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From Classroom to Corporation

Posted on 29 May 2009

Academics find success as corporate trainers. Academics in search of extra cash, or just keen for a change of pace, are taking their talents to the corporate sector. The critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills they developed inside the ivory tower are highly valued elsewhere. Academics straddling both worlds say the trick is to [...]

Putting Useless Majors to Use

Posted on 28 May 2009

Who cares if you have impractical knowledge? If you are concerned that the time and money you spent pursuing a degree in “Colonialism and the 19th-Century Novel” or “Psycholinguistics” qualifies you for little beyond a teaching career, you can officially relax. Because of information technology and the tight economy, holders of marginal (some say ‘useless’) [...]

Don’t Quell Your Questions

Posted on 17 May 2009

A book encourages us to ask away. Think about all the questions you ask every day, not to mention the questions that you’re asked. Over the course of a week, they probably number in the hundreds. Questions are so much a part of our conversations, we hardly give them a thought or consider their importance. [...]

Take Steps Now to Prepare For Retirement.

Posted on 11 May 2009

When should you retire? The answer is simple: Whenever you can afford it. Retirement is fueled by four sources. Pension plans Social Security Tax-deferred savings Basic (taxable) savings This is a good time to evaluate your situation and come up with a workable retirement plan of action. Do You Qualify? Retirement before age 65 is [...]

Investing on a Shoestring Budget – College

Posted on 08 May 2009

Even college students can afford to build their portfolios. Finding extra investment money in college is not like struggling through advanced calculus or organic chemistry. It is nowhere near as difficult as perfecting your Spanish, nor is it as painful as studying for finals. An investing-friendly lifestyle could be compared to a class like Popular [...]

The Ghosts of Work Experience Past

Posted on 22 April 2009

There’s something comforting and familiar about Casper haunting the Saturday morning airwaves. But there’s nothing comforting about the ghosts of your former workplace. Manifesting themselves as feelings of inadequacy, layoff threats or even fear of physical violence, ignored phantoms from your past are affecting you, whether you know it or not. Physical Evidence As we [...]

No Midlife Crisis Here

Posted on 18 April 2009

You cannot put an age limit on career transition. As the U.S. population grays, more Americans in their 50s are changing careers. After spending a decade or two working in the same field, many people are retiring early from one career–only to embark on another. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), a non-profit dedicated [...]

The Way Work Will Work in the Future

Posted on 17 April 2009

Although we’ve all heard about corporate downsizing and the impact that’s had on the work force, far less has been written about the changes that are the result of individuals who are rejecting the old ideas about working for someone else. Writer Peter Mayle explains his own move into self-employment by saying, “I would rather [...]

Making a Living Refurbishing, Recycling or Reselling Old Things

Posted on 15 April 2009

When Jim, a former engineer, decided to start his own business he wanted it to center around his passion for automobiles. He had always been interested in restoring old cars, but hadn’t found the time to do so since high school when he spent months happily restoring the old Dodge he inherited from his grandfather. [...]

Re-Creating Your Life

Posted on 13 April 2009

Now is the perfect time to realize that dream. Has the school calendar of your youth hardwired you into seeing this as the time for new beginnings? If you yearn for a new job, a career change, or maybe even a total life makeover, now is by far the best time to act. It’s possible [...]