Careers in Business: Do You Need a Degree?


In an increasingly capitalistic world, there are no longer any shortcuts into business. Time was, you could be a young buck with a head full of aspiration and a work ethic and you’d be able to wheel and deal your way up the ladder. The Del Boys of this world could strive to the top with their natural instincts.

But nowadays, the Alan Sugars are being side-lined – even crow-barring your way into the business world requires a comprehensive education.

Partly this is because universities have created such a competitive workforce. Every area of business has been filled with people who understand their role long before they’re hired – in theory, at least.

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4 Tips to Keep Yourself Focused During a Career Transition

4 Tips to Keep Yourself Focused During a Career Transition_

** This article originally appeared on the blog ****

By Jessica Bigger
Online Career Tips, Guest Contributor

There are many things you can do to stay marketable and keep focused when in a career transition, even if you are still working. Below are few tips to help position yourself for the next job or promotion.

1. Go Back to School

Whether you are getting a master’s, or bachelor’s in a different career field, or taking a few courses to position yourself for a promotion, going to school can be a great option. Plus, building relationships with your professors may lead you to a connection that can help you land a job.

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3 Amazing Careers Off the Beaten Track


Aren’t you bored of following the same old dullard’s path to career success? Don’t you want to tear off your tie, throw your cuff-links into a nearby river and say a final, gleeful goodbye to your marketing job?

Well, you have to know what else you’d like to do first.

Before you head off the beaten track and into the employment unknown, you’ll have to concoct a sensible plan to evade any long, miserable stretches in the dole queue.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few different career options for you to consider. If you’ve got the right mind set, you could turn your life’s passion into a payable role!

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Executing on Your Job Search Plan

_The secret of getting ahead is getting

A friend of mine has been “looking for a job” for a very long time. When I press him on what he as actually done, the answer is “I’m going to ramp it up this week. Job search by divine intervention generally doesn’t work and, at the end of the day, it’s all about getting things done. You can be an expert on a topic or have the best resume and experience in the world but if you don’t execute it doesn’t really matter.  Part I of this series (Wish Upon a Job – Building Your Job Search Part I) focused on the tools of the trade – (almost) everything you need to start your job search. But the tools are only half of the story. Executing on your job search plan is the other half (and, arguably, more important). There are many paths to take in executing on your job search plan and as many rabbit holes to avoid. Making a plan and sticking to it is the best way to find your new job.

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5 Tips for Job Search – Wish Upon a Job Part III


A friend of mine found out that their job would be ending in 6 to 12 months. That sounded like more than enough time to find a great job with time to spare. Plenty of time to be patient and pick the best opportunity. Of course, that was 5 months ago and now it looks like their job will end in another 2 to 3 months. Where did all of that time go? Well I can tell you it was not spent looking for a job. When I asked her how many of her target companies has she contacted, she looked like I was speaking in tongues (“target companies?” her eyes seemed to say).  We’ve all been in that situation where we had lots of time to get something done and we squandered it, and then we scramble to make up for lost time. If you are serious about finding a new job, you must treat each day as if it was your last day employed. And if you are already out of work . . .

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