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Getting from here to there

No matter what kind of work you find yourself drawn to, you’ll be more likely to land a job in that field—and succeed in it—if you don’t limit yourself to the education you get online or in the classroom. Here’s what you can do outside of school to learn more about careers (sometimes you’ll find out what you DON’T want to do) and prepare yourself for a job you’ll love: Job shadowing: Zero in on a job or jobs you think you might like, then find someone who has that…

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The new world of job searches

Like everything else these days, the process of finding a job is evolving fast. Here’s what you need to know about applying and interviewing today. CompetitionThe COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the job market by forcing people out of jobs and causing others to reconsider their career. It also made remote work more common, which means candidates from all over the country might be applying for that job at the company a mile from your house. You can play that game, too, but remember that being able to work onsite might give…

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Finding the right career path takes time—and flexibility

By now you’ve got plenty of school experience and probably a few years on the job. If you’re not sure of your next move, use the experiences you’ve had so far to start finding the best career for you. What do you like—or love? What experiences have you had inside or outside work and school that were memorable or satisfying? Make a list of 10 experiences (nothing is off limits) that you liked or loved. Get feedback. What have coworkers said over the years about your best—and worst—qualities? Leave personalities…

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More Career Moves

Volunteer. Volunteering can boost your confidence and skills while you build professional connections and deepen your relationship with your community. Seek out groups and associations that relate to your career and ask to join a committee or dedicate your time and talent to a local civic cause. If you don’t know what to do with your life, just help someone—it benefits everyone. Grab a coffee (even virtually). If there’s someone you admire, consider reaching out about grabbing coffee in person (wear your mask!) or schedule a phone or video chat.…

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Ivy Tech Partners With McDonald’s to Fund Employee Education

McDonald’s restaurants and Ivy Tech Community College have teamed up for McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program to make college more affordable and offer training at more than 300 McDonald’s locations and 18 Ivy Tech campuses. Restaurant employees who work a minimum of 90 days at 15 hours per week will be eligible for tuition assistance of up to $2,500 per year as a crew member and up to $3,000 per year as a manager. Ivy Tech will offer crosswalk credits to McDonald’s restaurant employees for some on-the-job training and classes,…

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