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3 Strategies for a Happier Job Hunt

You’re graduating from college soon, and you need a job. Not just any job, but one that will jumpstart your brilliant career. Where to start? Successful college graduates know the importance of these three strategies: Strategy: Use Campus Resources Every college campus has a career services office to help students (and even alumni) get a jumpstart on their careers. Counselors can help you choose a career (or even a major, if you are still shopping around) with self-assessment tools to help you examine your values, personality, interests and abilities. You’ll…

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Connect to Internships

Internships are a great way to try out jobs and develop your skills. Indiana INTERNnet can connect you with thousands of Indiana organizations across the state, making it easy to search and apply for internships all on one site. Amy Schrader, human resources and marketing coordinator for Backhaul Direct/Grapevine TMS, an Indiana-based logistics company, graduated from IUPUI in 2018, and landed an internship with her employer the same year through Indiana INTERNnet. “I do not think that I would have been able to get the exact job I wanted so…

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Indiana: 11 Reasons Why

Things are happening in Indiana that may have a big impact on your future. Here’s why you should pay attention: 1. Indiana companies are serious about hiring young talent. It’s estimated that Indiana is poised to create 1 million jobs in the next decade, and that’s where the non-profit Ascend Indiana comes in. Twenty-four (and counting) employer partners like One America, Cook Group, Eil Lilly and Co., Franciscan Health and Deloitte are tapping into the Ascend Network and its cloud-based platform that combines algorithms with human interaction to match early-in-career…

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The Surprising Truth About What Employers Really Want

As senior director for talent acquisition for the global healthcare company Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis, Terra Doyle meets countless college job seekers each year, and also compares notes with her industry colleagues. What do recruiters like to see in applicants? The usual rules apply, of course. Be professional in your presentation—even your email can speak volumes—and put your best foot forward, Doyle said. Tech skills may be in demand, and if you’re in finance, you better have a handle on accounting. But surprisingly, there are other key qualities employers want…

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Career in Rotation

Aishariya Bandyopadhyay racked up a lot of varied work experience during college, but that didn’t end when she entered her first full-time, post-graduation job at Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis. A native of Munster, Bandyopadhyay was studying marketing at Indiana University when she had her first internship experience for a wedding planner in Chicago. The next summer, she left the glamour behind for an internship for ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company. Her final college internship at consumer packaged goods company, Kimberly Clark, was closer to Bandyopadhyay’s career goals of consumer…

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Stress or Something More?

College can be stressful. But how do you know what is “just stress” or something more serious? That’s one of the most common questions asked of Ball State Professor of Psychology Jerrell Cassady. He and a colleague developed the “Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale” to help people find out if they have “high test anxiety” or “just regular anxiety.” “The results of work with that and related scales has demonstrated that most people fall into the “moderate” level of test anxiety at some point during what we refer to as the…

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Should I Take Online College Classes?

Never getting out of your pajamas and taking classes online may sound like a good option. But is it a good way to earn a college degree? “Online learning can play a part in every person’s educational journey, but it is not the right, first choice for every student,” according to Ivy Tech Community College Vice Provost Kara Monroe. Too often, students end up in an online course because the traditional classroom course is full, or because they need the credit to enter a degree program. A better approach is…

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New Internships Offer Opportunity for Students with Disabilities

As a student at Ball State University, Dustin Gilmer majored in journalism and telecommunications, with a goal of becoming a sports reporter. But Gilmer struggled to find an internship, which was both a graduation requirement and something he knew he needed to continue to develop marketable job skills. Born with a rare brittle bone condition that has caused approximately 300 broken bones, Gilmer had already overcome so much through ability and personality, but the lack of professional work was holding him back. A former mentor to Gilmer at Ball State,…

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What’s on Your College Bucket List?

College is flying by fast. Think about all you’ve accomplished: adjusting to new living arrangements, making new friends and achieving new academic goals. What else is on your bucket list? Check out these possibilities: Study abroad. Cuba. India. The United Arab Emirates. Indiana University senior Madeline Hudson will have experienced all three very different countries and cultures before she graduates with a degree in law and public policy. “I think that because I have studied abroad in places that are rather difficult to get to, it hasn’t been like a…

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Opportunities abound for Indiana’s college grads

There’s no better time than now for college graduates to be entering the workforce in Indiana. Indiana boasted a 3.3% unemployment rate in August, the lowest the rate has been since April 2018, according to the state’s most recent employment statistics. But the job prospects are even brighter for college graduates. July statistics from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) show that the unemployment rate was just 2.5% for those earning at least a bachelor’s degree. That’s nearly a percentage point lower than the state’s overall rate. And for…

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3 Tips for Keeping College Costs Under Control

Three ways to keep college costs to a minimum and secure your financial future: 1. 30 to Finish. Taking 30 credits per year is the best way to graduate on time and within budget. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education estimates that every additional year students spend in college costs at least $50,000 in tuition, fees, and lost wages. Plus, under Indiana law, students must complete 30 credit hours each of their four years of college—an average of five classes per semester—to keep their maximum amount of state financial aid.…

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ROTC Paved the Way to Law School

Since she was a student at Cathedral High School, Haley Roach dreamed of becoming a lawyer. She reached that goal in 2019 after graduating from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. But she’s not headed for a big law firm. Instead, she’s headed for the U.S. Army, where she will join the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, or JAG Corps, an elite group of military lawyers popularized in movies and television. “Everything was paid for by the Army, including the cost of textbooks and…

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Sticking with 21st Century Scholars Program Impacts a Life—and a Family

James Yates signed up for the 21st Century Scholars program as a seventh grader in South Bend, never realizing what an impact it would have on his future. His mother Angela, a single parent, worked several jobs to support him and his three siblings. And while he knew that she wouldn’t financially be able to contribute to his college education, he was “raised to believe that there is no wealth like knowledge and no poverty like ignorance,” he said. Yates was among the first in his family to attend college…

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You Could Be Next!

2018 GRAD Scholarship winner Allison Crick double majored in accounting and marketing at ISU, where she was a President’s Scholar in the Networks Professional Development Program. While at ISU, she interned at The Cricket Box Furniture Store, LWH Accounting Firm, and Charles Schwab. As a research assistant, she had her first accepted publication with the Journal of Selling and empirical research in progress. In 2019, Allison will begin an internship at KAR Auction Services as part of the Xtern Program in Indianapolis and return to ISU in the fall for…

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Success is Different for Everyone

Are you letting others define what success should be for you? How can that be? If somebody tells you what success is and that you should strive to achieve it, is it really your success? Are you passionate about it? Do you want world-class success? Anthony Moore offers 7 World-Class Choices to consider if you want world-class success. “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” –Bruce Lee

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Goal Setting

Do you have vague or specific goals? Are you actually setting goals? Do you really need to set goals or do you somehow know that you will be doing what you want to be doing in 5 years, 10 years, with the rest of your life? How are you going to “just be doing” what you want? Elaine Houston says you are going to get there by setting goals. If you are not setting goals or do not believe in setting goals, maybe it’s because you don’t know how to…

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Jump Starting Your Career

So, you have just graduated from college and have or will be entering the workforce and you are already looking for ways you can advance. Vicki Brackett, author of The Leadership Toolbox: 14 Strategies that Build a Chain Reaction of Success, says, “Become a pseudo-leader without the title.” Fast Company shares 6 Easy Ways to Fast-track Your Career. The climb may not be as quick as you would like, but these 6 steps are a great place to start.

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Do you have to file tax returns for summer jobs?

In addition to being a great source of walking-around money or funds of college expenses, summer jobs can be great educational tools for teens and young adults. We’ll title one of these lessons “Welcome to the Tax System 101.” You need to report your income, kids, and the rules for you aren’t necessarily any simpler than those for your parents. Of course, you might be able to persuade them to do the dirty work and fill out the return, or even report your income on their own returns. Bill Bischoff of…

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Next Level Jobs Expanding in Carmel

Originally posted on www.iedc.in.gov, September 29, 2017 Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard joined executives from KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR), a global vehicle remarketing and technology solutions provider, today as the company announced plans to expand its operations in Hamilton County, developing a new, 13-acre corporate headquarters and campus that will provide space for an additional 400 jobs. “I’m excited to celebrate KAR Auction Services’ continued commitment to growing its global footprint in Indiana,” Governor Eric Holcomb said. “Businesses from across the world recognize our state’s…

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Fill Up Your Cup – Indy Chamber

Originally posted by Central ISBDC Indy Chamber Since April, entrepreneurs have gathered every Wednesday at the Speak Easy in Broad Ripple for One Million Cups- an event designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurial-minded people in the Indy Region. Hearing from a wide range of small business owners in various stages of business ownership, One Million Cups participants, many of which are CISBDC clients, are exposed to real-life entrepreneurial struggles and are able to translate the experiences of others to grow their own entrepreneurial dreams. On hand at each meeting…

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