• Behind The Scenes of The 2013 College ROI Report Methodology

    Our recently released College Return on Investment (ROI) rankings reflects a few updates to our methodology. In this blog post, I will provide some insight into the overall methodology, as well as highlight the methodological changes we have made and why we made them.

  • Fed Should Shift Focus to Expand Employment
    If we want the economy to really rally, we need to do something about unemployment. It seems, at first, a semantic ploy, to call for the U.S. Federal Reserve to shift its approach from slashing the jobless rate to actually expanding employment. But there is a difference, and it's less subtle than you might think.
  • Incivility in the Office – Women Work Harder and Men Call in Sick
    Office life is often stressful. It's work, after all. And sometimes that means never ending phone calls, deadlines and meetings. Unfortunately, stressful offices can turn into downright unbearable atmospheres if you add incivility and disrespect into the mix. You may find it interesting that men and women handle this type of stress a bit differently.
  • Engineering Schools Top PayScale's 2013 College ROI Report... Again

    PayScale just released our 2013 College ROI Report, which measures the cost of attending over 1,000 colleges to median alumni salaries. Once again, Engineering Schools and Research Universities dominate the list of schools who offer the biggest return on investment for your hard-earned tuition dollars. For the second year in a row, Harvey Mudd College took home top honors, beating out better-known institutions like MIT and Caltech.

  • 9 Ways That Sound Affects Our Health, Wellbeing and Productivity [infographic]
    A lot of us work in a cubicle. While we all know this can be a creativity killer, it turns out it could be a productivity killer as well. After all, when you are exposed to the loud noises of your co-workers talking in an open office, productivity drops by 66 percent.
  • An Interactive Map of the Richest and Poorest Subway Stops in New York

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the wealthiest stop of all? The mirror probably doesn't know, but The New Yorker does, and explains it in one of the niftier interactive features I've seen for a while.

  • The Minimalistic Gmail Cheat Sheet [infographic]
    Do you find navigating Gmail to be a bit cumbersome or is it easy breezy? Either way, these shortcuts and tips from Visualeks are sure to make it even easier.
  • 10 Ways to Drive Your Co-workers Insane
    Some days, it can be difficult enough to hang out in an office all day. It’s an even more difficult duty when you work with someone who has an annoying habit, and by no means do you want to be the person in the office that gets on everyone’s nerves. If you don't want to be the cause of your co-workers' insanity, you may want to refrain from the following activities.
  • 3 Side Businesses for College Students

    College is more expensive than ever before. Students are understandably eager to offset their steep tuition costs by earning money while they work toward their degree. Minimum wage jobs don't provide more than a drop in the bucket of debt, and there are always issues with scheduling hours around classes. Fortunately, there are plenty of jobs students can create for themselves that allow them to earn more money -- and on their own time.

  • 9 Unusual Ways to Change Your Mood and Boost Your Productivity
    People get boosts of energy from the smallest and simplest of life's pleasures. You can lighten a long, strenuous day simply by laughing at something silly, and brighten your day just by smiling. In fact, being happy has a major impact on your brain chemistry.
  • How to Prepare for These 3 Curveball Interview Techniques

    Very few people will look you right in the eye and tell you that they love interviewing for jobs -- and those that do are probably lying. We have no idea what the tone of an interview will be, before we're actually in it. The best thing to do is to prepare for every possible contingency.

  • How Much Money Is There, Really?

    Even if we're not materialistic people, money is a big part of our lives. It's impossible to have any security without it out -- and security, in turn, allows us to achieve our dreams and have room to be creative. But how much of the green stuff is there on earth?

  • How to Survive an All-Day Interview

    If you're like most of us, finding out that your job interview has turned into a day-long affair will cycle you through just about every single one of Kubler-Ross's stages of grief: first, there will be disbelief, then rage (generally when you realize you won't have a reliable source of coffee for a few hours). Finally, in the end, you'll reach acceptance.

  • What Women Want at Work [infographic]
    The challenges that women face in their jobs and what is viewed as “success” has changed a bit over the last 5-10 years, both within the U.S. and globally.
  • 3 Ways to Avoid Virtual Miscommunication

    Why do our communications misfire so frequently when they're over email, IM, or teleconferencing? Because of lack of context, according to Keith Ferrazzi at HBR Blog Network.

  • What Was It Like for Women Asking for Raises in the '70s?

    Recently, someone asked Laurie Battaglia of Levo League what is was like to ask for a raise, as a woman, in the 1970s. Her reply?

  • Student Loan Reform: It's About Time
    The national student debt now stands at more than $1 trillion. It marked the first time in U.S. history that college debt outnumbered credit card debt. A bill making its way through Congress aims to help Americans better deal with that burden of college debt.
  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Apple Losing Out to Samsung, Job Picture Looks Bleak for 2013 College Grads and Hostess Bakery to Reopen This Summer
    Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.
  • Creative People Are Jerks, Study Finds

    A recent study from BI Norwegian Business School found that creative people are also likely to be emotionally volatile and prickly in relationships. But if this describes you, don't despair. The study also isolated several much more positive signposts of creativity.

  • Mommy Conventions: Business Trips or Paid Vacations?
    Everyone wants to work from home these days, and jobs and companies which allow telecommuting can be few and far between. Working mothers often find the greatest work-life balance when they are allowed to work from home. The fantasy that many people imagine is that of a person who is allowed the luxury of sitting in their pajamas and slippers in front of a laptop, while sipping lattes. All the while, the rest of us have to drag our begrudging behinds into an office to hang out in a cubicle.