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

Considering the analogy of social capital at an individual level; you are always advised that your social circle has a significance 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...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 recent...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 their...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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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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INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE: How to make Co-ops and Internships Pave the Way to a Successful Career

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 graduating from college. The university I attended, Northeastern University, differentiates itself by...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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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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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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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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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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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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