The worst time of the year for me is from February to the beginning of April, and it’s not because of the weather. Tax time is my kryptonite; it makes me want to crawl up in a little ball and hide. When it comes to filling out, I have no clue what I’m doing. I just imagine the whole time that the Government is going to lock me up if I make a mistake. This year I’m in the clear! I finally found a way to beat the system! NIU is having a FREE tax preparation and filing event. It’s every Wednesday, in the Founders Memorial Library, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Don’t be a sloppy mess like me, and forget your social security card/earning statement (or else you’ll have to go back home and get it). Did I mention it’s FREE?! The tax specialists who were there answered any and, all of my questions. It took me half the time it takes me to fill out my taxes by myself, and had no more fears of filling it out incorrectly. Take advantage of this opportunity and make these wintery months a joyful experience!
Monday, February 17, 2014
After 4+ years of hard work it’s time to graduate! So what’s next? How do I prepare? What challenges will I face in my career? All of these questions can be answered at Destination Graduation, which is on February 25th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Destination Graduation will help future graduates learn how to negotiate their salary, budget student loans, and transition from a student to a professional. It will help inform students on important topics they should be familiar such as a 401k, insurance benefits, and finances in the “Real World”.
It’s never too early to start planning ahead! Destination Graduation is open to students of all classes and not just seniors. Get a jump on your future and join us in Altgeld Auditorium (2nd Floor).
This upcoming Wednesday (February 19), the career fair for NIU will be held at the NIU Convocation Center from 10 AM - 3 PM. The career fair is FREE for NIU students and $5 dollars for NIU alumni. The career fair offers many benefits to students of all ages. It’s an efficient and economical way to make contacts, learn more about specific careers, and a chance to talk to potential employers instead of submitting it online. Consider it a one-stop shop for finding a job and networking.
If you’re going to the career fair, make sure you have several copies of your resume handy. It’s important to make a good first impression, so dress professionally! Keep in mind, you have potential to meet several people and will probably be talking a lot. Carry a small bottle of water and have breathe mints handy.
Make sure you practice what you are going to say. Practice a good handshake and make sure you match the eye contact of the person you’re talking to. Interviews at career fairs are often times more informational, this will give you a chance to hold a professional conversation and gain information about each company.
The career fair is quickly approaching, don’t miss this opportunity to catch your dream job! Start preparing today!