Pics please!

Hi guys,

Can anyone please link me to the pics that were taken on the closing ceremony.

By the way here is the link for the face book page:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550265468#!/pages/CCNY-Office-of-On-Campus-Student-Employment/114956741870840

Yasir

We are on the CCNY website!

Hey guys,

Check it out. We are on the main CCNY web site .

http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/advancement/news/New-CCNY-Program-Helps-Students-Navigate-Workplace.cfm

By the way, it was a great experience.

Yasir

Looking Back

Now that the workshops have ceased, I feel that I’ve gained a valuable experience. The workshops taught me several different things and have definitely helped me grow as a professional. This experience was better than any other summer experience I could have asked for. I feel much better prepared as a young professional in the workforce. The first workshop we had on interviewing, resumes, and cover letters has stuck with me through the weeks. It really is vital to prepare before you’re even applying for a job. I’ve revamped my resume and looked over my own interviewing process and I feel much more secure now that I’ve been through that workshop. All in all, the DYP summer program has taught me a lot that I can apply to my work moving forward.

Last DYPP Workshop

I just wanted to quickly post a reflection now that we have completed our last workshop together. All that awaits us, the first batch of students in the Development of young Professional Program, is our closing ceremony. The closing ceremony marks the end of the our journey within the DYP Program, but the beginning  of a brand new journey into the professional world. Many are being kept at their respective departments, and as of yesterday it has been made official that Human Resources will also be keeping me (yay!), and I am sure we will continue to take what we have learned and use them to our fullest here at CCNY and beyond.  It has been an absolute thrill to learn, grow, and get to know all of you.  We will forever be linked as the first group of many to come and succeed from the Development of Young Professionals Program, but I also hope we can all keep in touch and remain friends. See everybody at the closing ceremony if not sooner.

Constructive Criticism

This week’s workshop in my opinion was one of the best. With another great guest speaker, Mr. Dan Scott, to begin the workshop, and a playful game to end it, I feel we all have come so far and finally opened up to each other.  The topics of workplace safety and conflicts within the workplace were heavy ones, but with everyone’s helpful comments and thoughts the workshop was seamless. Erica truly would have been glowing at our responses.

With all that said, there was one important aspect of the workshop I felt should have been fleshed out more.  Receiving criticism is great way to better yourself both in and outside of the workplace.  There are some people that have difficulty accepting constructive criticism.  They may feel that they are being attacked or they may feel that their superior is upset at them, or like in many cases, their are some that take criticism personally. It is important to remember that if given some criticizing remarks, we should not take it personally. Criticism is given to better the production of work and not to make people feel bad. It is crucial to take the criticism given and find ways to turn it into a strength. Everyone has weaknesses but the faster we try our best to turn those weaknesses into strengths will not only make you a better worker but a better person.

Conflict!

Avoiding conflict is all about thinking and using your head. First and foremost, you need to think before you speak. If you just say the first thing that comes to mind, you’ll probably regret it later on – especially if you’re in the middle of a confrontation with someone. The key is to think about what you want to say and take it down a notch – or a couple notches depending on the intensity of the argument. To avoid a conflict on the whole, one should avoid those hot button topics. Hot button topics include issues such as religion, politics, etc. Anything that a person can be passionately involved in, just stay away. A good way to steer away from these conversations is to set boundaries in the workplace. Explain to your coworkers that you don’t talk about religion or that you’d rather not get into your political stance. Setting boundaries right away lets your coworkers know that it’s just something you don’t go into. However, when conflict does occur, remember to pick your battles and never overreact. Sometimes a coworker may say something in jest that offends you, but it’s never a good idea to blow it out of proportion or cause a big scene over it. Calmly explain to your coworker that that isn’t something to joke about or you don’t agree with their statement. By you not overreacting, you’re showing your coworker that while you don’t want to hear such things in the workplace, you aren’t an unapproachable person. Another key to not overreacting is to learn how to take constructive criticism well. When you do something wrong or if you could do it better, that isn’t something to be upset about. Take the notes from your superior or coworker and strive to make your work even better. Showing that you can take the criticism and improve your work indicates maturity and a hard worker. All of these methods are great ways to avoid conflict or resolve existing conflict, but there are still many other ways – good and bad. Share in your own post some of the different ways you learned from the workshop!

Workplace Safety

Today’s workshop was very informative. The talk with OSHA gave us all a lot to think about. He informed us all of how to get involved in the field as well as what the field is about and how they help people. I know how to get out of my office quickly and efficiently, which he mentioned is a very valuable thing to be knowledgeable about. It is always a good idea to learn more about how you can keep the workplace a safe environment. And remember, if there is a fire, “just get up and get out!”

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