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Tweet I’ve always loved summer jobs. There’s something amazing about trying out a new role for the summer, making money, and knowing that after the summer you get to do something else (mostly school for me). I’ve had 5 summer jobs / internships in my life. My first two summer jobs were internships in government […]

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Tweet Before I started my summer internship, my employer sent Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” to all the female interns. I had wanted to read that book since it came out, so I was very excited to get a copy in the mail. I remember staying up until 3AM […]

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Tweet My summer employer treats their employee pretty well in a lot of ways. As a result, I get to spend my summer in a gorgeous office with all sorts of amenities designed to help workers be productive and happy. My favorite perk is the latte machine at work – it’s like a magic-box-in-a-wall that […]

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Tweet Studies have long shown that a long commute is one of the most stressful experiences in a workers’ day. The unpredictability, the lack of control over the situation…it all contributes to deep unhappiness and/or severe road-rage that extreme commuters have all faced at one time or another. Slate just came out with an interactive graph […]

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Tweet The job search process can be trying, especially if the job interview you prepared so hard for doesn’t work out. But maybe getting a definitive “no” is better than waiting and interviewing for the 7th, 8th, or 9th time for the same position, and then getting the “no” months later. Unfortunately, because of a […]

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Tweet It’s amazing how much cost of living differs from locale to locale. A $100,000 salary would mean you are sitting pretty in Des Moine, Iowa. That same salary, while still substantial compared to the wider population, may leave you scrambling (if you are not careful) in Manhattan or San Francisco. I would know – […]

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Tweet I justify a lot of purchases under the guise of work or career-related reasons. A good friend of mine who landed an awesome consulting internship showed me his new gift to himself: a gorgeous Coach laptop bag with smooth dark brown leather and understated brass buckles. In return, I confessed my own splurge in […]

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Tweet Here’s a confession: I have already started dreaming about what life after business school would look like. In particular, I have been dreaming about home ownership, about buying my own little pieces of real estate. Here are a few things that made this dream, while premature, firmly within the realm of possibility. We will […]

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Tweet Back in July, I decided to spend essentially my life savings and borrow from family to get an MBA from a well-ranked, full-time program. 90% of the reason was so I can make a career transition. Recruiting started in September – industry conferences, corporate presentations, informational interviews, invitation-only dinners and receptions, women’s career panels, […]

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Tweet Got 10 minutes? These unemployment stories from Gawker are definitely worth a read. Unemployment Stories Vol I: Hello from the Underclass Unemployment Stories Vol II: We are the Unseen As someone who has experienced a layoff, I’ve realized how important a career is to me, not only for financial reasons but also for personal […]

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Tweet When I read articles and blogs that discuss stay-at-home parenthood, I often come across something like this line: “Women should have the choice to stay home or work.” Now, that line has always disconcerted me, though probably not for the reasons you think. I believe caregiving should be recognized as a very real and […]

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Tweet This post is sponsored by RBS Insurance, a leading British general insurer. Despite the doom and gloom in the media about how jobs are increasingly hard to come by, the fact remains that if you maintain a positive outlook and take the necessary steps to stand out from the crowd, you’ll find the right […]

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Tweet Most employees are not ready for retirement. That’s the conclusion from Retirement Preparedness Report, a study by the financial education firm Financial Finesse. According to the report: Most employees have never run a retirement projection despite their income or age. Fifty-seven percent of employees at pre-retirement age, between 55 and 64, said they had […]

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Tweet In the best of times, it’s tough being unemployed. Today, unemployment is long, discouraging, and financially devastating experience for many Americans. As I read the newspaper and hear talking heads discuss the jobs market and the economy at large, though, I am struck by the fact that most of the conversations glides over the […]

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Tweet Congratulations, you got a raise! Now what? At my annual performance review, I received a good-sized raise that translates to $200-$300 a month, depending on how 401K and taxes shake out. While the raise was a couple of percentage points lower than what I had asked for, I am appreciative and happy about it […]

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