Career 

Explore Your Career Future

Thinking about a new career, or maybe about enhancing your job skills? You’re not alone. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the average adult holds nearly 12 jobs over a 30-year period. To start exploring today’s job market, along with your interests and skills, spend some time online. Some tools to help: org This site, sponsored by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education, includes lots of info for adult learners, including tips for balancing school and work, finding financial aid, and opportunities for those with military experience. com…

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College 

Internships for Adults

If you think internships are just for kids with no work experience, think again. Internships are a great way for career changers to re-tool their professional lives, according to Janet Boston, executive director of IndianaINTERN.net. IndianaINTERN.net is a free internship-matching program from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce 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.…

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Cost 

Keep College Costs Under Control

If you’re thinking about returning to school, you’re probably also thinking about how you’ll pay for it. Rule No. 1: Do your homework before deciding whether to take on debt. Indiana attorney Michael Lux, founder of The Student Loan Sherpa, a website dedicated to student loan education, strategy and borrower advocacy, offers the following advice: “The older you are when you go back to school, the more important it is that you avoid student loan debt.  Borrowing later in life can make retirement even more difficult. Before going back to school,…

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Career 

Meet Amanda Becker

In 2017, Amanda Becker made a life-changing decision. After a long career in book publishing, she’s currently pursuing an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at Marian University in Indianapolis. She also volunteers as a student intern at St. Vincent Hospital on various critical care units.   I am a 39-year-old wife and mother of two young children (ages 5 and 2), who earned a B.S. degree in communications, journalism and publishing from the University of Southern Indiana. After graduation, I worked for the same employer, a book publisher,…

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College 

Back to School? Great idea now do your homework

Going back to school to get a certificate or degree is a great career—and life—move, but make sure you’ve done your homework first. Consider these important factors: Tally up the whole cost. Even if you don’t need to make a move, there are other costs besides tuition. Transportation, potential additional child-care expenses, books and supplies should be included on your list. Research which type of diploma best suits your goal. Do you need a degree, or will a certificate bring results? Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce reports…

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