College and Graduate Student Workshops

In the current economic climate and job market, internships have proved to be a highly effective way for students to position themselves for post-graduation jobs that will jump-start their careers. One of the keys to landing an internship and completing it successfully is understanding and possessing those qualities and skills for which employers are seeking.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top qualities that employers are seeking in job candidates and employees include the ability to work within a team structure and top-notch communication, decision-making, problem-solving and organizational skills. Employers have also expressed the importance of an employee fitting in with the particular corporate culture, demonstrating initiative and possessing the abilities to absorb information, follow instructions, meet deadlines and work autonomously when necessary. These are the soft skills that are essential to survive and succeed in the workplace.
  
Moreover, according to a classic study by The Carnegie Institute of Technology, soft skills more than hard skills are necessary for financial success:http://prowessworkshops.squarespace.com/blog/the-three-es-might-outweigh-the-three-rs.html  

The PROWESS College Workshops focus on such essential soft skills and are designed to supplement the services offered by college career centers and may be presented in in-depth sessions for small groups that run two hours, or abbreviated sessions of 45 - 60 minutes for larger groups.
 
Depending on the length and group size, sessions will include presentations, discussion, role playing and exercises to provide participants with the tools they need to lead, influence and shape their worlds during their college years and beyond.

Colleges may contact me to arrange for Workshops on their campuses, and students are welcome to contact PROWESS directly to arrange for off-campus group Workshops at jeanne.nelson@prowessworkshops.com or through the site. Fees are structured to be budget-friendly.
 
MODULE A - SOCIAL BASICS
 

First Impressions
What does your appearance say about you? This Workshop addresses the importance of appearance. Participants will address appropriately and stylish dress, body language, greeting others, making introductions, handshakes, voice tones, attitude and simple courtesies.

Social Events
When and how is it proper to respond to an invitation? What should you wear? Throughout college and career, it is vital to know how to manage the various social events one will encounter.  Participants will learn the differences among and etiquette for informal and formal events.
 
Dining Do’s and Don’ts
There’s more to dining properly than merely selecting the correct fork. Whether you're attending an interview luncheon for an internship or a permanent position, college dinner hosted by a professor or club, client luncheon or dinner, wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or other important event, dining etiquette is crucial to making a strong and lasting positive impression. This workshop addresses the basics that will help participants to be comfortable and confident in any dining situation.
 
MODULE B - NETWORKING

Exploring Your Network
Who do you know? Who knows you? Participants will address the value of identifying and nurturing their contacts and building and maintaining their networks. The Workshop will include the practical activity of outlining and mapping partcipants' networks. 
 
In-Person Networking Techniques
Getting in and out of crowded rooms full of strangers smoothly and effectively while handling food, drink and conversation and accomplishing one's goals involves strategy and practice. Participants will learn the techniques they'll need to "work the room" effectively at socials and other networking events and use "soft skills" to accomplish "soft marketing" and have fun while doing so. 
 
Social Networking - Your Internet Presence
How can social networking be a positive force for your personal and professional growth? How can it hurt you? What will your dream employer, friends or romantic interest discover about you on the Internet?  Participants will learn how to enhance and manage their Internet presence discuss and examine the pitfalls and value of social networking, emailing, texting and on-line posting, and learn how to set up or improve their LinkedIn Profiles. 
 
MODULE C - COLLEGE LIFE 

Campus Etiquette, The College Career Center and Internships
What are the guidelines to build a foundation for an optimal college experience? Participants will focus on three essentials for success during and after college: the etiquette that will increase a student's popularity and efficacy in all aspects of the college experience; the career center that will work in concert with academic advising to help a student determine her or his course schedule and career path, and the internships that are essential in boosting post-graduation job success.
 
Crafting the Resume & Cover Letter
It's never too soon to have a well-crafted resume, which is an essential document for college and grad students and job seekers.  Participants will explore techniques for creating outstanding resumes, and composing and customizing winning cover letters.
 
Nailing the Interview
The interview can be nerve-wracking for anyone. Workshop participants will learn and practice winning techniques for preparing, conducting and nailing this fundamental component of internship and job searches.
 
MODULE D - PROFESSIONAL LIFE
 
Workplace Readiness - Part 1
What are the differences between college and the workplace? Part 1 will address protocol and ethics in the workplace, and how it differs from the academic environment. Whether working in a part-time job, pursuing an internship, or settling into that first full-time position, possessing advance knowledge of some of the complexities of corporate life can provide young adults with the edge they need to succeed in a professional setting. Participants will discuss and explore how to apply the skills they have learned in previous Workshops to working with coworkers, bosses, senior managers, clients, vendors and other professionals in the workplace.  
 
Workplace Readiness - Part 2
Getting along with coworkers in the modern multi-cultural workplace and working effectively within teams are key elements of career success. Part 2 will focus on empathy in the workplace and the trend toward corporate affinity groups and how to deal with difficult personalities and situations. 
 
Prepare to Negotiate

The ability to negotiate is critical in one’s professional life, and is directly tied to decision-making and problem-solving, skills that employers require and every job demands. Job candidates will negotiate salary, benefits, perks and aspects of the position and employees will negotiate the terms of assignments, projects, policies and promotions, settle differences and reach agreements, compromise or consensus. In this Workshop, participants will learn the concept and basics of negotiation as well as to recognize situations that require or invite negotiation, and then practice their negotiating skills and techniques in sample scenarios.