Our February career coaching event took place on Friday, February 23rd at Winslow BMW. Students and coaches learned more about the car industry and about BMW as a company. Scroll through the pictures below to find out more about the tour.
The tour began on the sales floor admiring the shiny cars and learning how the cars on the floor tend to be rotated out to keep a fresh and new feel for the dealership.
Our tour then moved towards the shop where cars are fixed and repaired. Genevieve stressed the importance of customer service for their service department as one of the key ways they can differentiate themselves from their competitors.
The deck was a prime spot to sit and enjoy the view of the mountains.
The tour ended with a panel and a speech from Phil Winslow himself. Mr. Winslow discussed the importance of finding a career that you enjoy and finding the right people to work in your industry. The panel addressed a variety of questions including how to get around the negative stigma of car salesmen and how to keep customer retention rates up so you have recurring business.
Overall it was a successful event and we are very thankful for Winslow BMW giving us the opportunity to tour their facilities. We hope to do this tour again next year with our new students!
January 26th, 2018
We kicked off our first Career Coaching Event of the year with a tour Titan Robotics. Titan Robotics was started by entrepreneur Clay Guillory when he built his very own 3D printer in his garage. Today the company provides 3D printing and manufacturing for large companies all around the world.
You can learn more about what they do Here:
Our students really enjoyed touring the facilities and learning about the process of 3D printing. A lot of them coming into the event had little knowledge about the industry. Titan Robotics also held a panel for students and coaches to ask questions and learn more. It was a great experience to tour such an innovative company!
December 6th, 2017
Our December Career Coaching event gave students the chance to practice their manners at our annual Etiquette Dinner. At this event, the student’s learned the do’s and don’ts of table manners when attending a business meeting that involves a meal. Liz Moore was our instructor and she did a fabulous job providing helpful tips that will help you remember proper etiquette for business events.
Menu varied from one seat to the next so each student had a different meal than the student they were sitting next to.
Main Entrees included Honey Apricot Chicken with Sweet Mashed Potatoes and Braised Red Chard, or Spaghetti and Meatballs.
At this month’s group event, we had the pleasure of listening to speakers that have both started and been involved with social impact enterprises. The speakers emphasized how social impact businesses are evolving the business world and creating opportunities for people to make a difference while making a profit at the same time.
Some of the goals of the Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) include:
- Measuring the sector’s impact (Social Return on Investment)
- Accelerating awareness of the Fourth Sector of the economy
- Promoting and building businesses that are interested in generating social impact
- Providing social entrepreneurs with resources, training, and education
- Becoming the catalyst for this sector and building a network
- Creating community and culture in this sector
It was a privilege to hear from such ambitious and seasoned individuals filled with the passion to create a business that has a higher purpose. We would like to thank the people who helped make this event such a success including Stacey Burns from the BBB and CI4SI, who served as moderator. We also had an incredible panel of speakers, whose names and companies are listed. We wish we could have had the whole day to converse with each of these great speakers so we could go more in-depth, but the great news is that you now have these individuals in your network and can learn more about each of their social enterprises.
Brent Beavers from AspenPointe Café
Lindsey Litton from Milhousing Network
James Proby from The Men’s Xchange
Jake Eichengreen from The Quad Partnership The Quad
From Left to Right: Stacey Burns, Jonathan Liebert, James Proby, Brent Beavers, Lindsey Litton, and Jake Eichengreen.
Thank you to all the students and career coaches that came. We hope you enjoyed the event and we can’t wait to see you at our next in November!
February marked our 4th annual Etiquette Dinner with the Career Coaching Program! We were thrilled to have instructor Liz Moore back as our facilitator. This year, we made several changes to make the experience even better. Not only did we include “wine” (sparkling cider), but we also introduced an alternating menu. Between soup, bone-in-chicken, and messy pasta, there were challenges to overcome in every course!
This is always such a wonderful event, and we want to thank all of our Career Coaches and students for attending.
This month’s group event meant touring a very well-respected local non-profit in our community, Discover Goodwill. There is much more than what meets the eye at their corporate headquarters, and our group found it fascinating to get a behind-the-scenes tour.
Discover Goodwill offers more than their retail stores and donation centers. In fact, they have 26 unique programs that serve people with intellectual challenges, the elderly, and people who are economically disadvantaged. During our time at Discover Goodwill, we had the opportunity to explore two of those programs: Voyages and Possibilities.
Possibilities is a 14,000 square feet “Town Hall” complete with a credit union, marketplace, apartment, “spa,” gym, and courtyard. The program is built for people with intellectual disabilities. Throughout the day, participants have activities in various part of the Town Hall though which they learn new skills and get valuable social interaction. They even have an elected Mayor and hold City Council meetings during which they get to choose an activity of their own!
Voyages is an adult day center for elderly people, many of whom have a traumatic brain injury or other mental incapacitation. Here, they are cared for and also given the opportunity to have activities and social interaction.
Because our group was so large, we split up over two days – Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27. Our distinguished set of panelists included:
Thursday, January 26
- Bonnie Martinez, VP Marketing & Communications (Welcome and Tour)
- Lorrie Molli, VP Ops & Sales
- Michele Gorr, CFO
- Jeanne Conder, VP Foundation
- Gary Smith, VP Human Resources & Organizational Development
Friday, January 27
- Bonnie Martinez, VP Marketing & Communications (Welcome)
- Karla Grazier, President/CEO
- Lorrie Molli, VP Ops & Sales
- Michele Gorr, CFO
- Joe Cunningham, Director Contract Operations & Business Development
- Gary Smith, VP Human Resources & Organizational Development
Here are a few pictures from our tour. Thank you to Cindy Cartwright for helping us coordinate these tours! We are greatly impressed and thankful for all that Discover Goodwill is going to benefit our community.
We’re half way through our 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program, and some of our students have already attested to a career-altering experience with their mentor. Here are some of their comments:
“We talked about career choices, interview, and many topics of marketing. The conversation was wonderful, and I wrote down a lot. [My career coach] tells me what it is like in the real world through his perspective. I am so glad he is my career coach!” – E.D.
“I had just recently completed my resume for some internships and felt it was perfect until my mentor and I went over it. I was able to revise it with better action verbs when describing myself and past experiences.” – S.W.
“I LOVE informational interviews. I feel so much more comfortable going to them and shining. I have made so many contacts, and these meetings are quite important to my growth.” – B.A.
“One thing [my career coach] said that I think will be beneficial is not to get stuck in a job once you start receiving a decent paycheck – still keep working for the job I want.” – J.H.
“Everything is going very well. I get along really well with my coach, and I look forward to our meetings because I know that I will learn something new every time.” – M.P.
“I learned that I can integrate two jobs within the same company into one entry on my resume. I also learned that I can tailor my resume for the career path that I want.” – C.W.
“Loving this program. It is a bit of time crunch trying to fit it in between working full-time and doing school full-time, but I love that I have been paired with [my career coach] as she gives me full view of what to expect in the ‘real world’ as I move towards a career in HR.” – G.W.
“[My mentor] is great because he knows how the industry works, so he gives me helpful suggestions and allows me to receive his personal opinions on certain aspects. I wouldn’t want to be paired with anyone else because he is what I strive for in the industry when I get there. His advice is something I will always take with me and I value it tremendously!” – A.R.
“I found out how many different ways one can go in accounting, I thought it was mainly just audit and tax. I learned more about what the differences are in large and small firms and what firm would best fit me.” -Z.Z.
“[My career coach] has stressed to me the importance of balancing your personal life with that of your professional.” – T.C.
“I learned that it’s okay to not have everything all planned and figured out yet because it will come with time and experience.” – A.R.
“[My career coach and I] really connected, and he provided me with a lot of ideas for how to better myself and what steps to take.” – K.R.
“There may be opportunities to do different jobs over the course of my lifetime. Deciding on what I want to do after graduation doesn’t necessarily mean I am stuck there for the rest of my life. Also, it can be better to do something you find value in than just choosing a job that pays the best.” – J.H.
“We talked a lot about balancing life and work, and the importance of remembering facts about someone to establish a relationship with them. I plan on applying this to my life by prioritizing between work, school, and life.” – L.R.
“[My career coach] really helped me map out how I can obtain my goals through the use of a timeline and how not all of the goals have to be something professional.” – H.M.
“I learned more about the importance of being flexible and how to build an expansive network that can help me pivot if my initial career plans do not work out. I plan on applying these lessons to my career.” J.H.
“We talked about how it may be difficult working with small businesses that have unrealistic goals and finding a balance with emotions and expectations but how rewarding it is to share a dream and a vision and working with a business to accomplish that.” – L.C.
We are so glad to get to offer this program to UCCS College of Business students and look forward to the second half of the program in spring 2017!
Happy New Year!