In conjunction with Golden Key’s recently established partnership with Collegefeed, we would like to share an article that was shared by the founder and chief executive of Collegefeed, Sanjeev Agrawal.
In recent years, millennials have been the targets of scrutiny and animosity for a number of reasons, whether it be our lethargic approach to work, our sense of entitlement or perhaps just being self-absorbed. Many in Generation X believe that our generation is the worst group of workers in memory, but Sanjeev Agrawal thinks otherwise.
From his time as Senior Director at Cisco Systems to being Global Head of Product Marketing at Google, Sanjeev has employed hundreds of people ranging from recent college graduates to experienced professionals, and he believes that Millennials might actually be the best generation of workers, yet. Here’s why:
- Style of Communication
We, as Millennials, grew up in an era when distance did not affect our ability to directly communicate with others. Now we live in a time when long distance communication is so simple we can be a part of it during class lectures or at work, and we can do it without even having to open our mouths. The same cannot be said for Generation X and the Baby Boomers.
While members of older generations struggle to adapt to new services in the office, such as Basecamp, SharePoint or Yammer, Millennials have been exposed to these tools for years. As a generation, we are familiar with communicating in a one-to-many paradigm having grown up during the rise of social media. The capacity to think like this is beneficial for companies that are spread out globally and must rely on interacting in a virtual environment.
- Instantaneous Expectations
Many members of older generations complain about how fast the world moves and how Millennials expect everything immediately. Well, turns out this is one of our strongest assets.
While Baby Boomers and Generation X had to wait weeks for critical business documents to be delivered or spend hours researching information, our interpretation of “extensive” research would be going to the second page of Google results. Our approach to work is fast paced and responsiveness is near instantaneous resulting in a more efficient workplace.
- Obsession with Technology
Many industries are being forced into adopting web and mobile-first philosophies resulting in a demand for tech-savvy workers that possess skills like coding and programming. Having grown up in a technological age, many Millennials have been more exposed to these skills than older generations, thus, in turn, creating a demand for Millennials. We also have a knack for embracing new technology, as though it is some innate ability that we are born with. Whether older generations admit it or not, Millennials are the bridge to the future.
- Train of Thought
Without question Millennials are the most diverse generation in American history. It is expected that minorities, making up roughly one-third of the current U.S. population, will become the majority in the next thirty years. Needless to say, our generation does not just embrace diversity– we expect it.
Diversified workforces are sought after in that it translates into increased creativity, attitude and language skills, problem solving and a more global understanding. By being born into the era that we were, our understanding of society translates into the work environment, which allows for more efficient processes within companies and organizations.
To learn more about why Millennials are the best workers, check out Sanjeev’s article on the Forbes website.
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On Friday 9 May 2014, three members of the Duncan family were proudly inducted into Golden Key at the University of Adelaide’s New Member Recognition Event. Sharon Duncan, a Flinders University student studying Paramedic Science, decided to attend the University of Adelaide ceremony so that she could be inducted along with her daughter, Amy, and son, Jock. “We all received our invitation letters in the post at the same time,” said Sharon. “We study different things – Amy is topping her subjects in Medical Science (Vision Science/Master of Optometry) and Jock is studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering, as well as being Apprentice of the Year for AiGTS. I am so proud of them.” Congratulations to this brainy family!
This month we’ve announced the recipients of some of our biggest awards from fall of 2013: the Graduate Scholar Award winners ($10,000), the Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship winner ($5,000), and the Education Debt Reduction Award winners ($5,000). Today, we’re excited to display the recipients of the remaining fall 2013 headquarters awards. These scholarships make up part of the $1,000,000 we award annually to members.
Alumni Professional Development Grant ($1,000):
- Pamela Stover, Baylor University, United States
- Olive Aneno, South Carolina State University, United States
Community Service Scholarship ($1,000):
- Graham Kell, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
- Joshua Akman, University of Maryland, United States
- Talita Delport, University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Orysya Svystun, University of Alberta, Canada
- Parmanand Dasrat, The City College of New York, United States
“I would like to express my deepest thanks to the kind people at Golden Key for selecting me for this scholarship. I am grateful for this monetary push in my college education and commend the Society for supporting students like me throughout the years. This scholarship will help to not only support me financially, but also motivate me to continue into a life of service as a physician. As a lifelong resident of New York City, I know what the value of community service is in society and how vital it is. I’ve always felt welcome into Golden Key, from day one at the New Member Recognition Event, where the chapter officers made everyone feel proud and special.”
Golden Key Research Grant ($1,000):
- Alexandra Galindo, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, United States
- Brian Squitieri, The University of Oklahoma, United States
- Gabriel Chernitsky, The University of Winnipeg, Canada
- Kaitlyn Enright, McGill University, Canada
- Mathew Hamula, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
- Rebecca Cross, University of Wollongong, Australia
- Song Zhang, The University of Adelaide, Australia
- Ying Qi Winnie Li, Edith Cowan University, Australia
“Receiving this award greatly motivates me to continue conducting research of my interest that I believe will have an impact to the society. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Science (Interdisciplinary Studies) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. My research involves the evaluation of novel biomarkers of health in a group of Australian adults that will have original contribution to multidisciplinary academic fields and will lead to practical use and benefits to the wider community. I am utterly thankful to the society that provide this acknowledgement and to my family and friends who support me in embarking a research journey at the very first end. Making the decision to do a research degree overseas is definitely not an easy one, but with assistance like this, it will turn out to be meaningful and rewarding.”
-Ying Qi Winnnie Li
Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship ($2,500):
- Lorin Dawson, The University of Mississippi, United States
Outstanding Alumni Award ($1,000):
- Shanling Yu, LaTrobe University, Australia
- Kaitlyn Bentley, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
“I come from a small town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, called Port Elizabeth. Last year I had the privilege of teaching at a small school, called the Human Dignity Centre, which reaches out to the children of a local township. Due to the extreme poverty stricken conditions, many of the learners have fetal alcohol syndrome, are malnourished, etc. and therefore cannot keep up academically. There is a huge need, in not only this school, but all over South Africa, for children such as these to be assed in order to assist them. My intention is to eventually return to the Human Dignity Centre, in order to aid them with performing assessments for the children who have trouble academically in the school. This scholarship will help me towards achieving my goal of obtaining my masters in educational psychology in order to do so. I, therefore, feel very honoured to win the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2013.”
Study Abroad Scholarship ($1,000):
- Sarah Llewellyn, The Australian National University, Australia
- Brandon Kwong, University of Alberta, Canada
- Kate Poppa, La Trobe University, Australia
- Nishtha Vashishta, University of Delhi-Lady Sri Ram College, India
- Adam White, James Madison, United States
- Jessie Zanutig, University of Alberta, Canada
- Jacques van der Berg, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Rose Kenyon, George Mason University, United States
- Akinlolu Makinwa, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
“I hereby wish to express my profound gratitude to the Golden Key International Honour Society for selecting me for the 2013 study abroad scholarship award. Thank you for the honour bestowed on my family, my university, my country and me. Winning this award is a confirmation of my call to contribute to the emergent and essential field of youth and family ministry, especially in Africa. It also means, to me, that Golden Key International Society recognizes the fact that all fields of study have the potential to make impact in society. This award will assist me to pursue my quest to be grounded in the study of youth and families in order to become a resource-person for prospective and practicing youth and family ministers in Africa. This award will also help me to collaborate and dialogue with fellow youth and family ministers abroad as we continue to seek effective ways to address the challenges faced by youth and families. The lessons learnt from my study abroad will also contribute to the outcome of my PhD dissertation in Youth Ministry as I seek to identify, analyze and establish the theological foundations of youth and family ministry for a good life-transforming practice.”
QS World MBA Tour Scholarship ($5,000):
- Natalie Hatour, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
QS World Grad Tour Scholarship ($5,000):
- Tatevik Shaboyan, York University, Canada
“I feel very privileged to receive the QS World Grad Tour Award. It is a great honour to be recognized for my achievements and dedication to my chosen career path. This award will help me financially through the Doctor of Optometry Program, which is a very focused field. It requires extensive knowledge and sharp clinical skills, which are developed through four years of schooling. Receiving this award is a motivation to continue learning and refine my clinical skills, in order to provide high quality patient care. The award also brings pride to my family, friends, and community, who have supported me throughout the years. I will continue to uphold Golden Key’s pillars of Academics, Leadership, and Service, by spreading awareness of eye health and regular eye exams. This includes both local programs and international mission trips to developing countries, to provide eye-care in underserved communities around the world. I would like to extend a thank-you for this generous award, which will allow me to continue these initiatives.”
Congratulations to the winners!
Golden Key’s scholarship recipients embody the pillars for which Golden Key stands and we are delighted to assist them in making their dreams a reality. We realize that many college students today require assistance repaying the investment they have made in their education. We are committed to helping members further their education and academic pursuits, so we created the Education Debt Reduction Award, which assists members with repayment of student loans. We are excited to announce the winners of the Fall 2013 scholarship, who are awarded $5,000 USD each.
The recipients (in no particular order) are:
- Elizabeth Hutchins-Croft, Texas Woman’s University, Canada
- Hailey Key, Kaplan University, United States
- Makiijah Crabbe, University of the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas, United States
- Noriza Abu Hassan Shaari, West Virginia University, United States
- Alexander Gross, University of Oregon, United States
- Jason Baxter, Arizona State University, United States
- Coulter Tallent, American Public University System, United States
- Yuliya Khakhuda, University of Alberta, Canada
- Lien Trinh, University of California, Riverside, United States
- Maria-Luiza Popescu, The University of Texas at Dallas, United States
- Nelia Greeff, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
- Aaron Luke MacNeill, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada
- Stella Onuoha-Obilor, Walden University, United States
- Lacia Vogel, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada
- Simone Samuels, York University, Canada
- Taylor Godine, Kent State University, United States
- Amanda Giles, The University of Montana, United States
Congratulations to the winners!
Here’s what a few of the winners had to say upon receiving the award…
“Receiving this scholarship is validation for me to continue forward in a manner in which my passions serve as my compass in my decisions, while continuing to build on Golden Key’s motto of “unlock your potential.” Being inducted into Golden Key, I remember wanting so badly to be on the stage, standing confidently as an officer wearing a knowing smile that I was seeking out great things. My time eventually came when I was standing proud, with several years of Golden Key service under my belt, as a graduating senior. Golden Key has exposed me to innumerable experiences and lessons, which continue to make themselves present in my life today. I look forward to this scholarship contributing to my current endeavors as well as how golden Key will continue to uplift me in the future.”
“I am so honored to be selected as a recipient of the 2013 Education Debt Reduction award! This award will help me to complete my doctoral studies and a sign language interpreter program so that I can continue to provide increasingly effective services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing communities with whom I live, work, and interact. I am so grateful for the opportunities available through the Golden Key International Honor Society – joining was one of the best decisions I have made as it has allowed me access to a community of support and opportunity that was not otherwise available to me. Thank you so much!”
“Winning the Education Debt Reduction Award is truly a blessing for me and my family. This enables me to continue with my studies (Masters Degree) with peace in my heart, that I am no longer placing a financial burden on my parents’ shoulders. They were responsible for the interest on my study loans each month. We are a big family and I currently have two brothers also studying, therefore this award not only gives me an opportunity to be able to continue with further studies but also benefits my two brothers because my parents will be in a better position to support them through their years of university. I would once again like to extend my gratitude to Golden Key and all its partners for playing a part in empowering me to reach my full potential in life through everything that I have learnt thus far and the award presented to me. I am committed to being a great leader in my community/country/world-wide and inspiring and equipping people to aspire toward their dreams and reach their full potential in life.”
“I am overwhelmed with joy and honor to receive the Golden Key Education Debt Reduction Award! I am proud to be an active member of a society that shares the same values as my own. Golden Key has broadened my horizons through numerous measures: serving communities, attending professional workshops, delivering my own workshop, working and networking with like-minded individuals on campus and across the global, and meeting inspirational speakers. This scholarship will certainly alleviate my financial burden and allow me to concentrate on pursuing my career in medicine.”
It’s that time of the year when college students gather with their friends and family on their respective university campuses to walk across the stage and receive their degrees. Although this is a wonderful time to celebrate the hard work and effort that students have put in, this also means that university life is over and, for many, searching for a job is their full time position. Follow these ten tips to help avoid the burden of unemployment.
This is arguably the most important tip on this list, and certainly the easiest to perfect. One of the initial measures of a first impression, this simple act could shape the interviewer’s opinion of you before you even answer a question. Keep your handshake firm and look him/her in the eyes.
Every job seeker needs to be able to explain who they are and what they do in sixty seconds or less. The key, however, is having the ability to explain their story in such a way that the listener wants to hear more. You can learn more on how to create an effective elevator speech here.
When you go in for an interview, there is a strong possibility that you will meet numerous people. It is important to remember the names of the people you meet in case you have to refer back to them at a later date, whether it be the CEO or the front desk receptionist.
Once you have been invited to an interview, you need to use any resource possible to learn what you can about the company. Nothing is more embarrassing than not knowing how to answer, “so what do you know about our company?” First, get familiar with the company’s website. And, be sure to check out their LinkedIn and Facebook pages and research the history of the company. Also, find common ground with the interviewer so you have something personable to discuss.
Answering Behavioral Questions
Behavioral interview questions, such as “tell me about a mistake you’ve made and how you handled it”, are designed to uncover more about the interviewee’s personality. With these types of questions, you have to give specific examples from your past experiences, so think through some examples you can have ready to go.
“What’s Your Biggest Weakness?”
This is a cliché interview questions, so have an original answer ready in case your interviewer asks you this question. Think through exactly how honest you want to be with your weakness and note how you’ve overcame or are working to overcome it.
Many people find jobs based on their network, so it is important that you build and maintain your network. Use real world opportunities and social media platforms to keep in touch and grow connections.
A passive interviewer is easily forgotten. Make sure the interviewer remembers who you are by asking questions that demonstrate a high level of interest in the company. Ask questions that you truly want answered, such as “What is the company culture like?” or “Can you give examples of projects I would be working on if I took the position?”.
Some interviews will require you to give a presentation on a specific topic to a group of interviewers. Be sure to bring a USB drive with the presentation on it in case you can’t access your files via cloud and remember to remain confident.
Appearing on Skype
It is not uncommon to have your initial interview via Skype or on a similar computer-to-computer platform. In light of such, be prepared in case you find yourself in a situation that requires you to use Skype. Look directly in camera, have a professional background and be sure there won’t be any interruptions from your roommate(s), pets, or other possible distractions.
From 11-13 April 2014, many Golden Key members from about 70 chapters came together to participate in service activities for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), the largest weekend of service in the world. GYSD was created to engage young people ages 5 to 25 years old in service activities to create civic minded youth while bettering their communities. All Golden Key members and chapters were encouraged to take part in service events for GYSD.
GK chapters that participated were eligible to apply for our Global Youth Service Day Chapter Awards for their outstanding initiatives.
And today, we are excited to announce the winners of these awards!
First place goes to the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayaguez chapter who are awarded $500! The second and third place winners, receiving $250 each, are the chapters at Wright State University and the University of South Dakota, respectively. Congratulations to these three chapters!
The Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (UPRM) chapter had two GYSD events in which 22 of their chapter members participated. The first was called “Build Your Future.” It consisted of seminars directed towards high school students about college education and career development. The goal was to motivate these students to finish a college degree. The participants visited three local high schools where they talked about the benefits of an undergraduate degree and highlighted diverse career options, which the students showed great enthusiasm towards.
Additionally, the chapter organized an event called “Seeds of Hope: The Puppet Show.” The chapter made puppets and went to UPRM Preschool Center to put on an environmentally themed puppet show for 31 children to illustrate about wildlife, environmental preservation and animal care. Then the GK members gave the kids a very thoughtful gift: baskets with tomato seeds and instructions about how to plant and grow a tomato tree. The event helped the children to start to learn about being conscious citizens while having fun.
“We fervently believe in our youth potential to make the difference. Global Youth Service Month has been an unforgettable journey and we hope to inspire others to live in service. Let’s make Global Youth Service part of our everyday lives and share the most unselfish and honorable virtue of life: to give,” said Dayana C. Reveron Alvalle, graduate student at UPRM.
The Wright State University chapter hosted an event called “Young Athlete’s Experience”. The purpose of this event was to invite children from ages two to seven with intellectual disabilities to participate in physical activities. The stations introduced them to skills they will need for Special Olympics eligibility, beginning at age eight. The seven stations included: an obstacle course, running, “Coach says,” batting, kicking, beginning hockey, goalie drill, and much more. There were more than ten children with Down Syndrome, Schizencephaly, Autism, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder participate. It was an inclusive event and they highly encouraged family participation. Towards the end of the event, the children played with a large rainbow parachute. This was a unique opportunity because in their region, similar events do not exist where kids can learn these skills for future involvement with the Special Olympics. Because of this limitation, we reached out to community organizations to gain participants and make this event possible. This event provided a positive change for parents to meet one another outside of therapy in a fun environment. Valuable connections between families were also made as the chapter members noticed some of the families exchanging phone numbers for future play dates. Volunteers were recruited from Wright Patt United States Air Force, Special Olympics College and Phi Kappa Phi.
The University of South Dakota chapter hosted their own March of Dimes walk in Vermillion, South Dakota. The chapter successfully raised $1,540 to support March of Dimes, which raises money to support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies. The had 60 members from the community and campus join the march. All proceeds will go towards research and care as well as vaccinations for pre-mature births, full-term births and their mothers in the state of South Dakota.
Congratulations to our three winning chapters and a BIG thank you to all of our chapters that participated in Global Youth Service Day!
Golden Key’s scholarship recipients embody the pillars for which Golden Key stands and we are delighted to assist them in making their dreams a reality. Succeeding in higher education and helping students reach their potential is at the core of Golden Key’s mission. We created the Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship to assist in the costs of higher education. This scholarship recognizes undergraduate members for outstanding commitment to the Golden Key pillars of academics, leadership and service. We are excited to announce the winners of the Fall 2013 scholarship, who are awarded $5,000 USD each.
The recipients (in no particular order) are:
- Christopher Gabbett, Ramapo College of New Jersey, United States
- Rachel Donohue-Miller, Brock University, Canada
- Ethan Bowering, Griffith University, Australia
- Lim Fang Xin, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
- Stephanie Ibsen, Grant MacEwan University, Canada
- Samantha Jemiolo, State University of New York at Fredonia, United States
- Julia Konz, Griffith University, Australia
- Keiko Kang, California State University, Los Angeles, United States
- Kalisa Mora, University of Central Oklahoma, United States
- Maria Maldonado, Seton Hall University, United States
- Megan Bohlman, Kaplan University, United States
- Nenad Majumder, University of Windsor, Canada
- Sarah Armstrong, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
- Timothy Ng, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
- Zachariah Hethmon, The University of Tennessee, United States
- Anisha Gulati, University of Delhi – Indraprastha College for Women, India
- Irfaan Ganchi, University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Kaitlin Grunst, Arizona State University, United States
- Katrina Notarmaso, The College of New Jersey, United States
- Kristin McBride, University of Michigan-Flint, United States
- Lindsay Anderson, University of California, Riverside, United States
- Michelle Esterhuizen, Flinders University, Australia
- Nicole Kuharske-Miller, The University of Arizona, United States
- Orysya Svystun, University of Alberta, Canada
- Vihitha Thota, George Mason University, United States
- Zoleka Mkhabela, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Congratulations to the winners!
Here’s what a few of the winners had to say upon receiving the award…
“I am very honoured to have been selected as a winner of the Undergraduate Achievement Award this year. I am a firm believer in Golden Key’s three pillars of academics, leadership and service and receiving recognition for my efforts in promoting this philosophy makes me extremely proud – not only in my own efforts, but also that of our committee at Flinders University, South Australia. I hope that others will be able to follow in our committee’s footsteps and enjoy the successes that comes from hard work and dedication. As I will be graduating soon, I am saddened by the fact that I will be stepping away from my leadership role, however, I hope to continue to be a leader in the workforce and beyond. Receiving this award gives me confidence that I will be able to do so. I cannot thank Golden Key enough for the personal and professional development opportunities it has provided throughout my university career, which have contributed to making me the person I am today. My endless thanks to everyone who helped make that possible.”
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen to receive the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Award. I am from Orange County, California and am a fourth year History/Law and Society major at the University of California Riverside. This award will help me pay for my last quarter at UCR and will allow me to take a LSAT preparation course. I have been a member of Golden Key for three years and have served as the Public Relations chair and more recently as President of our chapter. I am incredibly thankful to be a member of Golden Key and truly believe in Golden Key’s three pillars. I am very grateful to my Golden Key Advisor, Emily Nudge, for encouraging me to apply and always believing in me. Thank you so much to Golden Key for this award!”
“The news of being awarded the 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Award by the Golden Key International Honour Society was received by my family, educators and I with immense elation and joy. I feel extremely privileged and honoured to have received this prestigious and generous accolade. Many thanks to the Golden Key International Honour Society for placing confidence in my academic abilities. I can assure this society that I will do the organization proud in my future academic pursuits as I aspire towards academic excellence. I would like to encourage my contemporaries to persevere in their endeavours and let us not but forget: A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, in the right direction. On this noble journey, let us all display commendable humanitarian characteristics in the name of righteousness, as I believe the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.”
“When I found out that I was the winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Award I was beyond excited; actually I am pretty sure I did a happy dance. I have had many obstacles to overcome during my undergraduate studies and receiving this scholarship was a perfect reward for so many late nights, countless hours of stress and tears, and persevering when all I wanted to do was give up. Winning this award gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride and also means that I will be able to pay off some of my student loans. It is great to be recognized for my hard work and dedication not only to my academics but also my service and leadership. My membership in MacEwan’s Golden Key Chapter has been very rewarding. For the 2012/2013 academic year I served on the executive of our chapter as the Honorary Member Liaison. I was also able to be the co-producer of the Family Literacy Carnival that our Golden Key Chapter organized to promote reading among families in the city of Edmonton as well as some other volunteer events.”