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Get an internship now, at age 20, 30, or 40

It used to be that internships were just for college kids. But today, the internship is for anyone who wants to do work they have no track record for doing. The internship is learning ground and proving ground for any

Posted in College and grad school, Finding a career

5 Mistakes new grads should make

The advice I’ve given to new grads in the past is to marry rich so you have more options. And don’t go to grad school to get out of difficult choices. Consider moving home with your parents to save money

Posted in College and grad school

Essential advice for new college grads

One of the things I love most about the advice-to-grads motif is that you learn a lot about the advice giver from the advice. When you force yourself to give short, smart advice, you end up focusing on the stuff

Posted in College and grad school

When to leave grad school off your resume

I have been railing against grad school for a long time, and  I’m starting to believe that you should leave grad school off your resume if you are not working in the field you studied.
Here are five reasons why putting

Posted in College and grad school

5 Ideas that will influence 2012

If I look back on my blog, I can see that each year there were one or two ideas that just blew me away and ended up dominating my thinking. For example, 2011 my year to be obsessed with school

Posted in College and grad school, Parenting, Self-management

How school affects future earnings

The best way to understand earning power—no matter what your age—is to understand the factors that go into it. For example, most people who have careers that are plateauing usually have a learning problem that manifests itself as an earning

Posted in College and grad school, Money, Parenting

What to do in college right now

It used to be controversial to say that college is a rip off. At this point, I think the arguments have reached the mainstream. The problem is that, while some kids win the intellectual lottery, it's too risky for most

Posted in College and grad school

Best alternative to grad school

After yesterday's post, about how stupid grad school is, a lot of people asked, what is an alternative to grad school?
This is a great question.
I see this picture outside my window at least once a month.

I have only a

Posted in College and grad school

Voices of the defenders of grad school. And me crushing them.

It’s pretty well established that non-science degrees are not necessary for a job. In fact, the degrees cost you too much money, require too long of a commitment, and do not teach you the real-life skills they promise.
Yet, I do

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Prom is a career stepping stone

Our neighbor, Kathy, called to tell us to come over for prom pictures.
We had no idea what she was talking about. I told Melissa I was too happy reading Little Bee in the sun. “But,” I said, “Kathy is so

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