Acing the Probationary Period on a New Job

Employers use the probationary period to check if a new starter is a good fit. While this duration may feel scary and unsettling, it can help you improve your confidence and secure a job. It provides opportunities for career growth …

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Ivy Exec is your dedicated career development resource.
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13 Careers in Law (Without Being a Lawyer)

Interested in the legal industry but unsure about wanting to attend law school? Some of the best careers in law allow you to explore different areas of the legal sector without becoming an attorney. Legal careers like paralegal and electronic …

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Your Journey to Career Success: Cultural Identity & Learning

Campus life is fun, but can also be challenging. You may miss friends and family, as well as the familiar foods and routines of home. Some students struggle to adapt academically or socially. Such reactions are all normal responses to …

By Thuy-Tram Butler
Thuy-Tram Butler Career Consultant, College of Social Science
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Your Journey to Career Success: Seeking Help & Mental Health Awareness

What do you do when life throws you a curve ball or a setback happens? How do you manage your basic needs and your studies when things take a turn for the worse?  Sometimes you need to seek help to …

By Thuy-Tram Butler
Thuy-Tram Butler Career Consultant, College of Social Science
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Trick or Treat! It’s the Idealist Career Advice Candy Bowl

Here at Idealist, we’re embracing the sweeter side of the season and getting into the October spirit!

We surveyed our team to find out their answers to some spooky career questions. But we’ve got no tricks here, only bite-sized career …

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Your Journey to Career Success: Organizational Tools and Time Management

Keeping organized is essential for meeting the demands of a busy life. We have classes, homework, work, volunteer hours, enrichment activities, and relationship building with peers and friends at Michigan State University. Some people have figured out strategies to manage …

By Thuy-Tram Butler
Thuy-Tram Butler Career Consultant, College of Social Science
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Your Journey to Career Success: Building Relationships

Relationships are important for navigating the challenges of academic programs, careers, and other experiences in life. Some of these relationships can even develop into trusted guides and mentors who can serve on your very own personal Board of Directors. Darius Harris

By Thuy-Tram Butler
Thuy-Tram Butler Career Consultant, College of Social Science
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Your Journey to Career Success: Sense of Belonging

People are intrinsically social and have a strong need to feel included in groups. This sense of connection and affiliation with others is often called a sense of belonging. Students who have a sense of belonging feel more connected to …

By Thuy-Tram Butler
Thuy-Tram Butler Career Consultant, College of Social Science
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What Does Business Casual Really Mean in 2023?

“Business casual” is a straightforward dress code in that the name translates precisely to what it means: a mix of formal and casual clothing. Yet it can be hard to know what’s too formal for this dress code and, conversely, …

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Ask an Expert: Highlighting Arts Experiences and Skills on Your Resume

Question: How should I highlight my arts experience on my resume and in an interview?

Many of us get involved in the arts to provide a creative outlet, have fun with friends, or help our mental health. And anyone who …

By Christine Bastian
Christine Bastian Director of Career Education, College of Music
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