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Finding the best part-time jobs for college students

Getting through college can be very difficult, especially financially. Many college students are notoriously and constantly broke or close to it. But they all seem to somehow scrounge up extra money for that weekend partying and other certain "necessities." So how do they do it? Many of them are working some of the best part time jobs for college students.

Before submitting applications all over town, always first explore the job opportunities being offered on campus. Many colleges offer work study programs, which give on-campus job preferences to financially struggling students. A lot of these programs will simply place students with a campus job that they can then maintain for their entire stay at the school. Some campus jobs only pay minimum wage, while others may pay more. Several work study programs offer pay increases for each year that a student has been in the program.

The hotel industry is another place to turn to for a decent job while achieving a secondary education. Getting a job as a desk clerk or a hotel maid can be a fairly simple job to help students earn some extra cash. Some hotel jobs can pay upwards of $9 per hour, which can go a long way for a college student.

Babysitting has always been a great side job for anyone, and this does not discount the collegiate scholar. Those with less experience can expect to earn around minimum wage for their babysitting services, whereas students with five or more years of experience can earn around $9 per hour for watching someone's children. One of the major benefits to a babysitting job is that it is much more flexible and can more easily be worked around any student's class or study schedule.

College can often times become extremely expensive, especially when students factor in the expense of extracurricular activities. Living on a college budget is not impossible, though. Some of the best part time jobs for college students can be found just around the corner.

By Joel Dreher, studentloansforbadcreditsite.com

   

Is the job outlook for grads really improving?

From College News - A press release states entry-level jobs have increased 80 percent, but does that really make a difference to grads?

Beyond.com, a site which claims to be the world’s largest network of niche career communities, released a statement on Wednesday saying that entry-level jobs increased by 80 percent during the first quarter of 2010. Additionally, those figures were even up 19 percent over the pre-recession entry-level figures from 2008.

The implication of the press release is that the job market for young people may be stabilizing and that job availability may also be beginning to increase. As their subheading states, “it’s not all doom and gloom for this year’s grads.”

To brighten the job outlook ever further, Beyond said that although the competition for full-time employment remains very tight. 60 percent of employers who posted openings for employment were looking for full-time employees. More proof, they say, that the job market is stabilizing.

But are we look at the job market through rosy glasses from here on out? A recent post from Gradversity would suggest otherwise

As the post details, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development recently stated that the “youth unemployment rate is to stay high through 2011”. In fact, the post says that the unemployment rate for youths—those under 25—is nearly three times as much as the normal unemployment rate for those over the age of 25. Not exactly an inspiring sentiment, is it?

So whose word are we to trust?

Beyond the headline trumpeting the 80 percent increase, the press release goes on to mention that approximately 2.4 million students will graduate this year with either an associates or bachelors degree.

Add that to the amount of grads from previous years still looking for work in their field of specialty and the amount of individuals over 25 who are looking for work, and you have an incredibly competitive and crowded pool of potential employment: one whose numbers far exceed the amount of jobs available, even with this recent increase in entry level work.

Grads are going to have to settle for part-time and temporary work or internships while they hunt for entry-level work, simply because they will find themselves so low on the job-seeker totem pole.

Clearly, Beyond doesn’t want grads to give up hope, and since the economy does appear to be on the rebound, it’s true that things are looking up in the job market.

The fact of the matter is the market is improving, but without proactively searching for work, making connections and a little bit of luck, 2010 graduates will find themselves in the same boat as the 2009 graduates.

By Janelle Vreeland

   

Are professional marriages truly equal?

From College News - A recent Cornell University study shows that as a husband's work hours increase, so do the odds of the wife quitting her job.

Despite the eroding of the corporate glass ceiling and an increasing re-emergence of feminism on campuses, traditional gender roles in marriage have changed very little.

As a study conducted by Cornell University reports, men are still considered to be the primary breadwinners in a marriage, even in dual-earner marriages where both partners contribute to the household income.

The study, conducted by Cornell University sociology doctoral candidate Youngjoo Cha, found that for professional women whose husbands work 60 or more hours a week, the odds of quitting her own job increase by an astounding 51 percent. The odds are increased even further for professional mothers by a mind-boggling 112 percent. The study also found that, for professional husbands and fathers whose wives work the same amount of hours per week, the effects on their careers or jobs werenegligible.

To me, a member of Generation Y whose opportunities have, for the most part, always been equal to those of my male friends and colleagues, the results of this study are shocking. There’s never been a time in my life where I thought I would simply become a stay at home wife or mother just because of the hours my future husband may or may not work.

There has also never been a time where I thought I would only be employed if my future husband’s job proved to be less than we would need to pay the bills.

My career path and dreams have been determined solely by what I want to accomplish. That has largely been the case with my female friends and former classmates.

I come from a fairly traditional family structure: when I was born my mother became a stay-at-home mom and remained one until my siblings and myself were well into elementary school.

But her decision to stay home was not determined by what she thought she had to do, or what tradition dictated was expected of her. It was determined by what she wanted.

Sure, my father has been the main breadwinner in the family, but my parents have had a dual-earner relationship for most of their marriage. And there has never been a time where my mother considered quitting her job because of the amount of hours my father was working.

It’s as if at one point in our society it became an undisputed truth that career women are lonely and single, an idea the website Feministing examines here and here.

Perhaps the statistics will change as my generation gets older and more of us get married, have children and establish our careers. Maybe then the idea of a dual-earning marriage will continue to be expected or, perhaps, the norm for society and the chances of professional women quitting their jobs will decrease.

By Janelle Vreeland

   

Guide to getting ahead at work

From College News - How to stay two steps ahead of your coworkers in order to obtain that competitive edge.

With today’s shaky job market, it’s now more important than ever to stand out and shine amongst your peers. Here are some tips for getting ahead and maintaining a competitive edge:

Know the company

Do you know what your company does? Sure, maybe you have a general idea, but understanding how your company runs its business is worth learning. Check out the company’s website, read some literature and understand your company’s mission.

Get to know people outside of your team

Part of knowing the company is understanding its people and their roles within the organization. Talk to other team members. Learn what they do and how they influence your role as well. Doing so will create a bond with your team members.

Learn something new

There’s always something to be learned at work. Can you go back to school or enroll in some online training? Talk to your boss about taking some courses in your field. This shows your boss that you’re thinking ahead and that you’re interested in developing your role. While you’re at it, why not take a refresher on some current skills that need updating?

Become a know-it-all

Read trade magazines, blogs and news stories regarding your industry. Professionals know what’s going on in their industry and keep current with trends. Be in the know and strive to be on top of news about your field and company as it emerges.

Take on a project

Volunteer for an upcoming project, especially if it’s in an area where you can learn to grow. If the task is challenging, stepping up to take the lead will impress your supervisor. It will show your boss that you’re ready to work and like to take initiative.

Polish your presentation skills

Public speaking hardly ranks as any workers’ favorite task, but there’s a lot to be said for being able to do it with ease. Not only does presenting for a group increase your visibility to your peers and supervisors, but it also makes you appear knowledgeable and confident.

Recognize others

Maybe a coworker helped you prepare for a presentation or another team member provided some feedback on a project you were working on. Be sure to recognize that person whenever the project is discussed. If it’s being noticed by others be sure to give credit appropriately. You don’t want to be thought of as the guy who takes all the credit for other people’s work.

Find a mentor

Identify someone you look up to in your field. Is there someone who has accomplished what you’d like to accomplish? If so, ask them to serve as a guide and mentor. They can share valuable information (and contacts) that will help you in your career.

By Angelica Rodriguez

   

Study identifies best career trends for college grads

From College News - The University of San Diego Extension releases study identifying top career trends and the skills required for them.

According to PR Newswire the University of San Diego Extension has released a new study identifying the top career trends popular among college grads.

Not surprisingly, fields focused around technology, the Internet and health care dominate the list. Here is the top five condensed version of the study’s findings. For the full top ten version you can visit the UC San Diego Extension’s site here.

1. Health care information technology

Healthcare technicians are responsible for organizing medical records and keeping those records up-to-date electronically, as well as transferring hard-copy records to electronic sources. As the study says, job prospects are very good for this field.  It’s is a growing industry with vast employment needs.

2. Mobile media

With the ever expanding array of smartphones being made available to the public, those with mobile media skills will be in high demand. This means graphic designers, videographers and video editors, casual game/app developers and software engineers will all be needed to design and develop Web sites. They’ll also need to create video content, software applications, games, interfaces and mobile platforms.

3. Data mining

Data mining is the technique of extracting specific types of information or patterns from large databases, such as data warehouses. Businesses in every industry use data mining in order to predict future trends and behaviors. So the career opportunities are pretty much endless. In addition, Data Mining Analysts, Data Mining Researchers, Data Mining Scientists and other Data Mining professionals can expect to earn high wages.

4. Embedded engineering

Microchip processors can be found in technology everywhere, from toys to cell phones, and the processors are embedded systems built around a microprocessor core. Because technology advances in leaps and bounds, engineers are always in demand. According to the study, embedded engineering jobs are expected to increase by 32 percent by 2018.

5. Geriatric health care

With baby boomers approaching or entering their autumn years, and chronic health conditions on the rise, a workforce trained specifically in geriatric health care will be in demand for years to come. This field includes jobs ranging from medical doctors to pharmacists to certified home health aides.

By Janelle Vreeland
   

How to use LinkedIn to land a job

From College News - Mashable piece shows you how to use social networking to land your dream job. We have a few ideas ourselves.

LinkedIn is an incredible resource to have when trying to land a job.

Unlike its social networking cousins Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn allows users to put their best professional face forward, connecting them with past and present colleagues and employers rather than old flames and former classmates.

Like any resource, though, you have to know how to use it to its full potential in order to truly benefit from it. a href="http://mashable.com/2010/05/19/job-search-linkedin/" title="Mashable">Mashable has some tips on how to get the most out of LinkedIn and, while most of them are pretty good, we’d thought we would add a couple more ourselves:

Use a Name Employers Will Recognize and Identify

It’s safe to assume that you are not the only person in the world with your name, though you may be the only one in your given profession. A quick and random search on LinkedIn yielded results saying that there are currently 17 people named “Jason Ackerman”, as but one example, on the site.

Though not a difficult number to sift through, it could be difficult to identify a potential employee based on name alone—especially if not everyone uses a profile picture. A nickname (a professional one, that is) or using your full name or middle initial could set you apart from the rest, providing employers with easier search results.

Look Your Best

Although you wouldn’t necessarily consider using your Facebook profile pic as your LinkedIn photo, you may want to put some thought into what picture goes up there. Consider the field you’re in, or want to enter, and use a photo that best represents both you and that field. If all else fails, a simple head-shot—like a school photo—is far more preferable than a cropped group photo from a night out with friends.

By Janelle Vreeland
   

Study reports one-quarter of 2010 grads have jobs lined up

From College News - Nearly one-quarter of 2010 students have jobs lined up after graduation, an increase of 20 percent over last year's findings.

CNN Money reports that things are looking up for college grads in the employment world.

According to a study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the number of college seniors who already have jobs lined up after graduation is up to 24.4 percent this year. This is up from the 19.7 percent of students who reported having a job lined up in the class of 2009.

While the increase is a positive change, the NACE advises that the percentage rise may be due to students being aware of the tough job market and accepting offers more readily than they had previously. Also, fewer students reported having received job offers from employers, but more of the students who had received offers accepted them.

NACE executive director Marilyn Mackes also said that there “appears to be greater awareness of the economic realities among this year’s graduates, and greater flexibility in the types of jobs they will consider.”

By Janelle Vreeland

   

The most and least-profitable college majors

From College News - Payscale discovers best and worst-paying college majors, with science and math-based majors topping the list.

 

Everyone dreams of landing a job that will bring them financial security, if not necessarily boat-loads of money. After all, as studies and surveys have told us repeatedly, those of us with college degrees are more likely to achieve such financial success. Unfortunately, not all college majors earn the same amount of income. Indeed, according to a recent study, there’s a large variance between the best and worst-paying majors.

 

Payscale notes that majors that heavily involve the fields of science and mathematics offer higher starting salaries as well as higher salaries over time.

By distilling the specific majors into a more general scope, WalletPop has compiled the following list of the top ten most-profitable college majors.

 

1. Engineering (Average first year salary: $59,000/Average mid-career salary: $101,000)

2. Economics (Average first year salary: $50,200/Average mid-career salary: $101,000)

3. Physics (Average starting salary: $51,100/Average mid-career salary: $98,800)

4. Computer Science (Average starting salary: $56,400/Average mid-career salary: $97,400)

5. Statistics (Average career salary: $48,600/Average mid-career salary: $94,500)

6. Biochemistry (Average starting salary: $41,700/Average mid-career salary: $94,200)

7. Mathematics (Average career salary: $47,000/Average mid-career salary: $93,600)

8. Construction Management (Average starting salary: $53,400/Average mid-career salary: $89,600)

9. Information Systems (Average starting salary: $51,400/Average mid-career salary: $87,000)

10. Geology (Average starting salary: $45,000/Average mid-career salary: $84,200)

 

While the ‘hard’ sciences dominate the field of most-profitable majors, the social sciences and arts round out the bottom of the list as the least-profitable majors. Here are Payscale.com’s top ten least-profitable majors.

 

1. Social Work (Average starting salary: $33,400/Average mid-career salary: $41,600)

2. Elementary Education (Average starting salary: $33,000/Average mid-career salary: $42,400)

3. Theology (Average starting salary: $34,800/Average mid-career salary: $51,500)

4. Music (Average starting salary: $34,000/Average mid-career salary: $52,000)

5. Spanish (Average starting salary: $35,600/Average mid-career salary: $52,600)

6. Horticulture (Average starting salary: $37,200/Average mid-career salary: $53,400)

7. Education (Average starting salary: $36,200/Average mid-career salary: $54,100)

8. Hospitality and Tourism (Average starting salary: $37,000/Average mid-career salary: $54,300)

9. Fine Arts (Average starting salary: $35,800/Average mid-career salary: $56,300)

10. Drama (Average starting salary: $35,600/Average mid-career salary: $56,600)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, this English major needs to go clip some more coupons.

 

By Janelle Vreeland

   

Unemployment rate rises as job seekers re-enter labor force

From College News - Unemployment rate rises .2 percentage points as employers add 290,000 more jobs to payroll in the month of April.

The unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent as more people opted to return to the job market, The New York Times reported. While the raise in the unemployment rate may be initial cause for alarm, the reason for the increase is ultimately a good thing, as it means that more and more people are feeling confident that they’ll find some kind of employment.

Data released by the government suggests that such hopes aren’t false ones. The government said that employers added 290,000 more jobs to their payrolls in the month of April, which is the largest increase in four years.

So why, if more jobs are added, did the unemployment rate increase?

The reason is that once people give up on finding jobs, they’re not actually counted in the unemployment figures that the government releases, even though they’re, well, unemployed. An increase in the unemployment rate is actually a good sign for the economy, as it means that more people who’d given up all hope in finding work during the recession are stepping out to find work—part or full-time.

In fact, the Department of Labor’s report, which the Times links to, says that nearly 200,000 people re-entered the workforce. So it’s the end of the recession, right?

Not quite. Even with the improved numbers, more than 15 million people are still unemployed and, as the Times puts it, “More than a 100,000 jobs a month are needed just to keep up with the growth of the working-age population, even without reducing the millions of Americans who are already unemployed.”

So even with new jobs added, the unemployment rate will still be high, due to the fact that new people—such as, say, recently graduate college students—are entering the workforce everyday.

Makes you optimistic, doesn’t it?

By Jon Graef

   

Alumni return to college in hopes of revamping their careers

From College News - Faced with unemployment, many adults return to college seeking further education.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the recession and widespread unemployment have driven many adults to return to college.

Rather than seeking their GED or vocational training, which are hallmarks of the typical “adult student”, many are graduates with undergraduate and professional degrees who were caught off-guard when even the most stable companies and corporations began laying off employees at the start of the recession.

In addition to the increasing number of adult students, administrators are seeing a rise in the number students taking on full course loads. They attribute the increase of full-time students to the high unemployment figures. After all, there’s more time to dedicate to studies, as well as a desire to complete courses and receive a degree in a shorter period of time.

Although many are seeking further education as a means of revitalizing, or possibly revamping, their careers, it remains to be seen whether these students are faring better in this tough job market than their degree-less counterparts.

By Janelle Vreeland

   

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