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Jakki Mize

My name is Jakki Mize and I am a Radiologic Technologist! I would not be where I am today in my career without the help of the Choctaw Nation Career Development. After obtaining Associate Degree in General Studies in May 2008 I decided to become a certified x-ray technician. My Career Development team found Radiology Aide program that would provide the last little bit of
 prerequisite courses I needed to get into a radiology program plus would give me a head start in my radiology course work, all while providing me a glimpse of what a radiologic technologist does. After completing the
 Radiology Aide program in May 2009, I was accepted into a couple radiology schools but I chose to attend Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, OK. It is a wonderful 2 year program that provided a well
-rounded course curriculum as well as a lot of hands-on experience in all different types of hospital settings. While in my second year of radiology school I was able to sign up for the CAB program and start a savings account with a goal of buying my first home. 


With the help and support from the Choctaw Nation Career Development and my counselor, Robin Counce, I graduated from WOSC on Friday, May 13, 2011. I obtained a job at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Ardmore, OK and have worked there for 2 years now doing X-rays and Computed Tomography (CT). I love my job!


After saving my goal amount of money for my CAB savings program I was able to start house shopping. With much assistance from my CAB councilor, Dawn Hix, and many others I purchased my first home in November 2012! 


I want to thank the Choctaw Nation for having such a wonderful programs available to assist their tribal members in reaching their educational and personal goals. Again, I could not have achieved my goals without the support, guidance, and financial assistance provided by Career Development.  I am forever grateful.   


I encourage all Choctaw members to apply with Career Development and pursue their career goals.  They have helped me tremendously, and they will help you too.


73 Will Be The Retirement Norm for Millennials

Key Takeaways:

  • Most of today's college grads won't be able to retire until 73 due to high debt load -12 years later than the current average retirement age
  • Given a life expectancy of 84, grads will only have 11 years to enjoy retirement
  • The median debt load of $23,300 will cost students over $115,000 (in today's dollars) by the time they retire
  • Employer 401(k) matches are crucial, and will compose 50% of retirement savings

Student Debt Will Follow Graduates To Retirement

With the total amount of outstanding student debt approaching $1 trillion, the plight of debt-straddled college students is more important than ever. In the past 30 years, not only has the number of high school graduates enrolled in four-year universities increased by 11%, but college tuition has also soared over 200%. As more students attend college at a cost higher than ever before, Millennials have increasingly turned to loans to help finance their education. While much of the college debt dialogue is over immediate issues like employment and repayment, there is another glaring challenge that graduates will have to deal with for years to come: retirement.

When will students be able to retire given that many are spending the first ten years (or more) of their careers paying off their hefty loans? NerdWallet conducted a study that examined the financial profile of a typical college graduate and found that while retirement is certainly not impossible, for most it will have to wait until their early to mid 70s- over 10 years later than the current average retirement age of 61. Read more. 

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November 2013                              choctawcareers.com

Thankfulness is Always in Season


"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends."-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Experiencing and expressing gratitude is an important part of any spiritual practice.  It opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain.  Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives.  Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things. Below are some of my favorite quotes about gratitude to help inspire you and deepen your thinking about finding an enduring place for gratitude in your own life.


Learn How to Bring Gratitude into Your Life

Career Development hosts job fairs in local communities! 


Idabel Job Fair-Successful Event for McCurtain County Job Seekers



October 22 was an exciting day for job seekers in Idabel and surrounding communities! Choctaw Career Development and various partners including the Veteran's Services program, Workforce OK, and Kiamichi Technology Center hosted a job fair in Idabel.  Local workforce professionals report that this is the first such event to be held in the Idabel are in more than a decade!  More than 470 individual job seekers and approximately 50 businesses, service organizations, and training facilities attended the event which was held at the Bypass Church of Christ. Job seekers completed employment applications on site and business reported that they were very pleased with the attendance at the event. 


Job Fair held in Poteau, OK on November 7th 




The job fair held at the Reynolds Center in Poteau, OK was also a huge success. The event drew 400 job seekers, 46 employers, 9 training facilities, and 7 service organizations. Employers and training facilities from across Oklahoma and Arkansas brought career opportunities into the community. Job seekers were able to explore new careers, utilize resume assistance, and fill out job applications on the spot.





Your Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing a Career

How to Make a Career Choice When You Have No Idea What You Want to Do

By Dawn Rosenberg McKay



There are hundreds of career options out there. How do you make a career choice when you don't really know what you want to do? Does it seem like an insurmountable task? It's not. Yes, you will have to put some time and energy into making your decision, but your effort will be well worth it in the end. Follow these steps to making a good career choice.


Before you can make a career choice you have to learn about yourself. Your values, interests and skills, in combination with certain personality traits, will make some careers especially suitable for you and some particularly inappropriate. You can use self assessment tools, often called career tests, to gather this information and, subsequently, to generate a list of occupations that are deemed appropriate. Some people choose to have career counselors or other career development professionals administer these tests but many opt to use free career tests that are available on the Web. Read more.

Career Spotlight


Are you looking for a new career? Ready to make a change?  Wondering what career offers the best job possibilities and the best pay?  It's important to do some research before jumping into a new career.  Check out these articles that provide excellent insight into careers that offer a bright future!



Do you need to learn more about particular occupations?  Use OKCIS


OKCIS offers a vast amount of occupation/career information including job outlooks, wages, training & educational options for particular occupations, etc.  It also offers Career Assessments to help you learn about your interests, strengths, work preferences, and skills, and how to match those to careers.

OKCIS login:  UN- choctawcd      PW- okcis699



Choctaw Members - Remember, Choctaw Career Development's Career Counselors are available to help with the career exploration and planning process. They have assessment tools and provide guidance to help Choctaw members build a successful career plan.



Ten Myths About Choosing a Career

Forget What You've Heard About Choosing a Career

By Dawn Rosenberg McKay


Do you think you know everything about choosing a career? Many people think they know the right way to go about picking an occupation, but they often wind up choosing a career that is unsatisfying. Here are ten myths of choosing a career along with resources that can help you make an informed decision.


#1 Choosing a career is simple

Actually, choosing a career is an involved process and you should give it the time it deserves. Career planning is a multi-step process that involves learning enough about yourself and the occupations which you are considering in order to make an informed decision.  Read more.

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