ARE YOU CAREER READY?

DID YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE aDEQUATELY PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?

IS IT TIME FOR RESKILLING?

DO YOU WANT A DO oVER?

DO YOU NEED HELP DEVELOPING A SOUND BUSINESS PLAN OR PRESENTATION?

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Working together

Are you confident you have the competencies employers want? Are you a contributor? Are you a thinking strategist?

In the past, companies seeking college graduates selected applicants for additional consideration based on the GPA, degree and experiential experiences listed on the resume or application. Those credentials can be a nice signal of someone's abilities; however, they do not fully capture how a prospective employee makes decisions that can lead to improved organizational performance. Given the current business environment requires companies to delegate decision making closer to the front-line, before businesses hand over those rights, they assess critical-thinking skills. Successful applicants are able to not merely talk in generalities about best options to resolve issues, they are able to demonstrate they can solve problems when they arise and maintain high standards. The Thinking Strategist, the latest book written by Dr. Vickie Cox Edmondson, an academic and management strategist, has been described as “the first book to address this reality. It describes the tools of strategy making in an accessible way. Professor Vickie Cox Edmondson makes a compelling case for why being a thinking strategist is necessary whether you are a senior manager trying to break through to the next level or a person early in your career.”

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There is a disconnect between what business leaders need and what higher education institutions think they are producing. A separate Gallup study for Inside Higher Ed finds that 96% of chief academic officers at higher education institutions say their institution is very or somewhat effective at preparing students for the world of work. Quite the reverse, business leaders say that college graduates do not have the skills that their particular businesses need such as applicable knowledge and applied skills in the field. - Gallup

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The ability to make sound judgments is fundamental to success. For example, if a bright young analyst cannot discern the differences in data he uncovers, how can he be expected to make an accurate report? That report will not contain a necessary context for a more senior manager to evaluate. Why? Because the analyst did not realize it was important!- Forbes

For most people, college is not a bad investment. However, some need more than your routine business curriculum to develop the business acumen and technical skills employers want. Some need additional opportunities to apply the material in a supportive environment. Others need to bounce ideas off someone. Whatever your needs, Dr. Vickie Cox Edmondson will work with you to develop the skills you need to succeed.