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August 3, 2015

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Success Spotlight: Deutsche Bank’s Michaela Ludbrook

Ludbrook_Michaela0005FinalIt’s not always essential to have a degree in finance to have a successful career in banking. Just ask Michaela Ludbrook, Global Head of GTO CB&S Debt and Emerging Market Operations at Deutsche Bank.

“I have a degree in French, actually. I never expected to spend my career working in finance, but it turned out to be a perfect fit for me,” Michaela said. “Having a variety of people from different backgrounds makes coming to work more enjoyable. Imagine how boring it would be if everyone in banking was the same.”

Why Deutsche Bank

“I felt compelled to join Deutsche Bank for two reasons,” Michaela explained. “First, the people. And second, the opportunity to make a difference.”

Michaela first came to the US from the UK in 1998 on a six-month assignment with another bank. In 2013, she made a career move to Deutsche Bank.

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Time to Hang Up on Voicemail?

phoneNational Public Radio says that thanks to emails and texts, and to ramp up productivity, more and more businesses are dialing back on voicemail. Big companies like Coca-Cola and JPMorgan Chase are weeding out voicemail, finding it redundant and annoying. That is leading some experts to say that this once-essential business tool may soon join pay phone and pagers as a thing of the past. Are you ready to hang up on voice mail in your office? Read more here

Younger Women Plan Career Pauses

Young Women working using laptop

Even women with high ambitions are more likely than their predecessors to plan to scale back at work at certain times. According to The New York Times The youngest generation of women in the work force — the millennials, age 18 to early 30s — is defining career success differently and less linearly than previous generations of women. A variety of survey data
shows that educated, working young women are more likely than those before them to expect their career and family priorities to shift over time.


Declining an Interview, Politely

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 2.17.19 PMYou never can tell when some company may reach out to you with a job opportunity even though you’re not looking.  AvidCareerist advises you don’t jump the gun by immediately saying “no” even if the position does not interest you–you don’t want to burn bridges or close the door on future opportunities. Read here how to politely decline an interview and make it a win/win for everybody.

Working on Vacation

Relaxing under a palm tree on remote beach

In this text/email/cellphone age, unplugging on vacation can be easier said than done. If you can’t put down your smartphone, Fast Company has some tips on how to wind down. You’ve worked hard to get this alone time, so avoid getting too personal about why you’re out of the office and resist the urge to constantly check your email. Think twice before you talk about how happy you are to not be at work in that Instagram caption. Deciding to work on vacation or not is your choice, the magazine says but keep in mind that time off is all about enjoying yourself and coming back to work refreshed.

Arise Virtual Solutions Teleclass V – Wednesday, July 22

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Partner your Small Business with Arise Virtual Solutions

Join small business coach Jenn Lee and Terica Roberts, CEO/owner of TNR Solutions, a small business in the Arise Vendor Network on Wednesday July 22 at 1 PM and 8 PM for a FREE 20-minute teleclass on why tens of thousands of small businesses are partnering with Arise.

Specifically they discuss
– Benefits of being a small business owner and flexibility in working from home
– Advantages to partnering with the Arise Vendor Network
– Start-up costs and admissions process to register and get started with Arise

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How to Avoid the Job-Hunt Rut


If your ongoing job search isn’t getting the results you’re looking for, it’s time to stop and re-evaluate — but not  panic, says Stamford University career expert John O’Neill. Looking for a new job or your first job after graduation can be a long and discouraging process, but O’Neill says the trick is to not let it get you down. He suggests that you revamp your resume, get a mentor’s opinion and evaluate your strategy regularly.  Read more of his tip here.