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WHAT’S NEXT? You’re working hard for your future, and your commitment to education beyond high school is going to pay off. We know that planning for life after college isn’t easy, especially while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Make the most of your stellar accomplishments and start preparing for your next big steps in life. Whether you’re moving on to an internship, graduate school or a career, read on to find out how to start post-college life on the right foot. You can also see how other Hoosier students are succeeding…

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7 Reasons Why You Should Opt In

Beyond being close to family and friends, there are many benefits to living, working and playing in Indiana. Here are just a few:  1. Low Cost of Living Many millennials are seeking lower housing costs and Indiana ranks among the most affordable. According to U.S. News, Indiana ranks #2 in overall affordability with a cost of living 9 percent below the national average, and #3 in housing affordability with a median home price of $142,600. Whether you’re making a large (home, car) or small purchase (groceries, entertainment), it’s nice to…

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HELP BUILD A BETTER WORLD

Why do people work? To earn a living, of course, but most of us are wired to want more. Indiana—and the world—need people who are in it for more than a paycheck. In fact, a 2016 survey* of adult employees found that 88 percent say their job is more fulfilling when they can make a positive impact on social and environmental issues. And a 2018 report revealed that “working with a purpose” is one of the main trends shaping today’s workforce.** Meet some Hoosiers who find meaning—not just a paycheck—in…

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Help Build a Better Indiana

Where do we start? Start local. Community foundations contribute funding, expertise, leadership and resources that have developed communities throughout the state for decades. The 94 community foundations in Indiana represent more than $3 billion in combined assets. You can contact your own local community foundation to see how you can get involved. Eric Hessel started working with the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF) in 2003 as a youth grant maker and has since worked in both the direct service and funding areas of nonprofits. “The Community Foundation has been part…

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NAVIGATING THE FUTURE

In March 2020, American thought leader, author and former tech executive Seth Godin observed that college students and recent graduates are accustomed to crisis. Just babies when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred and raised on dire warnings about climate change, this demographic group could be known as Generation C for their unique experiences—COVID-19, connection (never remembering life before the Internet or cell phones) and carbon (and its impact on the environment), according to Godin. Even if you don’t claim the name Generation C, there’s no doubt that the events of…

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COVID Career Creativity

In 2020, everyone had spring and summer plans that changed, in just a matter of weeks. For Hoosier native Ally Bacon, that meant leaving Milan, Italy—near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak—and cutting short her Indiana University spring study abroad program. Sent home and quarantined for two weeks, Bacon soon learned that her summer apparel merchandising internship in New York City had also been cancelled, leaving her without a key professional experience entering her senior year. “I thought, ‘I need to think of something I can do in my house…

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Ascend Network connects college students and recent graduates with part-time and full-time jobs and internships in Indiana through a unique combination of one-on-one guidance and an easy-to-use website – all at no cost. Ascend staff meet with students individually to learn about their technical skills, work styles and interests before onboarding them to the Network. Candidates explore internship and job descriptions at 350+ employers, which explain what the student (you) will learn and do in each role. Based on your skills and interests, the Network algorithm recommends relevant opportunities,…

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CAREER BOOSTERS

Need help navigating your career next steps? Check out this list of career boosters guaranteed to help you gain experience, boost career prospects and stand out from the crowd. On Campus Meet with Career Services. Your career services office is a bustling hub of opportunities and resources to prepare you for work and life. You’ll find help putting a resume together and interview advice, as well as actual interviews. Your university’s career services staff is dedicated to offering you professional, high-quality support, even after graduation. Network. Attend a networking event…

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SCHOLARSHIP: YOU CAN WIN LIKE CHARLEE

2020 GRAD scholarship winner Charlee Krugler was raised in Anderson, Indiana, and in high school wanted to become a math teacher. “Upon my acceptance at Ball State University I struggled to find a path at first, but I discovered a new passion studying Health Education and Promotion,” she said. At Ball State, she thrived. She helped address the opioid crisis in Delaware County, won the Society of Public Health Education Case Study Competition in March 2020, joined the Ball State Women’s Bowling Club, and was an initiated member of the…

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AWARD-WINNING HOOSIER EMPLOYERS

Many Indiana companies have received recognition on a local, regional, national and even global level. When you’re seeking a career, consider referencing these “best of” lists and applying for a position at one of these standout workplaces. Best in Tech TechPoint’s Mira Awards honor the best of tech while PowderKeg recognizes the 50 top tech company cultures in Indiana. Indiana Chamber Best Places to Work The Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work in Indiana is an annual program honoring the top companies in the state as determined through employer reports and…

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ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST

Ethyl Ruehman of Portage, Indiana, is a student at Indiana University Northwest, and was named an Environmental Hero by the Indiana Resilience Institute in 2020. What did you do after graduating from high school? I had a gap year and that is where I was able to do the most personal growth. The whole time I worked two or three jobs, but I really honed in on my passion for sustainability that set me apart from my classmates. I really put myself into the community, volunteered, and grew my network…

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LESSONS FROM OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

One of the best ways to embrace resiliency as you establish your professional brand and seek your first dream job is to identify ‘what’s that one problem you are uniquely qualified to solve?’ For me, the most tangible way to be resilient, especially in times of uncertainty, is by choosing a career that allows me to be my authentic self. For instance, I’m fascinated by the art of placemaking, which stems from my degree in Urban Planning & Development from Ball State University. I get the chance to develop that…

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COLLEGE GRAD CHECKLIST

Meet regularly with your advisor to make sure you are on track to graduate. Visit the experts at your college’s Career Services office to plan for your future. Polish your resume. Attend a live or virtual career fair. Attend a live or virtual graduate school fair. Line up letters of recommendation from your favorite professors. Practice your interview skills by preparing examples of how you have solved problems or learned from a failure. Make sure you’re ready to share accomplishments and career goals, too. Make a list of friends, neighbors,…

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MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health conditions are common among  young  adults, according to The National Alliance for Mental Illness (www.nami.org). Fifty percent of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14 and 75 percent develop by age 24. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. It can be hard to know what to say, but start with something like, “I’m not feeling right. I think I need help. Can I talk to you about it?” Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them, the better. NAMI recommends taking these actions on your…

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College Jobs Help with COVID Crisis

After graduating from high school, Tyler Grubbs and Grant Morrison landed warehouse jobs at Roche, a multinational healthcare company with operations in Indianapolis. Both work as material handlers—jobs with critical importance to the distribution of Roche’s COVID-19 diagnostic test and Roche’s new antibody test for COVID-19 throughout the United States. Where did you go to high school? Tyler: Lawrence North High School. I loved high school. I played soccer all four years. Through that I made some lifelong friends who are still my best friends today. I was in an…

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3 COSTLY FINANCIAL MISTAKES AND SMARTER SOLUTIONS

Your college degree is the best investment you can make for your future. But costly mistakes can undermine your best efforts. Here’s what to avoid and some thoughts on a better approach: Mistake: Taking forever to finish your college degree. 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. Solution: Taking 30 credits per year is the best way to graduate on time and finish within your budget. Plus, under Indiana law, students must…

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TIPS FROM FINANCIAL EXPERTS

“Don’t give into the comparisons and try to one up your classmate. You will thank yourself over and over in the years to come for making smart decisions early on. You will not remember that handbag you “had” to have or that drive-thru meal for the fourth time that week. What you will love in the future are those good decisions and habits that freed up your money for a memorable trip or being able to put a down payment on a home that is truly yours. You’ll love the…

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STUDENT FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS YOU CAN KEEP

Start now and you’ll thank us (and yourself) later. FINANCIAL TIPS Fill out the FAFSA every year by April 15. Complete the FAFSA before each new school year, regardless of your family’s financial status to see if you’re eligible to receive funds. The FAFSA helps you tap into federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships. Apply for scholarships and grants. Scholarships aren’t just for freshmen. Keep applying for scholarships for specific costs, such as study abroad, or for fellowship programs to cover the cost of unpaid internships. Check with your…

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