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  • Are College Students StayingIN?

      April 2024 by Jeff Eads Have you thought about StayingIN?  This is the question that Ball State students from our student-run media sales and strategic communications agency in the School of Journalism and Stategic Communication have been asking their peers across the state.   Jeff Eads, Director of Industry Engagement, has enlisted the students to […]

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  • Close the Talent Deal – Six Things series

    Number 6: Offer them jobs during their senior year well before their graduation. You can’t start with number six. If you do, it will be too late. However, if you have done 1-5 during their college years this will be a natural step for them and for you. But universities have job fairs in September […]

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  • Gateway to Talent Attraction – Six Things series

    Number 5: Hire them for summer jobs and internships. Help them find a spot. They often would prefer to come home because they have housing available with family. Ask your local employers and chamber members what jobs and internships may be available for students. Send a note to students at their home address over winter […]

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  • Best Kept Secret – Turnstone

    March 2024 by Jeff Eads, Director for Industry Engagement  Does every town have one of those “best kept secrets”? You know, the kind of place that no one locally seems to know about but people from around the country, or even the world, travel to that town for? Well, I found one of those best […]

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  • Welcoming Students Home – Six Things series

    Number 4: Welcome them back during breaks. Many students return home at Thanksgiving and even bring friends. Rally your local leaders, chamber, young professionals, etc. to host an open house at one of the student’s favorite spots. No program. Just friendly faces and some free food. Prepare your local leaders to mention a few things […]

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  • Celebrate Your Own – Six Things series

    Number 2: Celebrate before they leave town. Most communities know where their High School Seniors are heading after graduation. Don’t wait four years to start recruiting them back! Start the conversation before they leave. This may sound too simple. But find a location in town and throw a party. Or better yet – crash someone […]

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  • Start with your Own – Six Things series

    1 Start with your own. The college students who grew up in your community or region of the state are the “low-hanging fruit” that you’re trying to gather. They are going to land somewhere. Do they know that you’d like them to come back home and make an impact? We believe you’ll have greater success […]

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  • Connecting Talent to Industry

    Connecting Talent to Industry by Ball State Career Center  January 2023, Guest blogger: Jim McAtee  This January, Ball State University Career Center’s Jim McAtee took to LinkedIn to highlight some innovative programs at Ball State University’s Career Center. Originally a series of four posts, we’ve collected the whole series here for your enjoyment. This is […]

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  • Six Things Your Community Can Do

    Talent attraction is a critical need throughout the state of Indiana. There are some major factors for communities to consider related to quality of place such as housing, school, parks, etc. However, these often-expensive projects do not need to prevent regions from taking strategic steps forward now. There are immediate and inexpensive ways in which […]

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