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Category: Jobs & Internships

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 ...

Posted April 18, 2014, 11 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
My Experience As a TeenLife High School Summer Intern

Over the summer of my junior year of high school I spent four weeks as a Marketing Intern at TeenLife Media. As I am (soon-to-be was) a high school student, it was a rare opportunity to experience working in an office 9 to 5 and assuming group work outside of what I do in school. As a future business student, I found it fascinating to observe how the company functioned and how I was able to contribute to a start-up creating a real, substantial product for parents and teens. Working in the office alongside the TeenLife team was like living ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 2:55 p.m. by Jill Suskind | View Comments
Money Management Strategies for Teens

Let’s take the “haphazard” out of our teens’ money management habits. Many of us learned our money habits piecemeal, rather than as a whole system with all parts working together. As a teenager, when the occasion arose to contribute to charity, I sometimes donated some of my own money. When I wanted to save for something expensive, I would put all my money toward that thing until I bought it. When I needed to buy something and I had enough money, I bought it. Money management for me was completely based on my emotions. Does that sound familiar? The problem ...

Posted April 3, 2014, 1:44 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Our Student Debt Doesn't Make Us Lazy

Baby boomers (my parents) often refer to my generation as lazy, entitled, and under accomplished, especially in the context of holding a job throughout high school and college. Millennials, after all, have grown up with computers, the Internet, and a booming technology industry; work is naturally easier and faster to do with little effort. I agree that my generation is used to achieving results fast, without using much brainpower. But I disagree that college students who take out loans instead of working throughout college are simply “entitled.” Working Your Way Through College A recent article in The Atlantic summed up ...

Posted April 2, 2014, 12:57 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The Pros and Cons of College Loans

Growing up in an upper-middle class town outside of Boston, the price of college was not a prominent issue when I was applying to schools six years ago. Although my parents were strapped for money, and unable to afford college for my older sister, twin brother, and I (all at the same time), they never led me to believe that my college search should be hindered by our family’s finances. My parents wanted me to get the best education possible, at the college of my dreams. When I was accepted early decision to my first choice school, a top-ranked private ...

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