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Introduction to Employee Engagement, Career Development, and Talent Management

Jun 18, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

By Catherine Rains, M.S. A common misconception people have is that career development stops when they finish school and set out on their career path. But as you and I both know, this just isn’t true. In order to get ahead and continue to thrive, we must constantly find ways to grow and further develop ourselves. Some of us are fortunate enough to work in our dream job, while others feel “stuck” in their job but need to pay the bills to support themselves or their family. Still others are ready to make a move but just aren’t sure how to take that first step. You may be lucky enough to have the support of your manager and/or HR department that sees the value in talent management. Companies know that helping their employees grow increases the likelihood that they will become more loyal and motivated to stay at the company while performing at their best and, in turn, save the company thousands of dollars in hiring costs. However, many companies, especially start-ups, simply don’t have the funds to allocate for employee development. It may not be a matter of caring about keeping employees but simply a budgetary constraint. If you love what you do but don’t feel like your company is providing you with the resources to grow, it may be time to take matters into your own hands. Over the next few months, I will be delving into how you can support your employees through the process of enhancing, expanding, and/or changing careers, which will carry over to improve your talent management initiatives. This will also include how to support yourself when your company doesn’t offer the resources you need to further develop your skills and expertise in your role (or to move beyond it). My expertise lies in showing you how to use your results from the Myers-Briggs® (MBTI®) and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments to do just that. We’ll also run a series of posts from Nicole Trapasso, director of HR & OD, about what trends she sees in the talent life cycle and how technology and assessments are playing a part in the evolution of the HR industry. Join us for this journey and don’t forget to meet Priscilla Gardea, Senior Admissions Counselor at Adams State University. You’ll see her name appear throughout my blog posts as we use her own MBTI and Strong results to...

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Meet Priscilla Gardea and follow her self-discovery journey

Jun 18, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 1 comment

Name: Priscilla Gardea Age: 29 Hometown: El Paso, TX Current residence: Fort Collins, CO Occupation: Senior Admissions Counselor, Adams State University Favorite song: “Everlong,” Foo Fighters Favorite movie: The Fall Job I wanted as a kid: Astronaut Interesting fact: I learned how to ride a bike when I was 23 years old. MBTI® type: ENFP  When I was a freshman in high school, my English class had posters of literary quotes all over the walls. The one closest to where I sat was a quote from “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning. At the time, it didn’t mean much to me; neither did the class. Ironically, since then I’ve gotten a degree in English, and it has become a quote with which I strongly align my sense of self. It reads: “She had a heart—how shall I say?—too soon made glad, too easily impressed; she liked whate’er she looked upon, and her looks went everywhere.” I am an optimistic woman with a joyous and light heart. I want to live my life spherically, in many different directions; live the breadth of my life as well as the length of it. I was born and raised in the border town of El Paso, Texas—a third-generation Mexican American. Along with my parents, my grandma helped raise me and she’s been a huge influence in my life. I have a younger sister, Krystal, a younger brother, Nathan, and two spitfire nephews, Isaiah and Ilijah. Initially, my parents didn’t want me to leave home to go to college. As I was the oldest, a young woman, and the first to go to college, there was a lot of worry and many concerns. My stubbornness paid off, and I ended up going to school at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. After changing my major a few times, I ended up graduating with a degree in English and two minors, history and women’s studies. While in college I became extremely involved in campus activities. I participated in the First-Year Interest Group (FIG) program as a participant and a mentor; I served as chief justice of the student body government; I worked as a program assistant for Educational Talent Search (a federal grant–funded TRiO program that works with underrepresented students); I was also a student ambassador and gave tours for the admissions office. As I approached graduation, I wasn’t exactly sure what the next step...

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Friendships that transcend graduation: What “type” of friend are you?

Jun 4, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Understanding personality type can help you form stronger friendships. We connect with people for numerous reasons -- shared interests, mutual living space, overlapping social circles, similar life trajectories, cultural commonalities -- and they frequently have very different type preferences. If we understand them, we can avoid pitfalls that drive wedges between us.

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ESTJ – Just do it, now!

May 10, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 2 comments

ESTJ’s are motivated by Extraverted Thinking, which translates into moving projects quickly to completion. They often enjoy careers that involve the efficient management of people, details, systems, and organizations.

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Social Media and College: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

May 3, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Just like your offline social life, social media can help your education or torpedo it. Personality type, which offers cues into how we think, act and communicate, also correlates with aspects of social media use. Read more.

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ENTJ – Seeing a better way, and making that way a reality

May 2, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Driven by Extraverted Thinking, this type is attracted to positions where they can be in charge and move a project to a quick conclusion. If their team gets off track, it will be their role to get them focused toward getting the job done. With Introverted Intuition as their second favorite function, they are natural long term visionaries, although you might not know their vision until it is a finished deal, and thus not negotiable. Read more.

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Returning to Work: Enhancing the Relationship with Self and Others

Apr 10, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Many find that the experience of serving has altered their work goals and aspirations and, in addition, that the world of work or the career they left behind has changed. Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of reentry into the civilian workforce.

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MBTI® Certification…All the Way in Israel!

Apr 3, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

During the month of March, CPP delivered its first MBTI® Certification Program in Israel. Check out the lively graduating class! We are so proud of this group and look forward to our second program later this year! #GoTeamMBTI

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Dealing with Difficult Professors, Part III

Mar 26, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Let’s figure out how best to communicate with professors whose two middle letters of their four-letter type are different from yours. Here are tips for dealing with different types of professors.

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Dealing with Difficult Professors, Part II

Mar 24, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Just as the two middle letters of your type influence how you like to learn, they also influence how a professor likely prefers to instruct. As you read the descriptions in the article, think about a professor you’d describe as a “difficult” professor. See if you can identify his or her style.

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