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Shelly Renick

Shelly is a recent graduate of KTC's Practical Nursing Program. Realizing her dream of becoming a nurse has been a long and sometimes difficult road. Shelly never gave up on her dream. She moved to Boswell, OK in Dec. 1998 after spending many years in Garland, TX. "I started college, attended for 2 years and then life happened. I was a stay at home mom for a long time. I mowed yards and did various other odd jobs to support myself and my 3 sons. Once my youngest son was in high school, I decided it was the perfect time for me to finish my nursing degree. I applied to the KTC Practical Nursing Program in 2011 but unfortunately was not accepted." Shelly was very disappointed but did not let this set back derail her. She took a CNA class and began working. This certification and healthcare experience made her application more competitive and she was accepted to the program the next year. Shelly's advice to anyone thinking about going to school or changing careers... "It's never too late. Never give up on your dreams--even when an obstacle gets in your way. Pick yourself up and try again." Shelly said she could not have completed nursing school without help. She says, "I would like to thank my family for supporting me always. I would also like to thank the Choctaw Nation and the Career Development Program. I could not have been accepted into or completed the program without the help they provided. Thank you so much!"





Paying Off Student Loans  

Eileen St. Pierre, The Everyday Financial Planner


It can be expensive to go to college and it seems like
the costs just keep going up. Taking out student
loans had become the norm, but the recent recession
and the accompanying high unemployment rate for
college grads made the nation realize the consequences of too much student debt.

The amount of outstanding student loans passed the
$1 trillion mark in 2011. Federal student loans
accounted for most, about $800 billion, with the rest
being private student loans. If you have student
loans, it's important you understand your repayment
options, strategies for paying off your debt faster, and
the consequences of loan default.

Repayment Plans
Many students do not realize there are many different repayment options after they graduate. Some
will forgive balances after you make payments for a specified period of time - just remember that the
forgiven loan balance will be subject to income tax.
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July 2014                      choctawcareers.com 

Choctaw Career Development graduates 74 students from nursing programs 

Nurses are in demand with the shortage growing every day. Currently, there are 135,000 RN vacancies in the United States. By 2025, there will be a shortage of nurses of approximately 260,000. Choctaw Nation Career Development recognizes the great career opportunities in nursing.

The benefits of nursing secure brighter futures for tribal members as well as their families. Nursing brings financial security with national average wages for registered nurses at $62,450 annually. Nursing also provides individuals the opportunity to make a difference each day in the lives of the young and old. With the increase in job opportunities, nurses also have the benefit of choosing when and where to work.

Choctaw Nation Career Development offers services that help tribal members to get a head start in competitive nursing programs across the state. Services such as nurse entrance preparation classes, career exploration, academic enhancement tutoring, and financial assistance are available. Services are tailored to meet each individual's needs and goals.

This summer, 74 Career Development clients graduated from various nursing programs at training facilities across the country. These students grabbed a hold of the opportunities provided by utilizing the support services offered in order to reach their goals.

Career Development encourages tribal members to not only obtain entry-level positions but also to take the opportunity to receive additional training for career laddering. The following tribal members have taken the initiative to further themselves in the nursing field: Kristina Garcia, Lynell Moore, Mandy Bates, William Zachary, Marva Sampson, Mindi England, Ashlyn Choate, Susie Mullens, Amanda Smith, Anna Kessler, Gwendolyn Buday, Tandy Dunn, April Matheson, Jessica Keeling, John Watson, Ahsley Brown, Mandy Wheeler, Marie Horton, Kara Hill, Melody Stowe, Allison Davis-Burk and Casey Brown.

Congratulations to all of our outstanding tribal members. These individuals are now able to make a difference not only in the lives of their family members but also in the lives of other tribal members. For information on how Choctaw tribal members can access the services provided by Career Development, visit choctawcareers.com.





Trucking Jobs Available in Poteau, OK...

  Contact Bryan Martin for more information at bmartin@choctawnation.com 





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Employment Spotlight

Jobs That May Be Slipping Away - And Those That Are Here To Stay
Is your job safe from computerization?
Keep reading to find out...

By Jennifer Berry
 According to a 2013 Oxford study entitled "The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerisation," 47 percent of total U.S. unemployment could see job loss or a decrease in employment due to technological advancements. What's a worker to do?
"Job seekers should follow the wisdom of hockey great Wayne Gretzky who said, 'I skate to where the puck will be, not where it is,'" says Steve Langerud, a workplace consultant and managing partner of career guidance organization Steve Langerud & Associates, LLC in Grinnell, Iowa.

The key lies in figuring out which jobs are going away and which jobs are growing - and then preparing to pursue what's poised to thrive. Read more. 


Highlight Your Soft Skills in the Job Interview

In the Hospitality Industry, "Soft Skills" Can Be Core Competencies

The term "soft skills" is a catch-all phrase that is often used to describe an employee's non-technical skills and abilities. Attributes such as being able to solve problems, working well in a team environment, and motivating others are the kind of characteristics that are usually grouped into this category.


In the unique context of the hospitality industry, especially in front-line or front-of-the-house roles, soft skills are often the foundation of excellent customer service. Although most hospitality industry jobs involve some level of technical skill, many hiring managers in the field see the technical aspect of the job as being of secondary importance.


Technical skills can be taught, and although soft skills can often be improved, there is really no substitute for a candidate who has a natural flair for things like exemplary customer care, a team-oriented outlook, and effective communication skills. In fact, according to Bonnie J. Knutson, professor in the School of Hospitality Business at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, managers in the hospitality industry often make a point of "hiring the attitude," rather than focusing solely on a candidate's experience or technical skill set.

Which Soft Skills Attract Attention in the Hospitality Industry?

From a broad perspective, hiring managers in the hospitality industry are likely to be impressed by the same type of soft skills that are in demand in every industry. Simply put, candidates who convincingly display characteristics such as leadership, teamwork, conflict management, problem solving, creativity, and communication skills are always going to have a sizable edge in the hiring process.


However, from an industry-specific standpoint, soft skills that enhance a candidate's ability to provide excellent customer service will probably be most attractive to a hiring manager. Service quality is enormously important in the hospitality industry; in fact, recent market research ranks it among the top three factors that customers consider when selecting a hotel or restaurant.


Keeping this in mind, you should emphasize soft skills that relate directly to your ability to provide excellent guest service. If you have past experiences that have helped you cultivate flexibility, diplomacy, personal effectiveness, negotiation, persuasion, empathy, decision- making, and other similar attributes, make it your mission to get these points across in your interview.

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