Career Management

Career Management

Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?

Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?

In the lingering aftermath of the Great Recession, recent college graduates are having a tough time of it. As state aid for education has fallen, student loans have risen, leading to crippling levels of debt that has climbed to more than $29,000. Limited options after graduation in a tight job market only make this situation difficult.

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Letting Go of Employer-Based Health Care Makes You Free

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report on Obamacare’s impact on the economy that ignited an enormous amount of controversy.

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When You've Lost Your Job: Involuntary Termination

When You've Lost Your Job: Involuntary Terminationby Michelle L. Casto. If you are laid off or fired, don't do anything at first. Give yourself time to just be. You don't need to immediately start sending out resumes. What you need to do is to take a moment to breathe. Feel your feelings of anger and frustration, but don't fall into the victim mode. View this turn of events as an opportunity to take stock of your life.

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When It's Impossible to Make a Choice...

When It's Impossible to Make a Ragini Elizabeth Michaels. Maggie struggled between two options: either commit to her professional life or commit to her personal life. The stress of it all often made her want to just give up and quit everything. She thought choosing between them was the only way to save her sanity...

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The Corporate Ladder vs. The Lattice Culture

The Corporate Ladder vs. The Lattice Cultureby Astri Von Arbin Ahlander and Yelizavetta (Liz) Kofman. To succeed in a career you have to climb up the well-defined rungs of a "corporate ladder": up, up, up, until — nope, just up. The corporate ladder is a wonderfully clear visual — it's also the epitome of inflexibility...

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Trust Your Talent: You Have It For a Purpose

Trust Your Talent: You Have It For a Purposeby Alan Cohen. The parable teaches that talents are valuable only if you use them. If you “hide your light under a basket,” if you ignore or deny your talents, the world misses the blessing you were born to bring to it, and you miss the spiritual and material reward you deserve...

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Work: Burden or Opportunity to Make a Difference?

Work: Burden or Opportunity to Make a Difference?by Dr. Allan G. Hunter. We spend large portions of our lives at work, preparing for work, and commuting. Work is, therefore, a major preoccupation at every possible level. Even so, many people complain bitterly about their jobs. "It's just a paycheck." "It's what I do until I retire."

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Decision-Making: What is the Right Decision?

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by Wendy Lustbader. Youth is so burdensome because we have to decide which direction to take in many domains at once. By the time we become elders, we have the benefit of every crossroad we have already passed. There have been hundreds of roads not taken. We worry much less about making a wrong choice, since some of our...

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Been Downsized? Fired? Limit The Stress of Job Loss

Been Downsized? Fired? Need to Find a Job?-job lossby Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D. Whether or not your own job is in jeopardy in the near future, at some point in your career, you may become a victim of downsizing (if you haven’t already). Being laid off is one of the most traumatic events we can experience. Getting fired is the eighth most stressful life experience, behind the...

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What Is Your Life Purpose Now? Finding Meaning In Your Life

What Is Your Life Purpose Now? Finding Meaning In Your Lifeby Dan Millman. Sometimes we may feel as if we haven't discovered our purpose. However, each moment brings with it a new purpose, right now in the moment. Zen sword master Taisen Deshimaru reminded his students, “Be happy here and now or you never will be.” And writer Margaret Bonanno points out, “It’s only possible to live happily ever after on a..."

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Balancing Life's Choices: How to Be Happy With Your Job

Balancing Lifes Choices: How to Be Happy With Your Job?by Marie T. Russell. Important consideration has been given to money earned, retirement benefits, chances of advancement, etc. Considering that most of us spend half of our waking hours working at a job, it might serve to pay  attention to one's level of job satisfaction. In other words, do you enjoy your work?

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Enhance Your Career With Self-Discovery of Higher Consciousness

Higher Consciousness Throgh Self-Discoveryby Stuart Wilde. Our life's journey of self-discovery is not a straight line rising from one level of consciousness to another. Instead, it is a series of steep climbs and flat plateaus that take place within our spiritual perception and psychology. The plane of day-to-day existence that...

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Being Lost: But Not Lost In Life

Being Lost: But Not Lost In Lifeby Bill Plotkin. What does it mean, exactly, to be "lost"? Perhaps this: we don't know how to get from where we are to where we want to be. I may know where I am physically but be lost because I have no idea what I want to do next in my life...

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Attaining Right Livelihood

You Have the Right to Remain Silent by Richard Lewis. by Rick Lewis. The straight-up and simple standard for right livelihood is that we find work that does not harm others and, ideally, which serves others with maximum benefit. If the work we engage gives us some degree of satisfaction and serves in general as a point of connection and opportunity for cooperation...

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Finding Life Balance and Harmony by Living in Joy

Finding Life Balance and Harmony by Living in Joyby Rosalyn Harwood. As I sit at the computer, reading my email, I am also blow drying my hair, typing with one hand. My back starts to ache from sitting in one position for too long. As I tune into my body, I realize that this is insane... That I am somehow pursuing goals instead of living in joy. That I have lost...

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How I Found My Own Life Path

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For many dissatisfaction with career or current employment is leading them to search for a new path or direction. John Benson shares his experience and insights on this process. Though no doubt a lifelong process, my journey toward a metaphysical perspective began to accelerate in late 1988, in response to my employment situation...

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Being Happy at Work

Being Happy at Work

Meaningful work matters. At its most basic level, work satisfies our economic imperatives and signals our position in society. Through it, we pay the rent, buy groceries, and prepare for the future. But our work can also express who we are and provide reasons for getting on with life..

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The Disconnected Self

The Disconnected Selfby Martha Beck, Ph.D. I base all my counseling on the premise that each of us has these two sides: the essential self and the social self. The essential self contains several sophisticated compasses that continuously point toward your North Star. The social self is the set of skills that actually carry you toward this goal.

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Lively Work

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Our calling, according to theologian Frederick Buechner, is the place where "our deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." Many people believe that we are born with a "soul purpose," some task that we feel drawn to complete or a gift that we long to express. The world needs the unique gift that each person has to give...

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Being a Vision Keeper: Using Our Authentic Self To Find Our Life Path

Being a Vision Keeper: Using Our Authentic Self To Find Our Life Path Written by Meredith Young-Sowersby Meredith Young-Sowers. As we allow our authentic selves to guide us, trusting our inner vision, our way emerges in bits and pieces. We find the path we're meant to walk in the same way that we walk over rocks to cross a stream, one step at a time. We have to put effort, often for many years, into finding...

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facing-aging-and-death-without-fear by Denise Linn. We are all getting older every day. One day you and I will both be old, if it is our destiny to live that long. It is our choice whether...Read More
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seeing-things-from-a-different-perspective-what-if-i-chose-it by William Fergus Martin. Those who recover the best from painful events are those who find something meaningful in the experience. The exercise below...Read More
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how-to-live-off-the-grid-in-a-tiny-house LaMar Alexander grew up in a homesteading family. For him, self-sufficiency, including gardening, raising animals and “doing for ourselves” was...Read More
what-do-i-think-happens-after-we-die  by David Jay Brown. What do I think happens after we die? I think about this question every day as an exercise of the imagination, and I...Read More