Unemployment rate falls under 6%

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In more good news for the job market, the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.9% as job growth exceeded expectations. For all the gloom and doom out there, this is further evidence that the recovery from economic collapse that started under President Obama is real. Of course it’s spurred in part by very aggressive action by the Fed, and there are some risks associated with that strategy. But letting the economy collapse in 2008/2009 as many suggested would have led to economic catastrophe. Instead we have a fighting chance to slowly and steadily right the wrongs from the economic crisis.

If you’re looking for a job, now is the time to get even more aggressive.

Major Money: 5 College Degrees That Can Make You Rich

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With a college degree in hand, you’re rich in mind, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll have a lot of dollars stacked in the bank. For a young person attending university, it’s smart to seek college degrees that can make you rich upon graduation.

Petroleum Engineer

The mean salary for petroleum engineers is $130,000. Engineers find ways to extract gases and oil from underneath Earth’s surface. Generally spending days in an office or laboratory, engineers also spend long hours at drilling sites.

With a bachelor’s degree in engineering, workers may also have a past in mechanical or chemical engineering. Employment for engineers is expected to surpass the average job growth; employment is projected to grow 26% from 2012 to 2022.

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5 Must-Have Items for the Writer’s Toolbox

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Every writer has a secret set of tools that he or she loves – tools that enhance the writing, make it easier to comply with clients’ wishes, and allow for the perfect word when writer’s block sets in. Most writers have to learn the hard way. You don’t. If you’re not using these tools right now, start by getting yourself acquainted with the welcome page.

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To Write Is to Learn

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Here’s an interesting article about the Cleveland Browns and how the new coaching staff lead by Mike Pettine stresses have his players take notes by hand in order to maximize how well they learn. Pro football can be very complicated and many people would be surprised how much classroom work is done by coaches and athletes. Pettine used to coach in high school and he picked up this approach from teachers who pointed out that you’re more likely to remember something if you write it down.

This is something you should keep in mind as well, and not just while you’re in college or grad school. A successful career involves consistent learning, and if you develop good note-taking habits, in the long run you’ll learn more and be more effective, regardless of your career choice.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Job

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Contemplating whether to leave a job is usually a big decision, and one that needs to be made with plenty of foresight and careful consideration. For many people, the decision to leave one job before finding another, is a precarious one.

Leaving one job before committing to another can have a positive impact. Doing so provides you with a much-needed break, and the opportunity to concentrate on skill development and courses that can broaden your career horizons. For example, online and face to face courses (such as those provided by etrainu) can equip you with useful, sought after and highly relevant work skills.

But, before making the leap of faith and quitting your job, there are some pivotal questions to ask and it is critical that they are answered thoroughly and with great honesty.

What frustrates me about my current job?

Being clear about the frustrations of your existing position is very important, and by defining the issues, solutions often become apparent. It is worth considering whether the problem with the position sits with the work environment, people or the work itself.

Examination of the issues may reveal that resigning from the job is not necessary – it may be possible to diversify and find new opportunities in your existing work context. However, consideration of the issues may also show that leaving the job is the best solution, particularly if you discover you are working in the wrong industry or that the pace of work is just too hectic.

Have I taken the actions necessary to improve my current job?

Before you take the final and very definite action of quitting your job, ask yourself whether you have taken all actions necessary to improve your current job situation to the extent that it is workable. Sometimes (but not always) a change of attitude, modifying time management or work habits and opening up lines of communication with management can make a significant difference.

What do I really want from my career and my life?

Taking the time to define your priorities about what you truly want from your job and your career is not only important, it should guide the decisions that you make. For example, it may be a lifelong dream to study law at university and subsequently work as a lawyer, but if a flexible schedule is what you really want, a professional move of this nature may not be best.

It’s also worthwhile considering that a career change may mean that more study, a reduction in pay and the need to start at the bottom and work your way up will be necessary.

Do I have enough money to cover my expenses?

If you intend to quit your job, but do not yet have another job (or if changing to a lower-paying role), you need to examine your finances carefully and work out whether you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses – possibly for up to twelve months.

Financial planning experts recommend budgeting for expenses such as: mortgage or rent, credit card and loan repayments, food, transport, entertainment, clothing and any study expenses.

Do I have support?

Because leaving a job does affect other people in your life, it’s useful to have a frank and honest conversation with family members. This is particularly important if you have a partner or children.

On an emotional level, support can also be necessary if a sense of isolation is experienced after leaving a job and the structure that comes with employment is missed. A support system made up of family and friends can be invaluable in this regard.

While leaving a job can be liberating and create the space necessary for exciting new opportunities, the decision should not be taken lightly. By asking yourself a series of questions, you are better positioned to have thought about a range of possibilities and relevant factors.

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