The Secret Behind Launching a Career in Northeast Indiana
Oct04

The Secret Behind Launching a Career in Northeast Indiana

As an upcoming graduate and young professional looking for employment in Fort Wayne, I am amazed by the amount of pressure put on finding a career – not to mention finding one that I like. But these expectations come with no explanation on what sort of skills I need, advice on how to launch my career in this area successfully, or the kind of person that employers look for when hiring, except that they will look at my degree to see if I am qualified for the position. Corporations and all other types of businesses are comprised of all types of people. The people who make up Northeast Indiana, in a broad sense, are hard workers, innovative craftsman with a “don’t quit” mentality. The Northeast Indiana area has a regional population of more than 700,000 people with many diverse industry bases ranging from insurance, logistics, automotive, medical, food processing, and more. It is no wonder businesses in this area are looking to hire young professionals and graduates. With a dozen nearby colleges and universities, there are many young professionals and graduates looking to succeed in their careers in the Northeast Indiana region. But how are they to do that? To find out, I went looking for and spoke with seasoned professionals who gave me the secret on how to launch a career in Northeast Indiana. Justin Clupper, Director of Signature Programs at Greater Fort Wayne, said “The best thing to do is connect with the intent of communication; Begin networking, and building relationships in your specific industry and area.” This was followed by Ashley Calderon, Director of Career Services at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, who said, “89% of Indiana University-Purdue University students stay in this area. We know that employers are looking for candidates who have leadership skills because this is the number one skill employers are looking for at this time. Students need to be able to communicate effectively – in writing and verbally. This community is very well-connected, and students need to be able to navigate the connection in order to succeed in this area.” Ryan Krueckeberg, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, said “I would suggest getting involved by utilizing the Leadership Institute by learning workplace leadership skills and community leadership skills. Meeting people, getting to know people, getting to know your community has been the biggest influencer in my career. Building relationships and fostering those relationships and allowing those relationships to lead you to other people. Making a valid effort to continuously educate yourself, whether it is by getting the degree or educating yourself in your community. There’s so many organizations who can...

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2014 NICE Career Fair Tuesday April 15
Mar29

2014 NICE Career Fair Tuesday April 15

Are you a student or university alumni looking to make a connection with Northeast Indiana Employers?  Then the NICE Career Fair should be on your ‘must-attend’ list!  On Tuesday, April 15 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the IPFW Field House (in the Gates Sports Complex), nine accredited colleges and universities will be on site to bring employers, students and alumni together for the largest job fair in Northeast Indiana. There will also be a drop-in job fair prep session on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Stop by for tips on job fair success or to ask any burning questions you have on the job search process! This is your opportunity to shine in front of potential employers, so please dress professionally and bring plenty of copies of your professional resume.  The fair is open to students and alumni of any accredited university and is free to attend.  A photo booth will also be available to have a professional photo taken for LinkedIn profiles, etc. For additional information or to review the list of employers that will be on site, please visit the link below: http://users.manchester.edu/facstaff/ejbushnell/nice/ Hope to see you there and best of luck on your job...

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