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Edge-crafters, Millennials

How Professor Ivy’s story has greatly inspired me as an international student

by Kexin Li

May 9, 2022

 

I had an interview with Professor Julia Ivy, Northeastern Professor in International Business and Strategy. Professor has extensive global experience in Ukraine/ Vietnam/ Australia/ United States. She is originally from Belarus and has an established career before moving directly to the U.S. She has years of teaching experience, she was a top-rated executive professor, coach, consultant, and board member, but she must start over in the U.S, and in her words, “As a newcomer, I had to build my professional life from the scratch. I did it. And I learned how all of us, newcomers, could do it well.”

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Practical suggestions on how local students can enhance their employability and enrich their personal strategy

By Zui (Jessica) Han 

May 1, 2022

 

In the context of the globalized economy, most large companies fall in the category of multination companies (MNC) (Barak,2021). Students who want to enhance their employability and maintain a completive advantage needs to understand the importance of diversity and how diversity could bring innovation.

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How I took advantage of the Great Resignation to work with global businesses

By Trianne Bamba

April 1, 2022

 

Just like any other millennial around the world, I was a part of the “Great Reshuffle” or as they commonly call it, “The Great Resignation”. I knew I wanted to do something more exciting in my career and take on new opportunities. After I quit my first job for good during the pandemic, it led me to re-examine where, how and why I work. 

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Case Consulting, Edge-crafters, Millennials

Through consulting, I learned the vast opportunities the business world has for me

by Angelina Joson. 

February 16, 2022

 

In the first semester of my college career at Northeastern University, I faced a heavy task: writing a consulting case for an existing company. It required that my team and I consult directly with the company. But how would we choose a company?

While all the team members knew a family member or friend who owned a restaurant, I knew that we should choose a unique company, selling a product that would provide an interesting and relevant case. So, I contacted my family friend, Michael Pink, who is the CEO and co-founder of SmartPM TechnologiesRead more

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How I developed a passion for expansion consulting as a newcomer to the CBD industry

by Stella Zilberberg

February 15, 2022

Over the course of the consulting case, I began to develop an understanding of emerging markets, and most importantly, began to think of ways of how to position industry leaders in foreign markets, where the industry itself is either incredibly small or is only beginning to emerge. As a researcher, I feel that I have developed strong habits for seeking out primary information about a government or an industry. 

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Equipping yourself for the future: The valuable lessons to learn in consulting

by Alyse Pasqualini

February 8, 2022

 

I worked with a team throughout the semester to develop a consulting case for a company. Working on this case provided me with a real world understanding of consulting which aligns with my vision of working in Healthcare Management, as the profession will require me to work in teams to create recommendations for the improvement of healthcare processes. This case served as a steppingstone to my personal strategy by introducing me to this area of business and allowing me to develop the skills that are necessary to collaborate effectively in a team and provide quality research and recommendations to support the decision-making process of a company. 

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The perfect building block for a potential career

by Vidit Shah

February 7, 2022

 

In a study published by Richard J. Kraft, talks about why experience is key and that the education systems need unique forms of teaching to reach out to students as everyone studies and learns at their own pace. The author explains that “adventure programs and other experiential learning environments have enormous potential for use in the mainstream of our educational settings.” Sitting in front of a classroom and listening to lectures repeatedly may not be the best form of education for some learners, so other experiential forms of education could have a better impact on the studentRead more

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Case Consulting, Edge-crafters, Millennials, Universities

First Journey in International Business and the Business World

by Aye Myat Kyaw

February 3, 2022

 

Consulting for a real company was not what I expected to be tasked by my professor Dr. Julia Ivy on the first day of my undergraduate. I have only become a college student by title and being faced with this daunting task, I felt like a child thrown into the deep end to be taught how to swim. To a degree, I knew what the task was: I have run my own small business and worked at a local restaurant helping keep their book, but a consulting case was another task. Likewise, I know what swimming was; I could kick and paddle but to float was a whole other story. However, I was excited. Coming to a school like Northeastern, I wanted to push my abilities and knowledge. For me, the consulting case was one I saw as fruitful in the future, determining that it would be a fantastic learning experience.

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From Freshman to Consultant: Investing in my Employability

by Keegan Sharp

January 27, 2021

 

As an incoming freshman at Northeastern University, I craved an understanding of my skill level and a real-world challenge. That is exactly what I got through a consulting case project from Professor Julia Ivy. The project began simply with assigned teams and instructions to identify a company that wanted to expand globally.

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Edge-crafters, Millennials

How to Maximize Your Manager Mindset

by Cliff Akins

January 26, 2021

 

Articles like “If You Want to Succeed, You Need to Have the Manager’s Mindset” from Inc.com emphasize the importance of adopting a leader mentality. While Inc.com focuses on the manager mindset in a post-college, professional setting, the Huffpost asserts that thinking like a manager can be beneficial as a student in “How to be an Effective Student Manager.” As a business student, I learned this lesson first hand.

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Edge-crafters, Millennials

How to Utilize Your Social Capital During the Early Stages of Your Job Search

While finding the ideal company as a recent college graduate may feel daunting, it can be equally as fulfilling if approached strategically and honestly. Strategy concerns how one will leverage their personal, social, and professional capital. Honesty is the imperative agent that allows one to be confident in their elucidated core and diversified skillset. If one is honest, not only with their potential employers, but more importantly, with themselves, they will be more likely to find a professional environment in which they can grow and excel.

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Crafting the EDGE: Approaching Uncertainty with Determination

By Aqib Rahman
May 29, 2021

 

In just two months, the environment in America has completely transformed, leaving many to face uncertainty.  There are 40 million Americans that have lost their jobs, with an unemployment rate of 14.7%.  Many people have been distraught from layoffs, while others like me are recent graduates just entering the job market.  As we now start reopening and restarting our economy, we must stay determined to prosper.

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Accomplished Professionals, Case Consulting, Edge-crafters, Millennials

Employing Overseas Experience for My Boutique Employability

By Raul Najera Bahena
May, 2021

 

An article published by the King’s College of London “Why Overseas Experience is Important” states the reasons why overseas experience can make a difference in your future career- this type of assignments helps you gain a competitive advantage among your peers such as gaining a new perspective, learning a new language, bringing out your adventurous side, taking on a global mind-set and creating a new network from across the globe, among others.

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Strategic Senior Leaders are Looking to HR Leaders to Bring their Business to the Next Level

By Shana Feggins
May 1, 2021

 

The Forbes article “Can HR Strategies Create a Competitive Advantage for Your Company?” by Scholley Bubenik echoes the chatter from human resources and other functional leaders that YES “maximizing your human capital is a major contributor to achieving a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Be-Edge crafters like myself need a framework to uncover their core and competitive advantage. Dr. Ivy Be-Edge tool and methodology helped guide my experience of recognizing my personal, social, and professional capital through consulting projects. I was able to answer my own question of how I can be an HR leader for my organization.

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Employability of MBA Graduates in a Post Pandemic World

By Ty Taylor
April 30, 2021

 

Studies have shown that graduate school applications rise in periods of an economic downturn, and that trend has continued with the Covid pandemic. More specifically, business school in the United States saw double-digit percentage application increases in the fall of 2020, and the top M.B.A. programs managed to reverse “several years of declining demand, according to the nonprofit Graduate Management Admission Council, which tracks hundreds of M.B.A. programs.” In addition to this, “five of the seven M7 schools had record years for applications, bringing the group’s total to just under 48,000, a 14.5% jump from the previous year (2018-2019) and 3.3% higher than 2016-2017.

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“Making Your Case” for Strategic Positioning in a Saturated Market

By Angie Osborn
April 29, 2021

 

The team of MBA students volunteered with the “Making Your Case” project to assist a Director of Admissions and Marketing for The Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership (GIEL) program in a strategic challenge of expanding the outreach of the GIEL program to increase total student enrollment to 50 admitted students.

This research topic explores marketing and academic programs offering challenges that higher education organizations face in the highly saturated Boston market. This research was done on behalf of The Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership at Northeastern University to improve marketing positioning and optimize advertising to a strategic target market. This investigation includes that higher education organizations must leverage unique core competencies to carve out a unique position in the market to maximize their value proposition when marketing to prospective students.

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Career Choice: The Importance of Knowing What You DON’T Like

By Juan Dib

April 2021.

 

As my college career comes to an end after five years, I reflect on how learning what you don’t like guides you to know your real passions and what you like. After living in 4 different cities, working in 4 different industries, and having mixed experiences, I can finally say that I know what I want to do in my professional career.

A recent study revealed that 44% of undergraduates are unable to define the industry that they would like to work in once they graduate. That’s why I wanted to share my story and suggest some actions that can help to find real passions.

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How to Navigate a Career Change

by Tatsiana Zhalniarkevich
2021

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has never attempted to estimate how often people change careers along their working lives due to the lack of consensus around what exactly is considered a career change. However, it is estimated that people change jobs about six times between ages 18 and 24, two times between ages 25 and 34, three times between ages 35 and 44.

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Your Own Competitive Advantage

By Chaewon Jung.
April 28, 2021

 

Throughout my business undergraduate program at Northeastern University, a concept that was often mentioned was that of competitive advantage — specifically its importance in business success . Competitive advantage, as defined by the Corporate Finance Institute, is an attribute or trait that allows a company to distinguish itself from and outperform its competitors. Especially in the marketing program, it was emphasized in every course that a company needs a strong competitive advantage in order to gain market share and prove itself successful.

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Accomplished Professionals, Edge-crafters

Technical Professional Branching Into Business? Find Your Blue Ocean

By Tom Backus
April 29, 2021

 

As referenced in the article “Simplified Strategies in Understanding Personal Strategy of Boutique Employability,” crafting your personal strategy revolves around finding one’s Boutique Employability. This entails positioning yourself as a multidimensional professional that brings something unique to the table and differentiates you from every other jobseeker (Ivy, 2020). But how does one stand apart when they are transitioning between defined technical careers and the wide world of business?

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East Boston Consult-a-thon unites Neighbors for Small Business Recovery

By Laura Ballek Cole

April 1, 2021

MARCH 26, 2021, Four East Boston businesses and 16 volunteer young professionals, a number of which are East Boston residents, came together for a “Consult-a-thon” to work on solving the challenges small businesses are facing in the neighborhood. This hackathon-style event was organized as a four-step process based on the BE-EDGE method by Julia Ivy with the goal to help millennials and immigrant-run businesses of East Boston to synchronize their goals and passions. Read more

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How to emotionally connect with your audience to drive engagement

By Trianne Bamba 

March 2, 2022

 

There are different techniques used in marketing, promoting, and advertising products and services. Emotional marketing is one of the effective techniques of marketing. Marketers utilize this technique to focus on emotions like happiness, sadness, fear, and anger to engage the consumer and increase sales of their product or service by inciting response.

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The Role of Social Capital in a Community: 5 Things to Prioritize

By BE-EDGE
December 2021

 

Considering the analogy of social capital at an individual level; you are always advised that your social circle has a significant influence in your future success in business or career development. On a large scale, the idea transcends to the societal parameters (the network of people and their relationship) that dictate the logistics for community development.

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Experiential Learnings’ Impact on the Building of Critical Soft Skills

By Gerad Sockol
May 15, 2020                                                       

 

Experiential Learning: two words that every Northeastern University student sarcastically repeats back in a mocking intonation. And as Northeastern tour guides showcase the Boston campus (albeit virtually in these trying times) whose lush, green space juxtaposes the urban chaos yards away, the phrase “experiential learning” (one sure to enter into the prospective student’s lexicon should they choose to enroll at Northeastern) will bombard the ears of both parents and students alike. As COVID-19 promises to create a “new normal,” it is pertinent that Northeastern can adapt its experiential learning framework to better emphasize those skills that will allow Northeastern to maintain its spot atop the throne of leading the U.S. News ranking in co-op/internship opportunities.


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Edge-crafters, Millennials

MILLENNIALS: When Jobs Are Gone, Craft Your Own

By Julia Ivy, PhD
May 13, 2020. Published on June 9, 2020  at HR.com

 

The Millennial generation (born between 1980 and 2000) now comprises about one-half of the American workforce, and this generation has been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. More Millennials (61 percent) have lost their job or had their hours or salaries reduced than any other generational group due to the pandemic.

At the same time, this generation is the most educated. Historical data of educational levels among people 25 to 29 years of age shows 40 percent of Millennials held advanced degrees in 2016 compared to 32 percent of Generation Xers in 2000 and 26 percent of Boomers in 1985.

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What is the Impact of Capstone Courses on Students’ Employability?

by Swapnil Lokhande

Supervised by Dr. Julia Ivy

May 14, 2020

 

The research involves the analysis of the impact of the Capstone program on the employability of the students or job seekers. The fundamental analysis in this research involves the identification of the keywords used by the people (authors) while discussing the benefits of capstone in the academic curriculum. The goal is to identify the keywords and analyze them based on the BE-EDGE methodology and see how far the capstone project helps students in developing their Personal, Social and Professional Capital.

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Crafting Your Edge On Co-op Abroad

By Liz Pereguda

May 7, 2020

 

A research study by IIE Center for Academic Mobility, Research and Impact Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills & Career Prospects in the United States” investigates the connection between study abroad programs and the development of 15 soft and hard skills considered to be most desired by 21st-century employers. The report concludes that in the context of today’s global economy, most college graduates will work for or do business with international companies, including work with diverse colleagues. Hence the professional skills acquired through international programs abroad can be powerful tools for career success.

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How Co-ops and Capstones Inspire International Students’ Career Design

By Ivan Todorov

May 4, 2020

 

 After nearly 6 years in Boston, the finishing lines of my academic chapter have been written out. This time is filled with numerous joyful and rewarding moments that boil the excitement within me for what is coming. More than a million international students graduate from US colleges every year. They have similar excitement but also are facing similar challenges. “Which industry should I choose for elucidating my core and maturing my presence? What kind of company, entrepreneurial venture, corporation, or consulting firm would be most engaging. Which one will help me grow? Which geographical location would fit best my career trajectory?”

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What Makes an Internship or Co-op a Real Investment?

By Aliyah Mathur

April 30, 2020

I have had my fair share of work opportunities as a senior at Northeastern University. We follow a co-op program that takes into account experiential learning. You find yourself out of the classroom for semesters at a time to pursue full-time work opportunities. In high school, I also took on several internships that taught me valuable skills that I utilize to this day. In college, I spent six months working at the headquarters of The TJX Companies. This seemed right up my alley as it was an opportunity to explore how stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods choose what they sell in-store. I have a marketing degree as well as a minor in fashion, so this co-op was an interesting way to explore the industry. However, not every opportunity is a real investment and through trial and error, I have come to realize what truly makes an internship or co-op worth your time. 

 

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How to Craft a Consulting Case Using the BE-EDGE Strategy: What I Learned From Fellow Students

By Richard Li

April 26, 2020

As a graduating student, I’ve noticed how a Harvard Business Review case study is oftentimes a business professor’s best friend. As a business student in college, I find these pieces fascinating and a smart method of instruction; they are incredibly useful windows into how the lessons we learn in class can apply in professional settings. As I have come to learn this semester in my Strategy in Action class – a capstone course for all business majors at Northeastern – they are also incredibly effort-intensive and challenging to put together.

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Boutique Employability in a Chinese Investment Firm
Edge-crafters, Educators

Boutique Employability in a Chinese Investment Firm

By TL

April 27, 2020

In seven days, I will officially be a college graduate. I plan to work in a large investment firm in China. After using the BE-EDGE methodology to analyze the corporate decision of Intuit’s QuickBooks trying to expand its market to China, I realized I had a unique niche of marketable skills as well that add value to my future career, especially in how I can find a job that is a good fit for me rather than conforming to what a company expects in its supposedly ideal job candidate. I crafted a personal strategy for my boutique employability.

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How to Create a Meaningful Career Path to Successfully Go from a Graduate Student to a Young Professional

By Alix Crichton,

April 26, 2020

 

The “What’s Next” Stage Challenge As A Graduated Student

Happy employees could increase “sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%.” (Shawn Achor, 2011). In 2011, Shawn Achor demonstrated that happiness at work is not only beneficial for self-development, but it is also a key success factor for employers.

With this statement in mind, I dedicated my last year of graduate school to seeking the perfect job. Like many Millennials, I felt that the traditional job market did not go along with a fulfilling career (Julia Ivy, 2019). The Answer seemed to be elsewhere, but maybe I did not ask myself the right questions.

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FOR IMMIGRANTS: Pursuing Careers and Crafting the Edge for People in a New Environment.

By Shreshthi Mehta

April 21, 2020.

I was born and raised in Pune. For a major portion of my life, I had lived in India and had been a part of one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. I was fortunate to attend some of the best schools and universities in my home country. In spite of the recession in 2008, I was able to secure a job as a new graduate and work as an HR manager.

I got married in 2012 and came to the USA thereafter. With my knowledge and education, it had been fairly easy for me to find a job in India. I was excited to pursue the American dream and have a fulfilling career. But, when I was searching for jobs in Boston, it was starting to look like a nightmare. I interviewed with many companies for positions in HR. When I sought feedback, they said that I had the skills to do the job but did not have an understanding of the culture or business principles in America. It was important for an HR person to know that so they could fit in.

What could I do to fit in? And what could I do to understand the culture in America?
There were several books and materials that I had reviewed. None were able to replicate the real-world experience.

 

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Internship and Co-op as a Triple Capital Investment in Employability

By Swapnil Lokhande.
Faculty mentor: Julia Ivy
April 19, 2020

The research involves the analysis of EMPLOYERS’ PERSPECTIVE on the impact of the internship and co-op program on the employability of the students or job seekers. The fundamental analysis in this research involves the identification of the keywords used by the people (authors) while discussing the internship program in their articles published on business-related and business-targeting public platforms. The goal is to analyze the keywords based on the BE-EDGE methodology and see how far the internship program helps the students in developing their Personal Capital, Social Capital, and Professional Capital.

 

 

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Employers

Capitalize on Built-in Employability to Strengthen Your Company’s Competitive Strategies

By Julia Ivy
4/8/2020

Companies that honor the competitive strategy of “built-in employability” are able to recalibrate for fast recovery, and even growth, in times when the economy struggles. These companies know to turn to the vast reserve of internal talent represented among staff impact to their competitive strategies.

Built-in employability celebrates the culture of “making your case for shaping your space.” It allows them to apply the array of skills and talents that they have accumulated from their previous jobs, hobbies, or experiences for designing their own unique space in the company. In companies with an internal strategy for built-in employability, employees feel empowered to utilize their distinctive body of knowledge to provide novel ideas and problem-solving abilities across the organization where they can make a difference.

 

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The Impact of Boutique Employability on the New Reality of Employability

By Julia Ivy
4/5/2020

Just a month ago, I started the article for graduates regarding a historically low unemployment rate. At that time, it was easy to find a job even though some jobs could be boring and one-dimensional. For those, who wanted more than just a job, I suggested the option of pursuing a personal strategy of BE for “crafting your edge for today’s job market.” The “BE” stands for boutique employability – the type of employability that would let these people craft their own edge and shape the space in the market that would fit their unique and multidimensional combination of skills, passions, and experiences. It would lead them to connect with a dream employer and show their multidimensional value for the company of their choice.

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Just a month ago, I started the article for graduates regarding a historically low unemployment rate. At that time, it was easy to find a job even though some jobs could be boring and one-dimensional. For those, who wanted more than just a job, I suggested the option of pursuing a personal strategy of BE for “crafting your edge for today’s job market.” The “BE” stands for boutique employability – the type of employability that would let these people craft their own edge and shape the space in the market that would fit their unique and multidimensional combination of skills, passions, and experiences. It would lead them to connect with a dream employer and show their multidimensional value for the company of their choice.

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Turn to Multidimensional Employees for Identifying New Business Models 

By Julia Ivy, PhD

Companies can find untapped value in their multidimensional employees when working to solve current challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. This involves utilizing a Make Your Case initiative that allows employees to apply their unused skill sets and connections in opening up new ways for their companies to operate.

Surprisingly, employers don’t often care to know or think about how to utilize the stockpile of unused resources their employees bring. They tend to view skills outside of their employees’ job descriptions as irrelevant to the scope of normal business operations. It’s possible that employers simply don’t see the value that such extraneous abilities or connections can generate.

But given the shockwaves reverberating from the market disruption that’s taking place, many normal business models are no longer operational, and new models must emerge. Companies would benefit from turning to the untapped expertise of their multidimensional employees for new ideas through Make Your Case solutions being applied to the rising challenges.

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Midlife Career Change: How Colleges Can Help

This post has been invited to be published in The EvoLLLution

It used to be thought of as “right” to stay on one career track your whole life, gradually climbing the professional and income ladders of your chosen career before ultimately retiring to spend time gardening, vacationing, and enjoying the grandchildren, but times have changed. Midlife career changes have become more and more prevalent, so how exactly can colleges help?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person born in the later years of the baby boom (born between 1946 and 1964) held 10.8 jobs. As Forbes reports, in 2019, many retired Baby Boomers were getting ready for a new round of job hunting and thinking of a new career as an adventure. Generation Xers, born between 1965 and 1980, can also be expected to change careers at least once: many, according to Ernst & Young data presented by AARP, will at some point feel they are being overlooked when it comes to advancement and job enrichment and will want to change their situations.

 

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Crafting Your Edge Instead of Chasing a Job

[This is the text of the article, prepared by my friend-journalist. He asked to stay anonymous …]

At a time when college graduates are more vulnerable to unemployment than other workers, how can they crack the job market?

Northeastern professor Julia Ivy has come up with a strategic method to not only find work after graduation—but also to build a career in a field suited to your interests.

“This became for me a kind of puzzle, a personal challenge to figure out,” says Ivy, author of Crafting Your Edge for Today’s Job Market. “Millennials have multiple interests, and they are the most-educated generation, but they cannot capitalize on their education as much as previous generations. I feel pain for them. I want them to shape their own space in the job market.”

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ABOUT BE-EDGE: How to Pitch Your “Self-Help” Book

Sales of self-help books reached record levels in the past year, surpassing three million. According to The Guardian, this represents a 20% increase over previous years, “propelling self-improvement or pop psychology into one of the fastest-growing genres of publishing.” According to Publishing Perspectives, self-help books are the world’s bestselling genre. Today, a broad range of authors can find an audience in this fast-growing sector. But marketing a self-help book on a topic beyond health and wellness can be tricky.

I figured out the most effective and efficient way of doing something important and came to believe other people could benefit from learning about it. Over the past several years, in my job as a professor of strategy and leadership at Northeastern University, I developed a personal strategy for employability and incorporated it into work with graduating students and career changers. From the many, many “thank you” notes I started to receive from former students, I discovered the assignment had turned out to be one of the most valuable investments students felt they’d made in advancing their boutique employability — my term for narrowly defined job searches in which individuals craft a space for themselves based on their unique life experiences, capabilities, and interests.

 

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ABOUT BE-EDGE: 2020 New Years’ Resolution: “It’s Time for Your Boutique Employability”

At the beginning of December, Ian Thomsen, a journalist, contacted me to schedule an interview about my book “Crafting Your EDGE for Today’s Job Market” — the book that equips Millennials, graduates, and soon-to-be graduates, with an instrument to craft their Boutique Employability while they are still in college doing their capstone projects and internships.  We also discussed that the book would serve accomplished professionals (say, veterans) with a tool for how they can utilize their already accumulated personal, social, and professional capital for self-differentiation in the civilian market.

 

While originally the journalist planned to publish the article in December to introduce the book as a Christmas gift that parents could give to their graduating Millennials or that friends could give retiring service members, Ian changed his mind by the end of the interview. He said, “No, let’s hold it until the  beginning of January, as the book would be a handy tool for a New Years’ resolution.”

 

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BE-EDGE FUNDAMENTALS: Built-in Employability, Boutique Employability, or Both?

In my earlier post on three starting points for personal strategy coaching,  I shared stories of John (a veteran, 47), Tyler (recently graduated Millennial, 22), Dana (approaching graduation Millennial, 21), and David (multidimensional professional, 36) to illustrate that personal strategy coaching must start with the classification of the client’s “what’s next?” dilemma.

The coaching for individuals, whose “what’s next?” question relates to the challenge of mobility, would target the formulation of the personal strategy of built-in employability. A most vivid example of these people is experienced professionals (e.g., veterans) that face a new chapter in their lives but feel loyal to what they did before.

 

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By Julia Ivy

The Map Of This Blog

When I started to write my blog, I followed a desire to share my thoughts behind BE-EDGE and how it can be applied for individuals, universities, coaches, and businesses. Besides, my friends kept pushing me to do so. But then, I challenged myself whether the use and logic of my posts are clear, so you as a reader can easily find helpful information.  So, I developed a map, where each post can be located. Then, when my former students started to share their insights on how BE-EDGE worked for them, I shared this platform with them. At the end of the day, this is about thoughts exchange and learning from each other.

The map looks like a matrix or a flow chart, where one dimension covers the BE-EDGE steps: BE (Boutique/Built-in Employability) as a goal and a result, which can be achieved through the E-D-G-E  (Elucidate CORE-Develop TRUST -Generate VALUE-Excite MARKET) steps.

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By Julia Ivy. Understanding Your Personal Strategy of Boutique Employability

Differentiation, Blue Ocean and Distinctive Capabilities

This post talks about understanding the strategy behind the personal strategy, and not just any personal strategy but Personal Strategy for Boutique Employability.

First of all, the term Personal Strategy is overused, while not really defined.  While it obviously includes the “strategy” in its definition, it’s frequently used by psychologies to emphasize their message that a person should define and own their own path in life.

When you are at the “what’s next?” stage in life, many options are at your disposal in determining your strategy for career design. You might choose a conventional approach for a personal strategy for fitting a job or target big career goals, or you can try a “BE” personal strategy for crafting your space in the job market.

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Accomplished Professionals, Educators, Millennials, Veterans

The Fundamental Steps in Personal Strategy Coaching

by Julia Ivy (2020)

 

If we were to be professional in dealing with clients that come to us with the “what’s next?” question, we should project an impression that assures high-impact practices, without appearing shallow at the level of cost on consulting cases.

Before jumping into a list of recommendations, we should purport to understand the meaning of the question and the challenges associated with people who ask the question.  Thereafter, it will make sense to look for the science behind the challenge and figure out how it can help us evaluate our options in making a conclusion. Based on the assessment of the conclusion, we can streamline the approach to help the client. The bottom line is to start with the client who asks and figure out why she asks the “what’s next?” question.

 

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Educators, Millennials

Millennial Mindset on Career Design: They are Multidimensional!

I have just talked to my friend about her millennial son. Anton is a junior and doing well. He has been accepted for his second internship at a top tech company. It’s very likely that after graduation, he will be selected for Silicon Valley in a 100K+ job.

However, this boy is reluctant to leave college but why? He knows that he would be ok fitting the job, but he is not sure whether he would be ok with fitting everything else but the job. He doesn’t want to be defined by his job. The question is who is Anton based on his generational profile?

 

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Accomplished Professionals, Edge-crafters, Veterans, Veterans

Crafting Veterans’ Edge for Today’s Civilian Market

A simple Google search revealed within seconds that there are around 45,000 veteran organizations in the United States, and many of them are dedicated to assisting veterans with the transition to civilian life. Most of them have veterans on the board who used to face the same “what’s next?” challenge; they have found the way out, so they are eager to help others. On top of this, we have several regulations that encourage businesses and state organizations to hire veterans.

Why then is it still an issue? Veterans’ transitions are supposed to be a smoothly run operation that lets each of them happily land in the job of their dreams. At the same time, having friends among veterans, and having veterans as my students in a range of programs, I have learned that there are challenges. I asked them to share the sources of their frustration. This is what I learned.

 

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Employers, Millennials

Why Don’t We Trust Millennials? Low Trust in the Job Market

In my strategy research, I investigated strategies for navigating low-trust vs. high-trust environments. Why is there such low-trust in Millenials?

I learned that when we claim this or that environment as “toxic” or “low-trust,” it’s actually not correct. The same environment might be defined as low-trust and high-trust for different groups: it might be low-trust for one group of people (say, for people of a specific age, profession, gender, or origin group), but fine for others (say, of another age or gender group). If you claim that the environment you work in is low-trust, it might be for people like you, but it might be wonderful for others.

Going back to Millennials, let’s look at how we talk about them. We keep citing Time Magazine and Forbes, which describe Millennials as the “Me, me, me” generation: narcissistic, fame-obsessed, convinced of their own greatness, critical of the establishment, technologically addicted (Time Magazine), and overconfident, with high expectations, inward focus, misplaced education, and low attention to building their credit scores (Forbes). We make cartoons about them as privileged kids who are used to getting a trophy for their every move. We laugh at them. Being Gen X, I use “we” on purpose.

 

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