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Help! My College Doesn’t Have a Career Center!

It is the stuff of a career horror tale.  You attend a small college without a career center.  Employers do not visit your campus to recruit.  It is mid-October, and you graduate in May with a substantial amount of student loan debt.  Do not fear! This tale of woe is not insurmountable.  The web is [...]


Your Future Career: Consider Now What Will Make You Happy Later

What is important to you when considering your future career?  Here are some points that you may want to consider. Money – Not the First Consideration Surveys show that people believe intrinsic goals are the most meaningful. But in practice, people in nearly all nations actually pursue extrinsic goals in their life choices. Students often [...]


Time Management: Learn a Lesson from the Rooster

It is o’ early thirty.  The sun still isn’t over the horizon, and I can hear the roosters crowing off in the distance.  I am sitting out on my back deck trying to get some work done before the world gets busy.  Crazy you say..? ——— The Great Time Squeeze College will be back in [...]


Conquering Your Jabberwocky – Part II

Recently we followed Alice down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.  This week, we are going to apply some lessons learned from Alice, particularly how to move past our fears. The Jabberwocky is an appropriate analogy for our fears.  It has “jaws that bite,” which could be construed as words that pierce our psyche and wound [...]


Conquering Your Jabberwocky

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!” ~ Lewis Carroll (Through the Looking Glass) ____________________________________ Each of us struggles, in some way, with our journey to grow up and find our place in the world.  We may not want to admit it, but we have various insecurities, pressures, problems, and [...]


A Career Navigation System

Last week, I had to travel across the state to pick up a purchase. Since it was dark, I had to use a navigation system instead of the printed directions I had brought–this made me a bit uncomfortable because I wanted to be able to see where I was going. While on my drive, I was [...]


Developing a Vogue Career – Part II

Last week, we talked about Madonna’s continued success and probed the attributes that have contributed to her long and successful career. We went over the first two valuable lessons that we can learn from Madonna on establishing ourselves and remaining relevant (in vogue) throughout our careers: 1) Discovering your talents and 2) Applying your talents. [...]


Developing a Vogue Career

It has been a few weeks since all the buzz surrounded Madonna’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl. While Madonna certainly has her detractors who believe she is too old to be an entertainer, there is no doubt that Madonna is still talent-packed and thriving. Madonna burst onto the scene in the 1980s as a [...]


Learn to R.E.S.T.

We have just passed the midpoint of the fall semester. Midterm exams are over, but your academic workload is still heavy.  The holidays are on the horizon and all their associated obligations.  You may still be seeking a job or internship.  Stress is starting to take its toll on you. It is a fact that [...]


Cats in a “Dog-Eat-Dog” World

I’m a dog lover by and large, but my cats outnumber my dogs 2:1.   I have been around these “fuzzy babies” for years and find their differences fascinating.  They can coexist, but they must adapt to each other. Dogs, with a few exceptions, are more active than cats.  While most dogs enjoy a lot of [...]


The Career Wilderness: Survival of the Fittest

Few situations are quite as uncomfortable as being part of the food chain.  Most of us are accustomed to the relative safety of our environment.  So, when we are removed from our usual environment into one where we are just another creature battling the elements, we are reminded that the world can be a dangerous [...]



Sometime we learn life lessons through the smallest of things. I have a habit of grabbing breakfast when I arrive at work simply because I am not a morning person by nature and like my extra five minutes of shut eye.  So, I usually pass through the break room to add hot water to a [...]


Dreaming the Dream – Part II

As promised in Dreaming the Dream – Part I, we are going to subject career dreams to a reality check this week in hopes of facilitating the career journey.  Let’s start with some questions: Does your career dream belong to you or someone else? Are you following a family tradition? Have you chosen your dream [...]


Dreaming the Dream – Part 1

Let’s talk about career dreams.  In part one, we will explore what it takes to pursue our dreams.  Then, in part two, we will give the pursuit a bit of context with a slight reality check.  One of my favorite movies is A Knights Tale (2001 Columbia Pictures).  The movie is about a young peasant, [...]


A Paradox for Lean Times: The Loss of Anonymity and Relevancy

Once upon a time, we could all be rather anonymous.  We had our circle of family, friends and acquaintances but, outside that, we could choose to remain in relative obscurity.  Even with the advent of the internet, we did not lose anonymity immediately.  In fact, screen names allowed us to converse worldwide without tipping off our [...]

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    Dan Schawbel, the founder of the Student Branding Blog, is a world renowned personal branding expert, the international bestselling author of Me 2.0, as well as the publisher of the Personal Branding Blog.

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