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Is a Bachelor’s Degree Not Enough to Land a Job?

As a recent college graduate, I can relate to William Klein. Klein recently graduated from the College at Brockport, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. Shortly after graduating, Klein moved back in with his parents and returned to his high school job, serving tables for $7.25/hour. It’s not that Klein did not look for another job or that he didn’t apply for these jobs. The problem is that these employers did not think that Klein had enough education and needed to get a master’s degree before they would consider hiring him.

Long gone are the days when a bachelor’s degree was enough education to get your foot in the door at a prestigious job. Instead, the master’s degree has become the newest ticket you will need to ride the ride.

Some are calling this new trend credential inflation, but whatever you call it, there is no denying the fact that more and more people are pursuing a master’s degree in order to get a job. In 2009, 657,000 master’s degrees were awarded; this number has doubled since the 1980s and has increased even more substantially in the past few years.

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Is Grad School a Waste of Money?

I hear it all the time: “A graduate degree is the new bachelor’s degree.” Meaning, to get ahead in your chosen career path, you not only need four years of schooling, but six. However, recent studies show that even grad school won’t benefit everybody.

“I expected to get out of grad school and find a job fairly easily, even in the down economy,” said Eric Peters, who earned a master’s degree in 2009 from Radford University. “What I found after applying to more than 150 jobs was that experience weighs far more than education. And I’m talking paid full-time experience, because I had four internships under my belt when I graduated that didn’t seem to matter very much.”

Peters, who got his degree in corporate and professional communications, learned after some extensive job-hunting that experience out ways education in the communications field. In the end, he settled for an entry-level position, which are generally reserved for young, inexperienced workers.

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M.I.T. Teams with Malaysia to Offer Economics Degree

An announcement has been made that the Malaysian government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are set to offer a new research center.

This new education center will offer supply-chain education and will be located in Shah Alam which is outside of Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysia Institute of Supply Chain Innovation is set to be modeled from a program that is offered at M.I.T. and will be open to students in the spring of 2012.

The first degree available will be a master’s degree in supply chain management and logistics. Eventually a doctoral program will be instituted as well as professional courses for executives.

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Many students who are pursuing their master’s degree or doctorate degree can probably relate to this situation: After four years of undergraduate work, at least two years of graduate work, endless hours spent devoted to selecting the perfect thesis and even more endless hours actually writing the thesis paper, you turn the project that has consumed your life for the past several years in to a professor who reads it, grades it, and then never glances at it again. What a complete let down! However, a new website is giving these hardworking souls something to grin about, and it is so proud of it’s ability to do so, that it is simply called is an online community of authors, students, professors, and millions of users who come together to share their knowledge. was created by Europeans who wanted to allow anyone to publish their works online as books or ebooks so that they could make a monetary profit off of all their hard work. This allows writers to become published authors, a process that can be very difficult, expensive, and time-consuming when you use a traditional publishing house. With, all a person has to do upload their book to the server, and if it is accepted, they automatically earn 10 Euros and their paper is published on the website.

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Get the Insider’s Scoop on the New GRE

Educational Testing Services and Graduate Record ExaminationsTaking the the Graduate Record Examinations, better known as the GRE, is a must for many people applying to graduate school. The test was taken by about 675,000 people in 2010, and the number of business schools accepting the GRE for MBA applicants has quadrupled in the past four years.

The Educational Testing Services will be making some of the biggest changes in the GRE’s 60-year history this coming summer. The revised test will feature new kinds of questions and will be graded on a very different scoring scale. The computer-based test, which is used in the majority of testing locations around the world, will also introduce a number of features to make the experience better for test-takers. The main goal of revising the test is to better evaluate “kind of things that students are actually doing when they get into graduate school or business school,” said Dawn Piacentino, the director of communications and client services for the GRE in a phone interview with EduInReview.

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Earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching Through USC Online

mathteacherTeaching is by far one of the hardest professions I can think of. No matter what level you teach at, it takes a certain level of patience and a love for learning and students to be an effective teacher. The profession of teaching is highly overlooked and underrated, but teachers are responsible for educating us all at various levels. Even teachers that want to learn have to look to other teachers for their knowledge. For those that are already teachers or want to be teachers, there is an online master’s degree made just for you.

USC has a master of arts in teaching that is available online that has gained a lot of high praise. USC is a world renowned research institution and their Rossier School of Education is top notch. Students that apply to this program can also apply for scholarships and a fellowship at the same time they are applying for admission. Earning a teaching degree from USC typically would not be possible for everyone, but with this degree you don’t have to move to California to attend classes; you can do this online from anywhere in the country.

The curriculum combines your interactive learning with field-based experiences that you complete in your area. The only reason you would have to go to the physical campus is for graduation after you’ve completed your degree. With this online degree you will receive everything you need to become a great teacher including preparation for state teaching credentials in your home state. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best MBA Schools in the U.S.

workerDue to a challenging economy, many students are looking for anything that will help them stand out as an applicant for a job. Earning a master’s degree in business administration, or an MBA, is one way to gain an edge in the job market. As with any degree, earning an MBA from a school known for its MBA programs can give you even more of an edge.

Many schools well-known for producing quality MBA students serve as a pool for high profile employers to choose future employees. You can earn an MBA through all kinds of colleges, and even online, so because the MBA is so widely available and so popular, the only real way to differentiate yours is to earn it from one of the best schools. Not every school can specialize in every degree, so it’s important to do some research to find out what schools are the best for your particular degree. Read the rest of this entry »

A More Humane Education at the Humane Society University

Most students who want to work with animals consider a degree in marine biology, zoology, or veterinary medicine. Pretty standard majors, and they allow students to combine their love for animals with a college education. Well, now there is another option for students who want to work with animals in a more humane way.humane society university

The Humane Society University, founded in 2008, offers degrees in Humane Leadership, Animal Studies, and Animal Policy & Advocacy. The Humane Society University is obviously the brainchild of the Humane Society of the United States, an organization that has been dedicated to the humane treatment of animals since 1954.  Read the rest of this entry »


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