Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Careers that have lost jobs in the recession

College students need to think about careers and job prospects. The list below gives careers that have lost the most positions in the current recession. It does not mean they are bad career choices, just that you need to look at the overall job picture when deciding on a college major or career choice.

Here's a look at the jobs that have lost positions:

1. Architects

2. Carpenters

3. Production and assembly workers

4. Pilots

5. Computer software engineers

6. Mechanical engineer

7. Construction workers

8. Bank tellers

9. Accounting and similar jobs.

It is not a great time to be graduating from college, but maybe the programs are a little less impacted as well. It never hurts to get a college degree, but you need to decide if your major is in demand, or will you do some serious job hunting.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

College Money and Financial Aid myths

Thinking about college and how to pay for it? Don't believe some of the myths about paying for college.

Private colleges are more expensive-Not always. Many private schools charge more for tuition, but they have more money to give away as well. If you get admitted to a private college, they can offer you more money if they think you are worth it. That way, the out of pocket expenses for college go way down. Read more tips on getting more money from colleges.

I don't need a college education-Maybe. But all studies show that college graduates outearn their non degree counterparts by a wide margin.

Filling out a FAFSA does not do a thing-Wrong. You cannot get any kind of financial aid, including loans and many scholarships without it.

I need to wait for my taxes to be finished-Wrong again. You can file as early as January 1, and can make corrections later if needed. The early college student gets the money.

There just aren't any more scholarships for me-Don't bet on it. College scholarships abound. Read here for help in finding college scholarships.

If you live alone, you are an independent student-Only under certain rules. If you are under 24, single, or a veteran, chances are you do not qualify as an independent student. Read more financial aid information here.

College students should not borrow money-Sometimes you can't help it. And you may need it to get you over the college money hump. But, don't borrow more than you really need. That's what college students should do--only borrow when you absolutely must. Here are tips on student loans.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Choose a college major wisely

College students normally have their majors in their heads before starting college. However, many make the mistake of picking something they really know nothing about, or a major that a relative told them to take. Here are some tips to help you decide on a college major.

Don't pick a major just because someone else wants you to. You will have to live the major the rest of your life. Do something you want to do.

Get to know everything there is to know about your major.
-Know the requirements.
-Find out your job prospects.
-Talk to someone in the major and someone who has completed it.

Do you really like a particular major, but find the classes may not be for you? Find out if there is an alternate route or another major that is close. There are many careers that many majors would get you to.

Watch your grades. If you are not getting A's and B's in your major classes, you seriously need to think about switching majors.

You don't have to lock yourself into a major soon. Yes, some colleges require you to declare a major around the first year of college, but you can switch. Talk to a counselor as to how you can change majors.

When choosing a major, you must factor in all facets. These include your happiness, your monetary prospects, and whether you have what it takes to complete it.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Best places for college students to find friends

When you become a college student, sometimes your social life suffers. That is, you find yourself alone a lot, maybe even without a significant other. In college, you really do need friends to hang out with and talk. If something else blossoms, well, maybe that's icing on the cake. Here are the best places to meet people in college on a personal level.

The dorm-You will see many people walking down the halls, maybe right across from you. Say hello and introduce yourself. If they are in the same dorm, they are perfect for creating a relationship, at least for the school year. Maybe beyond. Don't live in the dorm and be a stranger. You may need their help, and best of all for you, they may seek you out for help in college.

The college library-This is where college students are usually hanging out alone. Wander the book aisles and look for someone interesting. Look at the books they are looking at and strike up a conversation.

The classroom-College students like sitting in the same place during class. Pick a seat and see who pops up next to you. If you sit in the same place each time, and so do they, talk about becoming study buddies.

A fraternity party-Frat parties are usually full of people. But we mention this only in passing. Frat parties are probably not the pace to find lasting relationships on college campuses. But, it does get you noticed by other students. The more fellow students you are around, the better chance of finding friends.

The food court/cafeteria-See a student eating alone? Ask if you can sit next to them and then start a conversation. Talk about how lousy the food is or how what they are having.

Be bold on campus-During warmer weather, you may see students by themselves, sitting on a bench or under a tree, and reading a book. Walk up and ask what they are reading and introduce yourself.

Now we are not really talking about college romances here. You need friends of both sexes. However, if you meet someone, they may turn into something special for the school year and beyond.

Make college fun and interesting while you are killing yourself studying!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Expensive college dorms may not be worth it

Dorm rooms can add quite a bit to the cost of college. Many times, especially at public colleges and universities, the cost of a dorm can be more than tuition. Costs can be as much as $10,000 a year, with about one third of that being the cost of the meal plan.

There ways of saving on the cost. When choosing a college, price may be on the top of your list. The difference between what some colleges charge for dorm rooms can be quite dramatic. Shop around and find colleges that offer cheap dorms. If you are set on attending one college, check the different prices of dorm options. Sharing a dorm room is much cheaper than a private one. You are not going to spend that much time oin your dorm, and most colleges allow you to pick compatible roommates.

Remember that colleges with cheap dorms also will have the least amenities. Most will offer internet and wi-fi, but not air conditioning.

Some colleges allow you to even share with more than one extra person, lowering the cost of dorm again.

If your college has the option, investigate how much of a discount you can get for campus work.

Meal plans are another cost. Getting the cheapest available plan, or even no plan, may be an option for many students who will not be eating cafeteria food much. However, some schools do insist on a meal plan. Also, many colleges will offer a bundle of dorm and meal plan for less if bought separately.

If you want the most expensive dorm room, you should look into nearby housing and see if it is cheaper to live off campus. Especially if you can get roommates to share the costs.

Remember that just because a dorm room is cheap, does not mean the tuition will be cheap as well. You need to look at the total cost, room, board, plus tuition to get an overall feel as to how expensive your chosen college is.

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