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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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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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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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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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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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Is Ag+Bio+Science for You?

What is Ag+Bio+Science? According to AgriNovus it is the convergence of food, agriculture, science and technology. So, if you are not planning on being a farmer, what’s in it for you? Did you guess Cybersecurity or Mechanical Engineering? How about Plant Geneticist or Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist? Check out AgriNovus’ new tool, Field Atlas, to help you find a career that matters and lays out a path to get there.

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CLICK HERE TO READ the Current issue of GRAD Magazine

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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FAFSA – What is it?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form the federal government, states, colleges and other organizations use to award financial aid for college or grad school. The FASFA application asks questions about a student’s personal and familial financial circumstances in order to determine how much they can pay for college. This is not a short form. Be prepared to spend almost an hour to complete the form completely. The form is detailed, and mistakes can be costly. Avoid frustration by being prepared. Make sure to verify your FAFSA deadline and don’t…

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The 2020-2021 FAFSA

It is time! The 2020–21 FAFSA form will be available beginning October 1, 2020 and even though the deadline is April 15, 2021, you should fill out your form as soon as possible on or after October 1. Head to the official government site, fafsa.gov today. DO NOT WAIT! Also, don’t forget to enter to win a $1,500 scholarship from Next Indiana.

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Apply to College Now: Part 4

Some schools require more than transcripts and test scores. You may need to write a personal essay or include some other writing or portfolio sample. So, our 4th tip is Know the Application Requirements. While you are on the Next Indiana website, don’t forget to check-out the 2020-21 issue of Next Indiana for more information on Career, College and Cost and DEFINITELY enter to win the $1,500 scholarship!

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Apply to College Now: Part 3

The 3rd step in our series is Get Organized. It’s hard to keep all the information about financial aid, programs, courses and housing about each school in your head. So, don’t. Instead, create a folder for each school you plan to apply to. In the folder, you can store admissions information and application materials to easily reference and compare. While you are on the Next Indiana website, don’t forget to check-out the 2020-21 issue of Next Indiana for more information on Career, College and Cost and DEFINITELY enter to win the $1,500 scholarship!

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Apply to College Now: Part 2

It is time to Take the SAT or ACT. Check with the colleges you plan to apply to for their policies regarding submission of test scores. And think about this: although an SAT or ACT score may be optional, strong scores could help your application, so taking either—or both—exams couldn’t hurt. Remember, too, that if you are a 21st Century Scholar, you must take either the SAT or ACT to claim that life-changing scholarship opportunity. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask…

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Apply to College Now: Part 1

Seniors—as a new school year begins, either virtually or back in the classrooms, there are many things that you need to do. One of the biggest is to apply to college. Even though the deadlines for your school of choice may be a few months away, you should begin your application sooner than later so you are ready to hit “send” when the time is right. Start here: Choose 3 – 6 or More Colleges to Apply to. You may have a favorite, but don’t limit yourself. Make a list of several…

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The Business of Sports

The IU Kelly School of Business is introducing a new program for business students looking to work in the sports field. Kelley’s Sports Industry Workshop, developed by IU professor Nathaniel Grow, who is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sports law, begins this fall. Read more about this story on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick.

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WGU Offers Digital Access Scholarship

The pandemic has certainly changed the way many of us go to school and work these days. As schools begin to welcome students back, some of you may be looking for an online college. But what if you don’t have access to the internet or a computer? Western Governors University has created the Online Access Scholarship. This scholarship will cover the cost of installing and accessing the internet for qualifying students. The scholarship will also provide recipients with a refurbished laptop, complete with a webcam. Listen to an interview with WGU…

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Best College Value? Indiana has You Covered

As you begin your college search, you want to find quality schools that are also affordable. Money magazine weighed more than 20,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings to compile and rank the country’s best colleges by value. Did you know that 20 of the “Best Colleges in America” are right here in Indiana? So, as you are putting together your list of colleges, Indiana is a great place to start! For a list of Indiana Colleges, visit our College Directory page. Interested in seeing more? Visit our College…

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Experience Europe Without Leaving Indiana

How is this possible you may ask? Is this a virtual tour? No, it is not. As you know from studying your Indiana history, our State was settled by many different immigrants. As they made Indiana their home and founded new cities, they named many of them after the European cities in their homeland. Visit Indiana has compiled a list of 10 stops for a perfect European Indiana road trip. Get out there and enjoy the journey.

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Online Learning

As we prepare for a new and MUCH different school year, online learning could still be the way most of you must attend classes. Check out the new issue of Next Indiana and see “What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020”. There are also 3 blogs with information of how to study from home, and how to stay motivated to do you schoolwork while remote learning.

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Mental Health

It is not easy being a teenager. It seems like everything about you and around you is changing. We all experience the confusion and awkwardness, but if what you or a friend are feeling seems overwhelming and begins to affect how you interact with your family and friends, maybe it is more than just teenage angst. “How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong?” is a great article in the new issue of Next Indiana. Make sure you, your family and friends know the warning signs and remember asking for, or offering, help is…

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