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Posted September 18, 2013 by

Work on your own terms: 5 great freelance careers

Businessman holding a chalkboard with the word Freelance on it

Businessman holding a chalkboard with the word Freelance on it. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

More Americans want to work from home, and more businesses are happy to oblige. A recent study conducted by Intuit found that by the year 2020, over 40 percent of the US workforce — that’s 60 million people — will be freelancers, contractors and temp workers. Whether your goal is to work from home, be your own boss or take a job that doesn’t require you to keep a rigid schedule, freelancing is an intriguing option.

Some careers are easier to go freelance than others. But when you find the sweet spot of freelance work, you may never want a typical nine-to-five again. Check out some top picks for freelance work and learn more about the training you can pursue to get you there. (more…)

Posted May 20, 2013 by

Finding the Elusive Work-Life Balance

The words Work and Life on a seesaw

The words Work and Life on a seesaw. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Whether it applies to their diets, checkbooks or personalities, it seems people are always trying to achieve balance. However, in recent years working professionals may be placing an increased emphasis on establishing a work-life balance – effectively juggling career, family and personal responsibilities in order to reduce stress and increase job satisfaction. (more…)

Posted February 17, 2012 by

Average Oil and Gas Professional Earns $80,458

Wages and confidence are surging in the global oil and gas industry, according to the annual Salary Guide produced by Hays Oil & Gas and Oil and Gas Job Search. The Salary Guide, based on over 14,000 respondents worldwide, reveals an industry generally brimming with confidence despite widespread concerns over the global economy.

Matt Underhill of Hays Oil and GasEmployer confidence has seen a large increase with 26.7 percent extremely positive about the current market: up from just 9.7 percent in 2011. Three quarters of all employers expect staffing levels to increase in the next 12 months. Matt Underhill, Managing Director of Hays Oil & Gas, comments: “There has been a distinct move to employ permanent staff rather than contractors for many oil companies, which displays an outlook that suggests the industry is on a firm footing. However, conversely there is still great demand for contractors due to a raft of major projects coming on board and new regions increasingly using contractors. With the upward progression of contractor rates throughout 2011, the signs are positive as we enter 2012.” (more…)

Posted December 02, 2008 by

Continuing Education Requirements: Plan Ahead to Avoid the Last Minute Rush!

Have you completed your continuing education requirements yet this year? If you have, congratulations on planning ahead! If not, now is the time to start looking for classes so that you don’t find yourself scrambling for hours at the last minute. Waiting until the last minute to take care of mandatory CE can be very stressful and counterproductive.
If you work in a field that requires continuing education credits in order to maintain licensure, you know how important it is to complete mandatory training in a timely manner. When you find yourself having to complete most, or even all, of your continuing education hours in a short period of time, you often end up having to sign up for expensive classes that cover subjects that don’t interest you at all. This defeats the purpose of continuing education, and causes you to spend valuable time taking classes that aren’t likely to benefit you.

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