• How Financial Aid Affects College Cost and ROI By Household Income
    This weekend, President Obama rolled out new Department of Education initiatives aimed at increasing the number of students who attend college and graduate without unmanageable student loan debt. Among them: College Scorecard, an assessment tool that allows students and their families to choose potential colleges based on factors like average annual cost, graduation rate, and salary after attending. PayScale is using this data to add another layer to our College ROI Report, showing how income level affects college ROI.
  • The 5 Best Graduate Degrees By Salary
    A graduate degree isn't a guarantee, either of employment or high earnings. For one thing, not all graduate degrees are created equal. Some fields obviously grow more than others, and may or may not reward candidates with advanced degrees on their CVs. Some occupations require licensure to practice, or set the barrier of entry at a certain educational level. To help you figure out whether going back to school is in your best interests, this year's College Salary Report ranks the top graduate degrees by earnings.
  • #College2Career: Sasha Pasulka on Why You Should Get an Internship – Even If You Don't Want To
    All work and no play makes for a dull life and possibly an uninspired career, but sometimes, you have to sacrifice the occasional pool party in order to score a career-defining internship. Sasha Pasulka, Director, Audience Product Marketing at Tableau Software, spoke with PayScale for a special feature on forging a path from college to career, and shared that advice, plus a few other valuable tips. Among them: listen to your aunt, especially if she's a recruiter, and pay attention to what you loved when you were 12 years old. You never know when you'll discover the perfect career path.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: When Is It OK to Lie on Your Resume?
    The longer you're out of work, the less likely you are to get a job. This kind of employment catch-22 leads otherwise honest people to consider some less-than-ethical tactics ... some of them pretty creative. In this week's blog roundup, we look at why lying on your resume is still a really bad idea; plus, how to delegate, and a few tips on getting clearer instructions from your boss.
  • #College2Career: Dallas Tester on Partnering With Professors to Find Career Opportunities
    College choice isn't career destiny, no matter what your high school guidance counselor might've told you. When it comes to building a career, the opportunities you take while you're going to school can be just as important as the name of the institution on your diploma. PayScale's College Salary Report ranks the colleges and universities whose graduates go on to high-paying careers, but the big surprise is how many "non-brand-name" schools make the list. Developer Evangelist Dallas Tester tells us why college reputation isn't a blueprint for graduates' career paths.
  • What If You Don't Want to Be the Boss?
    Even if you love your job, chances are that you're hoping to move beyond it someday. Ideally, you want that movement to be in the direction of the tasks and experiences you like the most about your working life right now, and away from what annoys you. There's just one problem: at most organizations, moving up the ladder means moving into management, and not everyone wants to be a manager.
  • The 5 Best Party Schools By Salary Potential
    Just because students love to party, doesn't mean they're trading keggers today for career opportunities tomorrow. PayScale uses The Princeton Review's list of party schools as a jumping-off place, and then ranks them according to the median pay of their graduates at early and mid-career. To make Princeton's list, schools must have a high percentage of students who report seeing frequent drug and alcohol use at their schools, a very active Greek system, not too many hours per day devoted to study.
  • #College2Career:  Sarah Fenske on Why Unpaid Internships Are Worth It
    One of the biggest challenges for entering college students is finding time to do everything they need to do, in order to prepare for a successful career after graduation. As part of PayScale's College Salary Report, we asked several successful people to tell us how they bridged the gap between choosing a major and graduating to a satisfying career. For Sarah Fenske, Editor in Chief of the Riverfront Times and graduate of The College of Wooster, the answer was simple: gain work experience, in any way possible.
  • 5 High-Paying Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago
    When we were kids, teachers told us that the jobs we'd have as adults hadn't even been invented yet. That's not strictly true. Take a look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, and you'll see plenty of familiar job titles with projected growth rates of 30 percent or more over the next 10 years, including titles as diverse as brickmason and dental hygienist. But, what is true is that some high-paying job titles that are projected to grow didn't exist when we were in school. In fact, some didn't exist as recently as 10 years ago – or were so rare that you probably hadn't heard of them.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Should Women Even Bother Negotiating Salary?
    Here's a little controversy to wrap up your week: in her latest blog post, Penelope Trunk argues that women are penalized for negotiating salary, and for this and other reasons, they shouldn't do it at all. Whew. Find that, plus what happens when you don't take a vacation, and the best sites to help you land a job in 2015, in this week's roundup.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 173,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Falls to 5.1 Percent
    Prior to this morning's release from the labor department, economists were predicting the addition of 218,000 jobs. Today's Employment Situation Summary fell well short of that, coming in at only 173,000 jobs. While the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent, the labor force participation rate remained close to its 1970s low, at 62.6 percent. It wasn't all bad news, however.
  • These Are the 10 Most Meaningful College Majors
    Salary is important; no matter how much you love your job, you're probably not going to be happy if you're stressed about paying the bills. Beyond a certain point, however, more money doesn't necessarily equal more happiness. For this reason, it's a good idea for entering college students to consider meaning as well as money when choosing a major.
  • The 5 Highest Paying Bachelor's (and Associate!) Degrees
    Very few students choose their major from a list of top-paying degrees. Even if financial considerations are paramount in your decision process, you'll probably start by examining your strengths and interests. In other words, you might not choose your major for love, exactly, but you don't want to sink time, effort, and money preparing for a career you won't enjoy. That said, there's value in knowing which degrees are most likely to net high-paying jobs for their recipients. PayScale's College Salary Report ranks the highest paying associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees – because no matter what you decide, knowing is better than not knowing.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 190,000 Jobs in August
    This morning's employment report from ADP fell short of economists' expectations, showing the addition of 190,000 jobs to private payrolls. Prior to the release, economists polled by Reuters were predicting 201,000 jobs added. July's report was revised downward to 177,000 jobs from 185,000.
  • Small Student Loan Debt, Big Problem?
    When it comes to personal finances, everything is relative. What seems expensive to one person is cheap to another, depending on their income stream, debt, and attitudes about money; this is true when we're talking about pocket money, but it's even truer when the subject is student loan debt. The tendency is to talk about debt as if borrowing less is always better. This makes sense at first glance – who would want to borrow more, if they could avoid it? But as Susan Dynarski points outs at The Upshot, borrowing less money isn't necessarily a recipe for career success – or even avoiding default.
  • 5 Good Lessons to Learn From a Bad Job
    Some bad jobs are in the eye of the beholder – for whatever reason, the gig is the opposite of what you hoped you'd be doing at this particular place and time. Other bad jobs are more clearly defined: the pay is barely enough to live on, the duties don't use your skills, education or talents, or the people are just plain mean and unsupportive. Whatever the reason for your discontent, there's some good news hidden in even the worst work experience – bad jobs have a lot to teach you about building your best career, if you know how to look.
  • #College2Career: Kelly Eagen on Why College Major Isn't Career Destiny
    Choosing a major is invested with a mythic kind of importance, as if it were the first step on the path to inevitable career success or failure. But, if that were the case, every pre-law student student would go on to be a lawyer, and every English major would either write the Great American Novel or go on to live, penniless, in a garret. The actual truth is that while choice of major is important, it's not the end-all, be-all of career prep during college. PayScale's College Salary Report offers the information prospective students need to pick the right major, program, and school for their particular goals and needs; stories like this one offer perspective on how to use that information.
  • Does College Major Matter?
    If you went by the amount of attention it receives during the college selection process, choice of major would be the most important decision you ever made in your life, right up there with whom you marry and whether to choose a city based on its most popular food product. (For the record, Philadelphians, you might be on to something with the cheesesteak.) The real question, of course, is does major matter more than other factors?
  • How to Avoid Having to Sell Your Diploma on eBay
    We live in a very strange world, in which going to college can feel like more of a gamble than hitting the blackjack table at Vegas. How can you really be sure that all your hard-earned – and more to the point, hard-borrowed – dollars are going to an investment that will pay off? More on that in a minute, but first: meet Stephanie Ritter, a college graduate whose underemployment situation got so dire, she decided to put her diploma up on eBay, at a price tag of $50,000, to defray the cost of her loans.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How Do I Get My Report to Take a Vacation?
    Ask most workers how they feel about vacation, and they'll tell you they don't get enough time off – unless they're one of those curious souls who seems to prefer toiling to time at the beach. Of course, things are not always what they seem: an apparent workaholic might be someone who fears losing her job, or whose workload seems too heavy to permit even a few days' reprieve. This week's roundup looks at what managers can do to help reports feel comfortable taking a much-needed vacation; plus, the things we're most likely to regret when we're older, and the important differences between a resume and LinkedIn profile.

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