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Visit Indiana INTERNnet to Learn About EARN Indiana

More than 260,000 students are EARN Indiana eligible, meaning an employer can receive funds in exchange for hiring qualifying students. In order to be EARN Indiana eligible, students must: Be an Indiana resident Not have a bachelor’s degree prior to the term a student plans to work Be enrolled full time at an eligible Indiana college or university and have an Expected Family Contribution (as determined by the FAFSA from the current academic year) less than or equal to $24,428 OR Be enrolled part time at an eligible Indiana college…

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Keep an Eye on Your College Money and Financial Future

If you’re a student, whether you’re earning a little extra cash with a part-time job or paying your own way through life and college, it’s probably on your mind—a lot, perhaps, if you’re thinking about graduation and career options. You can do three things now to make your financial future more secure: 1. Stay on track with 30 to Finish. Taking 30 credits per year is the best way to graduate on time and within budget. The Indiana Commission on Higher Education estimates that every additional year students spend in…

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Mistakes and Money Management

What are some of the common mistakes college students make with money? Michelle L. Ashcraft, director of Purdue Promise Student Success Programs, sees some common financial aid fouls among students: Missing the institution’s and/or state’s FAFSA filing deadline. Neglecting to sign up for direct deposit, if available. Financial aid checks can be mailed to wrong addresses if they are not updated, stolen from mailboxes, or deposited into family member’s accounts. Spending financial aid refunds meant for housing, food, and books on furnishing apartments or decorating residence hall rooms. Not having…

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21st Century Scholar Started Small, Finishing Big (And Debt Free)

When Henry Steckler graduated from Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Indiana, he was unsure about his next move. He had spent four years of high school preparing to go to Purdue and study engineering, participating in Project Lead the Way’s Gateway to Engineering, and Rube Goldberg competitions. “I really liked the design side of things, being the person behind the scenes who makes everything go,” Steckler said. When he was accepted to Purdue, but not to his first choice of the College of Engineering, his career goals seemed in jeopardy.…

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Keep Control of College Costs

Need to do college on a budget? Zoe Nash of Indianapolis graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2018 with money in the bank, even after a semester studying abroad and having an active social life. How she did it: Work. “My parents paid for my room and board when I lived on campus, and when I moved off campus, my rent and utilities, which was really nice. But since I was 16, I have worked—mostly babysitting—and saved all my money, because any money I wanted to spend, I had…

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Meet Jacob Ahler

Go Big or Go Home? Small Town Offers Opportunity By Lisa Hendrickson Career path: After graduating from the IU McKinney School of Law in 2016, Ahler worked briefly as an assistant to former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in Washington, DC, and as a law clerk at the Chicago firm of Spagnolo & Hoeksema LLC. He now works as an attorney in his hometown. A typical workday: Ahler walks two blocks from his house to the law office he shares with fellow IU School of Law alum Michael Riley. His workdays…

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Lessons Learned After College

Free advice from successful professionals on how to make the most of your college experience. Jenn Lisak Golding Founder and Owner: Sapphire Strategy, a specialized digital marketing agency in Indianapolis. Golding has a degree in marketing from Butler University, but she advanced her career by learning technology and social media on her own. What surprised you about the transition from school to work? Honestly, that I liked work more than school. School was great, but I was so ready to get into a work environment and use my skills. I…

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How important is networking, really?

By Marissa Smith Marissa Smith is a senior at IUPUI studying public relations and advertising. She currently lives in Indianapolis and serves as the communications and special events intern at Indiana INTERNnet, her fifth internship throughout her college career thus far. College students hear it again and again – network, network, network. However, building and maintaining professional relationships is often not high on our priorities. The thought of initiating a conversation can be intimidating. Even once introductions and connections have been made, it is difficult for individuals to keep in…

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Meet Mohamed Osman Mohamed

Long, Winding Road Leads to Success By Lisa Hendrickson Mohamed Osman Mohamed is relishing his new life in Indiana after surmounting hefty challenges that included fleeing a civil war in his native Somalia, living in a refugee camp in Kenya and settling in the U.S. without speaking English. Life path: Mohamed was raised by his grandmother in a rural area of southern Somalia. At 16, he moved to a refugee camp in Kenya. After living in the camp for three years, Mohamed and two cousins came to Indianapolis through a…

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Land a Job Before You Graduate

Want to have a job lined up before you walk across the stage to collect your diploma? Indiana college and university career center professionals offer seven strategies most likely to succeed. Start early At Wabash College, students who visit Career Services in their freshman year are three times more likely to have a job offer or a place in a graduate program by commencement day,” says Cassie Hagan, assistant director of career services. Once you’re a senior, don’t wait until the spring to start applying for jobs. Some of the…

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Indiana Welcomes Its Next Generation

All across Indiana, young professionals are taking over—and in some cases, making over—their communities, often with the help of locals who are ready for the next generation. Some hot spots: Elkhart “What’s Next?” college recruiting tours are aimed at jump-starting local workforce. Over one weekend in March 2018, the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce bused in 50 college students from throughout the region with the goal of attracting them to the Elkhart/Goshen area as new workers after college, offering interviews with local employers during the day and socializing at night,…

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Career Quick Start

As a college student, your days—and probably nights—are packed with activity and opportunity. Even if your time is limited, you can squeeze in some college-to-career planning in just a few minutes. Some ideas to get you started: In about an hour, you can: Visit your college career center. Hopefully, this won’t be your first visit, and it should not be your last. Your career center is likely to offer everything you need: access to job and internship leads, help with resumes and cover letters, opportunities to practice interviews or polish…

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A Roadtrip That Inspires

Dengke Wang, 19, from Portage, Indiana, emigrated from China to northwestern Indiana at the age of seven. Now he’s featured in a new film, “State of Change: Innovation at the Crossroads” from documentary team Roadtrip Nation. The documentary sent three postsecondary students from Indiana on a life-changing road trip to see how Indiana-grown ingenuity is keeping their home state at the cutting edge of rapid technological change. They spent two weeks during the summer of 2017 exploring industries powering Indiana’s growth—including healthcare services, advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and technology—and connecting with…

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A How-To Guide for Projects That Are Probably on Your To-Do List Right Now

We’ve got advice for some common issues you might be facing right now as you create (or update) your resume, negotiate that first job offer, and find a career you might even love. How do I get started on a resume? Take a deep breath and do some pre-writing. Using this advice adapted from the Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities & Pre-Professional Advising, start by: Brainstorming every position or experience you’ve had. Examples: organizations to which you’ve belonged, leadership positions, volunteer experiences, class projects, awards, languages you speak, computer…

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Career Toolbox

Online tools can help you find the perfect job match. Here are just a few: LearnMoreIndiana.org for advice, links and a personality quiz. indianacareerexplorer.com to explore your interests and skills and find a career to match. The Bureau of Labor Statistics website, bls.gov/ooh, for easy-to-read data about careers. mynextmove.org from O*Net Online and the U.S. Department of Labor offers lists of careers, along with their average salaries, to match your interests and education level. Explore potential careers that match your personal interests and style at The Princeton Review and College…

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4 Questions to ask before going to grad school

You may be considering grad school, but don’t know if it’s right for you. Some points to ponder before taking the plunge: Determine costs Make sure to include not only tuition, but housing and other fees. The cost of living in various cities varies widely, so do your research and take that into account. What type of degree do you need? Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce reports that nearly one-quarter of diplomas awarded by colleges and universities are certificates, which can be earned in a shorter time…

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3 Secrets to getting rich

A new job and steady paycheck often create the temptation for recent graduates to spend more than they earn. Kate Arndt, a financial planning coordinator at Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., in Indianapolis, suggests three ways to get a head start on staying out of debt, managing expenses and saving for the future. Arndt is a 2016 graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. “The secret to getting rich is to live below your means!” she says. Beware of “lifestyle creep” Arndt says the new thrill of…

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Find Your Best Internship

Need a connection to a great internship? IndianaINTERN.net was created just for you. IndianaINTERN.net is a free internship-matching program that connects students and employers with internship opportunities in Indiana through an online database of more than 6,300 students, 7,200 employers and 700 available positions. You can even get personal assistance—including a hotline to answer questions and provide internship guidance and resource materials. New this year: After you create a profile on IndianaINTERN.net, you can name and save your internship searches in your workspace. Now, with your permission, IndianaINTERN.net will text…

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Expand Your Horizons

See the world. Expand your horizons. College is the prime time to do both.  “Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience that shapes your future and how you see the world. It takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you think differently about your identity and world around you,” says Nikki Bruckmann, associate director of Student Services at the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University. Dr. Brian Harley, associate dean of International Programs and director of Programs for Study Abroad at Purdue University, adds that study abroad…

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Meet Julian Luna

Senior at Indiana University, majoring in elementary education with ESL license addition Hometown: Elkhart, IN     Julian Luna has a mission. He wants to help first-generation college students like himself succeed. He plans to be a teacher, and aims to eventually start his own bilingual language immersion elementary school. Financing an education: Luna discovered his love for teaching in high school, when he had an internship that took him to several elementary school classrooms. “I loved everything about the classroom environment and working with the kids,” he says, but…

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