Love What You Do: How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Career

About 30% of life is spent working.

Let’s put that in perspective, between the ages of 20 and 65 the average American will work about 260 days per year, 8 hours per day to equal about 93,600 hours over a lifetime. If you love what you do, you may not ever spend a day of your life “working.” So, why not turn a hobby into a career?

Here are a few careers — brewing, engineering, nursing — that can grow out of activities you already enjoy. Continue reading “Love What You Do: How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Career”

Get Help to Pay Off Student Loan Debt with New Program

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Franklin County, Virginia, will be part of a new program of the Virginia Tobacco Revitalization Commission which will help pay off student loan debt for recent college graduates who reside in Franklin County (or another tobacco region community) and fill in-demand jobs.

The Talent Attraction Program will award up to $48,000 per graduate over four years when recipients live and work in the tobacco region at specific jobs in education, health care, engineering, and computer technology. Award recipients also are required to become civically engaged in the community by volunteering with local non-profits or government activities. Continue reading “Get Help to Pay Off Student Loan Debt with New Program”

Experience 2019 Lineup

Experience 2019 begins June 6 with a cocktail kickoff at Blue 5 (4:30-7 p.m.) and the full conference, The Future of Leadership, is June 7 (7 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.

The conference includes plenty of sessions that will help you develop as a leader, plus networking and outdoor events to help you get even more engaged in the community. A ticket — just $65 — gets you into everything listed.

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Blockchain in the ER? The Future of Heathcare Starts with You

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The same skills that make you a good leader can help you take control of your health.

Get an insider’s guide to how you can get the best experience out of a doctor’s visit at Experience 2019. Dr. Keel Coleman will walk us through what medical professionals need from us in order to give the best diagnoses. (And having those conversations aren’t always easy; this can be a great step in learning how to have tough talks in all aspects of your life.)

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The Key to Workplace Success? Adaptability

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How many times have you pivoted in your career already? The ability to adapt and change is more than just agility on your feet; it’s a skill that can make you a great leader.

With the constant change of technology and more young professionals entering the workforce, adaptability in the workplace for all ages is key to future success. Jeff Smith will dive into how we can continue to educate and be educated from coworkers who may have a variety of learning styles at Experience 2019.

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What Will Your Future Workplace Look Like?

That cubicle you are sitting in might be a thing of the past.

Nicholas Ratcliff, an architect/interior designer who started his career as a brand designer for Gensler before moving to a boutique firm in New York, will lead a session where he dives into the future of workspaces and how the environment around you can impact work performance.

This is just one of the sessions that will help you jump start conversations about Future of Leadership at Experience 2019 on June 7. Continue reading “What Will Your Future Workplace Look Like?”

Faces of Experience: Taryn Louma

Did you know that members of the Experience committee are volunteers with careers outside of event planning?

Taryn Luoma is a Roanoke native who moved away at a young age and recently moved back to the region after taking a job at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. She is excited to see more young professionals come here for work. When she is not working, she enjoys indoor rock climbing at The River Rock Climbing gym, petting any dog that crosses her path, reading, and trying to spruce up her own little fixer-upper.

Experience 2019 is June 6-7 at the Taubman Museum. (What are you waiting for? Registration is open.) Make sure to say “hello” to Taryn there. Continue reading “Faces of Experience: Taryn Louma”