• 4 Reasons Why Chasing Money Isn't the Same as Pursuing Happiness
    First things first: there's a difference between negotiating salary and chasing money. The former consists of you advocating for yourself, and insisting on being paid fair wages for your hard work; the latter confuses money with the stuff money is supposed to provide, namely security, happiness, and a bright future. Here's why chasing a big paycheck isn't necessarily the path to success.
  • Millennials Are Afraid They Won't Be Able to Get Ahead and They Might Be Right
    Despite the difficulties they faced entering the job market during the worst recession in decades, millennials have found their way into the workplace, even teaching older generations a thing or two about new ways to work along the way. But, financially, it's been a rough decade or so for the youngest generation of workers.
  • Why Unions Need Saving, and Why Millennials Might Be the Best Ones to Do It
    Labor unions have a long history in this country of protecting workers. Unions protect workers' collective bargaining powers and help them negotiate better wages, hours, benefits, job security, and working conditions. However, these days unions are in jeopardy, and it turns out that millennials could be the ones to save them. Let's take a closer look at this issue, beginning by examining some of the reasons why unions are in trouble.
  • What Minimalism Could Mean for Your Career
    In recent years, the minimalism mindset has attracted an increasing amount of attention and curiosity. At first glance, this "less is more" approach might not seem realistic in a busy lifestyle that's built on ambition and career growth. If you're starting to feel burned out, disillusioned or unfulfilled, however, it could be worth looking into how a minimalist perspective may result in greater career happiness. Here are just a few of the aspects and habits to consider.
  • What Do Your Childhood Dreams and Career Goals Say About You?
    When you were a kid, what did you say that you wanted to be when you grew up? If you're anything like the kids of today, your dreams started off a little unrealistic (think superhero or panda bear) and smoothed out over time, leaning toward things like doctor, teacher, or police officer.
  • Why Your Child Will Likely Live at Home With You Until They're 35
    The Great Recession had an impact on every age group, but there is no doubt that it caused specific challenges for the youngest generation in the workforce, the millennials. After graduating with the highest student loan debt in history, millennials (born between 1980 and 1995) entered the labor market during a time of economic crisis.
  • 5 Things to Know Before You Start Your First Real Job
    The 2015 semester has come to a close, and for college seniors, the college experience isn't far behind. If you're a college senior, and you're thinking about embarking on your first career, you might find yourself feeling a little intimidated by the unknown. But fear not, PayScale has your back. Here are five questions to ask to prepare you for your first post-college job in the real world.
  • 4 Surprising Facts About Retirement and How We're Getting Ready For It
    There is no shortage of reminders urging you to prepare for your retirement in advance – even in your 20s, as far in advance as you possibly can. These days, people are also considering other kinds of preparations that go beyond finances. For example, there's a move toward emotionally preparing for retirement, which seems like a good idea since new research has linked depression with retirement, especially for men.
  • What Today's Kids Say They Want to Be When They Grow Up
    When you were younger, how did you answer the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" These days, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that this is a question we really shouldn't even be asking little kids; it might be sending the wrong message about identity. But, since the question persists, we might as well take a look at some of the answers kids are providing. They shed interesting light on the different messages boys and girls are receiving about potential career options, and how these messages have changed over time.
  • When Is the Best Time to Negotiate Salary?
    What do entry-level workers and executives have in common? To get the salary they deserve, they both need to negotiate. That's bad news if salary negotiation makes you uncomfortable, but the good news is this: by negotiating pay, you're almost certain to earn more over the course of your career. However, timing is everything, so let's talk a little bit about when to ask for the salary you deserve.
  • These 9 Feel-Good Career Stories Will Give You Hope for 2016
    With 2015 coming to an end and a new year just around the corner, it's nice to reflect on some of the positive things that have happened in the career world this year, from companies offering increased paid family leave to millennials teaching us what success should look like in the future. Here are a few of the top career stories of 2015 to help close out the year on a good note.
  • 9 Careers for People Who Want a Life Outside of Work
    Are you one of the many Americans who are married to their careers and have little to no time (or energy) to even think of having a life outside of work? If so, then it may be time to consider another career that allows for better work-life balance, so that you don't have a life of all work and no play. Read on to see nine careers that will allow you to have your cake and eat it too.
  • The 4 Worst Cities to Retire
    There may be something of a retirement crisis in America. Due to a strained economy, high education costs, and fewer companies offering retirement accounts to employees, workers are expecting to retire later than they used to. But, for at least a decade, folks have tended to leave their working lives behind sooner than they expected – often due to health problems or some other factor. Now, although the expected retirement age is 66, the average age for making the move is actually 62. The crisis then is pretty clear – a lot of folks are retiring without quite being able to afford to do so.
  • The 4 Best Cities to Retire
    Retirement can be one of the greatest times of our lives, and making smart decisions about how and where to spend those years can make all the difference in the world. You want to retire somewhere safe, somewhere lovely ... plus, wherever you choose needs to have solid healthcare options and, perhaps most importantly, a cost of living that you can afford.
  • How to Maximize the First 3 Hours of the Workday to Reduce Your Stress
    Working incredibly long hours and rarely taking vacations is the new normal, but that doesn't mean that it's good for us. In fact, the pressure and stress is taking a toll on U.S. workers. Working all the time causes emotional and psychological problems, impacts our health, our personal lives, and even our memories. So what can we do to make work more manageable?
  • The Trouble With Performance Goals, and Why It's Not All On You
    Many companies ask their employees to select performance goals annually (or on some other timetable) and these goals help to organize the performance review discussion. Sometimes, managers create and assign the goals themselves, either with or without employee feedback. However, the truth is that setting, pursuing, and reviewing these goals can feel like a waste of time more than anything else. Why is that? Let's explore the problem with performance goals, and what you can to do make the experience a productive one.
  • Report: Student Jobs Should Build Careers After Graduation
    The financial reality facing today's college students is pretty different than it was decades ago. First of all, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed. The price of attending a private, nonprofit, four-year college, for example, has more than tripled since 1975. And, while the image of the full-time, parent-supported college student who starts working only after completing her degree was never the only reality for students, today's learners must deal with the fact that they can't even hope to work their way through school. Worst of all, perhaps: the student jobs they're likely to find won't boost their careers after graduation.
  • How to Network at Holiday Parties
    As the holiday season approaches, so do the holiday parties. These events bring up mixed feelings for most of us. In a way, look forward to the parties, anticipating that they'll be at least a little bit fun, but there is also so much to do around this time of year, and extra social events can feel like a waste of time. But, holiday parties are actually rife with opportunity – not just to enjoy ourselves, but to do a little professional networking while we're at it.
  • What Would Your 18-Year-Old Self Say If They Could See You Now?
    In 1977, back when he was 18, Peter "Stoney" Emshwiller filmed half of an interview. As a 56-year-old, he completed the conversation by filming the other half. The final result is a powerful project called Later That Same Life. In the video, which he hopes to someday "make a polished, professional feature film," Emshwiller's 18-year-old self interviews his older self about family, career, and life in general. The piece is both touching and thought-provoking.
  • What to Do When You Are Stuck in a Career Rut
    There could be several reasons you feel you're stuck at a dead-end job – your career is not going anywhere, you no longer feel motivated to do your job, you don't feel this is the field you want to be in, you've reached a career ceiling and so on. If you're struggling to make a decision about your next step, here are some tips that can help.

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