first_imgAnn Curtis | The Observer Alumni Tim Gancer speaks with a participant in the 2017 Fall Career Expo.Planning for the Career Expo began last spring with choosing a date and reaching out to repeat employers and potential new employers, director of employer engagement LoriAnn Edinborough, said. The planning is a huge undertaking requiring organization of countless moving parts to ensure employers and students alike have a productive and rewarding experience.“A lot of the employers will say we offer one of the best career fairs around and I think we just want to make sure they have an unsurpassed experience while they’re here from our end of, you know, providing it for them,” Edinborough said.Edinborough said that due to the excessive heat expected for Wednesday evening, the dress code of the Expo has been switched to business casual attire to ensure a more comfortable experience. She also said one of the biggest developments this year is a new app, ND Career Expo.“With this career fair app, you can do a quick search, have a quick definition of what that company is and the industries that they’re seeking, so you have a little bit of a synopsis while you’re waiting,” Bridget Kibbe, director of undergraduate career services, said. “Then you can ask more of a strategic question instead of coming up and asking, ‘What do you do?’”On the student side of the planning, Kibbe said her team streamlined the way they did student preparation, switching from 30-minute appointments to resume reviews and workshops covering resume writing, general preparation and interview practice.“I think the big part is making sure we plan well in advance, and I think this year we certainly did a very good job in doing that,” Kibbe said. “We offered [workshops] across, you know, every day of the week, Monday through Thursday and on Friday and at different times, again, very well-attended, so that’s been a huge plus for us.”While some students may regard networking and trying to “sell themselves” to employers as their worst nightmare, Kibbe said that the career counselors work to dispel that view of the career fair in their meetings with students, urging students to instead focus on the valuable conversations they can have with alumni and employers.“We certainly want students to feel that if they have no idea what they want to do, this still is a great place to attend because it’s a discernment tool,” Kibbe said. “Just talking to alums who have probably been through this before themselves, you know, what was their career path, what did they get involved in on campus, what classes did they take, what activities.”Kibbe said all students, no matter where they are in their educations or career discernment process, should attend the career fair to begin to understand how the skills developed in their classes are preparing them for future careers.“It’s not about your major. It’s about your skill sets and what’s developed, so we don’t want students to feel like your major defines your career path,” Kibbe said. “For so many employers, it is about your competencies: your comfort level in communication, critical thinking skills, things like that.”Tags: career fair, Center for Career Development, Fall Career Expo Thousands of students will descend on Notre Dame Stadium this Wednesday evening for the annual Fall Career Expo. The Expo, which is the Center for Career Development’s largest career fair of the year, will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and includes representatives from 247 companies looking to hire students majoring in everything from English to biochemistry.“The Expo is open to all students — undergraduate, graduate, everybody’s welcome to attend,” Ryan Willerton, associate vice president of career and professional development.last_img read more

first_imgHave you ever called out a colleague or team member for doing something wrong?  You expected an apology, or at least acknowledgement of their error.  But instead they tried to prove YOU were wrong and they were right?That’s what happened to Michelle.Michelle was not happy with her business partner.  While at an industry conference, he purchased an expensive training program.  She did not find out about the purchase until she was doing the monthly accounting and saw the credit card statement.  This was just another in a long line of purchases her partner Marco made without consulting her. Michelle called Marco into her office and let him have it.“How could you spend that much on a training program?  And without even consulting me?  How can you be so disrespectful? That’s my money too!  We’re super tight on money this month and you’re spending a fortune on training we don’t even need!”Did Marco apologize?  See the error in his ways?  You probably already guessed that’s not how he reacted.“What are you…my mother?  I have to check in with you for every penny I spend?  Guess what, it’s MY money, too!” Marco said while going red in the face. The meeting went downhill from there.Does this situation sound familiar?  All too often in conflicts each side is dug in, trying to prove they are right and the other person is wrong.  This creates a “push against” scenario where each side is focused on winning vs. actually solving the problem.What’s the magic word that can help de-escalate conflict?If you want to make conflicts less contentious and more productive, use the word perspective. The magic of the word perspective is it helps mitigate the “I’m right, you’re wrong” dynamic of confrontations.What would have happened if Michelle had used the word perspective?Michelle: “Marco.  I want to talk to you about this training program you bought.  You didn’t consult me.  It was a lot of money. From my perspective, that felt disrespectful.  We’re in this business together.  And money is tight this month.”Now, Marco still might have a bad reaction.Marco:  “What, I have to check in with you for every penny I spend?”Michelle:  “Not every penny, but from my perspective, this was a big chunk of money. Can you walk me through your thinking on why you bought the training?  I’d like to hear your perspective on our financial situation.  I’m not sure we’re on the same page.”Move to a framework that acknowledges personal experienceRarely is any situation black and white.  We all bring our own life experience and perspective to situations and decisions.  We see the world through our own lens. Conflict arises when we do not understand why someone said or did something. We assign them reasons and motivations that are often wrong.   That disconnect comes from the fact that we are looking at the same situation, but from our own perspective.Framing your position as your “perspective” vs. a stated fact makes it harder to argue against. So the next time you are in a confrontation or conflict, instead of going into an “I’m right, you’re wrong” framework, start with this phrase:“You and I may have different perspectives on this.”  Share your perspective and be open to hearing theirs.  It may make those conflicts easier to resolve. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan is the author of Selling Financial Services to Women – What Men Need to Know and Even Women Will Be Surprised to Learn. She is the co-author of The … Web: Detailslast_img read more