to campus to do a fun, interactive improv performance. Saturday, ABC’s “Shark Tank” investor, Daymond John, came to speak to students, put on by Saunders College of Business. Of course there was plenty of hockey, both RIT hockey teams played.


Fringe FestivalTwo weekends ago was the 2nd annual Rochester Fringe Festival, a showcase of all forms of art, specifically performance, all around the city. RIT had plenty (Over 20!) performances from various groups including Eight Beat Measure, Encore, RIT Players, Ukulele Club, RIT Poets, NTID Masquers and many more all performing in downtown Rochester. RIT Played a huge part in Fringe Fest thanks to the fantastic and dedicated student body!


Decorating Your “Cube”Some of you might have a nice, big office where it’s luxurious and private…
…the other 99% of you have small, cramped cubicles or are shoved behind a stack of printing paper and office supplies with no windows. It sounds bad, but we promise it can be better!
Try decorating your “cube”, as we will call it. Maybe you have heard of Feng Shui? If not, it’s the idea that the way you arrange you room can bring good into your life, such as happiness, luck, wealth, good health, etc. Now maybe you’re thinking, “Okay, putting my little desk cactus on the west side of my desk as opposed to the east side will NOT result in me getting a raise.” So you’re not a superstitious person, and that’s fine, BUT there is scientific evidence to prove that certain arrangements of your living space (when you work 40 hours a week, that’s considered a living space) leads to positive effects on your brain. When you’re in a positive mindset, you tend to be more outgoing, hardworking, friendlier, etc. and THOSE things lead to success. So decorating your work space might not directly cause good things, but it leads to it. SO, let’s get started on things you can do to make your work space more enjoyable during your co-op and to make you successful. Try some lucky bamboo!Make sure you follow your company’s standards first and foremost
1.       Bring some nature insideTry to buy a small plant that is low maintenance, such as ivy, or bamboo. Not only does having some greenery feel nice when you’re stuck inside all day, but plants literally suck in pollutants and give off oxygen, so they are naturally filtering the air. That way when your boss throws another project on your lap, you can take a deep breath of clean air.    


2.       Bring a piece of home to workMaybe this will motivate you...We’re going to call these “visual breaks”. When you spend so much time in your cube, it’s nice to personalize it in a way that reflects yourself. Put things in that remind you of home; things that will get your mind off of something stressful when you look at it and remind you of life outside of work (nothing too distracting though). Maybe a cork board to pin (appropriate) pictures of your family and friends or a good movie/TV show poster will do the trick. This might also spur some conversation with your coworkers once they can physically see the things you enjoy most. Talking to other employees instead of being alone all day definitely helps your attitude.  Maybe this image will motivate you...

3.       Lighting and temperatureLighting and temperature greatly affects your productivity. You can’t control the headache-inducing florescent lights beaming overhead; however focusing some light on other areas can reduce some of its annoyance. Maybe put a desk lamp, a dimmed lamp, colored lamp shades or even Christmas (string) lights in your cubicle. As far as temperature, if it gets too hot, bring a fan; if it gets too cold, bring a space heater (if allowed)    
4.       Use your own furnitureWho says you have to have the “standard” model of everything? Separating your workspace apart from others makes the whole experience seem unique, and you suddenly feel different. Try upgrading to a better, and comfier, chair. When you sit 7 hours a day, that chair makes a huge difference. Also consider desk accessories and extenders that make your desk more customized (even one that forces you to stand while you work, if you don’t like the idea of sitting all day)



5.       Lastly, HAVE FUNThere are so many ideas out there to make your cube extremely awesome. If you’re the creative type, look them up (Pinterest has some great stuff, http://www.pinterest.com/ConfettiStyle/cubicle-decor/). You may have lots of work to do, but taking some time out of your day (or staying extra/coming in early one day) to do this might be one of the best payoffs.
If you’re into the idea of Feng Shui, start with this very basic direction guide (http://fengshui.about.com/od/glossaryofterms/g/bagua.htm) and explore the rest of the site for almost every guide to Feng Shui.

Now go decorate and finish your co-op with style and happiness! 

Fall 2013 Student Newsletter

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 9:57am


Job Zone E-News Fall 2013TOPICS:  Job Zone Issue| Career Fair Debrief  | #GetLinked Campaign - NEW | Meet Ups – NEW | Digital Dirt - NEW | Upcoming Events | Connect with us on Social Media

Job Zone Tip: Transcript Issue

Firstly, we want to clear up a problem some students have been having with storing a transcript from SIS (PeopleSoft) to Job Zone.

Convert your SIS transcript to PDF first (this will avoid encryption in the PDF). We recommend Chrome as your browser – the print and save feature will give you a PDF without encryption. (Firefox does not have the same print and save feature)1.       View unofficial transcript in Chrome through SIS (PeopleSoft)2.       In Chrome Right click and select Print, then click Change button and  select SAVE as PDF using the Chrome pull-down options. (Note: Do not skip these steps and save the file. Also make sure you allow pop ups). 3.       Upload this file to Job ZoneThis should solve any issue you’ve been having. Sorry for the inconvenience! Now onto some awesome news

Career Fair Debrief

So guess what everyone? You all broke our Career Fair record! We had 3862 attendees (students and alumni) and 756 recruiters (that we know of) representing 250 companies and nearly 1600 interviews conducted.

We wanted to take a second to thank everyone who came, our fantastic staff, all recruiters who participated and most importantly our student volunteers. Without them, none of this would have been possible, all 200 of them. This includes volunteers, Student Ambassadors, student panelists, the Women’s Rugby Team, our “Wireless Wizards” and many more groups of students who in any way helped us.


They were sporting the grey and orange volunteer shirts, helping set up, clean up and assist the staff and recruiters during the event.
Make sure you come back for the Spring Career Fair!

#GetLinked Campaign - NEW

Get Linked, Win Prizes!
You may have seen the campaign check list during the LinkedIn photo booth at the Career Fair, so let us elaborate on that. LinkedIn is becoming one of the most prominent platforms for connecting people with jobs, and in the upcoming year it will be a necessity. Start building up your LinkedIn profile and online presence NOW. To get you motivated, we have created the #GetLinked Campaign designed to give you a taste of what LinkedIn has at its disposal. Even better, the campaign ends with a RAFFLE to win a FREE prize. Starting TODAY! The prizes may include an iPod shuffle or RIT gear (fleece sweatshirt, hoodie, etc.) You will be able to choose if you win.
Raffle check list: Join the RIT Office of Career Services group on LinkedIn (mandatory) AND…Do 5 of the following 8 things:1.      Connect with 10 new people2.      Add a new section to your profile (with content)3.      Customize your URL4.      Join a new group relating to  your field/interests (aside from our group)5.      Post 2 articles through your account relating to your field/interests6.      Add 5 new skills that people can endorse you7.      Post a discussion in a group8.      Update your profile picture to a professional-looking headshotWhen you are done, comment in the manager’s choice Get Linked discussion on LinkedIn saying that you completed the tasks.
Easy enough, right? Doing these will only take 10 minutes of your time at most, but the impact is exponential. We can’t see if you’ve done these things unless you join our group (if you haven’t already) and open your privacy settings, so make sure that’s your first priority! We encourage you to try and do the things you haven’t already completed prior to the campaign, but if you’ve already completed some of these tasks, they DO count towards the check list.
This is a fantastic start to any job search; you’ll thank yourself in the near future. Also…
Make sure you follow us on Twitter @RITCareers and look for #GetLinked for updates and announcements. Handouts will be given out during surrounding events.

The campaign is active from 10/2 (Today) – 10/9. We will be drawing and announcing winners and prizes early on Wednesday, 10/9

MEET UPS - NEW

Something new we are trying this year are “Meet Ups”

Instead of the generic workshop with a presentation and then a Q&A session, we are skipping right to the Q&A so we can get to what YOU want to talk about when YOU want it.
Every session will be hosted by several career services experts. You can come and ask us anything about careers, how we can help you, how to find co-ops or full-time jobs, targeting your job search, sharpening interview skills, negotiating salaries, networking, and the list goes on forever.
Hosts:

Manny Contomanolis






Dr. Manny Contomanolis, Associate VP and Director


 Louise CarreseLouise Carrese, Sr. Associate Director for Employer Relations


 Michelle MageeMichelle Magee, Associate Director for Student Services

Maria RichartMaria Richart, Associate Director for International Outreach
When and Where:Thursday, November 7th, 12 – 1pmThursday, November 21st, 12 – 1pmThursday, December 5th, 12 – 1pmThursday, December 11th, 12 – 1pm
Campus Center Reading Room (Upstairs from the clubs office)

DIGITAL DIRT - NEW



We all use social media, probably even daily… maybe hourly? Well everything you do on social media stays there and everyone sees it, including employers… 91% of them to be exact. We will start Digital Dirt events this semester where we expose you to what employers see when they look at your online presence. We will give you recommendations on how to clean up your accounts. No appointment needed! Look for our booth and stop by for a quick assessment.
Tuesday, October 8th, 12 – 1pmSAU Lobby
Friday, October 18th, 1 – 2pmCrossroads
Wednesday, October 23rd, 10 – 11amWriting Center – Library
Wednesday, November 13th, 6 – 7pmGrace Watson Hall
Thursdays, December 12th, 4 – 5pmGrace Watson Hall
Remember… Like Vegas, what happens on the internet, stays on the internet.

OTHER EVENTS
[for a complete list, visit http://www.rit.edu/careerevents]

Fairs
Graduate School Fair
Wednesday, October 23rd, 11am – 1pm
Fireside LoungeCareer ExplorationThinking of Changing Your Major?A 4-part info-session to help you assess alternate majors at RIT (Attendance of all 4 parts is mandatory) Mondays, 4 – 5pm, October 7th, October 14thand October 21st Bausch and Lomb Center - Room A100
ORWednesdays, 4 – 5pm, October 30th, November 6th, November 13th and November 20th Bausch & Lomb Center Room A190
Graduate School: To Go or Not to Go? Learn about the process of selecting a grad program and university that’s right for you, which can be very overwhelming Friday, October 18th 3 – 4pm Bausch & Lomb Center Room – A100
Chart Your Career PathLearn how to gather the proper information about what occupation is right for you with your major and your optionsThursday, November 7th, 4 – 5pm Bausch & Lomb Center – Room A190
Job Search EssentialsMentoring: Your Key to SuccessLearn how mentors can help you jumpstart and advance your career or job searchThursday, October 17th, 12 – 1:30pmGCCIS – Room 2400
Building a Better Technical ResumePresented by Thomas McCarthy, Recruiter for Modis. Learn valuable tips on developing a technical resume from a recruiterFriday, November 15th, 2 – 3pmBausch & Lomb Center – Room A100
Work AbroadWork Abroad Info SessionWorking abroad is a very exciting and rewarding experience, but there is a lot to learn and preparation Tuesday, October 22nd, 4 – 5pmBausch & Lomb Center – Room A100ORFriday, November 8th, 12 – 1:30pm Bausch & Lomb Center – Room A190
Job Search for Graduate StudentsUsing Social Media for Your Job SearchThursday, October 10th, 1 – 1:50pmCarlson Auditorium – Room 1125
How to Write a CVThursday, November 14th, 2 – 2:50pm
Effective Job Search StrategiesMonday, December 9th, 3 – 3:50pmCarlson Auditorium – Room 1125

Connect With Us On Social Media

In the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, we strive to provide effective and personalized career education. One way we do that is by connecting with students, alumni, employers and community partners in their own language and on their own timeframe – through social media! We use social media to share information and events, create conversation and interchange, and respond to questions and feedback! We want to be the platform for employers to connect to YOU, and you all to connect to each other and our office. Visit our official accounts and join the exchange! Links to all of our social media sites can be found on our home page, http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/
We’re on TwitterCo-op & Career Services uses Twitter to share the latest information, pictures, and resources throughout the day and during career events. We frequently feature advice, articles, employer visits, key dates, live tweeting of events and sometimes even giveaways. We like to converse with students and alumni by answering questions and tweeting back. Twitter is the most personal of all our accounts, so it’s the best to get primary information from us and directly connect to employers. Follow our account, @RITCareers
We Have an Interest in PinterestFood, art, fashion – and now career inspiration. Co-op & Career Services has joined Pinterest. Discover the latest advice on interview attire, resume writing, and words of encouragement like this: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” These words from Walt Disney are enough to get me through interviews! Find the latest career tips by following and repinning our boards, http://pinterest.com/ritcareerserv




Don’t Be Left Out: Become LinkedInLinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows you to connect with like-minded professionals, groups, and discussions. Networking is a key component of job and co-op searches; so begin now. Connect with Co-op and Career Service’s LinkedIn group, along with over 3,000 students, alumni, and employers! We have up-to-date job postings and discussions waiting for you. Visit http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4577501&trk=anet_ug_hm



Become a part of our timelineWe like you, will you like us on Facebook? Find the latest information about Co-op & Career Services events. We welcome shares, likes, comments, any engagement from you! Connect with our Co-op & Career Services Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RITCareerServices





Be our “You” in “Youtube”
RIT’s Co-op & Career Services’ Career Channel provides relevant and engaging videos on job search strategies, career fair, interview tips, and much more. Videos feature our staff, co-op students, alumni, recruiters, and employers. You should view our videos and improve your skills! Visit www.youtube.com/user/RITCoopCareer   

Decorating Your “Cube”

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 1:30pm
Some of you might have a nice, big office where it’s luxurious and private…
…the other 99% of you have small, cramped cubicles or are shoved behind a stack of printing paper and office supplies with no windows. It sounds bad, but we promise it can be better!
Try decorating your “cube”, as we will call it. Maybe you have heard of Feng Shui? If not, it’s the idea that the way you arrange you room can bring good into your life, such as happiness, luck, wealth, good health, etc. Now maybe you’re thinking, “Okay, putting my little desk cactus on the west side of my desk as opposed to the east side will NOT result in me getting a raise.” So you’re not a superstitious person, and that’s fine, BUT there is scientific evidence to prove that certain arrangements of your living space (when you work 40 hours a week, that’s considered a living space) leads to positive effects on your brain. When you’re in a positive mindset, you tend to be more outgoing, hardworking, friendlier, etc. and THOSE things lead to success. So decorating your work space might not directly cause good things, but it leads to it. SO, let’s get started on things you can do to make your work space more enjoyable during your co-op and to make you successful. Make sure you follow your company’s standards first and foremost
1.       Bring some nature insideTry to buy a small plant that is low maintenance, such as ivy, or bamboo. Not only does having some greenery feel nice when you’re stuck inside all day, but plants literally suck in pollutants and give off oxygen, so they are naturally filtering the air. That way when your boss throws another project on your lap, you can take a deep breath of clean air.    

2.       Bring a piece of home to work

We’re going to call these “visual breaks”. When you spend so much time in your cube, it’s nice to personalize it in a way that reflects yourself. Put things in that remind you of home; things that will get your mind off of something stressful when you look at it and remind you of life outside of work (nothing too distracting though). Maybe a cork board to pin (appropriate) pictures of your family and friends or a good movie/TV show poster will do the trick. This might also spur some conversation with your coworkers once they can physically see the things you enjoy most. Talking to other employees instead of being alone all day definitely helps your attitude.  

Maybe this poster will motivate you...
3.       Lighting and temperatureLighting and temperature greatly affects your productivity. You can’t control the headache-inducing florescent lights beaming overhead; however focusing some light on other areas can reduce some of its annoyance. Maybe put a desk lamp, a dimmed lamp, colored lamp shades or even Christmas (string) lights in your cubicle. As far as temperature, if it gets too hot, bring a fan; if it gets too cold, bring a space heater (if allowed)    
4.       Use your own furnitureWho says you have to have the “standard” model of everything? Separating your workspace apart from others makes the whole experience seem unique, and you suddenly feel different. Try upgrading to a better, and comfier, chair. When you sit 7 hours a day, that chair makes a huge difference. Also consider desk accessories and extenders that make your desk more customized (even one that forces you to stand while you work, if you don’t like the idea of sitting all day)

5.       Lastly, HAVE FUNThere are so many ideas out there to make your cube extremely awesome. If you’re the creative type, look them up (Pinterest has some great stuff, http://www.pinterest.com/ConfettiStyle/cubicle-decor/). You may have lots of work to do, but taking some time out of your day (or staying extra/coming in early one day) to do this might be one of the best payoffs.
If you’re into the idea of Feng Shui, start with this very basic direction guide (http://fengshui.about.com/od/glossaryofterms/g/bagua.htm) and explore the rest of the site for almost every guide to Feng Shui.
Now go decorate and finish your co-op with style and happiness! 

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