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  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 7:05 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink
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    Great Advice (from AU Alumna and Others) in U.S. News & World Report 

    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!

  • Felicia Parks 7:49 pm on April 26, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Salary, salary history,   

    Ready to Negotiate Your Salary? 

    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.

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  • Sue Gordon 10:45 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Get An Unpaid Internship Or Wait Tables? 

    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.

    • Minna Scherlinder Morse 10:08 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      I was recently approached by a Master’s student with a similar question–how important is getting an internship, particularly when a student is facing financial hurdles. This is what I wrote him, for what it’s worth:

      Dear X:

      The goal/s of internships are manifold: to get experience in the field, to broaden your network, and to gauge the kinds of roles and work-atmospheres you like and don’t like in a new career niche.

      As someone who needs to work to pay the rent, you’re going to need to do all those things over time, but you won’t likely be able to do the one-stop shopping of a traditional internship.

      So here are a few ideas:

      If there’s a way to add relevant experience to your job duties, try to do so
      Network strategically with much of the free time you have. I don’t know what stage of career planning or transition you’re in, and that will dictate what makes strategic sense now, but think informational interviewing and even (once you have some connection with someone doing what you’re interested in) shadowing for a day or two as ways to gain familiarity with types of work, workplaces, and as a way to broaden your network.
      Take on whatever small projects you can fit in between the other demands of your schedule. Again, what kinds of projects make sense will depend on what your goals are, but something to think about.
      Is there a way to create a sort-of-internship (i.e. low time commitment per week) with someone doing exactly the kind of work you want to do: i.e., is there anything you can offer in terms of service to a potential mentor in the field, that you can do in your off hours (and only in your off hours), that will help you contribute to a professional project, and gain you access to professionals in the field?
      Just produce. With whatever time you have. Just do it. On your own. Then share the results.

      Point is–internships aren’t the goal. Products that prove your talent, experience in the field, awareness of the realities of the field, and a beefed-up network…. those are the fruits of internships. But there are other trees in the garden. Go, eat.

  • Francine Blume 5:51 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Best States, Earnings, Salary, , Women   

    Ladies, You May Want To Stay In DC For The $$$! 

    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.

    In the Forbes.com articleJenna Goudreau writes:

    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.

    Maximize your earnings by seeing your career advisor to best market yourself, and for advice on salary negotiation.

    (Photo by Stopnlook.) CC BY 2.0

  • Sue Gordon 8:05 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Events, , Graduation, , , , Next Steps, , Salary,   

    Seniors: Wake Up 

    Prepare for What Comes Next

    Prepare for What Comes Next

    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.

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  • Sue Gordon 6:04 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink
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    Job Search Crash Course: A Fun Way To Learn! 

    Do you want to find out what you need to know about the job search process– but would rather not sit through lots of workshops and seminars?   Then our Job Search Crash Course is for you.   You will learn about resumes, interview strategies, salary negotiation and more from the people who do the hiring- the employers!    We have employers lined up from Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, CNN and Sirius XM satellite radio.  They are eager to pass on their knowledge, expertise– and maybe some pet peeves, too!

    Learn more and register for this event.

    This event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5:00 PM in MGC 5&6

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