Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ethics and Lack there of

I found this week's discussion on ethical lapses in the United States and across the world very interesting. It sparked my own research to see what else people have justified in the name of money or power. The dehumanizing language used in the memo by the Nazi soldier put into prospective how people can rationalize the horrendous things done to others. Ford, for example, valuing a customer's life as less than the cost of a recall really makes me wonder how these people can lay their head down and sleep at night. The Nazi memo did not surprise me, but I was surprised to learn of people in America also participate in the same acts that have started wars with other countries.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Poor Communication and the Aftermath

My most recent mishap when information was poorly communicated in the work place occurred just before I left for spring break. I had a last minute rearrangement of my test schedule which was hectic enough. The new schedule had me taking a test right in the middle of one of the classes I was to be teaching the next night. I called my employer to let her know that I would not be able to teach my class that night, but instead of speaking to my boss, I spoke with one of the students. I gave her the message and told her to pass it on to my boss. Apparently after many frantic phone calls about my whereabouts the next day, I realized my boss never got the message. The consequences were not great for me since the lack of communication fell on many parties. To fix the problem in the future, a message book could be established at the desk or only certain people could be allowed to answer the phone.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Portfolios and Presentations

My favorite presentation of this week would be the presentation on Graphics Communication major here at Clemson University. My roommate is also a GC major so it was very interesting to see and understand the things he is currently experiencing. I liked the props she brought in to the class to put a picture and a finished product with the words on the slides.
Unfortunately, I have never completed an online portfolio. I am looking forward to finishing the project, but my only concerns are lack of prior knowledge with these portfolios and lack of time in my schedule.

Class Presentations

Listening to the different array of topics covered by the class presentation's were entertaining and very informing. My three favorite were the presentation on college mascots, the Locks of Love presentation, and the presentation on Celtic's player, Rajon Rondo. These PowerPoints were very relative to my life currently as a college student. I also enjoyed how these were presented to the class in a fun, yet informing manner. I learned many tid bits of information from these presentations to take with me throughout my college career. Good job guys!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cover Letter

I found this article very relevant to the situation that most students are currently in looking for jobs and internships. A cover letter's main purpose is to catch the attention of the employer and encourage them to take a further look into your resume. The main idea of the website is to tailor the cover letter to each individual job to show your personal interest in the company. Before taking this class and reading the website, I did not fully understand the magnitude or the importance of a cover letter. I will now make sure I spend just as much, if not more time, working on conveying the first impression that I want to give an employer through my cover letter.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Client Project

Meeting our new client this week calmed some nerves, and aroused some fears. She was very broad with her goal for this project, which opened many doors but makes it hard to focus on the end result. With Clemson already rated the happiest campus and with the current budget crisis, I think that steps should be implemented to improve existing programs such as SolidGreen and make better use of our outdoor facilities such as Bowman field. I think everyone right now feels a little overwhelmed but once the ideas have been concentrated down this project will spring to life!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Interviewing Do's and Don'ts

Although some of the mistakes mentioned in the list are very important to not, I think what is most important not what mistakes to make but what to do correctly. I recently interviewed for a position at a local bank which was my first actual interview of my career. I was terribly nervous and worried myself to death. After leaving the interview I realized it was in my best interest to remain calm, cool, and collected. Tips for a successful interview is to be yourself, be relaxed, and most importantly practice makes perfect! Interview, and interview often!