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Courtney Jones
Courtney Jones


My name is Courtney Jones and I am a proud graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. I graduated in December of 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. The Choctaw Nation has been a huge part of my success and I cannot thank them enough. I began my college career in August of 2006 at Oklahoma State University and I received the Choctaw Nation Tribal Scholarship as well as the Career Development Assistance. The Choctaw Tribe was by my side every step of the way and aided me not only financially, but emotionally through my tough career decision making process. I have to say a special thank you to Tracy Gilbert who served as an advisor and advocate for me anytime I needed her! She always guided me in the right direction and helped me in any way she could. I attribute a lot of my success to her and the Choctaw Nation, as I could not have done any of it without them!

  Upon graduation I was offered a Nurse Resident position with Integris Baptist Medical Center and have since completed my 12 week residency and am working as a Registered Nurse in one of Baptist's Intensive Care Units. I have been offered job placement assistance through the Choctaw Nation, which has been very helpful! I also plan on continuing my education to become a Nurse Practitioner in the near future. I know without a doubt that when that time comes, I will have the Choctaw Nation there assist me in any way needed.


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July 2013                              choctawcareers.com


5 Ways to Get the Best Value for Your Travel Dollar 


With the enormous expense of travel, your travel dollars need to go as far as possible. There are a number of ways to keep travel costs low to allow you more trips and longer stays without straining your budget. Using public transportation instead of rental cars and eating in small restaurants frequented by locals instead of touristy eateries are just two things you can do to stretch that budget. Here are 6 tips for getting the best value for your traveling dollar:


1. Look for Inexpensive Travel Destinations

Not all travel destinations are created equally when it comes to price. There are travel destinations that are simply more expensive than others. The economy and popularity of your travel destination often determines its travel costs. If you are traveling for leisure, look for a place that is affordable as well as relaxing and engaging, even if it isn't a trendy vacation spot.

Eastern Europe, parts of the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and northern Africa are all popular travel destinations that are inexpensive for Western travelers. Also consider traveling to national parks to keep your travel costs low. Parks generally have free or inexpensive admission and offer low-cost amenities. Read more. 



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Unconventional Advice for Graduates - Forbes, Lisa Law, Contributor


A seasoned employee knows the keys to workplace success include showing up early, staying late, dressing well, and seeking out mentors. This advice can be called the "No-Duh Guide to Corporate Ascendancy." Any idiot who texts during a job interview doesn't deserve the job. Yet, beyond these obvious tips, real-world workplace advice can prove enlightening and useful. So here's a round-up of unconventional advice gathered from business executives we spoke with that they say has helped their careers, and that they are also what they look for in potential employees: Read Advice











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Find the Right Employer for You


Employees tend to be most successful in jobs that they enjoy. So it makes sense to investigate a potential employer before jumping on the bandwagon. While pay is unquestionably important when considering a new job, don't overlook the elements such as company culture and opportunities for stability and growth. Make interviews a two-way communication process to determine an employer's characteristics before you accept a job offer.  Compensation and...


Upon being offered a job, it's your responsibility as a candidate to thoroughly research the organization!  A first step is to analyze yourself to determine what is important to you in the workplace.  Do you want to work with people in a team setting or individually?  What environment do you prefer? Is pay the most important, or do you need flexibility in your schedule?  Is it important that the company have certain ethical standards? Just like finding a good employee, there are tricks to finding a good employer in the job-search process.


A great resource for finding a top-notch employer is through resources such as the Best Companies Group who specializes in identifying and recognizing workplace greatness.  Employers who make the list of best places to work have been through an extensive process which involves an in-depth analysis of company's employee benefits and policies as well as its employee engagement and satisfaction through employee surveys. Oklahoma's list of Best Places to Work was released on June 27, 2013.  It includes a list of both large and small/medium companies who are the Best in Oklahoma!

How Job Hunting Has Changed

Looking for a job at 50+ is not easy. Because the job market has changed, it's not enough to focus on what you have done in the past. Employers want to know what you offer now. Know how to adjust your approach and use the resources available to you.

See also: How to ace the interview.

Here are just a few of the ways the job-hunting process has changed, along with tips on how to update your job-search strategy. Read more.

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