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May 18, 2018 In today's tough job market, it takes more than just a degree to get noticed by employers. While education is a must-have, gaining experience in the industry you plan to work in before you graduate can give you a competitive edge. Working as an intern is a great opportunity to gain insight into a particular field but like anything else, you only get out of it what you put into it. If you've locked in an internship for the summer, here's what you can do to make sure it pays off. Read More...

Feb 12, 2020 The landscape of the American economy has changed dramatically over the last several years, resulting in near record-high unemployment and a shrinking job market. While companies are opening their doors to new employees once again, millions of workers are choosing the path of the entrepreneur, taking their careers into their own hands. According to the Kauffman Foundation, there were 476,000 new business owners each month throughout 2013. Read More...

Nov 07, 2017 Finding a job can be a long and tedious process. Those just starting out or attempting to change fields are more likely to use common websites such as Monster, Yahoo Jobs, or even Google. For those who have an established network of connections, sites such as LinkedIn may be more beneficial. Today’s conventional wisdom holds that networking is the best way to obtain a new job, but there are other options. Read More...

Nov 07, 2017 I remember growing up as the youngest of seven siblings. My mother was both a working and a stay-at-home mom. My father worked sometimes three jobs just to make sure we had a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs every day. We didn't have all that we wanted but we did have what we needed. I often remember my Dad driving home to us the importance of getting a "good" job. He also thought an education was important since he turned down a college scholarship to join the army and begin a family. Read More...

Dec 21, 2017 There was a time when it was rare for someone to work from home full-time. That is rapidly changing. According to a 2010 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.8 million people work from home full-time. The same report found that 20 to 30 million people work from home at least one day a week. Read More...

Dec 21, 2017 So many of us think we’re really great leaders at work. While some of us might be, a lot of us aren’t. It can be hard to really look at your management style and recognize what’s working and what isn’t, but it’s something that any leader, or aspiring leader, should do often. If fact, if you think everything you’re doing is working and nothing could be changed or made better, that’s a sign that you might not actually be as great of a leader as you thought. Read More...

Dec 21, 2017 A recent business journal compared her to multi-billion dollar baby Oprah Winfrey, but talk-show host Charla Young is the first to admit she is flattered and even flabbergasted at the comparison. Read More...

Feb 10, 2020 Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in the number of freelance workers in the U.S. Several factors have aided in the increase of freelance workers. The mortgage crises that resulted in a world-wide recession, and left many unemployed, helped jump start (or forced) the freelance careers of many. Also, technological advances make working from home, and starting a freelance career, much easier. Read More...

Mar 07, 2014 In today's competitive job market, having a college degree isn't always enough to guarantee you'll get hired. When you do land a job, you may find that the salary doesn't quite match up to your expectations. While a college degree undoubtedly boosts your earning potential, paying off your student loans can be tough if you're stuck in a low-paying gig. Picking the right major can significantly impact the return you see on your investment. If you're still undeclared, here's a list of degrees that can pay off big when it's time to start your job hunt. Read More...

Feb 10, 2020 If you're not satisfied with your current career path, it might be time to consider making a change. Switching careers mid-stream can be rewarding but it's not a decision that should be made lightly. Before you decide to start searching for a position in a different field, there are some things you can do to make sure it's the right move. If you think you're ready to shift gears professionally, here are some key steps to take before you tender your resignation. Read More...

Aug 20, 2018 The unfortunate truth is that most people do not feel prepared financially for their retirement years. A 2013 survey by American Consumer Credit Counseling found that 75 percent of people agreed that they were not financially ready for their post-work years. But what about if retirement comes earlier than expected... and not by your choice? Read More...

Jan 31, 2017 The amount of student loan debt in America is a staggering number. It’s estimated that Americans carry at least a trillion dollars in student loan debt. Yes, some colleges have a much higher tuition than others, but at least two thirds of college graduates are carrying some type of student loan debt.  Couple that with a limping economy, and the job horizon for many first entering the work force, (or those who have been laid off) can be depressing. But there is hope! Some good careers will actually help you pay your student loans. In fact, some public service jobs will even pay your loans completely. Read More...

Dec 30, 2014 Right now you probably think you are doing too much for too little. Many people feel underappreciated in their jobs. But a recent  survey looked at what others think about your career and your income. Business Insider asked respondents about whether they felt certain occupations were overpaid or underpaid.   Read More...

Dec 30, 2014 Let’s face it, trying to negotiate your salary isn’t always a comfortable process. Unfortunately, it is necessary, and the more prepared you are, the more successful you will be at getting a fair salary.  Here are some tips on how to negotiate those treacherous waters and stand up for your own worth. Read More...

Dec 29, 2014 It takes a lot of skill and a bit of dumb luck to be a successful business owner and entrepreneur. Many times, it isn’t even just your own skill that you’re relying on, but the skills of others. If you own your own business, and are a sole-proprietor, everything and anything dealing with the company is your responsibility. Not only does that take hard work, but it definitely takes the necessary skills to manage it well. Read More...

Nov 12, 2017 My college graduation looms in the near future. I'm still trying to figure out what come next. Many of my classmates are looking to continue their education. I have friends headed to law, medical, veterinary and business school for masters and beyond. Many of them hope advanced degrees will lead to higher pay and a better career. Read More...

Nov 07, 2017 High school is an important educational period in most people’s lives. The education we learn in high school can determine whether we attend college, go straight to work or choose some other path. I have argued that  financial education should be a part of public school education, but many studies and reports reveal that courses that are already a part of most high school curriculum have the potential to determine a person’s income later in life. Read More...

Jan 02, 2015 Landing an internship can be excited an important part of moving forward on your career path. If you get lucky, you might even be able to get a paid internship. Yes, it may sound too good to be true, but those coveted spots are out there. Getting experience in the field is important, but so is eating and paying your bills. Read More...

Nov 12, 2017 Now is the time of year for graduate school application deadlines. There can be many benefits to returning to school. Obtaining your graduate degree can help open doors for you in your current career or help if you are considering changing careers, seeking greater financial rewards, or even just wanting personal growth. However, as we all are well aware, graduate school can be a big financial investment. Read More...

Dec 21, 2017 Being an effective manager can help you advance in your career and can help your business succeed as well. There are many skills that make for effective management. Not every manager is going to possess all of these skills, but there are some vital characteristics one needs. If you are looking to get ahead in the workplace, here is a list of 3 steps of effective management: Read More...

Oct 05, 2016 Not all career paths with high salaries require a ton of education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the fastest growing, highest paid career paths earlier this year, and many don’t require more than an associates degree. Read More...

Dec 30, 2014 Working for yourself can be one of the most rewarding career moves you make in your lifetime. While there is definitely freedom in creating your own success and working for yourself, starting your own business doesn’t come without headaches. Creating a good foundation for your business to succeed is paramount if you want your business to really stand a chance. Read More...

Oct 05, 2016 We are living in an age in which professionals, typically, do not spend their entire career with one company. The loyalty between employer and employee there for previous generations is no longer here, on both side of the employer-employee scale. Today’s professionals are much more likely to hop around to a few different companies or employers during the span of a career. Read More...

Dec 23, 2014 Between the dying middle class, financial crash of 2008, subsequent slow recovery, crushing student loan debt, the federal deficit and broken healthcare system, millennials have plenty to worry about as they enter into and begin ascent in the job market. Read More...

Dec 23, 2014 Here’s the deal. If you’re a high school student heading to college, statistically speaking, you are going to graduate with debt. According to American Student Assistance, of the 20 million Americans who went to college in 2012, 12 million of them borrowed money. As of the first quarter in 2012, the average student loan debt for all age groups was close to $25,000, 10% of borrowers owed more than $54,000 and 1% (about 167,000 people) owed more than $200,000 dollars. And that money has to be paid back. One way to ease this burden? Choose the right major. Read More...

Jan 02, 2015 It is commonly said that attractive people have a happier, more successful life than their less attractive counterparts – but how does this affect your wallet? Read More...

Nov 15, 2017 The United States higher educational system is in trouble. The cost for a college education has skyrocketed over the years and more and more students are using loans to pay for their education. It is estimated that the average graduate completes their degree with $35,000 worth of  student loans. Many students are graduating with much higher loan debt, and this is just the average for under graduate degrees. Tack on the expense of graduate education and a student can easily rack up $100,000 or more worth of loan debt. Read More...

Dec 18, 2014 Have you ever felt undervalued, under-paid, or just underappreciated for the effort you put into your work? While you’ve certainly heard of the Type A personality, and about the habits of highly effective people, you may not yet have heard about the personality type called “The Underearner.” In many ways, under-earning is the flipside of the Type A and hyper-productivity--it may even be an overreaction to the aggressive pursuit of self-expansion and accumulation that characterizes those other types and is generally celebrated in our culture. Read More...

Mar 14, 2018 According to Teresa Wiltz of the Guardian the US has become a nation of freelancers. While freelancing has always been a part of the American economy, the high unemployment rate forced many people to branch out on their own. Today’s freelancers are not just writers, artists, or musicians they can be lawyers, accountants, technology professionals and more. The “new economy” has made it available for just about any type of professional to delve into the world of freelancing. While freelancing may seem like a good idea as opposed to working a traditional 9 to 5 (and for many it is), freelancing places a greater financial responsibility on the individual than for working for an employer. Many freelancers tend to neglect the financial aspect of their business, and find themselves running into trouble. It is important, that as a freelancer you become financially savvy enough to keep yourself afloat. Read More...

Dec 17, 2014 Regardless of your position on the ladder of success the question is the same: "what can I do to move on up the food chain?" Whether you are a fresh out of school or a highly experienced professional everybody wants to get ahead. Even though every business, career and career path is unique, where some may have education requirements or experience minimums or other standards that are particular to your industry or field there are still some rules that are universal. Read More...

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