Jorja Hadden

Jorja Hadden

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I have learned from this module that job searches are much more complex than people initially realize. It takes a lot of effort to do a job search and it gets harder the longer you have to wait. Using a job search tactic or writing out your goals for job searching is the best way to get it done.

What I did not previously know about job seeking is that there needs to be an end goal. If someone is seeking a job at entry level just because they are desperate for a job, they will not meet the requirements for their long-term goal, or for the goal of the company. I will apply what I've learned by helping my students set up a goal sheet with their target in mind, and have them list the steps they will need to take to get there. Writing down and keeping track of their job searching progress will help in the… >>>

I have learned from this module that there are steps to job searching, and steps that accompany the emotions that come with it. I learned that I can be a bit pessimistic about job searches in the past, and I want to integrate what I've learned here into helping my students create a better mindset from the beginning. 

I learned from this module that it is most effective to relate to students out loud. This means that when a student comes to you with a problem or question, it can make them feel better when you use self-disclosure statements. This helps them to feel less alone, and can form a better bond between coach and student. 

Sometimes the best way to support someone is by allowing them to support themselves, with you on the sidelines cheering them on. Affirmations and role modeling/pretending seem to be the most efficient ways in getting a student to believe in themselves. 

I've learned from this module that active listening comes in handy when offering constructive feedback. Without empathetically listening, you are unable give any feedback whatsoever because it will not be constructive at that point.

My best practice that I've learned thus far for coaching is to be attentive. Students respond to you in the same way that we respond to them. If you are empathetic, open, and genuine with your students-- they will be the same way for you. 

I've learned from this module that it is just as important to the student as it is to the coach to have someone who is willing to be genuine and just listen. I think a lot of the time some staff, whether they're administrative or professors, have a hard time being willing to just be a quiet listener for a student who may need it. Students stop coming to the staff when they start to feel like they're being judged or reprimanded. Going forward, I would like to implement more small talk with the students and let them know that… >>>

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