Alumni Spotlight

5 Ways to Discover The Right Business Career Path For You

The old concept of working for one company and then retiring and taking home a pension after 40 years has long since faded into the past. These days, many people change careers multiple times prior to deciding on the right one. 

According to a study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers today change jobs every 4.2 years, on average. 

While some may worry about the effect of constant career-hopping, it’s okay to change your mind about your career while on your path.

In this article, we take a look at five ways to help you discover the right business career path for you. Use these ideas to guide you so you can find your true path to an incredibly satisfying career.

1. Outline Your Career Goals

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Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight Series features interviews with the graduates from various colleges of National Louis University.

Let’s start off with who are you and what do you do?

My name is Stephanie Indianer and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am a mental health therapist at  Astute Counseling Services, a mental health private practice in Lakeview, Chicago. After attending Michigan State University for my undergraduate degree, I earned my Master’s of Arts in Teaching at National Louis University while completing the AmeriCorps Program, Teach for America. My work as a Special Education Teacher and my experiences at NLU prompted me to then earn my Master’s in Social Work Degree from the University of Michigan. Prior to working at Astute Counseling Services, I was a School Social Worker. 

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How a BABA Complements a Marketing Career

This is the first in a series of guest blog posts by NLU alumni, who will be discussing an array of topics based on their current professional roles, hobbies, and passions.

A BABA (Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration) is valuable in many areas of business, including sales, marketing, customer service, accounting, HR, ICT, and admin. 

I have found it particularly helpful in my career as a marketer. 

Having this degree has made me a well-rounded marketer, and it has opened up a lot of new opportunities for me over the years. 

In this article, I want to share with you the different ways a BABA compliments a marketing career. 

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KFC Names Alum to COO Spot; NLU Degree Helped Launch Her Journey

KFC Corporation has named Monica Rothgery chief operating officer of KFC U.S. (PRNewsfoto/KFC)

Congratulations to National Louis University  Alum Monica Rothgery, who earned her master’s degree in Written Communication in 1998.  KFC Corporation has named her Chief Operating Officer of KFC US.

In her new role, Rothgery will oversee operations with an eye toward improving processes, integrating new technology and simplifying operations. She’ll be responsible for leading franchise and equity field operations for KFC’s 4,100-plus restaurants across the United States. Continue reading »

World War I Soldier’s Experience Comes Alive Through NLU Alum

When Charles Orr Ryan returned in 1918 from serving in England during World War 1, his family stashed his wartime letters in the attic of their Minnesota farmhouse.

There they remained for about 100 years, until a relative sent them to Charles’ daughter Patricia Jane Ryan. Jane Ryan, as she calls herself, graduated from National College of Education in 1960 with a Bachelor of Education degree and worked as a teacher until her retirement. NCE continues to exist as the college of education within National Louis University. Continue reading »

Kendall Alum Serves as Hotel Julian’s Director of Sales and Marketing

Hotel Julian, a chic boutique hotel on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park, has tapped some talent from Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University.

Daniel Grajdura, who earned his Hospitality Management degree from Kendall in 2005, provides a polished presence as the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing. He can often be found on the hotel’s ground floor, a trendy-looking space which includes a mix of contemporary seating and vintage touches like a portrait of the building’s renowned architect, Benjamin Marshall, painted on brick at one side of the cocktail bar. That space flows seamlessly into the hotel lobby and a restaurant, About Last Knife. Continue reading »

Hotel Chicago West Loop Names Kendall Alum Laramie, 31, as GM Jean-Luc Laramie plans to translate hotel experience for millennials

Jean-Luc Laramie

Jean-Luc Laramie serves as Hotel Chicago West Loop’s general manager.

Hotel Chicago West Loop, which is known for its art gallery and its streetscape art in guest rooms, has named an alum of  Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management as its general manager.

Jean-Luc Laramie earned his B.A. in hospitality management in 2012. He enrolled at Kendall after taking a hotel management training program in Amman, Jordan, then worked as a bell boy while taking classes at Kendall. Continue reading »

Golden Apple Award Presented to NLU Alum Greta Kringle Science teacher surprised at her school, Eric Solorio Academy High School in Chicago

Greta Kringle.

Greta Kringle, a National Louis University alum, accepts the Golden Apple award.

Golden Apple, a nonprofit organization that recognizes excellence in education, visited National Louis University alum Greta Kringle ’13 in her Chicago classroom Wednesday with a very special surprise: one of the 10 prestigious, highly-coveted Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2019.

Golden Apple representatives visit each winner in their classroom and present the award with great fanfare in front of the winner’s school leadership, family and students. In this case they arrived at Eric Solorio Academy High School in Chicago’s Southwest-side Gage Park neighborhood, where Kringle teaches 10th-12th-grade science. Continue reading »

NLU Alum Nicole Johnson Running for 20th Ward Alderman An educator, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching

NLU alum Nicole Johnson is running for 20th ward alderman in Chicago. Chicago’s South-side 20th ward is apparently fed up with corruption. The alderman who’s stepping down, Willie Cochran, was arrested on corruption charges and withdrew from the race. He will soon face a federal trial. Two other  20th ward aldermen, Clifford Kelley and Arenda Troutman, served prison time for corrupt dealings. according to the Chicago Tribune.

That has prompted 15 people to run in the race for 20th ward alderman, including Nicole Johnson, who graduated from National Louis University in 2013 with a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.). Johnson also earned another master’s degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania, according to the Chicago Maroon. Continue reading »

Golden Apple Finalists for Principals’ Award Include NLU Alum Roscoe Golden Apple bestows the Stanley C. Golder leadership award on principals, heads of school

Jim Roscoe, National Louis University alum.

Jim Roscoe, who earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at National Louis University, has been named a finalist for the Golden Apple Leadership award.

After the Golden Apple Foundation named three National University alumni as finalists this year for its highly-coveted teaching awards, it announced it has selected another NLU alum for its leadership award, bestowed on a principal or head of school.

Golden Apple named James Roscoe, Ed.D., a 2011 graduate of NLU’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program, as one of eight finalists for its  Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Leadership, presented in honor of founding Golden Apple board member Stanley C. Golder. Continue reading »