Glossary of Career Articles

  • Indiana Core Assessments for Educators

    Learn more about the Indiana Core Assessments for Educators with this article. You'll get information about what these exams are used for, what they consist of and how you can prepare for them.

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  • Missouri Teacher Certification (MEGA)

    Those seeking to teach or attend an undergraduate teaching program in Missouri must pass MEGA tests to illustrate their competencies. Read on to learn about the MEGA requirements you'll need to meet in order to ultimately obtain state certification.

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  • Avoid the Fastest Dying Occupations for this Decade

    Although employment is expected to rise by 14% between 2010 and 2020, there are certain occupations that are projected to rapidly decline. Read on to find out what these dying occupations are as well as what better alternatives are out there.

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  • Can You Trust Your College's Career Center?

    College career centers offer students an array of services designed to help them find a job. However, it should be noted that none of the services offered guarantee employment. They are there to provide guidance only.

  • Career vs. Family: Do You Really Have to Choose?

    It's no longer a given that women will devote their lives to raising a family. Instead, young women get to choose whether they'll pursue a career before, or instead of, having children. But the decision isn't always so easy for those who want both.

  • Want a Job? Get a Master's Degree

    With a miserable job market that doesn't look like it will improve any time soon, many job seekers choose to increase their chances of landing a position by attending graduate school. But is it worth it? And, more importantly, does it guarantee employment?

  • When Should College Seniors Start Their Job Search?

    Many college seniors lack the necessary work experience to land a job right after graduation. In addition, they face a difficult job market with strong competition. Therefore, college seniors should start their job searches as soon as possible in order to maximize opportunities. The following steps can help you prepare for the job market.

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  • Can Vocational Training Really Solve Unemployment?

    The job market's bleak right now, but still prospects improve with education. In theory, then, the most career-focused education would give you the best chances of finding employment. Entrepreneur and tech blogger Jason Calacanis has come up with a seemingly golden plan to retrain a significant portion of America's underemployed and kick-start the economy. What is it, and can it work?

  • 10 Things to Never Do if You Want a Job

    The current job market is more competitive than ever. You'll find yourself competing against individuals who may have more education as well as more years of experience, which makes it difficult for recent college graduates to outshine the rest. Stop making the following mistakes in order to increase the probability of landing a great job.

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  • No Job? Become Your Own Boss!

    A 2011 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that approximately 14 million people were without jobs. Interestingly, this figure accounted for about the same number of Americans who were also self-employed. The Education Insider reviews some of the pros and cons of entrepreneurship.

  • No Job Experience? No Problem

    In the job hunt, little is more frustrating than the inescapable reality that you've got to have experience to get a job, but you've got to have a job to get experience. That's especially troubling for recent college graduates, who haven't really had a chance to accrue any kind of relevant work experience - or have they?

  • Retirees Take on New Career: Teaching

    The expression 'you're never too old' certainly applies to the thousands of individuals who have decided to take on another challenging career after retiring: teaching. Some schools actually recruit retired persons to fill teaching positions. Education Insider takes a closer look at people over the age of 50 choosing teaching as a second or 'encore' career.

  • How Your Hobby Could Become Your Career

    When it comes time to select a career, people are frequently told to think about what activities they enjoy the most and use that as inspiration. Education Insider takes a look at some hobbies and interests that, surprisingly, could translate into jobs.

  • How Much is Your Degree Worth?

    There will always be proponents and opponents of higher education. But with the rising cost of college tuition, challengers are scrutinous about the issue of return on investment. The Education Insider takes a look at the value and worth associated with a college degree.

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  • How to Get the Perfect Job in a Brand New Field

    Many Americans, including those who have lost their jobs due to the recession, veterans returning to the civilian workforce, college graduates entering the workforce and those who have lost interest in their careers, are looking to make a fresh professional start. Changing careers can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Here are a few key strategies for finding a completely new career.

  • 2 Ways Picking a Major Early Could Get You a Better Job

    College students often begin taking classes as 'undeclared' or 'undecided' majors. However, deciding on an academic path early on could help degree seekers get a better job upon graduation.

  • City vs. Country: Where Is It Better to Work and Play?

    Since not all urban and rural areas are equivalent, it would seem paramount to first ask 'which city and which country town?' The answer to the question of city versus country is subjective and comes down to personal preference and factors such as location, employment viability, cost of living, entertainment options and recreational activities.

  • Vocational Classes Help Students Perform in Academic Subjects

    Conventional education is not for everyone. In high school, this has led many students to enroll in career and technical educational (CTE) programs. Such vocational classes have helped students perform better in academic subjects and helped improve graduation rates.

  • Can You Be Successful Without Earning a Degree?

    Earning a degree is an important part of success in many career fields. But valuable skills and a good work ethic are also important, and can sometimes be overlooked in the emphasis placed on formal education. There are plenty of examples of extremely successful individuals without college degrees whose achievements are based on skill rather than education.

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  • Apprenticeships Can Be Lucrative, But Not Everyone's Winning

    The state of the U.S. job market has left many, including college graduates, unemployed or underemployed. This has led more and more people to pursue apprenticeships. The Education Insider reviews how these programs can be more lucrative than university training.

  • If You Have a Degree Will He Want to Put a Ring on It?

    Historically, people without a college degree were more likely to get married at a young age. However, a recent study by the Pew Research Center found that this trend has reversed. The Education Insider examines possible causes, including economic forces and the changing role of gender differences.

  • Finding the Right Career Might Take a Few Tries

    With the number of people laid off in this country, many are able to reflect on what they'd really like to do in their professional lives. Those who are fortunate to have a job may decide that they'd like to pursue another career entirely. The Education Insider takes a look at how finding the right vocation might take more than one try.

  • Why Universities Make Great Workplaces

    Last month ''The Chronicle of Higher Education's'' 2011 Great Colleges to Work For report was released. ''The Chronicle's'' report recognized 111 colleges, both 4-year and 2-year, as great places to work based on survey responses from almost 44,000 faculty, professional staff and administrators at 310 institutions. Read about some of the schools that were recognized and why they are great places to work.

  • Earnings by Degree: The Best Investment

    On average, individuals holding a bachelor's degree earn 84% more than those with only a high school diploma. A recently released study suggests, however, that in addition to race and gender gaps in earnings for undergraduates, economic returns can vary between majors by more than 300%.

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  • Corporate Leaders Give Thumbs Up to Productive Gap Years

    Can taking a productive year off during college help or hinder when it comes to pursuing a career? For the most part, the answer depends on who's being asked. The Education Insider weighs the positives and negatives of college gap years as seen through the eyes of corporate CEOs.

  • Fewer Job Opportunities and Higher Tuition Don't Deter Prospective Law Students

    When it comes to shrinking job opportunities and lower salary prospects for graduates - not to mention increases in tuition - that would likely impact most college programs, law schools are seemingly made of Teflon. Nothing, it seems, can deter droves of students from entering law school even as these stark realities continue to make the news. How can a field that's been hit hard by the recession still draw students to pay large amounts of money and earn a diploma they might not be able to use?

  • Students Believe They Will Earn Less Money Than Their Parents

    Researchers at the John J. Heldrich Center For Workforce Development at Rutgers University found that new college graduates' attitudes towards career choices and college have been affected by the recent economic uncertainty. Most graduates expressed doubts about the ability of college placement offices to assist students. Additionally, a large number admitted they would have done something different to increase their chances of employment.

  • Taking Classes After College? But Why?!

    What would your college experience have been like if you could have taken only the classes that interested you? It's fun concept to think about, and while it general education requirements will probably always have their place in American universities, there is a time and place to take only the classes you want take. Unfortunately, that time is generally after you earn your degree. We asked our readers who are taking courses post-graduation to tell us what they're learning and why.

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  • Former Garbage Truck Driver Nominated for Prestigious Writing Prize

    Recently shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, 'Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives' offers a hard look at the foibles and failings of a mélange of characters.'s Education Insider recently caught up with Brad Watson to learn more about the book and how the author balances writing with teaching at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.

  • Jobs That Can Give Students Much Needed Flexibility

    Being a student already means having to balance a lot between classes and coursework. Many students also need to work in order to meet all of their financial obligations. Luckily there are some flexible jobs out there that can make it easier for students to find the time to work during their busy schedules.

  • Changing Lives Through Music Education: Charles Lewis Introduces Ethos Music Center

    Ethos Music Center is a non-profit center in Portland, Oregon dedicated to bringing the transformative power of music education to low-income and rural students. The Education Insider recently caught up with the founder of Ethos to learn more about how this inspiring organization is helping young people improve their lives (and their grades).

  • Fun Internship Opportunities That Prepare Students for Careers

    Internships don't have to just be about making copies or getting coffee. There are plenty of fun internships out there that can give students from a variety of fields the chance to take part in useful hands-on training.

  • Employment in the Next Decade: The Word from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

    In tough economic times, it may seem as though the job market's future is hopeless, but according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that's not the case. What does the future hold for America's workforce, and how can job-seekers prepare themselves?

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  • 40 of the Best Websites for Young Writers

    Looking for writing help, peer review, grammar tips or just a little bit of advice from the World Wide Web? Don't miss these 40 helpful websites for young writers.

  • Top Law Firms Create New Kind of Lawyer

    Stand before a group of first-year law students and tell them that when they complete their studies, they are going to work for a top law firm in a major city; however, they will remain associates their entire careers and work for half the pay of partner-track associates. There was a time when such a statement would have fallen on incredulous ears, but not for these students. It's an all-too-possible and even attractive future. Introducing: a new kind of lawyer.

  • Post Grad: Who's Using Their Major in the Work Force

    Recently documented a few of the financial issues currently troubling institutions of higher learning. Their problems don't stop with money, though. Schools now also have to face potentially mounting student dissatisfaction with what they're offering. Is a college degree still relevant?

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  • Art Majors Doing Better in Job Market Than Expected

    Are you considering a major in studio art, theater, dance, music or design? If so, you might be a bit worried about your ability to get a job after college. According to a new report, you shouldn't be as worried as you might assume. Arts program graduates are finding gainful employment at an encouraging rate.

  • Cool Jobs in Open Education: Director of Multi-Platform Broadcasting

    Open education is becoming increasingly popular as technological innovation allows for the digital sharing of information and student interaction. As more and more institutions of higher education seek to put their courses online and take advantage of a wider global audience, they are faced with the need for someone to manage the latest information technology and methods of content creation and delivery. Schools can address this need by bringing on a Director of Multi-Platform Broadcasting.

  • Cool Jobs in Open Education: Open Education Program Manager

    The disruptive technology of open courseware has created an expansion in the open education field. The open education movement has created new opportunities for education professionals, including managing the educational and technological operations of the growing number of e-learning and open education programs. One such opportunity includes Open Education Program Manager. Learn more about it here.

  • Job Growth in the Next Decade: Medical Research

    Given the United States' recent economic troubles, it may seem odd to talk about job growth. Yet according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), certain professions may be looking at a worker shortage by 2018. In a four-part series, will take a look at the employment sectors where the BLS predicts the most opportunities. Up today: medical research industries.

  • Chef Rudi Eichler Talks About Baking and Teaching with

    Chef Rudi Eichler is a pastry and baking professor at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), which has a top-rated culinary arts program. recently caught up with him to learn more about his baking career and the expertise he brings to the classroom.

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  • Beth Olson at the University of Houston Teaches About Media and Communications

    Dr. Beth Olson is the current director at the University of Houston's Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. We recently caught up with her to learn more about this first-rate program and Dr. Olson's own work in the field of media, journalism and communications.

  • Nathan Kono, Aspiring Teachers of Color Fellowship Winner, Talks to

    A senior at Boston College, Nathan Kono has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color. This fellowship will enable him to complete his graduate degree, which will begin in the fall, then embark on his teaching career. In this interview, we talk with Nathan about his interest in teaching, winning the fellowship and the role of teachers of color in education.

  • Unpaid Internships: What's Fair?

    Unpaid internships are a rite of passage for many in the United States. It is legal to hire an intern and offer no monetary compensation. However, the Department of Labor has a set of guidelines that must be followed to ensure legality. But even if an internship is in compliance with these guidelines, is it really fair to expect someone to work without pay?

  • From Fullback to Bass-Baritone: Keith Miller's Remarkable Career Change

    'Opera News' has lauded 'the smoldering presence and sharp, booming delivery' of Keith Miller. This high praise has been bestowed on the bass-baritone despite the fact that he has only five years of performing experience. Perhaps even more remarkable: Miller has transitioned to opera from a career in professional football.

  • 45 Proven Job Interview Techniques for Landing Your Next Job

    To get a job, it's critical to make a good impression during your interview. Find out what you need to know about interviewing and get techniques to ace your interviews here.

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