Fast Track Your Career While Still in College

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When you graduate (in the not too distant future) you will face the pressures of looking for a job and starting your career (along with every other college grad). There is a delicate balance between launching the career of your dreams and finding a job to pay your bills.  All too often, the pressure of making ends meet overrides the passion of starting your career.

But why wait until you graduate from college?  If you want to get a head start on that career, you can start planning now for a successful job post graduation.

Following are a few of the many ways to begin pursuing your career while still in college.

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7 Reasons Online Learning Leads to Career Advancement

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One of the biggest reasons people pursue a degree is to start, change or advance their careers. For those who are already working in their preferred field, or have obligations they can’t step away from, online learning is the best option for career advancement.

Whether you are attending a higher education institution for the first time or you are a returning student who is seeking to complete a Bachelor’s Degree, a variety of options are available to you. If you cannot make it to campus for every class because you are employed full-time or you care for your family throughout the day, there are online education options offered by many universities and colleges. As long as you choose to attend an institution whose accreditation is current, your online Bachelors Degree will be as valuable as a Bachelor’s Degree that is earned by attending courses in person.

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The Job Interview Thank You Letter

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By Enid Naranjo, JD
Associate Professor, School of Business at American Public University

The hardest part of the job application process is the actual interview. Once it is completed, you may think it’s the perfect time to sit back and take a big sigh of relief, but it’s not time to relax just yet! The job interview thank you letter is one of the best ways to show your professionalism and ensure that all the effort you have applied to the application process will not go unnoticed.

Here is how you can dot your last “i” and cross your “t” with a simple show of job-hunting etiquette.

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The Four Legs of Job Search

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I was in a meeting the other day, went to sit down on a chair and almost fell. It turns out that one of the four legs was broken (although you could not tell because the chair was still standing). Funny thing, three perfectly good legs, one bum leg and the chair can’t be used! Yeah, you might be able to sit on it if you didn’t lean to the side where the leg was broken but at some point you would probably fall off. Job search is much the same. There are four legs you should use in your job hunt. While you might get away with two or three, four is more likely to give you a balanced search and increase your chances of landing a job. For me, the “four legs” of job search are Recruiters, Job Search Sites, Networking (and Social Networks) and Company Career sites.

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5 Rewarding Careers in Finance

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Some careers are good, some are bad and some are great. Getting the right mix of challenge, personal satisfaction and compensation can be difficult (but not impossible). Finance is one industry that can certainly offer all three. While finance has lost some of its appeal since 2008, it is still a vibrant industry and offers quite a bit to those that are interested. Finance is probably one of the more challenging careers (high expectations, but great rewards as well) and is not for everyone. But if you are great with numbers and want a meaningful and  challenging career, then consider some of the jobs in today’s post.

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