College & Career
So you're ready for a raise, huh? Being prepared is the key to successfully asking for -- and getting -- the raise you deserve. By following these steps, you can greatly improve your chances of receiving a nice pay raise.
Like many incoming freshmen, I started college without a major. The practical side of me was inclined to choose something like finance, figuring it might increase my chances of actually getting a job after graduation. But then I realized -- I kind of hate math.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? Where do you see your career going? If you haven't been asked these questions by your parents or gym teacher yet, expect them.
Imagine trading in your daily bus ride or drive for the option of rolling straight out of bed and over to your home office. For some people, this setup is a sweet reality.
If you've recently looked for jobs online, then you've probably noticed the required employee attributes posted on almost every listing like, "must be a team player," or "looking for a self-starter." Then there's perhaps the greatest fallacy of all: "must be able to multitask."
There's that old saying about not mixing business with pleasure, but let's be real: You spend so much time at the office that it's natural to form friendships with some of your co-workers.
Sometimes it starts as a casual conversation around the coffee maker. Then it morphs into grabbing lunch. Eventually it evolves into happy hour, and before you know it, you're planning a weekend getaway with the people you work with.
My mother absolutely believes that dream jobs exist. She believes there's a perfect position out there for me, and she bases this belief on the fact that she's had two dream jobs in her lifetime. One was as a paralegal, and the other as my mother (her words). I had a hard time believing her -- not because she has a habit of lying -- but because I know how I behaved during some of my more formative years.
For some employees, there's nothing more dreaded than review time, especially if your performance dictates whether you'll be getting a raise for the upcoming year. But while getting reviewed by a manager is nerve-wracking in its own right, perhaps the most stressful piece of the puzzle comes in the form of the self-evaluation.
Many high school students spend the first part of their senior year taking or retaking SATs, writing essays and filling out college applications galore. Those same students then spend the better part of their final high school semester eagerly eyeing their mailboxes, stressing out over acceptances and rejections and wracking their brains to figure out which college to attend.
Warning: The average U.S. college student takes 21 years to pay off a bachelor's degree. Resist the urge to scream. Here's how to make sure debt doesn't bury you.