• Oregon State Legislature Passes a Bill Offering Free Community College to Residents
    Last winter, President Obama began discussing his plan for keeping America (and Americans) educated and competitive in an ever-expanding global economy. In light of the high cost of tuition, his idea to offer two years of community college for free was exciting to many, but others were concerned about how the federal government could afford such a program.
  • Ellen Pao's Reddit Resignation Reveals the Enduring Sexism of Tech
    Picture this: a new CEO makes a series of controversial changes to the company's hiring process, policies, and product. Eventually, a popular staffer is fired, and the community revolts, starting a Change.org petition, a hashtag campaign on social media, and even sending death threats. Sound surreal? It might be – if the CEO were male. As former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao's resignation demonstrates, it's not at all a strange set of circumstances for a woman in charge.
  • Why the Lower Unemployment Rate Is Bad News
    The unemployment rate has declined to 5.3 percent this month, but no one's planning a parade to celebrate. If you've been keeping up with news on the economy, that might sound crazy. After all, this is the lowest unemployment rate since April 2008, when the recession was first taking hold. Why aren't we cheering in the streets?
  • For-Profit Colleges Must Prove That Students Can Pay Back Loans
    A recent US district court ruling reaffirms that the US Department of Education has a right to require colleges to prove that graduates earn enough money to pay back their student loans in order to be eligible for federal student aid dollars. This ruling is the second in a push-back via gainful employment regulations to hold these schools accountable for a return on students' tuition investment. Here's what you need to know.
  • 3 Career Lessons From the US Women's World Cup Victory
    What does a soccer game have to do with your career? If the soccer game in question is last night's World Cup clincher and you're a working woman, a lot. Most of us probably won't experience what it's like to be a world-class athlete fighting for dominance on a global playing field, but even if you're not a sports fan of any stripe, you can learn a lot from the US women's national soccer team.
  • Study Finds Burnout Is the New Normal
    It doesn't take a bevy of research studies to tell us that Americans are working harder than ever. But, how we are processing and managing the stressful pace of our lives deserves a closer look.
  • Want Your Kids to Be Successful? Don't Quit Your Day Job, Says Harvard Study
    Listen up, working moms. It's time to put your guilt-ridden thoughts aside and start celebrating the fact that you are a mother with a thriving career, because children of working moms are more successful than their peers. Says who? Harvard Business School, that's who. Here's what you need to know.
  • How Your Brain Can Help (or Hurt) Your Career
    The brain is arguably the most definitively valuable tool to which we have access. If our lives and careers are a ship whose charter is based on a sequence of certain decisions, the brain is the captain steering its course. But how well do we you know it? Probably not very, according to some experts – and an interesting (free) quiz.
  • Bernie Sanders Is Right: We Need a Vacation
    Sen. Bernie Sanders is drawing impressive crowds as he launches his campaign for president of the United States. His focus on income inequality, removing big money from politics, and environmental issues must be striking a nerve. Also probably appealing to the average American? His take on vacations – which is basically that we need them, and that they should be paid.
  • Obama Will Expand Overtime to 40 Percent of Salaried American Workers
    Yesterday, President Obama announced a rule change that will expand time-and-half eligibility to around 5 million Americans. By raising the overtime threshold from $23,660 a year to $50,440, the president will grant overtime to workers who were previously ineligible for overtime pay, despite earning low wages and working more than 40 hours a week.
  • 'Genius Girl' Admits to Harvard-Stanford Hoax
    News on the college-admissions front often has some element of fascination and intrigue. After all, most of us could only dream of gaining a coveted slot at an Ivy League school like Harvard or Stanford. So, news that a young "Genius Girl" was able to snag what sounded like the most illustrious and custom-made program of all sounded absolutely fantastic. Too good to be true! Well, as it turns it, it was.
  • Why a Woman Will Go on the $10 Bill, While Jackson Stays on the $20
    The plan to represent a woman on US currency, announced earlier this month by the treasury department, is generally seen as a positive move. Last summer, a grassroots movement to change the face of the $20 dollar bill gained a lot of traction. When it was announced that the replacement wouldn't be Jackson on the $20, but rather Hamilton on the $10, some people were pretty surprised. Here are a few things you should know about the decision.
  • Spotlight on Disney-Layoff Debacle
    It feels a bit like deja vu. Didn't we just hear all that hubbub about Disney laying off workers? It was a sordid tale that involved 250 workers laid off from "the happiest place" on Earth, and then asked to train their replacements (who were an apparent part of an outsourcing directive via H-1B visas). Disney's debacle was only one of the most publicized incidents of such layoffs, and that bad PR may just have made a difference. After all, Disney just canceled similar plans to lay off more than 30 IT workers earlier this month.
  • What Nasty Gal Can Teach Us About the Importance of Corporate Culture
    If there's anyone who understands the term "rags to riches," it's Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, who built an online apparel empire from the ground up. However, according to some current and former Nasty Gal employees, the company's once-vibrant corporate culture isn't what it used to be, thanks to layoffs and restructuring. We'll examine how a company's culture can quickly go south and how to protect yourself from being blindsided in your career.
  • STEM Is Important, But Let's Not Forget About the Humanities
    There's no doubt that advanced technology is the future, but just because studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) can lead to lucrative careers, doesn't mean that business no longer has any use for the humanities. We'll take a look at why society's obsession with STEM is blinding us to the importance of the more human side of business now and in the future.
  • Tweet Like a Man, and Get More Retweets
    A recent study showed that men get retweeted more than women. The question is, why? We'll examine the science behind why tweets published by men are, on average, more popular than those by women and how professionals can apply this knowledge to their enhance their career potential, regardless of gender.
  • Slack's New Podcast: Stories About Work
    The Silicon Valley company, Slack, which is led by Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield, aims to change the way teams communicate in these here modern times. Their app, which makes work more fun (but might keep you there), is gaining popularity in workplaces, and alternative work spaces, across the county.
  • 5 Things Working Mothers Really Want in Their Careers
    Women comprise nearly half of today's workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 47.7 percent of households are dual-income, with both the husband and wife working. What's more, approximately 70 percent of these women are also mothers, who handle a vast majority of the household responsibilities along with their careers. It's not surprising, then, that working mothers are struggling to keep up with the high demands of juggling their personal and professional lives simultaneously. Here's what working mothers need in order to get a fair shot at attaining their goals in and out of the workplace.
  • 89 Percent of Minimum Wage Workers are Over 20 Years Old
    Historically, Americans who didn't attend college (or even those that didn't complete high school) had an abundant job market available to them. Working as farmers or factory workers, unskilled laborers still made less than skilled workers, but they were able to make a decent living and, during many times in history, actually secure a middle-class lifestyle for their families.
  • Goldfish Now Have Better Attention Spans Than We Do
    Last week, Microsoft released a study that sought to analyze the impact that technology – cellphones and social media specifically – is having on our attention span and the quality of our focus. They found some pretty significant changes compared with research conducted 15 years ago.

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