Your Summer To-Do List

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(image via Courtney Dirks)

The summer is when students finally get to slow down, especially if you’ve just finished your first year of college or are a sophomore. Finals are over, even summer school may be over. All you have is part of July and August, and gloriously lazy days at the beach until school starts back up. And you aren’t nearly as stressed as rising juniors or seniors who are closer to graduation, and more pressed to find jobs. You actually get to kick back!

However now is also the time you should add the following four things to your to-do list. And they won’t wreck your beach schedule, in fact at least one thing in this listicle will take all of five minutes. But the results can be long lasting and in your favor. [Read more…]

Take A Flying Leap – You Still Can When You’re An Intern

outside-comfort-zoneThere are a couple of great sayings that are worth printing out and putting up on your memo board – you’ll find them often on posters, mugs, and refrigerator magnets. One is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” The other is “Do one thing every day that scares you.” And at Advanse, we couldn’t agree more.

Those words of wisdom are true at any age. But we especially encourage interns and beginning professionals to take both sentiments to heart. Because when you are starting out, you have several things on your side:

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Judge Not: Bill Gates’ South Korean Faux Pas

Did you hear about the one where Bill Gates didn’t get the memo and came off as a goober?

First, let’s define the word goober….it can mean an assortment of things, including a peanut. But when you call someone a goober, you’re essentially using an American southernism to call that person an unsophisticated person, a yokel, a rube. And in fact, the first time I’d heard the word used hilariously and disparagingly was to describe—wait for it—Bill Gates! His offense? He was on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” and once again, didn’t get the memo. Guests on any show usually wait for the host to go to commercial before they exit the stage. Gates? Not so much. When the conversation was over, Gates just got up and left. This being a comedy show, the result was even more hilarity, with Stewart milking it for laughs.

 

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But the next morning, as we laughed about it at work, my boss said, “Once a goober, always a goober.” [Read more…]

If College Is The New High School….

Little known JOBS PROGRAM provides plenty of work for everyone

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It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk

That’s a deeply depressing headline, if ever we saw one. Wasn’t the point of going to college to get in the door higher than entry-level? Or at least get past entry-level low-wage positions faster? Except as the article in the New York Times makes clear, the college degree has now become what the high school diploma used to be. [Read more…]

College Choices – Your Life Plans vs. Plans Life Has For You

Descisions, descisions...

Choices choices …

What do you do? What do you want to be? Which college will you go to? What is your plan for the future?

Depending on where you live and what you think you want to do, these questions can start very early. Sometimes, as early as age 10! No that’s not a typo. [Read more…]