Hola amigos! Chris and I went to the fourth showcase together, entitled “Thinking Ahead; Marketing your programming experience to employers”, presented by Jaclyn Calovine from Babson College. She focused on two important aspects to landing that dream job; the resume and the interview. She stressed that it was important to highlight skills and experience by answering the following questions: What did you do? Why did you do it? How did you do it? She gave us a tip to use the number of people in the organization or subcommittee (in my case it was the budget amount) to give the employer the extent of your responsibility (ex. My main responsibility as the Director of Finance is to facilitate the allocation of a budget of $32,000 dollars for various campus programs to 5 subcommittees). She was very helpful with the resume portion and more than willing to answer any questions. Next, she talked about the importance of a solid interview. She informed us that when going into any interview, we should be a STAR: Situation, Task, Action, Result. Many employers practice “behavioral interviewing” in which employers are not looking for answers to hypothetical situations, but instead believe that the best judge of someone’s character comes through their dealings with past experiences. She reminded us to always: speak slowly and clearly, get to the point, be confident, but not cocky, and most of all to keep in mind that leadership experience is invaluable! We as student leaders are already doing so much more than some of our peers on campus, putting us in a much better place to be successful in the future. One thing we student leaders are great at is communication. She shared a poll which told us that businesses highest criteria for hiring was good communication and the thing most applicants out of college lack is good communication, so we are already a step ahead!
The final ED session I attended was “Become a fan of Inclusive Leadership”, presented by Jim Hermelbracht from Stonehill College (woot! and he had a prezi!). He first outlined the principles of inclusive leadership: recognize differences, unique perspectives, multifaceted identities, and equal treatment (treating people with equal respect but not equal identity). Skills of inclusive leadership are: the willingness to take risks (willingness to make mistakes but learn and push other people’s limits), cultural self-awareness (knowing your campus community), separate individuals from stereotypes (he challenged us to contemplate how our stereotypes might unknowingly shape our actions), attentive listening skills (focus on what is being said, instead of what you want to say), Differences = assets, not barriers (we are moving from the term “Colorblind” to an understanding that color can make us who we are so we should not ignore it), and recognizing opposing perspectives as valid and real. The thing I most enjoyed about this ed session was the activity. Jim had us draw our handprint in the very beginning and during the activity, we drew along our fingers 5 “cultural identifiers” that affect us and pros and cons of each. I won’t share what we discussed, but I do want to try this on campus. It was a great way to connect with other people. It really opened the door for meaningful discussion that added to our self-awareness as well as the awareness of other’s differences. I definitely would love to do this for e-board if we have the opportunity at a retreat, etc. The end goal of the session and of inclusive leadership is to build a richer community in which people are not afraid to share and interact with each other.