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Living Large with an MBA

large Living Large with an MBAHaving an MBA can open so many new paths to you. The sky is truly the limit when you have your MBA. Suddenly, a whole new world of opportunities is open to you, and you can pick and choose what you want to do and where you want to do it. Maybe that sounds great to you, but you want some cold, hard facts about getting an MBA: What can you do with it? How can you get it for free? Well, I'm going to try to answer a couple of your questions.

What Can You Do With It?

Anything. I mean it, you can do almost anything with your MBA. You may not be able to be a brain surgeon, but you can certainly tackle most upper level jobs and ask for promotions more easily than you can now. With advanced management skills and documentation to prove that you've been trained with advanced management skills, you can qualify for most upper level management and specialty jobs in the business world.

An MBA, or any kind of Master's degree actually, can also open a different door – education. When you have a Master's, you are qualified to teach most remedial and many general education classes. At some schools, you may even be able to be an adjunct professor in the business department. Even if you've never thought about teaching before, the pay is usually decent, and it's a lot of fun to have a positive impact on a student's life.

How Can You Get It For Free?

Another common question is "How can I get my MBA for free?" You've probably heard the great stories about other professionals getting their Master's degree for free, and you want to know how to do the same. It all starts with your employer.

Many employers are willing to pay for your education if you promise to work with them for a certain amount of time. They want to reap the benefits of the education they are paying for, but they are usually willing to give you the raise you've earned once you get your degree.

Most employers will have an education policy in their handbook, and you can read over it to see if (1) it's worthwhile and (2) you're eligible. If your employer doesn't have an education policy in writing, talk to your immediate supervisor about your interest, why it would be good for the company, and what you are planning. With the right sales pitch, you just might get your education for free.

Living Large

An MBA allows you to expand your options, and with all the competition in business, expanded options is certainly a good thing. If possible, get your education for free so that you will no longer have to worry about student loans. Once you get your degree, you will have thousands of options and you'll be living large.

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Smart Networking Tips For Job-hunting Grads

You don't have to be a seasoned professional to have a great list of contacts. In fact, if you think about it, you probably already have a number of contacts that you made without really thinking about it. All of your classmates and professors are contacts. That is a pretty good start. Also, everyone that you have ever worked for or interned for is a contact. Not only can these people all offer great job hunting advice, but they can also lead you directly to the source- a great company that is looking to hire. Here are some great tips for networking and job hunting:

- Job hunt with friends. Did you have a study group while you were in school? If so, get together a similar group for job hunting. Even if you had exactly the same major as your classmates, it is likely that you will all have different feelings about what kind of jobs you want to have. Therefore, get these trusted friends together, talk about what you want out of a job, and then get to hunting. Of course, look for jobs for yourself. While you are doing this however, note any jobs that might be perfect for one of your friends. In so doing you can help each other find great opportunities.

- Get in touch with previous employers. When you are getting close to graduation, be sure to get in touch with previous bosses and supervisors to learn about what is going on in the industry. Perhaps they know someone who is hiring and can give you a good recommendation. Also, make sure that you get in touch with any companies that you interned for. If you would like to work for them full time, be sure that they know this and ask for them to think of you if they have any openings.

- Talk with professors. If you had a particularly good relationship with one of your professors, be sure to ask him or her if he or she knows about any great job openings. It is likely that your professor will be able to help you with some leads. If not, he or she might be able to help you brainstorm about networking ideas that would work particularly well in your industry.

- Play the home field. If you went to college away from home, be sure to consider the contacts that you have in your home town. Perhaps there is a job for you back home.

- Go to job fairs. Many school host or sponsor job fairs. Be sure to attend them and speak with representatives from every company that you would like to work for.

- Post your resume on web communities for your industry.

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Common Admissions Essay Questions

So you have narrowed down your college choices and now it is time to fill out those admission applications. As you are going through the applications, you start to notice a recurring theme. They all seem to have essay questions that you are responsible for answering. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath and let it out. Step by step we are going to get you through this.

Essays are one tool that colleges and universities use to learn more about you and your reasons for applying to attend their university or college. It is an opportunity for you to fully explain your reasons on how you feel about a particular situation. Your answers to an essay question will also reveal to the admissions officer more about who you really are. It’s just one more step to get to know you as a person or a student that isn’t revealed from the form questions that are asked on the admissions applications. The essay also provides you an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills and your ability to organize your thoughts clearly and effectively.

So take out a pen and a piece of paper so you can take notes. We are now about to embark on 3 popular essay questions and how you can tackle them. You know how David Letterman has a "top 10 List" every night on his show that answers some burning question? That’s what you need to do. You need to make top ten lists of your own, based on the question, and then choose a few points from your list to elaborate on those particular points.

1. What events, activities, or achievements have contributed to your self-development?

List all of the activities that you have participated in during high school or over the past 3 years

  • Be sure to include school activities, jobs, volunteer opportunities, community service, sports, or anything else you participated in.
  • Next to each activity, list all of the achievements that you made in these activities. Maybe you were president of the National Honor Society at your school or maybe you started a community service organization that provided meals to the homeless on weekends, which won you a volunteer of the year award.
  • Review your list and see which activities or achievements really stand out in your mind.
  • Thinking about the one activity or achievement that really stands out in your mind, think about why it is that it stands out. Think about how it made you feel to achieve what you did. Think about what you did or achieved, when you made this achievement, why you did what you did and how this particular achievement or activity has affected your life (or shaped you into the person that you are today).
  • Write the answer to these questions out in paragraph form and you have yourself an essay!

2. Role Model – If you could meet, be, or have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and why?

  • Make a list of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, plays, sports, and famous people.
  • Make a list of some of your favorite people, whether they are famous or people you know personally.
  • Next to each item or person, list the reasons why these are your favorites and what contributions they have made to your life.
  • Who intrigues you the most? This is the person you should base your essay on.
  • With the person (whether it be actor, sports player, author, president, grandfather, etc.) chosen, a list of all of the reasons why they are your favorite person, and how they have changed you or affected you as a person, you now have an essay!

3. Why do you want to study at this university?

  • Close your eyes and literally imagine yourself on the campus of the college or university.
  • Why are you interested in attending?
  • What does the college or university have to offer you as a person and as a student?
  • What do you have to offer the university or the college?
  • Be specific in your responses.
  • What makes this college or university different from the hundreds of other ones that you could apply to?
  • Turn your list into paragraphs and you have yourself an essay.

No matter what the essay question is, break it down. Make your list, being sure to answer all of the parts that the question may have. Then turn your lists into sentences and your sentences into paragraphs, and by George we have ourselves an essay!

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Career Planning

Career planning can be an exciting time. However, people often worry about the process, instead of embracing it. Look at it this way, the future is a blank slate and you can go in a number of different directions. Career planning shouldn’t be a time of worry, but a time of hope. People worry that they might choose the wrong career path. Instead, look at the glass half full: you might choose the best possible career.

In order to make that a reality, you need to plan accordingly. You can’’t just open the classifieds, point your finger blindly at a job, and say "that’s how I’m going to spend the rest of my life!"  Career planning is life planning, —it determines how you might spend the next several decades, if not your entire life up to retirement.

It is no wonder then that people are daunted about making such a long-term commitment. Remember that career planning doesn’t just involve what you want to do for a living, nine to five. It also encompasses many other facets of your life.

For instance, when planning a career, you should ask yourself these questions: do you want to make a lot of money? Do you want to live in a big city or a small town? Right there you’’ve already started planning a career. Suppose you say that you don’t want to make a lot of money but you do want to live in a big city. This narrows your options somewhat because the cost of living is much higher in cities than in small towns or outlying suburbs.

Suppose you want to make a lot of money but want to live away from a big city. There are a number of companies that have corporate offices far away from the city, so this again narrows your choices to certain types of employment.

Of course, the most important question is what exactly you want to do with your time. The main thing to consider is a mixture of skill and enjoyment. How skilled are you at a particular job and how much do you enjoy it. More often than not these two things overlap, as people are skilled at jobs they enjoy, and vice versa.

If you are just entering the workforce, you might not yet know about your skill level, as you may have never held down a full time job. Even so, many of the skills you already have will apply to the job. Take a careful look at jobs in the industry that interests you. If possible, talk to people who are in the profession so you can get a good sense of what it is they do every day. You may just find that you’re up to the task.

Whatever the circumstance, you want to know that there’s some room for advancement. More than not, a person entering the workforce will have to take an entry-level position. An entry-level position implies that you’ll be able to climb up the ladder as time goes on. Talking to people in the same industry—or, ideally, at the same company—will give you an idea about the rate of advancement.

Too often people take whatever job they can get. Don’t let this be you. When planning a career, try to be a little bit selective. In the long run, you’ll be a lot happier.

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Creating a Military to Civilian Resume

You’re out of the military and looking for civilian employment. You may be worried that potential employers will see you only as a soldier (or sailor, or pilot, etc.) and not someone who can take on civilian working tasks. To convince them that you not only have a place in the civilian work force, but can be more of an asset than others applying to similar positions, you will have to make your military experience fit into a civilian resume.

The main problem you will encounter in this regard is that the military has a different culture and language than the civilian world. What this means for you is that you must change your skill descriptions and responsibilities so that they have civilian names instead of military ones. If there is not an exact civilian skill, responsibility or job that matches the ones you had in the military, there should at least be something comparable. You can find books that will tell you how to translate military duties and positions to civilian ones. Use these to build your resume.

If you have any civilian experience, such as a job you may have held before entering the service, be sure to include this on your resume, even if it has been some time since you had this position. It is important for you to show prospective employers that you are able to function effectively in the civilian world. If you have not had such a job, don’t worry. Take the military jobs and skills that you have newly translated into civilian speak and present them sequentially in the reverse order of when you learned them or began performing them. This will give your military resume the appearance of a civilian one.

Be sure to consider extracurricular activities. If you have participated in any volunteer organizations or clubs outside of the military that required you exercise certain abilities or taught you certain skills, include those too. Remember, your main goal is to get an employer out of the mindset that you can do little more than march and fire a weapon and into the mindset that you are a brave, resourceful, skilled individual who can be a major asset to any civilian company.

Be sure to highlight skills that have a direct relationship to the job for which you are applying. If these are retitled military skills, they can help emphasize the fact that your military skills have direct civilian applications that can be useful to this employer.

Finally, remember that the resume is only a part of the job application process. If you are able to generate a resume that indicates you are reasonably competent to take part in the civilian work force, you will be invited to participate in an interview. This will require a different set of skills than building a resume requires, but it will give you the opportunity to further emphasize the applications your military background has to civilian employment. If you can do that, the perfect job could be right within your grasp.

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5 Ways To Decide On A Major

You Know This Is What You Were Born To Study
This way is undoubtedly the easiest. It seems like some people are born with a passion or anthropology or architecture. Maybe they are, maybe they’re not, but by the time they are college freshmen they have a fully formed idea of what makes them passionate when they study it. If you are one these lucky people, you don’t need to read any further.

You Know This Is What You Were Born To Do For Work
You are similar to people in the previous category, but while they seem predestined to study in a certain field, you have always known that you wanted to be a sports agent, for example, or a political operative. People like you also have a pretty easy time of picking a major. What you should to do to decide on yours is to look up the biographies of people who have the jobs you would like to have and find out what they studied. If one of these people happens to be an alum of your school, you should email them and ask them how they got to be where they are.

You Met With Your Academic Adviser
If you’re not sure, the first thing you should realize is that you’re not alone. There are a bunch of people in your class who also don’t know what to major in, first of all. Secondly, none of you are alone because all of you have academic advisers. Make an appointment with your academic adviser to talk over the question of what you should major in. Your adviser can look at your high school transcript, talk to you about what you love and hate to study, and what you might like to do for work. To make this meeting even more productive, you can think about these things beforehand. As a result of your talk with your academic adviser, you should have a list of subject areas for consideration. And where, you might ask, do you go from there?

You Talked To Faculty Members
Find the subjects on the list you made with your academic adviser and email the department heads in the various departments you’ve identified. Ask that person if you could drop by and talk about what it would be like to major in that area. A department head’s job (part of it, anyway) is to administer all of the majors in the program, so that person will be able to give you a good idea about whether or not you and his or her subject are a good match.

You Heard An Exciting Rumor In The Dorm
Keep your ears open to what your peers are studying. Talk to people about what they’re taking and whether or not they like it. You might end up with a major you’d have never dreamed you’d pursue, but one that will keep you fascinated for your college career and beyond.

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Using Your Contacts to Get an Internship

Getting an internship can be a very important part of your career. During your internship you will work in a professional setting with people who are working in the very industry that you hope to be a part of some day. In some lucky cases, you may actually get a full time job through your internship. Even if you internship does not result in a job, you are sure to benefit from having it on your resume.

In order to get a great internship, be sure to use all of your contacts and resources to get in at a great company. First, get in touch with the career counseling office at your school. Your career counseling office should have information on tons of internships that you can apply for. In addition to perusing their resources, speak with one of the career counselors to learn about which companies are the best to work for. Ask which companies are most likely to hire interns.

Also, be sure to ask teachers if they know of any great internships that you should go after. Your professors should know a great deal about companies in your field. Furthermore, many professors have other jobs in addition to teaching. Perhaps one of them could put you in touch with one of their contacts in order to get an internship. It is also possible that your teacher might work with a company for which you could intern.

Also, be sure to use any other contacts that you have to get a great internship. Do you have a family friend who is in your industry? If so, perhaps he or she can put you in touch with a company that you would like to intern for. If you have a family member who is currently working in your prospective career industry, perhaps he or she could help you to land an internship at a great company.

Also, remember to use contacts in other cities and other parts of the country. If you are still in school, perhaps you could spend the summer in another town in order to take part in a great internship. If you have a contact in another city, be sure to get in touch with him or her ans ask if they know of any companies or offices that are looking for a summer intern. Summer internships are great experiences because you will work more hours and get to know the business and your supervisors better than if you were just working a few hours per week during the school year. Also, there are many companies that offer stipend pay to summer interns. This will also give you the chance to get to know a new city!

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I Got My Online Degree, Now What?

So you made it!  You some how managed to balanced your demanding life with a challenging online education. Your new degree makes you more competitive for more jobs and advancement in your current career. Now What?

If you are trying to move up in your current job, inform your employer of your graduation and include a copy of your transcript/diploma. Also notify and demonstrate to them any new skills or qualifications you have gained from your online education. Apply for jobs internally. Although you may have obtained your new degree, you might not receive the better paying or new job instantaneously. With your new degree, you might feel overqualified for your current job, but be realistic because it takes time to secure a new job!

Ok, you’ve applied and have gotten an offer! Congratulations! However do not be disappointed if you are not offered as much money as you’d like. You might not be making the money you want right away, but with your new or higher online degree, you can soon request the raise that you deserve!

Some of you decided to pursue a different degree because you were unhappy with your current career choice and thought you needed better. Check out some job fairs. A lot of these job fairs are flooded with 20 something year olds looking for a career. But as a newly adult graduate, you not only bring your new degree to the table, but also years of experience; thus making yourself much more valuable and competitive for a career change.

Although you have gained additional credentials and your resume is sparkling with the new degree, you might not get the new job right away. Again it takes time! You might have to stay working at your current job until you find the job you want. But remember, be respectable and fair to your current employer. Because you are pursuing something new, does not mean that you can slack off and be unethical in your work practice.

So after receiving your degree, applying internally/externally for a better or different career, and attending job fairs, you are now well on your way to rolling in the money and getting your dream job thanks to your online degree!!

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