A recent issue of the U.S. News & World Report focuses on the job search, best careers, challenges for recent grads, etc., and the magazine’s online site boasts a plethora of useful career advice for job seekers and for navigating the working world, in essays, articles, videos, and other forms. The newest edition of the magazine also boasts a new Reporter/Producer in Rebecca Kern, BA SOC ’09, who was recently promoted to this full-time job from a post-grad paid internship, and whose byline appears on substantive articles in the Jobs edition. Way to go, Rebecca!
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While many May 2010 graduates are still in the interviewing process, many have received a request from employers asking for their salary history or their salary requirements. In most situations, students have completed “credit-only” internships that didn’t include hourly pay, so determining a fair amount could be a challenge.
Annie from Fortune Magazine weighs in on this timely question… which is more important: to get paid or to get experience? Read her advice to one student faced with such a dilemma in CNNMoney’s Ask Annie column. I especially like her advice to look at the substance of an internship before deciding which way to go. Of course, Annie doesn’t remember to point out an important alternative: take the unpaid internship AND wait tables as well…. not always easy or possible, but an important option to consider.
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Women still don’t earn quite as much as men, but D.C.’s 133,000 working women made 92.2 percent of men’s earnings in July 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
At the top of the list is Washington, D.C., where women make an average of $866 a week, largely because of the plethora of high-paying government jobs–many with a regulated pay system, helping to make the wage gap much tighter here than in the rest of the country. On average, women make 80% of men’s earnings, but in D.C. they earn 92.2% as much as their male colleagues.
Maryland is second on the list with a median weekly income of $744. Connecticut and Massachusetts follow.
In another Goudreau piece, you can also see the worst states for women in terms of earnings. In Mississippi, women earn 75% of what men earn.
There is no time like the present.
When your post-graduate plans are at stake, this couldn’t be more true. Did you know that successful job applicants allow several months to prepare and hunt down their position? If you plan to find gainful employment upon graduation, now is time to start your search. Even if you are hoping to go to graduate school, now is the time to be “getting your ducks in a row” and applying.
Fear not, whether you are applying to grad school or looking for a job, the process doesn’t have to be a painful endeavor.