Ivy Tech launches Virtual Front Desk

Need help? Visit the Ivy Tech Central Indiana Virtual Front Desk!  

The Virtual Front Desk provides both self-service options and resources as well as live assistance weekdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

Services you can find on the Virtual Front Desk include:  

  • Live admissions assistance weekdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Live class registration and financial aid assistance weekdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Advising connections 
  • Assessment and testing information 
  • Campus and department directory with contact information 
  • Checklists for download 
  • Computer lab and wifi availability 
  • COVID-19 information links 
  • Food and dining options  
  • Orientation connections 
  • Paying for classes  
  • Student resource list 

Access the Virtual Front Desk at link.ivytech.edu/IndyHelp. For assistance after hours, the Ivy Tech statewide help center is available daily from 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. at 888-IVY-LINE or IvyTech.edu/chat

Job opportunities and career resources for Ivy Tech students

Employers that offer tuition benefits are looking to hire Ivy Tech students!

Ivy Tech’s Career Coaching and Employer Connections office can assist you in finding a job that will help pay for your college tuition. New opportunities are posted daily. Check out some of the positions that are currently posted on HireIvy and employers offering tuition benefits: Login to MyIvy, Click the HireIvy icon to get access.

Check out this PDF for some of the employment opportunities currently available and to check out six awesome resources for students like you!

5 Ways to Be a Great Student During Distance Learning

Across the nation, college students found their academic plan derailed with the sudden and unprecedented transition to virtual distance learning. This style of education is unfamiliar to many students and presents a unique learning curve. But as the motivated, persevering student you are, we know that you can overcome any obstacle that stands between you and a degree.

Here are 5 tips on how to be the best student you can be during the quarantine.

1. Keep a Schedule

With our routines tossed out the window in light of recent events, it’s easy to let the days melt together as we lounge on the couch, binge season after season of our favorite shows on Netflix, and eat up all of the stock-pile snacks. Though the rest of the world may have closed up shop, classes are in full swing! Try to set a new routine where you dedicate a portion of each day to attending virtual lectures, completing assignments, and studying the material. Future you will thank you for it!

2. Set Goals

Keep yourself motivated by setting academic goals for yourself. Maybe you want to aim for a perfect score on your next paper, or perhaps you want to study for ten minutes a day. Having goals helps us keep our eye on the prize and gives us something to be hopeful for, even if the world around us feels chaotic. An excellent way to set goals is to make sure your objective fits into the S.M.A.R.T. criteria. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. Need some help clarifying and identifying steps towards achieving your S.M.A.R.T. goals? Connect virtually with the Student Success Center.

 3. Utilize Discussion Boards and Virtual Office Hours

Just because we are social distancing does not mean we cannot find ways to connect. Many online classes have discussion board features where students can engage in conversation and discuss their thoughts about the course content. Who knows what exciting connections and conversations you could start with your classmates! Not to mention that participation in discussion boards is often a graded activity, improving your G.P.A. along the way! Additionally, many professors are offering virtual office hours where you can connect online in a one-on-one capacity to discuss and clarify course work. Check out your course syllabus or message your professor to see if you can take advantage of virtual office hours. The tutoring center is also offering help virtually – details are available on the Ivy Tech library website.

4. Study with friends

Getting together at the library or coffee shop to study may not be an option right now, but there are still ways to study with your friends! Use video messaging apps like Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to organize and participate in study groups and to catch up with friends. Other online resources, like Quizlet, allow you to make and share study materials with classmates and pals.

5. Dig Deeper

Quarantine presents many of us with a unique opportunity to dig deeper into topics that interest us. Due to the increased amount of “free time” a lot of us have right now, many of us have the chance to really dive into classes or topics that we want to know more about. Writing a paper and come across an interesting article? Read it! Want to know more about something that was mentioned in a lecture? Do some research! Take advantage of your free time and discover interests and passions you may not have known about before.

Though it may look different than it has in the past, it is still possible to be a great student during distance education. Get creative, persevere through the transition, and keep your eye on that coveted degree.

Scoping out your career path – the informational interview

By Guest writer Susan Bryant, Ivy CARES Resource and Employment Coach

An informational interview is a way to learn about a position, a field, or a company that interests you. Unlike a regular job interview, the goal is not to secure employment with the organization, but simply to become more knowledgeable about a line of work or career path. You can ask someone for an informational interview by saying, “I’m really interested in learning about what someone in your position does. Would you have some time to discuss your role and responsibilities?”

Because you are not directly asking for a job, oftentimes people are more willing to share their time and experience with you. The great thing about an informational interview is that you are making a professional connection with someone in your field. This could pay off later when this person learns of new career opportunities and remembers your interest. Here are a few questions to ask in an informational interview:

  • How did you get started in this line of work?
  • What qualifications and experience did you need?
  • What are the main responsibilities in this job?
  • What is a typical day like for you?
  • What are the things you like most about the job?
  • Are there things you dislike about the job?
  • What have you found to be the biggest challenges in your work?
  • What have you found to be the most significant rewards in your work?
  • What are the necessary requirements for an entry level position in this industry?
  • What are the career path options in this industry/organization?
  • Where do you think this industry/career is going in the next couple of years?
  • Which companies or organizations do you consider to be the leaders in this field?
  • What do you think are the available career options for someone with my qualifications in this industry?
  • Is there anything else you think I should know about this work?
  • Are there related fields that you would suggest I look into?
  • Is there anyone else you would recommend that I talk to?
  • May I contact you again if I have further questions?

At the end of your informational interview be sure to thank the person you spoke with for their willingness to meet with you and share their experience. Send an email reiterating this same message. Following up in this way leaves the interviewer with a lasting professional image of you – which might just lead to a job opportunity for you down the road.

5 Ways to be a Great Student During Distance Learning

Across the nation, college students found their academic plan derailed with the sudden and unprecedented transition to virtual distance learning. This style of education is unfamiliar to many students and presents a unique learning curve. But as the motivated, persevering student you are, we know that you can overcome any obstacle that stands between you and a degree. Here are 5 tips on how to be the best student you can be during the quarantine.

  1. Keep a Schedule

With our routines tossed out the window in light of recent events, it’s easy to let the days melt together as we lounge on the couch, binge season after season of our favorite shows on Netflix, and eat up all of the stock-pile snacks. Though the rest of the world may have closed up shop, classes are in full swing! Try to set a new routine where you dedicate a portion of each day to attending virtual lectures, completing assignments, and studying the material. Future you will thank you for it!

  1. Set Goals

Keep yourself motivated by setting academic goals for yourself. Maybe you want to aim for a perfect score on your next paper, or perhaps you want to study for ten minutes a day. Having goals helps us keep our eye on the prize and gives us something to be hopeful for, even if the world around us feels chaotic. An excellent way to set goals is to make sure your objective fits into the S.M.A.R.T. criteria. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. Need some help clarifying and identifying steps towards achieving your S.M.A.R.T. goals? Connect virtually with the Student Success Center.

  1. Utilize Discussion Boards and Virtual Office Hours

Just because we are social distancing does not mean we cannot find ways to connect. Many online classes have discussion board features where students can engage in conversation and discuss their thoughts about the course content. Who knows what exciting connections and conversations you could start with your classmates? Not to mention that participation in discussion boards is often a graded activity, improving your G.P.A. along the way! Additionally, many professors are offering virtual office hours where you can connect online in a one-on-one capacity to discuss and clarify course work. Check out your course syllabus or message your professor to see if you can take advantage of virtual office hours!

  1. Study with friends

Getting together at the library or coffee shop to study may not be an option right now, but there are still ways to study with your friends! Use video messaging apps like Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to organize and participate in study groups and to catch up with friends. Other online resources, like Quizlet, allow you to make and share study materials with classmates and pals.

  1. Dig Deeper

Quarantine presents many of us with a unique opportunity to dig deeper into topics that interest us. Due to the increased amount of “free time” a lot of us have right now, many of us have the chance to really dive into classes or topics that we want to know more about. Writing a paper and come across an interesting article? Read it! Want to know more about something that was mentioned in a lecture? Do some research! Take advantage of your free time and discover interests and passions you may not have known about before.

Though it may look different than it has in the past, it is still possible to be a great student during distance education. Get creative, persevere through the transition, and keep your eye on that coveted degree.