“Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” –Mattie Stepanek

The Importance Networking

Ashley Miller | Business

After attending his third networking event of the week, Rishi realized that networking is one of the most valuable uses of his time in terms of return—and not just in monetary terms. Finish reading the article here.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie

21 business etiquette rules every professional should know

Ashley Miller | Business

 Professional social situations can be awkward. And, unfortunately, many people wind up making fools of themselves because they don’t understand that etiquette rules in business differ from those in other settings.

In “The Essentials of Business Etiquette,” Barbara Pachter writes about the rules people need to understand to conduct and present themselves appropriately in professional social settings. Read more…

8 things to take away from your internship that will help you get a job in the future

Ashley Miller | Business

A summer internship is an opportunity to test drive a career without making any serious commitments. It’s your chance to see what it would really be like to work in a particular industry, and whether you’re a great fit.

And, perhaps most importantly, a good internship provides you with experiences, lessons, and tools you’ll need to get a full-time gig in the future. Read More…

Utilizing your USLI internship successfully

Ashley Miller | Uncategorized

For many college students here at USLI this is your first internship and a first look into the corporate world. Outside of growing up and attending Bring Your Child to Work day, many of us have not even stepped foot into a business environment. For some people, this can be a little overwhelming. It can also be challenging to immerse yourself into an office setting and know exactly what you should be taking away from this opportunity.

Outside of a nice paycheck and a free hot lunch there’s so much to gain from USLI. For some, this can be the foundation to gaining knowledge on how to launch a career after graduation. So what knowledge should we bring to the table and what exactly should we be learning?

For starters, become a sponge. Soak up information and ask questions. Unless you are majoring in Risk Management and Insurance there’s a high chance that you are unfamiliar with insurance (unless it’s getting a quote for insurance on our first car). For right now ask your leaders, co-workers, and experienced college helpers. They are there to help and many of us were either in your shoes or still are in your shoes. Remember to bring a pen and a note-pad wherever you go to keep track of the information. This also shows that you are prepared and ready to learn.

Take advantage of the performance feedbacks that you have with your leaders and coaches. Be receptive, and ask where you have room for improvement. (This is also where the notepad comes in handy). Then take initiative and follow up with your leader to see if they have seen improvement in areas you may have been lacking.

Next, be enthusiastic about what you are learning. Be willing to take on tasks and have the hunger to learn more. This will help you understand the role your team plays in the company and get a feel for what you could potentially be doing full-time. However, don’t be afraid to communicate with your leader if you are struggling in certain areas and need guidance. Remaining enthusiastic also corresponds with one of our community goals (keep it simple, give 100% effort, win, and have fun doing it) and you will embody being a true community member.

Lastly, and one of the most important tokens of wisdom is to immerse yourself into the office culture. Our culture is unique because we are a community here and it can be a second home for many people. But our culture also embodies the CARE2 values so it’s important to fulfill them as much as possible. Learn the business lingo such as: huddle = meeting, work station = cubicle, and college help = intern. Also, take advantage of the many different benefits that are offered. Become a member at Slainte, be active in the classes it offers, and take part in USLI University. This is a great way to gain a full understanding of the insurance industry and a way to put yourself out there and network.

Keeping in mind these key tactics will definitely help you become more aware of what to take away from this internship experience and allow you to feel more confident in a business environment.

Written by: Monét Bradford

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship

Ashley Miller | Business

Around 75% of college students, at some point, work in an internship. These experiences can be tremendously valuable, providing young workers the opportunity to build skills for their resumes and meet people who are working in their preferred industry. Increasingly, they are the likeliest route to full-time employment and are even offered year round rather than only during summer months. But they can also be difficult adjustments for young people who have little to no experience in professional offices. It can be hard for someone to stand out and make the right impression during a three-month stint spent adapting to such a new environment. Learn how here.

Here’s What the Average American Owes After College

Ashley Miller | Education

In case you haven’t heard by now, there’s a major student loan crisis brewing, and the average American borrower is graduating with more debt than ever before. In fact, student debt is rising faster than inflation, and it doesn’t just affect recent graduates. Even seniors — the last people you’d expect to be saddled with student debt — owe over $18 billion in loans. So just how much does the average American owe post-college? Check out the statistics here.