According to research compiled by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), fifty-percent of managers are regarded as “ineffective” in their roles: a failure that may be attributed to a lack of support early in their leadership careers.
In considering how to better develop emerging leaders, the CCL has identified four competencies where first-time managers often demonstrate deficits: communication; influence; leading team achievement; and coaching and developing others.
With these competencies in mind, we have gathered tips as to how first time managers can improve their performance and avoid common skill-gaps.
Classes are back in-session at the College of Charleston North Campus, and our faculty and staff would like to extend a hearty welcome - or welcome back - to all students.
We hope that this semester will be a successful one, and would like to remind students that we are here to help in any way that we can - beginning with some tips for developing an effective time management strategy!
According to a study conducted by Georgetown University (2015), 70-80% of college students are engaged in some form of employment, with approximately 25% of students simultaneously working full-time and attending school full-time. Although work experience can have a positive effect both on what one is learning in related coursework, and on career prospects post-graduation, the realities of balancing school and work can present significant challenges. Non-traditional students may be at even greater risk for facing such obstacles, as they often also must attend to family responsiblities.
Whether you are an adult student returning to college after some time away, or have been in school consistently over the past few years, the beginning of a new semester presents a perfect opportunity for developing a time management strategy. This strategy should allow you to clearly assess your priorities, see exactly how much time you have available in a given day (or week, or month), and help you to adjust your schedule to best achieve your goals.
The 6 tips below - along with additional resources from the College of Charleston Center for Student Learning - should assist you in developing an effective time management plan.
With summer winding to a close, students of all ages are busy with back-to-school preparations. While for adult students, the days of excitedly selecting a new lunch box may be long gone, the anticipation that accompanies a new school year remains.
In the hopes that our adult students will begin the school year on the path to success, we suggest the following back-to-school preparation strategies:
Kathryn Bunn has always been ambitious.
A serious student in high school, Bunn expected to excel in college, alongside her high-achieving peers, yet found that she was lacking the maturity necessary to succeed. After a difficult two years at the University of Florida, Bunn reluctantly decided to withdraw from school.
Shanard Deas grew up in an community where few children dare to dream. With a small number of overstretched role models, and limited academic direction, young people in his neighborhood were often left merely aspiring to survive - to move beyond the disheartening realities of their surroundings.
During the academic year, adult students often burn the candle at both ends: juggling the responsibilities of academics, work, and family. Yet the arrival of summer typically offers some much-needed breathing room, whether in the form of a reduced course load, weekend getaways, or a complete break from school.
With summer in full swing, we hope that our students have been able to take some much-deserved time to unwind, and recharge for the upcoming semester.
Regardless of your academic plans, please consider some of the tips below, to ensure a productive, yet relaxing summer break.
A recent study by Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute estimates that by 2020, 65% of all job openings will require education beyond high school; 35% will require at least a bachelor’s degree. The emphasis on post-secondary education in the labor market has been growing steadily over the past four decades, with recent years showing an increased demand for competencies such as decision-making, communications, analysis, and administration - and a reduced demand for “physical skills.”
In many industries, a bachelor’s degree is the signal that the prospective employee is “trainable” at a rigorous level, has acquired skills in critical thinking and research, is an effective communicator, and is capable of both self-direction and leadership. The degree is a gateway credential, needed by those hoping to advance - or even be hired - regardless of employment experience. While individuals who have earned some college credit are better positioned than those with only a high school diploma, a lack of a college degree still contributes to a greater risk of unemployment: in South Carolina, the unemployment rate among individuals with some college is nearly 3% higher than those who have earned a bachelor’s degree.
This trend in the labor market has implications beyond the employability of those lacking a college degree, also influencing earning potential over time. The Bureau of Labor statistics lists individuals who have earned some college credit as earning only 65% of the weekly salary of those who have earned a Bachelor’s degree. This disparity is likely due not only to lower starting salaries, but also the lack of advancement opportunities for individuals with some college credit.
With graduation just barely in the rearview mirror, we are re-running several posts from our job search series. The School of Professional Studies staff wishes all job seekers good luck, and are looking forward to hearing about your successes!
In the previous installment of this series, we looked at resume writing basics, applicable to most job seekers. In this follow-up post, we give consideration to how different life experiences - such as those of adult students - can affect the arrangement of a resume, as well as tips for composing strong, relevant content for each section.
This past weekend, the SPS staff was thrilled to see 12 students graduate with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree. While many of these students have already found employment, this is a perfect time to re-run installments from our popular "job search" blog series.
While the articles are tailored to adult students and recent graduates, we hope that all job seekers will benefit from the tips provided. Best of luck!