Careers

Is Working Worth It When You Have Kids?

When you have kids, it’s easy to question whether it makes sense for both parents to work outside the home. I know; I’ve been there. When my husband and I had our first child, I was making around $10 an hour and spending half of my take-home pay on child care. Even though we ultimately …

Categories: Careers, Home and Life

How One Social Media Mistake Can Wreck Your Financial Future

More than 100 years before Facebook was conceived in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room, Mark Twain, one of America’s most beloved authors, offered some words of wisdom that make a lot of sense for social media users today: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to …

Categories: Careers, Technology

Is an Unpaid Internship Worth It?

Unpaid internships are definitely a hot-button issue for college students and recent grads. Ross Perlin, author of  “Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy,” estimates that of the million or so students doing internships, half aren’t being paid for their hard work. And it’s not only students, but …

Categories: Careers, Education

Seven Truths About Self-Employment

It’s three hours until closing time and you’re already counting down. Once the clock strikes 5 p.m., you are ready to race out that door and find comfort with your family – at least until tomorrow. Your morning meeting was beyond frustrating, your co-worker smacked her gum all day (again), and the entire day was …

Small Business Saturday: Mending the Music Makers

Becoming a luthier is not a good career choice, period, says Cat Fox emphatically. But just in case there’s any doubt about her point, she adds: “This is not one of those things that people should get into. Nobody makes any money doing this. You can only do this and succeed if there is nothing …

Stop Suffering From Vacation Deprivation

Americans don’t always take advantage of their paid vacation days. A recent study by Expedia.com explored the vacation habits of 7,855 employed adults from all over the world, and it showed that U.S. workers, on average, receive 15 paid vacation days but only use 14 of them. That’s better than the 12 days off we took in 2013, but more than half of Americans said …

College Electives That Will Boost Your Job Prospects

Got some room in your schedule for an elective or two? Avoid the temptation to fill that spot with an “easy A,” a course that’s rumored to be super-easy, or something you think won’t require much work. Hey, you’re investing upwards of $30,000 in your college education. Why not make the most of your experience? Because …

Categories: Careers, Education

13 Great Part-Time Jobs for College Students

Working during college is a great way to reduce your student loan debt while still in school, not to mention beef up your resume a bit. Check out these options for part-time jobs that pair well with a student’s schedule: Paid internships: If you’re lucky enough to score a paid internship, go for it. Not only …

Seven Ways to Motivate Employees

In the famous scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Alec Baldwin is brought in as a corporate consultant from “the big boys downtown.” His condescending demeanor, crude and insulting language, and intimidating presence are meant to motivate an underperforming sales team and scare them into doing better. Among other things Baldwin does to insult the sales reps, he reveals …

The ‘Golden Handcuffs’

Your job pays you well. Quite well. You have good benefits and your paychecks are sweet. The problem is… you’re unhappy. Your job is stressful in a lot of ways. Your days are loaded with busy work and you’re not accomplishing anything that leaves you feeling fulfilled. You’re tempted to quit… but that sweet paycheck …

Categories: Careers

Make the Most of a College Job Fair

If your main goal after college is to land a job, attending a college career fair has to feel somewhat like visiting Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Maybe not quite that cool. But it’s a great way to land or line up a job after graduation. The U.S. Department of Labor says that approximately 18% of …

Categories: Careers, Education

10 Work-From-Home Jobs for 2015

Just a few decades ago, the vast majority of work-at-home job opportunities were far from profitable. And before the dawn of the Internet, it was much harder to sort through the scams and the real opportunities. Some of the “gotcha” job offers from the past include check-cashing schemes, mystery shopping, medical billing “jobs” that require …

How to Stay Productive When Working at Home

The phone keeps ringing. The kitchen sink is full of dishes. The dog has been snoring for 30 minutes and you desperately need to write out your monthly budget and pay your bills. But those things have to wait, and it’s not always by choice. When you work at home, you have to ignore your …

Coding Boot Camps: Three Months to Six Figures?

The mention of coding boot camps may conjure images of helmets and laptops. Far from it. They’re intensive programs, nine to 12 weeks on average, that provide training in computer coding so students can land jobs as Web developers. Such programs are increasing in popularity and reportedly had 2014 tuition revenue of $59 million. They often claim to increase your …

How to Choose the Right Major

Spring semester is about to start, and if you haven’t declared a major yet, your “exploratory” or “undecided” days may be numbered. But choosing a college major is a big decision. When you pick a major, you’re not only dictating what you’ll be studying for the next few (or more) years in college, but what career opportunities you may have …

Categories: Careers, Education

How Will Dailey Makes a Living as a Middle-Class Musician

Will Dailey’s music career began with a spatula and a tennis racket. As a child, the Boston-area native would lead imaginary orchestras while listening to the classical music, show tunes, and Placido Domingo records his mother would play. The tennis racket was Dailey’s guitar until he got the real thing at age 12. Now 38, …

Why I’m Going Back to Grad School — Or Not

To go or not to go? That is the question. If you’re in a mental traffic jam about graduate school, this post is for you. The grad school debate has been going on for years in my own head, and in the minds of countless others. With the rapid evolution of technology, emerging sectors of commerce, and century-old …

Why a Two-Year Degree May Be Your Best Investment

Most experts agree that the economic value of a bachelor’s degree far outweighs the average cost of earning one. However, recent research has made it painfully clear that a four-year degree is not a good investment for every student. For example, a study by New York Fed researchers showed that the bottom 25th percentile of college graduates earned …

Becoming Rich Is a Matter of Mind Over Money

Mindset plays a much bigger role in reaching our financial dreams than most of us realize. The good news is, you can work on your mindset without spending a dime. Today’s post touches on a timeless book, nearly 100 years old, with some financial advice garnered from the greatest financial minds who ever lived. And …

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