Earth Friendly Careers

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 29, 2012 in , , | No Comments

Nearly 1.2 million new green jobs are predicted to be available in the next year.

Undecided about your major, or thinking of changing? Here are five well paying green jobs you might not have considered from Catherine Ryan’s article, “Is a Green Job Your Dream Job?”, Self magazine:

Urban Forester

Average Income: $55K

Job Description:

Plant and care for trees in parks and along city streets. More than 3,400 communities have earmarked big budgets to promote tree care, according to Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. Having said that, a reality check of some communities: budgets have been cut–some severely–depending on the city. So it pays to do research first, to see where the budgets are still in tack.

Multitasker Brain?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 27, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

 

The ability to multitask is often worn as a badge of honor by some. But it may be tripping you up…

A Stanford University study found multitaskers make more mistakes than those who tackle one thing at a time. Also, they can lose the ability to distinguish important information from unimportant information.

Does Networking Work?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 23, 2012 in , , | No Comments

Based on the findings, it pays to network and obtain referrals…

Their report identified how candidates find career opportunities and land a job. It analyzed the impact of income, gender and age on job search techniques. The statistics are based on over 700 candidates who landed a job from July 2009-January 2010.

Carolyn Parrott, vice president of client services for IMPACT Group, which conducted the report stated, “The report takes a look at what job search techniques are working as well as how gender, age and income play a role.” She went on to say, “We believe our data presents a realistic picture of today’s job market for educated, salaried professionals and executives.”

Strengths and Motivations

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 22, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Knowing your true talents and incentives moves you toward solid goals.

Do you know your strengths? Can you clearly explain them to a prospective employer? What about your motivation behind succeeding in solid goals? Before choosing a major, or heading to an interview, understand yourself first.

If you’re unsure of what strengths you possess that will translate well to an employer, begin to determine the following:

  1. Listen to others. What have professors, mentors, friends and family told you that you do well? Make a list of everything.

The Mentor Behind Our Leaders

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 16, 2012 in , , | No Comments

As a professor, he taught Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barbara Jordan.

I’m always on the lookout for inspiring stories about influential people, especially if there’s a special occasion to celebrate them. While on the treadmill at the gym, I thumbed through an AARP magazine (December/January), someone had left behind. In it I found an article written by Teresa Wiltz, about a 92 year old professor who has been teaching for (are you ready?) 69 years!

Paying for College 101

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 15, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Get schooled on the best ways to finance your degree(s)…

Financial advisor powerhouse Suze Orman lays out an intelligent and simple plan for parents and students, keeping debt reasonable. See her tips, which I’ve condensed and added to:

1.) Students should always borrow before their parents for a college education. There are valid reasons for this, just one would be the debt is the student’s responsibility, not the parents. Parents have their own set of personal debts to contend with and retirement ahead of them. However, parents or guardians should assist students in their quest to secure loans with necessary financial paperwork, emotional support and encouragement.

Mentorship Keys: Trust and Continuity

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 14, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

We are happy to present the fifth in our series of guest blogs…

The bloggers will be giving you a glimpse into their personal mentor/mentee experiences. Some spotlighted relationships may have grown into deep personal friendships, while others might be purely business in nature–mentees observing their mentor at work. No matter the depth of the relationship, mentees will testify to the importance of their mentors. Guest blog posts will appear, sporadically, but always on a Tuesday.

 

The Campus Pantry

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 13, 2012 in , , | No Comments

It’s a disturbing sign of the times–feeding hungry students.

The University of Georgia, Michigan State University, and the University of Arkansas are opening their food pantries to feed students because they can’t afford to feed themselves. With unemployed parents unable to assist, groups of students started pantries stocked by private donations in an effort to feed fellow students.

“This is one more scary manifestation of a broader economic, social and moral problem,” states Jim Weill, president of Food Research and Action Center (an anti-hunger group in Washington).

“…If You’ll Just Smile…”

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 9, 2012 in , | No Comments

A happy career and personal life from smiling?

That’s what a study published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology discovered. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, went through old college yearbook photos and found the grads 30 years later. What they discovered was interesting: women with the widest smiles in their photos were most likely to be happy in their careers–and marriages. They also had fewer setbacks in life than the women with tight-lipped expressions.

Smiling engages at least three muscle groups, increasing bloodflow, and boosts circulation of immune cells.

Living a Long, Productive Life

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 8, 2012 in , | No Comments

Researchers uncovered secrets to a better life.

Leslie R. Martin and Howard S. Friedman, researchers and authors of The Longevity Project, drew on an eighty year study they helped conduct to uncover secrets to living a long and productive life. What they found could be used by college students and grads to get on a path to success in their careers and in making personal financial decisions–adding up to a happier life.

In an interview with Charles Schwab’s On Investing magazine entitled, “Planning for a Good Life”, the authors and researchers were asked questions based on their book. Below, I’ve selected a few questions and answers, then condensed them.