NPR Interview: The Man Behind The Mission

Are you having trouble finding a job, lacking critical job skills, and/or affected by the $1 trillion+ college debt burden in America today?

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Are you having trouble finding a job, lacking critical job skills, and/or affected by the $1 trillion+ college debt burden in America today? If so, listen up because our organization may be able to help you out. In a recent radio interview with Mark Perzel from 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati, our Chairman, CEO and Founder David Dougherty discusses his reasons for starting the new non-profit, Education at Work. Dave explains in detail the benefits of the program for the college students we hire, the client-partners we provide customer service for, and the U.S. economy as a whole. If you don’t have time to do research on us or visit our site, listening to this short radio interview will fill you in on the basics of what we do everyday and how we do it.Please click on the link below and hit play to listen in.

CEO Interview with 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

Job Skills That Transfer

It’s no secret that the job market is very competitive right now, so we won’t whisper about it.

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It’s no secret that the job market is very competitive right now, so we won’t whisper about it. In today’s tough environment, it can be especially difficult to find a job or internship opening that matches your ultimate career goals. But you should try to take advantage of every opportunity you can find. For example, you might want to work in advertising, yet you find yourself interning at your neighbor’s law office for the semester. Or, you might wind up working even further from your career goals at a local restaurant. Just because it’s not your dream job, doesn’t mean the skills you learn won’t transfer to your ideal role. It’s all about having a positive mentality and leveraging the job skills you learn along the way. We’ve compiled some tips to help you showcase your job skills in the best light:

Think of the big picture: When you’re waiting tables for tourists at a chain restaurant, you might not see how this could possibly help you in the world of advertising. But it does! If you’re planning to work for an advertising agency, keeping the customer satisfied is key. Working in any customer-service related field, such as serving at a restaurant, will better prepare you for working with advertising clients in the future. This approach can work for any type of job-related skill or situation – you need only to think of learning a skill set in general terms, then adapt and apply the specifics of what you learned to a future role.

Emphasize common traits: While every office or work environment is different, there are always going to be similarities. Did you work with a team? Manage other workers or projects? Handle tasks for executive leadership? Whatever you were doing, think about how and why it matters to the new hiring manager. For example, if you were visible to leadership, emphasize that you are comfortable dealing with people on every level within the company, and you get along well with others. These are all traits that any company would love to have in a future employee.

Highlight the positives: Sure, a job at the grocery store may not seem like it would help you land a corporate job right away, but think about what your work there does show. Were you reliable and always on time for your shift? Did you work hard, complete tasks, and assist customers? All these are fantastic things that show your willingness to work hard, even if your work experience isn’t technically related. A good reference from an employer can go a long way, so be sure to work hard, impress your boss, and reap the benefits.

While many employers are looking for industry-specific experience, if you’re going after entry-level positions, you have an opportunity to show them that your non-industry experience is still relevant. You just have to present it in a way that allows employers to see the value you bring to the table. At Education at Work, the college students we hire to fill our part-time customer service jobs will not all end up working in the call center industry after graduation. But our student-employees understand the value these positions offer, regardless of their college majors or future career goals. This value includes learning critical job skills, such as communication skills, time management, critical thinking and analysis, and working directly with our client’s customers to help them problem solve, all of which are applicable to any career path. When you’re searching out job or internship opportunities in college, don’t get too inundated in the details of the job or its industry. Instead, look for the best opportunity that will help you learn critical job skills that are applicable to your desired career path.

4 Relationship Building Tips That Work

Working in an office is often a fascinating sociological study.

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Working in an office is often a fascinating sociological study. It’s an environment where a wide variety of different personality types are obligated to work together towards a common goal. In some instances, these might be individuals who would never choose to work together in any other circumstance, but have to find ways to settle their differences for the greater interests of the organization.

Recent college grads who join the workforce at entry-level positions will quickly discover that working in an office environment requires a lot of strategic thought and compromise, especially if you want to be satisfied and successful in your career. To help prepare for office life, we believe it’s best to get your first real-world office experience at a part-time job or internship before you graduate. Here are a few useful tips from Education at Work that will help you boost your reputation among future colleagues and enhance your overall workplace experience.

  1. Don’t pass judgment: It can be easy to make a quick decision about someone after meeting him or her for the first time, but try to have an open mind and avoid letting bad first impressions have the final say. In work situations, you might have to work on group projects or in close quarters with colleagues who are very different from you. If you let your biases stand in the way, it can make it more difficult to collaborate and get things done. Take the time to get to know a colleague and how they work before writing them off. Even if your personalities don’t mesh, making efforts to learn a colleague’s working style can help you determine the best ways to accomplish tasks together – how to strategize, how to divvy up assignments, set goals, etc.
  2. Keep it professional: Even if a colleague is acting in a less than professional manner, you should always keep calm and collected. If a co-worker is being volatile, it won’t help the situation if you get angry too. Plus, maintaining a calm demeanor in all situations will only boost your reputation in the workplace. For example, if you can prove to your boss that you get along with anyone, your credibility will increase and you might be called upon to work on more projects because of your easygoing nature and ability to keep cool under pressure.
  3. Work it out: If a situation disintegrates to the point where it’s seemingly impossible to work together successfully with a co-worker, it’s time to be brave and confront him or her – in a polite, non-combative manner. Attempting to come to a compromise is better for everyone, especially if you can handle it privately without making a major scene at the office. If need be, use another colleague as an impartial mediator. Or, if the situation worsens overtime, consider talking to your boss about it.
  4. Communicate: In many workplace situations, a lack of clear communication between colleagues is often the cause of disputes and misunderstandings. Even though email is accepted as a standard form of professional communication, sometimes messages will be read out of context or taken the wrong way. Thus, if an issue arises, it’s usually better to clear things up with a colleague by having a good old face-to-face conversation to make sure you’re on the same page.

Don’t let difficult relationships color your judgment when it comes to doing quality work with your fellow co-workers and superiors. You can have thriving professional relationships at work if you learn how to appreciate the skills and quirks co-workers bring to the table. We believe that the customer service jobs we offer to our student-employees will help teach, at an early career stage, critical workplace skills, such as communication and getting along with colleagues on a professional level. Check back to our blog for future updates and free career advice.