Be thoughtful at networking events to create valuable connections | Be proactive at future-proofing your career | Saying "no" to low-level tasks can help show your value at work
September 24, 2018
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Be thoughtful at networking events to create valuable connections
Be thoughtful at networking events to create valuable connections
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Ask questions that invoke thoughtful answers at networking events, as this helps create meaningful connections with people, writes Marguerita Cheng. "Part of making connections is helping people. When you meet people, pay attention to what they say to see if they have a problem you can help solve," says Cheng.
Entrepreneur online (9/21) 
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Be proactive at future-proofing your career
Stay ahead of changing technology at work by investing time to learn new skills that you see as beneficial to your career progression within the next five years. Use new skills as a way to create the position you really want within a company, Ashira Prossack writes.
Forbes (9/21) 
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Higher Ed Employment Trends
Unemployment continues to fall in strong job market
Unemployment continues to fall in strong job market
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U.S. jobless claims are at their lowest level since 1969, while wage growth is at a nine-year high, according to the Labor Department. Economists say, however, if trade tensions escalate, the result could lead to job losses.
Reuters (9/20) 
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Higher Ed in the News
Report considers racial disparity in loan defaults
Report considers racial disparity in loan defaults
A report shows that 21% of black students who earned an undergraduate degree defaulted on student loans within 12 years of starting college, compared with 8% of Hispanics and 3% of white graduates. Pell Grant recipients also were more than five times as likely to default on loans as their wealthier peers, the report shows.
The Hechinger Report (9/21) 
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Report focuses on admissions officers' FAFSA knowledge
Among early-career college admissions professionals, only 38% say they feel they know a lot about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and that may be hindering the application process for low-income and first-generation college students, a report states. The report recommends more training for admissions officers to help students understand financial aid and their options.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (9/20) 
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Leadership Focus
New U. of Utah president outlines her priorities
New University of Utah President Ruth Watkins says she will expand the use of online classes and implement income share programs to improve college access for students. Watkins, the first woman to head the university, says she also intends to improve staff diversity, expand and renovate campus buildings and support researchers.
The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (9/22) 
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