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How I Made The Most of Underemployment

by Kali Hawlk September 17, 2015

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Generation Y, or the Millennial generation, has been known for its struggles with a weak job market. Only one out of two Millennials had a full-time job that required at least a Bachelor’s degree in 2012, which meant a full 50 percent of recent college graduates were either unemployed or underemployed. Being underemployed means you […]

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Seven Hassle Free Ways to Pay Back Your Student Loans

by Melanie Lockert July 1, 2015


Paying back your student loans is a long, arduous process. It can be frustrating to still pay for something that you completed so long ago, especially when it seems tough to make any progress. Trust me, I know. Luckily, there are a few hassle free ways to earn more and pay back your student loans. […]

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Paying Off $80k of Student Loan Debt on a $30k Salary: How I’m Doing It

by Melanie Lockert May 26, 2015


When I was 17, I signed papers that solidified my relationship with student loans. I was young and uninformed, and I didn’t really know what kind of relationship it would be. Over the next several years, I also went to graduate school and accumulated more debt at an even higher interest rate. Since then (7 […]

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How To Prepare for Unemployment After Graduation

by Katharine Paljug May 20, 2015


When I graduated from college, two semesters of job hunting had gotten me nowhere: I was unemployed and had very little in the way of savings. It was terrifying, but I made it through, found a job within three months, and saved about $10,000 over the course of the next year. Right now, things are […]

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Five Ways to Boost Your Career in 2015

by Kali Hawlk January 5, 2015

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It’s a new year, which for many of us means a fresh start with many aspects of our lives that we’d like to improve. Take advantage of the clean slate and give your career a boost in 2015. Here’s how. Clean Up – and Update – Your Online Presence It’s common knowledge that employers check […]

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Why I Chose Not to Go to Graduate School

by Kara Stevens July 7, 2014

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For years, I dreamed of going to graduate school. During my lunch break and—let’s be honest—during the time that I should have been working, I spent a lot of time researching doctoral programs in Women’s Studies, Sociology, African-American Studies, and Creative Writing. After secretly printing out the schools’ course catalogs and stuffing them quickly into […]

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10 Reasons Why America Needs 10,000 More Girls in Tech

by Ruthe Farmer July 1, 2014

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As temperatures rose in the Southeast earlier this month, another tragic story about a child forgotten in a hot car made its way around the news cycle.  In response, 17-year-old Courtney opened her laptop and built Guardian Angel, a mobile app that reminds parents to check the car seat before exiting the vehicle. Courtney is smart […]

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How I’m Making it Work As a Single Mother in College

by Cara Cortez April 15, 2014

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Going back to college at age 25 last year wasn’t an easy decision for me. I went to college at age 18, but took a break to work and earn a living. When I was 20, I became pregnant with my boyfriend’s child. As hard as we tried, the relationship didn’t work out, and we […]

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Graduate School: What It Really Costs to Go Back to School

by Ilana Nutkis April 14, 2014

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So you’re thinking about going back to school. Besides tuition costs, what should you budget for? I left my post-college career for law school three years ago, and along the way, gained an unexpected education on the costs they don’t mention in the brochure. If You’re Thinking About Graduate School… Before you even enter the […]

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How Four Families Plan to Pay for College

by Melissa Batai April 1, 2014

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Do you have a plan to pay for your child’s education?  If not, you may be feeling a bit panicked.  After all, a college degree these days is as essential as a high school diploma used to be 40 years ago. Yet, without a plan, you may wonder how your child will ever be able […]

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How to Achieve Success in a Few Easy Steps

by Liliana Olszewski December 17, 2013

How to Achieve Success

I’m kidding, of course. There is no set roadmap to success, especially in easy steps.  When my 17-year-old niece Chloe, soon-to-be a high school senior, declared she wanted to follow in my footsteps and become a television director, I couldn’t have been more proud.  I love what I do, so how could I not encourage […]

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Five Facts Gen Y Needs to Learn about the Real World

by Erika Torres December 2, 2013

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From one fellow Gen Yer to another, we need to set something straight: grow up and get to work. This became most apparent recently in my own job as I dealt with one of the biggest temper tantrums I’ve ever seen—coming from a co-worker two years older than me. Gen Y—that generation born between early […]

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How I Tripled my Salary in Three Years

by Sarah November 21, 2013

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I remember being in my teens and thinking that a salary of $30,000 per year would be more than sufficient. At the time I made roughly 1/3 of this amount, and paid virtually nothing in taxes. My only expenses were college savings, movie tickets, and hot pink jeans. In my early 20s, I transferred college […]

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How I Paid for My Own College Education

by Sarah November 6, 2013


Growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money. I was the daughter of a single parent trying to make ends meet, and my dad was of no help financially. My mother did her best to ensure that my brother and I never felt left out because of our financial situation. Any money that […]

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Is The Prepaid College 529 Plan Worth It?

by Sarah Chang September 26, 2013

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If you have children, you’re most likely thinking (or sweating) about the prospective cost of a college education. And by the time most of us are ready to start sending our kids, it will be even more expensive. So what if you were able to lock in today’s rates? Pretty appealing, right? The 529 Prepaid […]

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Ask GoGirl: Should I Go Into Debt for Graduate School?

by Manisha Thakor September 18, 2013

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Dear GoGirl, I think I have found the perfect graduate school. The faculty appear to be very passionate about their work and focused on helping students succeed. I want to attend this school because I feel like the professors care, and that the school’s career services will also help me leverage my new skill set […]

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Money Confession: I’ve Barely Started Saving for College

by Sarah Chang September 11, 2013

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Last January my husband and I welcomed our second daughter into the world. Shortly afterwards we opened up a New York State 529 Savings Plan for each girl, and made our first contributions (money they received over the Chinese New Year). Since then, the accounts have sat largely idle. We’ve certainly talked about contributing more, […]

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Deciding Whether Graduate School is the Right Option for You

by Catherine Alford August 30, 2013

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Since I graduated with an M.A. in history two years ago, my interests and aptitudes have drastically changed. While I still have a passion for history, museum work, and national parks (all fields I used to work in), I’ve truly begun to focus on my love of writing. I’ve grown significantly as a writer over […]

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