Whether you're a student or a full-time worker, you probably look forward to summer. Some folks plan a nice long vacation for themselves during these months, which certainly helps. Students get a break, too – at least from school. But, many students want to work during the summer, and they often have some flexibility in terms of where they live during this time. Some areas are much better than others for securing summer employment. So, it makes sense to do a bit of research before deciding where to land for the summer of 2016.
Despite the rising cost of tuition, college is still worth the time, effort, and investment. However, learning and growth can happen outside of the bounds of the traditional classroom environment, as well. A rising trend among students (President Obama's daughter Malia included), is to take a gap year before beginning college – a time to travel, have new experiences, learn new things, volunteer, and so on.
One of the biggest myths about professional women and success is that it's easier to get ahead in the workplace if you exhibit traditionally "masculine" qualities. Often these perceived traits include being assertive, confident, solution-focused, and ambitious. If it were true that men always behaved this way, and women never did, "think like a man" would be great career advice. But, there's one glaring flaw in that wisdom.
It's that time of year again: graduation season! The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that more than 1.8 million relieved, exhausted, and exuberant college students are gearing up for graduation day this year. However, transitioning from college into the "real world" can leave many new grads feeling uncertain, lost, and a bit frightened as they take their first, tentative step in their lives as career professionals. If you're a new grad looking for a little guidance in what the heck to do now, here are four great ways to prepare for success.
You know the expression, "a healthy mind in a healthy body"? It's definitely true when it comes to work. Neglect your physical health, and you could wind up doing long-term damage to your career. Of course, it's sometimes hard to find time for self-care wellness rituals when you're busy at the office. But even if you don't have your boss's support (and you can't imagine that your employer will be rolling out nap pods anytime soon) there are still plenty of things you can do all on your own. Here are a few tips.
There's no recipe for success. What works for your career might not work for your neighbor's, and vice versa. But, there are a few things that most successful people do, regardless of their industry or goals, that help them achieve their dreams.
Benjamin Franklin was a lot cooler than most folks today realize, although back in his day he was wildly popular. (He was even an inadvertent trendsetter in France, starting a fad for hairstyles that resembled his fur cap.) He was the ultimate polymath, a passionate scientist, inventor, printer, writer, prankster, activist (please look into the story of Silence Dogood) and so much more. Among other things, Franklin invented bifocals, the lightning rod, and even swim fins, and we have him to thank for modern institutions we still rely upon today such as libraries, fire stations, and even daylight saving time. The contributions of this founding father are staggering, but perhaps it's his wisdom and his sayings that have ultimately made the greatest contribution to our society.
We humans are a weird bunch, especially when it comes to our careers. If we want to lose weight or get in shape, then we get a gym membership and hire a personal trainer. If we go through a difficult time in our lives, then we hire a therapist for guidance. However, if we need help in our careers, we hardly ever think to hire a career coach – but why? Read on to find out why having a career coach on your side can make all the difference in your career.
It's a debate about as old as the proliferation of "culture" in office life: is it worth taking a pay cut to work for a "cool" employer, or even just an employer that lets you be cool on your own time? This question is asked all over the internet, and is something Forbes' Liz Ryan addressed last week in one of her columns. Ryan writes, "You get to decide where to spend your time and energy." But where's the best place to do that – the company that pays more, or the company that seems fun and/or allows you to have a life outside of work?
In less than 10 years, millennials are expected to make up about 75 percent of the workforce. They are already the majority – millennials are currently the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. As a result, some organizations are wisely deciding that it might be in their best interest to get to know this group a little bit better. Understanding how millennials view themselves, their futures, and the current career landscape can help both workers and organizations find ways to accommodate and maximize the power of this dynamic generation of workers. If you are a millennial, it's interesting to think about how your generation is currently being characterized and understood.