Participant Update Keeping you Informed, Empowered and Prepared May 9, 2012
Humility, Humbleness, Modesty... what do they mean to me? The dictionary defines humility as modesty, not believing that you are superior to others. We often confuse humility with timidity. Humility is all about maintaining our pride about who we are, about our achievements, about our worth – but without arrogance. It’s about being content to let others discover the layers of our talents without having to boast about them. It’s a lack of arrogance, not a lack of aggressiveness in the pursuit of achievement. Something interesting happens, too, when we approach situations from a perspective of humility: it opens us up to possibilities, as we choose open-mindedness and curiosity over protecting our point of view. We spend more time in that wonderful space of the beginner’s mind, willing to learn from what others have to offer. We move away from pushing into allowing, from insecure to secure, from seeking approval to seeking enlightenment. We forget about being perfect and we enjoy being in the moment. Here are a few suggestions on practicing humility: 1. If you find yourself in a no-win situation, try this: just stop talking and allow the other person to be in the spotlight. There is something very liberating in this strategy. 2. Here are three magical words that will produce peace of mind: “You are right.” 3. Seek others’ input on how you are showing up. Ask: “How am I doing?” It takes humility to ask such a question. And even more humility to consider the answer. There are many benefits to practicing humility: it improves relationships across all levels, it reduces anxiety, it encourages more openness and it enhances one’s selfconfidence. It opens a window to a higher self. Adapted from copyright © 2006 by Bruna Martinuzzi. All Rights Reserved.
aximizing your time in an internship is so valuable in the workplace. You have to always be responsible. Show up on time, work hard, and present yourself as a professional at all times. Doing so will go a long way toward proving your integrity, self-worth and value to your internship, as well as during an actual interview.
Important notice to all TCR! Job Seekers: Employers are hiring NOW!
Take initiative. If you’re bored, tell someone you’re looking for more assignments to complete or even volunteer to help another coworker. Remember it’s about obtaining more skills and experience. Observe the company culture. Is there a lot of gossiping going on? Do employees look stressed? Do people work together or separately? A company’s atmosphere can reflect the industry or organization as a whole, and give you clues about what to expect in the workplace, but remember to never partake in any of those discussions. Get to know your company from the outside, its history, their mission statements, goals, clients/customers. This is a great way to practice researching organizations, a requirement for Employment Readiness and Advanced Job Search. Remember to always network. Don’t hesitate to interact with coworkers whenever possible; ask them how they got their jobs, what they do, and about the pros and cons of the industry or organization. Arrange for informational interviews to discuss jobs at the company that interest you. What a great way to show your internship supervisor how interested you are in their organization! Your pathway to a Twin Cities RISE! internship awaits you. Please contact Shereese Turner, Director of Recruitment and Internships, at sturner@ twincitiesrise.org for more information.
Please note during the intersession that employers continue to hire and you need to continue to apply for jobs during this time. You will also hear from employers where you have applied during the last few weeks - be sure to check emails and voicemails every day. Don’t miss out! The Career Centers are open during the intersession and Employer Services is available for appointments. Here’s the math: If you take 2 weeks off of your job search, it will easily be one month (or more) before you build up enough activity to be offered an interview! Keep up the good work and apply for at least 2 jobs per day during the intersession!
Mark Your Calendars MAY
Final Evaluations for March session classes.
Workshop: Empowering U 9:30 am-12 pm in St. Paul
Workshop: Speaking with Power 9:30 am-12:00 pm in Minneapolis
Workshop: Transit 1:00-2:15 pm in St. Paul
Workshop: Summer Youth Programs with St. Paul Public Schools 1:00-2:00 pm in St. Paul Workshop: Safe Sex Practices 4:30-5:45 pm in St. Paul Celebration! 5:45-7:30 pm at Hoa Bien Vietnamese Restaurant in St. Paul RSVP to 612-338-0295
Education Extra: The latest class updates at TCR! THANK YOU for your patience as we’ve worked out the bugs with our new computers! This has been an excellent time to practice regulation, and you’ve made it through. A question to ask yourself: How, specifically, did you successfully address this challenge? By framing a clear response, you’re practicing an interviewing skill – and giving yourself credit for good work done. What do you think? More than 100 participants responded to the course survey for January session! This is the highest response rate ever, and your feedback has been instrumental in helping us plan for May session and beyond. The survey for March session will be rolled out at the beginning of Week 8 as usual, and a digest of your responses will be made available in June. Thank you for helping to make this program what it is! Money problems? Questions about how to deal with credit card debt and credit reports? Wonder how to save money for a new car or a home of your own? If so, Financial Literacy is the course for you! We’ve partnered with Wells Fargo and BMO Harris banks to offer a series of practical classes designed to help you take control of your financial life. This May, Financial Literacy will be offered evenings. See your coach for details. Free keyboarding! Did you know that if you type “free typing tutorials” (with quotes) in the Google search box, you’ll get hits for dozens of websites that let you to practice typing for free? Check it out! Just remember, if any site demands personal information before letting you type, simply close the window and hop to another site.
Labels are important. They help us to categorize, compile, sort, differentiate and combine to organize and maximize best applications. Some labels though separate, confine, limit and thereby diminish Core Value. Coaches worked with you this session to help you map out and execute your Individual Development Plan. Your IDP was unique, it was labeled for you and you alone.
Do you know anyone that could benefit from TCR!? If you do, TCR! will pay you for every person you bring in that meets TCR!’s eligibility requirements. Right now, about 20% of our referrals come from participants like you!
Celebrate your accomplishments and know that the label of accomplished is one many will experience at TCR!.
Help TCR! get the word out and make some money at the same time. For details, ask the front desk, Shereese Turner, or recruiters.
Know your State - Fun Facts about Minnesota! ◊ The Guthrie Theater is the largest regional theater in the country. ◊ The climate-controlled Metrodome is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl, a World Series and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.