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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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Employability of MBA Graduates in a Post Pandemic World

By Ty Taylor 4/30/2021   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....Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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Your Own Competitive Advantage

By Chaewon Jung. April 28, 2021   Throughout my business undergraduate program at Northeastern University[1], 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[2], is an attribute or trait that allows...Read More
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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...Read More
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The Role of Social Capital in a Community: 5 Things to Prioritize

By BE-EDGE January 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...Read More
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Crafting the EDGE: Approaching Uncertainty with Determination

By Aqib Rahman,May 29, 2020   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...Read More
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Experiential Learnings’ Impact on the Building of Critical Soft Skills

By Gerad SockolMay 15th, 2020                                                        Experiential Learning 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...Read More
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MILLENNIALS: When Jobs Are Gone, Craft Your Own

By Julia Ivy, PhDMay 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...Read More
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What is the Impact of Capstone Courses on Students’ Employability?

By Swapnil Lokhande.Faculty Mentor: Julia IvyMay 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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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How to Make Co-ops and Internships a Better Investment in Career Development

Written by George K, at the time of graduation.  April, 2020   For college students that study business, summer internships are expected, almost mandatory, of anyone entering the industry (of course, there are some exceptions, like entrepreneurs and self-starters). Many students use summer internships to secure their first jobs after...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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Internship and Co-op as a Triple Capital Investment in Employability

By Swapnil Lokhande.Faculty mentor: Julia IvyApril 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...Read More
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Capitalize on Built-in Employability to Strengthen Your Company’s Competitive Strategies

By Julia Ivy4/8/2020 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...Read More
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The Impact of Boutique Employability on the New Reality of Employability

By Julia Ivy4/5/2020 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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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Simplified Strategies in Understanding 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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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;...Read More
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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...Read More
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Millennials’ Employability: What Colleges Miss

By Julia IvyNov 11, 2019 Why Millennials go to college, and what colleges miss in terms of what is expected for employability. Problem:  There IS a problem here. Historical data concerning educational levels among people 25 to 29 years of age shows Millennials to be the most educated generation, with...Read More
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Job Candidates: How to Craft Your EDGE in a High-Trust Environment

As we discussed in another post on my blog, way too often,  people from a different generation (say, Millennials) find themselves in a low-trust environment, where they feel invisible and disconnected, and where their value is perceived as depreciated due to their background (gender, age, previous experience. etc.). This is especially...Read More
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Как найти свое уникальное место на рынке:
BE-EDGE методика Джулии Айви

The article has been published by IPM Business School (in Russian). Link: https://www.ipm.by/publications/publicbus/ivy/     На рынке труда появляется все больше специалистов, имеющих не просто высокий уровень квалификации, но и компетенции в разных, иногда не связанных между собой, областях. Таким людям неинтересно обычное  трудоустройство. Им неинтересно подавать резюме и проходить интервью,...Read More
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