Friday, August 16, 2013 7:52:00 AM
I can't say I have too many memories from when I was very young, but there is one that is still crystal clear for me. It was the day I actually learned to read. The day something "clicked" in my brain and the foreign squiggles on a page all came together and magically transformed into words that I could understand. I was in my grandmother's living room, and the book was Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.
I remember being so incredibly excited. It was like I'd just unlocked a whole new world. And I had. Since that very day, reading has been a huge part of my life, and hardly a day goes by where I don't spend at least a few minutes reading.
However, whether you are a bookworm or not, there are some books that I would highly recommend for those entering their first year of college.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7:37:00 AM
September is fast approaching, and if you are one of the thousands of women across the country who will be entering freshman year of college, the time has come to start thinking about packing up your life to move into a college dorm and into the next chapter of your life.
The reason I am focusing on female freshmen is that most women are notoriously "heavy packers."
Hey, it's not our fault, it's just ingrained in us. I call it my need for "nesting." I can't even get into a car for a short drive without laying out and organizing a pile of essentials (a drink in the cup holder that is within the easiest reaching distance, my lip balm in the empty cup holder, my purse on the flat tray behind the cup holders, my iPod in the nook under the radio…you get the picture). And the last time I took a vacation, I packed a suitcase that rivals my own height, while my boyfriend was able to fit five days worth of clothes and travel supplies into one small backpack. My mind is still blown.
The problem for us packrats is that dorm rooms are notoriously small. Different colleges have different types of living arrangements for students. Some may have apartment-type living conveniences complete with private bathroom and kitchen facilities, but these tend to be rare (and expensive).
Friday, August 09, 2013 7:44:00 AM
Yes, it can be a good option. No, not everyone will agree. Many people go back to school in a bad economy and come away with new skills, a more advanced degree, and better job prospects. Other people aren't as fortunate. So you need to do it right.
Whether you're having trouble finding a job or just feel stuck in the one you already have, going back to school is one way to spark a much-needed renewal of self-confidence and opportunity. The more carefully you plan for it and follow through, the more likely it is that you'll end up applauding your decision later.
Here's how to get the most from returning to school in a down economy:
Figure Out What You Really Want and Make a Plan
It's OK to feel lost. It's even OK to wander for a little while. But sooner or later, you've got to start creating a map of where you've been and where you'd rather go.
Friday, July 26, 2013 7:16:00 AM
Lately women have been getting all of the attention when it comes to careers. Movements like Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In have put the (valid and necessary) spotlight on women in the workforce and the unfair circumstances they are forced to deal with (like lesser pay than men for doing the exact same position).
While I fully endorse the philosophy of Lean In and am passionate about changing the way women are treated in the workforce, I don’t think men come out of this gender equality issue unscathed either. They may have an advantage when it comes to earning the pay they deserve, but they must face a different type of gender-bias in the form of being judged or ridiculed for choosing stereotypically "feminine" careers.
The sad truth is that often men feel they have to steer away from certain types of careers (even if their talent and interests are a perfect match) because they fear judgment and discrimination.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:54:00 AM
Once again, your elected representatives have failed you. Instead of making affordable higher education a national priority, Republicans and Democrats just allowed the interest rate to double on some federally backed student loans—from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
To be fair, the rate hike only affects new, subsidized Stafford loans. And your congressional representatives still might hammer out a retroactive compromise when they return to work after their July 4th hangovers. But, for now, they've made it perfectly clear where their priorities lie.
With Americans crying out for more good-paying jobs—especially for indebted college graduates—you might think Congress would have already taken the opportunity to extend the lower interest rate. You know, as a sign of support for the people who are America's present and future.
Friday, June 14, 2013 7:48:00 AM
According to a 2010 report from Pew Research Center, nearly 40% of 18- to 29-year-olds in America have tattoos, and those in the 30-45 age group are tailing close behind at 32%. If you have tattoos, are searching for a job, and aren't sure where to start, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Jobs for people with tattoos are aplenty in the labor market, and there are a few industries in particular where having tattoos is considered utterly awesome. If you are one of the many Americans donning designs on your skin and you want to know more about job industries where you can bare your impressive ink, consider a career in one of these industries:
Tattoo artists generally have tons of admirable ink! While working as a tattoo artist, you'll be able to have your body art on display and also help others express themselves through unique tattoos.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 8:08:00 AM
"Why do you want to leave your current job?" Talk about a nerve-wracking interview question, especially if you're unhappy at your existing gig. If you aren't prepared for it, the answer you give might derail any rapport you've already established with the interviewer.
At some point in your career, maybe at multiple points, you will encounter this question. How you handle it can make the difference between landing your new dream job or slinking back to your current job feeling hopeless and demoralized.
You might have many legitimate reasons for leaving a current employer, but that doesn't mean you should voice all of them in a job interview. Talking about all the reasons you hate your job, your boss, or your coworkers is likely to raise red flags and cause your interviewer to see you as damaged goods.
Even if you've got a degree in human resources, it can be easy to slip up. Desperately wanting a new job is always stressful. But maintaining your professionalism is a must.
So, how can you answer such a question in a way that will open doors wider instead of slamming them shut?
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 8:51:00 AM
When it comes to your ideal work environment, you probably fit into one of two types:
Some people prefer a quiet, peaceful haven that allows them to work independently in their own little bubble (as a writer, this fits me like a glove). However, plenty of people want just the opposite—a loud and energizing atmosphere that centers on teamwork, collaboration, and brainstorming.
If you're part of the latter group, you are probably interested in learning about some of the best career options for people with highly social personality types. Here are some of the top jobs for people who like people:
The advertising industry is definitely one that thrives on teamwork. Companies (especially those associated with highly competitive industries) want the newest, freshest, and most unique advertising campaigns to promote their products, and that is a task best suited to a group mentality.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:10:00 PM
Long gone are the times when job searching involved sitting down with a newspaper and stack of resumes and envelopes. These days, job hunting is more likely to include a lot of time spent searching online, exploring job boards, and tweaking your LinkedIn profile.
So, how can you navigate the ever-changing landscape of online job searching?
I'm very glad you asked!
To start, you can check out my recent guest post, "How One Word Could Wreck Your Job Search," on Joshua Waldman's Career Enlightenment blog, which contains information on relevant tools and offers helpful job search tips.
Enjoy, and happy job hunting!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:15:00 PM
I’ve been down the post-secondary education path more than once, and I can say with the confidence of first-hand experience that college stress sucks. These days, my shiny transcript, sparkly GPA, and lack of any degree whatsoever only serve to remind me that perfectionism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and college stress can be a killer. If I could hit “rewind” and give advice to 17-year-old me heading off to university for the first time, I would tell myself a few things. My first piece of advice would be to stop wearing baby pink all the time—Ashley, you are not a toddler. And, given the opportunity, I would make my younger self listen to a few more important things:
Don’t be a Control Freak
One of the biggest keys to combating college stress is to focus on what you can control. This means you also need to identify factors in your life that are beyond your control. Getting caught in the “What if?” cycle can be totally self-defeating.
By accepting a certain level of powerlessness, you can release some of the tension that can build up from trying to control for the uncontrollable. You’d be surprised how much mental energy is eaten up by worrying. My husband loves to tell me, “You worry too much.” (To which my response is usually a dirty look.) But, I have to admit, he’s almost always right (but only on this one issue!). When I focus less on worrying and controlling, I am better able to focus my energy on dealing with the things that are within my power to change.