How those with artistic experience can sell themselves for a ‘non-creative’ job

“Dear Readers: Job opportunities in creative fields like writing and photography are not easy to find. The opportunities are shrinking with media consolidation, a move toward digital publishing, and the digital/cellphone explosion. How can someone who has majored in the creative arts in college, or who has been let go from a creative position, sell themselves for positions in “non-creative” professions?”

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Survey: 66 percent of American employees regret their college degrees

“If you’ve ever wondered if your college degree was worth the student debt, you’re not alone. In an online salary survey conducted by PayScale involving 248,000 respondents, two-thirds of employees reported having educational regrets. The participants were asked to select their biggest educational regret out of the given choices: student loans, area of study, institution choice, too many degrees, time to complete, academic underachievement, not making the right connections, and I have no regrets. “

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Opinion: Not enough emphasis on reducing student risk

“Much of the debate about college today focuses on tuition and mounting student debt, with Democratic presidential candidates even raising the possibility of forgiving all student loans. Not enough attention is paid to risk. Spending tens of thousands of dollars annually on four years of college (or more), with little promise that it will pay off in the form of a good job, is a big gamble.”

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Lots of college students drop out. There are degrees of success in preventing it.

“I once worked with a young woman who was smart, kind and industrious. Her success seemed assured, except for one thing. She had to drop out of college and could not afford to get back in. Many people have problems like that. In a remarkable new book on what hinders college completion, University of California at Berkeley higher education expert David Kirp reveals there are 34 million Americans older than 25 who have some college credits but dropped out before receiving a diploma.”

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How to bring structure to nondegree credentials

” As nondegree credentials become more common across higher education, a standard system to measure and ensure their quality will be critical, explains a new report from the Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. The researchers provide a broad framework for doing so, including by focusing a credential’s design and the demonstration of its competencies; how it’s recognized in the market; and how to ensure its stated outcomes have value. Employers and educational institutions often tout these credentials as a low-cost way to quickly upskill, but the authors note that common quality standards are critical to ensuring value and equity.”

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’40-Year-Old Interns’ Are Helping STEM Companies Achieve Gender Parity

“What have you done lately?”

“Those were the words that weighted on Priti Shah when she went in for interviews after taking time off to raise her children. Despite previously earning her master’s degree and working in tech for most of her career, after over a decade out of the workforce, many tech companies weren’t taking her seriously when she decided she wanted to return to work. Fortunately for Shah, it wasn’t too long before she started the job search that IBM had signed onto a new kind of program designed for people just like her—high caliber candidates who have taken some time away from the workforce. “

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What Matters More: Skills or Degrees?

“Historically, employers made the baccalaureate, and in some cases advanced degrees, the gateway to an interview. If you did not hold the sheepskin, you would not get in the door. But times have changed. Rapidly advancing technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, robotics and the advent of quantum computing have created an environment in which much of what is learned in college becomes outdated in a few short years. Certainly, the soft skills of creative thinking, critical thinking, communication and leadership do not go out of date and remain in demand by employers. But the hard facts and skills of most of the disciplines are changing as technology ripples through the economy and society.”

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‘I’m drowning’: Those hit hardest by student loan debt never finished college

“Most days, 25-year-old Chavonne can push her student loan debt to the back of her mind. Between short-term office jobs in the Washington, D.C., area, she drives for Uber. But once in awhile, a debt collector will get hold of her cellphone number — the one she keeps changing to avoid them — and it all comes back fresh. “I’ll be like, ‘Oh no!’ ” she says. “It’s a sad reminder that I owe somebody money!””

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Three Reasons We Need To Rethink Higher Education

“As CEO of a national coding boot camp, my customers come from all walks of life. Regardless of their age or ethnicity, one theme remains constant: traditional higher education wasn’t feasible or didn’t train them properly for a meaningful career. For decades, going to a four-year university has been interwoven into the American Dream. Along with home ownership and a white picket fence, enrolling your children in a reputable university has become a benchmark for success. The recent admissions scandals highlight this mindset.”

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Community college should be a first choice, not a last resort

“Repeat after me: My child is not a failure if he or she starts out at a community college. And then I need you to stop saying, “Community college is like the 13th grade” — meaning a continuation of high school. This expression is derogatory and disparages students who attend a community college as a more affordable option than starting their college career at a four-year university. And saving money on tuition is more important than ever. Outstanding student loans for the first quarter of 2019 were $1.49 trillion, according to the latest Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Household Debt and Credit report.”

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