Career Prep 

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: LearnMoreIndiana.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. IndianaCareerExplorer.com…

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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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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, for…

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Meet Tre Robinson

College choice: Robinson earned his associate degree in computer and networking technology in the Ivy Tech ASAP program, which offers the opportunity to earn an associate degree in just 11 months. He said the ASAP program was the best choice for him “due to life and family situations. I had a part-time job and was looking to get working right out of school to help out. One of my guidance counselors at Tech said, ‘This would be a perfect program for you: a degree in a year with no student…

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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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