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Expert Tips on How to Choose Your Career

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I can't believe this New Yorker is about to drop a Tom Brady quote on you. "Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations." Grrrr. The man is right. 100%. And I don't care what people say, work happiness is often directly tied to choosing the right career. Our buds at CareersWiki have put together a great infographic for Jobacle that features expert tips on how to choose a career. Continue Reading

Voice Assistant Jobs On The Rise

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The voice assistant craze is in full effect! Chances are you’ve seen products like these. Amazon is famous for their Alexa devices, Mattel has Aristotle and even Google has Google Assistant. All of these things are made to make your home “smarter” - playing your music, doing your groceries and even turning off your lights. The future is now, thanks to the growth of these voice technologies. Continue Reading

Do You Love Finance? Put That Love to Work!

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It's been said by many that if you love what you'll do, you'll never work a day in your life. Some people tend to tune out this advice, thinking that it takes a high-flying career as an entertainer or heart surgeon to yield this kind of satisfaction. That idea is wrong. The fact is that when there are routine things that you love to do or unique aspects of your personality, you should try to find work that lets you direct that natural love into what you do for a living. Continue Reading

Learn Something New Every Day

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Regardless of what industry you're in (or want to be in), things change on a near-daily basis and you will want to learn something new every day in order to advance. Whether it's new knowledge or learning a better process for getting something done, it's important to stay current to be competitive in today's tough job market. If knowledge truly is power, then you should do your best to learn something new every day. It doesn't have to be hard, or boring. And it definitely doesn't have to take up a lot of your precious free time. Here are several different high-level ideas to learn something new every day, for any person in any industry! Continue Reading

Finding Your Passion in Life

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  It’s heartbreaking to think of the number of people who go to work day after day, year after year, and absolutely hate their jobs. Most people push down their distaste and apply themselves to “the grind,” hoping that someday they’ll magically fall into a job that they truly love. But finding your passion in life and working in a job you love is not something that happens by accident. The people who are working in jobs they love have worked hard to get there, dropping hints and making their true desires known along the way. If you’re wondering, “How do I find my passion?” and how to transition to a career that’s more in line with it, here’s what you need to know. Continue Reading

11 Best Careers for Introverts

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Between open-office floor plans, high-stakes networking events, and constant pressure to "speak up" in meetings, a typical office can be a minefield of anxiety for introverts. Unable to produce creatively and often misunderstood, introverts come home from work frustrated and socially exhausted. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be this way. If you are an introvert working  in an extrovert's exhausting world, it's time to plan your escape. There are plenty of in-demand careers for introverts just waiting to be discovered. Careers for Introverts Research suggests that introverts have their own unique power in the workplace, including a quietly influential leadership style that can be even more effective than the extroverted variety. The best jobs for an introvert may be less people-centered, but they can be just as impactful on our world. For example, Rosa Parks, a soft-spoken introvert, had the quiet confidence to ignite the Civil Rights movement. If you count yourself in the company of Continue Reading

Nothing to Do at Work? We’ve Got Ideas!

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At some point or another, we've all found ourselves with nothing to do at work. This might be because we simply don't have any interest in the work we're doing, we're not being supervised properly, or the work we're doing is so simple that we finished it hours ago. Finding ourselves scrolling aimlessly through clickbait, wikipedia articles, and google search results, we can almost feel our souls escaping our bodies. Continue Reading

Side Hustle Ideas That Fit Your Passions

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These side hustle ideas can help satisfy your creative cravings -- and fill up your Paypal account too! Are you unsatisfied at work? Or maybe you’re not unsatisfied, but there’s something missing from your current role. Perhaps you’re looking for a creative outlet, or a chance to pick up a new skill. Side hustles, as they’ve come to be known, are part-time jobs you create for yourself in addition to a regular full-time job. The fact that they’re a hustle is usually an attest to the fact that they come back to a passion and aren’t just a money maker. Though truthfully, most side hustles are also a way to fill in the gaps as far as what you’re earning at your full-time job, and how much money you want to make to be happy. Continue Reading

How to End a Cover Letter – Close It the Right Way!

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The best way to learn how to end a cover letter, is to learn how to begin a cover letter effectively. Many people glance over the importance of a cover letter, thinking that an employer will do the same, when this simply isn’t the case. Depending on the type of employer, they may even value the cover letter over the value of the resume. How to begin, and how to close a cover letter are essential aspects of your next application. Let’s think about how… Why is a cover letter so important? A cover letter is important because it is essentially a demonstration of fit, relative to any position. The fact of the matter is that when you see a position you are interested in, you might be thinking to yourself, “of course I can do that!” The same thing can’t be said for an employer when they finally take a look at your application. Your cover letter is an expository document, meant to guide a hiring manager to the most important parts of your resume. Should I create a separate cover letter Continue Reading

Low Stress Jobs That Pay Well

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Low stress jobs that pay well? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Is there a correlation between job stress and compensation? Do you have to set and ignite blasting caps on the side of a mountain to earn six figures? Most job seekers correlate compensation to both expertise and the level of stress that jobs induce. However, career information expert Dr. Laurence Shatkin conducted a research study that demonstrates job seekers have an abundance of job opportunities that ensure blood pressure remains low. A Little Background Info about the Study Shatkin compiled average salaries for 767 occupations that the United States Department of Labor officially recognizes. Then, Dr. Shatkin matched a stress tolerance rating to each of the 767 occupations, as issued by Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network. Stress tolerance measures from zero to 100, with factors such as criticism and workplace safety playing roles in determining the rating. Lower scores signal low Continue Reading

Rethinking the Role of Vocational Schooling

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Vocational education, a mainstay of the American school system since the early 1900s, has experienced a slow but steady decline in the last few decades. What was once a pipeline into stable, middle class employment has become, in many schools, a shell of its former self; programs have either been slashed in the wake of “accountability” and college readiness mandates, or have become options of last resort for students who don’t do well in college-track programs. The Smith-Hughes Act provided federal funding for vocational education for the first time in 1917. At the time, the nature of schooling and work in the United States was changing dramatically. With rapid industrialization underway, it was no longer safe or feasible for kids to learn a trade at their parents’ sides, and apprenticeships, which had once taken place in small, specialized shops, were no longer practical as a way of training new workers at a rate adequate to meet production demands. Continue Reading

Planning the Perfect Career Shift

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It’s normal for most people to go through a career shift as much as seven times and sometimes even more. If you’re not happy with your current career, it’s time for a change. The problem is you might want a change, but you’re not sure how to switch careers. The key is to be patient and take your time. With a little work, you’ll be in a new career you love. Decide What You’re Passionate About We all dream of a job we love getting up for every day and don’t mind working long hours when necessary. You don’t have to just dream about it. Start your career change by figuring out what you’re passionate about. If you enter a career you hate just because it pays well, you’ll be miserable. Think about things that make you happy. It could be a hobby, a major you never got the chance to use in real life or anything else. Continue Reading

The Government Is Looking for Hackers — To Give Them Jobs

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When you think of “hackers,” the first image that comes to mind is probably that of a young computer-smart criminal working in a basement somewhere to gain access to private networks and data without authorization. You probably don’t think about hackers collecting a paycheck from a major company like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, or Raytheon — and you certainly don’t expect that they would be working for the federal government. Yet Uncle Sam is in fact looking to hire hackers. So-called “white hat” hackers, who use their skills legally to identify and solve security problems (as opposed to “black hat” hackers who engage in criminal activity) are in high demand. Government networks are under near constant attack from hackers, ranging from minor criminals who just want to see how far they can go to nefarious foreign operatives who want to harm our national security, and agencies including the FBI, NSA, and CIA believe that hackers can help build our defenses against these criminals. Continue Reading

Are You Good With Numbers? Don’t Miss Out on These Amazing Career Opportunities

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  If you’re a numbers whiz, you’re in demand. For those who earn degrees in STEM fields — science, technology, mathematics, and engineering — there are 2.5 entry-level job postings for each new graduate compared to 1.1 job openings for graduates in non-STEM fields. If you’re a numbers guru, check out these five developing fields for people who love to work with numbers. 1. Personal Financial Advisor As a personal financial advisor, you would advise clients on how to spend, save, and invest their money. You might help an investor understand the tax consequences of a purchase, help a couple plan for retirement, or advise parents on how to pay for their children’s college educations. Financial advisors can work for financial or insurance companies, and they also operate their own financial planning businesses. In some cases, your clients might authorize you to purchase investments or insurance on their behalf. You can also earn licensure to sell specific financial products Continue Reading

Join the Health Care Industry With a DNP

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If you think you’d love being a nurse, but want the authority and responsibility to be able to diagnose illnesses, write prescriptions, and maybe even run your own practice, you should consider becoming a nurse practitioner. You must be an RN and hold at least a Master of Science in Nursing in order to become a nurse practitioner, although a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can open many more doors and may soon become the entry-level standard for nurse practitioners, including nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives.  Continue Reading

Is a Career in Public Administration Right for You?

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  If you’ve ever pictured yourself running a government agency, working in a congressional office, or representing your country overseas, you might be a perfect candidate for a public administration career. Despite what many people think, public administration doesn’t mean spending your life in Washington, D.C. You can use your experience, along with your management and analytical skills, to serve your country in Washington, in your local community, or in other parts of the world. Continue Reading

CAREER PATHS: HOW TO FIND YOURS

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Career paths must be chosen, not issued. Some of us are blessed with a unique gift. The minute we come out of the womb, we know what we plan to do with the rest of our lives. Well, maybe the illustration is a bit over the top, but the point is many professionals know exactly what they plan to do with their lives and they know the career paths to achieve their goals. However, this serendipitous search for the career path that best matches our skill sets and preferences has caused rocky travel for most professionals. It starts as early as grade school and it sticks with us until the day we retire. We spend considerable time trying to find our career paths. Ideally, we should all know where we're going in life, at least professionally. Yet, our career paths are rarely cut and dry. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average American professional can expect to change careers an average of seven times during their working years. Not only do career changes involve moves within Continue Reading

7 Time Management Tips if You Freelance in College

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Freelancing is an excellent way to express your creative ideas, showcase your talents, and enhance your skill set in an unconventional setting. Not only that, but with the growth of online freelancing opportunities, this avenue can be another revenue stream, regardless of where you are in the world. For that reason, more and more individuals in college are turning to freelancing as a means of generating extra income during what can be a stressful economic time. Yet, balancing time constraints and productivity can be a difficult task to master when academic pressures add up. But, with the right tip, you can keep everything running as smoothly and as lucratively as possible. The following are seven time management tips if you freelance in college that will help keep you on track. 1. Timing Matters When it comes to freelancing, or life for that matter, there will be times when you are more productive than others. Some individuals are morning people while others are late night Continue Reading

Making A Career Change At 40

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Making a career change at 40 can be a daunting proposition. But with the proper preparation, it can be unlock the door to intense personal fulfillment. And maybe some nice bank-account fulfillment too. Thinking about a career change at 40 can cause a huge instability in any person’s life. Be ready for extreme reactions from your family and friends. Some will be nervous on your behalf. Some will be jealous. It is a tough, tough thing to find your life’s calling. Not everyone gets it right on the first, second or even third try. Some will change their careers because they have to. Many industries are still under attack from the Internet. Or rather, disruptive companies that are more adept at harnessing the power of new networks and technology. The possibilities for an exciting shift in your working life are infinite.  You just need to ease your path with good planning, a clear objective and a willingness to leverage your considerable professional experience. Continue Reading

Through Food and Beyond

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Let me paint you a picture: Have you ever fixed a drink with five liquors, while listening to two drink orders from antsy customers at the bar, sent the busboy back to the kitchen for crisper chicken wings and poured the perfect Sam Adams for your server, tapping her foot at the service bar? All in the space of 120 seconds? That is the essence of restaurant work. Where else can you learn multitasking on this level? And this is after showing up two hours before your shift to stock the bar and brief the manager on how closing went last night. Continue Reading

HP Matter: The Future of Health Care

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HP Matter for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The convergence of technologies in the last decade or so has disrupted industries as diverse as newspapers, universities and record companies. Healthcare has had its share of game-changing predictions, many of which are about to come to fruition. Macrotrends throughout the sector are teaming up to alter the management of care, rocket surgical procedures into science-fiction-like territory and grow the ancillary industries that surround hospitals, doctors and medical groups. The potential availability for patients to get cutting-edge treatment at reduced cost is enormous with the combo of technology and healthcare. Continue Reading

A Career in Restaurants and Proud of It

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Working in foodservice is something to be proud of. Plenty of executives and white collar workers, even if they moved on to other industries, had their first job in a restaurant kitchen. Or a deli. Or bussing tables at beachside cafe. According to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, that initial employment experience instills the value of hard work and accountability, as well as the idea that work can be loads of fun. Continue Reading

Restaurant Launching Pad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Next time you go out in your town or city, look around at all the business old and new. What sticks out? Restaurants. There always seems to be a new one popping up. It signals constant growth and vitality. That means jobs; Restaurants: The Launchpad to Career Growth. The foodservice industry has always been dynamic. An ever-changing marketplace, awash with chances to grow your skills, your income and your long-term wealth. Nine out of 10 restaurant workers 35 or older have jumped up to higher-paying positions after breaking into foodservice. That is an unrivaled success rate.  Continue Reading

A Restaurant Leap of Faith (Backed Up By Hard Numbers)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Choosing a career is hard. It’s even harder when the economy full of uncertainty. Sometimes the key is just to stop worrying and take the plunge. But which body of water is safest? According to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation it's restaurants. Your first job is fundamental to understanding the world of work. If and when you land a good one, that can set the stage for a lifetime of meaningful, enjoyable labor. Restaurants can provide that essential initial experience, since 92% of workers younger than 18 say that their first job was or is in the foodservice industry. Continue Reading

Technical Careers for the Creative Kind

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Computer science and creativity aren’t often considered related. After all computers are usually associated with left-brained functions like mathematics, while creativity is considered to be strictly right-brained. The reality is that there are several careers that combine creativity with computers. Web Designer Web designers do more than just make websites look pretty; they also need the technical expertise to make the web sites functional. For example, if you look at Amazon's site you’ll notice that it is laid out in a visually appealing manner with a lot of graphics, animation, and easy-to-navigate headers. The site also keeps track of your product purchases, searches, and wish lists so that it can customize your experience when you log in. A web designer designed all of those visual elements, but also worked on the thousands of lines of code needed to make the website run seamlessly. Continue Reading

Restaurant Industry: Do the Math

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This post brought to you by National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Jobacle. Wouldn’t it be nice to start a job and get a raise within six months of starting?  Entry-level restaurant employees experience just that!  Despite the country’s economic woes of the past few years, approximately 70% of managers and shift/crew supervisors within the restaurant industry have received a raise within the past year.  That’s more than most workers can claim. Continue Reading

The Path to the American Dream is Through the Stomach

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine. Everyone is always hungry. Sometimes for food, sometimes for career advancement. Its when you combine the two that you realize what the most fruitful industry is for chasing the ultimate American dream. Restaurants. Let’s say you are 18 years old, fresh out of high school, casting about for a job that will give you some extra cash, while also presenting the opportunity for moving up through the ranks (quickly). You could do worse than the restaurant industry. Finding your way to the American dream of a stable, growing career should start behind a host stand, a bar or a piping hot grill. Continue Reading

Best Careers 2015

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Determining the best careers 2015 requires the close examination of demographic trends, especially the trends that define the baby boom generation. With another year under their belts, the baby boomer generation continues to create numerous promising careers within the financial and health care industries. Technology also plays an important role in analyzing the most promising careers of 2015, as corporations and non-profit organizations transform antiquated technology infrastructures into lean, mean fighting machines. The factors involved in determining the most promising careers of 2015 also include job growth and compensation. Here are the best careers 2015: Personal Financial Advisors Retiring baby boomers seek professional advice on where to place their hard-earned nest eggs, which creates strong demand for personal financial advisors. Labor experts expect financial advisors positions to grow by more than 30 percent between now and 2018, so the career has substantial Continue Reading

Consider the Restaurant Industry As a First Job

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This post brought to you by National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Jobacle. We always remember our first. Our first boy or girlfriend. Our first car. And of course our first job. I know that my first job taught me a lot. From what I liked about to the world of work to absolute deal breakers; it was an amazing learning experience. I was happy to get my "working" feet wet at a big box retail store. However, most of my friends started out in the restaurant industry. In fact, 69% of of employees ages 18-24 have their first job in the restaurant industry. And it's these folks, who don't know it at the time, that are the backbone of the nation's economy. It also starts many folks on a career path that they never veer from. After experiencing the high-energy work environment of the restaurant world, those desk jobs lose some of their luster. Continue Reading

Consider the Restaurant Industry As a First Job

We always remember our first. Our first boy or girlfriend. Our first car. And of course our first job. I know that my first job taught me a lot. From what I liked about to the world of work to absolute deal breakers; it was an amazing learning experience. I was happy to get my "working" feet wet at a big box retail store. However, most of my friends started out in the restaurant industry. In fact, 69% of of employees ages 18-24 have their first job in the restaurant industry. And it's these folks, who don't know it at the time, that are the backbone of the nation's economy. It also starts many folks on a career path that they never veer from. After experiencing the high-energy work environment of the restaurant world, those desk jobs lose some of their luster. Continue Reading

Have You Considered a Federal Career?

If your future college graduate is looking for stable and rewarding work, consider a job in the Federal sector. With generous pay and unparalleled benefits, the government is currently hiring lawyers, engineers, scientists, enforcement officers and more. The video below features Colleen M. Kelley, the president of The Union for Federal Employees. Representing 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies, she outlines how you can help your child prepare for a job in federal service. Continue Reading

Restaurant Industry Helps Drive Nation’s Economic Recovery

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This post brought to you by National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Jobacle. Unless you've been living under a rock, you have watched food transform into something we need to survive to a full-fledged form of entertainment. Chock full of long-term career opportunities, the restaurant industry continues to be the entree to the U.S labor market's recovery. Since I started Jobacle back in 2005, I have always been fascinated that so few people get to do what they love for a living.  Well, living your artistic dream is no longer reserved for actors and singers.  The culinary arts give restaurant workers a career path with upward mobility, all while they get to do what they love.  In fact, 7 out of 10 restaurant employees say that they will likely continue working in the industry until they retire. Talk about ordering seconds! Continue Reading

Why Work With Children?

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Do you want to help shape the next generation positively? Do you love working with children? Are you able to communicate really well with them? Then working with children might be just the right career choice for you! Here are a few highlights to help you in your research and decision-making. A choice of roles Children's workers generally collaborate in some way with social services providers in the community and also in schools. The careerplanner.com website indicates that child care workers look after children in private homes, child care institutions, schools and businesses. They are responsible for feeding, bathing and dressing the children, and monitoring their play. Child care workers play a vital role in helping children's development, and encouraging them to understand themselves and other people. They are also often required to maintain records on the medicines and meals given to the children, as well as other relevant activities. Other child-related jobs include early Continue Reading

6 Signs You Are in the Wrong Career

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You wake up dreading each day at the office (or in the classroom, or behind the wheel of the bus, or behind the bar). That dread can be a clue that you are doing exactly what you shouldn’t be doing. No matter how you obtain that much-needed paycheck, being in the wrong job can have deleterious effects on your psyche, relationships and physical health. Here are 6 signals you might be in the wrong profession. The alarm clock induces a miserable feeling. If you can’t open your eyes at 6 am without being bombarded with anxiety about website performance and your sysadmin duties, it is probably time to explore your passion for pottery. On that note… Midnight musings are centered on your professional purgatory. Waking up in the middle of the night sucks, but it’s worse if that time is filled with visions of interdepartmental monthly meetings filled with droning speakerphones and sanctimonious colleagues, it should send you right home to sell all of your used goods and start that rainy day Continue Reading

The Life of a Nursing Assistant

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Nurses are present anywhere there is a need for personal care. A nursing assistant provides basic patient care under the direction and supervision of the nursing staff. Because they have daily contact with their patients, they play a vital role as a liaison between the patient and the nurse. Nursing assistants often find their job rewarding, as they get to spend their day caring about others and making a difference in patients' lives. Nursing assistants provide predictability and stability to their patients, as well as a healthy dose of wisdom, patience, and humor. Other job titles falling into this category include "nursing care attendants", "nursing aides", and "nursing attendants".  Continue Reading

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Your Own Business

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After years of being unhappy at a job, you’re thinking of quitting. After months of having no luck finding employment, you decide it’s time to approach your career from another angle. To balance taking care of kids and pursuing your passion, you want to be able to work from home. Whatever brought you to the conclusion that you’d like to start your own business, pause before you quit your current job or invest any of your savings. Ask yourself a series of questions to determine if you have the follow-through and financing to achieve your dream. Continue Reading

5 Awesome Careers in Accounting

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When we think of accounting we often envision calculators and pencil protectors; the job of an accountant just isn't usually thought of as an exciting one. However, since businesses in every industry needs people who can help manage money matters, accountants sometimes find themselves in jobs that are anything but dull. The Areas of Accounting There are numerous jobs a person can obtain with an accounting degree. These jobs may focus on accounts payable and accounts receivable, tax laws, payroll procedures, assets and liabilities, mergers, acquisitions, contracts, or bookkeeping. Some of the most exciting jobs in the field are: Forensic Accountant: According to US News, a forensic accountant works with law enforcement to investigate and uncover white-collar crimes (crimes that are financially motivated and nonviolent). These crimes usually include things like insider trading, embezzlement, securities fraud, and Ponzi schemes. Forensic accountants have helped take down Continue Reading

Alternative Career Paths for the Undecided

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It should come as no surprise that people deciding what they want to do for the rest of their life, picking a career path,  are met with some indecisiveness. Although some people out there are fortunate enough to have it all figured out, there are many others who aren’t so lucky. So, if you or anyone you know has ever suffered from being unsure about your professional life, an alternative career path could be the place for you. Travelling Careers Travelling careers can be some of the most fun, and most demanding, jobs available. Positions and pay vary, but there are many fruitful opportunities for employment within the industry. If you’re not into the 9-to-5 scene, and are constantly yearning for different scenery, a traveling career can break you out of the office routine and expose you to an array of new experiences.  Consider this when weighing your options for a travelling career path. Continue Reading

Should You Work for Yourself?

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If you’re in your late 20s or early 30s you are likely to be in an awkward position as far as careers go. Many people in this age bracket have recently graduated from higher learning but find that jobs in their fields are hard to come by. According to recent NPR articles, this age group is experiencing the least amount of growth and the most frustration of any age group before it. For many people it seems like there is no upward mobility. Others report that they feel trapped by the day-to-day workload and are not free to reach their full potential. What this means is that more and more people are taking the risk and striking out on their own in the hopes that they will reach their full earning potential and be happier in their career path. Continue Reading

So You Want to Be an Event Planner?

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Are you the type of person who loves to take charge when throwing a party? Do others say you have skills when it comes down to the details while also making sure guests feel welcomed and are enjoying themselves? Maybe you should consider becoming an event planner. Here is some information about event planning as a career . . . Types of event planners. There are different types of event planners such as wedding planners whose expertise is all things wedding related. Wedding planners typically fall into the private event planner category. Private event planners tend to assist people with special events in their lives like birthdays and bar mitzvahs. There are also corporate event planners who perform work similar to private event planners but typically on a larger scale. For example, corporate planners might put together trade shows or fundraisers, secure the convention hotel or hall, gather keynote speakers, and work with vendors. Continue Reading