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Career Preparation

Learn about various professions and how college can help with career preparation. From taking advantage of the campus career center to exploring internships and other programs like mock interviews and on-campus recruiting, career preparation should be a part of your curriculum.

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College Diplomas: Helping Students (and Celebrities) Get Ahead

From students to celebrities, college diplomas are helping people everywhere get ahead.

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From College Student to Entrepreneur

Learn the insider secrets of former and current students who found ways to make fast money, and in some cases, start their own businesses on campus.

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Considering College or a Career

While young entrepreneurs are laying the foundation for a future career, they are also being faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to finish college.

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Undercover Customers: An Unusual Food Industry Career

Customers may be more than they seem. Some are undercover inspectors who grade establishments on taste, service, and ambiance. Learn more about this unusual food industry career.

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Semesters Off and Other Success

Starting a business is challenging, but take a look at Michael Simmons' story for some inspiration.

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Consider a Career Counselor for the Tough Questions

With graduation fast approaching, you're faced with the questions: What on earth am I going to do career-wise?! For starters, consider a career counselor...

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Undergrad Entrepreneurs

Starting a business is no sweat to thousands of undergrads around the country.

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Entrepreneurial Trends Alert

Interested in starting a business? Check out these entrepreneurial trends...

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Mentoring for Success

Read on to discover just how mutually beneficial a college mentor can be.

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Teens Turn Passion Into Profit

Six inspirational student entrepreneurs share some business secrets.

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Reality or Ratings?

Can reality TV shows really teach us things about a career in business?

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Student Entrepreneurs

Check out some of these super smart student entrepreneurs!

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Turning the Corner: From College Student To Biz Whiz

College life can be tough. Put the right wheels in motion and it's possible to start a business while at college.

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Pursuing Passion, Not a Paycheck

For these students, future job concerns will go beyond personal benefit and the almighty dollar.

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Seven Ways to Combine Studies with Part-Time Job Success

For college-bound students looking to work a part-time job while attending classes, here are seven suggestions about how to manage both.

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Tales of the Cool and Courageous

Did you know that Jane Pratt started Sassy magazine when she was 25-years-old? Or that Jerry Yang, the creator of Yahoo!, founded his company when he was only 29? So what do these young entrepreneurs have that you don't? Nothing -- except the determination to make things happen.

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Jobs That Really Pay

Some savvy students create alternative "jobs" based on study and service. They develop special talents, join school groups and start new ones, and serve their communities. They take those hours they could've spent at traditional jobs and improve themselves while earning cash for college. Take it from students who know.

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How to Land a Hot Summer Job

Jobs that mean more than just a paycheck do exist -- even for students! You just have to start early, dig a little deeper, and use your imagination...

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How One Student Turned a Thought into a Business

Ever wonder how to turn an idea into a successful selling product? Take a look at how one young man was able to turn antenna decorations into a huge success, and the advice he has for you.

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Talking the 'Give Me a Job' Talk

We tapped Burton Nadler, career center director at the University of Rochester, to help shatter some common job interviewing myths and answer your find-a-job FAQs...

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A College Major with Heart

I now know that the best college major decisions are the ones that are based, as contrived as it sounds, on honesty. I've only recently come to this conclusion and it's been a hard one to reach. I graduated just over a year ago and sure, it would have been great to have a few extra bucks in my wallet during those months....

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Plans After College? How to Prepare!

Out of every 100 fifth-grade students, only 47 will enter college; an even more disappointing number, 24, will actually earn a bachelor's degree, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. How can you be one of that lucky two dozen? Find a career and prepare for it...

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Climbing the Science Career Ladder

Nineteen-year-old Sonny Yip of Queens, NY, never thought he'd be captivating a crowd with the dissection of a cow's eye. But, in his role as program explainer with the Science Career Ladder at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, he's extended himself beyond what he had thought possible.

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Make a 10-Minute Movie in Two Days

Think you could make a movie in a week? How about just 48 hours? That's all the time film students had to work on their entries for Project Pioneer 2880, an extreme DVD-making competition sponsored by Long Beach, CA-based Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

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Part-Time Work Leads To Career Success and More

What do Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, and Red Lobster have in common? Well, they taught me more about life after graduation than any long-winded professor or an $80 textbook...

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Be Right for the Position: How to Ace the Interview

Want to ace that interview and land the job or internship of your dreams? Here are some must-follow rules to guarantee success.

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Navigating the Summer Job Maze

With some help from your school, the Internet, and even the corporations you want to work for, you can find a summer job that is challenging, and that can contribute to your career after graduation.

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Gateway to the Future: Colleges

OK, here's the drill. You go on a campus tour with your parents, check out each school, visit the dorms, classrooms, and yes, the bookstore. At some point, someone -- usually mom or dad -- asks the universal career question: "What percentage of students are employed upon graduation?"

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Admissions Office Q&A: Fashion Industry Careers

Karen Hamil Iglio, director of admissions at Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, discusses non-design careers in the fashion industry and how you can prepare for them.

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Life as a College DJ

College life includes extracurricular activities to appeal all the masses. Check out how some musically inclined college students are spending their time.

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CSI: College Guts and Glory

While you're on the sofa catching up on CSI, these college students are in the lab studying how to be forensic scientists.

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On the Job: A Telecommunications Career

Laptops, cell phones, and iPods, oh my! In this technological revolution, career paths are a plenty with perks to match. Take it from Mark Nagel, who enjoys discounted cell phone service by working in the midst of cutting-edge cool...

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Job Hunting 101

There's a reason they call it "job hunting" -- you're aiming for something. Before you shoot for your desired summer employment, you'll need some target practice. Arm yourself with job hunting ammo.

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10 Ways to Launch a Leader

Leadership skills: They're not just for "leaders" anymore. Whether you wish to get into college, head up your high school prom committee meeting, interview for that dream job, or make new friends (yes, even for something like that), it's often all about how you lead.

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Seven Lessons From Seven College Jobs

I was only in it for the extra cash, so getting more out of a college job than a minimum-wage paycheck surprised me.

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Lazy Days of Summer? Anything But!

Some go-getter students aim to prove that summer is ripe with possibility, thanks to internships, study abroad programs, and volunteer opportunities galore. Be sure to take notes...

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Hook Yourself Up by Kissing Up?

Forget what you thought about teachers' pets, and take a lesson from the slick wannabe Trumps on "The Apprentice." Kissing up during an interview can help you score a sweet internship, so long as you can back up your pucker-up.

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Want to Work with Animals?

The Teaching Zoo at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC, Gainesville, FL), where students turn their love of animals into a career. Although there are now similar schools throughout the country, when SFCC established the Teaching Zoo in 1972, it was the first of its kind in the United States.

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In the Job Shadow: Interning in Public Relations

When Sherri Ortore accepted an internship at The CollegeBound Network (CB Teen's parent company), she never expected she'd discover her dream job. "I didn't really know much about public relations (PR) until I interned," she says. "It made me love it enough to pursue a career in it."

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Making the Rounds with Circuit Training

Thinking up cool cell phone features is great, but when you need the expertise to make it happen, technical training is key. Melissa Biel, a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology, can't wait to work with electronics. It started when she got her first computer at age eight..

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Career Advice for the Class of '08

Now that you've got your degree, there's no shortage of career advice coming your way. Here's some more: follow your passion. You just may find that all your dreams come true.

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New College Grads: What Do You Look For in a Job?

You've just earned your degree, and you're ready to pound the pavement (or the online job boards) and get your first job as a college grad. The question is, what are you looking for in a job?

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Job Hunting in College: Advice on Career Searching

While the thought of looking for a job in the real world may be daunting, knowing a bit more about the whole process can go a long way in making your experience better and more productive. Here are some tips.

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Land Your First Job: Resume and Interview Tips for Teens

A guide for teens on how to prepare for and succeed at their first interview.

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Make the Grade with Graduate Programs

Go the extra mile by completing graduate programs in your specialty.

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