Category Archives: Career Advice

College Preparation v. Career Readiness: Close the Gap!

In March, I presented at the Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes in Phoenix on the mismatch between college preparation and career readiness. When a new academic quarter began at the University of Chicago this week, I was determined to try to … Continue reading

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March Career Coaching Newsletter from darcylear.com

This month’s career coaching newsletter is about chunking big projects into smaller tasks, then into to-do lists. The next big challenge–the biggest challenge psychologically–is getting started. Not just with the big project, but each and every day with the to-do list. … Continue reading

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Group Work as Professional Development and Career Prep

At a recent faculty workshop, one participant commented that she was dissatisfied with her ability to hold students accountable for group work in class. She wondered if there might be a way to improve upon student reporting after group work that … Continue reading

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Get Ready to Answer This Job Interview Question: “Tell Me About Yourself”

“Tell me about yourself.” Are you ready to answer this commonly-asked job interview question? With broad questions like, “tell me about yourself” or “what do you do?” it’s important to have a short, descriptive pitch that will pique interest, start … Continue reading

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Find Balance in Your Career Aspirations

“Follow your dreams.“ “Pursue your passions.“ “Do what you love.“ This is common career advice–well, career aphorisms. And while I’m all for following your dreams & doing what you love, the first rule–above all of those–must be: “Be realistic; be … Continue reading

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Get Ready to Answer Job Interview Questions in Spanish

Your resume says you speak Spanish. Are you ready to speak Spanish in a job interview? The key takeaways from this before and after video are: Practice & prepare. Be ready to speak your best Spanish. Record yourself using your phone’s … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineer Solutions to Problems You Experience in the Classroom

The February faculty newsletter from darcylear.com is out now. The theme is creating professional development and career prep lessons by reverse engineering solutions to problems you are experiencing. Examples include: professional email writing, letter of recommendation requests, memo writing as … Continue reading

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