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Posted July 17, 2014, 10:29 a.m. by Sara Zhou | View Comments
computer programming

There is one subject area that is becoming vitally important in our global industry: it ensures the information we want to access arrives quickly, and yet most schools do not require classes in this field. Students gain a solid foundation in nineteenth-century British literature, and yet many remain woefully misinformed about computer programming. Ask an average student what the differences are between two common programming languages — say, Python and Java — and your efforts may be rewarded with a bewildered “Why are you comparing snakes with coffee beans?” The Need: Program or Be Programmed The truth is that in ...

Posted July 11, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Online Resources for Student Financial Literacy

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan believes that financial literacy needs to be a staple of the American education system. Speaking at Pensions and Investments’ Innovation and the Global Future of Retirement conference, Mr. Duncan likened financial literacy education to learning a foreign language in that it's something that should be taught as early as possible. Financial Literacy is an Essential Skill “If our young people aren't financially literate, we are part of the problem, not part of the solution. And as a nation, we have a huge problem,” Duncan said. He also noted that financial literacy is a topic ...

Posted June 17, 2014, 12:40 p.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Do You Want to Be a Doctor?

So, you want to be a doctor? Welcome to the second installment of College Transitions' "So you want to be a…" series. Designed to help career-minded high school students think intelligently about their postsecondary journeys, these blogs will look at the financial, academic, and personal factors one should consider when exploring various professions. Read the first installment here. Do I Need to Attend a Prestigious Undergraduate School? No, you do not have to attend an Ivy-caliber undergraduate institution to be admitted to med school. The undergraduate school you attend will only help you to the extent that it enables you ...

Posted June 12, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Encourage Your Teens to Spend Their Money Wisely This Summer

Parents should commend their teenagers for getting a summer job or a paid internship. Although they probably aren’t being paid as much as they’d like, working for an hourly wage teaches teens the real value of money. Before spending $20 on a video game, they may just consider how much time it took them to earn that amount—probably two hours or more. Teenagers who earn their own money will certainly understand the old phrase “money doesn’t grow on trees,” in its true context. Plus, you can bet they’ll gain a stronger appreciation for the money you spend on them! To ...

Posted June 6, 2014, 12:09 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
College Graduates’ Expectations Vs. Realities

Every year, Accenture conducts a College Graduate Employment Survey, which examines the expectations of soon-to-be college graduates versus the realities of graduates from the two previous years. It turns out that unfortunately, for many new graduates, their expectations related to education, skills, finding a job, salary, debt, and living arrangements are way too optimistic. Employment Expectations of the Working World—Class of 2014: 85% expect to find employment in their chosen field. 80% expect their first employer to provide a formal training program. 69% expect to find a job in the first 6 months after graduation. Realities of the Working World—Classes ...

Posted June 6, 2014, 10:28 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Value of a Summer Internship for Teens

High school can be the perfect time for a teenager to intern: teens aren’t presented with too much financial responsibility, have several months off from school, and are eager to get some work experience before college. A summer internship can benefit your teen in both the short and long term. Immediate Benefits In the short term, a summer internship can help your teen further understand his or her goals for college. While most teens are underqualified for professional jobs before college, a summer internship can get them “in” with a company and provide them with professional experience. Not to mention, ...

Posted May 29, 2014, 1 p.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Before Applying, Consider a College’s Career Services

With college costs and education debt at an all-time high, an increasing number of families are beginning to scrutinize the value of a college education. They are right to do so. The throngs of unemployed and underemployed college graduates are testament to the fact that a college degree no longer assures financial security or professional success. Look Beyond College Acceptance In a previous post, we encouraged our readers to think big picture, and look beyond acceptance to explore whether, and how, their prospective colleges could provide returns on their postsecondary investment. We received a number of inquiries in response, many ...

Posted May 8, 2014, noon by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Tools for Planning Your Career Before College

It’s a fact that a large number of students graduate from college with degrees that don’t prepare them for the job market. News headlines are riddled with stories of recent graduates finding it impossible to land a job with the degree they chose, being forced to take any job to pay back their student loans. Additionally, many students graduate with degrees in areas that don’t interest them simply because they thought the degree would fare well in the marketplace, only to become dissatisfied with their career paths. Investigate Careers Before Choosing a Major To be well-informed and prepared for a ...

Posted April 28, 2014, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Grads Need More Than a Degree to Get Hired

As college students graduate in May, they may find that the degree they worked so hard for won’t be enough to land a job. In today’s competitive job market, students are fighting for the same jobs that experienced workers are seeking as they re-enter the job force. Employers are concerned that graduates don’t have the skills necessary to secure and keep a job. Are graduates qualified? In a study released last fall by Chegg entitled “Bridging That Gap: Analyzing the Student Skill Index,” it appears that more students are struggling to find their place in the workforce. They surveyed 2,001 ...

Posted April 18, 2014, 12:37 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Why Students Should  Intern at Tech Companies

In the 2013 Glassdoor report of the 50 best companies to work for, 20 of those companies were tech companies, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook. While high school students still have a few years before they enter the workforce, there are many opportunities for teenagers to become interns. Some of the best companies to intern for—not surprisingly—are these same tech companies. Salaries The biggest perk of interning at a tech company? The salaries are unbeatable. In fact, the highest paying internship this year, with a monthly salary of $7,000, is at Palantir, a Palo Alto, California software company—that’s the ...

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