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For college-educated musicians, student debt is more than a burden — it’s a career life sentence

“More than 44 million Americans have student debt – collectively, Americans owe almost $1.5 trillion in student loans, according to the St” writes Taylor Ysteboe for businessinsider.com. “For most people who want to be an artist, student loans don’t have to stand in the way,” Hornsby said.Travis Hornsby is the founder of Student Loan Planner, a consulting agency that helps college graduates with $50,000 to $1 million in student debt.Taking out student loans has practically become an expected part of going to college.Although Sullentrup doesn’t have debt from college, he…

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How to know you’ve got what it takes to go from employee to entrepreneur

“Joanna Wong had been stuck in the same corporate job for years, becoming more and more disillusioned, when she decided one day that things had to change” writes Karen Gilchrist for cnbc.com. So, she quit her 9-to-5 job as a womenswear buyer in Australia, and set out to find what she hoped would be a more fulfilling path as an entrepreneur. CNBC Make It spoke to three entrepreneurs — each with different stories but all of whom quit employee life to pursue the entrepreneurial dream — and found three key…

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The CEO of an $18 billion consulting firm says if ‘you can see your future’ at work, you may not be in the right career

“But that’s exactly what Julie Sweet did in 2010 when she left the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore, where she was a partner, to become general counsel for Accenture, a global consulting firm worth $18 billion” writes Mark Abadi for businessinsider.com. It’s even harder when the job you’re leaving is at the No. 1 law firm in America.”I need to feel challenged, that I’m learning on the job every day,” he said.Sweet told The New York Times’ David Gelles that after 17 years at Cravath — America’s most prestigious…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Careers That Weren’t

“The women who have come forward to share stories about Neil deGrasse Tyson have also been talking about a related, but different, indignity: about the harm that the alleged misconduct has done to their careers” writes Megan Garber for theatlantic.com. The notion that careers can experience trauma, too.The summaries, this week, of the complicated accusations against Neil deGrasse Tyson—there are now four women, accusing the famed astrophysicist of four different kinds of sexual impropriety—have tended to distill the allegations, and Tyson’s reaction to them, down to a familiar, binary bluntness:…

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A study suggests that women are becoming more attracted to men who put family before their careers

“In a world where more and more women pursue careers, it looks like the “family man” is becoming an increasingly desirable option among women” writes Business Insider Deutschland for businessinsider.com. In a world where women are becoming more focused on their careers, family focus is becoming an increasingly sought-after trait in a male partner. Source: businessinsider.com

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Advice from researchers-turned-career-counselors for their younger selves—and today’s trainees

“Science Careers asked Frank and two other counselors what career advice they would give to their younger selves” writes Sharon Ann Holgate for sciencemag.org. Yet it’s still a common experience among trainees today, notes Maguire, who is now a career consultant at the University of Edinburgh.Only with this information will you be able to decide whether this is the career you really want, Maguire emphasizes.Frank is one of a handful of scientists-turned-career-counselors whose experiences put them in a unique position to offer particularly useful insight. Source: sciencemag.org

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People Who Graduate During Recessions Earn Less Money — but They’re Happier

“For instance, people who graduate in recessions earn less money than their counterparts who graduated in more-favorable economic times, even decades later” reports hbr.org. Recession graduates who become CEOs often run smaller, less-prestigious companies than their counterparts who started in more-prosperous economic times.I found that people who entered adulthood during worse economic times were less narcissistic than those who came of age in more-prosperous times.These early career experiences appear to have lasting negative consequences for later career success: People earn less money than their counterparts who graduated in more-favorable economic times,…

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Google helps US veterans find jobs to suit their skills

“Google is giving US veterans find jobs that fit the skills they learned in the military, and highlighting veteran-led businesses in searches” reports cnet.com. For veterans and military spouses looking to develop new skills, Google is also giving the United Service Organizations a $2.5 million grant to offer Google IT Support Professional Certificate training — preparing people for entry-level IT support jobs, TechCrunch notes.Those who’ve been in the military can now search “jobs for veterans” in Google, then use their military job codes — such as MOS, AFSC or NEC…

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Why the 4-day workweek might be closer than you think — and the 10 careers best suited to it

“Indeed, in 1974, when the British government introduced a three-day workweek following an energy shortage, a national survey reported a 5 percent increase in productivity levels” writes Paul Bradbury for cnbc.com. Research from job search site FlexJobs suggests that a wide range of industries, from finance to recruitment, are opening up to the idea of a shorter workweek.Fans of the four-day week have been espousing its benefits from a productivity and cost-cutting perspective since the 1970s.However, with job disruption on the up and employees demanding greater flexibility at work, its…

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Whether a Husband Identifies as a Breadwinner Depends on Whether He Respects His Wife’s Career — Not on How Much She Earns

“In our conversations about work, career, and couples, we often focus on earnings and work hours” reports hbr.org. They spoke at length of how important their wives’ work was, how well it was regarded by others, and of their wives’ many career accomplishments.These different interpretations of the social status and financial value of their wives’ careers provided men with different ways of approaching their own careers.Breadsharers sought to remain professionally flexible to maximize their ability to respond to their wives’ career opportunities, and were hence uncommitted to any particular pathway…

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