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Out to Lunch: September 22, 2021

E-commerce is about speed. But not just for the customer, for the seller, too. The name of the game is striking while the iron’s hot. Get your product to the top of the search ranking on Google and you can move units, fast.

Once a cat meme goes pandemic, it pays to be the seller who can deliver the hype on a mug or a t-shirt. The hard part is the logistics. Inventory takes investment and risk. What are you gonna do with all those cat mugs when the trend dies?

Lafayette native Josh Goree’s company, Completeful, makes that problem go away.

Instead of stocking all the inventory in your house, waiting for the internet to do its thing, Completeful stocks and fulfills your orders on demand.

Based in Lafayette, Completeful has grown fast since Josh launched it in his garage, engraving custom wedding gifts in 2017. Today, Completeful ships tens of thousands of custom products each day for sellers on Etsy and Shopify, enabling scores of micro-shops around the internet with an integrated app.

If the quick buck is your thing, then maybe graduate school isn’t for you. Going deeper into higher education is a way to bury yourself deep into a professional or academic pursuit. Believe it or not, it’s still a marketplace. Working your way through academia means finding a niche and selling yourself and expertise to your future peers and mentors. It can be highly, highly competitive, and very, very specialized.

And the graduate schools are competing for you too.

In 2019, U.S. graduate schools conferred 1 million degrees, an increase of 20% from a decade earlier. And despite a decline in postsecondary enrollment overall, graduate and professional programs have actually increased enrollment over the last 10 years by 8%, according to the U.S. Census.

UL Lafayette’s graduate schoolis a top producer of research. “How well do radishes grow in space?” “How does folklore impact the way our kids think and see the world?” Folks at UL are working on answers to those timeless questions.

As the Dean of UL’s graduate school, Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser has a front row seat to that work. Mary has helmed the graduate school since 2015, and has taught history at UL since 2000. A native of Kansas, she charted a successful career for herself by seizing the opportunities in front of her. Some great advice for anyone entering the workforce.