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Transitioning from High School to College: A Discussion with Susan Sacco of Black Hawk College

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Susan Sacco is the Disability Services Coordinator for Black Hawk College. In this video, she explains how her department can help students with disabilities transition from high school to college. You will learn how the laws regarding accommodations are different and what types of services you can receive through the Disabilities Services Department.

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Using QC STEP Over the Summer – #90

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We wrap up the 2014-2015 school year on this episode of The QC STEP Podcast!

We start things off by answering a few student questions that came in a few weeks ago. One of these questions involves following up after applying for a position and the other is about volunteering. If you’re interested in finding volunteer work opportunities, check out the Davenport Volunteer Connection.

Then, I talk about how you can use our program, the STEP program over summer. Did you know that if you’re part of the STEP Progam, you can use our program to get job leads, assistance with applications, help preparing for interviews and other employment services? It’s true and in this episode, you’ll learn how to take advantage of that.

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Transitioning to Post-High School Life – #89

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I received several questions from students the last few weeks and a lot of these questions involved transitioning from high school life into post-high school life.

In this episode, I answer seven student-submitted questions on this transition. We discuss college, work and residential aspects, focusing on time management and self-advocacy.

This episode is geared toward seniors, but the information also applies to juniors, sophomores and freshmen. Like I say on this episode, it’s never too early to start preparing for these major life changes.

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4 Tips for Taking Stress out of Job Interviews – #88

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Job interviews can be a very stressful thing. There’s a lot riding on that conversation that you’re going to have with someone. On this week’s episode of The QC STEP Podcast, we give you four tips for taking the stress out of job interviews.

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Soft Skills – #87

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On this week’s episode of the podcast, we’re talking about soft skills. A student from United Township High School asks:

What kind of activities can students who are under 16 do to help develop work skills?

We answer that question, but also use the opportunity to talk about the types of work skills you can develop by doing these activities. These are called soft skills. Soft skills are transferrable skills that you can take to any type of job. They are personal qualities and attitudes that can help you work well with others and that can help you do a good job for your boss.

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Following-Up in Your Job Search- #86

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On this week’s episode of The QC STEP Podcast, we’re talking about following up after you apply for a job and after you interview for a position.

We talk about the reasons you should follow up after you turn in your application and interview. We also tell you the best ways to follow up in each situation.

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Showing You Want the Job – #85

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Competition for entry-level positions is tough. So, how do you stand out in the application and interview process and show that you want the job more than the other applicants? That’s what we’re talking about on this week’s episode of The QC STEP Podcast.

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Being Late for Work – #84

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On this week’s episode of the QC STEP Podcast, we look at a question sent in by a student from Rock Island High School. The student asks “What happens if you are late for work?” We go over the possible repercussions, such as a verbal warning, a written warning or perhaps even dismissal from the job.

You’ll learn the reasons why employers value promptness and the impact it could have on your working relationships not just with your boss, but your co-workers as well.

I also give an employment tip about dressing appropriately for the weather and environment you may interview in. The job market is starting to pick back up after the winter. Be sure to check QCSTEP.com for current job leads.

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Job Promotions – Episode #83

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A student from Rock Island High School asked about job promotions and I don’t think we’ve ever discussed that topic here on The QC STEP Podcast. So on this episode, you will learn:

  • What a job promotion is.
  • How to get a job promotion.
  • What to do if you’re not sure you can handle the responsibilities of the new job you’d be promoted to.

Next week is Spring Break, so The QC STEP Podcast will return with another episode on March 25th.

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Common Job Interview Questions – Podcast #82

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On this week’s episode, we’re discussing common job interview questions. This conversation is prompted by a student from Rock Island High School that asked the following question:

What interview question is asked the most?

This is a great question and we expand the topic a bit by discussing four of the most common job interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

Most interviews will have all, or at least some of these questions. In this episode, I talk about how I don’t think the employers are as concerned with your answers for these questions as much as they are interested in seeing how you handle yourself. Still, you should put thought into these questions and be prepared to answer each of these before you walk into the interview.

In this episode, I mention Episode #56 on your elevator pitch.  You can find that episode here:  Episode #56