Avenicast | Episode 7: Spotlight on Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems

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Avenicast | Episode 7: Spotlight on Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems

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Scott Dettman and Julie McCallum discuss the impact of growing up in small towns, finding their passions, and how to build a reliable network in the professional world.

“You change, and you learn a lot about yourself and where you really fit within an organization and what really drives you? And what you are excited about?” -Julie McCallum

This episode features Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems, a medical innovation company based in Minneapolis, MN. Despite her first major being chemistry and exploring communications, Julie ultimately found herself with a general business degree. She is thankful for the opportunity to explore multiple focus areas and feels her degree has helped her dip her toes in multiple sectors throughout her career.

Julie grew up in a small town and is grateful for it. Through her upbringing, she gained an understanding of the joy that smaller communities can bring, and this has contributed to her career decisions. She loves working at a smaller (but growing) company. Bigger companies demand more specialty from their employees she has found. Julie has a passion to have variety in her days.

When giving advice she reminds us, “Good or bad you will learn something from this job.” This pushes us to be willing to take a leap when pursuing our dream jobs, it will not be a wasted experience.  In addition, she explains making real connections is far more valuable than many surface level conversations. Being genuine can be key in the world of networking.

In her position with HR Julie focuses on “making it a great place to work” for the entire company. She was inspired by job fairs while in college and felt connected when working with individuals. She focuses on culture, talent, and people, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend your day.

How exactly did she journey from general business to the job she loves today in HR? Listen to this week’s episode of the first job podcast now!

   

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

What Can I Do With My Liberal Arts Degree?

Congratulations! You’ve graduated with your Liberal Arts degree and it’s time to pick a career. But what can you do with your degree?

We get asked this question routinely and our answer is always the same.

“So many things!”

A Liberal Arts degree is designed to provide scholars with a wide range of skills and experiences to build critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. This type of degree is comprised of the humanities, arts, and sciences. While some believe that this type of degree is less focused and therefore less valuable, we couldn’t disagree more.

In a job market like we have today, having a broad range of skills and the ability to think critically is often looked at favorably by employers. Especially those who are not looking for specific trade roles. If an employer has the option of hiring one person who could potentially advise, communicate, or collaborate across many areas of business effectively versus hiring multiple people with more specific skill sets, which do you think they would prefer?

So, what can you do with a Liberal Arts degree?

Here are a few of the top Liberal Arts careers we see our candidates considered and selected for:

  1. Analyst
  2. Behavioral Health Advocate
  3. Business Analyst
  4. Communications Specialist
  5. Data Analyst
  6. Financial Analyst
  7. Graphic Designer
  8. Human Resources Representative
  9. Human Resources Specialist
  10. Journalist
  11. Marketing Analyst
  12. Marketing Representative
  13. Marketing Specialist
  14. Mental Health Advocate
  15. Public Relations Specialist
  16. Project Manager
  17. Social Worker
  18. Statistician
  19. Teacher
  20. Technical Writer

We’ve seen more and more individuals joining our network with Liberal Arts degrees. Recently, individuals with additional, specialized training are being hired for more specialized or technical roles thanks to their ability to communicate complex topics and data with a wide array of individuals.

Some of these Liberal Arts careers include:

  • Data Scientist
  • Engineer

This list is not a complete representation of where your Liberal Arts degree can take you on your career journey but paints a picture to show you just how you can apply it to a variety of industries and roles. The sky’s the limit. We’re here to help you take the next step.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, apply now!

Scott Dettman Featured on BBC Worklife

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Why inexperienced workers can’t get entry-level jobs | Scott Dettman featured on BBC Worklife

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman was featured in the BBC Worklife article “Why inexperienced workers can’t get entry-level jobs” to share his expert insights on why the requirements for entry level positions have changed over the past few decades.

Read the full article HERE.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please apply now

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Avenicast | Episode 7: Spotlight on Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems

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Scott Dettman and Julie McCallum discuss the impact of growing up in small towns, finding their passions, and how to build a reliable network in the professional world.

“You change, and you learn a lot about yourself and where you really fit within an organization and what really drives you? And what you are excited about?” -Julie McCallum

This episode features Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems, a medical innovation company based in Minneapolis, MN. Despite her first major being chemistry and exploring communications, Julie ultimately found herself with a general business degree. She is thankful for the opportunity to explore multiple focus areas and feels her degree has helped her dip her toes in multiple sectors throughout her career.

Julie grew up in a small town and is grateful for it. Through her upbringing, she gained an understanding of the joy that smaller communities can bring, and this has contributed to her career decisions. She loves working at a smaller (but growing) company. Bigger companies demand more specialty from their employees she has found. Julie has a passion to have variety in her days.

When giving advice she reminds us, “Good or bad you will learn something from this job.” This pushes us to be willing to take a leap when pursuing our dream jobs, it will not be a wasted experience.  In addition, she explains making real connections is far more valuable than many surface level conversations. Being genuine can be key in the world of networking.

In her position with HR Julie focuses on “making it a great place to work” for the entire company. She was inspired by job fairs while in college and felt connected when working with individuals. She focuses on culture, talent, and people, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend your day.

How exactly did she journey from general business to the job she loves today in HR? Listen to this week’s episode of the first job podcast now!

The Ultimate Workplace Dress Code Guide

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Avenicast | Episode 7: Spotlight on Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems

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Scott Dettman and Julie McCallum discuss the impact of growing up in small towns, finding their passions, and how to build a reliable network in the professional world.

“You change, and you learn a lot about yourself and where you really fit within an organization and what really drives you? And what you are excited about?” -Julie McCallum

This episode features Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems, a medical innovation company based in Minneapolis, MN. Despite her first major being chemistry and exploring communications, Julie ultimately found herself with a general business degree. She is thankful for the opportunity to explore multiple focus areas and feels her degree has helped her dip her toes in multiple sectors throughout her career.

Julie grew up in a small town and is grateful for it. Through her upbringing, she gained an understanding of the joy that smaller communities can bring, and this has contributed to her career decisions. She loves working at a smaller (but growing) company. Bigger companies demand more specialty from their employees she has found. Julie has a passion to have variety in her days.

When giving advice she reminds us, “Good or bad you will learn something from this job.” This pushes us to be willing to take a leap when pursuing our dream jobs, it will not be a wasted experience.  In addition, she explains making real connections is far more valuable than many surface level conversations. Being genuine can be key in the world of networking.

In her position with HR Julie focuses on “making it a great place to work” for the entire company. She was inspired by job fairs while in college and felt connected when working with individuals. She focuses on culture, talent, and people, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend your day.

How exactly did she journey from general business to the job she loves today in HR? Listen to this week’s episode of the first job podcast now!

Smart Casual

Smart Casual in a nutshell means casual with touches of business wear. It is one step more casual than Business Casual and one step more formal than Casual. Offices that look for Smart Casual as a standard are often looking for:

  • Dark denim, free of holes or rips + a blazer or blouse on top
  • Chinos, a skirt or dressier pants + a solid colored tee and accessories
  • Closed-toed shoes

Business Casual

Business Casual is a bit more tailored than Smart Casual and typically does not allow for denim. With this style attire, ties and blazers are not included. Think: dress pants, skirts and button-down tops and blazers without the formal elements.

Elements of Business Casual dress often include:

  • Dress pants/skirts/dresses
  • Blouse/button-up shirts/sweater
  • Closed-toed shoes

Business Professional

When you think Business Professional, the easiest way to imagine it would be straight out of a Mad Men episode… but 2021. Business Professional attire is commonly required in the banking, government and legal industries but not limited to them. It is the most formal of the three most-common dress-codes.

  • Business Professional attire includes:
  • Suit (jacket and pants/skirt)
  • Solid colored button-up top
  • Closed-toed shoes

As you can see, each dress-code has its own formula. The only constant among all of these? Closed-toed shoes. This is often not just a preference but a health and safety standard for many companies. When in doubt, ask your boss for their definition of the dress-code and ask for an example.

Working from home? That’s a whole other story but the basics remain true. Be sure what you wear meets your company’s policies and/or dress-code for what you can see on screen if utilizing video conferencing. From the waist down we are fans of sweatpants and fuzzy slippers.

Don’t forget to always iron or steam your clothes to make the ultimate impression. Happy outfit planning!

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Avenicast | Episode 7: Spotlight on Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems

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Scott Dettman and Julie McCallum discuss the impact of growing up in small towns, finding their passions, and how to build a reliable network in the professional world.

“You change, and you learn a lot about yourself and where you really fit within an organization and what really drives you? And what you are excited about?” -Julie McCallum

This episode features Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems, a medical innovation company based in Minneapolis, MN. Despite her first major being chemistry and exploring communications, Julie ultimately found herself with a general business degree. She is thankful for the opportunity to explore multiple focus areas and feels her degree has helped her dip her toes in multiple sectors throughout her career.

Julie grew up in a small town and is grateful for it. Through her upbringing, she gained an understanding of the joy that smaller communities can bring, and this has contributed to her career decisions. She loves working at a smaller (but growing) company. Bigger companies demand more specialty from their employees she has found. Julie has a passion to have variety in her days.

When giving advice she reminds us, “Good or bad you will learn something from this job.” This pushes us to be willing to take a leap when pursuing our dream jobs, it will not be a wasted experience.  In addition, she explains making real connections is far more valuable than many surface level conversations. Being genuine can be key in the world of networking.

In her position with HR Julie focuses on “making it a great place to work” for the entire company. She was inspired by job fairs while in college and felt connected when working with individuals. She focuses on culture, talent, and people, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend your day.

How exactly did she journey from general business to the job she loves today in HR? Listen to this week’s episode of the first job podcast now!

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

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Avenicast | Episode 7: Spotlight on Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems

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Scott Dettman and Julie McCallum discuss the impact of growing up in small towns, finding their passions, and how to build a reliable network in the professional world.

“You change, and you learn a lot about yourself and where you really fit within an organization and what really drives you? And what you are excited about?” -Julie McCallum

This episode features Julie McCallum of Inspire Medical Systems, a medical innovation company based in Minneapolis, MN. Despite her first major being chemistry and exploring communications, Julie ultimately found herself with a general business degree. She is thankful for the opportunity to explore multiple focus areas and feels her degree has helped her dip her toes in multiple sectors throughout her career.

Julie grew up in a small town and is grateful for it. Through her upbringing, she gained an understanding of the joy that smaller communities can bring, and this has contributed to her career decisions. She loves working at a smaller (but growing) company. Bigger companies demand more specialty from their employees she has found. Julie has a passion to have variety in her days.

When giving advice she reminds us, “Good or bad you will learn something from this job.” This pushes us to be willing to take a leap when pursuing our dream jobs, it will not be a wasted experience.  In addition, she explains making real connections is far more valuable than many surface level conversations. Being genuine can be key in the world of networking.

In her position with HR Julie focuses on “making it a great place to work” for the entire company. She was inspired by job fairs while in college and felt connected when working with individuals. She focuses on culture, talent, and people, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend your day.

How exactly did she journey from general business to the job she loves today in HR? Listen to this week’s episode of the first job podcast now!

Job Announcement Template

“I’m excited to announce that I will be joining the [COMPANY NAME] family as their newest POSITION TITLE. During my time as [PREVIOUS POSITION], I’ve learned _____________. I’d like to thank ____, ____, and ____ for their support and for _________. I can’t wait to see where this new chapter of my career will take me, and to continue growing as a professional.”

Job Departure Template

“After [TIME WORKED], today is my last day at [COMPANY NAME]. I can’t thank everyone enough at [COMPANY NAME] who taught me so much about ______. It’s been an honor to work at a company that serves as an industry leader for _____ and allows their employees to grow as professionals. At [COMPANY NAME], I was able to ______ and ______.

While I’m going to miss all of my colleagues, I couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter in my career. I’m looking forward to furthering my skills in ________ and can’t wait to see where this role takes me!”

Congrats again on your new role! If you know of any job seekers that could benefit from Avenica services, direct them to apply for a role.

About Avenica

Through conversation, high-impact coaching, and best-in-class support, we translate and meet the needs of our client partners by identifying and transforming potential into high-performing professionals. At Avenica, we are working from the inside out to embrace diverse thought and perspectives while actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and implicit bias. With a deeply-held belief in human potential, we transform lives and enable organizations to achieve new heights.

If you’re interested in partnering with us to develop or hire your workforce, let’s talk. If you’re a job seeker, please join our network to connect with an Avenica Account Manager.

What do diversity officers do for companies? – Teron Buford on WCCO

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What Is a Chief Diversity Officer and Why Should You Have One at Your Organization?

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How can a chief diversity officer enhance your company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts? Teron Buford, our VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, was on WCCO to talk about the value of having someone accountable for DEI. Watch the video and read on to learn more about the Chief Diversity Officer’s requirements and why hiring one can help your organization remain viable and successful.

What Is a Chief Diversity Officer?

Generally speaking, the Chief Diversity Officer’s responsibilities focus on steering an organization’s climate toward a more diverse and inclusive culture. This role can include a vast range of different expectations that can look different from workplace to workplace, but here are just a few common examples of Chief Diversity Officer responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing training programs that support a climate of inclusivity
  • Advocating for diverse perspectives  within the company’s leadership team
  • Review and assess current DEI initiatives
  • Support or manage hiring and recruiting within the company
  • Cultivate a shift in the company’s culture
  • Strategic planning for long-term sustainable change

Why Hire a Chief Diversity Officer?

More than ever before, companies are being pushed to match their actions with their words. Simply saying you support diversity is no longer enough—and for good reason! As companies grow more diverse, those that fail to hire and empower folks from different backgrounds risk falling behind and losing their consumer support. And not only from a moral perspective; companies that factor in diverse points of view are better equipped to tailor their products and services to a wider range of people. Having an advocate within the organization to push for diverse hiring and provide a different perspective is an enormous asset to the future of a company’s success.


Looking for a new role? Browse our current job openings and apply today!

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How can a chief diversity officer enhance your company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts? Teron Buford, our VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, was on WCCO to talk about the value of having someone accountable for DEI. Watch the video and read on to learn more about the Chief Diversity Officer’s requirements and why hiring one can help your organization remain viable and successful.

What Is a Chief Diversity Officer?

Generally speaking, the Chief Diversity Officer’s responsibilities focus on steering an organization’s climate toward a more diverse and inclusive culture. This role can include a vast range of different expectations that can look different from workplace to workplace, but here are just a few common examples of Chief Diversity Officer responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing training programs that support a climate of inclusivity
  • Advocating for diverse perspectives  within the company’s leadership team
  • Review and assess current DEI initiatives
  • Support or manage hiring and recruiting within the company
  • Cultivate a shift in the company’s culture
  • Strategic planning for long-term sustainable change

Why Hire a Chief Diversity Officer?

More than ever before, companies are being pushed to match their actions with their words. Simply saying you support diversity is no longer enough—and for good reason! As companies grow more diverse, those that fail to hire and empower folks from different backgrounds risk falling behind and losing their consumer support. And not only from a moral perspective; companies that factor in diverse points of view are better equipped to tailor their products and services to a wider range of people. Having an advocate within the organization to push for diverse hiring and provide a different perspective is an enormous asset to the future of a company’s success.


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What Is a Chief Diversity Officer and Why Should You Have One at Your Organization?

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How can a chief diversity officer enhance your company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts? Teron Buford, our VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, was on WCCO to talk about the value of having someone accountable for DEI. Watch the video and read on to learn more about the Chief Diversity Officer’s requirements and why hiring one can help your organization remain viable and successful.

What Is a Chief Diversity Officer?

Generally speaking, the Chief Diversity Officer’s responsibilities focus on steering an organization’s climate toward a more diverse and inclusive culture. This role can include a vast range of different expectations that can look different from workplace to workplace, but here are just a few common examples of Chief Diversity Officer responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing training programs that support a climate of inclusivity
  • Advocating for diverse perspectives  within the company’s leadership team
  • Review and assess current DEI initiatives
  • Support or manage hiring and recruiting within the company
  • Cultivate a shift in the company’s culture
  • Strategic planning for long-term sustainable change

Why Hire a Chief Diversity Officer?

More than ever before, companies are being pushed to match their actions with their words. Simply saying you support diversity is no longer enough—and for good reason! As companies grow more diverse, those that fail to hire and empower folks from different backgrounds risk falling behind and losing their consumer support. And not only from a moral perspective; companies that factor in diverse points of view are better equipped to tailor their products and services to a wider range of people. Having an advocate within the organization to push for diverse hiring and provide a different perspective is an enormous asset to the future of a company’s success.


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