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Reasons for becoming an iADVOCATE: 

Why should you be an iADVOCATE?

  • You will be able to legitimately affirm that you are a change agent for the JMU globally-minded student community
  • You will be guaranteed recommendation letters
  • You will be able to proudly wear an iADVOCATE shirt.
  • You will have the exclusive opportunity to serve in an official capacity to advocate for the iglobally-minded student community and its constituents by not only voicing their issues and concerns but also by playing an integral part in providing solutions.You will obtain the tools that will help you develop very tangible and effective skills that will be required and needed in your professional life


Skills sought after by employers:

The National Association of Colleges and Employers connects campus recruiting and career services professionals, and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences- in August 3 through September 23, 2011 conducted the Job Outlook 2012 survey (click here for the full report). In this survey employers were asked to rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities. The list of most important qualities were the following ones:

  1. Ability to work in a team structure
  2. Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  3. Ability to make decisions and solve problemsAbility to obtain and process information
  4. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  5. Ability to analyze quantitative data
  6. Technical knowledge related to the jobProficiency with computer software programs
  7. Ability to create and/or edit written reportsAbility to sell or influence others


Skills that you will gain from the iADVOCATE Program:

  • Research/ Gathering Data
  • Writing/ Organizing Data
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Change
  • Needs Analysis
  • Consulting
  • Networking
  • Communication with different levels of constituents
  • Collaboration with other offices
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership

These skills furthermore reinforce those embeded in the JMU Liberal Arts education philosophy (Skills Liberal Arts students gain - De’Shay’s article): 

  • Writing,
  • Speaking,
  • Effective Communication,
  • Problem Solving,
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking,
  • Research of Topics Thoroughly,
  • Creativity,
  • Persuasiveness