The celebration starts with self-awareness of what we do well. Knowing your strengths is the first step towards leveraging them for not only your benefit, but the benefit of others!
Have you ever wondered how to answer those tough questions in an interview that ask ‘Tell me about yourself’ or ‘Why should we hire you as opposed to all of the other candidates?’ Try expounding on your strengths! It might be interesting indeed to know that you own a Chihuahua named Tinkerbell, but it may not land you the job of your dreams. Instead, talk about the areas in which you excel and how your abilities can enhance that organization.
Not sure what your strengths are? Here are some tips to uncovering those precious gems that lie within you…
Ask family, trusted friends, co-workers, professors, associates their opinion of the areas in which you excel. It often helps to get an outside perspective.
Look at your ‘exertion level’ with regard to your performance in your classes. There are bound to be some academic subjects that just ‘come to you’ with ease.
Identify which topics constantly drive people to seek your advice. If someone needs help, they usually want it from the person they believe is the most knowledgeable/talented in that area.
Identify activities/classes/projects that energize you. If you finish something with more zip than when you started, it might be a good indicator that you should do it more often!
Ready to dig deeper into Strengths? Get your toolbox ready in the GENB 2301 course!
By: Natalie Merritt – Assistant Director for Major Programs
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UBP Advising wants to prepare you for a great Spring 2011 semester. All advisors (minus ACCT) will be offering Same-Day Sign Ins starting today! Simply come to the front desk to sign in to see your advisor. They may fill up fast, so get here early.
**Note to Spring 2011 graduates: get a ‘jump start’ for Spring 2011 after you have signed up for classes and get a grad check. We’d like to encourage you to come in for advising before the semester starts**
Accounting Advising: by appointment only via myUH.
Major Advising: NOVEMBER 8-11 & NOVEMBER 15-18 from 8:30am – 4pm
Pre-business Advising: NOVEMBER 8-11 & NOVEMBER 15-18 from 8:30am – 4pm
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There is more to communication than simply sending and receiving a message. Between the sender and receiver, there are various factors that can distort meaning. How many times have you felt misunderstood, or conversely, felt like you had no idea what someone was trying to tell you? Well, there are certain aspects to pay attention to that are keys to effective communication. Here are five of them:
1. Planning Your Message-
Consider the purpose of your message as well as the audience for whom it is intended.
2. Decide the format for delivery-
Usually, e- mail is appropriate for simple messages. However, for complex messages, it is better to communicate face- to- face or by phone in order to foster understanding and allow for questions and answers.
3. Creating your message-
Try to make your message clear and concise as possible. In addition, consider how the receiver will react to your message. For example, avoid jargon and grammatical errors in written communication. When communicating verbally, be conscious of your tone.
4. Receiving and Interpreting a Message-
Listen actively to what the other person is saying by asking questions and paraphrasing as necessary for clarification.
Pay attention to the person’s body language to determine how interested they are in your message, comprehension level, agreement, etc. At times, you may need to request feedback to verify understanding.
It takes practice but these 5 aspects are well worth paying attention to. After all, effective communication is part of your foundation for success!
By: Tiffany Woods (Accounting Advisor)
Hamlet had it easy compared to today’s college student. Yeah, he was a tad nuts and sure he was hallucinating about daggers and such. And maybe going crazy over the death of your father might have been a bit heavy, but it’s nothing compared to final exams or making the decision to drop a class. Or is it?
I suppose it’s all relative (no pun intended). The decision to drop a class ought to be weighed heavily. It should include a meeting with an advisor, and, at the very least, a conference with the prof. Just because it may be a difficult question doesn’t mean it should be made alone. Get informed support.
Why is this so important?
Dropping a class can do as much as push back your graduation. I recently had a student who wanted to drop ACCT 3366 (Frameworks). From the student’s perspective, dropping made sense. Making a C in the first 3000/4000 level accounting course is not a good way to start a major. The student was convinced that they could do better the following semester when the course load was better balanced with “easier” classes. Unfortunately, what the student didn’t realize was that by dropping Frameworks the student was creating a domino effect on the remaining accounting courses. Frameworks is a prerequisite for Intermediate One, which is a perquisite for Intermediate Two, and so on. Dropping Frameworks has the potential of delaying graduation by two semesters because you cannot make up the difference by taking any of those courses simultaneously.
Your advisors know this. We also are aware of your concerns to do well in classes. Just because you aren’t scoring the potential A in a class shouldn’t motivate you to drop the class. Earning a C is never fun, but delaying your education can be even more costly. And frankly, “a midterm C a final grade of C does not make”. Maybe we can offer advice on how to bounce back with something higher than a C. You want to be fully informed before you drop.
Other potential negatives for dropping can include but are not limited to: loss of financial aid and scholarships, interference with specific degree program qualifications, Graduation Pledge credit, and even internships.
Even before Hamlet made the decision to grasp the “dagger” and avenge his father, he took the time to gather as much information as possible. Unfortunately, he didn’t speak to the right person, like an academic advisor. An academic advisor would have been able to help him figure out a way to deal with the rot in Demark that wouldn’t have ended with his demise. Dropping classes may not be life threatening, but it can be life altering.
By Jeffrey Brown (PPA Advisor)
Here are some Study Tips to help you get through Midterms and on to Finals:
Start Rested: When you start studying you should be as rested as possible. Starting off tired will make it harder for you to focus and studying will actually take longer.
Study in Chunks: When you sit down to study, give yourself a defined time period. Don’t just plan to study “all day,” or “all night.” When you don’t have an end in sight, you will have no motivation for getting through the material. You will find yourself rereading the same sentence over and over or obsessively picking lint off your couch instead of studying. Instead, give yourself a time limit. Say, I am going to study for two hours and then I am going to go for a run. Or, I will finish 2 chapters and then I will watch an episode of my favorite TV show. Give yourself a reason to get through.
Reward Yourself: Study for a while and then take a break. Buy candy or a favorite food that you don’t get that often and treat yourself.
Remember studying is ultimately something YOU do for YOU, and you are definitely worth it!
Written by: Joanna Arnold (FINA advisor)
Registration is just around the corner! It’s time to think about how you can prepare for next semester. You don’t want to be picking classes at the last minute so plan ahead now! Here are some tips to help you:
• Before you do anything else, if you have not seen an academic advisor recently, make an appointment right away! Your advisor will be able to help you determine which courses you already have credit for and what is still needed. When you meet with your advisor be sure to touch on a few very important items:
1. If you are a transfer student, verify with your advisor that your transfer credits are appearing on your UH academic record and are counting on your degree pan as you had expected.
2. If any of your transfer work did not count on your degree plan as you had expected, your advisor can recommend whether or not to petition for course equivalency. Submit your course equivalency petitions RIGHT AWAY to ensure they will be reviewed in time for registration. Course equivalency petitions typically take several weeks to be reviewed.
3. Talk to your advisor about which courses should be your priority for next semester. Remember, if you have not filed a degree plan yet, your core and pre-business courses should be your first priority!
4. Ask for recommendations regarding which course you should and should not take together. This will help you avoid “scary” course combinations that are too difficult or unrealistic for your schedule.
• Think about your plans for next semester and how many classes you can realistically handle. If you plan to take a full course load of 12hrs you should plan to work no more than 20 hours per week. If you plan to work more than 20 hours, you likely need to take fewer classes.
• Remember, for each hour of class time you should plan for about 3 hours of study time. That means that if you plan to take 12hrs you need to have at about 36 hours available for studying each week.
• Be sure to balance your schedule so that you do not have too many courses of the same type (i.e. all heavy project oriented course, all heavy reading/writing courses, or all math based courses). Try to pick classes from a few different areas to ensure a varied course load.
For a sneak peak of the courses being offered this spring come to Reg Fest this Thursday, Oct. 14th! Stop by the tables in the back area of Melcher hall to pick up a list of the fall business courses. Plus meet you academic advisor and learn more about career services, study abroad, tutoring services, and many other programs! Attending Reg Fest is the BEST way to get a head start on planning your next semester! We hope to see you there!
Written by: Sarah Gnospelius
Short answer, yes! And, I’ll tell you why.
1) Advisors know secrets you don’t know
We can check requirements you may not realize are part of the degree. For example, residency requirements, GPA requirements, and credit hour requirements.
2) Advisors can help you schedule the right classes
All our advisors are trained on the best sequence of courses for your major, have knowledge on electives that are geared towards your interest area, give you recommendations on what classes to take together and prerequisite information. This is all based on past student experience and feedback from faculty and students.
3) Advisors can coach you on time management for work/school balance
We have seen it so many times and are guilty of it ourselves from time to time. We simply take on more than we can handle. You have every right to determine what is best for you, but if you need some advice or not sure how much work a particular class is, we can help you make good decisions based on how much you work and classes. For example, you will need to study a lot for Statistics 3331!
4) Advisors can offer advice on course selection
Not sure what a class is all about? Or are you trying to find a particular subject in your field and not sure how to find it? We can help with choosing the right courses for you. Not only in sequencing, time management, but also in content.
5) Advisors can help you graduate!!!
We want to see all of you graduate for UH Bauer College of Business and find meaning full work upon graduation. We can help make sure all requirements are met, all classes are taken, and celebrate with you as complete this great achievement!
October is the month to see an advisor; it is actually the BEST time to see an advisor. There are many available appointments online, we have plenty of time before Spring to plan effectively.
October is SENIOR ADVISING MONTH. If you plan on graduating next Spring, Summer, or Fall; now is the time to plan it all out. There is plenty of time to catch missing pieces and fill them in before you apply for graduation. Also, now is a good time to come in if you are on probation, college academic notice, or feel you need some help to stay on track. Honors students are required to come in for advising. Plus, if you are on the brink of filing a degree plan, now is the time to make sure you have will complete your courses in order to register for the next semester.
Don’t wait until the last minute, schedule an appointment today!
Your UBP Advising Team
UH Bauer seeks to develop real world business leaders. Right now in the real world we are facing some tough issues about employment and the economic downturn. How have you been affected and do you think we are on the up and up? According to the Federal Reserve the economy is recovering at a slow pace and no longer in a recession.
Read the September 21st statement from the Federal Reserve and share your thoughts with us!
The UBP Team
Seeking an entry level position or internship takes time and patience. You must at least endure 25 hours a week in your search to make it effective. Think of it as a part-time job in itself. There are many UH resources you have to assist you with your search. Here are some things to consider when you are seeking employment:
• Set a goal. Job search is already a challenge and if you do not have a specific career goal it just adds to the confusion. Think about what you might like to do. What industry are you interested in at the stage in your career? Goals change and you can always update your search to reflect that change.
• Network! Students may think their GPA is high enough to earn them that first job. However, grades are only a part of the equation, but you must get out of your comfort zone and network. Make sure you are attending networking events like the Bauer Career Fair happening at the UH Hilton on Friday, September 24 from 12:30-4:30PM. The more people you make contact with the better chances of obtaining employment. Social media, such as LinkedIn, is also a good tool to network if used properly. Once you network, keep your contacts informed about your efforts.
• Follow up with your contacts. Take a few moments to follow up with each employer by email. Thank the employer for taking the time to meet, for the helpful information you obtained, showing additional interest in joining their team, and attaching your resume to make it easier for them to review. Follow up letters are quick and to the point. Do not write a novel.
• Focus on your accomplishments and skills. When writing your resume please make sure you are not just stating your responsibilities when you market yourself. Ask yourself what you are most proud of when you were employed at that particular position. Identify the employer’s needs and market those with keywords onto your resume.
• Clean up your act. Check your resume for any grammatical errors and mistyped spellings. Keep your fonts and sizes consistent. Watch what you have on your Facebook page or any other social media outlet. Research the company you are interested in through articles, trends in that particular industry, and websites.
• Utilize the resources you have on campus. Visit with your career counselor at the Rockwell Career Center. You also have access to the University Career Services (UCS) located at the Student Service Center. Take a trip to the MD Anderson Library and speak to Loretta Wallace who is the business librarian.
• Get a mentor. Identify people who want to assist you and have experience in the areas you are interested in. Build those relationships and get advice from them.
Remember that a job search may seem chaotic, but the process can become a great experience if you are organized. Enjoy your time in college. Do not panic as this will only take away from the focus you need to find employment. Keep those negative experiences out, and stay patient to move forward. For more information please visit the Rockwell Career Center on the second floor of Cemo Hall.
By: Oliver Blanco l Career Counselor l Rockwell Career Center
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Hope the semester is getting off to a good start for you! A successful semester is all about keeping up with your classes now! It’s easy to fall behind so here are some tips to help you stay ahead:
1. Try to make at least one friend in every class. This will help you stay motivated to attend class and give you someone to call if you have a question on the class.
2. Check your syllabus daily and be sure to complete all readings and assignments by the date listed.
3. Note any upcoming major projects, tests, or papers and plan ahead. You may need to make adjustments to your schedule to accommodate some of the upcoming coursework.
4. If you think you will need to reduce your work hours to accommodate a major test, project, or paper plan ahead and ask your boss for those days off now.
5. Avoid cramming at the last minute by taking a few minutes every day to review your class notes.
6. Make studying a routine by creating a study schedule and trying to study during the same days/times every week at the same location.
7. If you are studying for long chunks of time, keep yourself motivate by giving yourself a 5-10 minute break after each hour of studying.
8. Get to know your professor and if you have a question don’t be afraid to ask! They have office hours for a reason and are just waiting for you to arrive.
Keeping up with your classes is a fantastic start to becoming a great student! To really make the most of your time at UH Bauer also be sure to get involved! Think about joining a student organization – you can gain leadership experience, make friends, and get connected with employers and alumni through numerous student organization events. Internships are another way to gain valuable experience that may even lead to a job offer after graduation. Visit a career counselor in the Rockwell Career Center for more information. And finally – don’t forget what a great resource your professors are – take advantage of the knowledge your professor have to share and considering getting involved in a research project with a professor. Your professors not only have a wealth of knowledge on the subject matter they teach, but often have a huge amount of industry knowledge as well!
By: Sarah Gnospelius