Countdown to a Career You’ll Love Blog 

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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Do You Have a Great Idea? Blog 

Do You Have a Great Idea?

Think you have the next greatest idea or invention? Begin your entrepreneurial journey at the Trine University Innovation Challenge. The challenge offers cash prizes for the top new ideas or improved concepts for business or technology. High school students will compete for a top prize of $2,000. Do you have the next big idea? Click here to register.

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FAFSA – What is it? Blog 

FAFSA – What is it?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form the federal government, states, colleges and other organizations use to award financial aid for college or grad school. The FASFA application asks questions about a student’s personal and familial financial circumstances in order to determine how much they can pay for college. This is not a short form. Be prepared to spend almost an hour to complete the form completely. The form is detailed, and mistakes can be costly. Avoid frustration by being prepared. Make sure to verify your FAFSA deadline and don’t wait…

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Butler to launch esports center, gaming curriculum Blog 

Butler to launch esports center, gaming curriculum

Butler University is probably Exhibit No. 1 for illustrating how a small to mid-sized college can use sports to dramatically boost its profile. We’re of course talking about its men’s hoops program, but the school also is about to open an esports center on campus as a way to attract students interested in competitive gaming. The first phase will debut next month, but the Esports and Gaming Lounge will reach its full 7,500 square feet in fall 2020, making room for 50 gaming computers, an area for console play, co-working…

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Who Has the Time? Blog 

Who Has the Time?

Studying, homework assignments, quizzes, exams—how do we find the time to do everything we need to do? We need to be able to manage our time. How do we do that? Here are 8 Time Management Skills Every Student Should Know.

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JAG Blog 


Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based, national, non-profit organization for at-risk students and works to improve dropout rates, academic performance and youth unemployment. There are currently 135 JAG programs in communities throughout Indiana. Keep focused on your goals. Learn more at

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Resumes reflect Gen Z’s social-media mindset Blog Featured 

Resumes reflect Gen Z’s social-media mindset

Originally posted on IBJ Eight@8 A new job is a long-term commitment of passion and (sometimes faked) enthusiasm for your colleagues, but do you really want your resume to look like your online dating profile? And, yes, we get the importance of standing out from the crowd with distinctive branding, but are you willing to risk your branding being interpreted by a hiring manager as “desperate doofus”? As Gen Z enters the workforce, companies are seeing an increasing number of digital resumes with headshots, bitmojis, goofy icons, fact boxes for…

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Success is Different for Everyone Blog 

Success is Different for Everyone

Are you letting others define what success should be for you? How can that be? If somebody tells you what success is and that you should strive to achieve it, is it really your success? Are you passionate about it? Do you want world-class success? Anthony Moore offers 7 World-Class Choices to consider if you want world-class success. “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” –Bruce Lee

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Ready for an Adventure? Blog 

Ready for an Adventure?

It’s that time of year – FALL! What does that mean besides back-to-school, beautiful fall colors, apple cider and Halloween? It means great corn mazes! And according to USA TODAY, Indiana’s own Conner Prairie has one of the top 10 corn mazes in the country! The maze covers 12.2 acres and has three different paths covering 13,251 feet. Can you and your friends master the maze?

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Don’t Sabotage Your Interview Blog 

Don’t Sabotage Your Interview

Did you know that your personality can play a bigger role than you think during an interview? According to a recent study conducted by TopInterview and Resume-Library, 70% of employers consider a candidate’s personality to be among the top three factors in deciding whether to extend a job offer. It’s substantially more important than education (18%) or appearance (7%). Employers reported that “overconfidence” was the most offensive trait. Here are five ways to help you project confidence and avoid coming across as “overconfident?” The Right Tone What does it mean “to have the right tone?”…

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Goal Setting Blog 

Goal Setting

Do you have vague or specific goals? Are you actually setting goals? Do you really need to set goals or do you somehow know that you will be doing what you want to be doing in 5 years, 10 years, with the rest of your life? How are you going to “just be doing” what you want? Elaine Houston says you are going to get there by setting goals. If you are not setting goals or do not believe in setting goals, maybe it’s because you don’t know how to…

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College Application Week Blog 

College Application Week

For the first time, 15 Indiana colleges and universities will waive their application fees during the week of September 23rd–27th. Take advantage of this awesome opportunity and apply today! Goshen CollegeHuntington UniversityIndiana State UniversityIndiana University EastIndiana University Fort WayneIndiana University KokomoIndiana University NorthwestIndiana University South BendIndiana University SoutheastIndiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC)Purdue University Fort WaynePurdue University NorthwestUniversity of Southern IndianaVincennes UniversityWabash College So you’re going to apply. Now what? Your College Application Essay made easy Unlike a school assignment that might have a specific subject and must include specific writing…

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Cover Letters—Pros and Cons Blog 

Cover Letters—Pros and Cons

You are sending out your first round of resumes. Do you need a cover letter? The very short answer is yes—you do. I know—a cover letter is the hardest part of the resume process—at least it was for me. You have to sell yourself but remain professional; you have to show a bit of your personality, but not be too casual. What’s a cover letter writer to do? As uncomfortable as it is, here are 3 great tips from Fast Company to get you started on the right path, as…

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Not Your Everyday Scholarship Blog 

Not Your Everyday Scholarship

You are looking for a scholarship to go to school and you have already entered to win the Next Indiana scholarship. (Psst! If you haven’t registered yet, click the link below.) You aren’t a jock or a member of Mensa. You are that in-between student who needs financial support to pursue your college degree. Have you ever thought of applying for the Stuck at Prom scholarship sponsored by Duck Brand Duck Tape? Top prize is $10,000! If prom is not your thing, how about the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship? Prize of…

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A Time to Remember Blog 

A Time to Remember

I know most of you were newborns or maybe not born yet on September 11, 2001. On that beautiful, cool Tuesday morning, our world changed forever. Even though it was a horrible event, what happened on 9/12 showed the best of America. We came together with no animosity towards each other, we all purchased and proudly displayed our country’s flag, we hugged and cared for one another completely disregarding race, religion, political, gender, Nike or Chick-Fil-A preferences. We were our best selves – we were simply Americans. Never forget 9/11,…

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Your Ideal Career Path Blog 

Your Ideal Career Path

Many of you probably already have your ideal career path in mind. You know exactly what you want to do and where you are going. But, is the ideal career path you have pictured in your mind actually the right path for you? Click here for a fun personality assessment that might guide you in a different direction or, for those of you still wondering about what to do, help get you on track. Once you get your results, check it against The Muse’s infographic of possible career paths. You…

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Earn-to-Learn Apprenticeship Program Blog 

Earn-to-Learn Apprenticeship Program

Looking for a career in aviation? LIFT Academy, owned by Republic Airways in Indianapolis, is expanding its flight training academy by offering an aviation maintenance technician apprenticeship program. The three-year program offers licensed apprentices a guaranteed job at Republic Airways as an aviation maintenance technician. Starting pay will be approximately $45,000 a year. The first classes will begin September 30, 2019. The LIFT Academy also offers an accelerated airline pilot program. LIFT will be the only training academy in the country to offer both airline transport pilot and aviation maintenance technician apprenticeships…

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Stress and how to deal Blog 

Stress and how to deal

All of us experience stress, in school, in our jobs and in life. Sometimes stress can be good for us. What is stress and how do we deal with it? Melissa Cohen’s article, Student Guide to Surviving Stress and Anxiety in College and Beyond, defines stress and explains the symptoms we should be aware of, the common causes of stress and how to cope with or relieve what ails us. Remain calm and read on. Test Anxiety It’s test day and you are a nervous wreck. In his book Anxiety…

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