The job market is tightening in higher education. It is increasingly harder for those graduating with PhDs to procure permanent, tenure-track teaching positions. This is a reality for those currently in the field of communication as explained by Dr. Carole Blair in her article "The Deprofessionalization of the Faculty," which was published in the May 2019 issue of Spectra. What is more, there is plenty of evidence that several institutions of higher education are likely to downsize, fail, or merge over the next decade. Current faculty are aware of the situation:
As the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Communication at Southern Illinois University and professional career coach, students and other professionals frequently ask me about graduate school.
I will write another post in the future about graduate school in general with focus on the costs and benefits of continuing education.
In this post, I want to look at the Masters of Business Administration, or MBA. Because I teach business communication, many students I know are considering this as one of their post-undergrad options. I am not necessarily in favor of this degree nor am I opposed to it.
As with any decision, it should be made be considering the cost, benefits, and alternatives. Therefore, I have pulled together some of my favorite sources of information on the perennial debate: "To MBA, or not to MBA."
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Part-time marketing intern opening for SIU undergraduates in marketing, communications, or public relations! Potentiaco is seeking a currently enrolled student to work approximately 10 to 20 hours per week for 3 months give or take. The rate of pay is $10/hour. Position description is attached, student may apply through this link: https://www.potentiaco.com/careers/. Additional questions may be directed to Bonnie Kucharski of Potentiaco (see contact information below.)
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In a recent Inc.com article, Carmine Gallo, the author of best-selling book Talk Like TED, suggests that "public speaking Is no longer a 'soft skill.'"
The article is worth reading, but here's a few key takeaways (quotations) worth noting.
Dr. Elyse Pineau retired from the Dept. of Communication Studies at SIUC a few years ago. She is an award-winning teacher who continues to teach courses for time to time in the Honor's Program and the department. She is taking another trip to Oxford this summer for a 4-week intensive residency that features weekly, one-on-one tutorials with an Oxford Professor in the student’s chosen research/ professional focus.
Most suitable for this program are research-minded students who are studying performance, culture, persuasion, or interpersonal communication.
If you are interested, book an appointment with me: https://craige.link/SIU-Calendar. See info below.
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There is a really good article posted in Gallup's blog on the importance of undergraduate mentoring. You can read the full article by clicking on the image below.
As noted in the article:
"The 2018 Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey, Mentoring College Students to Success, provides a treasure trove of useful data for institutions that are serious about helping students make the most of their undergraduate years."
An insufficient percentage of students are receiving high-quality mentoring. While 25% of Strada-Gallup respondents "strongly agree" and 18% "agree" that they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams, that glass is not even half full.
Some students need clear guidance on how to find mentors, especially already underserved students (e.g., minorities or student with disabilities).
A perennial question I get from students, partly due to shitty advice they get around campus from people who are not resume experts, is "how can I get my resume to one page?" Sometimes, I help students create one-page resumes. It is not a good idea to have superfluous or poorly worded information that takes up unnecessary space on a resume. However, if someone has a lot of great experience, she or he should definitely have two pages. Why not?
What is more, new research shows that a two-page resume, when the content is good, may be more effective:
According to this Harvard Business Review article, Masculinity contests are likely undermining your business culture. >> How Masculinity Contests Undermine Organizations, and What to Do About It
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