Time for a Road Trip?

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

 

When all else fails, it’s probably time to hit the road to explore your options.

Does this sound familiar? You have spent months trying to land an internship that was more than emptying garbage cans and fetching coffee, but came up short. You’ve networked every possible opportunity, yet leads produced nothing promising. And you applied for every job opening on the planet, but didn’t even land an interview. Now, you find yourself with a diploma, a lot of student loan debt, living at home (once again) with mom or dad. What’s next? Time for a road trip!

Relocation: School or Job

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 19, 2011 in , , | No Comments

You’ve moved. Now what?

Each year, people relocate to find jobs or to go to college, only to discover being in a new location is unsettling.

Tips to help fight relocation blues:

1.) Since geography plays a role in weight gain, it’s a good idea to examine how the new location changes your routine. Maybe your old neighborhood was next to a park where you jogged every morning, but the new place has no park nearby. Time to find an alternative–one of the following–a gym or school track where you can jog. Seek out groups dedicated to jogging. This is a great way to make new contacts. Ask coworkers or classmates where they workout too.

From Grad Student to Community Builder

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 17, 2011 in , , | No Comments

 

 Do you have what it takes to be an innovator extraordinaire?

A grad student was pursuing her master’s in urban planning at Columbia University when she left for South Africa. In 2007, Candy Chang was offered a fellowship in a township in Johannesburg, South Africa, to help develop new community information systems–though not as modern as one might think–they were sorely needed nevertheless.

The township Cindy set out to help had no real neighborhood-wide communication–no local radio station, telephones, computers with e-mail–which proved problematic in an emergency. Devising a simple solution, Cindy and her team installed blackboards in well-traveled public areas where locals could post news, events or jobs. It was an inexpensive, effective and easy way to solve a major problem.

Grads: Are You a “Boomerang Kid”?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Oct 6, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Thousands are heading home to mom and dad…

The economy is still in jeopardy and a percentage of grads are unable to find adequate employment. Without a job, they cannot afford housing. What to do? Move back to familiar territory–the family abode–therefore they “boomerang”.

They’re Back

The latest tally shows a whopping 85% are migrating back home and staying an average of 18 months. Many bored empty nesters are thrilled to have their offspring home. However, there are other parents now struggling to make ends meet–some unemployed–and not thrilled to have another mouth to feed again.