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Why Gaining Work Experience Is More Important Than Your Education

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 3:35 PM

"Hey man, what did you do this summer?" I asked a college classmate at the start of the fall semester.

My friend looked at me like I had two heads. "What do you mean?" he replied. "I work hard all semester long. I deserved a summer vacation, and I took...

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Why We Won't Need College in 15 Years

(7) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 11:42 AM

We all have that one thing in our lives we keep around without really knowing why. If you live and work in a big city, you may still have your car from the days when you used to live in the suburbs. At one time, the car had a purpose....

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Four Things You Can Do During College to Ensure You'll Land a Job When You Graduate

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 1:29 PM

If you're heading into college this fall, chances are, it will take years and years to see a return on your educational investment. "But wait!" you say. "College is not just about getting a job and making money; it's about discovering passions, learning to think critically and becoming an independent...

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How to Say No Gracefully When You're an Intern

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 3:51 PM

If you want to land a job these days, chances are you'll take on a few internships. In many cases, internships are used as a segue into employment, with 60 percent of internships turning into a job offer.

But internships come with their own set of stigmas.

Case...

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Dispelling 4 Ridiculous Myths About GenY Workers

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:25 PM

What group of employees can't fathom starting work before 10:00 a.m., require heaps of praise for even the most remedial tasks, turn to Google for everything and make up excuses to take days off work? GenY, of course!

While these stereotypes are all in good fun, Millennials should...

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Tips for Minimizing the Pain of Federal Student Loans

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Each year, millions of students walk out of the classroom, get a job and realize there's no earthly way they can make their student loan payments and cover the rent.

A quick call to the student loan servicer results in a forbearance. But forbearance means your balance will keep going...

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Student Loan Rates Doubled on Monday: Here's What You Need to Know

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:39 PM

We don't want to ruin your day, but have you heard this news? Interest rates on federally subsidized loans soared on Monday to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent.

Yes, they're doubling. Why, you wail?

NPR explains -- and, basically, it's the usual culprit: Washington gridlock.

"Republicans, Democrats...

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Time Is Money: Are Your Work Habits Costing You Cash?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Pursuing your entrepreneurial career path is no easy task. It takes time, effort, and while we hate to admit it, a whole lotta money. Until you hit it big, you'll probably be pinching pennies wherever possible.

Cutting physical costs is a great start, but there's another invisible culprit...

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Better Ways to Look for a Job and Ask for a Raise

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Quick decision: You're on the way to the office in the morning, and you need a pick-me-up. Should you stop at Dunkin' Donuts for a coffee or grab a smoothie at Jamba Juice?

According to the series of diet books Eat This, Not That, the decision could make...

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The Truth Hurts: 7 Lies You've Been Told About the 'Real World'

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 5:54 PM

American college students have been trained from an alarmingly young age to believe that as long as they show up, they should be rewarded. And that is lulling them into a false sense of security.

After all, simply being there isn't the same as contributing, and participating isn't...

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The Real Reasons College Is a Bad Investment

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:28 AM

Hating on universities and the uselessness of their degrees is trendy. A quick Google search will offer you hundreds of rants detailing the pointlessness of secondary education. Yet while college has become a bad investment, it's likely not for the reasons you have in mind.

Not so long...

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How to Sabotage Your Career By Landing the Wrong Job

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 2:56 PM

You're sick of hearing it. You know the job market is tight and competition is ridiculous. You're doing everything you can to build your network, stand out to recruiters, dazzle interviewers and ultimately score a position.

But is the role you're going after right for you? Are you...

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6 Tips for Incorporating Multiple Interests Into One Career

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Do you cringe when thinking about pursuing only one career?

As someone with a lot of different passions -- someone with both a film degree and a law degree, who did freelance Web design and played classical violin for much of her life -- I couldn't imagine ever finding a...

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New Grads: 10 Goals for Your First 5,000 Hours on the Job

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 5:44 PM

If you're lucky enough to be starting a job -- a real, career-building job -- after you graduate, you probably aren't thinking of when it will end.

But the reality is that few people keep their first jobs for long. The average person stays in a job around 4.5 years...

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You Deserve Happiness, So Stop Settling for Less

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 11:42 AM

A scene in the film Me and You and Everyone We Know -- a quirky love story about a lonely shoe salesman and an equally lonely artist -- shows the artist in the store where the salesman works, waiting while a friend shops.

The shoe salesman glances at the artist's...

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How to Decipher Job Ads So You Actually Know What You're Applying For

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 10:47 AM

Job ads are as vague as ever. You might get a run-down of the position, but good luck finding any details about salary or, in some cases, even hours or location. Their purpose is to get you in the door, not give away all the details.

In fact, lots of...

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Taking This Job Advice Too Literally Could Kill Your Career

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 2:37 PM

During the course of your career, you'll hear a lot of advice. Sometimes you'll ask for it, other times it will come unsolicited. You will get some advice you'll always remember and plenty you'll immediately try to forget.

To be truly successful, you need to determine the difference between good...

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How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone's Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 4:27 PM

The typical business meeting is a fantastic way to switch off, kick back and ponder important topics, such as what to have for dinner.

But what happens when someone threatens this stress-free ride to a quiet nap? What are you going to do when some eager-beaver manager decides...

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Why Your College Degree Has More Value Than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 6:32 PM

We all know about the obvious benefits to having a college degree -- namely, a steady job and financial security. But we often overlook other benefits to higher education: quality of life improvements that deserve to be brought into focus, whether you're on the fence about going back...

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Overwhelming Student Debt Has Parents Getting Life Insurance Policies on their Kids

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 3:06 PM

When my parents first announced at Thanksgiving that they were taking out a life insurance policy on me, I was taken aback and slightly offended. In fact, I thought it was a cruel joke.

Why would they need to do such a thing? I'm only 27. The mere thought of...

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