Perfecting Professionalism: Using College Before Joining the Workforce

Lauren Johnson

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Too many times employers have accused today’s college graduates of lacking professionalism. Many superiors state that we do not communicate correctly, we’re habitually tardy, and we socialize in the workplace too much, which is distracting. Funny enough, they have a terms for doing it right: employability skills or soft skills. Having employability skills mean that you possess work ethic, which includes timeliness, attendance, and a great attitude. And your current career as a college student builds those skills for future interactions in a professional atmosphere. Students should use college to practice the professional attributes expected in the majority of workplaces.

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The Blazer Express: Your New Ride

Shelby Morris

One of the most upsetting aspects about UAB is trying to find parking. Each day, commuter students and residential students have problems trying to find parking on and near campus. The fact of the matter is there are more students than there are spots. Taking a car off campus in the middle of the day is undesirable and impracticable. UAB has helped rectify this problem by providing the UAB Blazer Express Transit System. This is a series of buses that provide transportation throughout the campus. Students, faculty, and approved visitors are among the riders of this system. All that is needed to access this system is a UAB ID badge.

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Discover the Magic

Ethan Gissendaner


TEDx (x meaning independently organized) is coming to Birmingham with many ideas worth spreading and the message that this city is still a place worthy of its magical moniker. TEDx is similar to the original TED conference, though there are differences (learn more about the distinctions here ). It is a day-long seminar featuring numerous local speakers who are pioneering the renaissance of Birmingham and have unique stories and inspiration to share with Birmingham residents.

For a young professional seeking experience and career opportunities, TEDx is a great platform for exposure and inspiration. It is beneficial to anyone considering the job market in Birmingham (or just seeking a reason to love the city). Co-organizer Matthew Hamilton feels that the conference is all about the city’s future and reminds residents of all ages that they can be a part of the cityís ongoing revitalization. Numerous speakers with a spectrum of titles such as star chef, professor, nonprofit director, prodigy cellist, etc. will be sharing how they have made the most of the opportunities available in Birmingham. They will also be pointing out that there are plenty more opportunities awaiting to be seized. These scheduled speakers have found rewarding careers by investing in their city. They have discovered the magic of Birmingham and intend to inspire all who attend to discover, or rediscover, it for themselves.

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