ASK Experience Series: Emotional Intelligence

The ASK Experience series is a new HireDePaul Blog series featuring unique insights and career advice from interviews with DePaul alumni. In the next installment, we spoke with Marie Wohler (‘91) about her career, emotional intelligence in the workplace, and the value of mentorship in professional development. 

Emotional Intelligence

After a career in talent management and leadership development, it is clear that Marie Wohler is passionate about helping people improve their professional skills, the most salient of which being emotional intelligence. So what is emotional intelligence? As Marie explains, “emotional intelligence — or EI — is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and those of the people around you.”

Marie’s Characteristics of Professional Emotional Intelligence:

  • “Changers”
    • Professionals displaying emotional intelligence are open to change and are adaptable. Being willing to change and take risks as needed supports an organization’s ability to improve itself. 
  • Self-Awareness
    • Acknowledging professional or personal weaknesses helps emotionally intelligent professionals to work with teams that complement their skills.  
  • Empathy & Relation
    • By relating to coworkers and putting their behavior in the context of any situation that may arise, professionals can more effectively resolve conflicts, overcome obstacles, and form connections with colleagues. 
  • Self-Care
    • Self-care looks different for everyone, but practicing it can make or break a professional’s ability to interact with colleagues. 

“Getting great people and retaining them takes emotional intelligence, and leaders who don’t have it risk losing talent that could be a competitive advantage for an organization.”

Feedback

As a convenient follow-up to our previous article (ASK Experience Series: Communication), one aspect of professional emotional intelligence is the ability to take and receive feedback constructively. To expand on the previous discussion, Marie shared some insights on how to ask for good feedback:

  • Ask what you should stop, start, and continue doing. This opens up the floor for the other person to provide you with specific feedback that you can take with you and follow up on after an agreed upon period of time. 
  • Consider branching out to other colleagues for feedback instead of relying exclusively on your direct supervisor. This can help avoid interpersonal conflict in the workplace before it begins! 
  • Follow up with the person you asked. Set a period of time after which you will report back. 

Mentorship

Mentors are always a valuable resource in anyone’s career development. Marie cited two mentors throughout her career who had a significant impact on her growth as a professional. Mentors can share experience and advice, give feedback, and support any person regardless of their experience level. Here at DePaul, all students have access to resources designed to help connect them with potential mentors! 

On the DePaul ASK Network, there is a vast database of alumni volunteers prepared to coach students in their careers. For more information on the ASK Network, check out our website or email us at ask@depaul.edu!  

How We Can Help You

The Career Center has many new and continuing resources to advise students and alumni along on their career path. Whether that’s finding an internship while in school, looking for your first post-graduation job or going through a career change, check out the ways we can help you!

Career Advising Appointments

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Want expert advice on how to plan and navigate your career? You can schedule a career advising appointment through Handshake. You can choose the appointment category that fits you best—First-Year, Exploring, Career Community, or Pivoting—to see the options and locations available. Appointments can take place in-person or via phone or Zoom and may be available as early as next day! 

Resume & LinkedIn Review

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Looking for a resume or LinkedIn insight? Our Peer Career Coaches provide asynchronous resume or LinkedIn profile reviews for students and recent graduates. Submit your resume in Word or Google Doc format via the link below. A Peer Career Coach will review your resume and provide video feedback. Note: You must use a gmail account or your depaul.edu student account to access the form.

Career Chat

Have a quick question about how to make an appointment? Need help locating a resource? We’re available to chat on our website Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.

Searching for a job or internship?

Handshake is our career platform and employers are posting there every day! 80% of students with updated profiles get contacted by recruiters.

Career Resource Library

Check out our library of over 50 handouts and videos on a wide variety of career topics, ranging from preparing for a video interview to tailoring your resume and cover letter for a specific role. Our most popular handout is Resume Basics!

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK)

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Social distancing doesn’t mean disconnecting! Search for and connect with over 1,500 alumni volunteers for career, academic and life advice on the DePaul ASK network.

Save the Dates

Make sure you stay up to date on the many Career Center events we have scheduled every quarter to give you meaningful tips on preparing for your future and to introduce you to professionals in your field. Save the dates of all the Career Fairs this year and check out Handshake for more events!

Preparing for a Career Fair

With the Fall 2021 Virtual Career Fairs coming up, there’s still plenty of time to prepare to chat with top employers in many different industries! Whether that means figuring out what your Handshake profile still needs, brushing up on your video interview etiquette, or researching the employers you’re most interested in, the Career Center has you covered with helpful tips.

Start off by checking out the lists of employers who are attending the two-day virtual fair that we’ve taken the liberty of categorizing by Career Community. Not part of a Career Community yet? They’re super easy to join and you get access to lots of resources specific to your chosen industry—or industries!

Wednesday

Business Entrepreneurship & Consulting

  • BDO USA LLP
  • Associated Bank
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Morningstar Inc.
  • Interactive Brokers
  • Newell Brands
  • Northern Trust
  • First Midwest Bank
  • U.S. Bank
  • Target

  • City Year
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Peace Corps

Education, Nonprofit & Government

Health Care & Science

  • University of Chicago, Section of Hospitality Management
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Dentsu
  • Shure Incorporated

Media, Communication, Arts & Entertainment

Technology & Design

  • Americaneagle.com
  • Bectran
  • DMC Inc.
  • CURO Financial Technologies
  • Perficient

Thursday

  • First Midwest Bank
  • CIBC
  • Ferrara Candy Company
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • MetLife
  • Marcum LLP
  • Mezars USA LLP
  • Jewel-Osco

Business Entrepreneurship & Consulting

Education, Nonprofit & Government

  • City Year
  • Illinois Tollway
  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • University of Chicago, Section of Hospitality Management
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Medline

Health Care & Science

Media, Communication, Arts & Entertainment

  • Dentsu
  • Americaneagle.com
  • AccuLynx
  • Bectran
  • iManage
  • Reveal Data

Technology & Design

Make sure check out this quick guide that will take you through all the steps you should take to prepare and don’t forget to register for both days (Wednesday & Thursday) of the virtual fair!

DePaul Career Center Fall 2021 Programming

We are excited to share our Fall 2021 programming schedule below! These regularly scheduled virtual events and workshops will help you stay on top of your career goals, gain new skills, and navigate the ever-changing job market.

If you’re unable to attend these virtual events live, feel free to RSVP and we will send you a recording of the presentation and any relevant materials.

September 21: How I Got This Job: Game Design & Development

Join us as we take a deep dive with game designers and developers into their career paths, obstacles they faced in their journey to landing a job and tips for those just starting out!

September 22: Pro-Tips for the Search

Planning a job or internship search? In this workshop, we will introduce you to a 5 step process that will take your search from zero to 60mph!

October 12: Planning for Graduate School

Choosing to pursue a graduate degree (and which one) can be a challenging process! In this workshop, we’ll provide advice about how to choose a program, how to systematize the application process, and funding options, and other tips and tricks!

October 20: Alumni Master Class: Navigating Your Career in the New Normal

In this Alumni Master Class, we will share tips and tricks for navigating your career “post-pandemic.” We’ll discuss pivoting, upskilling, exploring new fields, moving your career forward, and finding meaning in your career.

October 27: Skills Lab: 5 Certificates You Should Know About

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the benefits of online certificates, what kinds of skills are offered through these types of certifications, and we’ll introduce 5 FREE certificates that are in-demand across industries!

November 2: How I Got This Job: Public Defender

Interested in a career in criminal defense? Kathleen McGee has worked for the Lake County Public Defender’s Office for over twenty years, and she is excited to share her experience in roles ranging from capital defense, misdemeanor/felony criminal defense, and representing minor victims of abuse and neglect. She’ll talk about different public law-focused pathways, some of which do not require a JD!

November 10: Skills Lab: Post-Pandemic Upskilling

In the “Post Pandemic Upskilling” Skills Lab, we’ll introduce you to bite-sized strategies for identifying in-demand skills in your industry and tips for how to both grow a skill and add it to your career portfolio!

December 8: Skills Lab: Data Visualization

Did you know that the global data visualization market was valued at USD 2.99 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 5.17 billion by 2026? In the “Data Visualization” Skills Lab, we’ll introduce you to several new tools for creating immediacy and impact using data!

Keep an eye out for additional fall events to be added soon!

Here, We Do: Students of Internship Plus (Sp21)

We know that not every student can afford to take an unpaid internship, which influenced our decision to establish the Internship Plus Program. This program awards up to $2,500 in financial assistance to students who have an unpaid internship opportunity and demonstrate financial need. Through this program, many students, like the ones below, have been able to gain important experience in their field of interest. Hear about it from them:

Monica interned at The Borgen Project

The Borgen Project is a nonprofit that specifically focuses on advocacy in the topics of Starvation/ Global Food Security; Newborn, Child and Mother Survival; Access to Clean Water and Sanitation; Food and Aid Reform; and COVID-19 Aid. My position as a Nonprofit Leadership Intern helped me to form skills in relation to fundraising, advocacy, community networking and mobilization, education, and issue messaging.

Without the Internship Plus Award I would not have been able to accept this position, and everything that I have learned in my three months has been so meaningful to me. My experiences with The Borgen Project have helped me to grow and participate in the DePaul Mission.

The Borgen Project sees that with the global power that the US holds, it is important to set an example through policy and legislation. I learned the importance of advocating for others and how to put the goal of ending global poverty into action. I used my voice to lobby with members of Congress and move toward my own personal and career goals of becoming involved in politics. This experience embodied the DePaul Mission because it allowed me to advocate for change.

Tyler interned at Chicago Public Schools

Holistically, this endeavour has been very transformative and informative for me. Not only did I learn more skills to add to my teaching belt, I learned more about myself and how I must move through this profession. As a continued learner and advocate for change, I must continue to place myself in positions that nudge growth and versatility. I reflect on how our ever-changing world is fluid, and I have to adjust my practice with the times to provide a relevant substance that elevates student experience and quality of education. Practicing as an educator means that we grow practical theories through experience, and these guide our practice.  Through practice, we find strategies and techniques that best fit our situation and align with the values we echo to support youth.

By leading with love and kindness, I take pride in building harmonious relationships with youth centered on genuine understanding, trust, and authentic connections. These competencies have been foundational pillars through my experience at DePaul, my student teaching practice at Walter Payton High School and have served to advance their fight to create a more equitable and socially just school climate. 

Katie interned at The Executives’ Club of Chicago

At The Executives’ Club of Chicago, I helped coordinate events for CEOs and COOs, Board Chairmen, and business leaders from all industries. The executives would sit down for each event and discuss social justice issues, corporate social responsibility, real estate development to lessen economic and racial inequality, and innovative trends. All of these events align with DePaul’s mission. I learned from leaders who take action to make the city, and the world better. 

I applied for the Internship Plus award because I sacrificed my job to take on an unpaid internship. It was a difficult decision for me. I had to choose between a steady income and an amazing opportunity for my future. The award helped lessen the financial stress I was under, and I no longer saw the internship as a sacrifice. It became a blessing that I was grateful for.

For the past three years, I’ve wondered how I can do good for others. I’ve wondered what my purpose was and when I would figure it out at DePaul. From my internship, I considered the small ways I can make positive change in Chicago. It starts with listening to others, educating ourselves about inequalities, and being a part of uncomfortable conversations to grow as a society. 

Komal interned with HARLEEN KAUR

Wanting to pursue a career in fashion marketing and management, I was able to get an amazing opportunity by being a PR, Marketing, and Social Media Intern for HARLEEN KAUR. From this internship, I was able to get a proper execution on working with a team and creating email campaigns. As this internship allowed me to get real-world experience, it truly helped me reach my personal goals of building my graphic skills and my creative brainstorming. By allowing myself to be out in a position with hard-working individuals who own a company, I was able to understand the pressure and dedication the team has brought and it allowed me to have the same passion as them.

This internship has allowed me to use the outstanding teachings given by my academic professors and incorporate them into my internship by continuously pushing myself to work hard and learn the true objectives of the amazing opportunity I have been given.

By working with my team and by getting one on one interactions with the CEO of HARLEEN KAUR, I was able to observe and develop a great number of skills, expanding my knowledge of the marketing industry. This helped me get closer to my goals of learning the true objectives of time management and allowed me to contribute to the team in unique ways.

Applications for the Fall Internship Plus program are now open. Apply on the Scholarship Connect by August 22, 2021!