Meet Sara McInerney

Ball State alum, community engagement specialist at the Finish Line Youth Foundation, Ball State Graduate of the Last Decade Award, 2016 Serve Indiana Award for Excellence, two-time TedX speaker Hometown: Griffith, IN Financing dreams: “I was a 21st Century Scholar. I come from a super small town, and [the scholarship] gave me the freedom to… Continue reading Meet Sara McInerney

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Roadtrip Indiana

Three talented Indiana college students will be featured on the PBS series Roadtrip Nation as part of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s “Career Ready” campaign. Shannon Newerth, Dengke Wang and Jaedyn Zavala were selected through an online application and interview process to travel across Indiana for two weeks in Aug. 2017 on Roadtrip Indiana.… Continue reading Roadtrip Indiana

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Think Before You Tweet or Post. Or Share

A 2017 Harris Poll survey for CareerBuilder found employers didn’t hire a candidate because they discovered the following on social media:   Posted provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information: 39% Posted information about them drinking or using drugs: 38% Posted discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion: 32% Bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow… Continue reading Think Before You Tweet or Post. Or Share

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Why “Soft” is so Important

Today’s employers want to hire people with excellent “soft skills.” Joann Ingulli-Fattic, president of the human resources consulting firm Transcend3HR, defines soft skills as interpersonal relationship skills “that are used in every situation, school course or position in which you interact with people.” “Technical skills are baseline requirements for a position; what distinguishes a person… Continue reading Why “Soft” is so Important

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Meet Kelly Sheridan

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Kelly Sheridan Butler University student/ strategic development coordinator Hometown: Indianapolis   Kelly Sheridan started Indiana University with hopes of someday going to medical school. She’s now planning a career in healthcare, but with an M.B.A., not an M.D.   The biology major realized midway through her college career that she really did not want to… Continue reading Meet Kelly Sheridan

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Be Careful

You’re busy. You’re having
fun. We get it. But get this: statistically, you’re at risk of injury or death due to bad decisions. Consider: • Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for American young people. • In 2014, over 3,100 people (teens, adults and children) were killed because of distracted driving. • Five seconds… Continue reading Be Careful

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Keep the End Game in Mind:

If you’ve ever wondered whether your college degree will make a difference in life, stop. Statistics from a variety of sources—the U.S. Census Bureau, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and Pew Research Center—show many ways that college graduates are ahead of the game. On average, they not only earn more, but… Continue reading Keep the End Game in Mind:

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Fifteen to Finish

Research shows that college students who take at least 15 credit hours per semester are more likely to complete college on time and earn better grades than those who do not. In Indiana, students who are on track to graduate on time also are eligible for more financial aid. The cost of not finishing on… Continue reading Fifteen to Finish

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GRADUATION or EXPERIENCE? You can do BOTH!

College is an experience to be savored. You want to enjoy every minute of learning—and living—while you get the degree that will take you further in life. Do Something Bold: Learn outside the classroom by trying new experiences. Study abroad, ask a professor if you can assist with research, or get involved in a new… Continue reading GRADUATION or EXPERIENCE? You can do BOTH!

Essential Skills Employers Want

When asked to rate the career readiness competencies of college graduates in terms of “essential need,” employers regarded four competencies as vital, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 Spring Update survey found critical thinking/problem solving, professionalism/work ethic, teamwork, and communications skills to be… Continue reading Essential Skills Employers Want

Everything I need to know I learned from college… but I didn’t

– Megan Carrell,  intern at the Indianapolis Business Journal As a recent college graduate, I had the privilege of experiencing that wonderful existential crisis of “What now?” Here’s a few things I’ve already learned about being an “adult”.   It’s okay to not know everything. To quote Voltaire, “The more I read, the more certain I… Continue reading Everything I need to know I learned from college… but I didn’t

(Almost) Stress-free Interviews

The biggest obstacle between you and the job you’ve been hoping for is usually the interview—or a series of them. Some advice from IU’s Erin Erwin on some common interview requests/questions and how to field them effectively: Tell me about yourself. In some form or another, this one starts most interviews. Candidates should be prepared… Continue reading (Almost) Stress-free Interviews

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Does Your Degree Matter?

Only 54 percent of Americans work in an industry directly related to their college degree, according to a 2013 Salary.com poll. Keep an open mind and don’t narrow your opportunities prematurely (especially if your degree is in the liberal arts, or a major you’ve started feeling lukewarm about). Talk to the folks at your campus… Continue reading Does Your Degree Matter?

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SURVEY SAYS: Grads Face Gaps

What are employers looking for in new college graduates? Some of the very qualities that employers say new grads struggle with the most. Two recent surveys tell what employers want—and the deficiencies they see. Taken together, the survey results tell college students what they need to know to stand out and hit the ground running… Continue reading SURVEY SAYS: Grads Face Gaps

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State of the Future

Indiana needs college graduates. But what does it offer? Consider: a low cost of living, cities and small towns, outdoor space, and cultural life. Indiana has every type of business, from Fortune 500 companies to small tech startups, and in every industry, too. According to the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the industries that really define… Continue reading State of the Future

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The Finish Line

You’re almost there. Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment that will take you further. A good job. Graduate school. Your future. Time to focus. GRAD has strategies to help you stay focused on your college goals, along with tips and resources for making the most of the rest of your college experience. You can… Continue reading The Finish Line

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Not Following the Crowd

It’s not always easy to find a first “real” job after college. Even harder? Deciding to take an unconventional career path. But taking the less-traveled route has its benefits, as grads that go for it can attest. Consider programs like Teach for America (teachforamerica.org), The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship (woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships/indiana/), or Projects Abroad (projects-abroad.org).… Continue reading Not Following the Crowd

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