• How I Got My Dream Job: John Rizen, Magician
    Magicians have been with us for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Historians date the first usage of the word as early as the 14th century, and trace its etymological origins to the magus, a type of ancient Persian priest, and cognate maghdim, a Chaldean term for "wisdom and philosophy." Fast-forward a handful of centuries later, and the word's basic connotations still apply, at least to modern-day magician John Rizen, a Canadian-born magic master and mogul currently based in Vancouver, BC. For the past six years, Rizen had managed to carve out a career path doing what he loves, through hard work, self-defined hustle, and of course — and please forgive the mandatory pun — a little magic.
  • 4 Jobs Where You Get to Play With Toys
    How many times have you sat at your desk, bored to tears, creating toys out of any object in reach? Do you daydream of leaving your work behind and going back to the creative days of childhood? When you visit your parents for the holidays, are you volunteering to watch your niece or nephew as an excuse to play with your old LEGO set? All this may be calling you back to the dream career you never knew existed: playing with toys full-time.
  • For Perspective's Sake, Here Are 4 Jobs That Pay Better Than Teaching
    Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, there are still folks out there who think that teachers are fairly well paid. The truth is, they aren't. At least not when compared with other professionals who receive equivalent education and training. Despite the extremely important nature of the work, teachers often need to take on second or even third jobs to make ends meet, which impacts both their students' learning and their own experience within the profession. So, for the sake of gaining some valuable perspective, let's take a look at a few workers that are paid better than teachers.
  • 6 Jobs in the Legal Marijuana Industry You Never Knew Existed
    The legal marijuana industry in the U.S. has expanded quite a bit in recent years. Medical marijuana is now available in more than 20 states, and several have even legalized it for recreational use. An entirely new cluster of jobs have become available alongside this growth, and because the industry is so new, workers may or may not be familiar with all of their options. Jobs in the legal marijuana industry extend beyond growers and dispensary workers. Here are a few other new and less well-known job titles within the field.
  • 4 Great Benefits of Having a Side Job
    In a perfect world, we would only take on side jobs because we really wanted to. Unfortunately, wage stagnation means that many workers take on side jobs (or even second full-time positions) in order to make ends meet. Working too many hours is never recommended, but side jobs can have their benefits (assuming you still have some downtime in your schedule). Let's take a look at some of pluses.
  • Here's Why CEO Pay Matters
    The Great Recession hit the U.S. economy pretty darn hard, and American workers are still recovering. We've learned, in recent years, that an improving economy doesn't necessarily mean better pay for workers. However, despite these challenging economic trends, top executives continue to earn huge sums of money, especially compared with how much their employees make and when measured against how much people in their position used to earn in decades past. Let's take a look at a few facts about CEO pay and also examine why it really does matter, quite a lot actually, to you and your employer.
  • These 5 Jobs Only Require a Two-Year Degree and Are Perfect for a Mid-Career Change
    If you were the same person you were when you first started out in your career, things wouldn't be so complicated. However, over time, you've matured as an individual and a professional, so it's only natural that your priorities shifted accordingly. As a result, you may have found that the career from which you thought you'd retire is now stifling and has become the bane of your existence. You're probably thinking that switching occupations mid-career isn't the wisest decision, but is staying in an unfulfilling, stagnant career until retirement the better option?
  • What You're Twice as Likely to Do When You Telecommute
    Telecommuting is on the rise. As the number of folks who work from home increases, new data begin to emerge about their experience. If you're considering telecommuting at some point in the future, the results of a recent survey should be of interest to you.
  • Teachers in South Dakota Will Finally Get a Raise
    Teaching is hard work, but despite the education, dedication, and expertise it demands, teachers are startlingly underpaid compared with other professionals with similar education and training. That's true across the board. However, teachers' pay varies widely state-to-state. This year, South Dakota has decided to take action in order to move their teachers up the pay ranks and help their schools and students succeed. Let's take a closer look at how they'll do it, and what encouraged them toward this action.
  • 5 Job Titles That Sound Way Better Than the Actual Job
    In the modern world of careers, we have gotten really creative with our job titles. But sometimes, even the coolest-sounding job titles can actually be incredibly boring. This comes from a recent AskReddit thread where Redditors tell all on job titles that sounded cool, but actually sucked in real life. Let's check it out.
  • The 5 Jobs With the Worst Gender Pay Gap
    Men earn more than women in every industry, but some occupations have a worse gender pay gap than others. Recently, Time released their list of the 25 jobs with the biggest gap between male and female earnings. Let's take a closer look at the five jobs at the top of the list.
  • Want Job Security? Avoid These 3 Jobs
    The job market as a whole is showing some good signs of recovery from the Great Recession. But, that recovery hasn't looked the same across the board. It has varied widely by region, for example. Similarly, industries are progressing (or regressing) at different rates. If you're contemplating changing careers – or just want to know whether your current occupation offers a good future – it pays to know which jobs have the highest unemployment rates.
  • 3 Obstacles That Keep Women From Succeeding in Tech
    The gender pay gap exists across all industries, but it's smallest in tech, according to PayScale's report, The Truth About the Gender Pay Gap. But, that doesn't mean that everything is easy for women at tech companies. Various systemic issues in the industry can keep women from succeeding – or even staying – in STEM fields. Here's what's holding women back.
  • Is Work-Life Balance Possible for Educators?
    Whether we're talking about elementary school teachers or professors at the university level, many educators are struggling to find work-life balance. There are some specific ways in which these jobs lend themselves to a kind of all-in approach that leaves one's personal life in the dust. Let's take a look at a few of the reasons why so many educators aren't finding their way to better work-life balance and think about potential solutions.
  • Do Fun Office Perks Actually Make Workers Less Creative?
    Flashy office perks like ping-pong tables, free backrubs, and unlimited snack foods might help keep you in the office, but do they make you better at your job? Not necessarily. If you're wondering why your creative work environment isn't sparking more innovation, those fancy perks could be to blame. Here's how your cool office could be killing your creativity.
  • Union Membership by the Numbers
    Labor unions have been in the news quite a bit lately. The Supreme Court is reviewing a case that could mean the end for certain public-sector unions. And, it seems there is some general concern about how these organizations will adapt to a changing economy. So, let's put all of the emotion surrounding the topic of modern trade unions aside and focus on some facts, in order to gain some clarity on the state of today's labor unions.
  • 5 Signs You're Burning Out
    Burnout can impact just about anyone. But, people who are extra dedicated and committed to their jobs, or people working in particularly stressful and demanding positions, might be especially prone to it. If signs and symptoms of burnout go unaddressed, you could find yourself being forced to take a break from your job – whether you want to or not. So, let's take a look at a few common signs of burnout. Learning to recognize these signs, and slowing down accordingly, could help you save your career before it's too late.
  • See How Much Money Your WoW Characters Would Earn IRL
    Just like in real life, your video and computer game characters usually have to bring in some sort of income to survive. Whether you're looting gold coins or earning them through trade, you have to have enough gold to get you through the game. Today, I'm going to focus on one of my favorite games, World of Warcraft, and how much money characters from each profession would be earning in real life if they weren't hustling for in-game gold in Azeroth.
  • 4 Weird Jobs From the Olden Days
    Times change. And, as they do, jobs and industries shift as well. Hence, the regular internet posts enumerating the endangered jobs of these here modern times. It's true that our three-times-great-grandchildren might need some help understanding what mail carriers and newspaper reporters actually did, but they wouldn't be the first ones to lose touch with jobs from the past. Just for fun, and for the sake of honoring history, let's take a look back at four strange jobs from the olden days that are potentially unknown to you. They might even change your perspective on the current job landscape.
  • What's Next? Teachers Who Change Careers Have Many Options
    Teaching is difficult and interesting work. It can be wonderfully fulfilling and simultaneously almost unbearably frustrating and stressful. Generally, it's not the kids who make teachers want to move on to another profession. Rather, it's something about the system itself, the culture, that eventually adds up to be too much. Some teachers are driven away by the long hours and low pay, others feel they need to move on because of trying relationships with administrators or too much tension with parents. Others find the curriculum, or the accompanying standardized tests, too limiting and confining.

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