Student Employees Achieve Series: Winter 2021

For any and all student employees (undergrads and grads!). Trainings are available at the times below and on-demand. If these pre-scheduled times do not work for your staff, student employment can deliver tailored trainings via team meetings. Special training topics accepted. Check out our previous trainings from Fall 2020!

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January 20 – 29 | Career Skills Conference | Register (please pre-register)

A conference designed to help students and alumni build career skills. Learn from professionals in the field about personal branding, networking, job searching during COVID and much more. Find your program of interest here!

Career Competencies addressed: professionalism/work ethic, career management.

Thursday, 2/11 @ 4:30 pm | Supervising Up | Register via PCO (please pre-register)

As a student employee, you’re not just being supervised by your boss—you can also play an active role in that relationship and advocate for yourself by supervising up! In this training, you’ll learn strategies for managing your relationship with your supervisor.

We’ll also learn from one DU supervisor and her former student employee about how they made their supervisory relationship thrive. Our guests for this conversation are:

Neda Kikhia — Neda joined the DU community once again as the Program Manager for the DU DialogUes program, adding staff to a list of student, campus leader, and alumni. Trained in Community Organizing, Neda looks for opportunities, events, and programming that focus on elevating the voices and stories of people that move folks to action. She is a Colorado local who is passionate about community engagement and its potential to initiate sustainable community change. She is an avid podcast listener, travel enthusiast, and spoken word fanatic.

Manda Wittebort — Manda is a civic leader who has engaged in service-learning, community development and positive youth development. Throughout her educational and professional journey, she has sought opportunities to develop her civic leadership skills so she can increase her capacity to effect positive community change. During her time as a DU student, Manda worked in a variety of student employment positions, including as a DU Dialogue Graduate Coordinator, GlobalRes Graduate Coordinator, and a CCESL Community Engaged Fellow.

Career Competencies addressed: communication; teamwork/collaboration; leadership; professionalism/work ethic; career management.

Tuesday, 2/16 @ 4:00 pm | Crucial Conversations: How to Talk to Coworkers When Emotions are Strong and the Stakes are High Register via Zoom (please pre-register)

Difficulties and conflicts arise at work, just as they do in everyday life. It’s natural—we’re only human! However, at work, the stakes may seem really high. How often have you put off a challenging conversation because you were worried about how it would go? And isn’t it even harder now that work is increasingly taking place in the virtual world? Wouldn’t you like to be able to transform unpleasant emotions into powerful dialogue? Join Paula Staffeldt, seasoned leadership coach and corporate trainer, for an interactive taste of Crucial Conversations, based on the best-selling book and program.

You’ll discover:
• what makes a conversation crucial
• why these kinds of conversations are personally so difficult for you
• how to set the stage for a candid, respectful conversation, even when the stakes are high

Space for this training is limited, so register quick! Due to the interactive nature of this program, we are asking for cameras to remain on during the training. Please feel free to use a virtual background (Zoom has great pre-loaded options!). If you have not used a virtual background before, here is a quick how-to.

Career Competencies addressed: teamwork/collaboration; critical thinking/problem solving; digital technology; career management.

Wednesday, 2/24 @ 4:30 pm | Professionalism and Authenticity | Register via PCO (please pre-register)

Standards for professional conduct, appearance, and communications in the workplace are usually different from everyday interactions. They are also informed by power dynamics, history, and identity. So how can you be professional while also being yourself? In this training, you’ll learn how to identify professionalism standards in your workplace and navigate your personal and professional identities.

We’ll be joined in this conversation by alumni guests:

TeRay Esquibel is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ednium: The Alumni Collective. TeRay is a Denver Public School graduate and an Alumni of the University of Denver. TeRay’s program, Ednium: The Alumni Collective, launched in the summer of 2020, serving DPS Alumni between the ages of 18-30 who represent the diversity of the district. Previously, TeRay worked as an Admission Counselor at the University of Denver serving Denver and Aurora Public Schools. In this role, TeRay engaged with Denver Public Schools and its community to empower students (and their families) on their journey to furthering their educational horizons by acting as a liaison for the university and external organizations dedicated to increasing the enrollment and persistence rates for students coming from traditionally underrepresented communities throughout Denver.

Mawukle Yebuah is a young entrepreneur and co-founder of men’s accessories brand Flare & Square. Mawukle immigrated to the United States from Ghana at a young age. He started Flare & Square with his childhood friend Fatima Rashad while they were in college. They both shared a passion for fashion and community engagement. Together, they have combined their unique skill sets and backgrounds to build a business that not only brings original styles and products to the market, but is also known for operating with high ethical standards and bringing appositive influence to their community.

Career Competencies addressed: communication; professionalism/work ethic; career management; diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Monday, 3/1 @ 4:30 pm | Managing Stress as a Student Employee | Register via PCO (please pre-register)

Do you find that juggling multiple work responsibilities on top of school can be quite stressful? This event will offer student employees the chance to learn more about the background and sources of stress, positive coping mechanisms, effective communication strategies, and resources available to DU student employees. In this event, attendees will also hear from current DU student employees about how they manage their own stress and overall mental well-being.

Career Competencies addressed: communication; leadership; professionalism/work ethic; career management.

On-going | Professional Development Programming | PCO

Register for the many events we have on Professional Development on Pioneer Careers. Topics include resume, cover letters, transferrable skills, interviewing, networking, salary negotiation, and more.

Career Competencies addressed: career management.

Upcoming: Spring Quarter
Participating in Feedback and Performance Evaluations, Student Employee Leadership Panel, Articulating the Value of Your Student Employee Position

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