College & Career
You put in your time and studied your heart out. At long last you're finally gearing up to graduate. But instead of reveling in your significant accomplishment and getting excited for the next chapter in your life, you're crunching numbers and stressing out over the cost of getting that diploma. What's wrong with this picture?
When I was 17, I scored a summer job at an investment banking firm. Since my only prior work experience was that of camp counselor or babysitter extraordinaire, I remember my first day getting off to a rather rocky start--not because I messed up on the job, but because I had no clue how to fill out the mountain of paperwork I was asked to complete.
Congratulations--there's a job offer on the table with your name on it. Now all you have to do is convince your employer to pay you what you want. Whether you're fairly new to the working world or have years of experience under your belt, negotiating a salary can be a daunting endeavor. In fact, in a survey conducted by payscale.com, 28 percent of respondents said they'd never asked for a raise because they were uncomfortable negotiating salary.
The average tuition and fees for full-time, in-state students at public four-year universities rose 2.9 percent from 2013–14 to 2014–15, according to the College Board report. The figure is higher for out-of-state students and those at private universities.
Regardless of how qualified you may be for the job, if you botch the interview, you'll likely lose the chance of getting hired. Some interview mistakes may be inevitable, and the interviewer may chose to overlook your misstep.
Whether you're a recent college grad in pursuit of your first steady paycheck or a disgruntled employee who dreads going to work each day, the idea of working with a career coach may have crossed your mind. The question is: Are career coaches worth it?
I am a screenwriter and comedian, and all I want is a career in entertainment.
We won't be surprised if you haven't heard these stories in the media, but they're important because they impact our young, thin wallets.