Top 15 Careers That Need Coffee

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All the cups of coffee you’re consuming as a college student may not stop, depending on your profession.

CareerBuilder and Dunkin’ Donuts have brewed up a list of the top 15 professions that need coffee to get through the day.

Lots of lattes, mochas, espressos, cappuccinos and plain ol’ cups of coffee are consumed by folks in these fields, who no doubt battle coffee breath daily, too.

Whether you’re starting off in a career from the ground (get it?) up, or going to college to get an advanced education in a field where you are employed, coffee breaks may be part of your regular routine.

Here’s a look at professionals who need a java jolt to get through the daily grind.

1. Scientist/Lab Technician

2. Marketing/Public Relations Professional

3. Education Administrator

4. Editor/Writer

5. Healthcare Administrator

6. Physician

7. Food Preparer

8. Professor

9. Social Worker

10. Financial Professional

11. Personal Caretaker

12. Human Resources Benefits Coordinator

13. Nurse

14. Government Professional

15. Skilled Tradesperson (plumber, carpenter, etc)

If you’re already working in these fields or taking classes in one of these job sectors, are you finding you’re heading to the coffee shop or plugging in your coffee machine more frequently?

-Lori Johnston

10 Years After 9/11, A New World of Possibilities

For many in our generation, 9/11/01 might be the single point of delineation, kind of how the Western world separates its history into the time before and after the birth of Jesus Christ. There was the world before the attacks, and the world we live in now.

Maybe it’s because I’m a New Yorker, who had close family members there that day (I’m thankful every day that all of them came home safely). Or the fact that for the past 10 years, at every gathering, party, conference, or get-together I’ve attended, the “9/11 conversation” inevitably seems to come up. Maybe it’s because this year, my 7-year-old son has been asking questions about the significance of that day. Or perhaps it’s the images I can never erase from my mind, like driving over the Verrazano bridge that evening once it was reopened, and just staring at the endless plumes of smoke. It was surreal.  I can only imagine how magnified those images are for people who were physically there in the city that day, and for those who lost someone.

If nothing else, that day definitely changed a lot of people’s perspectives, including my own. On this 10th anniversary, I’m trying to take comfort in the many stories of hope and rebirth, survival and strength. Like this amazing video from this morning’s Today Show that takes us inside today’s Ground Zero… It’s a true testament to the American spirit, and I’m not embarrassed to say, it brought me to tears:

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While the upcoming weekend will be full of remembrances, reunions, and reflections, I hope it also reignites that amazing passion and patriotism that swelled in the days immediately following 9/11.

For me personally, I hope it’ll remind me to be kinder, to not sweat the small stuff, and to stop putting off those dreams until next year. What will the 10th anniversary of 9/11 mean for you?

-Dawn Papandrea

Are Young Versus Old Tribes on “Survivor” Like College?


“Survivor” is breaking this season’s contestants into two tribes – young versus old. During this week’s season premiere, it was the older team (called Espada and including contestants over 40) that got sent to tribal council in Nicaragua, sending 48-year-old Montana goat rancher Wendy away (through a graveyard, no less).

It struck me as the credits rolled that if you’re an adult student and going back to school, you may be feeling like there’s two tribes in your classes as well. While you may have been told that the younger students will respect you for your life experience and knowledge, you maybe can’t help but feel that the age gap divides you from your 20-something classmates.

But let’s think about how “Survivor” typically plays out. At one point, the tribes are going to merge. And at that point, usually the younger contestants realize they can learn from the older players because of their experience, maturity, and wisdom, and vice versa.

As host Jeff Probst told “You have young guys running around, young women running around, and they’re fit and they can do all these challenges. But can they think? And when you look at the older tribe, you see people who stop before they walk and say, ‘We should go this way.’”

In the meantime, here are some tips provided by the University College Community at Rutgers-New Brunswick for adult learners:

• Seek out organizations and honors societies with adult students participating

• Make time for special events geared toward nontraditional students

• Contribute to campus events, working alongside those younger than you, to make a difference on campus

• Participate in the classroom and in group discussions

The young versus old experiment that “Survivor” is doing also may give you some insight into how you can relate to younger classmates, too.

-Lori Johnston

Hot Trend: iPhone App Development Courses


You may have majored in English lit. You may not even have software programming and developing experience. But with ever-advancing technology and a single good idea, you can level the playing field and create your own smart phone applications. Check out all the places you can acquire the skills you need to cash in on the iPhone revolution.

iPhone Courses for College Students

Field Studies in iPhone Entrepreneurship at Mississippi State University
Beyond designing and creating iPhone apps, students in this course, many of whom are not computer majors, assess the market, create a business plan, conduct focus groups, and market their original apps.

iPhone (iOS) SDK Programming at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Students in this upper-level course learn and apply the design principles, tools (Xcode & Interface Builder), language (Objective-C), and object-oriented programming environment (Cocoa Touch) used in iPhone app development. Prerequisite: A course in object-oriented software development.

Mobile Application Development at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies
This course covers the design, interface building, resource management, and code elaboration aspects of mobile applications, with emphasis placed on Google’s Android platform. Students learn how to work with software and hardware tools to develop, test, and debug mobile apps.

Portable Art and Games: iPad Experimentation at Washington College
During this summer 2010 internship, students with no prior knowledge of the Apple programming environment built a modern video game, Flag Assault, which is now available on the iPad app store.

Introduction to Mobile Development at the University of Southern California
This course serves as an introduction to developing applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, culminating in a class project to design and build their own app.

iPhone Courses for Everyone

SAE Institute: iPhone 360°
iPhone 360° is the country’s first non-prerequisite course dedicated specifically to the development, distribution, and sale of Apple apps. The 12-week course focuses on the fundamentals of software programming for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Bonus: Each student gets an iPad.

University of California, Irvine Extension: Mobile Development for Apple iPhone, iPad and iTouch
This five-week programming class targets developers, testers, and business analysts and involves creating and implementing a game with a learning tool and animated user interface.

University of Houston Department of Continuing Education: iPhone Programming
This 24-hour, four-week outreach course is open to anyone interested in learning how to create iPhone apps from scratch. Successful completion of the hands-on training course confers 2.4 continuing education units (CEUs).

New Jersey Institute of Technology: iPhone & iPad Application Development
This noncredit course is open to the general public and is available in an eight-week, 100-percent online format as well as a six-week hybrid format. Course completers earn three CEUs and a certificate of completion from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies: iPhone and iPad App Development
This continuing education course enables first-time programmers to learn how objects cooperate to create the interface in front of a rudimentary app, and it allows developers to build a more elaborate app behind the interface. The course may be applied toward the school’s iPhone and iPad App Development certificate program.

With the skills you’ll acquire through iPhone app development courses, you’ll be at the forefront of dynamic technology, poised to apply what you’ve learned to a career in social media, marketing, or any other field that values creativity and technical acumen.

-Robyn Tellefsen