Embracing Experiences and Differences

AJ Griffin at UCO screenshot of video

by Maiana Wise – 

One of our STLR students, April, recently met – socially distant – with AJ Griffin, the Director of Government & Community Affairs for Paycom. Griffin approached the topic of UCO students preparing to step into any field for employment with thorough and sound advice.

“We need individuals . . .  read more

Stand Out to a Tax Commissioner

Oklahoma Tax Commission, 2020 logo

We recently sat down with Clark Jolley, Oklahoma Tax Commissioner, to discuss what it takes for a UCO student to stand out to him, and other state agencies, as a work-ready employee. He had some great advice, so view the video below for the full interview (it’s only 6-minutes and could really help you out!).

Here are a couple excerpts:

“One . . .  read more

Company Culture and Employability

People who are absolutely perfect on paper won't get a job if they don't fit the company culture

Source: Hora, M. T., Benbow, R. J., & Oleson, A. K. (2018, January). Beyond the skills gap: Preparing college students for life and work. AAC&U Annual Conference, Washington D.C.

Co-authors also refer readers to: Rivera, L. A. (2012). The case of elite professional service firms. American Sociological Review, 77(6), 999-1022.