GCU alumna Elaine Warga-Murray ’70, CEO of Regency Management Group, knows exactly what it takes to succeed in business.
As a part of a new lecture series offered this year by the GCU School of Business, the Alumni Business Club and the Office of Career Services, Ms. Warga-Murray collaborated with Joyce Heckman ’83 and GCU Director of Career Services Kathleen Brady to kick off the first session, “Career Management Essentials: KASH, Calendar and Choices,” on Tuesday, September 29.
Audience members learned about the KASH box model for career development, and heard various helpful tips for seeking employment. Among them—how to navigate the hiring calendar, identify good career opportunities, and what questions to ask when interviewing with a company.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of having good communication skills,” commented Ms. Warga-Murray. “Candidates need to be able to communicate well and be confident enough to ask future employers about what opportunities will be available to them.”
During her presentation Ms. Warga-Murray spoke exclusively of the KASH box model, emphasizing that any candidate seeking future employment can make themselves more marketable by simply remembering the pneumonic device, KASH, which stands for:
- KNOWLEDGE: Knowing data, facts and analytics, as well as knowing yourself, including your long and short term goals, skills, and areas for improvement.
- ATTITUDE: The idea that demeanor reflects your attitude and the importance of having positive outlooks and responses.
- SKILLS: Knowing how to do something, then knowing how to do it well.
- HABIT: Acquiring good habits such as hygiene, note-taking and organization through repetition.
The Career Management Essentials discussion is one of several being presented in collaboration with the GCU School of Business. Upcoming panels will focus on particular professions. GCU marks Women’s Entrepreneurship Week with an October 22 discussion featuring three women entrepreneurs discussing their paths to business ownership. On October 27, the university will host another panel with marketing and public relations professionals from three different industries.
“We hope that the sessions give students a chance to open up their eyes to all of the different opportunities they have,” added Dr. Janice Warner, Dean of the GCU School of Business. “We will be hosting these sessions once a month and we encourage alumni and students of all majors to join us.”
Story and photo by GCU English major Alexandria Graziosi ’16.