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Caroline Dowd-Higgins
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Caroline Dowd-Higgins authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered® which showcases her savvy professional development advice and women who are thriving after a career transition or reinvention. As Director of Professional Enrichment for the Indiana University Alumni Association, she leads an expanded alumni career enhancement and leadership development program to activate the power of the IU alumni network globally. Her goal is to create a culture of professionals who become catalytic connectors and back one another throughout their lives.

Dowd-Higgins also maintains an executive coaching practice. She speaks nationally on professional development topics specializing in the success of women in the workforce. She writes for the Huffington Post, America Online (AOL), CNN Money, The Rouse, and More Magazine online in addition to a column for The Chronicle newspaper in Northern Indiana and her social media reach is 81million and growing.

Her work is syndicated internationally by major media venues. Dowd-Higgins is currently developing a television series on career and life empowerment for women.

Entries by Caroline Dowd-Higgins

How To Recharge, Reignite or Reinvent Your Career

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 9:27 AM

According to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, less than half of U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs. Now is a great time to ramp up your career reinvention efforts and reflect upon what would gratify you in a career. If this is not the career you...

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Sitting Is the New Smoking and a Hazard to Your Career Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:08 PM

You've heard it before. We spend most of our waking hours at work, and many spend the majority of their time at a desk in front of a computer. Not to mention the hours we commute to work in a car, plane, train, or bus -- sitting. The sedentary lifestyle...

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Confidence, Courage and Failure -- A Formula for Career Success!

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Recently, I spoke at the Indiana Governor's Conference for Women. It was a day brimming with professional development to empower women to lead and take control of their careers and lives.

Confidence was a key theme throughout the day accentuated by the luncheon keynoters: Katty Kay and...

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The Power of a Professional Brand and Why You Need One

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 6:21 PM


As a career coach, I often work with people that brand products or services for an organization but have no real awareness of their personal professional brand and why it matters. It's time to take stock of your own brand and use it...

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Back to School is Not Just for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:17 PM

The back-to-school TV commercials have been running since July, but it's finally time to get into the routine of a new academic year for kids and adults alike. Professional development is essential for all those serious about advancing their career in a competitive marketplace. Whether you are looking to grow...

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How Fitbit Helped My Career

(5) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Everywhere I go, I've noticed that elevators are almost empty and stairwells are filled with people tracking their daily steps with wearable fitness devices. I'm a Fitbit user and I'm happy to report that this accountability device has improved my health and my career more than I ever imagined.


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Don't Be a Vacation Loser

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 7:42 PM

It's vacation season and the time of year to step away from work to recharge and refresh. Sadly, many people don't take all the vacation days they earn. Others who take vacation end up working during their time off which defeats the purpose entirely.

According to a Glassdoor...

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Why Organizations Thrive With Feminine Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 12:37 PM

I just came back from delivering a keynote at the Women's Leadership Academy Summit for The American College of Financial Services. Over 100 women spent three days honing their leadership competencies, eager to perform better in their current role with an eye towards the future and how they could impact...

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The Class of 2014 Is the Succession Plan for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 3:18 PM

It's graduation season, and newly minted degree holders are facing a job market that is competitive and changing fast. Millennial-aged graduates must enter the career world armed with tools and strategies to distinguish themselves from the pack.

You have an opportunity to design your own career destiny and I encourage...

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8 Things I Learned As a Recovering Workaholic

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:28 PM

My name is Caroline Dowd-Higgins, and I'm a workaholic. I'm in recovery, and I have been clean for just a few months. My transformation is slow, and I am truly a work in progress; perhaps you can relate to my situation.

I'm an achiever with an inner voice that tells...

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A Weekend With Marshall Goldsmith

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Recently, I participated in the Indiana University Alumni Association Goldsmith Leadership and Executive Coaching Academy. Indiana University alumnus, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith certified the first group of IUAA Executive Coaches from around the globe and empowered us with tools for his positive behavioral change process. As Executive Coaches, we...

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Be Career Nimble Throughout Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:48 PM

No matter where you are in your lifetime career journey, you need to remember that you always have options and you can design your career trajectory. It's helps to know where you are before you contemplate where you want to go because what you aspire to do in your 30's...

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A New Year Career Cleanse

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:38 AM

It's the season for diets, intense exercise regimens and plans to quit unhealthy habits. If the dawn of 2014 has coerced you into extreme new beginnings, I encourage you to start the New Year by being good to yourself, especially as you consider your career future.

Instead of setting...

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The Art of Failure and Why It's Good for You

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Years ago I was in an interview for a big freelance opportunity and my almost future boss asked me, "What was your biggest professional failure?" The question really freaked me out since I did not want to expose my vulnerable side or my true weaknesses. I was trying to land...

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Pass the Turkey, and the Career Advice!

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 5:31 PM

The stress of the holidays can be difficult enough without having to worry about finding a job or reinventing your career. If you dread the inevitability of well-meaning family members asking "How's your job search going?" consider tapping the wisdom and expertise of your friends and family and activate your...

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Navigate a Conference Wisely to Get The Most Out of Your Professional Development Dollars

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Seeking out professional development opportunities is essential for the modern-day career woman. From webinars to continuing education or conferences and workshops, you must stay current and continue to grow in order to remain relevant in a competitive market.

Professional development can also be a retreat for your mind, body and...

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How to Manage Introverts

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 7:58 PM

I started a new job last month and had the first meeting with the team I supervise over lunch. My team consists of three amazingly smart and productive women, so I was thrilled with the opportunity to get to know them and discuss our professional futures together. Within 60 seconds...

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How You Can Actually Look Forward to Mondays (No, Really)

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Are you mopey on Sunday nights because you dread going to work the next day? If you've lost the passion for your job and feel like you are in a professional rut, it's time to take stock and assess what you really want out of your career.

When Is It...

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Dare to Compete, Mrs. Clinton!

(9) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 11:55 AM

I recently attended the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual convention in Chicago and Hillary Clinton was the opening night keynoter. She addressed an enthusiastic crowd of 10,000+ people and left me ready to engage my competitive spirit.

While the former Secretary of State is passionate...

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Elevate Your Career

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 2:32 PM

It is no surprise that the current job market is challenging for job seekers and those wanting to advance their careers. Competition is fierce from entry-level to the executive ranks, and women are still outnumbered and under-valued in many male-dominated professions.

Women need to get into the career game and...

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