From the kind of things you read about college grads with $100,000 of debt and no jobs, you’d think that the student loans were the enemy. Au contraire!
I’m not saying that student loans are the answer to everything you need to pay for college, but I am saying that, used properly, they are a tool to get you where you need to go. These few simple rules will keep you from ending up on the nightly news due to your impossible debt load! Continue reading
Have you ever found yourself saying, “there’s nothing to do” or “I’m bored”?
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, research finds that “kids who complain of boredom aren’t necessarily lazy or slacking off, but are actually in a tense, negative state.” They are often unable to focus their attention and engage in satisfying activities.
While universities provide programs and activities to help engage students and overcome their boredom, studies show that students need to take control and become self-starters.
Although getting a job still takes work, vertical job search engines such as Indeed, SimplyHired and juju have made job searching a bit easier and more efficient. These search engines locate job announcements based on any combination of a job title, keywords, company name, city, state or ZIP code.
If I am working with a student that is geographically limited, I can enter the words “entry level jobs” or more specifically “entry level biology jobs” in Philadelphia, Pa., to view applicable vacancies. For a candidate that wants to work in arts administration, for example, I can enter the words, “entry level arts administration” and view options throughout Pennsylvania. Continue reading
To afford college, cutting unnecessary costs is important. But some money-saving tactics can cost you more in the long run. And by not fully investing in your college experience, you may be short-changing yourself.
I personally understand how expensive—yet how valuable—college is. I received very little aid as a student and will pay off my student loans around the same time I pay off my mortgage. Luckily, my debt is reasonable, and college was definitely a good investment, but I wish I’d had someone who could explain what was valuable and how I could have saved some money.
Consider the following advice about getting the most value out of your college experience.