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Jobs vs. Internships vs. Careers: What's the Difference?

A job is something you do for money. They can be long-term or short-term, high-paying or low-paying, seasonal or full-time. There is a wide variety of jobs available, and most people will have many across their lifetime. An internship is a type of job that is built to be a learning experience. There is often a set end date, and built in learning and supervision throughout.

A career is the summation of your professional journey, including things like your education, work experience, volunteering, etc. It is a lifelong path, with no real beginning or end.

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Networking during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, daily life has changed drastically.  As a community, we now have to communicate and work virtually making connecting with employers and finding new career opportunities a more overwhelming and daunting task.  Although these changes continue …

By Lindsey Albrecht
Lindsey Albrecht
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What I Learned From My Summer Internship: Tidbits of Career Advice That Could Benefit Anyone

Completing an internship has apparent benefits– you can earn college credit to learn industry-specific skills. However, internships can offer even more; if you pay attention, you may be able to pick up on other important professional skills as well.

I …

By Mandy Hay
Mandy Hay Career Assistant
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MN Department of Veterans Affairs

The Minnesota Veterans Homes, located in Silver Bay, Luverne, Fergus Falls, Minneapolis and Hastings, serve more than 700 of our nation’s heroes in skilled nursing facilities, domiciliary care and adult day care. Minnesota Veterans Homes continue their tradition of being a …

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St. Paul, MN 55105

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