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The Dilemma of Every College Applicant

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Do you know what you want?  Well, do ya… Related PostsThe Inventors Dilemma College Confidence? How to Prepare for Potential School Closures Related to COVID-19

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A Neat Interactive on College Majors and Earnings

A neat interactive on earnings, occupations, and college majors from the Brookings Institution.  You can view the median earnings for various careers over time based on factors like age, sex, college major, and whether you attended graduate school. The disparities in median earnings between the sexes are especially notable. Try putting in your own information …

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Remember Your Truth

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Welcome to the New Adulthood

For most of us, moving out of the parental units’ house is the ultimate signifier of adulthood.  So, what’s the threshold defining adulthood for the growing numbers of 25 year olds, who live with their parents (even after moving away for college)? Since 2002, parental co-residence rates have only risen:   And, in 2012:   Related PostsGrammar …

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The Practicality of a College Education

Presented in addition to last week’s post about what faces Class of 2015 Graduates… From Zero Hedge, May 31, 2015 Related PostsCollege Will Payoff in the Long Term, Right? College Tuition Up 1225% Since 1978 Educational Investing Quagmire

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Congrats, Class of 2015?

The Class of 2015’s graduation celebrations may be short-lived.  A graduation is often called a commencement, or beginning.  So, what can the Class of 2015 expect for their new beginning? 1) The highest average student debt of any graduating class in the last 23 years – $35,000 per student loan borrower. 2) In addition, a …

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Internships: The New Entry Level Job

Go to college. Then, get a job.  The old adage may have passed its time.  Now, the meme may be more like, “Compete to get into college.  Go to college; work unpaid internships every semester starting your freshman year, and each summer take more internships, then, hopefully, you’ll get a job by graduation.” According to a …

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The Work of Innovation

“…the core skill of an innovator is error recovery not failure avoidance.” – Pixar University’s Randy Nelson Innovators simply tweak a relatively ordinary experience to seem new. Think: Howard Shultz, Starbucks CEO, repackaging coffee (a substance humans have been drinking for thousands of years) building a whole new market. Think: Steve Jobs of Apple, building …

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How Major is a College Major?

Choosing a college major is not the fork-in-the-road life moment, where the only consequences are becoming the next Steve Jobs or complete destitution.  Many will equate “deciding a major” with “deciding a career.”  However, major choice doesn’t always match exactly with careers.   Ask any college graduate if their career directly correlates with their academic major.  …

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Guest Post: Investigating the Stereotypes about Women’s Colleges

Hearsay and rumors can preclude students from considering women’s colleges.  In order to gain more understanding, Olivia and Stephanie, the authors of the following post, share their experiences as students at women’s colleges in different parts of the United States.  Olivia currently attends Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA and Stephanie recently graduated from Mills College …

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College Degree: Gateway to Financial Prosperity or Not?

The chart below illustrates the number of college graduates since 2005 who are employed, yet earning at or below the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.  As we discussed in an earlier post, the chart reinforces that more of today’s college graduates are underemployed, or working in jobs that don’t require college degrees. As we …

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College Degree = Value, Right?

Financial security, or the promise of lifetime employment, is often a reason for choosing to attend college.  However, recent income and employment trends may give college-bound students pause to further contemplate their expectations of job security with a college degree. 44% of today’s college graduates are underemployed, meaning they don’t need a college degree for …

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Ahead of the Curve: February 27, 2014

From Our Clients: Aaaaccck! How do we pay for college?  Parents often tell themselves, “First things first.  Applications, THEN we’ll think about how to pay for college.”  Totally an expected reaction, when considering the six figure totals for a college education these days.  However, the planning to pay for college can take place long before …

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More on U.S. Employment

Presented for those of you wondering why new college grads are having a difficult time finding employment: The employment rate has been improving lately, but not nearly as much as the unemployment rate http://t.co/X52OksfI0v pic.twitter.com/Pjx8mS9AMV — Real Time Economics (@WSJecon) February 7, 2014 Related PostsWhat I Did for Summer Vacation: College Tours Comparing College Costs …

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Ahead of the Curve: February 7, 2014

From Our Clients: SAT and ACT Prep: Each day, I talk with at least one parent concerned that their kid is not doing enough preparation for the SAT or ACT, who asks for advice how to motivate their kid to practice SAT and ACT questions.  For most teens, the intention to prepare for the SAT …