All posts by Jocelyn Reaves

Jocelyn is a native of Chicago and networking enthusiast. Jocelyn’s passion for mentorship and creating access to educational and career knowledge drove her to create Fireside Insights. She received her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and has an undergraduate degree in Cellular Molecular Biology from Connecticut College. She currently works in healthcare consulting at GfK.

Master Public Speaking: How to Become an Expert Presenter

Public speaking isn’t a skill that comes naturally to many people, but it’s a necessary skill to master. Capturing the attention of an audience and effectively articulating a message that you are passionate about is a tremendously gratifying experience. In this article we give you the tips you need to master any speech. Continue reading Master Public Speaking: How to Become an Expert Presenter

The Unengaged Millennial: How Companies Are Failing to Meet Employees’ Expectations

Countless employers have labeled millennial workers as unengaged and unmotivated. The broad perception of the youngest members of the work force is that they don’t know what they want and expect something for nothing. While it’s true that millenials are indeed demanding, it’s not the case that they are not willing to work for what they want. The issue that many millenials face is the feeling that they are investing a significant deal of their time and energy into their work and are not receiving anything in return for their efforts. On the other hand, many employers feel that they are making an effort to invest in their employees. The disconnect here is the difference between what employers think millenials want and what they actually want. Before dismissing millenials as unengaged, take the time to answer these questions and bridge the gap. Continue reading The Unengaged Millennial: How Companies Are Failing to Meet Employees’ Expectations

Don’t Let the Work Stress Get to You: Tips to Help You Unwind After Work

Let’s face it, work can be stressful and sometimes that stress can leads to trouble outside of work. One hard day on the job has the potential to affect our mood, demeanor, and even motivation, leaving little to energy to tackle the reality of life outside of work. Rather than let stress from work cast a cloud over your life, take back your time and rejuvenate your mind with a few tips from the FI team. Continue reading Don’t Let the Work Stress Get to You: Tips to Help You Unwind After Work

How to Stand Out in the Workplace: Tips from Senior Leaders

While getting your work done in a timely manner may make you a reliable employee, it won’t make you stand out with senior leadership. Employees that stand out are those that take the extra initiative to excel, even when their work is challenging. I recently had a fruitful conversation with C-Suite executives, and here is that they identified as key attributes of successful employees.

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Career Perspectives: The Life of a Programmer

At Fireside Insights, we believe the best way to learn about potential career opportunities is through exposure. In this Career Perspectives article, we took a deep dive into the technical world with Ryan Bacastow, who told his story of what life is like as a Full-Stack Programmer. Bacastow graduated with a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and has an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. His current role is that of a Programmer for William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm where he is a data guru…and magician.
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Why You Should Wait to Go to Graduate School

The road leading away from college is different for everyone, but many choose the path to graduate school. While higher education nurtures those interested in academia, the education received from real-world experiences and entry-level jobs can be just as valuable and formative. Here are five reasons to consider waiting to go to graduate school.  Continue reading Why You Should Wait to Go to Graduate School

Group Projects: How to Lead without Doing All of the Work

Let’s face it- group projects are something that we all dread. It can be difficult to align expectations, and ultimately responsibilities usually fall on just one or two group members. Rather than taking on the brunt of the work at the last minute, set your group up for success in seven quick steps. Continue reading Group Projects: How to Lead without Doing All of the Work

Lessons Learned from Entrepreneurs

Starting your own business and embarking upon your own entrepreneurial venture can be daunting and filled with uncertainty. But, we have collected advice and wisdom from over a dozen entrepreneurs in our Fireside Chats series to guide you, our entrepreneurial-minded reader, to the next stage of your professional career.
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5 Ways to Prepare for Your First Day at a New Job

Starting a new job is exciting. Many times, it’s a milestone marking the next stage of professional and financial success. In order to make the best impression when you begin, it’s imperative that you mentally prepare yourself for what is to come. While you will definitely undergo some degree of onboarding when you start, knowing as much as possible before your first day will put you ahead of the game. Here’s how you can prepare: Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Your First Day at a New Job

How to Craft an Effective Elevator Pitch

A well-crafted elevator pitch is an instrumental asset in a professional’s toolkit but creating a succinct and effective one can be challenging. It is a quick introduction of yourself that you give in settings such as conferences, seminars, networking events, orientations and…elevators. They are 30 seconds to one minute in length and help to give a snapshot of your professional accomplishments and goals. Similar to a resume, this speech is something that should always be up-to-date and ready to be dished at any given moment. While your speech should be unique to you, follow these general guidelines to ensure that your pitch is an effective one: Continue reading How to Craft an Effective Elevator Pitch