Career Planning

Reboot Your Career with a Graduate Degree

As an undergraduate at the turn of the millennium, I subscribed to a sentiment shared by many friends, faculty advisors, and fellow students: “Pursue your passions and let them guide your career. Happiness will follow.” I’d enjoyed writing for my high school newspaper, so when I entered college I decided to study journalism. Four years later, I …

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Why You Should Always Factor in Personal Fulfillment When Career Planning

In my career as an academic, I have worked closely with many undergraduate students who have contemplated whether or not to major in psychology. Psychology is the second most popular major in the U.S. (after business), yet when it comes to career planning, many people believe they cannot get a job in psychology or a …

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The Value of Pursuing and Finding Meaningful Work

To lead a meaningful life, do we have to have meaningful jobs? Considering the average person spends 90,000 hours of their lifetime at work, it makes sense that finding meaningful work can help us feel more fulfilled in every aspect of our lives. Of course, “meaning” is subjective; but regardless of what you consider to …

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Careers of the Future to Start Preparing for Today

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” While the well-known phrase, credited to the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551 B.C. – 479 B.C.), has remained the same throughout the ages, the job market continues to vastly change. Many major industries, including newspapers, restaurants, and retail, are not …

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Ready to Change the World?: Career Planning for those with a Higher Calling

Choice of a degree program is an expression of an individual’s future career plan. That’s why, when considering going back to school, it’s important to assess your priorities in regard to future aspirations. Earning money may be a major factor in what draws some people to specific careers, but by no means is it the …

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Career Planning: How a Global Perspective Can Influence Your Degree Choice, Part Two

In this half of our series on increasingly in-demand degrees in the global landscape (view part one here), we look at the quickly growing energy, technology, and health sectors. If you’re of a scientific frame of mind, developing a career plan around one of these fields could open up many future employment opportunities and at …

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Career Planning: How a Global Perspective Can Influence Your Degree Choice, Part One

With rapid developments in science and technology, the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller. As it becomes easier to both communicate and travel across the globe, students are turning their faces abroad when coming up with a career plan, and from an economic standpoint, the data suggests they’re right to do so. With …

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The Job Hunt, the Internet, and You

It happened the other day. I almost couldn’t believe it. There it was, sitting in my email inbox, an opening for my dream job. Giddy with excitement, I clicked on the link to the job announcement and, to my dismay, read the minimum qualification requirements. Despite 10 years of professional experience directly related to the job, I needed two years of graduate education to qualify. I’m finishing my first year. Bummer. Of course, this is exactly why, like many of you, I am going back to school to get my master’s degree. But it got me thinking, what job openings exist in my field today? How has the job search changed since I found my first professional position a decade ago in the newspaper classifieds?

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