Faculty are in a great position to link classroom learning to posts-graduation goals to help students see the value of their major coursework and common curriculum requirements. Writing, research, verbal communication, critical thinking, and data analysis are just a few examples of skills developed in the classroom that are highly sought by employers for a wide variety of positions.
Bloom’s Taxonomy consists of various levels of observable actions that help describe and classify knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and abilities. Consider describing your course outcomes or objectives using an action verb that is most appropriate to the level of your course. For more information on the skills employers seek in your field of expertise, contact DU Career Services for assistance.
Sample Syllabus Statements
“The learning objectives for this introductory course will develop critical thinking skills that employers seek. They include: (1) discovering the qualitative differences between primary and secondary historical sources; (2) observing different time periods of politics, economy, and culture, and (3) expressing the complexity of American history in regards to significant social topics and events.”
“This upper division course will progressively improve those collaboration and leadership skills valuable in the work place. Course outcomes: (1) contribute to an assigned team task; (2) strategize a task solution in a way that fosters positive team relationships; and (3) lead a group task that makes a contribution to team goals.”
 Churches, Andrew. (2009). Bloom’s digital taxonomy. Educational Origami, 4.
Denver’s backyard isn’t all mountains and ski resorts. Did you know Denver is home to “the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in North America” – Denver Startup Week?
“Denver Startup Week (DSW) is a powerful showcase of the strength of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Denver,” said Ben Deda, event co-founder and vice president of marketing at Vertafore. “No matter your stage of business, company role or industry, Denver Startup Week provides the tools, resources and community support to help you start-up and grow a successful business.”
Sessions at DSW include topics on how to start your own business, how to get jobs in startups, and how to grow your career in startups. The event managers are also always looking for volunteers to help coordinate the event. What a great way to get to know the movers-and-shakers in the industry and get behind-the-scenes access to employers and entrepreneurs that you can learn from and connect with!
Beth is one of the newest additions to the Career and Professional Development team! She was kind enough to share her advice and experiences as a first generation undergraduate student.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am currently an Assistant Director for Career & Professional Development at DU. In my role, I serve as a career advisor for Daniels undergraduates, Economics majors, and students enrolled in the Learning Effectiveness and Disability Services programs; I am also charged with creating non-traditional mentoring and job shadowing opportunities for all DU students.
Born and raised in Illinois – corn fields not Chicago – I went to a small liberal arts college, Bradley University, which happens to be similar to DU in many ways. My bachelor’s degree is in Marketing with a minor in Professional Sales; however, I started out as an Art Photography major and changed to Business in my Sophomore year because they eliminated Photography as a major. I worked full-time throughout college, so I wasn’t very involved on campus, but I was part of a student volunteer group for most of my academic career.
I moved to Colorado for the mountains, so I love the outdoors! I don’t love the cold, though, so I’m not a fan of winter sports, but I love hiking and water activities, and this year, I plan to learn how to rock climb and go white water rafting. I’m also a self-proclaimed foodie and mixologist, so I love to cook and entertain whenever I can.
Fun Fact: I love my job, but this is likely not where my career path ends. In my 15 years of working, I have been a bartender, receptionist, retail manager, financial advisor, marketing communications specialist, event planner, catering business owner, graphic designer, and operations manager – and in some respects, I loved all of those roles. It’s not that I didn’t know what I wanted, but each successive position helped me refine what I wanted professionally, build my skills, and meet new people who helped me along my journey. My career path has been neither straight, nor easy, but it has all built on itself to get me to this wonderful place where I can still see a whole world of opportunity in my next 40 years.
What were your experiences with Career Services during undergrad?
Although I had a part-time job in my school’s student center, where the career center was located, I had no idea they were there as a resource. I met with my career advisor one time in my senior year when I was required to do it for my graduation degree audit. In that 30 minutes, I cannot remember leaving with anything of specific value. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t remember any of my classmates talking about using the career center, either. I went to one employer information session, Humana, and ended up interviewing there for several positions. Ultimately, I decided I didn’t want to move to Kentucky, so I removed myself from the process. Overall, my experience with career services was non-existent, so now I joke that my career path is an attempt to make up for the support I didn’t get and help students realize all the exciting possibilities in the workforce to create their own careers.
What advice would you give current students on their career journey?
I have SO much advice that I want to share about career development, hence my career choice. I like Buzzfeed-style lists, so I’ll try to make it less boring with a list, but just know there is a lot more where this came from!
7 Pieces of Career Advice I Wish I Had Received as an Undergraduate
Your major does not define your future – No one expects you to know what you want out of the rest of your life when you’re 18-22 years old. Enjoy your academics, but get some life experience, too, and be open to change.
Take some time for self-assessment and understand what YOU want out of a career – don’t base life decisions on what your parents want, what will be easy for you, or what you think will make you a lot of money. And by the way, self-assessment is a lifetime process that you should engage in regularly.
Don’t stop looking for a job you love until you find it (and you may find it multiple times in your life). It’s possible to have a job that is not just a paycheck.
Ask for help– whether it’s an introduction to a hiring manager, an informational interview, or just advice through a challenging time. People are generally good and want to help, but they can’t help if you don’t ask.
Listen– Be genuinely curious about others and how they got to where they are today. You’ll probably find that no one is where they planned to be, but that’s often a great thing! Learn from other people’s missteps, so you can avoid unnecessary challenges.
Create your own personal Board of Advisors– There is a misconception out there that you will be matched with or find one mentor that will be your source of advice for everything. You may have one person you talk about finances with and another about career development and another about personal matters. Find experienced people with whom you connect and trust, and allow them to be your advice specialists.
Treat the job search like dating (but never ghost an employer!) – I read an acronym a long time ago in a book called The Success Principlesby Jack Canfield and it changed my life. SWSWSWSW – Some Will, Some Won’t, So What, Someone’s Waiting. When you hear a “no”, move on. There are millions of other opportunities waiting for you out there – go find one that fits!
Students have their own Career Advisor specific to their major (yes, even undeclared students have an assigned advisor). To make an appointment:
You might be surprised at just how rude people can be, and how many people have no idea about etiquette, including office etiquette. It is so important to follow all of the rules of etiquette when you are sharing a workspace with others, and there are many rules to follow. Today we are going to talk about nine of the most important office etiquette rules everyone should know.
Close Your Office Door – If you have an office with a door, and you need to take a personal call, make sure that you close the door. If you do not have a door, find a private space, a lounge area, etc., and keep the call as short as possible. Try to avoid taking or making the call around others who are trying to concentrate on their work.
Don’t Gossip in the Bathroom – The bathroom is where you go to relieve yourself, freshen up, etc. It is not the place to gossip, talk about what you did over the weekend, or hang out with your coworkers. Also, do your part to keep the bathroom clean. You may even want to use cleaning skills as skills to put on a resume.
Be Careful with Food – There are going to be many times when you will have to eat at your desk. Make sure that you bring foods that are not going to make a mess, or that have strong odors. You may love fish, but no one around you is going to love the smell. Also, clean up after yourself when you are eating at your desk.
Don’t be Greedy – If someone brings a home-baked treat into the office, don’t be greedy and take more than your share. Take one piece, and leave the rest for others to enjoy. Also, if you do happen to take the last piece of anything, wash the dish and give it back to the person who brought the treat in.
Don’t Insult Others’ Food Choices – Speaking of food, don’t make fun of what others are eating. Sure, if it smells really bad, you can politely mention this in the hope that they won’t bring it again. But, everyone has their own dietary preferences, and in some cases, certain foods, no matter how unappealing they are to you, are necessary for someone’s diet.
Don’t Wear Perfume – Just because your office isn’t designated as a scent-free workplace, it doesn’t mean that you should be dousing yourself in perfume or other scented products. Remember, what you think smells lovely may wreak havoc on the sinuses of others.
Don’t Steal Others’ Lunches – Here’s another food-related tip. Don’t be a lunch thief. How would you like it if you were waiting for several hours to enjoy a special treat you bought for your lunch, only to find that someone else has already eaten it? If someone else in the office is a lunch thief, you can keep your food safe by keeping it in your office or at your desk in a small cooler bag.
Don’t Block the Elevator Door – If you are at the front of the elevator and someone behind you needs to get out, don’t block the door. Instead, step out, let them exit, and then re-enter. If your boss wants to get on, hold the door for them and let them go inside first.
Don’t Use Social Media – It is never a good idea to use social media while you are at work. In fact, some employers have rules against using it all together, unless you are on a break. Also, don’t use social media as a platform to complain about your job, a co-worker, etc.
Climbing up the career ladder is never easy, especially when your responsibilities and professional expectations are also rising. We know for a fact that every professional who has big plans for his career must be very attentive to his professional reputation.
Your reputation as an employee or as a client surely impacts your career opportunities. These future opportunities can come as promotions, closed deals, or as constructive relationships with other clients.
Well, in order to keep your reputation clean and safe, you should ensure that your writing is always impeccable. Impeccable writing means that your text contains NO grammar, spelling, or text structure mistakes.
In today’s post, you’ll take a quick peek at some of the most important reasons for proofreading every text you write and send throughout your career. Moreover, we’re teaching you how to improve your proofreading process through some simple yet effective tips, so pay attention and implement everything you learn!
Your Writing Shows Who You Are
In today’s professional marketplace, your writing shows the type of person you are. Even you may have made judgments based on other people’s writing, so you shouldn’t expect less from others.
The very first impression you give truly matters, especially in a B2B environment. Your writing shows the first “things” about your professional character, so get used to paying consistent attention to your proofreading. Don’t give people false impressions because of some tiny mistakes.
Focused Proofreading Makes the Whole Difference Between Successful and Mediocre
Let me give you a simple example. When you need something, you usually ask for it. Let’s say that what you need is a new contract with a new client. There are often two results: you land that contract, or you miss it.
To improve your success odds, you’ll need to carefully develop and strategize your pitch, and you need to ensure that it’s perfectly written. If you send one or two grammar mistakes, you can say goodbye to your client as nobody will do business with someone who can’t write correctly.
Helps You Maintain a Professional Reputation
When it comes to building a satisfying career path, your professional reputation is your “everything”. It’s basically how people see you and how they react to you. Big leaders have earned their respect and status through great accomplishments, and everybody respects them now.
Building a professional reputation takes time, persistence, and lots of mistakes. However, some mistakes are acceptable while others are not. Incorrect writing is surely a non-acceptable mistake because it mostly shows your lack of interest, attention, and professionalism.
It Shows that You Care
Great proofreading efforts will always cause positive effects. For example, if you apply for a job, both your resume and your cover letter must be impeccably written. This shows the employer that you’re treating his job very seriously and that you’d do everything you can to leave a good, first impression.
Correct Writing Keeps Your Message Intact
Very often, text errors such as misspelled words and bad grammar will have a terrible effect on your text’s message. Some unspotted mistakes might even change the meaning of your message, so the reader will understand something else.
You really don’t have to be a professional essay writer to effectively proofread your written content. You just need to be patient, careful, and always consistent!
How to Improve Your Proofreading
Here are some simple and efficient ways to improve your proofreading process:
Truly Disconnect Once You’re Done Writing
You should never begin your proofreading process before disconnecting from your work for a decent amount of time. A few hours, a day, a week…do as you please. The purpose is to lose the familiarity of your text to be able to use a “fresh pair of eyes” to spot and edit your mistakes.
Consult Your “Proofreading Notes”
Make some notes and include the most common writing mistakes that you generally commit. Whenever you proofread your content, keep those notes close to you and take some quick peeks every now and then. Or, you can approach the proofreader’s marks technique.
Read the Text on a Different Platform
Write your text on PC, print it out, and do your proofreading with a pen in your hand. Or, you can use your tablet or e-reader to deal with the task. The point here is to give your eyes new “opportunities” to seize mistakes. If you write and proofread on the same platform, your eyes might just ignore mistakes without your conscious awareness.
Take Short & Frequent Breaks to Disconnect
Short and frequent breaks are key to quality work and especially to quality proofreading. Your brain is not a computer and your attention capacities are often limited. Therefore, disconnect from your text and stop thinking about it. Come back after a few minutes and start again.
Now that you understand some of the terrible consequences that may happen as a result of poor writing, you should start paying more time and attention to your proofreading activities and learn from your mistakes. In time, you’ll do fewer and fewer mistakes, turning your proofreading process in a simple task.
Do you love the idea of being in the field of education, but know that being a K-12 educator is not for you? There are many ways to take your passion for teaching and training and put that to work in other types of settings. Below are a number of ideas to get you started with links to more information. This is not meant to be comprehensive, but a sampling of ideas to get you started!
Training & Development Many organizations hire staff members to identify the skills needs of staff members and develop relevant training to ensure that employees have the necessary tools need to do their jobs. Delivery can be done through online training, or through in-person delivery and can include a wide range of topics.
Academic Advisor/School Counselor Academic advisors and school counselors help students with planning their academic paths, developing the skills needed for academic success, support students through academic adversity and conduct trainings on a wide array of topics to support student success.
Career coaches help individuals reflect on their unique strengths, personality, skills and life experiences to help clients identify a career path that will be a great match. Additionally, many career coaches support clients in achieving those goals by teaching them effective strategies for job searching, resume writing, or interviewing.
Technical trainers teach others how to use a specific technology. They become experts in a software system and/or technology and train customers how to effectively use the product for their business needs. They may do live trainings and/or develop recorded training materials that clients can reference at any time.
Work for a Company or Nonprofit with an Educational Focus
There are numerous educational for-profit and non-profit organizations that would benefit from your passion for education! Within those organizations there a wide spectrum of roles that would benefit from your passion for education and training. These range from fundraising, communications, volunteer coordination and more.
I support many students through the internship and job search, and LinkedIn is always an interesting topic of conversation. Many students aren’t on LinkedIn, and this is often the case for DU alumni in Natural Sciences & Mathematics as well. In my experience, the students who are on LinkedIn usually have built a basic profile but aren’t actively using the platform to network. Though I can be a curmudgeon about technology (who needs social media when you can spend time outside and unplugged?), there is so much value that platforms like LinkedIn can provide to job and internship seekers.
I recently came across an article in the February 2017 issue of NACE Journal that analyzed how recruiters are currently using LinkedIn (thank you, Mary Michael Hawkins, for sharing the article with me!). Though many of the trends in usage haven’t changed much over time, there was one incredibly surprising data point that I wanted to share with my friends in NSM. It turns out that recruiters are still using LinkedIn to locate potential candidates and review or screen candidate qualifications, but it appears that they are targeting specific majors when browsing candidate profiles. According to the article, 79% of recruiters seeking candidates in the hard sciences were most likely to use LinkedIn for this purpose (Wilder & Noble, 2017). Recruiters seeking students in the world of natural resources followed closely behind at 67 percent, and 60 percent of healthcare recruiters are mining LinkedIn. Overall, more than two-thirds of recruiters were using LinkedIn over the past three years for either a full-time or internship search (Wilder & Noble, 2017). While building a brand-new LinkedIn profile can take a little while, it is incredibly worthwhile.
Going beyond the numbers, LinkedIn is a valuable resource for any NSM major. It’s no secret that many students, within and beyond NSM, are deeply involved in a number of experiential learning opportunities, internships, research positions, student organizations…and the list goes on. It can be really challenging to fully highlight a student’s skill set and experiences on a one-page resume. I love LinkedIn because it gives students the chance to provide a recruiter or prospective employer with the full scope of what they’re involved in and why it matters to them. The headline and summary sections are particularly important for this purpose; while it’s not easy to communicate the why behind choosing a major or career path on a resume, a compelling summary might be the ticket to your next internship or job opportunity.
In addition, LinkedIn gives us the opportunity to present visual examples of skills and experiences that a resume might not be able to fully capture. I often highlight the importance of uploading electronic copies of poster presentations, visual representations of models or data analyzed for a research project, or links to portfolios or websites coded by students in NSM. Students work so hard on building the perfect poster for the Research & Scholarship Symposium and for their classes – why not share that information with employers, especially if one is seeking to build on that research experience in an internship or in life after DU?
While it’s important to build a strong LinkedIn profile, learning how to use LinkedIn for both career exploration and the internship or job search is also key. The LinkedIn Alumni Tool is a fun resource for uncovering NSM alumni. I often suggest that students start out by simply using it as a research tool; what are DU graduates in your major(s) up to, and how did they get to where they are today? The tool is filterable by location, employer, major, and more; both the aggregate data at the top of the page and the individual results at the bottom change based on search criteria entered.
If you have questions about building your LinkedIn profile with your research skills in mind, please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to brainstorm with you! In addition, we have a great workshop series coming up in spring quarter that you don’t want to miss! Create a Compelling & Professional LinkedIn Profile will take place on April 9 from 6-7pm in Lindsay Auditorium (Sturm Hall), and The Power of Networks: Leveraging Social Media (with LinkedIn profile reviews!) will be offered on April 25 from 6-8pm, same location. Reserve your spot on Pioneer Careers today!
As winter quarter comes to an end, this is a great time to search for summer internship opportunities. The University of Denver’s Career and Professional Development department awards 8 undergraduate students with a $2,500 award if they land an unpaid internship for the summer. For most students, internships are a chance to gain experience in the workforce, a way to find out their strengths, and discover their interests.
Last summer, Tyler Linnebur, a graduate student at the University of Denver, interned with a rapidly growing tech company, Zayo Group. While he was there, he was analyzing the company’s expense reports and, on occasion, presenting his findings to senior level management. He described his experience as being valuable. “I learned how to apply my studies in financial analysis and in using tools such as Excel, Google Drive, Tableau, and SalesForce.”
For Tyler, what was particularly exciting, “was getting to work with teams of full-time accountants and financial analysts, [and] seeing how people interacted and collaborated in the business world. [He] was included in a number of messages and email strings, team meetings, conference calls, and board meetings.” Tyler said, “I was pretty involved for a new guy.” For Tyler, these are great skills and accomplishments he can include in his master resume. Most students do not realize that such small details can contribute to great value for a potential employee; the key is learning to incorporate it correctly within their resume.
When asked about what other aspects of his internships Tyler enjoyed the most, he said that he cherishes the connections he made with his fellow interns and the programming that the internship program incorporated. “We went to hiking trails, happy hours, baseball games, tours, and workshops. There was a case competition among the 55 interns, where my team won 1st place and a Patagonia backpack for a prize! The summer ended with all the interns voting for each other for several superlatives. I was surprised when I was voted most likely to be a comedian! That summer I learned a lot, and I enjoyed an experience I will never trade!”
Career and Professional Development Staff are so happy that Tyler had the opportunity to experience a wonderful internship, and create not only meaningful memories and connections, but also grow his skills as a student and future employee. We wish you all the success in your future career and internships journeys, and we hope to hear your future stories (maybe as a comedian!).
On February 28th, students, alumni, and friends of NSM came together on the 5th floor of ECS to chat about their career goals and interests across the sciences.
Photo by Kellan Barr, Communications Manager, NSM
Alumni from a number of disciplines, including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics came back to campus for this exciting event. They represented an array of industries across the Denver area, from water treatment and analysis, to healthcare, and on to sustainability. The students who joined us also came from a number of majors across NSM, and they had the opportunity to network with each of our twelve volunteers for five minutes before moving on to another table. Open networking was offered for the final half hour, and it was fun to watch the participants come back together to excitedly continue conversations where they left off.
For the first hour of the night, students visited our alumni and friends both individually and in small groups. The students’ smiles as they left one table and joined another were so wonderful to see! It was a great evening that incorporated all of the fun and socialization of a networking event without the formal, frenetic energy of a career fair. Nervous energy quickly melted away as genuine connections were forged, and business cards were quickly exchanged before the end of the evening. Our alumni and friends were incredibly impressed with our NSM students’ professionalism, insightful questions, and career goals.
Photo by Kellan Barr, Communications Manager, NSM
Thank you so much to everyone – students, alumni, friends of DU, staff, and faculty – who made this event possible. We hope to bring more of our amazing, talented alumni back to DU so if you are a NSM undergraduate and you have suggestions on who you might want to meet, please share them with our office!
Ever feel a bit sluggish and down during the winter? Feel a cold coming on? With the days getting shorter and weather colder it can become harder to stay motivated and healthy during the winder. This greatly affects our productivity and overall health/wellness in school, internships, and work. Here are some tips to over coming the winter slumps.
Get outside- even for 20 minutes.
We are lucky that Denver has over 300 days of sunshine and although it may not be warm, getting outside for 20 minutes for a quick study break or walk helps circulate your blood and lymph system giving you a nice pick-me-up.
Make social plans. Start a book club.
Interestingly, Carnegie Mellon doctors found that hanging out with friends combats stress and keeps you healthier. Individuals with larger social networks produced more flu fighting antibodies so surround yourself with friends and others who make you happy.
Healthy snacks are key.
Ever feel yourself hitting an afternoon crash? Eating fewer sugary and high carbohydrate foods will help you avoid this feeling. Therefore, stocking up on healthy snacks such as fruit, veggies, nuts, and almond butter will keep you full and sustained throughout the afternoon.
Stock up on your own pens and pencils.
Studies show that cold and flu germs are passed through hand-to-hand contact so you may want to reconsider borrowing pens/pencils with classmates. Instead, stock up on plenty of your own so you can avoid contracting a virus.
Take your vitamin C.
Fun fact: In the 1940’s, Dr. Klenner cured tons of diseases such as chicken pox, measles, and polio using vitamin C alone. This vitamin is loaded with properties that fight off infectious diseases and help to heal your body so consider adding a dose of vitamin C to your morning routine.
Need a little extra motivation? Follow some of the best healthy life-style bloggers on Instagram. These accounts full of delicious looking food, workout ideas, and inspirational quotes may help foster a bit of extra motivation during the long winter months.