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What Are Hybrid Jobs and Why Do They Matter?

Hybrid jobs are multi-disciplinary, specialized roles that require a wide array of skills from different fields. For instance, digital marketing managers need to combine creativity with data analytics. Successful software engineers need design instincts in addition to their technical skills. Hybrid jobs are growing twice as fast as non-hybrid jobs and they pay 20-40% more, according to a 2019 report by Burning Glass Technologies, a job market analytics company.  In order to prepare themselves for future job market demands (and…

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10 Coursera Data Science Courses, Specializations, Certificates and Degrees

In recent years, data science has become one of the most popular and profitable professions. What makes a career in data science so lucrative? Today, every industry uses data to maximize their revenue. Data scientists have the skills to help companies make data-driven decisions. As industries continue to become more and more data-driven, the need for data scientists continues to grow. Here are 10 Coursera data science courses, specializations, certificates and degree programs to consider. » Looking for other online courses?…

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7 Soft Skills Courses From Coursera

Even the most technically strong team needs “soft” skills like leadership, communication, and critical thinking in order to succeed — especially given the growth of so-called "hybrid jobs." Here are our recommendations of soft skills courses that can help prepare new college grads for the workplace: 1. The Science of Well-Being Yale University This personal development course is designed to help students understand how to increase their happiness and productivity—and then put it into practice. This 10-week course takes about…

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How Should I Choose a College Major?

Deciding a college major can seem like a daunting task--after all, it means you are choosing your life's work, right?  Some independent educational consultants specialize in interest, personality and career assessments. Many students just don't know where to start in picking a major or exploring careers.  Of course, a good place to begin is with your high school college counseling website.  Some high schools use Career Cruising, some use Naviance.  There is no one best way to begin.  You may find it helpful…

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5 Factors to Weigh in Deciding Your College

Deciding your college can still be a daunting task, even when you've been accepted to your favorite schools,. After all, you are not simply choosing where to live for the next 4 years, you are choosing your alma mater, your mentors, your future friends and colleagues.  Clearly, this is not to be taken lightly.  Here are a few things to consider seriously as you continue deciding your college. More Than Your Major Aside from your chosen major, how is this college…

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What is the Most Important Skill for Finding a Good Job?

Many people have been over-emphasizing the fact that students need special credentials and certifications to prove themselves (for example, see Jeffrey Selingo's newest book.)  They take endless classes, get a myriad of certifications and read informative articles to educate themselves. I think this is the wrong approach. Instead, I think we need to do a better job of articulating what we have learned. People in the work force today seem to be having an unusually hard time articulating their skills. …

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Career Services and Your Job Search

College seniors are scrambling to prepare themselves for the job search, and they expect the Career Services department to help. With a few short months before graduation and soon-due college loan payments, many college seniors will head to their university’s Career Services Office for the first time. That is their first mistake. College officials and Purdue University/Gallup Surveys find that only 40% of college students ever visit Career Services. Of those who do, most wait until their senior year, usually…

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Freshman Year: Planning for Your Future

Freshman year might seem early for college planning, but setting the ground work during your first year of high school is an important step. By now you are making some new friends and feeling a little more settled than those early days when the seniors looked so old and you felt so young. My College Planning Team is ready to help you navigate the process. Founder Stephanie Kennedy offers these Do’s and Don’ts for students to serve as a guide to…

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7 Ways Studying Abroad Will Prepare You For an Internship

  Last January I packed up my bags and left my home in California to study abroad in Milan, Italy. For four months I studied in Milan during the week and traveled to 11 different countries on the weekends. My time studying abroad was an incredible learning experience. At the time I didn’t realize the extent of which my experiences abroad would help me in my career. While there are countless reasons I’d recommend studying abroad to any college student,…

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Five Steps of Proactive Career Development

My College Planning Team's Academic  team member, Donna Sandberg, outlines the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA).   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2An5u0x6Ac   Need Help With the Choosing a Career or the College Admissions Process? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student with all aspects of the college search, application and selection process, including choosing a career. Contact Stephanie Kennedy for more information or click here to schedule a free consultation. Donna Sandberg, M.S., NCC, MCC, LCPC,…

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