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All students want to choose a major and a career path that will lead to a stable, profitable future.  Unfortunately, the economy is much more complicated than it used to be, so it can be difficult to choose a path that will guarantee you a stable future.

For help in this area, one good resource to check out is Yahoo! Hotjobs. In addition to specific job listings, this site offers tips and insight into job searching in today’s market.

According to Yahoo! Hotjobs, here are eight jobs college students should consider.  These are areas that show job growth and promise to do so in the future as well.

  1. Network Systems Analyst
  2. Financial Analyst or Advisor
  3. Veterinary Technologist or Technician (which only requires a two-year degree)
  4. Counselors (Marriage and Family Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors)
  5. Physical Therapist Assistant (which only requires a two-year degree)
  6. Forensic Science Technician
  7. Teachers (yes, things are looking good for both elementary and secondary school teachers)
  8. Accountants



Hot Jobs That Only Require a Two-Year Degree

Think that a two-year degree from a community college or technical college won’t lead to a profitable career? This isn’t true at all. In fact, some Associate’s degrees can lead to careers with generous salaries, along with smaller levels of student loan debt that many four-year graduates will envy.

According to Yahoo! Hotjobs, here are ten well-paying jobs that only require two-year degrees:

1. Physical therapist assistant
2. Web designer
3. Electrical or electronic engineering technician
4. Nursing
5. Computer support specialist
6. Executive or administrative assistant
7. Dental hygienist
8. Surveying or mapping technician
9. Veterinary technician
10. Camera operator




5 Ways to Prepare for Spring Semester Over Winter Break

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Staying organized at school can be a breeze!

Enjoying your holiday break?  Clearly, there are plenty of fun things to do away from school, so preparing for Spring semester may be the furthest thing from your mind.  However, there are a few simple things you can do to prepare that will make your life a little easier later.

  1. Buy Your Textbooks Now.  With a little legwork and Internet access, you can purchase your textbooks for next semester much cheaper than if you buy them in the campus bookstore.  Here are some ways to save money on college textbooks.
  2. Organize Your Calendar. One of the best ways to manage your time as a college student is to keep a detailed calendar of your assignment deadlines. Figure out how you’re going to set up your system now, either on paper or electronically, so that you’ll be set to get organized when the semester begins. (more…)



U.S. Students Looking to Canada for Cheaper Tuition

In past years, Americans have been heading up to Canada in search of cheaper prescription drugs and health care. But health care’s not the only thing that Americans are hoping to save money on by venturing north.  According to the Boston Globe, since 2001, American enrollment in Canadian universities is up 50 percent.  This is especially true in the northeast, where even public schools can cost more than $20,000 a year.

Furthermore, the number of American students heading up to Canada may well increase thanks to the declining Canadian dollar.  Although the American dollar actually was worth a little bit less than the Canadian dollar a few years ago, currently the U.S. dollar is worth about $1.20 Canadian dollars. This means more Americans heading up to Toronto for bargain vacations, and more college students looking to escape rising tuition prices in the U.S.

This sounds like a great idea to me.  There’s definitely something to be said for studying abroad, and college in Canada allows Americans to do this without straying too far from home, and for less.  But what a shame.  Can’t we afford to educate our own kids anymore?




The 30 Best New Year’s Resolutions for Students

Hey, students, are you looking for some New Year’s resolutions to kick off 2009?  The trouble with resolutions is this: people make resolutions that are either too big, too vague, or too unrealistic.  Instead, it’s helpful to find some small, realistic, and specific goals that truly can be accomplished.

As a student, set your goals realistically.  Stay away from “I’m going to get a 4.0 next semester!” if you’re having trouble maintaining a 2.5.  And be specific.  Vague goals like, “I’m going to study more!” are terrific, but how much more?

Here are some realistic and specific New Year’s Resolutions for college students.  Pick and choose the ones that may help you — or use this as a guide to find manageable, realistic steps you can take to becoming a better students.

  1. Study five more hours a week
  2. Complete at least 50 percent more of the readings.
  3. Proofread all of your papers more carefully. (more…)



University of California at Irvine Launches Free Law School

Want to go to college for free? Tuition free colleges, although they are hard to find, have been around for awhile. But how about a tuition free law school?

The University of California, Irvine has a brand new law school — and if you’re one of the 60 students fortunate enough to get in this year, you can get yourself a full scholarship for all three years of law school.  The school is hoping this unconventional method will attract the best law students in the country, and will catapult the school into top rankings its first year out.




Minneapolis, Seattle are the Nation’s Most Literate Metro Areas

Living in frigid Minneapolis is smarter than you might think.

Living in frigid Minneapolis is smarter than you might think.

On days where the high is two degrees below zero, I wonder why in the world I live in Minneapolis.  Then I remember that this is a great city with lots of great cultural resources and fun activities.

On top of this, I found out today that according to a recent report, the Minneapolis metro area is tied with Seattle for the distinction of most literate metropolitan area in the United States.

Minneapolis’ sister city, St. Paul, is ranked fourth on the list.  Since the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is really just one big metro area, that means that combined, our area is no doubt on top.  That’s something to think about the next time I’m huddling in front of the fireplace with a good book. (more…)




Caroline Kennedy a Controversial Choice for New York Senate

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former president John F. Kennedy, is lobbying to fill the New York Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, who’s leaving to become Obama’s Secretary of State. This has raised quite a few eyebrows by those who argue that Kennedy’s role as a high-dollar fundraiser doesn’t qualify her to be senator, and that she’s only being considered because of the legacy of her name.

As CBS News reports, Kennedy does have experience working with the New York City Public Schools.  Some feel that her work there is exemplary enough to qualify her for public office, while others do not.  As a fundraiser and goodwill ambassador for the New York City Public Schools, Kennedy raised about $200 million between 2002 and 2004. As the school system’s chancellor wrote in a New York Times op ed, “Caroline took over an office that previously oversaw donations to PTAs and alumni associations and recreated it around a model of a public-private partnership.”

On the other hand, Kennedy wasn’t involved in hands-on legislative decisions involving the schools.  She also took few public policy positions on education, so it’s hard to know where she stands the issue that’s been the focus of most of her political involvement. What do you think?

Caroline’s own educational background includes a degree from Radcliffe College and a law degree from Columbia Law School.




Higher Ed Leaders: We Need a Cut of the Stimulus Package!

On December 16, higher education leaders from across the U.S. took out full page ads in the New York Times and the Washington Post to ask Congress and Barack Obama to include them in the proposed stimulus package that’s being drafted in Congress.

University presidents, chancellors, and other educational leaders called for the government to set aside five percent of the package for colleges and universities.  They argued that for the first time in history, the younger generation is not more educated than the older generation, and that this could have serious repercussions for the economy. To remain economically competitive, they argued, colleges and universities need an investment of at least $40 million.

Sounds good to me.  We’re bailing out banks and auto companies.  Perhaps it’s time to bail out students who are suffering from the effects of budget cuts on their campuses, or who can’t afford to pay for college in the first place.




Colleges More Ready to Help Out Transfer Students

Here’s a national trend that’s a response to the high cost of education and the worsening economy: a growth in the number of transfer students.  This is partly because many students are choosing to begin their college years at a lower-cost community college, and partly because students are transferring out of expensive schools they can no longer afford.  The trend is also fueled by adults returning to school to make themselves more marketable in the workplace.

According to the USA Today, colleges and universities are going out of their way to help transfer students more than ever.  Although these students have often fallen through the cracks, their rising numbers mean that schools need to find ways to better meet their needs. (more…)




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