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The Value of Higher Education for Career Growth

In the not-so-distant past, college was seen as an unassailable path to landing a good job – a golden ticket to higher salaries, future promotions, and a middle- to upper-class lifestyle. However, an increasing number of Americans are calling into question the value of higher education at all levels. Is it worth the cost? Does it guarantee job offers? Will career growth stall without it?

 

There isn’t one surefire way to climb the career ladder successfully, and serious issues including stagnant wages, high costs, and student loan debt are fueling the national reckoning with college. But the evidence is clear: Higher education and continuing education still provide an excellent return on investment for most students.


Career Path: Getting Ahead of the Curve with Lifelong Affinity Education

In my last blog entry, I conveyed my vision for a lifelong affinity education model—one where institutes of higher learning serve as local hubs, offering a range of programming to engage populations at virtually every phase of the life cycle. At the University of South Florida, there is already infrastructure toward this end—even as there is unlimited potential for future development. In the Information Age, such a concept is a benefit to society. We want you to find something compelling here—whether your age is five or 85.

 


9 Ways to Reframe Negative Thinking into a Positive Outlook

If your doomscrolling habit or a challenging work life has you on negative autopilot, it’s time to shift your default mode back to the bright side. How do you switch from gloom to glory? Simple: practice. Ready to do a fun and easy run-through of nine ways to reframe negative thinking into a positive outlook? Let’s chase that spot of sunshine!

 


How Can You Improve Employee Retention During the Great Resignation?

Call it the Big Quit, the Worker Reshuffle, or the Great Reset, we are in the middle of a seismic change in the workforce that’s giving employers ample reasons to be anxious. More than 4 million Americans quit their jobs every month in the last half of 2021, a record-setting walkout rate, with additional waves of massive voluntary turnover expected for the months to come. If you’re an employer, the question is clear: How can you improve employee retention during the Great Resignation?


How to Finance Your Master's Degree or Continuing Education

Don’t assume grad school or continuing education is out of reach for your budget. Paying for your post-grad or professional courses can be a challenge, but it’s completely doable. Put a little research, creative problem solving, and our easy tips into the task, and you’ll figure out how to finance your master’s degree or continuing education.

 


Best Jobs if You Like Supporting Customers

Customer service is an industry as broad as the Mississippi River – a catch-all for positions that encompass everything from call center representatives to flight attendants to patient care coordinators. Despite the seemingly disparate array of jobs available, at their heart, they all have one thing in common: ensuring customer satisfaction. If you like supporting customers, here are some of the top jobs you may want to consider.


5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Changing Careers

If you feel stuck in a dead-end job you despise, it’s natural to have an overwhelming desire to get out. The mistake too many people make is making a career leap without looking to see where they’ll land first. Before hopping the fence to greener pastures, there are five questions to ask yourself when changing careers.


What to Do When You're Bored With Your Job

Does the thought of clocking in for work stir up about as much excitement as a trip to the DMV? Figuring out what to do when you’re bored with your job can be difficult, particularly when you’ve spent years working to get to your current position. During a time when so many people have lost their jobs, you may feel additional pressure to stay in a role you’ve come to despise.


How to Get the Job Virtually

With all the pandemic upheavals over the past year, hiring was not spared. Among the most notable changes in employment recently was the rapid transition to a virtual environment, and not just for current employees. If you’ve hit the job market lately or are considering it, you’ve probably noticed that at least part of the hiring process includes an online interview component. With this change comes some uncertainty, but also opportunities to shine. Keep reading to find out how to get the job virtually.