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Be Flexible. Follow Your Dream. Career 

Be Flexible. Follow Your Dream.

Who you are plays a big part in what you’ll do—and how you get there.   Discovery: What do I like? What am I good at?   Education: Need more, lots of options   Experience: Intern, volunteer, shadow, work   Whoa: I changed my mind, now what?   Plan B: This is better;   Finding success!

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Career Confusion? Career 

Career Confusion?

5 Ways to Find Direction Not everyone knows what they want to do after high school. Continuing your education is the perfect way to find a career you’ll love. Erin Mahoney, interim executive director of Career Services at DePauw University, offers these tips: When visiting colleges, look beyond the Admissions Office. Speak to someone at the career-counseling center and meet and talk with faculty members in your areas of interest about learning opportunities outside the classroom. Be sure you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you’re learning in the classroom in…

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Career Toolbox Career 

Career Toolbox

There are loads of online tools to help you learn more about potential careers that match your personal style and preferences. Here are just a few:   LearnMoreIndiana.org for advice, links and a personality quiz. indianacareerexplorer.com to explore your interests and skills and find a career to match. The Bureau of Labor Statistics website, bls.gov/ooh, for easy-to-read data about careers. mynextmove.org from O*Net Online and the U.S. Department of Labor offers lists of careers, along with their average salaries, to match your interests and education level. Explore potential careers that…

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Students Speak: Max Golden Career 

Students Speak: Max Golden

Max Golden Preschool Assistant/High School Student/Child Development Associate Degree holder Hometown: Indianapolis Age: 17   School/work experience: Max already has earned his child development associate degree (CDA) through a program at Warren Central High School that combines regular courses with a job at the Warren Early Childhood Center. He works with three- to five-year-olds at the center. “I got interested through my grandparents, because they run a day care. I used to be a part of that day care and then started helping out.” What it’s like: “Right now I’m…

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Soft Skills: Your Secret Weapon Career 

Soft Skills: Your Secret Weapon

Today’s employers say they need employees with excellent employability skills, often called “soft skills.” What are they, and how do you acquire them? Joann Ingulli-Fattic, president of the human resources consulting firm Transcend3HR, defines soft skills as interpersonal relationship skills “that are used in every situation, school course or position in which you interact with people.” “Technical skills are baseline requirements for a position; what distinguishes a person is their ability to use soft, or transferable, skills in a variety of situations,” she says. These three are key: Communication skills….

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