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Career readiness and workplace development are more important than ever. To be competitive and successful in today's job market, students need to learn how to continuously expand their knowledge and skills, and be able to apply these skills both on and off the job. From Master Student to Master Employee is a new text that focuses on helping students understand how the skills they use in the classroom can be applied in the workplace, and, similarly, how workplace skills translate to the classroom.
Note: Each chapter begins with Master Student Map and ends with Career Application, a Quiz, and Learning Styles Application. Introduction: Link to the Work World From master student to master employee Exercise #1 Textbook reconnaissance This book is worthless—if you just read it Get the most out of this book Exercise #2 Commitment Jumpstart your education with transferable skills Twenty-five transferable skills Use the SCANS report to discover your skills The value of higher education The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry System Rewrite this book Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines Journal Entry #1 Discovery Statement Making the transition to higher education Mastering transitions The art of re-entry: Going back to school as an adult learner Connect to school resources Journal Entry #2 Discovery Statement Power Process: Discover what you want Extracurricular activities: Reap the benefits 1. Self-Discovery First Steps: Truth is a key to mastery Journal Entry #3 Discovery/Intention Statement If you skipped the Introduction. . . Exercise #3 Taking the First Step Exercise #4 The Discovery Wheel Journal Entry #4 Discovery/Intention Statement Textbook reconnaissance, take two Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving—the VAK system Learning styles: Discovering how you learn Journal Entry #5 Discovery/Intention Statement Using your learning style profile to succeed in school Adapting to styles in the workplace Claim your multiple intelligences The magic of metacognition Journal Entry #6 Discovery/Intention Statement Developing self-esteem Discovering mastery Motivation Ways to change a habit Thinking Critically in the Classroom Master Student Profiles Power Process: Ideas are tools Master Student Profile: Mike Lazaridis 2. Planning You've got the time Journal Entry #7 Discovery/Intention Statement Exercise #5 The Time Monitor/Time Plan process Journal Entry #8 Discovery Statement Setting and achieving goals Exercise #8 Get real with your goals The ABC daily to-do list Organizing time and tasks at work Exercise #7 Choose strategies to manage time and tasks Planning sets you free "But I don't know what I want to do": Choosing a major Exercise #8 Make a trial choice of major Journal Entry #9 Discovery/Intention Statement The seven-day antiprocrastination plan Thinking Critically in the Workplace 25 ways to get the most out of now Time management for right-brained people (. . .or what to do if to-do lists are not your style) Exercise #9 Master monthly calendar Gearing up: Using a long-term planner Strategies for even longer-term planning Power Process: Be here now Master Student Profile: Barbara Jordan 3. Memory Take your memory out of the closet Journal Entry #10 Discovery/Intention Statement The memory jungle 20 memory techniques Pay attention to your attention Exercise #10 Use Q-Cards to reinforce memory Set a trap for your memory Keep your brain fit for life Notable failures, part one Exercise #11 Remembering your car keys—or anything else Journal Entry #11 Discovery Statement Remembering names Mnemonic devices Exercise #12 Be a poet Notable failures, part two Thinking Critically in the Classroom Exercise #13 Move from problems to solutions Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers) Master Student Profile: Cesar Chavez 4. Reading Muscle Reading Journal Entry #12 Discovery/Intention Statement How Muscle Reading works Phase one: Before you read Phase two: While you read Five smart ways to highlight a text Phase three: After you read Muscle Reading—a leaner approach Building your vocabulary Reading fast Exercise #14 Relax When reading is tough Journal Entry #13 Discovery Statement English as a second language Reading with children underfoot Exercise #15 Revisit your goals Thinking Critically in the Classroom Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go Master Student Profile: Ruth Handler 5. Notes The note-taking process flows Journal Entry #14 Discovery/Intention Statement Observe Record Review What do you do when you miss a class Journal Entry #15 Discovery Statement Observe, record, and review at meetings Get to the bones of your book with concept maps Journal Entry #16 Discovery/Intention Statement Taking notes while reading Create your instructor When a speaker talks fast Exercise #16 Television note taking Journal Entry #17 Discovery/Intention Statement Thinking Critically in the Classroom Power Process: I create it all Master Student Profile: Faye Wattleton 6. Tests Disarm tests Journal Entry #18 Discovery/Intention Statement What to do before the test How to cram. . .even though you shouldn't Ways to predict test questions Cooperative learning: Working in teams Exercise #17 Rehearse for success Journal Entry #19 Intention Statement What to do during the test What to do when you get stuck on a test question Words to watch for in essay questions The test isn't over until. . . Integrity in test taking: The costs of cheating Let go of test anxiety F is for feedback, not failure Exercise #18 20 things I like to do Journal Entry #20 Discovery/Intention Statement Journal Entry #21 Discovery Statement Staying healthy under pressure Some facts Make performance reviews work for you Overcoming math and science anxiety Journal Entry #22 Discovery/Intention Statement Taking math and science tests 8 reasons to celebrate mistakes Thinking Critically in the Workplace Thinking Critically in the Classroom Power Process: Detach Master Student Profile: Christopher Reeve 7. Thinking Critical thinking: A survival skill Journal Entry #23 Discovery/Intention Statement Becoming a critical thinker Thinking critically about information on the Internet Attitudes of a critical thinker Attitudes, affirmations, and visualizations Attitude replacements Exercise #19 Reprogram your attitude Gaining skill at decision making Four ways to solve problems Solving math and science problems Finding "aha!": Creativity fuels critical thinking Tangram Ways to create ideas Create on your feet Uncovering assumptions Ways to fool yourself: Six common mistakes in logic Thinking critically about career planning Making ethical decisions at work Create an ethics checklist Exercise #20 Create a personal code of ethics Thinking about diversity Diversity is real—and valuable Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking Exercise #21 Examine assumptions about diversity Asking questions Thinking Critically in the Classroom Exercise #22 Translating goals into action Power Process: Find a bigger problem Exercise #23 Fix-the-world brainstorm Master Student Profile: Paul Farmer 8. Communicating The communication loop Journal Entry #24 Discovery/Intention Statement The communication loop: Listening The communication loop: Sending Five ways to say "I" Journal Entry #25 Discovery/Intention Statement Communicating across cultures The fine art of conflict management Exercise #24 Write an "I" message Create high-performing teams Sustaining business relationships Journal Entry #26 Discovery/Intention Statement Exercise #25 V.I.P.'s (Very Important Persons) Three phases of effective writing Phase One: Getting ready to write Phase Two: Writing a first draft Phase Three: Revising your draft Journal Entry #27 Discovery Statement Giving credit where credit is due: Avoiding the high cost of plagiarism Library—the buried treasure Finding what you want on the Internet Exercise #26 Evaluate search sites Writing and delivering speeches Making the grade in group presentations Make effective presentations with visuals Overcoming fear of public speaking Connect to cyberspace @ school Becoming an online learner Write e-mail that gets results "Netiquette"—being kind while you're online Joining online communities Thinking Critically in the Workplace Power Process: Employ your word Master Student Profile: Ron Brown 9. Career planning Choosing who you want to be Journal Entry #28 Discovery/Intention Statement You've got a world of choices Exercise #27 Dig out the "life story" of a product Explore vocational assessments Career planning: Begin the process now Exercise #28 Use informal ways to discover yourself Exercise #29 Inventory your skills Journal Entry #29 Discovery/Intention Statement Ways to learn about careers Exercise #30 Create your career plan—now Test the waters—jump into the job market Gaining experience as an intern Exercise #31 Revisit your goals—take two Financial planning—Meeting your money goals Places to find money for school Exercise #32 Education by the hour Take charge of your credit card Using technology to manage time and money Choose your conversations Exercise #33 Create a support team Contributing: The art of selfishness Thinking Critically in the Workplace Keep your career plan alive Exercise #34 Translate your career goals into action Power Process: Risk being a fool Master Student Profile: Fred Smith 10. Mastering Work The master employee Journal Entry #30 Discovery/Intention Statement Use power tools for finding work Exercise #35 Rehearse your job search Tell everyone you know: The art of networking Write a resume that gets noticed Keys to scannable resumes Sample resumes Sell your resume with an effective cover letter Correspondence quick tips Sample cover letters Creating and using portfolios Artifacts for your portfolio Use interviews to hire yourself an employer Exercise #36 Practice answering and asking questions Sample thank-you notes Learning on the job Join a diverse workplace Decoding corporate culture Dealing with sexism and sexual harassment Strategies for working with a mentor We are all leaders Loving your next job Journal Entry #31 Discovery/Intention Statement Define your values, align your actions One set of values Exercise #37 Discovery Wheel—Coming full circle Journal Entry #32 Discovery/Intention Statement Thinking Critically in the Workplace Journal Entry #33 Discovery/Intention Statement Power Process: Be it Master Student Profile: Craig Kielburger