Why You Should Work for a Non-Profit

Are you looking for something different than the corporate world? One place to find meaningful work is in non-profits, where diverse people, majors, and opportunities exist. Non-profits are organizations with a unique tax exemption status that allows them to work towards a purpose other than a profit. The revenue for non-profits is usually obtained through donations and grants and is used for public services. Often, the goals of non-profits are for a particular cause, like awareness of a certain type of cancer or a political party, instead of focusing on creating large profits for employees and shareholders. Many people immediate think of soup kitchens as non-profits, which soup kitchens are. However, non-profits can be quite diverse and large. For example, the Salvation Army and Boy Scouts are two non-profits that are multi-billion dollar organization.

One of the key differences between non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations is the measure of success. Instead of measuring how much money the company has generated in a fiscal year, non-profits measure their success in the fulfillment of their mission. With all of the money coming from donations and the company not paying taxes, non-profit organizations must be very critical of how money is spent and look for the best ways to utilize profits.

Non-profits utilize any major, like accountants, graphic designers, social workers, scientists, and many more positions. In addition to opportunities for all, non-profits can offer competitive salaries, opportunities for growth, and connections to multiple other businesses.

I intern for a non-profit called #PutAPriceOnIt. My work is empowering because I am joined by people across the country working towards the same goal as me. Seeing everyone’s accomplishments and building off of the passion of each person motivates me to change the world. Changing my major to work in the non-profit world is one of the greatest decisions I have ever made.

I think of the quote from Kip Schaefer who is the director of institutional business development at the National Philanthropic Trust “I never saw myself sitting on a pile of cash at the end of my career,” he says. “I expected to look back and say, ‘Look how great I impacted the world,’” and think: there are more ways to be successful than making money.

Finding a non-profit can be simple, as there are many tools to search for jobs on the internet.

Even if you are not entering the job force at the moment, searching through jobs can give you an idea of the work you will be doing in the future. If you are applying for jobs, ensure that your resume is up to date and your mind open. Look forward to a future of a job that you can enjoy.

 

An Innovative Way to Inspire On Campus and In the Workplace

As a college student, being a leader may not be your main priority. With all of your classes, clubs, and attempts to maintain a social life, presiding over a group of students may not fit into your planner for the week. However, leadership skills are the #1 transferable skill desired by employers, and knowing how to inspire others can help you progress in your future career. Luckily, you can gain leadership skills in many ways…not all of which are highly time consuming. From a group project, to your part-time job, to volunteering, you can choose a way to develop leadership skills that matches with your interests and available time.

So, how can you become not only a leader, but one that inspires?

You can read online for days about the best ways to be a leader. There are oversimplified tasks listed like “always keep promises” or “be confident”. While these skills are important for leadership, being a good person is not enough to truly lead, because there is a difference between leaders and those who lead.

Leadership expert, Simon Sinek, believes there are leaders with authority that we are forced to follow, such as a manager or boss. Alternatively, there are those who lead, people that we follow because we are inspired. The defining difference between leaders and those who lead is the way their message is organized.

The golden circle is the way Sinek explains how items or ideas are marketed.

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Most people talk from the outside-in, from what-how-why.

Starting from the “what”, people talk about what the organization does. The “how” is the plan for the organization. Finally, the “why” is the reason the organization was formed and their mission. An example of a typical use of this strategy would be: “We sell computers, the computers are easy to use and are beautiful, buy our computers”. Most products or ideas are sold in this format. However, the message is uninspiring.

An example of a company that works from the inside-out is Apple. Consider this example: “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo… The way we challenge the status quo is by making our product beautifully designed…Want to buy one?”

In order to truly inspire people, you must work from the inside-out. Start by explaining your mission, why do you get up in the morning, the goals you have. Then explain how you plan on accomplishing these goals. Finally, talk about the what. People will follow because they have common interests and believe in your ability to accomplish those passions.

The model of the golden circle can apply to everyday life. For example, that group essay that you have to write with four people by next week? Start by telling the group about why you are passionate about the topic, then explain how you want the group to write the essay, and finish by asking for their support. Members will actively engage in the writing process because they are excited for the mission of the paper, not that they have to write 5-7 pages.

As a student or simply as an individual, you have the ability to spark excitement and initiative. As Simon Sinek says, “people do not follow what you do, they follow why you do it.”

 

How to Power Pose Your Way Through Life

Have you ever asked yourself why Wonder Woman is so full of confidence? The simple answer: Power Poses.

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Wonder Woman’s pose with her hands on her hips, chin held high, and chest out before she faces down a villain could be the key to her victories. Research suggests a correlation between your posture and your feelings of confidence…or lack of thereof.

High power poses are open and relaxed, actually causing your body to release more testosterone (a hormone connected to confidence) and reduce cortisol (a hormone related to high levels of stress). Low power poses do the opposite. When your body becomes closed and guarded, your levels of testosterone decrease as your cortisol rises.

You may be wondering how power poses apply to your non-superhero-villain-fighting self. While you may not be teaming up with Superman on a weekly basis, power poses can help in every aspect of your life. Feeling nervous before an interview? Power pose. Writing a ten page paper that is due in two hours? Power pose. Trying to catch the bus from SBS to North campus as everyone gets out of class? Power pose. When you hold a high power pose for at least two minutes, the hormones in your body change and result in increased confidence.

Even more amazingly, the increased assurance you feel after standing in a power pose for two minutes actually makes others perceive you as more confident too.  When going in for an interview, the confidence you exude will be noticed by others. Your self-assurance demonstrates your ability to flourish at a job and could secure future higher positions.

So next time you have butterflies building in your stomach, power pose to give yourself the assurance you need. The confidence you feel will translate into your everyday life so you can feel like Wonder Women no matter what you are doing!

 

 

How to Take Little Steps to Achieve Big Dreams

Have you ever met someone who has their entire life planned out? With every year mapped out and color coded? The analytical and organized map of their future may seem like that person is guaranteed success. Panic may start to set in, especially if you haven’t declared a major or if you don’t know what you want to do with it. It might seem like latching onto “a plan” with iron firmness is the way to go. However, rigid attachment to a long term goal, especially one that you are not passionate about, can actually be a disservice to your inner peace and ability to take advantage of new opportunities in the moment.

Long term goals train people to focus entirely on the end game. If an event occurs that derails the end game, people can be left in an identity crisis…feeling completely lost and empty. The goal of their life is no longer achievable, which can be difficult for people to move on from. So, instead of flow-charting your entire life, focus on little commitments that can lead to larger ones. Determine your core beliefs and interests and work every day to find small commitments that align with them. When you move towards larger goals one step at a time, you give yourself the freedom to be flexible, to move in a different direction as your first-hand experience changes your idea of the final destination.

When thinking of little commitments, think of the phrase “Drip. Drip. Splash.” Every drop of water contributes to the ocean, just like every commitment you make contributes to your interests and aspirations.  Your first step can be something small where you have little to lose.

I began my first “drip” in college by taking biology and chemistry labs because I dreamed of being a wildlife biologist. During lab, I learned that chemistry makes me cry and does not lead me to happiness. Instead of falling into despair about my life being slightly derailed, I tried a different “drip”. My next step was to begin environmental classes, which inspired me to want to work in environmental policy. My change in direction led to my “splash”, an internship with a national environmental organization that lobbies Congress.

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I have not carved my future into stone, but I have an idea of where I want to go and a future I can truly look forward to. Each step teaches you a little more about yourself and what you makes you happy. Each drip and step you take creates a pool of opportunities and connections. Learn from each step, adapt, and remain focused on your interests to lead you to happiness.

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NAU Aquatic Center

The updated Wall Aquatic Center is in one of the newest buildings on campus, the Tennis and Aquatics Center. It opened to students on February 20th, 2016 and has hosted many exciting events since!

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Campus Recreation employs about 64 students each year to teach various classes and sessions at the aquatic center. Students teach campus and community members how to  swim , paddle board, do Aqua Zumba, and log roll like Louie!, PE classes like Intro to Dive also take place at the Aquatic Center.

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If you have any life-guarding experience, you can become a lifeguard at the WAC, and they will help you get cross certified with the Red Cross. Even if you stay dry working  the front desk, the aquatic center will provide you with certification classes in First Aid and CPR. Campus Rec also holds monthly review classes to help refresh your knowledge of CPR and First Aid. Don’t forget to add those awesome lifesaving skills to your resume! Would you like to join the team at the Aquatic Center? Be sure to apply online!

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Maybe you just want to use the WAC resources, rather than finding a job? Open swim is available Monday through Friday! Be sure to check out the Campus Rec webpage for summer current hours. During open swim there are lap lanes and medium and low diving boards available as long as there are no classes using them. Aqua jogger belts, dumbbells and weights are available as well for workouts during open swim. Some signature events that the Aquatics department hosts in conjunction with Campus Recreation include Splash n’ Dash every  April (which includes a 500 yard swim and a 5k run), and Tough Louie, which is scheduled for this September 10th! The Aquatics center will also be hosting several of Sun Entertainment’s Dive-in Movie nights this semester!

The Wall Aquatic Center hosts NCAA Diving competitions including Olympic level athlete, and international teams come to train with us regularly, including the Japan National Team, and more than one Olympic. If you are interested in checking out any of the upcoming international teams  at the WAC be sure to follow Hypo 2 on Facebook! Register for the right PES class this semester and you could  be swimming right next to an Olympian!

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The Hidden Beauty of NAU Outdoors

NAU is a beautiful campus surrounded by dozens of hiking trails and camp grounds. One of the great features that NAU has to offer its students is the NAU Outdoors program. The program offers a variety of ways that you can experience the outdoors! For instance, the Wilderness Welcome Trips are 1-3 credit courses that take students on small trips to the Grand Canyon, San Juan River, Colorado River, and other amazing places. Each semester the Parks and Recreation Management program organizes 10-15 outdoor classes. For example, there are rafting courses and wilderness survival classes that will be launching during the Fall 2016 school year. You can experience these awesome trips all while earning credit and learning new camping skills!

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            NAU Outdoors also offers experience based trips that are not designed for any academic credit but are there for the experience. You could go to Havasupai Falls, go mountain biking or do yoga down in Sedona with the red rocks! Some of these trips are day trips but they sure are days to remember! They even offer a backpacking trip to Zion!

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Another great way that you can get involved with NAU Outdoors is through their Customized Trip Program. Through this program, NAU Outdoors can work with other departments who offer an academic component to the trips while they provide the field based aspect of the course. For example, Field Based Eco-Ethics (SYS 208) is a course that was recently offered and NAU Outdoors worked with Environmental Sciences to look at the water shed within the San Juan River.

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I encourage all students to try out one of these courses or trips no matter what your wilderness experience is! You will learn basic camping and cooking skills, leadership skills and even practice the Leave No Trace Principle. All you have to do is pay the fee for the trips/course and you are all set to begin your adventure! Your fee covers the cost of transportation, gear, food, permits, as well as guides and instruction.

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            NAU Outdoors gives students a hands on experience while learning several transferrable skills that can be placed on your resume, or expressed in a job interview. While learning how to light a ‘whisper light stove’ may only benefit you while backpacking, getting out of your comfort zone and gaining leadership or problem solving skills will show a great deal of grit. You can tell your future employers that you know how to follow through both on the trail and on the job!

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A Taste of Sweet Endings

Last week my coworkers and I had the pleasure of attending a dessert tasting event called A Sweet Ending in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The tasting was for a class called Fundamentals of Cooking (HA243). The students are instructed by Chef Lecturer, Mark Molinaro teaches his students how to plan, organize, and prepare meals in order to turn them into a beautifully crafted edible chef-d’oeuvre.

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My coworkers Riley and Ana getting ready to enter Sweet Endings!

When we arrived, we found groups of 4-5 students at 8 tables ready to showcase their specific desserts. Each table was exquisitely decorated to match their individually chosen themes and desserts.

We tasted crème brulee that was warmed up with a fiery handheld blow torch in front of our very eyes. The excitement seemed to add to the wonderful creamy flavor. Another table took a simple dessert- a doughnut –  and turned it into a perfect combination of sweet and salty by adding bacon bits to the maple glaze that was drizzled over each doughnut. There were plenty of other wonderful tasting desserts such as cream puffs shaped like swans, mini fruit tarts, and creative mini cupcakes topped with orange/caramel popcorn!

This special event allowed the students to present their dessert in an attractive setting and answer any questions that their “customers” may have. It was a great way for them to learn transferrable skills that will prepare them for their future Hotel and Restaurant Management careers. In preparation for this event, they had to bake all of their ingredients the day before, in class. This brought out their skills in planning and organization as they had to demonstrate their creations the very next day. It’s a lot of pressure but the students of HA243 section 1613 definitely pulled through!

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                This course is one of many courses at NAU that allows students to get hands on knowledge under the guidance of an experienced professional like Chef Molinaro. These transferable skills will give these students the upper hand when it comes time to put on their own Chef hats!

We would like to give Chef Molinaro and his students a final shout out for their delicious desserts and delightful accomplishments this year. We will be waiting anxiously for our invites to next semester’s tastings!

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Psst… It’s not over yet!

We are in the last few weeks of the spring semester and the atmosphere seems to be a lot more stressful and tense than usual. There are students filling up the library in their final attempts to raise their GPA. But we’re here to help you make the most of your time before finals week!

Some first steps to get started are to help you relax! You might be stressing over your final projects, papers, and assignments, but it’s good to remember to stop and take a deep breath every now and then. You can learn to relax by taking a 10 minute nap, getting a massage, or even doing 15 minutes of yoga. These simple tasks can revamp your mind and boost your energy enough to help you keep moving forward. They are even more effective than all that coffee and energy shots from Jamba Juice!

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The end of the year can bring a lot of questions from family members and friends about what you plan to do with your summer. A great way to answer that question is to tell them about all the jobs and internships that you are looking into on Handshake! Hint Hint! This job platform is a huge database that allows students to look for safe, quality jobs while they are working on their degrees, and it also contains lots of jobs for new graduates. If you feel intimidated about starting the job search process, don’t fret! NAU Career Development has a variety of different appointments that you can schedule depending on where you are in the job search process. We have appointments for Career Exploration, where you can meet with an advisor or peer mentor to help you explore the different paths you can take with your major that would best fit your strengths and interests. You can also meet with an advisor or peer mentor in person or through a phone appointment about job search strategies or resume and cover letter reviews, and we even hold mock interviews to get you ready for all those interviews that you are eager to land. Looking for a summer internship, want to get credit for gaining transferable skills in your summer job, or want to get a head start on an internship for fall? Visit our Internship Referral Center to learn more.

Another way that you can get ready for the end of the semester is by taking advantage of the tutoring centers and resources available to you as a student here at NAU! The Student Learning Center provides free online tutoring as well as in person tutoring for classes that you may be struggling with.

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It’s never too late to keep trying! Meeting with a tutor could make all the difference when it comes to that final. The English Department also provides help through the Writing Center where you can get some hands on help with any writing challenges you may be facing. These are some very productive ways to make the most out of your time to get you ready for finals week and your summer.

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            In case you may be leaving Flagstaff for the summer and won’t have time to make an appointment with us don’t forget about our online career resources that are available to you through your laptop, phone, or tablet! You can access them right from home. Our Pinterest, Smart Axe blog, and website are filled with valuable information and tips that will help build your career knowledge. So don’t forget about us over summer, we are here for you!

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How to Land a Summer Internship!

Spring break is fast approaching and after that, summer will be right around the corner! So why not begin looking for summer internships now? Do it before summer actually creeps up on you and you are left without an internship or a job. Employers begin filling summer internship positions in the spring by opening up their application processes, attending career fairs and getting to know students who are interested in working with them.

If you’re wondering how to get started with your internship search, NAU Career Development has the perfect starting line for you!

 

Career Spring Expo

Every Semester NAU Career Development hosts a Career and Graduate School Expo that brings in 100+ employers looking to hire NAU students specifically. As a student, attending the Expo is a great move that could get you your dream internship. If you are wondering which employers will be attending the expo, visit Jobs for Jacks for the list of employers who will be there, just be sure click on the “Fairs” tab! Many employers are looking to hire students for summer internships, part time and full-time positions. So be sure to attend on Thursday, February 25th from 12pm-4pm. If you have class, you can stop by in between your classes for even just 5 minutes and get in some facetime with employers. Be sure to bring copies of your resume and dress up professionally (not jeans).

Obtaining an internship looks great on your resume and it helps you gain valuable transferrable skills that every employer looks for. Not only would you be learning great skills that will last a lifetime, your internship could also potentially lead you to earn employment with the company or organization you are interning with! A post-internship job isn’t guaranteed, but it can happen if you prove your value to the company and work hard in your internship. For example, Career Development just hired our very own Design Intern as a Career Jack!

Another way that you could make your internship search more efficient is by checking out Jobs for Jacks Powered by Handshake. We have over 100 internships in our database just waiting for NAU students like you to apply! All you have to do is log in to Handshake (you already have an account if you are a student, just use your NAU email!). Once you upload your resume, you can easily apply for those internships that meet your criteria. Informational Interview quote

If you want one-on-one help with your internship search or need help preparing to meet with a potential internship employer, Career Development’s new Internship Referral Center can help.  The Internship Referral Center is your central point of contact for all-things-internship at NAU.  Call 928-523-4772 to set up an appointment with one of the Internship Referral Center staff.

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Even if you have no idea what kind of internship would be the best fit for you, Career Development always has an answer: Informational Interviews! Informational interviews allow you to interview people, who are in a position that catches your interest, whether they be NAU alumni, Flagstaff community members, or a family friend. In these interviews you can ask about how much they like their job, how they got into their field, and what kind of daily tasks they complete. Conducting an informational interview is one of the most beneficial ways to gain an inside look at an organizations or fiend of interest. It could help you make your pick! Plus, it gives you more detailed information than you could get from any website or flyer.

So there you have it, three fun ways to begin your hunt for internships! Start now and with hard work there’s no doubt that you will have an internship in your hands by summer. Be a good Lumberjack and put yourself out there, because everyone wants to hire an intern that bleeds blue and gold!

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Don’t Post That! Guest Post by Emma-Leigh Enrico

Everyone is on social media these days.

It’s a great way to keep in contact with friends or to do an occasional bit of social espionage.

It’s okay, we all do it.

The problem is, we aren’t the only ones spying.

From Facebook and Twitter, to Instagram and Tumblr, more and more employers are using social media to decide between candidates. Data shows 93% of hiring managers review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Your risqué picture or inappropriate comment could be the biggest thing between you and that dream job.

Here are some tips to make sure that you get all of the benefits and none of the burn when it comes to your social media platforms!

The Light Side of Social Media:

The good news is that managers aren’t just lurking around on your social profiles to dig up the scandalous; they’re also looking for information that could give you a boost in the candidate pool. Profiles on professional social media and information from other places on the net can be the perfect platform to show off. About one-third of employers used content found on LinkedIn or in Google searches to help them hire employees.

How can you leverage the light side?

Keep an academic or professional blog. Your articles will come up in a Google search and show prospective employees where your interests lie. Create a killer LinkedIn Profile. Make sure to include a picture and fully fill out the summary section using information from your resume. Your profile will be available to employers and other professionals; this is a perfect palace to show off your accomplishments. Join professional organizations and engage in your community online and in real life. Your involvement on committees and projects will probably get some web attention and show up in a Google search as well.

Your online presence can project a professional image, and show off a personality that is a perfect fit for your future employer.

 

The Dark Side of Social Media:

Sometimes Private is Not so Private.

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We took pictures from NAU’s Snapchat page. We had one right here. It was so explicit that we were forced to censor it so that we didn’t violate NAU’s policies! That pictrue you took naked in the bathroom, or smoking a bong in your dorm room is easily accessible by everyone. We still have it. We just can’t post it

 

Use privacy settings to make your social profiles as private as possible. The less an employer sees, the less you have to worry about! 55% of hiring managers claim that they reconsidered a candidate based on what they found on the internet. Google searches will uncover pictures you’re tagged in on public sites, comments you make on public sites, screenshots of your snapchat if posted with your name on any public sites, and comments that others post on your account, if it is not private.  If you send a Facebook message to someone who is not your friend, those messages will also come up in a Google search. If you are tagged in a picture along with others, everyone who is friends with everyone else who is tagged will also see you, whether your profile is public or not. Remember employers will judge you based on the company you keep, and your privacy is always one screen shot away from not so private.

 

Remember that naked snapchat you sent to NAU’s university wide account? Well, one of the thousands of people who viewed it took a screenshot. They can post it wherever they want, and if they attach your name to it, it will come up in a Google search. Even if it remains anonymous, the farther it spreads the more likely it will eventually bump into someone you know and become associated with your name. Now it’s searchable.

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Seen these girls recently? That mess started with a dash of racism, disrespect, and poor taste, followed by a snap chat, a screen shot, and national notoriety.

 

Posting a glazed eyes, sloppy-drunk picture at 2AM may seem like a good idea through your beer-goggles, but folks have gotten fired for less. Even that innocent picture of you that screams, “I’m a good person!” will only look great until paired with a racist or disrespectful comment. Engaging in illegal behavior? If someone not-so-amused screen shots that and sends it viral, you might as well have been smoking a bong in the police department parking lot. Now you have a virtual problem compounded by real world charges.
Now, we’re not saying to constantly wear baggy turtlenecks, only speak when spoken to, and stay away from alcohol for your entire life. But, if your grandmother wouldn’t want to see it, neither does an employer. Not Grandma safe? Don’t post that

Be sure to check your security features on different media outlets. For example, if you want to un-tag yourself from a photo, just click on the photo, click on the tag option, and the “I don’t

want to be tagged in this photo.” Another awesome thing that Facebook offers is the ability to approve your tags before they can be viewed on your profile! That way you avoid an embarrassing situation from a picture you didn’t even take.
Social media is such a large part of our everyday lives that we may not even realize that it goes

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From Google image search. Would Grandma like this? We think not.

 

deeper than having fun connecting with friends and posting things we find humorous. That one picture or one post can be the swing factor in a hiring committee’s decision. So next time you go to post something remember: so long as your picture exists anywhere, even on your snapchat story, it can exist everywhere.

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