Take time to focus with Alumni Career Services events in April!

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How many times have you picked up your smartphone at the office in the last hour? Don’t feel bad: smartphones top the list of workplace distractions, but they also tempt us at home, when we’re out on the town, and just about everywhere else we carry them!

Beyond the loss of concentration on important tasks, venture capitalist and angel investor Joe Kraus of Google Ventures points out in a very incisive blog post that another victim of phone addiction is our creativity.

“We are creating and encouraging a culture of distraction where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us and increasingly unable to engage in long-form thinking,” Kraus wrote. “People now feel anxious when their brains are unstimulated. We are losing some very important things by doing this. We threaten the key ingredients behind creativity and insight by filling up all our ‘gap’ time with stimulation. And we inhibit real human connection when we prioritize our phones over our the people right in front of us.”

Kraus would probably agree that success in the workplace hinges on being able to come up with creative approaches to problems and taking the time to think, really think, about what our next move is in our career and how to get there. This month and next, ASU Alumni Career Services will host events that help your vocational “long game.” Step away from your apps and texts and experience job success beyond your biggest dreams!


Live events

Maroon & Gold Professionals Network Mixer @ Sun Devils Baseball, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, April 13, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix.

Enjoy networking with a twist at a healthcare-focused career mixer hosted by the ASU Alumni Association. Learn about health-related job opportunities from local employers, then cheer for the Sun Devils men's baseball team as they take on the Washington Cougars.

Virtual Career Workshops/Opportunities

Ask The Career Coach - Virtual Office Hours, noon-1:30 p.m. (Phoenix time), Thursday, May 25, Online.

Looking for some resume tips? Not sure how to prepare for your next interview or how to negotiate a pay package? What are the best places to look for work, how can ASU grads access all the Alumni Career Services that are available for Sun Devils? You can find the answers to all these career questions and more by connecting virtually with an ASU career advisor. No question is bad or wrong - all of them will help boost your career!

Wednesday Webinar Series Topics

These webinars will help you get ready to show your best professional face to the world, interview well, and land your dream career!

This month’s topics include:

  • April 5 - Interviewing for the Perfect Job: Hosted by Cassandra Bever of Revature.
  • April 19 - Designing a Purposeful Career: Working just to pay the bills isn't enough anymore. ASU Alumna Nicole Rogers, founder of the innovative coaching company Ama La Vida, will explain how to design a purposeful and fulfilling career path.

Except where noted, these webinars will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Arizona time (Mountain Standard Time) and are FREE. To sign up, visit https://alumni.asu.edu/content/alumni-career-services-weekly-webinars.  

Career coaching for Sun Devil alumni - now available on demand!

ASU career advisors offer professional guidance in all aspects of career development including resume writing, interview preparation and job search strategies. To learn more about career advising, including how to make an appointment to meet with a career advisor at one of ASU’s campuses or remotely, visit Sun Devil CareerLink at https://eoss.asu.edu/cs/sdcl.

Learn more about programs and offerings from ASU Alumni Career Services

~ Liz Massey, Managing Editor, ASU Alumni Association