Visit the CareerLocker Booth at the WSCA Conference Next Week

If you are planning to attend the Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference (WSCA) next week in Madison, don’t forget to drop by my booth! I will be at booth number 18. Please also remember to check your program bags for a CareerLocker ad, which includes the reasons why you would want to stay with CareerLocker to meet the state’s ACP requirements.

I would also like to take this time to introduce our new partner, Paul Vidas, president of Nvolved Inc. Paul will be doing a WSCA session on GetNvolved, a web tool for volunteering and work-based learning. Schools can use GetNvolved to promote, track, and report on community service and work-based learning. Check it out at http://www.getnvolved.org, it is free for all schools!

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Welcome to the First CareerLocker Tidbits Post!

As your training representative, I would like take this time to introduce you to my new CareerLocker Tidbits posts, where I will send out weekly (sometimes more) tidbits and useful hints on how to use CareerLocker!

As none of us have much time these days, I will make these posts as short as possible…starting off with this week’s tidbit:

Every building location is assigned one account, and each account gets their own specific registration codes. These registration codes link the professionals and students/or clients back to their organizations.

Picture of How to Create an Account in CareerLocker

Every account will also have one main person assigned as the CareerLocker administrator, and this person will be the one who can look up and edit student/client information. The CareerLocker administrator will also be able to look up and edit professional user information; along with granting administrative rights to specific professionals in an organization. This means, that if Ms. Jane Doe is listed as the administrator of your account, you can ask Jane Doe to grant you administrative rights for the 6-week career’s course you are teaching. That way, when your students and clients forget their user names and passwords, you can look them up yourself, instead of having to track down Ms. Jane Doe.

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 That wraps up my tidbits for this week!

Stay tuned for more CareerLocker tidbits…

Amy

Introducing our new CareerLocker staff

Welcome Nelse and Julie!

Please join us in welcoming two new employees to the CareerLocker team!

Nelse2Nelse Grundvig, who joined us in June as a Researcher, will be involved in the analysis of career assessments, career readiness,  CareerLocker data, and related topics. Nelse’s experience as Labor Market Director and a Policy Initiatives Advisor for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, will be a valuable addition to our team’s expertise in workforce and career development.

Julie M. Hau PhotoJulie Hau, Ph.D., joined us in August as the site Content Manager. She will manage all parts of the site content. Julie brings over 15 years of expensive experience in the field, including positions at Madison Area Technical College; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Illinois at Chicago; and California State University, Northridge. She has served as assistant professor, instructor, advising dean, advisor and counselor. Her research focuses on Social Cognitive Career Theory and its applications to underrepresented students.

We are delighted to have Nelse and Julie as part of the CareerLocker team and look forward to working with them to provide you with the best career information site possible.

New CareerLocker to be Launched this Fall

Hello educators!

The school year is almost up, and I would like to take this time to remind you that we here at the Center on Education & Work have been working very hard for the past few years on the redesign of our new website. Earlier this year, you were invited to take a look.

Please remember, you are welcome to take a look at the new website! Please take a look and let me know if you would like any changes, or if you have suggestions. You will be able to view the new site all summer long, as we are scheduled to switch over to the new site this fall.

Checking out our new website now will help prevent shell shock this fall when you log into CareerLocker and it looks totally different!

In case you haven’t created an account on our new demo site, here are instructions:

-log into your current CareerLocker account at https://wiscareers.wisc.edu
-at the page that says ‘Welcome Professionals,’ click on the new ‘CareerLocker link’ found under my video
-if you haven’t created an account, click ‘Create an account’ on the right-hand side of the page, found underneath the login fields
-enter the code: test-pro
-create a unique user name and password that you will use to log into this demo site from then on

We are still in progress of finishing up the site, so some features might be missing. However, if you have any suggestions, please send them to me, or send them through the feedback links!

Please take a look!

Amy

What are Hiring Managers Looking for?

Woman holding a hired sign.The newly released 2014 Job Preparedness Indicator Report prepared by the Career Advisory Board at DeVry University indicates a job skills gap, as well as findings on how hiring managers make their selections of candidates.

The report shows that at the entry-level the greatest gap between what hiring managers are looking for and what candidates possess occurs with adaptability and written communication skills. When it comes to tools that hiring managers use to evaluate candidates, 69% of respondents indicated that they use measurable criteria when evaluating candidates, an indication that more hiring managers are systematizing the evaluation process.

Whether you work with students or adults, this information may be helpful as you work with them on developing employability and interviewing skills. To read the report’s Executive Summary, go to http://careeradvisoryboard.org/public/uploads/2014/12/2014-JPI-Executive-Summary.pdf.

CareerLocker at WSCA…and ACP Requirements

Last week was the big Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference here in Madison. I was lucky to not only be an exhibitor, but I was able to present on the new look of CareerLocker, coming out this fall. Thank you to all of you who stopped by my booth to say hello! I had a couple of counselors ask for my picture…

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Please forgive the blurriness; we were having too much fun jumping at the thought of counseling students!

On another note, thanks to all of you who not only attended my session, but took the time to tweet about it! Thanks to Juan Ramirez and his staff at Menomonie High School for the wonderful tweet about attending my session.

Not only was I able to showcase our new look for fall, I was also able to talk about the upcoming ACP requirements and how CareerLocker can meet those requirements. I have decided to attach the document that I made for this session.

This document will be helpful when asking if CareerLocker will meet the upcoming ACP requirements.

Meeting ACP Requirements 2015 PDF

Lastly, I was so happy that I chose to sponsor Minnijean Brown Trickey during the President’s lunch Keynote Speech Thursday afternoon. For those of you who were not able to attend, Minnijean was part of the ‘Little Rock Nine,’ a group of nine students who, back in 1957, faced a mob angry for the recent changes of desegregation laws. This event led to interventions of President Eisenhower, along with federal soldiers coming to ensure the safety and entrance of these nine brave students.

Minnijean showed a heart-breaking segment of the film Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey. I cannot seem to find this film for viewing on the internet, but I highly recommend it.

And she was kind enough to allow me to pose with her:

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For more information on Minnijean and the Little Rock Nine, please visit this page:

http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-32-fall-2007/feature/school-year-changed-nation

Thanks to all who remember me and take the time to visit me at WSCA, or to send me notes and telephone calls during the school year. I hope to see you all throughout the upcoming year! Stay warm Wisconsin!

Amy