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Advice for College Grads

How To Stop Working For Exposure AKA 'Free'

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Bhavani Esapathi

Every single time I have filtered my decision through the process, I always end up receiving more than I have given therefore never having to apply for a job again. 

Timeless Advice for Generation A-Z

Debra Walton | Posted 07.17.2015 | College
Debra Walton

Some haven't got a clue about what they're going to do, or even what they might be capable of (I certainly can relate). But that's okay, it doesn't matter. The journey is what's important.

Dear Graduates, Put Your Online Superpowers To Work

Diana Graber | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

I spend a lot of time teaching students about online safety, reputation management, cyberbullying, privacy and all that a jazz. Of course I hope that when they graduate they will remember every lesson, but frankly, I'd be satisfied if they remembered just the last one.

6 Lies We Tell College Graduates

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

Your head is probably filled with advice -- those oh-so-helpful tips from parents, professors, friends and anyone else who finds out you'll be released into the big blue yonder soon. We're here to tell you that most of that advice is just, well, crap.

College Grads: Should You Work For A Woman?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Dr. Peggy Drexler

There will be bad bosses -- male and female. There will also be good bosses -- male and female. College graduates considering choosing a boss based on perception only serves to reinforce certain stereotypes.

7 Great Ways To Support Your Unemployed Boomerang Kid

Mary Quigley | Posted 11.15.2013 | Fifty
Mary Quigley

With the hordes heading back to school, it hard to escape September's fresh-start mentality. For many Baby Boomers this month signals a rewind, whether it's packing off children to college, younger siblings to high school, or simply the return to a non-summer-mode routine.

Grad School: Approach With Caution

Mark Gilman | Posted 08.14.2013 | College
Mark Gilman

Grad school doesn't always give you a better idea of what to do. Sure, you'll get to know a field of research better. But, unless you have a fire in your belly about what you want to study, real work experience will provide invaluable answers to life's more relevant questions.

Employment Options for the Newly Graduated

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

It's time to turn that brainpower to the personal problem of locating individual opportunity in the current economic climate. Analyze the problems, identify the existing opportunities, and position yourself accordingly.

What You Do in College Matters Most: How to Get the Best Return on Your College Investment

Carol J. Carter | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Carol J. Carter

Success in college and life comes from gaining knowledge and skills. The more you take responsibility for carving your own path of adventure, the more your true abilities will emerge.

College Graduates: You're Doing it Wrong, and it's OK.

Mark Gilman | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Mark Gilman

Congratulations, you just graduated college! I bet a lot of people are asking you what you're going to do. I always hated that question because I had no clue.

Wild Is the Wind! A UT Commencement Address

Turk Pipkin | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Turk Pipkin

You made it. Or I should say, you've almost made it. For the past four years, maybe five, the number of ways you could blow it have grown smaller and smaller, and you're now down to just a couple of small steps between you and your diploma. My main advice to you is, don't trip up now.

My Advice to My Graduating Son: I Hope You Fail

David Geller | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
David Geller

Failure is a very powerful force. It's in experiencing failure that we all learn, and if we are resilient and recognize the role failure has in our lives, we ultimately become the person we are meant to be, doing what we are meant to do. Failure is the path to wisdom.

Recent Grads Face the Real World of Money Management

Joe J. Wilson | Posted 10.30.2012 | College
Joe J. Wilson

Think about what your living situation might be for the next few years. Will you live with your parents, with one or more roommates, or by yourself?

In Transit: From College to Cubicle

Jennifer Langione | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
Jennifer Langione

As college students, we spent four years reaping the freedoms of young adulthood without being occupied by financial stress or parental responsibilities. Now we must start paying for rent, food and transportation.

Advice for Design Graduates: Start Now

Emily Pilloton | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Emily Pilloton

Almost five years ago, I quit a corporate retail design job, moved in with my parents, and started a nonprofit design agency. Many people called this impulsive. What some call impulse, others call initiative. Ideas are worth little without action.

Dear Class of 2012: Your Degree Is Worthless -- Now Get to Work

Jeff Reeves | Posted 06.30.2012 | College
Jeff Reeves

That piece of paper you just picked up doesn't matter. Neither does your major, your GPA or any "honors" you graduated with. From here on out, the only thing that matters is your work.

Delayed Gratification in the Career Search

Jennifer Langione | Posted 05.01.2012 | College
Jennifer Langione

Like many of my friends, I don't have definitive post-graduation plans. Amidst all this uncertainty, though, I am confident that if I stick to the fundamentals -- relentless positivity, dedication and persistence -- my years of hard work will be rewarded.

Not So Lost Generation

Jesse Aizenstat | Posted 01.30.2012 | College
Jesse Aizenstat

They graduated from college into the worst job market since The Great Depression and they didn't give up. The lack of an easy job fertilized their minds to take a risk. On themselves.

Thiel's Dropout Deal Misses the Point

Andrew P. Kelly | Posted 07.27.2011 | College
Andrew P. Kelly

A four-year degree program is certainly not a good a fit for everyone, and we clearly need a broader array of high-quality postsecondary options. Unfortunately, Thiel's provocative brainchild does nothing to inform this debate.

10 Skills New Grads Must Have to Work at Startups

Alicia Morga | Posted 07.11.2011 | College
Alicia Morga

Soon, another wave of eager college graduates will hit the shores of companies everywhere. Here are ten skills new grads must have before they show up to work at a startup.

Lauren Berger, 'Intern Queen,' Had 15 Internships In Four Years | Alysse Dalessandro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By the time Lauren Berger graduated from University of Central Florida in 2006, she had 15 internships already under her belt. So she felt like an exp...

How to Get Your Twenty Something Off the Couch!

Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone

Summer is approaching and your twenty something is graduating. The last thing you want is your twenty something using their lack of experience and the slow job market as an excuse to lay on the couch watching reality TV.

'Twintern': The Recent College Grad Who Tweets For Pizza Hut

The Big Money | Caitlin McDevitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Most people measure the workday in hours, but for a new crop of employees--interns in charge of their companies' Twitter feeds--the day is measured in...

College Grads Shun Wall St. For Non-Profits | Oliver Staley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nationally, 27 percent of about 1.6 million graduating seniors plan to work for nonprofit groups or governments, an increase from 23 percent in 2008, ...

Chicago For Dummies: What Our Newest Residents Can Expect

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

I moved to Oak Park fresh out of Kent State University, back in 1992. The economy wasn't great then either, and so the adventure came easier than the work.