November Newsletter

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Career Planning

For some of you, entering the ‘working world’, may seem like a long way away, but it is never too early to begin planning for the career you want, or exploring careers that may interest you.

To begin the process of exploring careers that would best fit your personality and wants, check out the steps below!

1.   Visit your college career centers

Do not wait until your senior year to check out your college’s career center. These centers will help you with everything from choosing a major, finding internships, writing a resume, preparing to job search, mock interviews, etc. Take advantage of these resources early, to make sure you are entering a profession that you enjoy. Unsure of what your career services center does? Visit your school’s website and search career services, or contact Kelsey Martinson at Kelsey.martinson@waef.org and she can help you find information or a contact at your school’s career center.

2.   Assess your skills and personality

Your personality, skills, values and interest all effect the types of careers you may be interested in. Take time to explore these things about yourself to help you decided on a career or major that is right for you.

·        http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Home_ExploreCareers.aspx (Enter your interests and this assessment will give you your top career choices)

3.   Explore careers related to your chosen major

Already decided on a major? Great! Do you know what you are going to do with major in the ‘real world’? If not, it’s time to start thinking about that. Some ways to do that include;

·        Information interviews with people in a profession you are interested in.

·        Visit https://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/ to help you find out what careers people are doing with your same major.

·        Apply for internships in a field that matches your needs and wants in a career. Internships will help you learn what you like and do not like about certain professions and working environments.

·        Visit http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Home_ExploreCareers.aspx (to explore what careers will be in demand and want type of salary you can expect from them)

4.   Participate in career activities

·        Many college and universities sponsor career fairs where you can meet and learn about a variety of employers.

·        WAEF hosts Career Tours in December, and is an excellent way for you to see and experience a variety of career options.

5.   Make sure all workplaces experiences are successful ones.

No matter what type of work or volunteering you are doing while in college, it is all important, and should be taken seriously. These employment or volunteer opportunities can all be used on your resume when you graduate, which is helpful because you may not have a great deal of experience.


360Alumni Updates

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Don’t miss out on the opportunities that are being posted, and are just for you!!

-4 Job/Internship opportunities

-10 Professional Resources/Mentors ready to connect and answer questions you may have or provide other types of assistance to you! WAEF’s professional resources come from a variety of backgrounds including; Accounting, Non-profit management, Human Resources, Communications, Sales, Law, Orchard Management, etc.

-2017-2018 Scholarship Renewal is now OPEN and posted on 360Alumni under the Events section. This is not an actual event you need to attend, but 360Alumni is the only place the link is posted so you can easily access the renewal application. Questions about whether or not you qualify? E-mail or call Talia at talia.barajas@waef.org or (509)663-7713


What's Going on at WAEF?

Holiday Lunches will be taking place on December 19th in Wenatchee and December 20th in Yakima!

Career Tours- will be held on December 21st for both Yakima and Wenatchee. For those of you who have not attended career tours before, these tours are a time to explore a variety of diverse job opportunities, job environments, and ask questions about an assortment of career paths.

Keep an eye out for both events to be posted on 360Alumni soon!

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Thank you cards- If you sent us your address by the deadline, you have received or will be receiving a care package! These packages are put together by our volunteers who spend lots of time and energy on them, and love doing them! Since they are volunteering their time, it is important for them to know how much you enjoyed your package. We don’t know how to precisely track the impact of the thank you notes and emails you send but know they make a big difference when it comes time to renewing care package volunteers and scholarship donors.  We’ve asked volunteers to include a note in the care package identifying who they are with their mailing and/or email address.  PLEASE take the few minutes to send a note directly their way.  They don’t ask for thank yous but absolutely deserve them.

What should you write? 

 Let’s start with the greeting.  If your packages comes from an individual, please address your note to that person, i.e.: with “Dear Ms.      ,”.  If your note comes from a group of people, address the note to the group, such as “Dear Moss Adams,”. 

Let them know what you’re thanking them for and why it matters to you. “Thank you for the care package!  It means so much to me to know that there are people out there cheering for me.  I shared the delicious treats with my new roommates and have your note of encouragement on my desk.” (Please use your own words to match your specific circumstances!)

Then share about you!  Volunteers are assigned new students each year.  They want to know where you’re from, what year of school you’re in, what’s your major and how did you pick it, and what you want to do with your life.  This can be as superficial or as in depth as you feel comfortable and have time.

Close with a second “thank you!”

Thank you notes sent through the traditional mail or electronic mail are all welcome! 


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At the end of the summer, all students who have shown interest in entering the tree fruit industry, were invited to submit an essay to qualify for the Carl Perleberg Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship covers room, meals, and travel expenses for students to travel to and attend the Washington Tree Fruit Industry’s Annual Meeting on December 4th-6th. The submission deadline was October 15th and the recipients of the award were notified at the end of October.

Congratulations to John Haas, Cesar Cuevas, and Magdaleno Rodriguez for being chosen for this award!

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Anahi Gomez

Angelica Bustos

Ariadna Espino

Cindy Tinoco Heredia

Diana Picazo

Eli Jenkins

Elizabeth Vaca

Esmeralda Flores

Janet Romero

Jorge Valencia

Jose Ortiz-Garcia

Karla Bahena

Kassandra Salas

Laura Quintero Martinez

Mayra Rodriguez

Molly Thies

Natalia Esquivel-Silva

Neil Carleton

Raul Arroyo

Salvador Salazar Cano

Seleni Bueno

Uriel Ramirez

 WAEF wishes you all a very happy birthday!!

October Newsletter

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BUDGETING IN COLLEGE

Budgeting is an important skill, not only now in college, but throughout your entire life.

Some important words to note when discussing a plan for your expenses;

          Income: The amount of money earned from wages or other sources.

        Budget: A plan on how you will cover your expenses with your available income.

The American Bankers Association’s recommended budget can be seen below:

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While setting up a budget based on these guidelines may seem like a difficult or dull task, but tracking your income and expenses will go a long way in trying to keep your finances in order!

Budgeting information pulled from; ‘Budgeting for the Real World’ presentation provided to WAEF by Washington Trust Bank.

Some quick tips to manage your money:

1.     Be realistic about needs vs. wants

2.     Always guess high for expenses, you will be happy when you end up having extra money.

3.     Always guess low for income, again you will be happy when you have extra!

4.     Review and revise your budget based on changing income or expenses.

5.     Forgive yourself if you don’t follow your budget perfectly, you may overspend now again, just make sure to get back to your plan!

Tips revised from: http://www.cicmoney101.org/Articles/Paying-For-College-10-Budgeting-Tips.aspx


BUDGETING APPS

Check out these helpful and easy to use apps to help yourself stick to your plan!

-Mint

-You Need a Budget

-GoodBudget

-Wally


360 ALUMNI UPDATES:

There is lots of activity happening on WAEF’s 360Alumni site! If you haven’t been checking in, you may miss out on some great opportunities.

-6 Job/Internship opportunities

-7 Professional Resources/Mentors ready to connect and answer questions you may have or provide other types of assistance to you!

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-2017-2018 Scholarship Renewal is now OPEN and posted on 360Alumni under the Events section. This is not an actual event you need to attend, but 360Alumni is the only place the link is posted so you can easily access the renewal application. Questions about whether or not you qualify? E-mail or call Talia at talia.barajas@waef.org or (509)663-7713


What’s going on at WAEF?

Regional dinners are coming up! Check below for the date and location of your dinner.

Ellensburg- 10/3/17 Ellensburg Pasta Company 6:00pm

Yakima- 10/5/17 Antojitos 6:00pm

Seattle- 10/9/17 The Ram (University Village) 6:00pm

Cheney- 10/17/17 Mason Jar 6:00pm

Wenatchee-10/19/17 South-Pybus Market 6:00pm

*To attend the dinners, please RSVP on 360Alumni under the Events section*

Holiday Dinners will be taking place on December 19th in Wenatchee and December 20th in Yakima!

Career Tours will be held on December 21st for both Yakima and Wenatchee.

More details will be added to 360Alumni soon!


Career Chat with an Alum

Xochitl Velazquez- Lender, Cashmere Valley Bank
WAEF Recipient 2009-2012

When looking to returning to the Wenatchee Valley I looked into different career options, one of them being banking. I wanted a career that related to my field of study, Business Administration, while at the same time allowed me to serve my community. For the past year I have been a Lender for Cashmere Valley Bank. In this role, I have learned about the banking industry but more importantly about managing personal finances and credit. Strong budgeting skills translate into good credit, which is key when applying for a credit card, purchasing an auto or a home.

As a consumer myself, I am more conscious of my financial decisions because they affect my borrowing ability in the future. One of the highlights of being a lender is helping customers with their financial needs, whether that be building their credit, purchasing their first car, or establishing a line of credit for their home improvement projects. I am responsible for seeing the loan process from start to finish. Meeting with customers to discuss credit options is the first step. I am then responsible for gathering the necessary information to begin the loan process, followed by a financial and credit analysis. Lastly, I communicate the loan decision with the customer and meet with them to sign loan documents if the loan is approved. Each loan request is unique, making everyday a learning experience.

Overall this career path has helped me professionally but also on a personal level. I enjoy working with my community members and look forward to learning more about the banking industry.


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Alondra Rodriguez

Angel Diaz Anaya

Brenda Guzman Luna

Brenda Aparicio

Brianna Reeves

Carla Beltran

Cody Jenks

Daicy Leyva Sanchez

Daniel Castro

Daniela Castro

Eileen Morales

Emily Holden

Erika Arias

Ian Ritchie

Imelda Andrade Anguiano

Jennifer Salazar Rodriguez

Kelly Benson

Lizeth Perez

Natalie Beall

Tanner Empey

Vanessa Larios

WAEF wishes you all a very Happy Birthday!

September Newsletter

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T I M E   M A N A G E M E N T

Time management, a term you may hear a great deal in your college career, but how do you manage your time if you feel like you don’t have any time in the first place? Take a deep breath and try out a few of these simple tips WAEF volunteers, and staff used to help them manage their time in college, and hey, they survived so they must be helpful, right?

1.     Create a to-do list at night for the following day so you can get up and get on it right away. – Hannah Poush.

2.     Edit and add to this to-do list throughout the day so you know what needs to be accomplished. – Kailan Dunn

3.     It is OK to make some sacrifices & prioritize what's most important. It doesn't make you any less successful. –Ruth Ortiz

4.     I recommend getting a planner to help plan your classes and any assignments you have –Talia Barajas.

5.      Go to class and do not procrastinate on assignments!!—Nate Rubio

6.     Get a big desk calendar and color code assignments, tests, and extracurricular activities – Xochitl Velazquez

7.     When studying, reward yourself to keep motivated (example: after finishing X number of chapters or problems, giving yourself a 5 minute break)—Abril Lopez

8.     Say no sometimes! Go out and experience everything you can, but sometimes you will need to say no to make sure you are focusing your attention on high priorities, like your education –Kelsey Martinson


360 A L U M N I

Have you set up your account on 360Alumni? If you have great! If you haven’t, you are behind on a requirement for your scholarship. Follow these easy steps and sign up for your account!

https://waef.360alumni.com/

1.Select sign up with e-mail

2.Type in first and last name

3.Sign up with your e-mail and create a password

Once you create this account you will have access to our growing site which now includes;

-2 job postings

-5 mentorship postings

-Several groups for you to join and get connected with

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What’s going on at WAEF?

Regional dinners are coming up! These dinners a fun and causal time for you to get to see old friends, meet new friends, and most important, be fed! Come as you are, chat, have some fun, and eat!

Pullman- 9/27/17 Nuevo Vallarta 6:00pm

Ellensburg- 10/3/17 Ellensburg Pasta Company 6:00pm

Yakima- 10/5/17 Antojitos 6:00pm

Seattle- 10/9/17 The Ram (University Village) 6:00pm

Cheney- 10/17/17 Mason Jar 6:00pm

Wenatchee-10/19/17 South-Pybus Market 6:00pm

RSVP by going to 360Alumni (https://waef.360alumni.com/ ), all dinners will be listed under ‘Events’. E-mails will be sent out inviting you to the dinner closest to you.

C A R E   P A C K A G E S

Care packages will be coming your way soon! Please send WAEF your updated address where you will receive your mail at college. It is incredibly important that this address is correct so care packages are not returned. Our volunteers spend a great deal of time putting these together, and it is disappointing when they are returned to them. Look out for an e-mail from Kelsey that requests your address and reply as soon as possible!


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Alejandra Arteaga

Cesar Guerrero

Chensey Ramynke

Daniel Gonzalez

Denys Diaz

Devin Smith

Fernando Gonzalez

Gerardo Rosales

Herly Perez

Isaac Wall

Ivonne Villa

Jazmin Chavez

Jesus Duarte

Librado Barajas Jr.

Luis Ferreyra

Luz Maria Silva

Maria de Jesus Castaneda

Maria del Carmen Castaneda

Melisa Sanchez Leyva

Osvaldo Castro

Rosa Moreno Leon

Victoria Rose

Yaneli Reyes Martinez

WAEF wishes you all a wonderful birthday month!