Friday, July 30, 2010

New law gives college students a break on textbooks

The Higher Education Opportunity Act is a new law that takes affect and will make shopping for textbooks a little different for college students.

This new law forces colleges to give students a list of required books earlier. When a student registers for a class, the book list must be posted.

Because of this, students will have the list early. They can shop around for the best price. College bookstores should also stock them early and make the store available for those wishing to try and get used books. Remember, that college textbooks are normally much lower from outside sources beyond the college bookstore.

Maybe colleges will take a look at the costs of textbooks and begin to lower prices. If not, they may lose a lot of business. College students now know of the many places online to get deals on books.

Many schools would not publish the list until just before school started. This forced many students to purchase them at the bookstore because they needed them right away. With early notification, there is much more time to shop around and find deals.

Many online textbook sellers and renters are upping there textbook service. Amazon and Borders to name two have ramped up textbook offerings. They also allow buy-backs.

Most college students do not want to keep their textbooks. But college bookstores charge a high price and give a low price on a buy-back. Many students now can choose to rent books early or get deals on used ones.

There are some things to consider, however, about shopping around for textbooks. You are not dealing with a live person, nor have the chance to actually see the textbook and hold it. Your college bookstore will always have the correct edition. The book will be brand new and have all study materials that go with it. College bookstores will also have a set return policy that is faster and easier.

Buying a textbook online may not give you a great return policy or guarantee that it is the right one.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Why you may not have gotten the job

College students are entering a very tight job market. Going through the application and interview processes can be very trying in today's economy. More and more people are applying for the same few jobs. By knowing why you did not get a job may actually help you the next time your apply. College students who are looking for jobs would be wise to read the next few hints on job rejection and learn from it.

You have got to go into a job interview with no reservations or hang ups. You must be willing to accept the job with no strings attached. Don't make demands. Don't have conditions of employment. For example, you don't want to work Saturdays. If you come into an interview and say that, you have one strike against you. Employers want workers to be willing and able to do the job. If you like a room with a view, don't say you need a desk by a window. These are just a couple of examples. What did you demand at your last interview? Demand may be a strong word, but that's what it sounds like to a prospective employer. If you want the job, take it. With time and hard work, you can ease into better working conditions. Don't think you are special and need extra things that others don't get. College students today are more likely to ask for things like that. They have grown up in a society that has made it seem that other people must respect your wishes and concerns. The real world is not like that. Especially in the job market. If you want to work at the job your are applying for, fine. If you have a list of things to want, keep them secret. The real world requires you to work on birthdays, weekends, at home, and more.

Don't apply for a job that you are over qualified for. Let's rephrase that. Don't appear to be over qualified. If you know you are, downplay some aspects of your training and education. Act like you are perfectly qualified for the job at hand. Not over qualified. Employers have hard times hiring over qualified people. They think they will cause problems by doing jobs they feel are beneath them.

You are not trying to make friends or find buddies. You are trying to appear professional. Look professional. Act professional. Talk professional.

Okay, those are three reasons why you did not get the job if you violated any of those. However, remember that it is a tight job market, especially for college graduates. Sometimes you just have to realize there are other intangible reasons for not getting the job. Someone interviews better. Someone knew someone. You may never know. Not much you can do. Each interview and application process breeds experience. You can only do better next time.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Tips for online job search

College graduates will have a tougher time finding jobs this year, and maybe next. For many college students, using the internet is second nature and a natural for job hunting. But things are changing online and you need to be aware of some things.

Make sure that you have a thoroughly complete and up to date resume to post. And use it. Don't try and make stuff up on the fly. Trying to post a different type of resume for each site is not cost effective. You need one super resume and profile. And don't spread yourself all over the place. There are really only 3 social networks you need to worry about. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. That's it. The vast majority of human resources will use only these.

You need to advertise the fact that you are looking for a job. Be sure and put this first and foremost in your profile, along with facts about you, what you want, and what you can offer. You WANT people to find you and offer you a job!

The people you add as friends or connections for your job search should be only related to job hunting and fact finding. Creating a profile especially for your business side is a must. Network with others who are looking for jobs and help each other. Don't send out mass notices to any and all job recruiters. Pick a handful that you can add a personal message to, not just a canned response.

College students probably have profiles for friends and fun all over the place. IF you do, and it can be found under your name, be sure and watch what you post. The things you do with friends for fun and games may not be conducive to landing a good job. Watch your language, music, friends, and posts.

Forget searching through thousands of help wanted ads online. That's what everyone else is doing. The chances of you finding a job that was exposed to millions of other people is slim to none. You should network. Look for people who are in the know or a position to offer jobs. Some of the best jobs are not even offered any more online. Find people online to network with. Look for ways to contact people that do the hiring.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Going back to school is a good option in a bad economy

Many people are out of work, laid off, furloughed, or just working part time. The economy does not seem to be getting better soon. Did you know that going back to college is a good idea and investment?

Adults who have Bachelors degrees already should think about graduate school. You can borrow up to about $20,000 to pay for grad school. There are other loans available as well. >>Graduate school admission and financial aid.

Graduate school can help you get more marketable skills and experience to secure a higher paying job. That's a given. But one more thing it can do during a bad economy, is put of a job search until times are better.

You have a win-win situation. You don't have to look for a job, and you are getting more skills for when you do!

Teaching is almost recession-proof. Yes, there are teacher layoffs all over, but there are still plenty of jobs for the right teacher. Math and science teachers are always high in demand. Chances are less to be laid off if you teach one of these subjects. Special Education is another high demand teacher. Normally, there are more jobs for these teachers than there are teachers. Again, this makes for less chances of being laid off. Because of the budget cuts, they are increasing class size in K-3. That means, those grades will have fewer jobs, more chance to be laid off. >>How to be a teacher and get a teaching job.

The bigger the state and district, the more need there is for teachers.

Don't think you have time for school? Going to school online is a great time saver. Also, online classes are usually cheaper. >>Information on online college degrees.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tips for law school students and passing the LSAT test

Law schools across the country have raised their tuition rates. And, this year over 22,000 legal profession jobs have been lost. But still the demand to get into law school remains high. Prospective students probably are lured by the high paying and high profile profession. 13% more students are taking the LSAT.

With law school costing upwards of $50,000 a year and beyond, the cost is not on par with the career that may follow. Even the top law schools in the country are having trouble placing graduates. The jobs are just not there.

Law students are more likely to want loans for a high profile school, but then end up with a lot of debt and shrinking law profession job prospects. The lawyer dream is still quite high.

Many schools also believe that the cost of law school is not a bad trade off if one gets a lucrative law career. So, the cost of law school is not going to decrease any time soon.

If you are thinking of law school, research the school. Find out what kind of relationship they have with law firms. Chances are better to get a good job if your school has a personal and active relationship with law firms. Law firms have cut back on their summer programs. This really means that your school of choice is paramount when building a relationship.

All is not bad news. 2012 is predicted by experts to have a slight increase in demand for law school graduates.

Here are some quick tips on taking and passing the LSAT:

Study over a long time. Don't cram. You must study during all times that you can. Spread it out and stay sharp. Get practice tests and see how they are worded. But don't just read and guess. Do some critical thinking. Analyze. Toss a lot of logic in there. Take some college classes in logic, philosophy, critical thinking, etc. Because this test is geared for your personal thinking skills, you should probably not practice with a friend. Your friend is going to think differently than you and may want to change you. You will need to sharpen your own thinking and logic skills. Not adapt to someone elses. Do some puzzles and games that require thinking and logic. When taking the test, answer all questions. All questions count so leave none blank. The easiest questions should be encountered first, then get progressively harder. So, do all questions in order to be certain of getting the "easiest" part answered correctly.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tips for adults going back to college

With people losing jobs that may never come back, many adults are rethinking their careers. Either changing completely, or moving to another facet of your current job, going back to school may be the only way. Even if you are no in danger of losing your job, you should getting other skills that make you more marketable and employable. Become a more valuable asset to your company and you will have more job security.

Here are some tips for adults who are returning to school.

You have to remember the time factor. Some adult college or training programs can take a couple of years. Can you handle this? If not, look for a certificate program or other options that may be shorter.

Do you really need to go back to school at this time? Many people are in panic mode. If you have not been laid off, furloughed, or fired, you need to assess the current situation you are in with your employer and boss.

If you don't have a college degree, and most others around you do, then it may be prudent to get one.

Make a short list of reasons and goals you want to achieve by going back to school. Zero in on the one that will be right for you at this time.

Be sure you know how to pay for going back to college. There are more expenses than just college. You still will have your daily living expenses. Talk it over with your spouse and family. Sacrifices will need to be made by all.

As far as paying for your schooling, your employer may offer a tuition reimbursement program. Government student loans are automatic if you are taking the right number of courses and fill out the forms. But, it may not be enough to cover all expense. Other loans are available, but will need to be paid back. Remember that.

Your options for college should be local or online. You probably cannot travel a long way or move. Make sure the local colleges offer exactly what you want and need.

You don't need to worry about fitting in as an older student. Most night schools are filled with adults passed the normal college age.

Many colleges have programs specifically for working adults.

Most colleges will not require an adult who goes back to school to meet the admission requirements of a kid right out of high school. Again, ask for any programs geared for adults.

Many adults are going back to school. This has caused colleges to think about offering more classes and programs for adults. This is actually one of the best times that it has ever been to go back to school. But it must be the right choice for you.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The hidden costs of college can make college very expensive

When college students think college expenses, they usually think tuition. Then maybe room and board. And they think that's it. Unfortunately, many students get whacked with fees and expenses that they did not think about. Or even know about. When calculating the true cost of college, you have got to factor in the "hidden" costs of college.

Textbooks: Of all the expenses of college, this one can jump up and bit you. Hard. If you take a full time schedule, math, science classes, chances are very good that you will pay over $100 for a textbook. Four classes it is not uncommon to spend $300 each term on textbooks. Maybe more. That alone could add $600-$1000 a year to the cost of college.

Fees: Many colleges charge a fee for all sorts of things. Health, student activities, lab fees, and materials fees. These are only a few. While some are known up front, you may not realize that lab class has an extra cost.

Transportation: Do you own a car and will be using it at college? You will need to pay for a parking pass. This could be as high as $40 a month. And you still have to pay for car insurance. Do you live off campus? How much is bus fare?

Food and drinks: You may think that you have a meal plan and that solves the food problem. Not really. Many times the cafeteria will be closed, or you will find yourself off campus and hungry. Purchasing extra food and drinks can add up fast. How many times do you think you will be eating fast food off campus? Or even on campus? If your meal plan is on a prepaid card, you need to watch how much you use it. If there is one expense you can't eliminate, it's food and drink.

The Dorm: You may think the dorm is done. But a dorm room is a sterile environment until you customize it. You will probably need a lot of personal items, like towels, sheets, pillows, and accessories to make it livable. Not to mention personal items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, make up, and more.

Remember, if you have never lived on your own, you have no idea how expensive it can be to maintain your lifestyle. So before heading off to college in the fall, factor in the hidden costs of college.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Student Loan Consolidation

A college degree is worth getting. You can earn a lot more in relation to non-degreed workers. But paying for college has gotten very expensive. Most students will need to take out loans. Many will have more than one type to make it through college. If you have graduated, have more than one loan, you can get help in repaying them. Consolidation is a great way to make your student loans more manageable.

Do you have a few student loans and are scurrying to make payments? Is each month of bill paying driving you nuts with all the student loan payments you make? You can consolidate your loans and get a cheaper payment.

If you have more than one direct student loan from the government, you can get better payment terms, a low fixed interest rate, and even extend the period you have to repay it.

There is no minimum to consolidate. You can get lower monthly payments. There are numerous payment options available. Any forbearance or deferments are still in place and available. You won't be charged a penalty to repay early. Consolidation of your federal education loans is free! If you signup for autopay each month, you can even get a lower interest rate. One payment a month makes it very easy to manage. What are you waiting for? It's very easy to apply online. Start here.
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