Alumni Feature- Matt Merritt (’13) | THE POWER OF YOUR JMU SPARK

Imagine this for a brief moment: I’m sitting in my classroom of 52 4th graders in the Metolong/Ha Makotoko village in a tiny country in Southern Africa called Lesotho. I spent two years down there teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer. My first day teaching was one I’ll never forget. As I walk into… Read More Alumni Feature- Matt Merritt (’13) | THE POWER OF YOUR JMU SPARK

12 WAYS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE STAY FOCUSED, PRODUCTIVE AND IN CONTROL

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control—a skill that unleashes massive productivity by keeping you focused and on track. Unfortunately, self-control is… Read More 12 WAYS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE STAY FOCUSED, PRODUCTIVE AND IN CONTROL

30 FREE WAYS TO FIND THE ANSWER TO “WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE?”

When I was trying to figure out what career to pursue after my military service, I dove headfirst into the world of “finding my passion.” After spending almost five years in a career field (army intelligence) that had literally nothing to do with my college degree (television and film production), I wanted to make sure my next… Read More 30 FREE WAYS TO FIND THE ANSWER TO “WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE?”

5 CAREER LESSONS YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN, ACCORDING TO 5 REAL STORIES

If you’re feeling stuck or frustrated, if you want to try something new but you’re scared, or, heck, if you just really love reading about other people’s careers (we get you), read on to learn five lessons that, at the very least, will leave you feeling a little more inspired and motivated to hit the… Read More 5 CAREER LESSONS YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN, ACCORDING TO 5 REAL STORIES

Alumni Feature- Carrie Hawes (’04) | WHERE MY MADISON EXPERIENCE HAS TAKEN ME

There is a theory we use in Career Services, referred to as Happenstance Theory by John Krumboltz. Essentially, Krumboltz theorized that “unpredictable social factors, chance events and environmental factors are important influences” on our careers. And when I look back, and the non-patterns become patterns, I see the influence of my Madison Experience on my… Read More Alumni Feature- Carrie Hawes (’04) | WHERE MY MADISON EXPERIENCE HAS TAKEN ME

HOW ONE “I LOST MY JOB’ LINKEDIN STATUS LED TO 20 INTERVIEWS IN 15 DAYS

Being vulnerable isn’t our first instinct. We’re human after all, which means most of the time we’re shamelessly stubborn and independent in the hopes of appearing strong and put-together. This is especially true when we’re in the throes of unemployment. The thing is—and you know this—when we let our pride go and admit we need… Read More HOW ONE “I LOST MY JOB’ LINKEDIN STATUS LED TO 20 INTERVIEWS IN 15 DAYS