Career Paths

  • 3 Great Reasons To Pursue Work Outside of Your Field

    3 Great Reasons To Pursue Work Outside of Your Field

    By Alan Brady When we graduate college, we hope that the job fairy will give us a high-paying job at a great company-the day after we get our loan-financed diplomas, no less. Unfortunately, what usually happens is that we find ourselves sitting in our parents' basements, lamenting the cruelty of fate and... Continue Reading

  • Attorney Kate Baker Alleges Boss Bullied Her Into Staying Single, Childless

    Attorney Kate Baker Alleges Boss Bullied Her Into Staying Single, Childless

    By her own assessment, Kate Baker was a competent attorney who also wanted a personal life. But her boss, Chris Lingard allegedly saw things differently, berating Baker and her work, and telling her not to have a relationship or children. The "bullying" that she experienced at the Follett Stock law firm,... Continue Reading

  • Least Stressful Job In America Is ...

    Least Stressful Job In America Is ...

    With all the challenges facing today's working Americans, having a low-stress job can go a long way toward improving quality of life. What makes a job low stress? CareerCast.com says it's a combination of factors, including work environment, job competitiveness and risk. The employment website recently... Continue Reading

  • The Work Buzz: Job Market Forecast For 2013

    The Work Buzz: Job Market Forecast For 2013

    Employers are heading into the new year with cautious optimism. The economy has been growing at a gradual but steady pace and is poised to stay on this path in 2013, barring major disruptions. More employers are expecting to hire than in recent years, but the modest recovery, along with the weakened global... Continue Reading

  • Coffee Shop Worker Quits Via Song -- But Was It Fake? [Video]

    Coffee Shop Worker Quits Via Song -- But Was It Fake? [Video]

    A job for many workers is just a paycheck -- an often dreary way to pay the bills. That may be why so many Americans are keen on (or at least dream of) quitting their jobs in an over-the-top fashion. There are a number of recent examples of "extreme quitting," including one by Joey DeFrancesco, who video... Continue Reading

  • Bad Bosses: How Inept Execs Got Away With Mismanagement And Scandal In 2012

    Bad Bosses: How Inept Execs Got Away With Mismanagement And Scandal In 2012

    Companies lay off vast numbers of workers with such regularity that you may not have noticed the announcement. Last week Citigroup Inc. said it would lay off 11,000 workers worldwide, citing a need to reduce expenses. Yet, at the same time, Citi revealed it gave top execs hefty "incentive awards," including... Continue Reading

  • 5 Career Paths For Retail Workers

    5 Career Paths For Retail Workers

    By Debra Auerbach Do you think of working in retail as a short-term job or a long-term career? Too often, job seekers consider it the former, a misconception that can cause them to miss out on opportunities for professional growth. One potential obstacle for job seekers is that they don't know what career... Continue Reading

  • College Majors That Earn The Most

    College Majors That Earn The Most

    If the stagnant job market has an upside, it may be this: college students (and likely their parents) are taking a hard look at which degrees will result in lasting, good paying jobs. Unfortunately for art and history majors, the best money-making careers these days are in more pragmatic fields, focused on... Continue Reading

  • Alabama Mayor Mary Ella Hixon Stole $201,000, Serves No Time Because She's Old

    Alabama Mayor Mary Ella Hixon Stole $201,000, Serves No Time Because She's Old

    A 91-year-old woman who pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $201,000 from the south Alabama town where she was mayor for three decades paid hush money in a bid to keep her crimes secret, documents showed. Prosecutors said River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon pleaded guilty to theft and resigned. In exchange,... Continue Reading

  • Most Underrated Jobs In America: Not Glamorous, But Well-Paid And Low Stress

    Most Underrated Jobs In America: Not Glamorous, But Well-Paid And Low Stress

    Finding a job in this economy isn't easy, but one way to get ahead is to take a look at careers that fly below the radar of other job hunters. That's what CareerCast has done in unveiling its latest list of underrated jobs, careers that the job-search website says offer increasing opportunities for job... Continue Reading

  • Starbucks: Best Part-Time Jobs In Retail -- Or Overrated?

    Starbucks: Best Part-Time Jobs In Retail -- Or Overrated?

    One of the disadvantages to most part-time jobs is the lack of benefits. But Starbucks Corp. doesn't discriminate, providing the ubiquitous coffee chain's 95,000 part-timers with full health insurance benefits. For many who lost full-time jobs during the Great Recession and got part-time gigs at Starbucks,... Continue Reading

  • 'Hero To Zero' Syndrome: Is This Why Veterans Struggle To Get Jobs?

    'Hero To Zero' Syndrome: Is This Why Veterans Struggle To Get Jobs?

    Though the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high for Americans generally, data suggest that veterans as a group are having an easier time finding jobs. The unemployment rate among veterans of all ages fell to 6.9 percent in July from 8.6 percent during the same month a year ago, the Labor Department... Continue Reading

  • San Francisco Cop Gared Hansen Sues Over Suspensions For Nude Photo Hobby

    San Francisco Cop Gared Hansen Sues Over Suspensions For Nude Photo Hobby

    When it comes to erotic images online, Gared Hansen's photographs of nude women portraying mermaids, vampires, nymphs and other mythical creatures might seem tame. But his hobby isn't one that his bosses at the San Francisco Police Department approve of, resulting in Hansen being suspended twice in the... Continue Reading

  • 7 Great Second Careers If You're Over 40

    7 Great Second Careers If You're Over 40

    By Susan Ricker You're too young for retirement, too experienced for entry-level positions and too fed up with your job to stay any longer. Have you considered starting a second career? Beginning a new profession can be an exciting way to change how you feel about your work life, and the shifting economy... Continue Reading

  • Hot New Career: Wellness Coaching

    Hot New Career: Wellness Coaching

    As people age and continue to live active lives, their interest in living well becomes more important than living longer. After all, no one is too excited about longevity if all that it means is a couple of extra decades of decline. Meanwhile, as employers try to keep a lid on health care costs, they look to... Continue Reading

  • What It Takes To Land A Job In Social Media

    What It Takes To Land A Job In Social Media

    By Whitney Parker Social media management is a trending career path for 2012, and entry-level strategists are in high demand. In nearly every industry nationwide and even globally, businesses are turning to young, tech-savvy professionals to help them navigate social networks - seeking more sales, better... Continue Reading

  • Cool Jobs: 5 Interesting Careers That Are Easy To Break Into

    Cool Jobs: 5 Interesting Careers That Are Easy To Break Into

    By Debra Auerbach and Harris Effron Everyone wants a cool job. The kind of fun job that gets you excited to go to work every day-and inspires envy or at least a little curiosity in others. But what makes a job cool is subjective. A career that involves drinking beer or joking around with Mickey Mouse might be... Continue Reading

  • 1 In 2 New Graduates Are Jobless Or Underemployed

    1 In 2 New Graduates Are Jobless Or Underemployed

    By Hope Yen WASHINGTON -- The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge. Continue Reading

  • Boomers Retiring Earlier Than Expected, Cite Bad Health, Job Loss

    Boomers Retiring Earlier Than Expected, Cite Bad Health, Job Loss

    Experts have long held that baby boomers would work well into their golden years -- if only because of financial necessity. But a new study shows that the oldest in the group, those born in 1946, are retiring in droves -- and not all of them in happy circumstances. Nearly 60 percent of the early boomers... Continue Reading

  • 3 Hidden Pitfalls To Working For A Startup

    3 Hidden Pitfalls To Working For A Startup

    By Jemima Lopez When 20-somethings hear about startups, we invariably imagine the glamorous cafeteria and play space at Google or the young and enthused workforce behind Facebook. Startups have a reputation for playing fast and loose with their work schedule, fostering innovation and offering a lax... Continue Reading

  • There Should Be More Hollywood Mailrooms

    There Should Be More Hollywood Mailrooms

    There are plenty of stories about the Hollywood mailroom, and many of them are true. But nothing has captured the popular imagination like the story of the mailroom-clerk-turned-media-mogul -- so much so that at most agencies, starting in the mailroom is now official policy. No more the fabled first stop for a... Continue Reading

  • Speed Puts Community Colleges Front And Center

    Speed Puts Community Colleges Front And Center

    By Justin Pope STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Co. is a high-tech job shop, crafting super-precise parts for machines used in everything from robotics to aerospace to oil exploration. Macomb Community College lies a few miles down the road in this Detroit suburb. Continue Reading

  • Survey Finds More Mature Workers Plan To Work Post-Retirement

    Survey Finds More Mature Workers Plan To Work Post-Retirement

    By Debra Auerbach "Retirement" used to mean the end of one chapter in life spent working and the beginning of a new chapter spent with family and friends, traveling or focusing on hobbies. Yet for many of today's mature workers, their picture of retirement looks very different. It no longer means the end of... Continue Reading

  • College or Career: Smart Gen-Z Choices

    College or Career: Smart Gen-Z Choices

    By Adriana Llames How often are you impressed by someone to the point you want to go the extra mile to make a difference in their life? That's what happened when I met 21-year old Lauren of LN Accents at the WGN Studios in December. She was just 19 years old when she began LN Accents, which has already... Continue Reading

  • Need Work? Learn To Code

    Need Work? Learn To Code

    By Hank Stringer According to the Computer Science Teachers Association, the number of U.S. high schools offering introductory computer science dropped to 69% in 2011 from 78% in 2005. While a manpower survey reports that 52 percent of U.S. companies had trouble filling essential positions; the study... Continue Reading

  • 5 Tips For Returning To School As An Adult Student

    5 Tips For Returning To School As An Adult Student

    This article originally appeared on Schools.com By Amelia Gray Over 3 million students over the age of 35 were enrolled in college courses in 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. If you're considering returning to school as an adult, get ready to join a large and growing trend, but also be sure to arm... Continue Reading

  • Stop Looking For a Job, Start Looking For An Opportunity

    Stop Looking For a Job, Start Looking For An Opportunity

    A lot of jobs that once were, aren't coming back. Ever. To look for what isn't there is a waste of time and an insult to your dignity. If you haven't noticed, the world has changed -- radically. The traditional yellow brick road to success and financial security has imploded. The path to a high-paying job used... Continue Reading

  • Do You Have The Tech Skills Employers Want?

    Do You Have The Tech Skills Employers Want?

    Impressing employers with your technical skills these days requires more than just knowing how to use formulas in Microsoft Excel. Instead, hiring managers are looking for familiarity with some of the latest Web 2.0 technologies. No matter what industry you work in, knowing your way around a computer can be... Continue Reading

  • The Good News About Career Transitions In Today's Economy

    The Good News About Career Transitions In Today's Economy

    In an economy wracked by layoffs and downsizing, finding a new job often means changing career paths. Despite the financial strain and emotional turbulence that comes with job changes, there is good news. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work. Continue Reading

  • The Time Is Right For A Career In Accounting

    The Time Is Right For A Career In Accounting

    For many people looking for employment, the promise of job security is a definite plus. Yet for those just starting out in their job search -- or even just considering their major in college -- finding a job that is going to be financially secure and personally rewarding can be a challenge. For those who have... Continue Reading