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Skills-Based Training Plus a College Degree Add Up to a Better Career

Freelancers Find that Skills-Based Training Plus a College Degree Add Up to a Better Career

The 2018 Freelancing in America study from UpWork Global reports that freelancers are a fast-growing segment of working Americans. The study, which polled 6,000 U.S. workers, found that freelance workers now make up 56.7  million members of the American workforce. That is a growth of 3.7 million Americans since 2014.

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What College Experiences Predict Career Happiness and Success? - Student Research Foundation

What College Experiences Predict Career Happiness and Success?

Findings from the 2017 Gallup-Purdue Index study

Every year Gallup updates its Gallup-Purdue Index, a study of 70,000 college graduates. If you follow how colleges are preparing students to succeed in their professional lives after graduation, it is well worth tracking this annual study and its findings. Read more

How Valuable Is an Associate's Degree - Student Research Foundation

What Are the Top-Paying Two-Year Degrees?

Money isn’t everything. But if you or a student you know is interested in starting to work in engineering or a related field after only two years of college, it is worth knowing which jobs promise the highest earnings. Read more

Career Testing - Student Research Foundation

Questions to Ask Before Recommending Online Career or Aptitude Tests

If you are a high school or college career or guidance counselor, chances are you are on the lookout for good career and aptitude tests that your counselees can take online. And with good reason. Online tests are instantly available for your students to take, anywhere. Many tests are free (but not all). All the scoring is done for you, so you don’t need to spend time evaluating the tests your counselees have taken. And if a test has been ethically and intelligently constructed, it could just deliver some helpful advice and findings. Read more

Online Career Tests for High School Students - Student Research Foundation

Three Online Career Tests for High School Students

Why should high school students take a career-preference test when many aren’t even thinking about their college majors yet? Because the perspective the quizzes give can give valuable direction before high schoolers start their college years. Read more

Career Testing - Student Research Foundation

How Soon Should Students Take Career Tests?

Many students don’t think about visiting counseling offices until sophomore year. Then, when it is time to pick a major field of study, they suddenly start to think about taking career tests that can help them select their college majors. Read more

Household Chores Teach STEM Skills to Kids - Student Research Foundation

Can Household Chores Teach STEM Skills to Kids?

“Happy Children Do Chores,” an opinion piece that KF Dell’Antonia published in The New York Times on August 18th, states a firm opinion that all children should start doing household chores when they have reached the age of only 3 or 4. “Accept no excuses,” she writes. Read more

Does It Make Sense to Transfer Colleges when You Declare Your Major - Student Research Foundation

Does It Make Sense to Transfer Colleges When You Declare Your Major

Stella is a college sophomore who just decided to major in psychology. “I fell in love with it as soon as I took an intro to psych course in my second semester of freshman year,” she tells us. “The problem is, now I would like to transfer to a school that has a better psych program.” Read more

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay? - Student Research Foundation

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay?

We recently overheard this conversation at a college admissions fair . . .

A high school student said to another, “When I told my dad I was planning to work in cybersecurity, he said, `Forget it, those careers won’t be around for more than the next few years.’”

Her friend replied, “Well your dad could be right. As soon as the right company launches the right new kind of product, cybersecurity workers will be looking for jobs in other fields.” Read more

How to get the most benefit from you college and career counseling office - Student Research Foundation

How to Benefit the Most from College Career Counseling Offices

Every year, many college seniors visit the career counseling offices at their schools to get help writing their resumes and cover letters, to get some advice on starting their careers, and to scan job listings. Most of those students benefit. Yet the fact is, students can make much better use of college career/counseling offices if they follow these steps . . . Read more