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IU Northwest plans career-focused events for alumni, community

Alumni Association’s ‘Life After IU’ series will help young professionals hone their skills, network

Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

The Office of Alumni Relations at Indiana University Northwest, together with the IU Alumni Association and the Office of Career Services, has planned a season of career-focused events designed to help professionals succeed.

To make your reservation for any of the following alumni events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769 or

Leadership Lessons: “Become the CEO of Your Own Career”

5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 1
Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center

Whether you are a student, a young professional or an experienced careerist, you should take control of your career and life destiny so it doesn’t happen by default. This session is full of valuable professional lessons applicable to everyone. Learn the importance of playing to your strengths and honoring your passions. Discover effective strategies to ramp up your professional presence, communication skills and self-confidence. This high-energy session is full of valuable take-aways and easy-to-use actions steps to help you make the most of your career and your life. Give yourself permission to define success on your own terms and be your own Chief Executive Officer.

Caroline Dowd-Higgins is the director of Professional Enrichment for the IU Alumni Association and a nationally known career expert. She has authored the book and maintains the blog, “This is Not the Career I Ordered” which showcases her savvy professional development advice. She maintains a career and executive coaching practice and speaks nationally on professional development topics.

Life after IU: “A Lesson on Business Etiquette and Dress”

11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 9
John W. Anderson Library Conference Center
Light refreshments

Emili Sperling is the Alumni Programs Officer for Student and Recent Graduate Enrichment at Indiana University. An emerging leader who is passionate about empowering Gen Y with tools to ramp up their professional careers, Sperling speaks nationally about the power of Millennials in the workforce. Her presentation will help young professionals impress, guiding them through the elements of etiquette in the most common professional settings.  From utensils to handshakes to tipping, you’ll be a polished Hoosier.

Career Services’ 13th Annual Career Fair

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 11
Savannah Center Gymnasium

Employers who are recruiting professionals will be on hand to provide information about their companies, take applications and interview candidates. This is an opportunity to seek internships, part-time or full-time employment. Remember to bring a resume and dress professionally.

The following companies will be in attendance: Accessabilities, Boy Scouts of America-Calumet Council, Calumet Breweries, Defense Financial and Accounting Services, Devry, Direct Buy, Edgewater Systems, Family Video, Fastenal, First Merchants Bank, First Savings Bank of Hegewisch, Gary Community School Corporation, Hamilton Center, Horseshoe Casino, Indiana Horizon Academy, Indiana Wesleyan, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Innovations in Learning, It Works! Kauffman Chiropractic, Lake County Community Corrections, Life Line Youth, Luke, Main Source Bank, Majestic Star Casino, Monroe County Community School Corporation, National Marketing Group, Northwest Indiana Times, Northwestern Mutual, Panda Express, Primerica, Radio One, Rural Development Sedona Compass, Speedway, Staff Source, The Adventure Club, University Information Technology, Valparaiso University School of Law, WCOE-FM, Western Southern Life, Whispering Pines Health Care Center, Willowglen Academy

IU Northwest will also host information booths from the Office of Admissions, IU Alumni Association and the IU Credit Union.    

Life after IU: “Cha Ching – A Lesson in Financial Literacy”

12 p.m., Tuesday, April 15
Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center
Light refreshments

Phil Schuman is the director of Student Financial Literacy at Indiana University. Crunching numbers can be overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to create a budget for yourself.  Learn how to make the most of your current and/or future income.

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