Student Escape

Landis Green

College, the time when students dive headfirst into student loans, wild parties, and late night cramming. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I am was one of those students who always tried to do everything else but school. Weekends were my days off from school, and so were weekdays. I found that it was important to escape not only the campus life, but the city life in order to deal with the stress of school.

I tried doing all the things students usually do: Party, Tailgate football games, etc…  I fit perfectly into the role of a Nole, at Florida State University. I will admit that on occasion I ended up enjoying the fictitious rivalry between schools and the sport games, but soon enough that gets old and repetitive. So I found myself a more enjoyable hobby exploring places.

Location Location location, doesn’t matter:

My experience in College was great from a artificial point of view: I got excellent grades and I made good friends. But from a realistic point of view I was desperate to get as far away from it as possible. Exploring any other location far from my classes had soon become my hobby in between classes.

FSU Reservation

FSU Reservation

I initially explored only on campus. I started in what seemed to me at the time the center of the school, Landis Green. I almost immediately started heading uphill in an effort to spot from up top good locations, so I went up to the parking lot. I marked locations in every direction on my handy dandy campus map, and set out exploring. Off the bat the campus was very monotonous. Every building looked the same, and half of the people I ran into were obnoxious Jersey Shore types that made the act of enjoying a scenery feel like I was sitting on the couch watching E Television.  I was actively walking back and forth looking at different things, and that in itself was what was relaxing. Soon enough I found out that it doesn’t really matter where you go, as long as you go somewhere that is different.

My favorite locations included but weren’t limited to:

  • Parks
  • Housing Complexes
  • Downtown
  • Random Hallways
  • Rooftops

EXPLORE EXPLORE EXPLORE.

Francis Wayles Eppes

Francis Wayles Eppes

Always keep your mind open to exploration. For me, Tallahassee is a beautiful place with a lot of hidden gems. There is the FSU Re(z)servation for kayaking and rockwall climbing, and Apalachicola National Forest is right around the corner if you like hikes. You can get more information about the reservation by visiting FSU’s campusrec website, which also gives you more information on recreational activities around town. The key to this is to keep your mind moving by exposing yourself to new things. Some people like exploring new restaurants, new clothes, new shoes. I like new places.

The goal is to always keep yourself focusing on other things not related to whatever is causing stress in College. Now find something you like, and go out and explore! That is my student escape, what is yours? Leave comments below and share what works for you in relieving stress.

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What’s lacking from today’s new hires

Business ManThe job market is getting saturated every day with new hires while the number of undergraduates is through the roof. This increase in undergrads in the job market does not always correlate with an increase in the general skill level, but it does increase the amount of competition.

Just like in business, increased competition requires an increased competitive advantage to survive, and new employees have been reported to be lacking certain basic skills that could put them ahead of the curve.

Presentation

The majority of new hires are found to be lacking presentation skills. Colleges do not usually require more than one presentation classes, and students who do not have work experience are usually trying to complete miscellaneous requirements that do little to improve these skills. The problem with the presentation is the ability to research and convey useful information. A tip for students, do an internship or two during; Internships usually have the intern go through a process of researching and presenting data that will that needed advantage.

Communication

Hand in hand with presentation, future hires are strongly lacking communication skills. From the first interview to the day to day job environment, the basic ability to effectively communicate is essential for the employees and companies success. Companies depend on the daily interaction and exchange of information to thrive, and when a future hire shows up for the interview, first impressions can be everything.

1. Maintain eye contact  – 93% of the emotional meaning of our messages is communicated through nonverbal channels, so maintaining proper eye contact and not staring can show confidence.

2. Effective business communication requires an understanding of the proper channels.

Growth

Companies take into account the new hires ability to grow and adapt. Company culture is important day to day operations. Although it is not required to be molded into the culture, the ability to work side by side and adapt is a must for any new employee.

“Many companies hire based on the candidates ability to grow. Employers undergo rigorous interviews and know that the new hire that will be joining the company has the basic skills to complete his/her role. Additionally employers understand that the new hire will continue to develop new skills as they develop in their career.” Kellogg’s

Presentation, communication, and growth are just three skills that recruiters generally agree is lacking from job seekers. There are a lot of things you can do to stand out, and you can start with a resume. A great resume can be the difference when job seekers have hundreds of equally qualified applicants.

For more help, Universities and Community Colleges usually have one-on-one resources for resume building. So if you don’t already have a resume, or just need someone to review it, give that a try. Additionally you can check these links for tips on building your resume:

A student in their finals years of school should be preparing for the challenges ahead. A good internship goes a long way for improving communication and presentation skills. If possible, students should take as many electives as they can which involve practicing conveying information by means of presentations. Keeping an open mind to company culture is also a must as working for a company with no identifiable traits to the employee may lead to poor work experience.