Career Edge Workshop Provides College Students with Tips on Workplace Etiquette

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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More than 30 students from Orange County colleges and universities attended the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Feb. 8 Career Edge workshop, Successful Business Etiquette and Workplace Behaviors, instructed by Massiel Pérez-Calhoon, Ed.D., manager of community and corporate relations, Brandman University.

Dr. Pérez-Calhoon guided students in exploring basic business practices, how to navigate the demands and expectations of a fast-paced and evolving workplace, professional etiquette and attitude expectations.

This year, the Career Edge program has been scaled to include an internship component. As part of the internship program at the Samueli School of Engineering at University of California, Irvine, led by Dean Gregory Washington, interns must complete all three workshops in the Career Edge series.

“The Greater Irvine Chamber’s Career Edge program provides students with a professional advantage as they prepare to enter the workforce. Seeing the value in this program, and understanding the needs of our industry partners, we decided it was a perfect fit for our engineering students as they start their careers,” said Dr. Washington.

The Chamber’s career readiness program, Career Edge, is presented in collaboration with Google, Irvine Valley College, Vital Link, and the business community. Courses are designed to inspire, inform, and empower students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

The award-winning Career Edge program is a simple but important solution to a challenge that Orange County companies face: new employees who arrive with the knowledge and technical skills necessary but lack satisfactory business writing, presentation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Workshops are facilitated by volunteer mentors and presenters from a variety of professions.

Students that participate in Career Edge will have an advantage during their job search and will bring distinctive and marketable soft skills to the jobs they land, greatly increasing their success rate and on-the-job performance. Upon completion of an individual workshop, or the series, students receive a certificate of completion, and a letter of completion/recommendation from the Chamber. There is no fee for student participation.

The next workshop, Practical Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, will be instructed by Cathleen Greiner, Ph.D., regional director for Employer Engagement, Business and Entrepreneurship, Orange County, at California Community College Chancellor’s Office. The course will held on Saturday, April 4, at the Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Ste. 100, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Information on the April 4 workshop and to register can be found here.

Serving as volunteer mentors for the February workshop were Dr. Blessing Akofpure, anesthesiology specialist; Joe Alvarez, Cybersecurity & Cost Management Group; Karen Bannister, Karen K. Bannister International LLCAnaLaura Becerra, Destination Irvine; Christopher Bissonnette, 123 College Orange CountyDr. Cathleen Greiner, Rancho Santiago Community College District; Jaclyn Kung, University of California, Irvine; Thomas Lotts, New York LifeBrian Montes, Scaleocity Works; Carlos Oregon, Thinkbox Technology GroupBrian Page, Vocal ImagesRoberto Valenzuela, CREJV - Harcourts Prime Properties; and Helen Woo.

Nearly 350 students have participated in the program since it began in 2015. Career Edge is offered to students enrolled at any college or university located in or around Irvine. Career Edge was named the 2017Outstanding Program of the Year by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

For more information, contact Pepper Russell.

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