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As another year concludes, congratulate yourself on your success in 2014! While you prepare for 2015, how will you challenge yourself to change your life in a positive way? The beginning of a new year is typically a time to set new goals, but more important than that is following through with your intentions – goals don’t work unless you do! If the next 365 days involve a complex undertaking, like earning an advanced degree, we recommend four tips to improve follow through.

  1. Plan for success. A yearlong commitment seems like a faraway destination; instead, approach your goal as a journey with checkpoints. Schedule time to accomplish short-term goals (checkpoints) that add up to create the long-term goal (destination). Remember to apply deadlines so you reach your final destination at a steady and intentional pace.
  2. Incentivize yourself! Like any road trip, schedule opportunities to refuel. Accomplishing goals is no easy task, so along the way you’ll need to take time to reward yourself for a job well done. Look for opportunities to incentivize and inspire in order to create the positive energy you need to keep at it!
  3. Develop helpful habits. Break your goal down into individual habits that you will cultivate in order to be successful. If your goal is to earn a degree, acquire study habits like reading one chapter in a textbook every night or sending an email to your academic advisor once a month to monitor your progress. By making your habits quantifiable, you can measure success more easily.
  4. Find an accountability buddy. Sometimes you need an extra push from someone other than yourself. Just like a personal trainer would push a client to choose healthy food options, find a study buddy, friend, or family member that will hold you to the habits and standards you set for yourself.

It’s easy to get caught up in the initial excitement of defining a goal. But the truth is, seeing a goal through to the end takes time, commitment, support, and a thorough plan. How do you keep track of your progress? Sound off in the comments section on the News from Frederick blog.


Cindy KokoskiMy two biggest passions are working with children and working with the elderly. Currently, I am in the midst of completing an internship for the adult undergraduate human service’s program at St. Joseph’s Ministries in Emmitsburg, Maryland. St. Joseph’s Ministries is a small, rural community nursing home that provides short and long term care for the frail and elderly. For me, this internship confirmed that the elderly population is in need of advocacy and that there are great institutions and individuals who are deeply involved with providing this service. I want to know their stories and develop the skills necessary to become an advocate as well.

While many people think of an internship as volunteering or service learning, in fact it is meant to focus on student learning and professional development. In my role, I work one-on-one with the residents. I have my own caseload under the latitude of the social worker. This allows me to meet with these individuals on a regular basis to monitor their needs and progress. I then report back to the social worker and we discuss innovative ways to assist.

Additionally, I attend a daily leadership meeting to review the events/incidents of the previous day. Each department is represented at these meetings to create awareness and work together on issues as they arise. This is a wonderful experience that explains why St. Joseph’s Ministries has such a great reputation. 

My internship has opened my eyes to the many facets of the eldercare industry as well as responsibilities of social workers. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Performing regular assessments of the residents as mandated by the state
  • Training new employees on the care and treatment of the elderly
  • Keeping up-to-date on government regulations as they pertain to the Nursing Home industry
  • Staying informed about the latest medications for treatment of various ailments affecting the elderly
  • Developing individual treatment and care plans for the residents
  • Maintaining case files for each resident
  • Serving as a liaison with Medicare and other insurance programs to arrange care of the residents while they are in the Nursing Home and when they return home
  • Meeting with the residents on a regular basis
  • Attending to the individual social needs of the residents in regards to their relationships with the staff and other residents

During my experience at St. Joseph’s Ministries, I witnessed the struggles of family members who made tough decisions about the care of their loved ones. I learned that many times there are no easy answers, and sometimes there are no answers, only acceptance. Sometimes simply recognizing their concerns and giving them the opportunity to voice those concerns can help ease the anxiousness of the resident. 

This internship has made me more sensitive to the needs of both of my parents, who are still living at home, and it has given me an awareness of issues they may face in the future.  In addition, it has caused me to reflect on my own desires and needs and how best to prepare for my own eldercare. 

Overall, this internship is providing me a chance to learn from others who have been working in the field, develop the skills necessary to navigate the industry, and understand the needs and demands of eldercare work. 

About the Author: Cindy Kokoski is the Assistant Director at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on the campus of Mount St. Mary’s University.  She has been employed at Mount St. Mary’s since 2003 and is looking to graduate with her degree in Human Services in May 2015.


Resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking… All of these aspects are important factors of a job search. How you treat these phases of the application process affects how employers see you as a candidate. Offer a personal touch by demonstrating, at all points in your search, how you meet the company’s needs as a potential employee. Here are three ways to consider adding a personal touch in your job search:

1. Tailor Your Resume
Adjust your resume to each specific posting so that employers can quickly see how your background and experience matches the company’s needs and desires. Never exaggerate a resume to match a posting, just make it easier by highlight how you fit the position at a glance.

2. Craft A Cover Letter
Cover letters by their very nature should be personal to each opportunity. Offering a general letter can convey a message of less interest and enthusiasm than a letter highlighting how you in particular can contribute to the specific organization.

3. Follow Up After the Interview
Once you complete a job interview, remember to send personalized thank you cards or emails to all of the people met during the interview process.

Overall, all of your interactions with a company from start to finish factor into your job search. Be respectful of the employer, kind to all people you meet, clear in communication, and patient in times of waiting. Do not despair or doubt in the face of uncertainty or adversity, but find ways to keep persevering, learning, and growing. Every challenge is an opportunity to overcome trial and tribulation. Providing the personal touch conveys your interest and knowledge, making you a candidate that stands out among the rest.

About the Author: Matthew Pouss is the assistant director and internship coordinator at the Mount’s Career Center. In his role, Matt supports students in discovering new opportunities in vocation, self-discovery, and development through a deep passion in helping others overcoming challenges. Current students of the Mount can contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202 of career-center@msmary.edu to learn more about adding the personal touch to a job search.

 

On Monday, October 20, the Career Center and Frederick Campus staff welcomed employers and students to the Frederick Campus Networking Event. The event was catered to graduate students in the MBA, MHA, and the new degree in biotechnology and management.        

Employers were from various disciplines including Medimmune (Astra Zeneca), New York Life, Edward Jones, and Meso Scale Discovery. Students met informally with professionals to talk about career aspirations and share experiences in the workplace and the classroom. Employers even accepted resumes for open positions on the spot! Company representatives were happy to visit with students; they viewed Mount students as polished and professional.

One student, Shannon of the MHA program, commented, "I thank God for the Mount and for this networking opportunity! Was it worth missing a day of pay? Yes!”

Networking is important for students in or nearing a job search. It provides the opportunity to meet others who may know about open positions, and to practice speaking with potential employers. It's also a great skill to help you advance in your current career by making valuable connections!

Do you need help with networking or improving your resume? Graduate and adult undergraduate students can contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202 or careercenter@msmary.edu.


Once you’ve decided to advance your career by earning a degree or certificate, the next step is to find a job where you can implement your new knowledge and skills. An important tool in your job search should be LinkedIn. According to Bullhorn Technology, 97% of employers report they are using this professional network, so it makes sense that you use it, too.

Before beginning your job search, make sure you profile represents your best professional self with the six do’s and don’t’s of LinkedIn.

  1. DO personalize your profile. Add a professional headshot and give yourself a title. If you’re employed, use it. If you’re a student, say Student at Mount St. Mary’s University.
  2. DON’T post personal updates. LinkedIn isn’t Facebook, which means your personal life doesn’t belong there. Share updates about your professional work or the industry in which you work.
  3. DO list your accomplishments. Note dates and locations, then add some color and interesting details. (DON’T just cut and paste your resume.) Make sure to include information about your education!
  4. DO follow others. Join groups that interest you where you can connect with likeminded professionals. If you know of a company you’d like to work for, follow their company page.
  5. DO link with others. Only link with those who you have a professional relationship with, or who you would like to get to know professionally.
  6. DON’T start linking without thinking. When you send a request, don’t stick with the standard message (“I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn”). Instead, say something more meaningful like, “It was great meeting you at the Mount’s Frederick Campus. Let’s stay connected.”

Once you’ve implemented the above, it’s ready, set, SEARCH! There are several good methods to look for jobs on LinkedIn. You can start by logging in and exploring Student Jobs or Jobs You May Be Interested In. Good luck!

About the Author
Clare Tauriello is the Director of the Career Center. She has a masters of education degree in counselor education from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College. She worked for many years at Penn State Mont Alto as the Career Services Coordinator and as the Division of Undergraduate Studies Coordinator. Clare has also worked at Northeastern University and Emerson College in the Boston area and Frederick Community College. She has been interviewed by the Frederick News-Post, the Baltimore Sun and WHAG on a variety of career-related topics.

Cyd MaubertCongratulations, Professor Cyd Maubert! This summer Cyd was named the new director of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. Meet Cyd and learn more about the program on October 1. Prospective students are invited to attend the Health & Science Graduate Programs Info Session.

“I am truly excited to help our students reach their academic and professional goals," she says. "Given the tumultuous changes the healthcare industry is experiencing, now more than ever it is important for healthcare professionals to have the knowledge and skills necessary for this growing and competitive field."

The Info Session is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet with faculty and staff. The event takes place between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mount's Frederick Campus.

"The Mount’s MHA program is designed so that working adults can not only earn their MHA within two years, but they also receive their Six Sigma Green Belt Certification without having to take time off from work," Cyd explains.

Cyd has been a lecturer in marketing for the Bolte School of Business for more than a decade. She holds a BS in Business from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Virginia Tech, both degrees focused in the areas of marketing and advertising. Currently Cyd is a PhD candidate at Walden University. Her area of research is on dialogic communication and websites for healthcare organizations. 

Prior to academia, Cyd spent over 20 years in Corporate America. Her positions included: VP Account Director, Initiative Media Advertising Agency; VP of Marketing, Planet Hollywood; VP of Communications, Advertising and Sales Promotion, The Gift Certificate Center; Director Affiliate Marketing, Prudential Real Estate Affiliates; National Advertising Manager, The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant and National Accounts Marketing Manager, for Coca-Cola.

The new Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management will also be represented at the Info Session. Click here to register to attend.


The recent news coverage of family violence involving NFL stars Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson captured the attention of many Americans.  A number of questions  have been raised about the causes and the consequences of these cases, particularly: Why do people assault their loved ones, and what is the appropriate societal response? As a sociologist, director of the undergraduate degree completion program in Human Services, a former Child Protective Services worker in both the U.S. military and the civilian world, husband of 30+ years, and father of four, I have some insights I would like to share.

CAUSES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
There is a substantial body of social scientific research on the causes and correlates of domestic violence. Findings reveal that domestic violence takes a variety of forms, such as:

  • Physical violence: Pushing, punching, choking, slapping.  The level of violence often increases in frequency and intensity over time. 
  • Sexual violence: Unwanted and forced sexual contact ranging from touching to forcible rape.
  • Threats of violence: Intimidation and terrorizing whether the threats are carried out or not. 
  • Emotional/psychological abuse: Humiliation, controlling the victim, isolating the victim from friends and family. 

Whatever the particular form or combination of forms the violence takes, we know from the voluminous research literature that the most important causes include:

  • A history of family violence: Today’s victim is at an increased risk of becoming tomorrow’s perpetrator.  Family violence gets handed down like an heirloom.
  • Substance abuse: Drug and alcohol abuse affect judgment and often lead to aggression.  The abuse of intoxicants should not be viewed as an excuse for violence.
  • Social isolation: Controlling and isolating family members allows abuse to go undetected. 
  • A set of attitudes and beliefs that rationalizes or justifies the abuse: For example, “I wouldn’t hit her if she just did what I told her to do.”  Our behavior typically matches our attitudes.  If you believe violence is acceptable, you are much more likely to engage in it.

At the cultural level, it is not too difficult to connect the dots between widely held American norms and attitudes that objectify women, that communicate to young males that “real men” are aggressive, that problems should be solved by physical force with the private and hidden reality of domestic violence that affects millions of American families across all social class, race/ethnicity, religion, and regional lines.

ADDRESSING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The most effective way to address domestic violence is to identify the relevant risk factors and then address each of them. While most of the work here must occur at the individual and family level, we should not forget that social and cultural problems require social and cultural solutions.  This means, among other things, that we must address and dismantle the widely held beliefs and attitudes that provide the context for domestic violence. Specific examples include educational programs that teach youngsters that violence is not an acceptable means of resolving family disputes. Also, we need far more in the way of prevention and intervention programs, such as shelters for domestic violence victims and advanced training for police and court personnel.

CLOSING THOUGHTS
I recognize that I’ve barely scratched the surface on this important topic. My hope is that readers take away two key messages from this short piece:

  1. There are multiple causes of family violence. These causal influences  range from the personal characteristics of the abusers to broader social forces.
  2. Family violence, in all its forms, can be reduced. Researchers and clinicians know well what works to reduce the social problem of family violence.   

While we will never reduce family violence to zero, we can reduce it significantly. What we need now, more than anything else, are honest discussions about the nature and extent of family violence, plus the political will to invest in programs and policies that are effective at preventing and, when that fails, responding to family violence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Timothy Wolfe, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology and the director of the Human Services degree completion program at the Mount’s Frederick campus.  He worked in the social and human services field investigating and treating family violence before he joined the Mount faculty in 1997.

 
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