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Caroline Dowd-Higgins
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Caroline Dowd-Higgins is the Executive Director of Career & Professional Development for the Indiana University Alumni Association. She leads an expanded alumni career enhancement and leadership development program empowering IU alumni throughout their professional lives. With over a decade of career and professional development experience, Caroline authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered® (now in the 2nd edition) which showcases her savvy professional development advice and women who are thriving after a career transition or reinvention.

Caroline has a social media reach of 81 million and writes for the Huffington Post, America Online, CNN Money, More Magazine, the British online magazine - The Rouse and a column for The Chronicle newspaper in Indiana.

An accomplished public speaker, Caroline is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and presents to audiences globally. Her international podcast show - Your Working Life, features guest experts sharing wisdom about life and career is available on iTunes. She hosts a new webisode series – Thrive! about career satisfaction, financial literacy, and health & wellness for women on her YouTube channel.

Entries by Caroline Dowd-Higgins

A Survival Guide to Dealing with Difficult Colleagues

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 1:36 PM


Professional behavior should be a given expectation among working adults but in reality, most of us have experienced unprofessional conduct in the workplace. You can choose your friends but you don't always have the luxury of choosing your colleagues.

In the iconic...
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It's Time to Focus on Your Career Future

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2015 | 3:23 PM


Summer vacations have ended and the kids are back in school so it's a great time to prioritize your professional journey. According to a global LikedIn study, September is one of the best months of the year to get promoted.

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Leadership Lessons I Learned This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 4:29 PM

I turned my participation at the National Speakers Association convention into a hybrid getaway this summer. NSA was a transformative learning experience to help me grow my business and a wonderful way to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Washington, DC.

I knew I would glean great...

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Balance Is Bunk: Realistic Work/Life Integration Strategies

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 3:27 PM

The unrealistic concept of work/life balance makes me cringe. Most women are time starved, sleep deprived and burning the candle at both ends to keep up with career demands and being the Chief Household Officer at home. Those with kids have an...
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Single Task Your Way to a Better Life and Career

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Multitasking used to be a sought-after professional competency thought to be a valuable skill for the busy professional. Research tells us that single-tasking is actually more effective and can result in higher productivity and time efficiency.

I can envision a woman at work reading this blog while eating her lunch,...

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Career Tips for the Class of 2015

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 3:25 PM

It's graduation season and close to two million millennials will earn a college degree this year. That means the Class of 2015 is seeking jobs in full force. The good news is that the NACE Job Outlook Survey indicates that employers expect to hire more new college graduates...

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Bad Bosses Happen, But Suffering Is Optional

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 6:27 PM

Talent leaves an organization when they're badly managed or when the organization fails to inspire them or provide room for new challenges and growth. You need to use your professional power and take control of your career trajectory. If you have a bad boss, suffering in silence (or out loud)...

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Career Lessons I Learned From Kai Kight

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 12:52 PM

Recently, I participated on a panel for the Council of Alumni Association Executives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A highlight during the event was a presentation by Kai Kight who identifies himself as an innovator, speaker, violinist, and entrepreneur. Kai created an experience for the audience that was steeped in music and...

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Be Your Own Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 1:24 PM

It's the time of year for cards with red hearts, chocolates and flowers; Valentine's Day is approaching. The holiday can cause anxiety for some people who are seeking affection and bliss and for others who are celebrating their love with someone special.

This Valentine's Day, I encourage you to...

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How To Recharge, Reignite or Reinvent Your Career

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 8:27 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 | 12:08 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 | 2:55 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 | 5:21 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 | 2:17 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 | 12:47 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 | 6:42 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 | 11:37 AM

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 | 2:18 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 | 4:28 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 | 1:32 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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