Posted on July 18, 2012
Graduation is a very major milestone in everyone’s lifetime. After years of continuous studies, quizzes, assignments, and tests, you are finally free to take your first steps in your professional life. However, that is a major test in itself nowadays. With the economic downturn, finding a good job is nearly impossible because of the number of applicants jumping at every good opportunity. What you can do to improve your odds however is apply for part time jobs or through the various recruitment services available online such as: http://www.inspiringinterns.com/
Who says internships are only meant for students?
Students and fresh graduates both can apply for internships and use them to gain access to the organizations where they want to get full time jobs.
They are an excellent method to test careers and employers and to enhance your network. They might even give you access to better positions, as opposed to entry-level jobs.
Good full time jobs are very difficult to come by if you don’t have some experience written on your resume. However, with internships or temporary placements such as a part time job, you might just find the kind of job you were looking for. Once you have access into an organization, you can easily network
Network. Network. Network.
All you need are good interpersonal skills and a professional attitude. Internships are specially useful to get the feel for an organization and gain entry there. Once you’re in, you’re in. Most organizations put together a resource pool of interns that they can hire later on as full time employees. That, combined with a strong network within the company is all you need to find yourself a decent full-time position.
According to surveys by several educational and human capital development institutes, employers usually hire most of their interns for full time positions. Internships are low risk scenarios where the intern gets to know the organization and how it works, while they get to see the candidate in action. This gives them a much better understanding of how they will perform in a proper job. This makes internships excellent tools for both entities to see how well they fit together.
Whether you go for an unpaid or paid internship, both are pretty good investments of your time as long as you have done your homework about the organization. Just make sure you use that time to make a permanent place in the organization for yourself.
Once you’re through the internship term, you won’t necessarily get a full time position there right then. However, you will still gain some experience and learn some new skills. You will also be able to add a few stars to your resume and hence, will improve your chances of getting a good job at other firms. Moreover, if you have networked properly during the internship, you should have a decent network of contacts that you can utilize for career advice and referrals.
Regardless of all this, you have to tell the company what you want. Until they know that you are interested in a full time position there, they won’t be sure about it. Why wait for them to decide to hire you? Once you’re through half of your internship term, communicate your interest to your boss and ask them what the proper steps would be to apply for a certain department. If done properly, this should give you the entry-point you wanted.
Posted on June 5, 2012
If you are reading this than you probably aren’t rich. I mean hell, you’re probably in college which is almost the opposite of being rich. No offense! Furthermore you have probably realized that the cost of the “good life” is far from your reach. This is a sad pitiful truth my friend. However,
if you embrace this reality early enough, you can begin to focus on what is really important… money!
I mean that is why you went to college right…to make more money. Duh!
Because as you know, only those with money can live a life of comfort, luxury and happiness. sigh. Rich people have it all.
Below I have Listed 50 Things Rich People Have That You Don’t (try not to whine)
1. Access to the latest technology
2. Access to excellent trauma and health care
3. Access to information at their finger tips
4. Access Music at their finger tips
5. Access to movies and entertainment at their finger tips
6. Cable and Satellite tv
7. Air conditioning
8. Access to clean drinking water
9. Access to clean water to bathe
10. Access to clean water to wash their clothes
11. Access to clothes without holes
12. Shoes on their feet
13. Access to electricity
14. Access to libraries
15. Access to great education
16. Access to 3 meals a day
17. A warm and safe bed to sleep in
18. Freedom to fight for your country
19. Freedom to learn to play any instrument
20. Freedom to drive
21. Freedom to vote
22. Freedom to love who they wish
23. The ability to live until their bodies fail
24. Freedom to tumbl for hours
25. Freedom to send meaningless tweets
26. Freedom to facebook stalk
27. Freedom to use the phone
28. Freedom to sing
29. The freedom to dance
30. Freedom to run
31. Freedom to start a business
32. Freedom to run for office
33. Freedom to play
34. Freedom to smile
35. Freedom of speech
36. Freedom of religion
37. Freedom of press
38. Freedom to protest
39. Freedom to attend live music
40. Freedom to learn
41. The freedom to root for the home team
42. The ability to move any where they wish
43. The ability to create and be creative
44. The right to legal representation
45. The right to bear arms
46. Fresh air
47. Beautiful night skies
My hope is that after reading this, you will share it with more of your “poor” not rich friends and perhaps they too can embrace this reality. Leave a comment if you can think of more things rich people have that you don’t.
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 19, 2012
If you’re considering going back to school in hopes that you’ll graduate to more opportunities, there are certain degrees that you might want to avoid.
Consider the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) 2012 Job Outlook study, which surveyed almost 1,000 employers on their future hiring plans. Many areas of study, such as fashion design and the performing arts, didn’t even make the list.
Number of Students Awarded Degree in 2008-2009: 24,988
- Plant diseases
- Animal husbandry
- Basic veterinary science
When schools such as the University of Idaho cut their agriculture programs, you know times are tough for this degree. The state has more than 25,000 farms, for cow’s sake, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture census, in 2007.
Still, if your idea of a good day is getting up with the sun and working till it sets as an agricultural manager, a degree in agriculture might be your calling.
Just don’t expect farms and ranches to be calling you, says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., and author of “The 10 Best College Majors for Your Personality.” “It’s true that farms are becoming more efficient now and so there is less of a need for farm managers,” he says. That means less jobs. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor projects 64,000 fewer jobs in this field over the next seven years.
Total Number of Agricultural Managers in 2008: 1,234,000
Projected Change in Number of Jobs 2008-2018: -64,600
^ You’ll be poor, but at least you’ll look good.
Number of Students Awarded Degree in 2008-2009: 89,140
- Fashion history
- Pattern making
The world of high fashion is glamorous, exciting, and, unfortunately, highly exclusive and competitive.
“Fashion never dies out, never ends, and even though everything gets made overseas now, there’s always a need for designers. But it’s incredibly competitive. It’s one you really have to establish yourself in,” Shatkin says.
And those glamour positions are expected to be the ones with the fewest opportunities among an already small field, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Because it’s so tough, Shatkin suggests that getting a practical minor with this degree is very smart.
Total Number of Fashion Designers in 2008: 22,700
Projected Change in Number of Jobs 2008-2018: +200
Number of Students Awarded Degree in 2008-2009: 89,140
- Dramatic literature
Here’s the good news: Sign up for theater as a major and at least you’ll be really good at acting like you have a job.
Here’s the bad news: Actors endure long periods of unemployment and frequent rejection, says the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department goes on to say that because earnings are erratic for actors, producers, and directors, many hold second jobs. In other words, how do you feel about waiting tables?
Of course, says Shatkin, “People go into this with such a love for it you can’t stop them.”
Total Number of Actors/Producers/Directors in 2008: 155,100
Projected Change in Number of Jobs 2008-2018: +16,900
Number of Students Awarded Degree in 2008-2009: 80,756
- Animal breeding
- Reproductive physiology
- Meat and muscle biology
Here’s another degree aimed at a career that at first glance doesn’t look all that discouraging. After all, animal scientist employment is projected by the U.S. Department of Labor to grow 13 percent from 2008 to 2018.
But crunch a few more numbers and you quickly realize that you could be in for stiff competition to grab a piece of that pie.
Fewer than 5,000 animal scientist jobs are projected to exist in the field by 2018.
The problem, says Shatkin, is the degree is so specific that trying to apply it to anything else means a tough time convincing people it gives you any useful skills for jobs outside animal science jobs.
Total Number of Animal Scientists in 2008: 3,700
Projected Change in Number of Jobs 2008-2018: +500
Number of Students Awarded Degree in 2008-2009: 24,988
- Plant diseases
- Agricultural business and economics
- Crop and fruit science
If you like the farm life but aren’t all that keen on all the whining and clucking of an animal farm, perhaps a degree in horticulture is growing on you.
Unfortunately, the number of jobs in the field itself is not growing, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And Shatkin agrees. “Better than agriculture, but not by much. If you’re lucky, you may find some way to apply that to a related business like food processing or production,” he says.
Total Number of Farmers and Ranchers in 2008: 985,900
Projected Change in Number of Jobs 2008-2018: -79,200
Though these jobs may come off as seemingly unfruitful for some, be sure that with ANY profession or ANY major there is SOMEONE making money in it. So follow your dreams and live out your degree.
Written Terence Loose via Yahoo
Posted by: Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on April 30, 2012
So you’re at work or at your internship and you want to check Facebook because lets face it you’re a junky. But what happens if your boss catches you! Hmm… what ever shall you do? Well, we have the answer. Well we personally don’t, BUT lucky for you we’ve found some brilliant and sneaky people who do. The great people at HardlyWork.in have created a way for you to check Facebook like a super ninja (a super ninja who makes spreadsheets that is).
The website is an add-on for Facebook that lets you check your Facebook feed at work without the worry of prying eyes. The clever interface makes your feed look like an Excel spreadsheet (awesome!)
So you don’t have to look like this anymore.
How do you do it?
Step 1: Just go to the site and give it access to your Facebook account, it populates a pedestrian-looking spreadsheet with your Facebook feed.
Step 2: Like Bright Futura on Facebook and/or Facebook stalk your friends
You will be able to browse your photo albums, so be careful as pictures can be eye-catching to that work busybody that always seems to be walking by your cubicle.
Goofing Off Working!
Posted on April 23, 2012
It’s late, you’ve been working and studying for hours. Caffeine is pumping in your veins because you’ve drunk 2 Red Bulls and three cups of coffee in the last 6 hours.
If you drink a red bull now, what are the chances that you’ll die?
Lucky for you, the crazy people at energyfiend developed a tool that can solve problems just like this one.
Just enter your weight and type of beverage you are consuming and boom-bam it spits out a death dosage.
The reality is that this figure would instead result in a fatality due to water intoxication since 149.30 cans is far greater than the amount of water your body can consume. And of course, you would wish you were dead long before you actually became dead.
What is the most caffeine or energy drinks you’ve consumed in one day? What did it feel like?
Posted on April 3, 2012
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — This year’s college graduates are being offered more jobs and fatter paychecks.
Members of the Class of 2012 are being offered median starting salaries of $42,569 — up 4.5% from last year, a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows.
Meanwhile, they have more jobs to choose from. Employers expect to hire 10.2% more graduates this year than they did last year, according to NACE’s survey of 160 employers.
These employers have posted 15,767 job openings for college graduates this year — up about 10% from the 14,341 that were posted for the Class of 2011 and more than triple the mere 5,174 job postings for the Class of 2010.
But the competition is steep, with employers reporting that they have received nearly 33 applications for every job posting, up from 21 applications per posting last year.
The major in highest demand is engineering, with 69% of employers in that field saying they are hiring graduates. Business majors are next on the list, with 63% of employers hiring.
Accounting, Computer Science and Economics are also among the top five most-desired majors.
These are also the fields with the highest-paying jobs, according to a separate survey NACE conducted this year. Employers in each of these areas are paying median salaries above $40,000 to this year’s graduates.
Engineering jobs pay the most — with this year’s graduates starting at a median salary of $58,581, which is relatively unchanged from last year.
But even some of the jobs that don’t typically pay as well posted increases in salaries this year. Education-related salaries increased 4.5% to a median $37,423, while salaries in the communications field rose nearly 4% to $40,022
Posted on March 19, 2012
By LEAH KONEN, The Fiscal Times
For recent college grads, the future may seem bleak. In 2010, employment among young adults was at the lowest rate since World War II. The average college graduate carries more than $25,000 in debt, and millions of them are trading sexy dreams of big city lofts and office happy hours for a not-so-sexy reality of cruising job sites on Mom and Dad’s couch.
If you’re a young person looking for a job, which cities are best? Though it varies from industry to industry, certain cities have shown markedly low unemployment for young people in recent years and have the companies and culture that makes them a hotspot for college grads. We looked at unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s 2010 population survey, the latest data available, for 25-34-year-olds, as well as 20-24-year-olds, in 116 of the country’s largest metro areas, to find the 10 best cities for young people to find jobs — and some of them might just surprise you.
10. San Antonio, TX
They say that everything’s bigger in Texas, and in San Antonio, the job market certainly is. The unemployment rate for the San-Antonio-New Braunfels area is just 6.6 percent, with the city at a low 7 percent. The Milken Institute recently named San Antonio the nation’s best-performing city in its ranking of 200 metro areas, thanks in part to extensive oil drilling projects in Eagle Ford Shale — which in 2010, generated 6,800 full-time jobs and $311 million in salaries and benefits, according to researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This month, Boeing also announced a plan to move aircraft and maintenance work from Wichita to San Antonio in 2013.
9. Portland, OR
All you have to do to see that Portland is hip is turn on the TV — IFC’s recent hit, Portlandia, paints the city as a haven for hipsters, artists and creatives.
Startups are booming here — Fast Company named the “Silicon Forest” as one of the best places to launch a startup in 2010, and the city itself is a trusty friend to startups, giving them city-sponsored events, like the Portland Incubator Experiments, to help draw investors. We’re not surprised that this hip city added 12,000 jobs from November 2010 to November 2011 and has an unemployment rate of just 6.5 percent for 25-34-year-olds.
8. Honolulu, HI
(editors note: HECK YES!)
It seems that Honolulu is home to much more than just beaches and hula skirts. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, visitor spending rose 15.6 percent to 1.1 billion in October, which is good news for Hawaii’s largest city and state capital, home to top companies like Hawaiian Airlines and the University of Hawaii. The unemployment rate for 25-34-year-olds is just over 6 percent, and at 9.3 percent for 20-24-year-olds, it’s the 9th best city for that category, as well.
7. New Orleans, LA
Post-Katrina, the “Big Easy” has built an impressive hub for jobs, with the unemployment rate at just 5.5 percent in the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area and just 5.9 percent in the city itself. Private companies like Tulane University and Pan-American Life Insurance help keep the economy going, but it’s the city’s tourist appeal that really brings jobs.
<Yes, the tourist appeal
In 2010, New Orleans hosted 8.3 million visitors, the most since the flooding. And the recent return of three major cruise ships promises to keep business afloat. The city added 9,000 new jobs in 2011, and major retailers like Walmart and Costco are planning to open new locations there in 2012.
6. San Francisco, CA
When you think of cities popular for young people, San Francisco of course comes to mind. A cornerstone of startup culture, the city is the birthplace of tech favorites like Twitter, Yelp, Dropbox, Wikipedia, and StumbleUpon, and added 18,000 jobs between November 2010 and November 2011.
Plus, a new program, the Civic Startup Accelerator is working to pair top startup companies with City Hall to get new and innovative technology worked into the government sector — and famed angel investor Ron Conway has already agreed to advise the program. It’s no surprise that the unemployment for San Francisco County is 5.4 percent for 25-34-year-olds.
5. Washington, D.C.
(Editor’s Note: Home)
It’s no surprise that the nation’s capital is an epicenter for jobs. Between government, tourism, finance and lobbying, there’s no shortage of industries. But much of the growth is happening in the private sector — the Washington Post’s annual list of top companies in the area, the Post 200, is dominated by defense companies, government contractors, information organizations, hotel companies and financial firms, with names like Geico and Hilton Worldwide topping the list. These firms and others give the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area an unemployment rate of just 5.4 percent for 25-34-year-olds.
4. Boston, MA
This historic haven is also a haven for jobs, with the unemployment rate at a cool 4.8 percent in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area and just 5 percent in the city proper. With Harvard, one of the nation’s top universities, employing about 18,000 people in the area, it’s no surprise, but there are plenty of businesses booming from technology, like iRobot, a robotics company most famous for Roomba, to the environment — Clean Harbors, Inc. was ranked by the Boston Globe as a top company — it was instrumental in containing the BP oil spill. The area added over 50,000 jobs in 2011, and the passage of a new casino bill promises to bring even more jobs to the area.
3. Fort Worth, TX
Dallas’s neighbor has a seriously sunny economic disposition, with an impressive 4.7 percent unemployment rate for 25-34-year-olds in the city and 5.1 percent in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area. In 2011, the area added over 57,000 jobs and in 2009, Site Selection magazine named Dallas-Fort Worth the country’s third most active market for corporate relocations. The area is home to the corporate headquarters of a number of household names, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Radio Shack, Pier 1 Imports, and Motorola. Of course, it’s also home to American Airlines, which declared bankruptcy in November.
2. Tulsa, OK
It looks like this famed oil capital is continuing to see prosperity. Tulsa beat the national average by nearly 6 points, clocking in at just 4.5 percent unemployment for 25-34-year-olds — and just 6.2 percent in the greater area. Privately-funded local initiatives have helped put this city at the top. The city added over 10,000 jobs in 2011, landing itself on our recent list of 10 Best Cities to Find a Job, and more than 4,000 of those jobs pay an annual income of $50,000 or more, according to the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Add to that extremely low overhead. Due to low rent, energy costs, and taxes, the city is attractive to businesses in aerospace, energy and health care.
and number one is……..
1. Jacksonville, FL
This military-centric North Florida city might not be the first one that springs to mind, but its low unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in the city and 3.2 percent in the greater area for 25-34-year-olds makes it a clear winner (that’s more than 7 percent below the national rate of 9.4 percent for that age group). The city also had the eighth lowest unemployment for 20-24 year-olds (8.3 percent). Why so many jobs? Three naval air stations supply a steady number of noncivilian jobs, which trickles down to the rest of the community. Plus, the city is home to the largest Toyota distributor in the U.S., and has even seen a recent renaissance in filmmaking, satisfying those creative types.
LEAH KONEN via The Fiscal Times
Posted by Leon Langford| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on February 7, 2012
While many experience in college are unique others aren’t anything but. One undying similarity between us college students is the classic dilemma or modernity’s cruel joke surrounding work experience. The classic dilemma can be summarized in one short sentence,
You can’t land a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job.
Thus the unpaid internship was born.
Now you may view unpaid internships as some sort of new modern day slavery. Honestly, I can’t full-heartedly say I blame you. Many people bypass unpaid internships because, well… money talks! But in this jobs climate, can you afford to go unpaid? Does going unpaid temporarily, actually further your career options? The answer to both questions in short is, Yes. But don’t just take my word for it.
Below I have listed 3 Reasons Why Unpaid Internship Might Still Be An Option For You Continue Reading
Posted on January 5, 2012
A consequence of the “Great Recession,” states across the country have been mired in debt and forced to make dramatic cuts to higher education. As funding for higher education constricts, fewer tenure track academic positions for recent graduates are opening as universities increasingly turn to economically cheaper adjunct and part-time professors to instruct their ballooning classes.
Amid this reduction in the demand for PhDs is the fact that the United States is producing a record number of doctorates. The result is a job crisis for PhD candidates and ultimately the diminished quality of education in America’s higher education system.