• How College Rankings Work [infographic]
    Every year, media outlets run their lists of the top colleges and universities in the country, and every year, prospective students read them and scratch their heads, wondering why this list says that Princeton is the nation's top university, while that list says it's Stanford, and so on. The answer is that every list-maker has its own set of criteria for determining the best institutions. To find the best school for you, start by learning what goes into these rankings.
  • 3 Reasons You Didn't Get the Job
    Every job interview, even a bad one, is an opportunity to learn something about how to pitch yourself to companies, and figure out what a given job entails and what the corporate culture has to offer. The problem, of course, is that hiring managers don't always tell you why the company opted to pass, which makes it harder to learn from your mistakes. Here's what might be holding you back, and how to tweak your approach to improve your chances in the future.
  • 5 Ways to End Your Workweek on a High Note
    What do you do at work on Friday afternoons? Mobile devices and online access to the tools we use to do our jobs have made it harder to hide out under our desks and wait for the factory whistle to blow. Still, after a long, hard week, it's easy to let burnout overwhelm you. Don't just coast through the last minutes and hours of your workweek. Use your time wisely, and you'll have a more pleasant weekend, and start next week off fresh and ready to work.
  • Advanced Degrees Are No Guarantee, But Most of the Highest Earners Have One
    Much has been written -- here, and elsewhere -- about the fact that graduate degrees are no guarantee of success. However, PayScale's College Salary Report shows that the highest earners tend to have advanced degrees. Furthermore, the wage earners who see the largest increase in their salaries over the course of their careers are generally those who continue their education beyond a two- or four-year degree.
  • Top 10 Law Schools by Salary Potential

    A law degree isn't the guarantee of success that it used to be, but if you choose the right law school, you stand a much better chance of earning a high salary, both after graduation and over the long term. That doesn't mean that you need to set your sights on the Ivy League, however. This year's College Salary Report includes plenty of programs from non-Ivy schools.

  • Top 10 Graduate Schools by Salary Potential
    If you're thinking of going back to school to get a graduate degree, whether it's a Master's, a PhD, a JD, or an MBA, know this: where you decide to get your advanced degree is important, both when it comes to getting a job after graduation and in terms of how much money you'll make over the course of your career. This release of the College Salary Report concentrates on top graduate schools.
  • Here Is the Most Popular Job in Your Income Bracket
    Every passing year brings us to greater heights of creativity when it comes to job titles, but for every chief chatter and beverage dissemination officer, you'll still meet many more managers, nursing aides, and lawyers.
  • In Praise of the Office Eeyore
    Given their druthers, many would prefer to work with a moderately cheerful colleague, instead of someone who tends to see the dark side of a situation, but maybe they should reconsider. Studies suggest that our gloomier colleagues might have a valuable perspective to offer -- one that relentlessly positive types might not be able to duplicate.
  • Work Fewer Hours, Be More Productive
    Call it corporate hazing: many companies reward workers, either monetarily or with social capital, for working round the clock, both at the office and after hours. Think about the last time you heard someone at your business described as a "good worker" or a "team player." Implicit in the descriptor? "This is a worker who is never off duty." There's just one problem, of course. Studies suggest that working more hours might actually make workers less productive, not more.
  • Why the Container Store Can Afford to Pay Employees the Big Bucks
    The average retail clerk makes a median salary of $28,000 a year across the United States. Employees at the Container Store, however, make an average of $50,000 a year -- nearly twice that. Why would a store pay more than the market rate? It all comes down to CEO Kip Tindell's "one great person equals three good people" rule.
  • What Really Makes Us Love Our Jobs
    If your boss has seemed more than usually solicitous of your happiness on the job over the past few months, you might have Gallup to thank (or blame, depending on your point of view). The organization released research late last year that showed that only 29 percent of US employees were engaged at work. As a result, some organizations panicked, worrying that disengaged workers wouldn't produce, and began to focus on making employees happy. There's just one problem: according to Gallup's CEO, focusing on making workers happy doesn't improve productivity or make them enjoy their jobs more.
  • 3 Ways to Get Along With Your Least Favorite Co-Workers
    Don't burn your bridges, the advice goes. There's just one problem: over the course of a career, even the most cautious and honorable professional is bound to leave a few behind them. So what can you do to rebuild a relationship, once it's damaged?
  • Just Got Into Work? Don't Open Your Email
    Many of us start our day by checking our work email, sometimes on our smartphones before we even get out of bed. The siren song of a teeming inbox is even harder to resist when we get to the office. After all, you can't just start your work day by ignoring your email -- can you?
  • 3 Ways to Combat Decision Fatigue
    Have you ever had to make so many choices in a given day that you just plain burned out your decision-making muscles? If so, congratulations: you are human, with all the intricacies and limitations that implies. Decision fatigue is real, and if you're suffering from it, the last thing you need to do is beat yourself up for "not having more willpower."
  • Is 'Clock Time' Making You a Less Creative Worker?
    Employers tend to organize work around blocks of time: the morning meeting is from 10 to 11, the orientation lunch is from noon to 1, and so on. There's nothing inherently wrong with that -- throw out the schedule entirely, and workers lose the pressure and relief of knowing exactly when their part of a project needs to be completed. But recent research suggests that concentrating on the clock at the expense of the task might make workers less happy and creative in the long run.
  • 3 Questions You Should Never Ask During a Job Interview
    When preparing for a job interview, it's easy to spend so much time practicing answers for questions the interviewer might ask that you neglect to think about the things you'd like to learn about a prospective employer. Don't make that mistake: come prepared with the right questions, and you stand a much better chance of figuring out if you'd actually be happy working for the company on a day-to-day basis. Just make sure you don't ask any of these.
  • How to Apologize the Right Way
    Have you ever worked with someone who absolutely will not apologize, no matter how clearly he or she was at fault? It might not be stubbornness. Many people avoid saying they're sorry at work, working under the assumption that their mea culpa will come off as an admission of weakness. The tricky thing is, they're not entirely wrong.
  • Microsoft CEO: Just Kidding, Women in Tech, Don't Trust Karma for Raises
    Yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella appeared at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and gave some career advice to women in the technology industry that probably won't make its way onto the conference t-shirt: have "faith that the system will give you the right raise."
  • The 5 Most Meaningful Majors
    Why not pick the major that leads to the highest salary after graduation and over time? Because not everyone wants to a petroleum engineer or an actuary. Aptitude and passion both count when it comes time to choose a major. For that reason, PayScale's College Salary Report also lists the majors that provide the highest meaning for their graduates.
  • 5 High-Paying Jobs for English Majors

    For today's prospective college students, the pressure is high to choose a STEM major, and set themselves up for a high-paying, in-demand occupation. There's just one problem: what if science and technology -- outside of the scope of speculative fiction -- genuinely don't excite you?

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