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Add to your toolkit for success?

What an honor and privilege to speak to Parents and Educators yesterday @

http://gettpa.org event. If you missed it, watch for it in 2018!

While learning about STEM careers, participants also learned what the theme of the event “ My Future is Bright” means. Each of the amazing speakers touched on the importance of face-to-face connections, self -awareness, confidence, and being open to new opportunities.   Our conversations focused on the value of learning success skills, not just academic success like GPA’s and SAT’s.  Academic achievement is key to demonstrate aptitude, commitment and desire to learn. But there are other indicators of life long success.

Focusing and doing well on your SAT score will get you into the college of your choice. But it doesn’t help you choose a career path or college major or get a job and it doesn’t improve the 3 C’s employers are seeking: Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking.

Seeking opportunities to develop these success skills will be a gift to you that will last a lifetime.

Some examples of great skills to add to your personal toolkit:

  • Knowing what you want
  • Knowing how to ask for it
  • Networking skills
  • Empowerment to Ask for Help
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • How to Share Your Brand
  • You Are What You Post, think before hitting enter
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Learning how to engage a Mentor or Accountability Partner
  • How to find a job shadow or internship opportunity

This is especially true for women. A recent headline from the WSJ : As Skills Shift for High-Paying Jobs, Women See Advantages

Research paper shows top-paying occupations require more interpersonal skills such as collaboration and managing others.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-skills-shift-for-high-paying-jobs-women-see-advantages-1490101201

There are many workshops and programs to improve your 3 C’s, find what speaks to you.   My Spring & Summer student success workshops are now open for registration @ http://www.marchforwardconsulting.com/for-students

 The Time Management Workshop for students on April 2, still has openings, last day to register is March 28, 2017. Sign up now.

To view a sample of a Young Empowered Speakers workshop student click here:

Rhea: The Simple Solution

It is my hope that we can make an energy shift away from having people identify themselves based on measurements such as GPA’s and SAT scores, we are all so much more.  Neither number is an indicator of success. There are so many potential paths to take as an adult and if you limit your possibilities solely based on your perception of your academic success in your younger years, you may miss a great opportunity or not fulfill your true purpose.

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How can you move up?

I was thrilled to again this year be a facilitator at the Business Education Partnership Luncheon.  Each of our 9 student speakers were amazing and shared the value of their experiential learning through internships, job shadowing and PFEW business camp.  
Being part of the link between local businesses and local school districts to help students be educated, experienced, and empowered is a passion of mine.  These students are learning that you need to develop new skills and challenge yourself to move up and be ready for the next step.
In my work with local businesses doing executive coaching and leadership development programs, everyone has a desire to learn and grow.  Each of us even as adults are never fully baked as Seth Godin reminded us in his 9/29 post:
Fully baked
In medical school, an ongoing lesson is that there will be ongoing lessons. You’re never done. Surgeons and internists are expected to keep studying for their entire career—in fact, it’s required to keep a license valid.

Knowledge workers, though, the people who manage, who go to meetings, who market, who do accounting, who seek to change things around them—knowledge workers often act as if they’re fully baked, that more training and learning is not just unnecessary but a distraction.

The average knowledge worker reads fewer than one business book a year.

On the other hand, the above-average knowledge worker probably reads ten.

Show me your bookshelf, or the courses you take, or the questions you ask, and I’ll have a hint as to how much you care about levelling up.

I think Seth’s message is a great reminder to all of us that we should be lifelong learners especially if “you care about leveling  up”.
What skill do you want to learn at this point to become better in your current job or to start a new career path?
Go for it!
It’s never too late and you are never fully baked.
If you want to learn more about the BEP’s work check out the article from the Daily Local News:

 

Want a NEW perspective? Join us Sept 7!

Want a new perspective? Join us Wed Sept 7

If you like many of us are tired of listening to the candidates bash each other, come to a fun, interactive evening with the Young Empowered Speakers and Debaters.  They will give you a fresh perspective!

You will have an opportunity to listen to and interact with some brave students who have released their fears and will share their ideas.

 Admission to this event will be in the form of one non-perishable food item, which we will then donate to a local food drive to help battle hunger.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016    7:00 – 8:30 PM EST @ BiZtract    255 Great Valley Pkwy, Suite #140    Malvern, PA 19355

Can’t make it out, here are 5 other ways to find a new perspective when you are having a bad moment:

  1. Use your lifeline – phone a friend – not a text or email, a real old-fashioned phone call where you actually connect to a caring human being and brainstorm alternative ways to view and solve your current situation.
  2. Connect to nature – step outside and look around.  If you are lucky enough to have this be the view from your front door like my dear friend Holly, enjoy it. water is so soothing!  No matter where you look outside think about how much bigger your world actually is beyond this moment, the beauty of nature can make you grateful and thankful for what you do have rather than what is annoying you at this moment.
  3. Listen to music – what’s your favorite song? Put on your headphones and turn it up, no matter where you are! I have so many it’s hard to choose but for today’s blog, I’m attaching my friend Francis Dunnery’s “Grateful & Thankful”. My favorite line from this song: “It’s a myth to say we block things out, when we really block them in”. Not blocking things in will help you gain a new perspective, think about it.
  4. Exercise – go for a walk or a run, head to the gym for a yoga class, stand up and stretch. Just move and feel those endorphins.
  5. All of the above – always the famous multiple-choice answer, did any of you believe, if it’s a choice it must be right, like I did?   Grab your headphones, put your sneakers on and your dog’s leashes on, go for a walk in a spot you love, call a friend, connect with the beauty of nature around you, and/or listen to your favorite song or simply enjoy the silence.

Grateful & Thankful – Francis Dunnery

I hope you enjoy Francis’ song and that it may change your perspective if it needs changing at this moment! Happy TBT!

 

 

 

The Beauty of Collaboration — marchforwardconsulting

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In all careers, collaboration, as a skill and concept, is essential to success. Working with others is something we all must do in order to progress in society. Nothing would ever be accomplished if every human being thought independently and refused to accept ideas from others. High school students, such as myself, often struggle […]

via The Beauty of Collaboration — marchforwardconsulting

Students’ top 3 beyond high school concerns

How to resolve your students’ top 3 beyond high school concerns with summer student success workshops.

In my recent survey of local high school when asked:  What is the most difficult part of choosing a college for you?

  1. No clear career path yet
  2. Financial concerns
  3. Worried about choosing the right major

These are big decisions and real concerns. Committing to a plan for college or technical school or a GAP year plan is also committing to a significant investment of both time and money. Many students wonder why invest the time and money without a clear path to follow?

There are many ways to help your students alleviate these concerns. And summer break is a perfect time for them to explore and gain experience. I do believe that having time for the 3 B’s – beaches, bikinis, and barbeques – is important but there is time for both. Encourage your students to be open to all possibilities for summer research and exploration such as internships, job shadowing, or group workshops in career exploration, public speaking, time management or other success skills. Look for workshops online or in your area.

 If your student needs or wants more personalized assistance and accountability, hire a personal coach or educational consultant to assist. If cost is an issue or if they don’t want to go to a class alone, many coaches offer group sessions that are more cost effective. In many cases, learning through your interactions with others sparks collaboration and new ideas.

There are many options to take a step in the right direction to help your students plan their future. I encourage students to: budget exploration and research time, increase self -awareness, improve communication skills, and begin developing ideas around the direction you want to head as an adult. Putting the time in now will be worth its weight in gold to your students. Getting an undergraduate degree in a field they are excited about and potentially starting a career in the direction they want or being prepared for graduate school if that is their choice is priceless. If their research tells them to wait or choose an alternative to college, it saved lots of time and money. Many students dropout and struggle to payback their debt, “some college” is not a good outcome. So developing a beyond high school plan is very important. I tell students, please don’t take this lightly even though you aren’t being graded on it!

Ask:  What is the most important project you will ever work on?     The Project of You

You owe it to yourself to know yourself!  

You have to know what you want before  you can ask for it or go find it or create it.  ~Brenda Jo March