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  • Cool at 13, Not at 23: Why Popular Kids Aren't Necessarily Successful Adults
    Ever notice that the cool kids from high school seem to still be stuck there? They like to spend a lot of time talking about the good old days, and it's clear that these years were the highlight of their lives thus far. Well, there might be a good reason for that, and it's good news for workers who weren't exactly captain of the football team years ago.
  • 6 Fun College Majors That Might Start You on a Serious Career
    For students, the end of August means an end to school vacation and the beginning of a brand new year. Some are excited, and others ... not quite so much. For many college students, the end of August also brings thoughts of picking a major. It's a big decision. These days though, you have many exciting options to choose from. Here are six you might never think of – but should.
  • Why Do We Rank Schools? Vote for PayScale at SXSW, and Find Out
    How does South by Southwest pick its panels? By asking the internet to choose which of its most burning questions deserves an answer first. This year, PayScale has three potential sessions up for your approval: The Rankers on College Rankings: Why We Do It; How To Diversify Tech & Hack Our Unconscious Bias; and How Working in a Social Agency Made Me Hate Social. Use the SXSW PanelPicker, and tell organizers what you need to know.
  • The 10 Best Colleges in America
    What makes a school great? Every publication that ranks colleges and universities has its own methodology, usually a combination of test scores prior to entering school and starting salary after graduation. Business Insider, which debuted its seventh annual ranking this week, uses SAT scores per College Board, median starting salary for grads according to PayScale, and feedback from a survey of over 1,000 readers. Their list might not contain many surprises, but it does provide insight into what makes a top school in 2015.
  • The 10 Worst States for Student Loan Debt
    The class of 2015 is the most indebted to date, with student loan debt adding up to almost $68 billion total, including federal and private loans. The average graduate will have to pay back $35,000, according to data analysis by Edvisors, and the student loan default rate hovers around 13 to 14 percent. While politicians debate the best way to combat student loan debt, or mitigate its crippling effects, individual students must decide the best way to minimize their debt load. A recent WalletHub report reminds us that where students live can be an important factor in determining how much money they owe – and how quickly they're able to pay it off.
  • Key & Peele Asks, 'What If We Worshipped Teachers Like We Do Pro Athletes?'
    Imagine a world in which teachers are hired via a draft broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, do commercials for major brands, and scoop up contracts worth tens of millions of dollars. Or, you know, just watch Key & Peele's latest sketch, TeachingCenter, which does it for you.
  • 8 Things I Wish My High School Counselor Told Me About Applying to College
    Being a high school senior is tough. With the competitive nature of college admissions these days, balancing academics, extracurricular activities, family commitments, and applications is truly a feat. While high school counselors are at their disposal during the crucial months of October through December, seniors are tirelessly scouring college confidential forums, messaging alumni, and hacking into college admissions databases simply because they aren't getting the information they want and need. So here's the million-dollar question: What questions do 12th graders have that aren't being answered by the school counseling department?
  • Programs That Promise Jobs for Grads Remind Us That a Degree Isn't a Guarantee
    Much of the next election will be centered around which candidate can provide the best path for new jobs and a growing economy. Some candidates have promised 4 percent growth every year. Others say the answer lies in massive government spending on infrastructure repair. Now, a group of U.S. companies has decided not to wait for the next president: they call themselves the 100K Opportunities Initiative.
  • 5 Reasons Millennial Women Are Saying 'I Do' to Their Careers Instead of Marriage
    Did you know that 25 percent of today's young adults will likely never have been married by the time they reach their mid-40s to mid-50s? We'll take a look at why so many millennials prefer to marry their careers rather than their significant others.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: The Case of the Singing Employee
    What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen at the office? For one manager, it's probably the time a report pulled out a harmonica and started singing his status update. The question, of course: is that OK? And if not, how exactly do you tell your subordinate that this is not the opera episode of Mr. Rogers? All that, plus avoiding student mistakes, and how to accept a job offer the right way, in this week's roundup.
  • Debunking 4 Myths About Teachers' Pay
    Most agree that teaching is an important job. Teachers have an enormous impact on the people they teach, and their former students go on to shape the world – for good or for ill. Given that, some feel that teachers should receive higher compensation for their work. Others, on the other hand, believe teachers already receive adequate and fair pay. There are a lot of myths out there about teachers' pay. Let's take a closer look at a few of them and see if we can't replace some common misunderstandings with facts.
  • 7 Career Tips for Millennials From Famous Success Stories
    If you're early on in your career, it's okay if you don't know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life – join the club. Regardless of what career path you end up choosing, it's wise to plan as much as possible for the road ahead. To help you out, here are seven valuable pieces of advice from some of the world's most inspirational influencers to help you navigate through your career successfully.
  • 5 Great Tech Jobs That Don't Require STEM Degrees
    There are many reasons why big tech companies have become such popular places to work. The pay is good, the perks are often excellent, and the job satisfaction reported by employees is reassuring. Also, these jobs often provide the innovation and professional growth opportunities that today's workers want.
  • Oregon State Legislature Passes a Bill Offering Free Community College to Residents
    Last winter, President Obama began discussing his plan for keeping America (and Americans) educated and competitive in an ever-expanding global economy. In light of the high cost of tuition, his idea to offer two years of community college for free was exciting to many, but others were concerned about how the federal government could afford such a program.
  • Veteran Teachers Are Tired of Still Being Broke
    It's realistic to expect that, as professionals starting a career, we might not be paid very well at first. Expectations of bringing home the big bucks as soon as college ends are usually frustrated. But, it's also reasonable to assume that our salaries will rise as we gain experience and prove our commitment to our work and the institutions we work for. However, that might not be the case for teachers. Let's take a look at some facts about teachers' pay.
  • For-Profit Colleges Must Prove That Students Can Pay Back Loans
    A recent US district court ruling reaffirms that the US Department of Education has a right to require colleges to prove that graduates earn enough money to pay back their student loans in order to be eligible for federal student aid dollars. This ruling is the second in a push-back via gainful employment regulations to hold these schools accountable for a return on students' tuition investment. Here's what you need to know.
  • Millennial Workers Are Less Engaged and Less Stressed Than Other Workers
    Millennials get a lot of attention in the media, in part because they're such a big generation – it's even projected that they'll outnumber Baby Boomers by the end of the year. Although they are the youngest adult-generation, they are shaking things up in the workplace with their unique skills and their impressive educational backgrounds. Millennials also bring different values and priorities to the table, already teaching older generations a little something about work-life balance.
  • 'Genius Girl' Admits to Harvard-Stanford Hoax
    News on the college-admissions front often has some element of fascination and intrigue. After all, most of us could only dream of gaining a coveted slot at an Ivy League school like Harvard or Stanford. So, news that a young "Genius Girl" was able to snag what sounded like the most illustrious and custom-made program of all sounded absolutely fantastic. Too good to be true! Well, as it turns it, it was.
  • Let's Stop Asking Kids What They Want to Be When They Grow Up
    If you stop and think about it, it's pretty amazing how early we start talking with children about their future career choices. Although we don't really take the question seriously (and our kids are most likely just playing along) the tried-and-true kid conversation starter, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is asked, often, to even our youngest children. By age 3 or 4, a lot of kids have even worked out a pat response.
  • Elizabeth Warren to Education Department: Protect Student Loan Borrowers
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been making plenty of headlines over the past few months. Between a grassroots campaign (unsuccessfully) demanding her run for president; a spat with Jamie Dimon, the head of JPMorgan Chase; and the demand for student loan reform, she continues to assert herself as a progressive champion. But is there hard data to vindicate the ideals that have garnered her a cult following?