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Month: December 2020

How To: Create a Work-Play Balance In 2021

As we move toward a new semester, it is important to take time and reflect on our past and see where we can improve. 

What many people aren’t making a priority is the concept of self-care and how important it is to stay healthy, especially in times like these.  

Hard work is going to push you closer to your goals, but it is important to take a step back, create balance in your life, so you can avoid getting burned out. 

Here are some of the best things you can do to stay focused, and keep a work-play balance:  

  1. Create A Routine 

Schedule yourself designated “work” hours and “downtime” hours. This will help you organize your time and encourage you to get more of your tasks done in a timely manner, and you are able to reward yourself with a well-deserved break.  

BONUS! Only do your work at a desk and don’t touch that desk until you “go back to work/school.” If your mind is always occupied with one more thing that needs to be done, you’ll never find that good balance between work and play. 

  1. Give yourself “Me Time” 

It’s easy to break plans with ourselves. But this backhandedly diminishes our own value in our minds. We make the decision that spending time on ourselves is not as important as time spent with other people or on work. It’s important to shift this idea. Plans you make with yourself are as important as plans you make with others. 

  1. Allow time to be social 

Even if you have to schedule it a week in advance! This will give you time to stop thinking about school/work, and focus on yourself and your friends, and it will give you something to look forward to at the end of the work week.  

  1. Don’t feel guilty! 

 You can’t feel guilty for doing the things that make you you. You’ll be more productive in the long run by allowing yourself to enjoy life. Obviously you can’t overdo it – that’s what vacations are for, and that is a post for another day. But taking 45 minutes on a weekday or hanging out with friends on the weekend might be just what you need to relax. You work hard and deserve it. 

Prioritizing personal time can create a sense of fulfillment, rejuvenation, and happiness. This year, try to keep the balance lasting throughout the entire year. 

Seattle & Portland Treks with Vicki Hucke

Seattle and Portland Trek Info with Vicki 

This upcoming break between Fall and Spring semester, Career and Professional Development has two opportunities to continue career building outside of the classroom. Like years prior, CPD is hosting both a Seattle and Portland Trek, however this time these events are virtual, increasing access for any student! To talk more about what Treks offer students, we spoke with Vicki Hucke, Manager of Employer Engagement in the CPD office. 

What is a Trek with Career and Professional Development? 

Vicki: A trek is an opportunity for students to connect with employers. Students can see these employers out in the world, get an inside look at organizations, take a tour of the facilities, hear from team members and see various positions in a company. The Seattle and Portland trek are unique because they feature a career fair. 

In a normal year, the Portland and Seattle Treks consist of a two-hour career fair where students meet with employer. Then, they select one of eight potential excursions where they get to visit one or two companies and receive a tour along with meeting potential employers. The students then come back and take part in a networking social with alums in the area along with the employers.  

While these events are open to any Gonzaga student, is there a certain grade or major you would recommend this to? Or do you think anyone can get something out of this event?  

Vicki: This virtual event is intended for all students, whether that is a Freshman Communications major or a Senior Biology major. It is never too early to start building and meeting contacts that can help you with a job. There is a wide range of employers from various industries, and as registration is still ongoing, the list of employers is increasing. There are also a variety of alums from the area that will be attending the networking social, and so even if a company doesn’t seem to represent an industry you are interested in, there will be somebody there for you to connect with.  

Do you have to be from Seattle or Portland to take part? How will this event help me even if I’m not from these areas? 

Vicki: This event is open to all students, no matter their geographic location. Anybody who’s interested should attend. In typical years, it is planned the week before the end of break, so students typically will stop at these treks on their way back to Gonzaga. It’s common, especially at the Seattle and Portland Treks, for those not from the area to come. Now that it’s virtual it’s even more accessible. Everyone should take advantage, and no matter where you are from, it serves as a wonderful experience to interact with different employers and network, and to see whose hiring and what’s going on.  

What employers will be there? 

Vicki: In the past, participants have included: 

Seattle: Alaska Air, Amazon, SAP Concur, Chinook Capital, CostcoBoeingPACCARStarbucksTableau, and more. 

 Portland: Nike, Keen, Portland Trailblazers, Intel, Adidas, Woodmere brewing, Mentor Graphics, Hp, and more. 

Currently, registration is open for employers and the amount attending is growing. Students are encouraged to regularly check back and see as new employers are added to this list. As you can see, there is a wide variety of companies at these events. Anyone, no matter their majors or interests, will be able to find a company they can connect with.  

What can students expect the schedule to look like now that these events are virtual? 

Vicki: To transition virtually, we wanted to still supply the same number of opportunities while keeping it manageable for students as it is digital. We have a two-hour career fair and expo. All our key employers will take part, and then following that will be a networking social with representatives from these companies along with alum from the area. 

The career fair and expo, occurring from 2-4 pm, is available for registration on ZagsIgnite. On the day of the event, Students can log into ZagsIgnite. They can then see the employers available for each event and join a queue to chat with employers one-on one. Once the employer is ready to talk to you, you get a link to their chat, and then individually chat with them and meet one on one. Later, during the Networking social, there will be a welcome message from Seattle alums, followed by a Keynote Speaker who will be a Gonzaga alum. Students will then be placed into breakout chats, which will consist of a local employer, alums, and then 3 or four students.  

What can students do to prepare for these events? 

Vicki: I would recommend checking out employers that are coming and do some research of questions that you could potentially ask them. It is also useful to prepare an elevator pitch, which is a quick synopsis of background and experience. Include who you are, what you’re studying, and what you want to do in the future. Students should also dress professionally, as if you were meeting an employer.  

Another thing that employers tend to look for is a current resume. If you need help with this, I recommend booking an appointment with our career center. This is super beneficial for students of all majors and is extremely easy to set up as well. All students need to do is visit ZagsIgnite, go to appointments, and schedule one that will work with their schedule. Everyone and Career and Professional Development is here to help you succeed! 

What else would you like students to know about these Treks? 

Vicki: I would overall recommend students to attend and really take advantage of this unique opportunity to be able to meet so many potential employers virtually. This event is completely free, and one of the great benefits of coming to GU is our large and supportive alumni network that students will have access to at this event.  

If you have any more questions about these events, feel free to contact Vicki Hucke at hucke@gonzaga.edu.  

Career & Professional Development has various resources to help you prepare for attending these events. Check out more blog posts along with our social medias listed below.  

Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter Pinterest 

Seattle and Portland Trek Info with Vicki 

Vicki Hucke Portrait

This upcoming break between Fall and Spring semester, Career and Professional Development has two opportunities to continue career building outside of the classroom. Like years prior, CPD is hosting both a Seattle and Portland Trek, however this time these events are virtual, increasing access for any student! To talk more about what Treks offer students, we spoke with Vicki Hucke, Manager of Employer Engagement in the CPD office.  

Seattle Trek takes place on JANUARY 5TH, 2021, 2 PM – 4 PM 

Portland Trek Takes place on JANUARY 7TH, 2021, 2 PM – 4 PM 

What is a Trek with Career and Professional Development? 

Vicki: A trek is an opportunity for students to connect with employers. Students can see these employers out in the world, get an inside look at organizations, take a tour of the facilities, hear from team members and see various positions in a company. The Seattle and Portland trek are unique because they feature a career fair. 

In a normal year, the Portland and Seattle Treks consist of a two-hour career fair where students meet with employer. Then, they select one of eight potential excursions where they get to visit one or two companies and receive a tour along with meeting potential employers. The students then come back and take part in a networking social with alums in the area along with the employers.  

While these events are open to any Gonzaga student, is there a certain grade or major you would recommend this to? Or do you think anyone can get something out of this event?  

Vicki: This virtual event is intended for all students, whether that is a Freshman Communications major or a Senior Biology major. It is never too early to start building and meeting contacts that can help you with a job. There is a wide range of employers from various industries, and as registration is still ongoing, the list of employers is increasing. There are also a variety of alums from the area that will be attending the networking social, and so even if a company doesn’t seem to represent an industry you are interested in, there will be somebody there for you to connect with.  

Photo of Seattle Skyline

Do you have to be from Seattle or Portland to take part? How will this event help me even if I’m not from these areas? 

Vicki: This event is open to all students, no matter their geographic location. Anybody who’s interested should attend. In typical years, it is planned the week before the end of break, so students typically will stop at these treks on their way back to Gonzaga. It’s common, especially at the Seattle and Portland Treks, for those not from the area to come. Now that it’s virtual it’s even more accessible. Everyone should take advantage, and no matter where you are from, it serves as a wonderful experience to interact with different employers and network, and to see whose hiring and what’s going on.  

Everyone should take advantage, and no matter where you are from, it serves as a wonderful experience to interact with different employers and network, to see whose hiring and what’s going on. 

What employers will be there? 

Vicki: In the past, participants have included: 

Seattle: Alaska Air, Amazon, SAP Concur, Chinook Capital, CostcoBoeingPACCARStarbucksTableau, and more. 

 Portland: Nike, Keen, Portland Trailblazers, Intel, Adidas, Woodmere brewing, Mentor Graphics, Hp, and more. 

Currently, registration is open for employers and the amount attending is growing. Students are encouraged to regularly check back and see as new employers are added to this list. As you can see, there is a wide variety of companies at these events. Anyone, no matter their majors or interests, will be able to find a company they can connect with.  

What can students expect the schedule to look like now that these events are virtual? 

Vicki: To transition virtually, we wanted to still supply the same number of opportunities while keeping it manageable for students as it is digital. We have a two-hour career fair and expo. All our key employers will take part, and then following that will be a networking social with representatives from these companies along with alum from the area. 

The career fair and expo, occurring from 2-4 pm, is available for registration on ZagsIgnite. On the day of the event, Students can log into ZagsIgnite. They can then see the employers available for each event and join a queue to chat with employers one-on one. Once the employer is ready to talk to you, you get a link to their chat, and then individually chat with them and meet one on one. Later, during the Networking social, there will be a welcome message from Seattle alums, followed by a Keynote Speaker who will be a Gonzaga alum. Students will then be placed into breakout chats, which will consist of a local employer, alums, and then 3 or four students.  

What can students do to prepare for these events? 

Vicki: I would recommend checking out employers that are coming and do some research of questions that you could potentially ask them. It is also useful to prepare an elevator pitch, which is a quick synopsis of background and experience. Include who you are, what you’re studying, and what you want to do in the future. Students should also dress professionally, as if you were meeting an employer.  

Another thing that employers tend to look for is a current resume. If you need help with this, I recommend booking an appointment with our career center. This is super beneficial for students of all majors and is extremely easy to set up as well. All students need to do is visit ZagsIgnite, go to appointments, and schedule one that will work with their schedule. Everyone and Career and Professional Development is here to help you succeed! 

Happy ethnic woman sitting at table with laptop

What else would you like students to know about these Treks? 

Vicki: I would overall recommend students to attend and really take advantage of this unique opportunity to be able to meet so many potential employers virtually. This event is completely free, and one of the great benefits of coming to GU is our large and supportive alumni network that students will have access to at this event.  

If you have any more questions about these events, feel free to contact Vicki Hucke at hucke@gonzaga.edu.  

Career & Professional Development has various resources to help you prepare for attending these events. Check out more blog posts along with our social medias listed below.  

Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter Pinterest