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10-22-2016 Workforce Development

NDDECALogoStackBlue00000002.jpgNorth Dakota DECA Conference Held

The North Dakota DECA Conference was held in Bismarck March 13-15 with over 400 high school students competing in over 50 events.  All events related to one of the following career cluster areas:  marketing, finance, hospitality, management or entrepreneurship.  Over 100 business people served as judges.  North Dakota will be well represented at the International DECA Conference in Nashville Tennessee in April with over 148 participants.  Over $10,000 in scholarships were presented to students in the state.  Christian Wedin from Grand Forks Central will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship at the International Conference in Nashville in April.  DECA members from across the state are the emerging leaders in marketing.  Leadership and career preparation are keys to all DECA member development.


Almost On Your Own, Now What?

As a young person going off to college soon  and possibly leaving home for the first time, budgeting your money is an important skill to develop.

Planning a budget might actually give you one less thing to worry about in college. Many people are unaware of how much they are spending, or how their spending compares to what they are earning. A simple budget helps you spend only the money you have. It can also help you to save and plan for large purchases, such as a car or home.

 If you find you’re spending more money than you make, organize your expenses by needs (food, housing, gas, and other things you can’t live without) and wants (Netflix, fast food, shopping, and other things that are nice, but not vital).  It is important to regularly assess your financial goals and understand what actions you can take to achieve these goals.

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North Dakota Career and Technical Education Student Organization to Meet

The North Dakota Career and Technical Education Student Organization state leaders will be in Bismarck in June for leadership training.  Student leaders who were elected this spring will serve one year as state officers.  TRI Leadership Company will be working with our state leaders on developing goals, business etiquette, leadership skills, teamwork, communication and working with others.  Students from DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, TSA and SkillsUSA will be participating in the June leadership training.

Being Career Fair Savvy

Are you prepared when you attend a career fair? One of the first things you should do is scan the employer list and research the companies which interest you. This will make you prepared and feel at ease. You wil have a better idea of the positions they have and whether they would be a good fit for you and your career goals.

Prepare some questions ahead of time. This will help avoid any awkward silence. You should tailor them to the duties and responsibilities of the positions you are interested in. Make sure to ask about training programs and how the position may evolve into something more. Also important, make sure to take several copies of a current resume.

As you think about the event, try to attend early and be dressed for success. First impressions are key in landing a job. Having a strong handshake and showing your confidence will make good first impressions.

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