When I graduated college, I quickly realized that even though I was trying to break into a struggling job market, there were jobs out there that I didn't even know existed! My friends and I would talk about the crazy, cool new careers we were seeing – you can get paid to be on Twitter all day? Who knew! Not only are these new occupations cool and interesting, they are some of the highest paying jobs out there.
While the economy isn't exactly booming, and jobs are still difficult to come by, it really is an exciting time to be starting out and pursuing a career. Advancements in technology and society are creating some awesome new career paths for recent college graduates to explore. Here are 10 top jobs for 2013.
Happy Earth Day! What is your college doing to be sustainable?
Just in time for Earth Day, the Princeton Review has released a new Guide to Green Colleges, presented in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. This year, 320 U.S. colleges made the list. Each institution dedicates a strong commitment to sustainability – their academic programs, buildings, and student organizations are all geared toward going green! Check out the newest additions to the list of greenest college campuses here.
"As my children leave home for college and for work, and I am left to begin my career again, I am reminded of some of my first work experiences as I navigate the new employment landscape."
Continue reading this installment of Diane Thomas' weekly work blog as she touches on issues of workplace harassment and the empowering changes that have occured over the years, as well as important (and maybe humorous?) information you need to know for yourself and your children.
Why you should care about competency-based or skills assessment learning: You get college credit for your prior learning and real-world skills.
As college costs and student debt continue to rise, competency-based learning (CBL) programs, or skills assessment programs, are gaining popularity as a faster and cheaper way for students to complete their college degree. The really cool part is that students can earn credit for any previous knowledge that can apply to the course materials.
We spoke with Brent Capriotti, curriculum consultant for Pearson, to learn more about the benefits of CBL and how this new method of learning can help more students reach their dreams of completing a college degree. Check out what he has to say!
21st century technology paves way for Ashford University graduates.
South Dakota’s first secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a global Fortune 100 company's top executive, and a Colorado chief of police have something in common – all three turned to Ashford University's 21st century online education model to advance their careers and become leaders in their fields. Read more...
Why should I include a photo in my LinkedIn profile? Do I have to reveal my age?
This installment of my weekly blog about returning to work after having raised a family answers some questions readers may have about creating LinkedIn profiles.
How can adult students develop a relationship with their college advisor that will last beyond their years at college? Ian Kelley
of The 30 Something Student
share his insight. Read more...
Associate, bachelor's, master's, oh my! If you are trying to make sense of academic degrees, look no further. Most colleges and universities offer different degrees and educational paths for students, and it's important to understand which program will fit you best.
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Every year, more than 380,000 students fail out of college in the United States. An important question to address is what happens after a student fails out? Will a college take a student that has failed out of another?
If it’s been a long while since you’ve worked full-time, you’ll likely notice two things when you return to the work force – computers and computer-based technologies have revolutionized the modern office, and your co-workers are now younger than you.
Much has been written about the dynamics between younger bosses and older employees, but a lot of those issues stem from differences in communication styles. I’ve been working part-time for several years now while I raise my family, and I have always gotten along well with my bosses and co-workers no matter their age. There’s no mysterious trick to this, I just treat everyone with respect.
Here are a few useful tips to help baby-boomers and their younger counterparts see eye-to-eye:
My Advice To The Older Generation
1. Sure Mom, O.K. Dad
Your youthful co-workers want to be compared to your kids about as much as you want to be told you remind them of their parents, or worse yet, their grandparents. Talk about your children when its appropriate, but never by way of comparison. Offer personal advice only when asked - no one wants to be parented at work.
2. Check Your Email…A Lot
Post baby-boomers like to communicate electronically...even when they are sitting right next to you. It’s their equivalent of note-taking, only in reverse.
When you tell your co-workers something, they will often ask you to email them the information, as they will be doing with you throughout the day. (Email frequency rates can be calculated in reverse proprtion to the sender's age).
My Advice To The Younger Generation
1. Tell Us How Often You Want Us To Check Our Emails
Instant communication methods have may have revolutionized the 9 to 5 workday, but old habits are hard to break. If you want to email us outside the workday, and expect to receive an answer before the next workday, make that clear. Otherwise we’re probably thinking we’re “off the clock”.
2. Head To Foot
If a younger boss who wants to gain the respect of older employees, just looki them straight in the eyes. Face to face conversation is what we value. Neither should you settle for surrounding yourself with younger workers because you feel more comfortable with them. Experienced workers really do have a lot to offer and you’ll ultimately be shooting your own self in the foot anyway - you will be the older worker someday.
3. The Art of Social Interaction
My generation is adept at reading facial expressions, intonation and body language in order to communicate effectively. No matter how helpful :) or :( or !!! can be in an email message, knowing what you want us to think you feel is not the same thing as knowing how you feel. Someday your generation will be in charge of the world and I, for one, don’t want the leader with the nuclear missiles pointed in our direction to misread the tone of your email :o !
What is your advice for older and younger workers or bosses? Share your comments here.
Read part one: Adventures of a 50 year Old Intern: Returning To Work
Read part two: Aventures of a 50 Year Old Intern: The Comfort Zone
Read part three: Aventures of a 50 Year Old Intern: Managing the Internet