Financial Wellness: Student Loan Repayment Plans


by Nayda Sadr-Panah -- This month, many recent college graduates will go into student loan repayment after a grace period of six months. The excitement of graduation has worn off and with your first loan payment approaching, you may be scrambling to try and figure out how that payment is going to fit into your … Continue reading Financial Wellness: Student Loan Repayment Plans

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Fraud


by Nayda Sadr-Panah A large part of financial wellness includes protecting yourself from identity theft and fraud. It doesn’t happen to many people but the aftereffects of being a victim are harsh and could inconvenience you for the rest of your life. Shredding documents with sensitive information—such as bank statements, tax documents, documents containing your … Continue reading Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Fraud

The Importance of Soft Skills


by Dave Walter The skills we bring to the workplace or include on a job application mean everything for being offered and keeping a position. Hard skills, or occupational skills, refer to the technical expertise an employee has gained through training or experience. Machining skills, accounting or software certification, heavy equipment operator experience or a … Continue reading The Importance of Soft Skills

Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota’s Manufacturing Industry


by Alessia Leibert Manufacturers face unprecedented challenges in filling skilled production positions, including competition from other firms, declining interest in manufacturing careers among young people, unattractive firm locations and work shifts, uncompetitive wages, and skills gaps. Minnesota employers are investing in solutions to remove some of these barriers, but hiring difficulties persist. In spring 2013, … Continue reading Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota’s Manufacturing Industry