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It’s All About Me Career 

It’s All About Me

OK, actually it’s not. Really. Despite what too many social media posts would lead you to believe, being self-absorbed is not a good look.On the other hand, it is important to be able to tell others about who you are. One approach is called an “elevator pitch” because it is a quick introduction that lasts no longer than a short elevator ride. On a piece of paper or in a journal, write words or short phrases to describe your interests, skills, big issues that concern you, and goals for the…

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Countdown to a Career You’ll Love Career 

Countdown to a Career You’ll Love

With high school graduation right around the corner, you need a plan for the mission of your life. As you count down to your last years, months and weeks, use these questions to guide you to your next destination: a career you’ll love—or at least like. 3. What interests you? It’s easy to be distracted by those “highest-paying careers” lists, or even by a good starting salary straight out of high school, without thinking about what you really like to do and how your values, preferences and personality can shape…

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Career Outlook Career 

Career Outlook

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development predicts that more than one million jobs will need to be filled in Indiana over the next 10 years. That’s a lot of jobs—but what kind of jobs? And where do you fit in? Where Are the Good Jobs? The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that total employment in the U.S. will increase by 20.5 million jobs between 2010 and 2020, with the fastest growth in healthcare, personal care and social assistance, and construction.Other fields expected to increase: professional and technical occupations, including computer…

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Beyond the Minimum Wage Career 

Beyond the Minimum Wage

If you’ve had a part-time or summer job, you’ve probably already figured out that one minimum-wage job isn’t going to support you forever. Experts say that earning a college degree continues to be a key pathway to a good career and a bigger paycheck. But there are so many ways to combine working, learning, and earning, such as: Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to enter a high-paying, in-demand career, because all the training is at no cost to you, and you even earn a paycheck while you work toward a…

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Are Robots Going to Take My Job? Career 

Are Robots Going to Take My Job?

Indiana is a huge manufacturing state, and finding skilled talent is important to keep the state producing everything from cars to medical devices to plastics. Some jobs in manufacturing will continue to change thanks to technology and robotics, but the good news is that people will be needed to create, program, repair, monitor these new systems, and provide all the other services related to manufacturing. Those jobs will likely increase along with other professional and technical occupations. In fact, over the next ten years, U.S. manufacturers are expected to add…

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How She Did It: A Love of Cars, A Cool Career Career 

How She Did It: A Love of Cars, A Cool Career

Breanna Gillum attended four different high schools before graduating from North Putnam High School in 2019, but one thing always stayed constant: her love of working on cars. “It started when I got my first car,” Gillum says. “If there was an issue with it, I wanted to fix it. Working on cars is my relaxing place.” She learned new skills through the diesel automotive program at Area 30 Career Center and added experience to her resume as an intern at Hendershots Auto Care Center, where she did tire rotations,…

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How He Did It: Making New Discoveries in the Lab Blog Career 

How He Did It: Making New Discoveries in the Lab

Throughout high school in Winamac, Indiana, Caleb Schmicker knew he wanted to work in a scientific field. “I have an older sister who is a nurse, so toward the end of my high school career, I was leaning towards a more hands on job in medicine, whether that either be a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist,” Schmicker said. “When deciding my major at Butler University, I wanted to choose something that not only aligned with my interests but was a degree that I could take many directions.” In fact, his path…

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STEM Fields Are Hot Career 

STEM Fields Are Hot

According to Pew Research Center, employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79 percent since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. STEM fields include computer, math, engineering and architecture. STEM workers are physical scientists, life scientists and those in health-related occupations such as health care practitioners and technicians, too. Other facts: • STEM training in college is associated with higher earnings, whether working in a STEM occupation or not. Among college-educated workers employed full-time year-round, the median earnings for those…

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Engineering Design Creates Broad-Based Engineers Career 

Engineering Design Creates Broad-Based Engineers

A new major in engineering design at top-ranked Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is adding even more real-world value to the already-practical study of engineering. Believed to be the first such bachelor’s degree program in the country, the engineering design curriculum combines design studio classes, junior-year off-campus partnerships with industry, and hands-on experience with machine shops, rapid prototyping, software programming, and computer-aided design. The program was created in response to the rapidly changing engineering landscape, says program director Patsy Brackin, an award-winning engineering educator. Increasingly, she says, the lines between traditional…

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Impress the Boss Career 

Impress the Boss

You’ve got your first job. You want to make a good impression. What to do? Experts say work on your employability skills: customer service, teamwork, a willingness to learn, and the desire to do things the right way. Employer surveys consistently show that good employees demonstrate their:• Ability to work in a team• Problem-solving skills• Written communication skills• Strong work ethic• Verbal communication skills• Leadership• Initiative• Analytical/math skills• Flexibility How would you rate yourself in those categories? Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from teachers, coaches, and your employer…

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A Roadtrip That Inspires Career 

A Roadtrip That Inspires

Dengke Wang, 19, from Portage, Indiana, emigrated from China to northwestern Indiana at the age of seven. Now he’s featured in a new film, “State of Change: Innovation at the Crossroads” from documentary team Roadtrip Nation. The documentary sent three postsecondary students from Indiana on a life-changing road trip to see how Indiana-grown ingenuity is keeping their home state at the cutting edge of rapid technological change. They spent two weeks during the summer of 2017 exploring industries powering Indiana’s growth—including healthcare services, advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and technology—and connecting with…

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Job Smarts Career 

Job Smarts

If you’ve already found your first job and worked after school, weekends, and summers, you know how exciting it is to earn a paycheck—even a small one. Taking pride in your work and your ability to earn is an employability skill—one of a dozen or so qualities that will make you stand out as a good worker. No matter what the career or job, it’s not enough just to show up: Employers want people with “soft” skills, such as a customer service mentality, a desire to do things right the…

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Feeling Lost? Ready for Adventure? Career 

Feeling Lost? Ready for Adventure?

Four Ways to Find Your Career Path High school graduation is just ahead, and you are quickly coming to a fork in the road. You have to make decisions for yourself, such as where to work, where to go to college, and what to study. With so many choices, how do you know you’re headed in the right direction? Follow these four rules of the road as you make decisions about a  future career. Follow Your Head . . . Indiana has the challenge of filling more than 1 million…

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Meet Camisa Vines – Code for Career Success Career 

Meet Camisa Vines – Code for Career Success

When she was 15 years old, Camisa Vines signed up for a computer coding class at the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County in South Bend, Indiana. It changed her life. “After our first 10-week program, I decided to stick with it and develop my skills,” says Vines, a 2018 graduate of John Adams High School. Coding is a basic skill for creating computer software, apps and websites. As Vines progressed, the South Bend Code School hired her as an intern to teach others. In 2018, IndianaIntern.net named…

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Meet Matt Harper – Career Sparked By An Apprenticeship Career 

Meet Matt Harper – Career Sparked By An Apprenticeship

In just one year, Matt Harper went from being a student at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana, to a career as an electrician, earning money that he couldn’t imagine when he was working his part-time job, bussing tables at a restaurant. “I’m still learning and getting the hang of it, but I really like it,” Harper says. “The fact that I can understand the basics of something as complicated as electricity and how to make something happen that we take for granted, like a light switch going on, is…

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Happy to help: Volunteering Can Teach You a Lot Career 

Happy to help: Volunteering Can Teach You a Lot

Volunteering is a perfect opportunity to help others and learn more about what kind of work you like. As a volunteer, you not only get an experience that looks great to employers—you also get personal satisfaction from helping a good cause or an organization. Your school probably offers opportunities through clubs and organizations, but check out some of the places in the community that have helped you or a family member, or places that you like to go, such as parks or community centers. Your school counselor, teacher, parents or…

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DREAM, PLAN, TAKE ACTION Career 

DREAM, PLAN, TAKE ACTION

Every kid gets asked the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? This is your chance to answer the question for real, because you are making decisions now that will impact your future for four, five, even ten years or more down the road. So what did you want to be then? What do you want to be now? Maybe you are sticking with the career you wanted when you were younger. Or, maybe your dreams have changed, fueled by a recently discovered new talent, class,…

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Tips for a High School Resume Career 

Tips for a High School Resume

You might have already had that moment of panic when someone asks you: Do you have a resume? Don’t be caught empty handed. You can find a resume template online or through Indiana Career Explorer at indianacareerexplorer.com. Start building your own with these tips: Keep a running list of work experience (even babysitting or lawn mowing), volunteer activities, skills, education, and accomplishments. Keep this list updated, so you can update your resume as you gain experience. Include your contact information (name, phone number, address and email), then list work history,…

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Free Training + Better Jobs Career 

Free Training + Better Jobs

Too many Hoosiers lack the skills for the jobs that are here today and being created tomorrow—nearly all of which require education and training beyond high school. The Indiana General Assembly expanded the Workforce Ready Grant in 2018 to include all high school graduates, providing free job training for Hoosiers who are Indiana residents and U.S. citizens (or eligible non-citizens) and who have less than a college degree. Next Level Jobs provides Hoosiers with free statewide training in high-paying, in-demand industries. Next Level Jobs also provides Indiana employers with reimbursements…

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4 Reasons Apprenticeships Work Career 

4 Reasons Apprenticeships Work

Earn a solid paycheck while you work towards your journeyworker’s license, which will allow you to earn top dollar. Earn college credit. Classroom hours and on-the-job training count towards an associate degree. Graduate debt-free with an associate degree and journeyworker’s license. Have a rewarding career as a craft professional. In general, high demand skills earn higher wages. How to Learn More Talk to your school counselor about how to find an apprenticeship, either through Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., or through your local Ivy Tech Community College campus. Good Advice…

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