Author of Find Your First Professional Job: A Guide for Co-ops, Interns, and Full-Time Job Seekers; Exceeding Expectations: Mastering the Seven Keys to Professional Success; Learning From Experience; and Burn the Boats. Co-Author of Find Your Next Professional Job: A Guide for Community College Students and Experienced Workers.
Scott Weighart has spent over two decades helping adult learners reach their full professional potential, whether through books, articles, workshops, classes, one-on-one coaching, or integrated learning systems. He joined Bates Communications in August 2011 as the firm’s first-ever Director of Learning and Development, where he creates innovative tools to assist individuals as they work toward mastering powerful communication.
Although he has worked intermittently in education as well as the private sector over the years, one constant has been his focus on designing and delivering creative, innovative curricula that make learning engaging and memorable for audiences. He is the author of four textbooks on experiential learning and one book on organizational behavior. As an authority on experiential learning, he has presented at numerous conferences across the U.S. and Canada.
In the mid-1990s, he moved into a full-time role in academia, working as a faculty member in the Department of Cooperative Education at Northeastern University. The goal was to maximize the benefits of experiential learning while providing career coaching in groups and on a one-to-one basis. He also helped employers with their hiring and managing of young talent. While in this job, he was the primary instructional designer of a career preparation course and wrote three books, culminating in Learning From Experience, a voluminous resource book for career educators. Ultimately he used Blackboard and became a pioneer in creating a “paperless” course. When developing and delivering workshops at international conferences, he educated professionals about learning theory, instructional design, behavioral interviewing, generational differences, and storytelling.
Tamara Pinkas is a faculty member in the Cooperative Education Division at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, where she has helped thousands of people find jobs since 1986. Tamara is a naational advocate for cooperative education through her membership in the Cooperative Education and Internship Association and the League for Innovation in the Community College.