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Welcome to the Real World: Starting Your First Job

January 5th, 2016

After four short years of tailgating and football games, late nights cramming in the library, and time spent cultivating lifelong friendships, college truly does not prepare you for the day you start your first-ever job after graduation. Even after all the pomp and circumstance, it still felt as though I would be heading back to Ann Arbor in the fall for another year of undergrad. However, reality hit me as I was driving to my new job in rush-hour traffic, and the feeling was absolutely surreal. It was time to grow up. What was I getting myself into?

Walking into the office as a new employee made me feel like a freshman arriving to campus for the first time. How was I going to navigate this new environment? Was everything I learned before this enough? And, most importantly, where was the bathroom? Countless emotions pulsed through me – excitement, nervousness, … Read More

Taking Time Off 101

December 11th, 2015

Sometimes taking time off work is necessary for one’s own mental health. It can be very beneficial to take some time to get yourself back to a balanced mental state. This doesn’t mean that you need to be stressed out or have an unstable mental state to take time off; sometimes you just need time to spend with family or friends, as this is also important for a healthy lifestyle. There are various terms used for periods of time off:

Sabbatical – leave/rest from work granted to employee for study or travel; traditionally after an extended period of time worked. Sabbaticals generally last longer than two months.

Leave of absence – time when one has permission to be absent from work or from duty while maintaining the status of employee. This form has various classifications like paid leave or unpaid leave.

Vacation – also known as a holiday – is a leave of … Read More

CrossFire Group 2015 Scholarship Recipients

August 5th, 2015

CrossFire Group is pleased to announce the 2015 CrossFire Group Scholarship Recipients. The Recipients are as follows:

Zack Rourk – $500 scholarship – University of Minnesota – M.S/PhD Program in Kinesiology
Andrew Brooks – $500 scholarship – Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – M.D. Kinesiology
Jared Kilpatrick – $500 scholarship – Wayne State University – 3rd Year Medical Student
Shaina Geml – $250 scholarship – Purdue University – Spanish, Minor in Communications and Portuguese
Nicholas Vachon – $250 scholarship – Central Michigan University – Accounting

Due to the number of outstanding scholarship applications, CrossFire Group has decided to grant an Honorable Mention Award to the following:

Nicholas Combs- Michigan State University
Matt Fields – University of Michigan
Karlee Vachon – Delta College
Eve Avdoulos – University of Cambridge
Thomas Welsh – Eastern Michigan University
Chelsea Garrett – Ferris State University
Stella Gatzke – Grinnell College
We would like to thank everyone who applied for this scholarship. Congratulations to the winners, and … Read More

How to Find the Online Courses You Really Need

June 3rd, 2015

At various stages in your career or life you will need to acquire new knowledge or skills. Traditionally, you’d have checked out a local institution for available classes. That would have been a hit or miss affair, depending on program availability, the course schedule, and the cost.

Now, you’d turn to your browser to find online courses that meet your specific needs, run on your schedule and in many cases are free or very low cost. The only problem is, in the ocean of data how do you find your perfect online course?

Before you jump straight into Google

Diving straight into Google isn’t the answer. Generic searches produce pages of results and, our research shows that the results at the top of the list are unlikely to be what you’re after. Google searches favor course provider websites that tune themselves for searches. Smaller, but very relevant, suppliers get … Read More