Portfolio How-To

Thank you to Sarah P., 2014-15 Secondary Social Studies Intern, for her wonderful guide for creating and appropriately utilizing a teaching portfolio.

Do you have a unique or effective portfolio that you’d like to share? Email your career consultant at carls173@msu.edu to show off your work and maybe even win a prize for the best intern portfolio of the academic year!

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Teaching Virtually

It’s true, not every teacher wants to teach in a traditional classroom. Michigan Virtual School (MVS) offers teaching positions for certified teachers that allows the flexibility of living anywhere while providing new and exciting challenges that wouldn’t be experienced in any other type of teaching experience. The good news is, MVS is looking for 26 new iEducators this May!

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Using Handshake Like a Pro

Now is a good time to start thinking about where you want to teach at the end of your program and how to find these opportunities. I’d recommend that you start this search by using Handshake to help you identify possible opportunities or potential school districts of interest. Although Handshake is just one job search resource, if they’re posting on Handshake they REALLY want to hire an MSU teacher.

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Best in class

Finding our purpose as a professional is so important…and many of us go into education because we want to “help people.” It’s always good to know that what you’re doing is making a difference in the world and that you are truly helping others succeed. Read on for a wonderful article.

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Strong teachers are the single most important factor in a student’s ability to succeed in school, according to multiple studies reported by the U.S. Department of Education. MSU’s College of Education has established a reputation for excellence and visionary thinking in its efforts to improve teaching and learning across our nation and world.

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Being Financially Savvy After MSU

Now that you have accepted, are getting ready to accept, or will soon be making a decision on a new job, there is so much to learn when it comes to financial planning. Whether it’s investing in a 401K, paying off student loans, or buying a new house or car, you need to be smart with your money.

MSUFCU has some great resources for young professionals that are available – for free –  to both members and nonmembers. Learn from financial experts how to more efficiently pay off your loans, create a useful budget, or determine your credit score. Financial 4.0 offers free, useful, and relevant financial tools to young alumni online or via app.

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Want to get a head start on planning for your first year in the “adult world”? Try this article: Planning for Post-Grad Life.