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Posted July 12, 2006 by

How much is too much?

This past weekend some friends and I were discussing stress and the workplace, and how to deal with it. One of my friends works at a financial institution and absolutely hates her job. When she first started last summer she was bubbling with excitement, couldn’t wait to get to work everyday. Now she’s a different story. Dealing with people and their money is a very detailed job. Your clients can be some of the worst people you have ever met or never met. You have to deal with irate people all day everyday. How long do you wait before leaving a job because your clients get on your last nerve? Or do you just deal with it thinking that these are just the people that I have to take of?

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Posted July 10, 2006 by

Unrelated Job Offers

You’re out job hunting and you have submitted your resume to every place you can possibly think of, trying to find a job in your chosen field. You get your daily email from different websites and companies stating the jobs that they are posting. As you are checking your email you get a message about job that has nothing to do with your degree but yet, they tell you ‘We think you have some qualities that we are looking for in an employee.’ After doing some research on a company you decide that you will see what they have to offer. Do you accept the current job offer or do you wait and see if you can find something in your field? What helps you decide to take a job that is unrelated to your degree?

Posted June 30, 2006 by

Internships: Paid or Unpaid?

When you’re in college your professors always tell you take an internship, whether it’s paid or unpaid. But how many students really want to take an unpaid internship? Some people say that there are really good benefits to taking an unpaid internship versus a paid internship. I have had both and the benefits were similar but yet different. During one of my unpaid internships at a local television station I learned a lot about how the entire station works and how each department interacts with the other. Since the internship was unpaid I was able to work more hours and really get some hands on experience in the field of communications. The next semester I ended up with a paid internship at another television station, in which I learned even more about the industry. On occasion, there would be stories and events that would take place after my scheduled work time and I was unable to attend because I was considered a paid employee and every hour I worked was recorded. If I went over my allotted hours before the semester ended, I would have to explain why my internship didn’t last as long as it was supposed to. But those were just two of my experiences. There are some companies that will offer unpaid internships to students who can receive college credit for their internship. While other companies do not give students college credit but will in return issue them a stipend. Every once in a while you will come across a company/organization will give you college credit and a stipend for being their intern. Do you see any differences in taking a paid internship versus an unpaid internship? Does the amount of money help you determine whether or not you will take an internship?