Topic: career paths

The 10 Best Companies For Internships This Year

The 10 Best Companies For Internships This Year

Internships often get a bad rap. While they are good resume-builders and give you the experience employers look for, they are often unpaid and require you to do the most menial of work. However, there are internships that provide you with everything an internship should–an educational experience, meaningful work and a resume boost. And with the recovering economy, internships are a great way to break into your chosen field. If you’re still unconvinced, or you’re looking for an internship that will actually teach you something, look no further. Vault.com, a source for employer and university rankings and ratings, released Tuesday their list of the 10 best internships of the year based on networking opportunities, training, meaningfulness of the work, and intern satisfaction. More »

How The SAG Awards Can Teach Us All To Take Pride In Our Career Paths

How The SAG Awards Can Teach Us All To Take Pride In Our Career Paths

Five years ago, I quit a job working for a skeezy small business owner whose paychecks routinely bounced and never included my overtime work. It wasn’t a smart or well-thought-out way to quit. I didn’t have a new job lined up. And I spent the next three months in soul-crushing, demoralizing joblessness. Since then, I’ve found two rewarding and enjoyable careers. Both of them challenge me to do better and deserve more time than I can give them. My name is Lindsay Cross and I’m a Data Analyst and a Writer. More »

How To Keep The Fun When Turning Your Hobby Into A Business

How To Keep The Fun When Turning Your Hobby Into A Business

It’s the ideal working situation, taking a hobby that you enjoy and making money off of it. Friends and family members talk about how lucky you are, doing what you love everyday. You feel passionate about your work. You don’t mind working extra hours on the weekend, because you just love, love, love your job. Right?

It feels horrible to admit, but sometimes turning your hobby into a job can take all the fun out of it. Blasphemous, I know. More »

Are You A Hedger Or A Climber In Your Career?

Are You A Hedger Or A Climber In Your Career?

The study used 3,345 each of whom stayed on a “traditional” career path following graduation from a full-time MBA program. Even though these women negotiated for more when they changed jobs, this occurred. It found that women who changed jobs two or more times post-MBA earned $53,472 less than women who rose through the ranks at their first job. In contrast, men seem to be paid for potential—men who had moved on from their first post-MBA job earned $13,743 more than those who stayed with their first employer. More »

Career Envy: A Novelist

Career Envy: A Novelist

Being a novelist has been a career envy of mine ever since I realized that it was a job that I could possibly do from my bed. And in my pajamas, or in the nude, or with my face covered in whipped cream with a cherry on my nose and bunny named Fred on my shoulder. More »

Women In Engineering: Is It The Nerd Factor That Keeps Them Away?

Women In Engineering: Is It The Nerd Factor That Keeps Them Away?

Not too long ago xoJane’s Natalie Prodrazik’s theory on why there aren’t more women in maths and sciences. Basically, what it came down to is that girls and women don’t want to be seen as “nerdy.” At very young ages girls are programmed to think that these subjects as boy-only terrain, and when they’re coming into their own, at about the same age as they would start showing an interest in possible future careers, it’s at the same time that they desperately want to be seen as feminine, and in their minds, “normal.” A 13-year-old girl who’s in her backyard, on her hands and knees, surveying the land and trying to figure out the best place for drainage pipe isn’t exactly considered normal by conventional standards. More »

Study: More Children Doesn’t Have To Mean An End To Your Career

Study: More Children Doesn't Have To Mean An End To Your Career

A couple months ago we covered a study that showed that women with three kids are more likely to quit their jobs in exchange for being stay-at-home moms. The study found that of 13,000 Australian women who had been been working before the birth of their third child, either opted out of their careers all together, or lowered their workforce participation. About 10% of these women “were found to have three children and were unemployed.” But just because you choose to have more kids, should it really be an end to your career aspirations? More »

Higher Learning Week: ‘Quit Fast And Often, If It’s Not Right For You’

Higher Learning Week: 'Quit Fast And Often, If Itâs Not Right For You'

When I was four, I wanted to be a cashier at Stop & Shop. I loved the buttons on the cash register, all pastel in color, and I really really wanted to press them. Between age five and ten I wanted to be a chef. I would get up early, decide what to cook, design a menu on a program called The Print Shop my dad had on his IBM computer (we’re Asian, we had computers early) and start chopping away at the vegetables. If I were at my dad’s office, I’d type stories on the secretary’s typewriter and do my own illustrations. My parents wanted me to play piano and cello so I could get into Juilliard, which would get me into Harvard. I fulfilled my Asian destiny by doing all of this, but I never wanted to be a musician. More »