College & Career
For almost four years I've been listing my job occupation as "freelance writer." Google my name and solid traces of my writing career pop up. But when it comes to what I do for a living, my real profession is something else entirely. Hi, my name is Brianna, and despite having a Bachelor's degree, I'm a bartender.
By mid-June, brass rock stars Missy Lacock and Janaye Everitt could finally breathe a massive sigh of relief. They did it. Those ladies received their Master's degrees. While Lacock spent her year up north at Portland State University to complete a Master of Science in Writing with a focus in book publishing, Everitt camped out at the U of O for her Master of Arts in Journalism.
For many of us, the start of a new year means more than just a bunch of looming resolutions; it means more money. In fact, recent data indicates that U.S. employees across the board will be celebrating salary increases in 2016, to the tune of 2.7 percent or possibly more.
At my day job, I teach English to non-native speakers, and I'm always trying to learn more about the language and its history. So, I began to teach a non-credit class at the University of Texas as a way to not only learn more myself, but to teach others about the English language, too. The first time I taught the history of the English language, I was still studying that history on the bus to class.
In 2009, I graduated with my bachelor's degree in journalism along with several of my friends. Despite working our tails off for that piece of paper, many of us are working in fields completely unrelated to our degrees. Where are we now, you ask? One of us is a software technician, another a social media manager, an advertising agent, a grocery store cashier, an accountant, a lawyer and then there's me, the journalist.
With a work-from-home occupation, both employer and employee win. The employer saves on operating costs while the employee can work in their pajamas. Both my wife and I work from home frequently, and have had several other jobs in the past that are remote occupations. I generally prefer it, but there are some drawbacks, too.
Let's talk about freelancing. Current location: A coffee shop in Casablanca, Morocco, where I'm working on several assignments that are due this week. My freelancing career certainly didn't begin this way -- and there's no way I could have anticipated the adventures I would experience since I began writing for clients located around the world.
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.