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.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:56:00 AM
Have you ever wondered what the top countries in education currently are? For the second year in a row, Universitas 21 has compiled a list of the top countries in education.
Countries are ranked based on a variety of attributes that are broken down into four categories, including connectivity (networks and collaborations), environment (diversity and participation), resources (private and government investments), and output (producing knowledgeable workers who meet the needs of the labor market). Countries are ranked in each category and also receive an overall score.
So, what was the number one country for higher learning overall? In the 2013 list of top countries for education, the United States scored a perfect 100 in the overall ranking.
Therefore, if you're considering pursuing post-secondary studies elsewhere, you may want to first consider that the best education in the world can be found in your own backyard. That being said, if you are thinking about studying abroad at some point, here are the top 10 countries in education for 2013:
Friday, June 14, 2013 2:19:00 PM
Imagine this. You’re nearing the home-stretch of earning your bachelor’s degree. It’s been a long road and you’re proud of your achievements—not only have you earned scholarships through academic performance, but you’ve also made time to do volunteer work for the homeless.
Somewhere along the way, you meet a lovely person and start dating. But as it turns out, in the eyes of your university’s officials, your choice of partner somehow invalidates your academic performance. You are labelled as “sexually immoral” and thrown out of school.
Now, time to guess: who are you?
You might be thinking “I know! I’m an oppressed woman in 1921!” Nope! Guess again. This is actually a real story and it’s happening now. Seriously.
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.
Monday, June 10, 2013 2:38:00 PM
Why do schools have uniforms? Teachers and parents can probably agree that creating a sense of belonging and experiencing less social pressure at school on a day-to-day basis could be major wins for students. Plus, school uniforms could help encourage a better sense of community, cause less morning stress, cut costs of back-to-school shopping, and more.
Here are details on five reasons why uniforms may be a good idea:
Belonging Trumps Bullying
One thing is certain—creating a sense of belonging trumps bullying and teasing. If the whole student body is dressed alike, it could help students steer clear of social pressure and avoid unnecessary conflict. There could be fewer arguments about what brands are cool or uncool. Plus, being dressed in the same clothing could create more camaraderie both in and out of the classroom.
Monday, June 10, 2013 10:44:00 AM
Is college worth it? This is the type of question that can really impact a person's forward momentum because there is no simple answer. It's very easy to get caught up in all of the possible variables and "what ifs."
When I've been asked whether I think college is worth it, I inevitably answer in one of three different ways:
- It depends. (On the career you're after, how much student debt you take on, and other factors too numerous to list.)
- Only you can decide if college was worth it after you've graduated and had the benefit of some hindsight. (You can't predict your future, so why ask anyone else to predict it for you?)
- Yes, I believe college is worth it—but only if you take charge of your experience and stay open to all possible opportunities.
Plenty has already been written about that first answer. I've done it with one post about the relationship between education and earnings and another about reasons for going to college that have nothing to do with money.
So I'd like to expand on those last two answers, which are related.
Friday, June 07, 2013 11:08:00 AM
You’d almost think Logan LaPlante was an average 13-year-old boy. He loves to ski and find adventures outdoors. He confesses that he needs to be reminded to shower, and claims to have no idea how his bedroom continues to get so messy. He gets annoyed by adults constantly asking, “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
But Logan’s far from average.
In a University of Nevada TEDx talk, Logan took to the stage to share his views on what education for young people should look like. He calls it “hackschooling”—derived from the idea that a child or parent can “hack” education in the same way that a tech wizard can hack a computer system. Though Logan is careful to point out that hackers don’t necessarily have to be “geeky computer nerds who live in their parents’ basements and spread computer viruses.” His theory is that genuine hackers are creative innovators who strive to change and improve on the status quo.
Thursday, June 06, 2013 2:27:00 PM
Once in a while, you come across an incredible story that embodies the true meaning of inspiration.
In my opinion, the story of the aptly named Chelsea Fearce is the very definition of inspirational. This fiercely determined 18-year-old from Riverdale, Georgia overcame some incredible obstacles and has achieved some truly amazing accomplishments.
Fearce recently graduated as valedictorian after finishing her high school career with the highest GPA in her class (4.466) at Charles Drew High School.
And that's not all. Due to her hard work and top-notch grades, she was able to take college courses during the past two years of high school, which has allowed her to enroll in college as a junior this fall.
These feats stand alone as impressive accomplishments, but add in the fact that Fearce and her family have been homeless for most of the past six years, and it hits home how truly amazing this young woman is.