College Planning Specialists

July 11, 2008

Student’s Marketability Factors: 2 Critical Skills You Must Have Before Leaving School

To often college professors and the self ingratiating scholarly types, who pride themselves on academia, miss the mark when preparing students for the “nuts and bolts” business world that awaits them.

Let me help you with my opinion gleaned from years of corporate America battle wounds.  You will make yourself more marketable, more desirable to firms, and a highly sought after candidate if you develop the following 2 skills:

#1 The Written Word

Your ability to put pen to paper, fingertip to keyboard, or ink to grease board is the most critical skill employers are beginning to demand in college grads entering the job market. Can you write a grammatically correct sentence? Can you punctuate that sentence properly and spell without errors? Can you perform these basics while utilizing and displaying a broad vocabulary in your writing? Finally does your writing deliver the message intended in a succinct manner?

#2 The Spoken Word

Can you relate your thoughts, your message, and your purpose in a public speech? Are you comfortable providing information, direction, or analysis to a room full of peers-or worse yet superiors?

Public speaking, often ranked as the #1 or #2 fear in America, is a huge component to your success. If you can master this skill, you will differentiate yourself over your competition

Final Final

Our next article will provide you with resources on how to hone your writing and speaking skills, where to find resources to get over the fear(s), and tools you can utilize that will help you grow into the “expert” you hope to emulate

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June 25, 2008

College Student’s Secret Weapon: How To Choose The Right Career And Right Life

Do you want to live a great life? Yes I assume and one step is going to college to get more education that qualifies you for a great job-right? But what if you are about to enter college and you have NO CLUE which direction to pursue.

The following is a short story about such a person–author Susan Hanshaw, her new book, and a review that will change your life–IF YOU ARE READY.

Author Susan Hanshaw left a successful 20 year corporate career that culminated in a position as Vice President and second in command of her direct marketing firm. During her transition she learned how to step into her current life as author, keynote speaker, and Founder of personal development firm Inner Architect.

The following is a smashing debut review for her latest workInner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live.Reviewer Lori Hoeck of the blog spaceagesage.com succinctly and accurately analyzes Susan’s work; with a honest and impacting style, Hoeck captures the true essence behind this book and the meaningful messages contained within. For further information and to order “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live”

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Lori Hoeck:

“When I started reading Inner Architect by Susan Hanshaw, I was perplexed. Other books I have read on self-help or personal growth immediately delve into meaty matters of mind, body, and soul, such as “Here’s your problem, here’s every reason behind your problem, and here’s the answer to your problem.”

I assumed Hanshaw would follow this pattern in the typical parental or professorial or counselor-type writing style. She does not. After a few more pages, it suddenly struck me. She is writing this so I can be my own life coach! I expected this book to give me just a few new insights here and there. Instead, it gives me the right tools for me to kick my own life into gear.

Her writing style isn’t for the reader to passively ingest words and ideas. Instead:

  • It is about taking action.
  • It is about taking action right now.
  • It is about cutting through the hype and hyperventilation we often use to avoid change.

Her approach challenges the reader to actively progress through change in the form of over 30 fill-in-the-blank exercises. None of the exercises can be completed with superficial thought. For example in the section on Personal Obstacles, one asks, “What frightens you most about making this change?”

Her book is subtitled “How to Build the Life You Were Designed to Live.” Hanshaw uses the metaphors of designing, clearing obstacles for, constructing, and even moving into that life. I liked her stair-step process of beginning from the earliest point of considering a change to embracing, claiming, and enjoying a new life resulting from that change.

As I read more, I could easily imagine a life coach sitting across from me motivating me to think through all the steps. For example, in the finding purpose section, she helps readers find their passion by listing these “Clues:”

  • Activities that cause you to lose track of time
  • Unique talents and characteristics
  • Yearnings and dreams that don’t go away
  • Section in a bookstore you are most drawn to
  • Classes you enjoy taking
  • Complements you often get
  • Roles that you naturally take on with family and friends
  • Someone whose life you admire and wish you could be doing the same

Because of the straight-forward nature of the book and the mental work involved, readers may shy away from this type of life coaching in a book. If, however, you are ready to make changes and need a guidebook to your new life, Inner Architect will get you moving and thinking in more clearly defined, step-by-step, and motivational ways.”

April 18, 2008

Top 10 Cities: Job Prospects For College Graduates To Consider

As a college graduate you are either buried in student loans waiting to be paid, you have lived a bare thread existence, or you are just ready to prosper after a long preparation period called your “whole life.” The following list was compiled from Hannah Clark’s beautiful article in Forbes.com “The Best Cities To Get A Job.”

The numbers represent a small part of why these cities are considered the top 10 cities for college graduates to find a job. Each city’s economy is outlined with new companies or industry highlights. In addition “affordability” ratings for housing (NAR calculator) and cost of goods (Cost of Living Index by infoplease.com) should be areas that students investigate on their own.

Top 10 Cities

1. Washington D.C.: Unemployment rank: 4 and Job growth rank: 12

2. Phoenix, Ariz: Unemployment rank: 17 and Job growth rank: 8

3. Las Vegas, Nev: Unemployment rank: 12 and Job growth rank: 1

4. Orlando, Fla: Unemployment rank: 5 and Job growth rank : 6

5. Bethesda, Md: Unemployment rank: 2 and Job growth rank : 32

6. Richmond, Va: Unemployment rank: 6 and Job growth rank : 28

7. Raleigh, NC: Unemployment rank: 18 and Job growth rank: 22

8. Jacksonville, Fla: Unemployment rank: 13 and Job growth rank: 20

9. Oklahoma City, Okla: Unemployment rank: 21 and Job growth rank: 44

10. Virginia Beach, Va: Unemployment rank: 16 and Job growth rank: 25

February 28, 2008

Students Find Your Passion, Career With Inner Architect’s New Book, “Apprentice Contest”, and Video Series

Author and Founder of inner architect, Susan Hanshaw, is producing a how-to video series: “Becoming an inner architect” as chronicled in her article New Book, New Video Series, New You: inner architect’s 3 Value Propositions.” The series will support her new book “inner architect: How to Build The Life You Were Designed to Live.” In addition, inner architect is providing the following value propositions:

1. Weekly Video Series: Susan will provide steps, tools, tips, and strategies to help you learn how to acknowledge your career dissatisfaction through awareness, identify your passions, and change your life with purposeful intended results.
2. Free Copy of Chapter 1 : “Cultivating your Mind to Consider Change” of her upcoming book “inner architect: How to Build The Life You Were Designed to Live.”

3. Be An inner architect “Apprentice Contest”: Now you have the chance to voice your opinion, share your stories of change, and inspire others. Participate by ordering your free copy of Chapter 1 and write to us describing your experience(s).

The three best critiques or stories of change that “Cultivating Your Mind to Consider Change” inspires will receive a free copy of “inner architect: How to Build The Life You Were Designed to Live” and a $50 Nordstrom gift certificate!

Take advantage and participate in the fun by emailing your free request for Chapter 1 “Cultivating Your Mind to Consider Change” to dean@innerarchitect.com


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