Career development is a lifelong process that is unique for every individual.  Visit this website to consider the many influences that contribute to your career choice:







Here is a “passion primer” to help you begin exploring your passions and discovering ways to incorporate them into your career planning:







Check out this great website for strategies to help you do the best job of selling yourself when meeting with a prospective employer:






  1. MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO SUCCEED:  “The Art of Networking”

Networking means staying in touch with people to share career planning ideas and track job openings.  It’s possible that more jobs are filled through networking than through any other method.


When done with persistence over a period of time, networking can lead you effortlessly from one contact to another.  Following are ideas that can help you create a powerful network.


Start by listing people you already know.  Start your list of contacts with names of family members and friends who could help you define your career or land a job.  List each person’s name, phone number, and e-mail address on a separate 3x5 card or Rolodex card.  Another option is to keep your list on a computer, using work processing or contact management software.  Whenever you speak to someone on your contact list, make brief notes about what you discussed.  Also jot down any further actions you’ll take to follow up on your discussion.


Be open to making contacts.  Consider everyone you meet to be a potential friend – and networking partner.  Look for things you have in common.  If you’re both planning a career or looking for a job, that’s plenty.


Craft your “pitch.”  Develop a short statement of your career goal that you can easily share with people.  For example:  “After I graduate, I plan to work in the travel business.  I’m looking for an internship in a travel agency that helps business people arrange international trips.  Do you know of any agencies that take interns?”


Get past the fear of competition.  When told about networking, some people feel intimidated.  They fear that others will steal or conceal job openings.  Why should I share this information with anybody? goes the objection.  After all, we’re competing with each other for the same jobs.


In response, remember that few people in any network are actually going after the same jobs.  Students majoring in broadcasting, for example, have many different job goals.  Some want to be newscasters.  Others want to work as video editors or scriptwriters.  And even people interested in the same jobs may be looking for positions with different duties or in different parts of the country.


Also, any “competitor” could turn into a friend.  Suppose someone in your network lands a job before you.  Send a note of congratulations to this person along with your phone number and e-mail address.  This person might be in a position to recommend you for another job opening – or even to hire you.


Follow up.  Networking uncovers “leads” – companies with job openings and people with the power to hire.  Keeping a live list of leads takes action.  You might benefit from sending a letter and resume or making a five-minute call.  Any of these steps could bring your name in front o a person who’s ready to hire you.


Source:  From Master Student to Master Employee by Dave Ellis




  1. THE WELLNESS ADVANTAGE:  Counting Fiber

Both men and women should eat between 20 and 30 grams of fiber each day from a variety of food sources, including:


·        whole grain breads & cereals

·        fruits with edible skin on

·        vegetables 


Here is a recipe for Three Bean Salad that packs a dietary punch! There are five grams of fiber in each ˝ cup serving, and it’s a cool, delicious side dish that goes great with summer fare.




2/3 cup vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

˝ cup vegetable oil or canola oil

2 cups (16 ounce can) cut green beans

2 cups (16 ounce can) cut wax beans

2 cups (16 ounce can) kidney beans

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 ˝ cup celery, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon salt

dash of pepper


1.      Combine vinegar, sugar, and oil in a large bowl.

2.      Drain and add beans.

3.      Add onion, celery, salt and pepper.

4.      Refrigerate 24 hours.  Serves 8.

5.      Keeps in refrigerator up to 1 week.


Source:  Cent$ible Nutrition Program, a service of the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Office.  For more information about fiber or other nutrition topics offered by Cent$ible Nutrition, visit them on the web at www.uwyo.edu/centsible.  Information is available on their website in English and Spanish.