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What to Do With Your Poli Sci Degree?

Fri, 30 May 2014 08:23:51 +00002014-05-30T08:23:51Z

You enjoy learning how governments work. Hearing about political processes, behavior and systems gets you all fired up. Those are the reasons you are thinking about majoring in political science. What's stopping you? You've heard all you can do with a poli sci degree is go to law school and that's not something you see as being part of your future. Good news. You can be a political science major and you don't have to become an attorney. There are other choices for you!

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Weekly Career Profile: Computer Hardware Engineers

Wed, 28 May 2014 07:38:42 +00002014-05-28T07:38:42Z

Six Things to Know About Computer Hardware Engineers:

  • They design, develop, install and test computer systems, servers, chips and circuit boards as well as peripherals, including keyboards, routers and printers.
  • Most computer hardware engineers work in the computer systems design and semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing industries.
  • To work in this occupation, one needs a bachelor's degree in computer hardware engineering, electrical engineering or computer science.
  • A computer hardware engineer needs to have good communication skills.
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this occupation will grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2022.
  • The median annual salary of a computer hardware engineer was $100,920 in 2012 (US, BLS).
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Evaluating a Job Offer

Tue, 27 May 2014 08:00:59 +00002014-05-27T08:00:59Z

When you've spent a long time looking for a job, you might be tempted to accept the first offer you get. While that's an understandable reaction, it's not a good idea. You must first decide if the job you've been offered is right for you. It is better to have to keep looking—particularly since you have some momentum going— than it is to start your search all over again if, after a few months, you decide that the job wasn't a good fit after all.

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Career Information: Considering All Your Options

Fri, 23 May 2014 07:26:59 +00002014-05-23T07:26:59Z

Writing about careers has given me an appreciation for the many occupations out there and the fact that there's something for everyone. I've learned about careers I had either never heard of before or knew very little about. I love what I do but sometimes I imagine what it would be like to do something else. So many times, as I'm writing a career profile...

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Weekly Career Profile: Conservationists

Wed, 21 May 2014 07:31:32 +00002014-05-21T07:31:32Z

Six Things to Know About Conservationists:

  • They find ways for landowners and governments to utilize land without harming natural resources like soil and water.
  • Conservationists are sometimes called soil or water conservationists, or conservation scientists.
  • They work for the federal, state and local governments, environmental advocacy groups and private landowners.
  • Those who work in this occupation usually have a bachelor's degree in biology, agronomy, forestry, agricultural science or environmental science.
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts compliance officers will experience little to no job growth through 2022.
  • The median annual salary of chemists was $61,100 in 2012 (US, BLS).
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The Five (Difficult) People You Meet at Work

Mon, 19 May 2014 07:22:42 +00002014-05-19T07:22:42Z

Have you ever worked with someone who takes a seat at your desk and settles in for a while? This co-worker starts talking nonstop as soon as his bottom hits the chair and doesn't stop ... not even to take a breath it seems. I refer to this person as the chatterbox. He's an amiable fellow whose company isn't unpleasant, but you have work to do. You may be wishing you had this problem coworker. There are those who are much worse.

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Careers for Ed Majors

Fri, 16 May 2014 08:33:51 +00002014-05-16T08:33:51Z

My father really wanted me to be a teacher. I think he liked the stability, hours and pay associated with that career. It certainly had nothing to do with my abilities. I am not patient and I'm not particularly good at working with children. While he didn't have a daughter who wanted to become a teacher, he ended up with a granddaughter who did. My niece earned her bachelor's and master's degree in education. Unfortunately she can't find a job in her field thanks to schools closing and others slimming down their staffs in her city. Instead she got a job as a supervisor in a hospital. If you can't use your skills to manage children in a classroom, I told her, at least you're using them to manage adults.

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Weekly Career Profile: Computer and Information Systems Managers

Wed, 14 May 2014 07:47:00 +00002014-05-14T07:47:00Z

Six Things to Know About Computer and Information Systems (CIS) Managers:

  • They coordinate and direct entities' computer-related activities.
  • There are several job titles that fall under this general occupation. They are chief information officer, chief technology officer, information technology director and information technology security manager.
  • Many employers will hire only those who have a bachelor's degree in computer or information science and others require an MBA with a concentration in technology.
  • Most companies require new hires have non-managerial experience in IT.
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this occupation will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2022.
  • The median annual salary of a computer and information systems manager was $120,950 in 2012 (US, BLS).
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Congratulations New Grads! Now Get Ready for Work

Mon, 12 May 2014 07:55:22 +00002014-05-12T07:55:22Z

It seems like one minute you're reveling in the thrill of walking across the stage on graduation day and the next you're trying to control your nerves as you begin your very first "real" job. Sure you are thrilled to finally get started on your life but, hey, when did you suddenly became a grownup?

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Majored in Psychology? What Next?

Fri, 09 May 2014 06:31:45 +00002014-05-09T06:31:45Z

What's a psychology major to do after graduating from college? You could become a psychologist but to do that you will generally need a doctoral degree. That means at least another five years in school. Admission to doctoral programs is very competitive, with clinical psychology programs being the hardest to get into. According to the Council Of University Directors Of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) many schools accept fewer than 15 students to each year's class (Interested In Clinical Psychology Grad School? Here's What You Need To Know!).

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