All posts by David Buesing

IWU Alumni Interview – Law School Style

I’ve compiled a good deal of alumni interviews over the past couple years and haven’t always been able to fit all the useful information into “Career Connections,” our monthly newsletter. So, before I graduate, I thought I would upload a variety of interviews to the blog here for your reading pleasure. First off, alumni Chris Seps ’07, who is currently attending University of Illinois College of Law and has some great advice for students considering law school:

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IWU Alumni Profile – Peter Storms’ Balancing Act

Balancing Careers

A lot of times, I’m impressed with myself if I can find a way to simultaneously ride my bike and wave to a friend across campus (it’s harder than it looks!). Unsurprisingly, IWU alum Peter Storms ’95 puts my attempted balancing act to shame. Storms has carved out two careers for himself over the years, one as an IT specialist and one as a musician. I recently interviewed Storms to see how he does it: Continue reading IWU Alumni Profile – Peter Storms’ Balancing Act

FREE FOOD!!! (if you fill out an easy form.)

If you’ve got a summer/fall internship or research project lined up – tell us about it! All students turning in complete Internship Report forms by April 20 will be registered to win gift cards to favorite dining spots (Flat Top, Panera, & Noodles). Forms can be emailed to or dropped off at the Hart Career Center. Winners will be notified on April 21.

Students who have already turned in Learning Contracts for May or Fall are automatically registered to win.

Good News! Intern Hiring Increases in 2010

According to the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) 2010 Internship Survey, employers plan to hire 2.9% more interns during the coming year. While that might not seem like a whole lot, it’s a significant turnaround from the 20% decrease in hiring in 2009.

To read the full article, click here.

To begin searching for internships of your own, be sure to log in to your Titan CareerLink account. Just go to For questions related to the use of Titan CareerLink, call extension 3071 to make an appointment.

Economies of Nature – Guest Speaker

On Friday, April 9, guest alumni presenter Jay Truty ’96 will present his talk about finding a “green career”. Jay is the founder of Ecosystem Capital, LLC, which specializes in assisting landowners, corporations, financial institutions, conservation organizations and government entities with the development of innovative conservation finance strategies. The presentation will take place in the Hansen Student Center at noon.

I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Truty for the October issue of “Career Connections” and am thoroughly convinced he is capable of, and already enacting, some cutting-edge green business models. Click through to read an excerpt of my interview with Mr. Truty: Continue reading Economies of Nature – Guest Speaker

7 Tips in a Bad Economy

If you missed Lindsey Pollak’s energetic, engaging and informative presentation on Tuesday, that’s really too bad. Pollak provided great advice for IWU students of all ages, and also packed the Hansen Student Center with some hearty laughs in response to her off-the-cuff humor. Fortunately, if you weren’t able to make it, we’ve got 7 tips from the Gen Y expert right here. Click through to see what they are!

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LinkedIn Quick Tips

There’s a lot to be said about the possibilities of LinkedIn for job-searching IWU students (in fact, you’ll probably want to check out the March issue of “Career Connections” for a detailed look!), but this link offers “Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job.” The post comes from acclaimed author Guy Kawasaki and his blog “How To Change the World.” You can read the post here:

Bestselling Author Lindsey Pollak At IWU

On Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center, bestselling author, speaker and consultant Lindsey Pollak will share her career expertise during a special presentation, “Getting from College to Career: How to Get a Good Job in a Bad Economy.”

Pollak specializes in Generation Y career and workplace issues, with a decade of experience helping college students become young professionals. She is also involved on the corporate side, advising organizations how to maximize the potential of new employees.

The first 50 students to arrive for Pollak’s engaging and enthusiastic presentation will receive a copy of her book, Getting From College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World. There will be a ‘Q and A’ and books available for purchase (and signing) after the presentation.

“Career Connections,” the monthly newsletter from the Hart Career Center recently had an exclusive interview with Ms. Pollak. To read the interview folow this link: Continue reading Bestselling Author Lindsey Pollak At IWU