About Jill Bowers

Jill is a certified family life educator (CFLE), certified family and consumer scientist (CFCS-HDFS), and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human and Community Development at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She developed the idea for this project when she was working on a research project where she interviewed emerging adults (18-20 year olds). Work and career related content was something about which the emerging adults were most interested in learning more, and many of the issues that were at the center of their daily concerns were those surrounding their career plans and navigating the job market. Although some of the emerging adults in the study were aware of the fact that they could find information on the Internet to answer their questions or that there were resources available through their college or University, most of them could not recall being required to participate in any professional development courses that helped them with career-related skills and most of them suffered from “information overload” related to their Internet searches for information that would help them with their career paths. For example, some of them had been told about the importance of networking (e.g., at Career Fairs), but they did not really understand what this was or how to do it. Therefore, as a result of her experiences working with emerging adults, Jill initiated this project to help FCS students by providing them with information that will help ensure their success as they navigate the job market.

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How are Your Oral Presentation Skills?

Do you get nervous when you have to give a presentation in front of a class or for an organization you are involved in? Have you had the opportunity to present at a conference and wondered how others perceived you? Even the thought of this makes many people quite anxious. Yet, oral presentation skills will […]

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Final exam stress, self-care, and Starbucks

Many of you are swamped and feeling the end of the semester heat.  The exams and final papers you are turning in could be critical to your course grade, GPA, or graduation. And, it’s important to stay focused and discipline yourself to study and complete coursework. At the same time, you have to take care of […]

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Is it REALLY not a good fit, or do you just suck at interviewing?

In most places, you will have a few hours, sometimes minutes, to create impressions that make them believe “this is someone I want on my team,” or “we cannot let this one get away.” Based on my own interview faux pas and stories I’ve heard others tell, I give you five general tips for not […]

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Expectations vs Reality of Social Media Experiences

I saw this YouTube video last year, and I thought it was brilliantly done and wanted to share. The video depicts the expectations and realities of meeting, or rather, reconnecting with a romantic interest via Facebook. Social networking use has been associated with lower levels of social well-being; for example, more social media and smart […]

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Employer-Proofing Your Social Media Profiles

The number of online articles about personal social media accounts and the research your potential employers are likely doing continues to grow. It seems inevitable that a potential employer is going to attempt to gather information about what you are NOT telling them, so what kind of impression are you making with your online profiles […]

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Ellen Swallow Richards

Ellen Swallow Richards…one of the founders of family and consumer sciences as we know it today.

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Among the Employed

According to a study at Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce (via Yahoo! Education), graduates of the following discipline areas were least likely to be unemployed: Nursing (unemployment rate: 4.8%), Elementary education (unemployment rate: 5%), Physical fitness and parks and recreation (unemployment rate: 5.2%), Chemistry (unemployment rate: 5.8%), Finance (unemployment rate: 5.9%), Mathematics […]

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Are Membership Dues Worth It?

I was recently an invited guest speaker in a career/professional development course for seniors. When talking about the importance of networking to students’ professional development, I had one student who raised concerns about membership dues in national organizations. She asked if it would be sufficient to get involved at state or student levels rather than a […]

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Are Your Digital Habits Influencing Your Productivity?

Although modern technology tools can help us to achieve our goals and in an efficient manner, we also need to be cognizant of how much time we are spending on email, Facebook, or site surfing at large. You may want to consider logging the amount of hours you spend online or texting on an average […]

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