Archive for the ‘College Majors’ Category

Yes, you may be interested in Art History, Accounting, Creative Writing, Philosophy, or Psychology, but do degrees in these majors create job opportunities?  This article from Forbes Magazine explains the results of a survey done by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) from 10,000 college graduates (Bachelor’s level) to see what majors end up with the most job opportunities and which jobs offer the best starting salaries.  

Read on!  Click here for the full post on on this great new article from Forbes Magazine:





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Are you interested in pursuing writing as a career? Wondering what schools are the best for majoring in writing? Check out this website for the top ten schools that offer a writing major. Some of these schools you would not expect to be front runners, but visit their websites and you will see all that they have to offer. Every school has unique features that may appeal to you so look for the school who seems like the best “FIT” for you!These schools are the best of the best in this field! If you find any schools of interest be sure to log-in to Family Connection and add them to your list. You can also look up what they look for as far as SAT scores and GPA’s. Click this link to start discovering new schools with your major!


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Foreign Language Findings: Top Languages to Study Now

(Original article posted in My College Calender posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011)
We live in a fast-paced world in which many careers and businesses involve traveling to other countries or communicating with people from different nations. Knowing more than one language can be extremely beneficial in many areas of life, including not only travel and business relations, but also being able to see the world from a different perspective. Look below for the top languages to study now.

While learning a language is beneficial when traveling to other countries, learning Spanish is helpful right in our own country. Currently, the United States is the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. Nations with Spanish-speaking populations are rapidly growing. Furthermore, the U.S. government has required many official documents and notices to be in both English and Spanish, as you may have probably seen on a public bus, restaurant, etc.

Currently, China has the second largest economy in the world. More than 1.3 billion people speak this language. In order to increase your economic opportunities, learning to speak the Chinese language can give you a great upper hand. Furthermore, China has become of the United States’ largest trading partners. The world is becoming a global economy and it is important to take advantage of this rapid change by learning Chinese.

Arabic is spoken throughout most nations in the Middle East, making it the 5th most spoken language and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Numerous nations in the Middle East are rapidly expanding economically, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, etc. Furthermore, Arabic is the language of Islam and is understood by Muslims throughout the entire world. With the growing demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the United States, learning Arabic will open up numerous career opportunities.

French is the 4th most spoken language in the United States and is widely offered throughout most high schools and universities throughout our country. French is also the 3rd most common language on the Internet. In addition to gaining lots of insight into French culture, art, fashion, etc., French also provides the base for more than half of the English vocabulary, which means learning French will also improve your English.

Throughout the past 1000 years, Hindi has grown to become the 4th most spoken language in the entire world. India’s growth as a global economy has generated a lot of American interest in the South Asian region. Besides gaining insight into the Indian culture, learning how to speak Hindi can give you a boost in the economic realm. Furthermore, Indian music is becoming increasingly influential in the Western world and may soon also move into the film industry.

This guest contribution was submitted by Ripley Daniels, who works as an editor at Without The Stress, a Los Angeles firm focused on assisting citizens with difficult government processes such as obtaining green cards, applying for passports, and meeting citizenship requirements.

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Full Article can be found HERE.  I found it in the HuffPost College section, first posted on 3/2/11.

Gaming enthusiasts, take note — the University of Southern California has been named the Princeton Review and GamePro Media‘s best school for video game design at the undergraduate and graduate level in 2011.

In 2010 and 2011, the Princeton Review questioned officials at 150 institutions that offer game design programs on their schools’ academics, faculty credentials, facilities, infrastructure and post-grad employment placements. The top ten undergraduate and graduate schools were then selected based on these responses, as well as on the Princeton Review’s own data on scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities at the schools under consideration.

The 20 best schools — as well as five honorable mentions in each category — will be featured in GamePro‘s upcoming April edition, to be released on March 8. The article — currently available online — offers information on each school and gives advice on how to be accepted into top graduate programs.

Below, check out the top ten undergraduate video game design programs. Princeton Review and GamePro have more info, plus the honorable mentions.

Did your school make the cut? Let us know in the comments section.

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While I was working with a junior helping him look for criminal justice schools, I came across this great blog devoted to Criminal Justice Majors.  It’s called Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog.

This blog has everything Criminial Justice:

Here is an excerpt from the home page of the blog:

Originally, the true intent of this blog was to cover online criminal justice degree program information and pertinent resources. However, over some time, Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog started to transform into a guide for anyone looking for criminal justice colleges, program types, courses, and career information – no matter if they wanted to attend college online or on-campus.

This blog should give you the tools you need to successfully get into criminal justice schools of your choice. The articles, essays, Q&As and numerous site resources should provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision about your next move.

For those of you who are interested in Criminal Justice Degrees Online check out the following:

Read up on school reviews, program courses, accreditation, and see my take on Criminal Justice education.

So welcome to Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog. Whether you are just starting on your educational journey, would like to pursue further studies, or delve into one of the many exciting criminal justice careers, we will be there for you.

To read more from this Blog….click HERE!!

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Recession Safe Majors….is there such a thing?  Here is a GREAT article that I found regarding majors and our economy.  The whole article can be found HERE!

You could waste four years studying a foundering field. Or, find out right here what careers (and majors) are still worth pursuing during times of economic stress.

Like the national census or a good Bruce Willis movie, a recession hits the United States about every 10 years or so. It doesn’t take a math major to see it’s been nearly that long since the burst of the dot-com bubble, and now, the collapse of mortgage-backed security has brought Wall Street — and the rest of the economy — to its knees again. As for college students? Well, we’re just crossing our fingers that four years is enough time for the job market to rebound.

Luckily, the U.S. financial system seems to be on the upswing. “By the end of the year, things should be looking better,” says Laurence Shatkin, author of The 150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs. But Shatkin warns that a recovery would not necessarily signal a return in jobs. “They are the last thing to recover in a recession; businesses are going to wait until the last minute to stop using temporary hires. It will easily be over a year until this country starts seeing an increase in job openings.” Here, we relay the crème de la crème of careers so you can declare a major now that will set you up for success later.

What to Pursue

Health care. Even in dire straits, people need certain services. Shatkin cites the health care industry, which pays well and continues a growth pattern as the field most adept at staying afloat during a financial downturn. Careers in the medical realm — physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, health service managers — round out No. 6 through No. 10 on Shatkin’s list of 150 recession-proof jobs.
Major in: biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry. Plan on being pre-med.

Information technology. High tech is an industry with heavy growth — recession or no recession. With the Internet getting bigger by the millisecond, the stakes for finding a job in the technological world are up. The market does, however, face competition from outsourcing, since labor abroad is cheaper.
Major in: computer science, mathematics, computer engineering, electrical engineering. No lit majors here.

Government. Shatkin is quick to point out that careers in government don’t have to be defined by bureaucratic paper pushing and yards of red tape. “Careers like school administrators and law enforcement officers fall under the government’s sphere,” he says. Government positions have had better protection against layoffs, which means more job security.
Major in: public policy, history, politics. Law school is another path to take if you’re looking to snag a spot working for the Feds.

Green jobs. An important, budding movement is the green sector — especially green energy. Organizations are looking for enthusiastic college grads to jump on board. Plus, the current presidential administration wants to transform energy needs into a self-sustaining machine anchored by clean and renewable power.
Major in: environmental science, civil engineering, environmental engineering. Although, there are opportunities for activists, advertisers and writers to get involved too, since the field is relatively new and malleable.

Education. The good news is that there’s still a very high demand for teachers. The bad news is that schools get funding from local taxes, so when this revenue dries up, so does money toward teachers’ salaries. Making big bucks is almost out of the question.
Major in: various topics in education, from math to P.E.

What to Avoid….Click HERE to read the rest of this article and to find out more about majors to avoid.

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