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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.

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Most Recent Posts by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
  • Which College Majors Study the Most? [infographic]

    The average student spends 17 hours a week preparing for class, according to The National Survey of Student Engagement. That includes studying, reading, analyzing data, and doing assignments and lab work. That's far less than the 45 or so hours per week recommended by most schools for students taking 15 credits of coursework, but not every major is equal when it comes to study time.

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  • Microsoft EVP Stephen Elop's Layoff Memo: By the Way, You Might Not Have a Job Next Year

    Yesterday, the hinted-at changes in Microsoft's workforce took shape and heft, to the tune of 18,000 job cuts over the next year. The figure represents about 14 percent of Microsoft's workforce. The majority of those cuts, 12,500 jobs, will come in Microsoft's devices and services unit, which absorbed Nokia last year. How did workers in the mobile unit discover this? In the eleventh paragraph of a memo from former Nokia CEO and current Microsoft executive vice president Stephen Elop.

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  • Fewer Freshman College Students Returning for Sophomore Year

    The rate of first-time college students returning for their sophomore year in 2013 dropped 1.2 percentage points, compared with the entering class of 2009, according to a new report from The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The retention rate, however remained about the same, meaning that college students who left school were more likely to drop out entirely, and less likely to leave one school in order to enroll somewhere else.

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  • 5 Tips for Finding the Right Mentor for You

    A good mentor can mean the difference between career success and stagnation, but there's a caveat: even the most visionary leader won't be much use to you, if the relationship isn't right.

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  • Amazon Has the Most Attractive Tech Workers

    The makers of Hinge, a dating app that stresses professional affiliations as well as social connections, says that users swipe right for Amazon employees 14.2 percent above the average -- more than Apple, Google, or Facebook, whose network they use to validate user identity. (Ouch.)

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  • Career Stalled? Here's How to Spin It in Job Interviews

    Switching employers every few years might be the way to make more money, but for many workers, the idea of taking a risk on a new job during a bad economy was just too scary. The problem, of course, is that few people work at the same place for our whole careers, retiring with a pension and a gold watch. Eventually, you're probably going to start looking for a new job, and when you do, you'll need to know how to make it clear that you're still a go-getter, despite riding out the recession in one place.

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  • How to Conduct a Sneaky Job Search at Work

    First things first: looking for a new job on the company's time is a bad idea. But sometimes, life intervenes -- for instance, if you work 14 hours a day, and most weekends, it can be hard to carve out time that's really "yours." So what do you do to minimize the risk of getting caught?

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  • First Job? Do These 3 Things for a Bright Financial Future

    If you're just starting out your career, and recently got your first job, you're most likely relieved to be employed. Also, if you've been living like a student -- i.e., on a tight budget -- you might feel rich. (At least until those student loans kick in.) So what should you do first, to make sure that you have the best shot at financial security down the road?

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  • 3 Tips for Building a Career With Meaning

    The process of putting together PayScale's data package, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs made one thing very clear: there are an infinite number of paths to a job that really satisfies, and no two careers will look exactly alike, even if the worker in each case loves his or her job.

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  • 5 Tricks That Will Save You 5+ Hours a Week

    If you're reading this over the weekend, you're probably procrastinating -- and most likely, not because you're already bored of family barbecues this early in the summer. No, odds are, you're working on the weekend again, despite promising yourself this wouldn't happen. How did you get here? Well, in part, it's because you're losing time to things you don't need to do.

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