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Posted April 03, 2013 by

Stay in School…No Really, Stay in School

College student thinking about what course to take

College student thinking about what course to take. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The collegiate degree is the new high school diploma. What does that mean? That means that employers who used to be happy with a simple high school diploma are now requiring candidates—even those for low paid entry level positions—to have a college degree. This means that college isn’t really optional anymore.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you don’t still have a lot of wiggle room when choosing your field of study. Most employers, with the exceptions of a few highly specialized industries like medicine, engineering and teaching, do not really care what kind of degree you have, as long as you have one. So why not consider one of the following degree programs? (more…)

Posted August 06, 2012 by

8 College Degrees That Will Earn Your Money Back

As the cost of education continues to skyrocket and job prospects remain less than robust in a tough economy, the answer to the question, “What are you majoring in?” seems more important than ever.

There’s no getting around it. Education is expensive. A four-year degree at a public university costs, on average, $37,343, while an education at a private school will set you back $121,930. While statistics show that a college degree will undoubtedly open doors and increase your earning potential, you need to choose your degree carefully to ensure you’re making a wise investment.

Last week, we highlighted 8 college degrees with a poor return on investment. This week, we’ll head to the other end of the spectrum and show you 8 college degrees with great ROI (in no particular order), as well as some examples of jobs within each industry. (more…)

Posted July 26, 2012 by

Highest paying Master’s Programs of 2012

If you are considering an advanced master of business administration degree, or an MPH (master in public health) degree, it is a safe guess that topmost in your mind, alongside choosing your field of study, is figuring out if your starting salary will enable you to pay back your student loans in full and on time. This is a growing concern amongst a graduating body of highly trained and prepared advanced degree candidates. Entities both public and private that are charged with evaluating the “best” and “worst” advanced degrees have delivered clear proof that earning potential is not equal amongst differently degreed professionals who hold a master’s degree or higher. The truth is, if you are investing money into your advanced degree program, you most likely want to know you will earn that money back and then some. Learn what the highest master’s programs are—in terms of income earning potential and advancement in the field—as you decide what your own next steps for an advanced degree may be. (more…)

Posted April 26, 2012 by

54% of Employers Plan to Hire Recent College Grads

The college graduating class of 2012 is heading into a better job market than alumni of the previous three years, according to a new study. More than half of employers (54 percent) reported they plan to hire recent college graduates in 2012, up from 46 percent in 2011, 44 percent in 2010 and 43 percent in 2009. The national survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive from February 9 to March 2, 2012, included more than 2,000 hiring managers across industries and company sizes.

Brent Rasmussen of Careerbuilder“This is the first time since the recession that we’re seeing a majority of employers planning to add recent college graduates to their employee roster,” said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. “Companies across industries are placing a strong emphasis on recruiting fresh talent for technology-related roles and positions designed to drive revenue – and they’re willing to pay more for high-skill, educated labor.”

How much will college grads likely earn?

Of those who plan to hire recent college graduates, 29 percent expect to offer higher starting salaries than they did in 2011. While employers were most likely to report that they would pay between $30,000 and $40,000, a significant portion will extend offers exceeding $50,000. (more…)

Posted April 23, 2012 by

Engineering Interns Paid Most at $20.79/Hour

Bachelor’s degree level students studying engineering and computer science command the highest average wages among paid interns, according to a new study published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

 

Overall, employers taking part in NACE’s 2012 Internship & Co-op Survey reported paying their engineering major interns an average of $18.54 per hour, and computer science/IT major interns an average of $17.77.

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Posted January 02, 2009 by

How to Get Good Grades Without Getting Burned Out

If you’re currently in college or follow Dan Schwabel’s Personal Branding blog, you’ve probably heard of Study Hacks. If you haven’t heard of this blog, created by MIT doctoral student and author of How to Become a Straight-A Student, Cal Newport, read on.
Study Hacks is all about optimizing your college experience. Too bad Newport started it in late 2007, after I had already graduated. His article on how to ace blue book exams would have come in handy. But he doesn’t just blog about taking exams. He also blogs about how to prepare for them in ways that won’t have you dragging yourself out of bed the next morning because you were cramming until the wee hours of the night before. Math majors can read his blogs about acing Calculus and about how he earned top marks in Discrete (finite) Mathematics.
If you’re just now learning about Study Hacks, you probably missed his post back in early November about his search for students with college success stories for him to consider using in his next book. He may have already amassed all the stories he needs, but just in case there’s room for one more, you can email him at author@calnewport.com
More recently, Newport posted an article about a scholarship that’s being offered by his friend, Ramit. It’s called, I Will Teach You To Be Rich Scholarship for Social Innovation, and the deadline for entries is January 15, 2009. The deadline for anyone who wants Newport’s feedback first have until January 10, 2009.
Study Hacks advocates relaxing and studying smarter, rather than harder – a practice that can easily lead to burn out – in order to get the most out of your college experience. This is especially important for students who are juggling classes and internships, in addition to extracurricular activities.
If you want to get good grades, manitain an active social life on campus, and still have enough energy for internships and sports, Study Hacks is the blog for you.