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What does it cost to be you? (your personal budget)

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Timothy from Indiana State University asked: I just graduated with a degree in Psychology.  How much do Psychology majors make? I need to know how much I will make so I can be sure I can pay my bills once I am “off my parent’s payroll.” Hi Timothy – Reality time, right!  Mom and Dad will only cover your bills for so long. Eventually, you have to bear the cost of being you, and you need a job that will help you do so. How much do Psychology grads make? Well … that depends upon what they choose do when they graduate.  Those … / Read more »




Will changing careers be a bad decision?

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Jenny from the University of West Florida asked: I will finish a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in August 2015, but I am looking for a career change into massage therapy or cosmetology. I have done projects and internships, and some of my job experience is related to human resources, but I have lost interest in the field. I would like a more creative field, somewhat less stressful, and less administration/paperwork-oriented. I want to be able to help people feel better about themselves. I am scared.  Is changing career paths in this way a bad decision? Hi Jenny – I can’t tell you … / Read more »




7 tips for the anxious interviewer.

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We all have anxiety. It gets us out of bed in the morning and working on that term paper before it’s due. Sometimes though, anxiety gets in the way of the important things we need to do, like acing an important job interview. Your palms get sweaty, your voice starts to shake and crack, you’re rambling on at a mile a minute, and before you know it, you’re apologizing to the interviewer and berating yourself for doing a terrible job. If you’re an anxious interviewer, relax! Almost everyone gets nervous about interviews, even the interviewers! Here are 7 quick tips to … / Read more »




6 Career Resolutions for 2015

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New Year’s Resolutions. Why do we make them?  Why don’t we keep them? Each new year presents the opportunity for new beginnings, and new beginnings – big and small – are important for helping us move forward in our personal and professional lives. So – as you ponder your possible new year’s resolutions for 2015, consider adding the following six resolutions to your list: #1 – Give your best at work We all have jobs. Whether you are a manager, a line employee, a stay-at-home parent or a student, you have work to do.  Do it well.  Take pride in … / Read more »




What does your cover letter say about you?

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Yes, we’re all familiar with the form letter that reads like junk mail that most people send along with their resume. There is some disagreement in the career coaching community about the importance of cover letters. Some say it’s a relic from the days of fax machine communication: a formality that is glanced over and forgotten. Others say it’s an integral part of the application progress: a lens that focuses and compliments the resume. It is up to you as an applicant to decide how you want to be marketed, and how your information is delivered to an employer. But, in the world … / Read more »