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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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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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3 Key ways to show your social skills

Doing the job might not be enough; it turns out how you do the job—and, more importantly, how you do the job alongside co-workers—might be just as important. A 2016 Pew Research report found that “job categories with the highest growth tend to require higher social skills, analytic savvy and technical prowess.” Meanwhile, the number of jobs requiring “higher levels of manual or physical skills, such as machinery operation and physical labor, has changed relatively little,” reports Pew. Social skills, defined by Pew as “interpersonal, communications or management skills,” also…

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Digital Dirt? Employers May Look at It

Did you know that 57 percent of employers are less likely to call a candidate for an interview if they can’t find information about them online? A 2017 Harris Poll survey of employers conducted for CareerBuilder also reported that 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, and that 30 percent of employers have an employee dedicated to screening candidates on social media. Gary Beaulieu, Butler University’s director of Internship and Career Services, recommends LinkedIn as the No. 1 social media tool for effective job and…

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Meet David Turkington

Marion, Indiana Indiana Wesleyan MBA student, father of two, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy, Marine Corps veteran   David Turkington, 34, calls himself a “lifelong learner.” After five years of active duty in the U.S. Marines, he moved from his native Oregon to Marion, Indiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University and now is enrolled in IWU’s 25-month online Virtual MBA program. In the program, students earn their MBA by becoming “trainees” in a virtual-reality company that’s based on an actual business. On his higher-education…

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