College Planning Specialists

August 13, 2008

Forget Facebook Impress Your Future Employer And Network With Linkedin Now

Facebook is a fine toy if you are in college-it’s the serious version of myspace. But what is that going to get you when you graduate and you are looking for a job? Answer: connections other college grads who are also looking for a job.

Get Serious With Linkedin

College students will do themselves a huge favor in the fight for employment, if they join and strategically network into the business community.

Advantages of Linkedin

1. Initiative: Introduce yourself to the business community as a soon to be new talent in the job market

2. Job Listings: many fantastic opportunities are posted on Linkedin and nowhere else. This is a powerful job search tool

3. Q&A: this section allow people to ask questions or provide answers. Asking a solid question will bring numerous responses which opens the doors to new connections. Answering a question is the opportunity to show your expertise and knowledge in a way that could impress the right hiring manager or HR director

What does Linkedin really mean to you and your search for employment ? According to Linkedin the following:

1. Control Your Professional Brand- show case skills and talents via your profile and Answer section

2. Network and Reconnect- 24 million members strong, an excuse to call on an old friend or business connection

3. Share Your Knowledge- and Expertise: allows you to show case your talents, gain exposure, or find answers

4. Receive Opportunities- it could be a job offer, consulting assignment, or appearance opportunity

What Makes Linkedin Serious Business?

All the ways to connect and utilize this tool for so many different people and tasks

1. New Users Guide Users manual with powerful strategies
2. Job Seekers Tips for landing a dream job along with ideas on how to market and brand “you”
3. Entrepreneurs: tap into experienced professionals and answer critical questions
4. Attorneys: Manage reputation, demonstrate knowledge and expertise, create client base
5. Business Development: Foster partnerships, look for opportunities, find new channels
6. Consultants: Demonstrate expertise while building your business
7. Journalists: Resources to news and inside information a vast resource for writers
8. Non Profits: Bring awareness of your cause and find the right resources
9. Venture Capital: Opportunities and Ideas come to you with connectivity

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July 31, 2008

Lifehack’s Dustin Wax: 10 Skills You Need To Succeed At Almost Anything

Dustin Wax of Lifehack

Dustin Wax is a fantastic writer and somebody every college student should investigate. The following list is Dustin’s skill set for succeeding in almost anything in life. I provided my own list which is very close to Dustin’s content. What is most important for you, while preparing for life after college, is to become an expert at #1, #2, #4, and #8 on Dustin’s list. In fact being able to speak in public and write well are the two biggest skills employers are looking for in a job candidate. The problem? Those same employers rarely tell you that is what they want in a new hire.

10 Skills You Need To Succeed at Almost Anything according to Dustin Wax

1. Public Speaking

2. Writing

3. Self Management

4. Networking

5. Critical Thinking

6. Decision Making

7. Math

8. Research

9. Relaxation

10. Basic Accounting

10 Skills You Need To Succeed at Almost Anything according to Dean

1. Writing

2. Public Speaking

3. Timing

4. Networking

5. Listening

6. Research

7. Brainstorming

8. Giving

9. Time Management

10. Athletics

July 18, 2008

“Green” Careers The Niche For Green: Students Pay Attention To The Coming Trends

The Green movement for clean and safe energy is becoming an emerging niche for career opportunities. The Real Estate industry and many others are beginning to go Green and for good reason. With global warming and pollution running rampant around the planet, now more than ever before we need to preserve what we have for our environment’s health and evolution.

The solar industries announcements last week of new projects in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center and Desoto County coupled with the San Diego announcement of new solar powered plants to be built is another signal that Green is going mainstream–catch the trend now.

Green Conferences In Abundance

Denver, Colorado is the site of the July 16-17 “Green Real Estate 2008″ ecobroker annual conference featuring Discovery Network’s Sara Snow and keynote speaker Terry Watson. The conference will cover the following topics:

* Affordability, durability, comfort, homeownership

* The latest in Green finance options

* Tour Harvard Communities Green Development

* Cutting edge technologies and real estate applications

* Greening your local MLS

* PR Success for your real estate businessAffor

Cost

Non members: $345 includes ecobroker membership

Members: $179

Big Sponsors

Wells Fargo Bank Home Mortgage; Stewart Title; Harvard University

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May 21, 2008

San Francisco’s Horrible Secret: Golden Gate Bridge The Last Destination

The clip above from “The Bridge”

I am stunned! I am sitting here trying to wrap my arms around what I just witnessed. No film has had the effect that “The Bridge“, playing on the Independent Film Channel, has had on me in a very long time. It is a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge. Unlike every documentary I have watched on our beloved landmark, this one focuses on the bridge’s notorious reputation as the #1 spot in the world for suicide.

In 2004 Eric Steel set up multiple cameras trained on the Golden Gate Bridge. What he caught was 20 separate suicide attempts; Steel spotlights 4 cases with interviews with family and friends of the victims. In two cases, he interviews the actual subjects of this documentary.

Although all of the cases were extremely compelling and shocking, the most important message came from the story about “Ken.”

This story is about a young man who suffers from bi-polar disorder. “Ken” describes his illness with passion and honesty. He describes his torn relationship with his father which is a central theme in “Ken’s” life. Interjected within this vignette, is “Ken’s” father’s description of “Ken’s” history and struggle with this illness, his own search for answers for his son, and a forlorn resolve that his son is one bad day away from tragedy.

The results of “Ken’s” struggles with family relationships and his illness was his attempted suicide from the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2004. Ken, in minute horrific detail, gave his account of his last minutes before his leap. Although he jumped from a height of 220 ft., traveling at 75+ mph, “Ken” survived the leap with multiple fractures of his lower back.

Since his suicide attempt,”Ken” has become a very spiritual person; he seems to have taken steps toward a better more normal life. “Ken’s” father sums it up best: “Ken” has resigned himself to the fact that he must stay within the boundaries, the safe brackets if you will, of his medications.” “Ken’s” illness is controllable.” According to “Ken’s” father, it (bio-polar disease) is unlike a serious case of cancer where a person has little control over their destiny; he believes “Ken” should feel lucky to have control through medication of his medical situation.

The reality of this problem is the role we all can and should play in helping our fellow human beings. If we could feel compassion, take action, and believe in being proactive in a “My brother’s keeper” way. . . maybe together we could help spare just one lost soul from a permanent horrible decision.

April 16, 2008

College Student Marketability Tool #1: Learn How To Be An Expert To Maximize Your “Employability”

If you believe that believing in yourself is a choice then you must understand how to begin the process. The first characteristic that shapes our reality is our self confidence. But how do you feel confident when you have never done something that feels so difficult like making a life change?

How Do I Build My Confidence?

1. Increase Your Knowledge and Expertise:

Take classes at a college, apply for an internship, or hire a specific expert
Read books, periodicals, online sources to supplement your base of knowledge
Understand that being an “expert” is defined by Websters as “skill or knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject.” You do not have to be a Ph.d; life experience and a willingness to learn will help you become an expert

2. Practice Your Craft:

Repetition and critiquing your performances are the mainstays of any effort to improve. By seriously practicing, being mindful of quality, and relentlessly striving to improve you will become an expert and build your confidence in the process

3. Offer Your Work For Free:

Give free workshops, tutoring, mentoring, or offer your resources to businesses. The key to offering your work for free is the priceless feedback and experience you gain from this activity

4. Find a Mentor:

Look for someone who is successful in your niche. Surround yourself with positive people. Allow their positive habits to rub off on you. Make the commitment to expand your base of friends and acquintances

March 5, 2008

Choice Is The Key To Change For Students: Do You Understand The First 3 Choices of Change?

Do you feel stuck, stagnant, or unable to move past an obstacle in your path? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you have these feelings? When you did this self evaluation, did you use past experiences or your belief system to answer what is wrong? The following information will help you to become aware of the fact that you hold the key to change. That key is the fact that you do have choices in life. As Susan says “You Always Have Choices.”

You Always Have Choices

According to Susan Hanshaw, author of the new book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed to Live”, one of the most difficult ideas for people to understand and comprehend in order to take action is the idea of choice. For choice is the precursor to change, and as we can attest, sometimes change can be difficult even painful. If you are feeling stuck, if you are feeling lost, or if you are feeling your career has lost meaning, it is time too focus on the answer:

The First 3 Choices of Change:

1. Option #1: Keep everything Status Quo. Take no action and feel no differently

2. Option #2: Make an adjustment somewhere in an effort to influence positive change

3. Option #3: Let go of your job and find something that fits you better

Susan Hanshaw’s video, #2 in the series “Becoming an inner architect”, supports the idea of choice and the options of choice you now face. These concepts and steps were derived from Chapter 1 “Cultivating Your Mind To Consider Change.”

 

For details on Susan Hanshaw’s book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live”, instructions on how to receive a free copy of Chapter 1 “Cultivation Your Mind To Consider Change”, and details about “The Apprentice Contest” reference “Inner Architect’s “How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live”: New Video Series, Contest, Book.

October 18, 2007

College Planning Specialists: What the Nation’s 6 Largest Student Loan Providers Do NOT Want You To Know

In my last article, I began the process of throughly outlining what is one of the most overlooked yet greatest methods of financing a college education: College Planning Specialists. In previous months I have reported on the banking scandal that rocked University of Texas and other large institutions. This scandal involved the use of kick backs and illegal perks or payments made to large university student loan counselors. The trade off being those university officials would “steer” students and families into a loan program, from the kickback inducing bank, that was detrimental to the family.

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In June of this year, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of New York outlined and implemented a Code of Conduct plan for the 6 largest student loan lenders. Cuomo’s plan includes the following 7 provisions:

1. Ban on Financial Ties. Lenders are prohibited from giving anything of value to any college in exchange for any advantage sought by the lender. This severs any inappropriate financial arrangements between lenders and schools and specifically prohibits “revenue sharing” arrangements.

2. Ban on Payments for Preferred Lender Status. Lenders may not pay or give colleges any financial benefits whatsoever to get on a college’s preferred lender list.

3. Gift and Trip Prohibition. Lenders are prohibited from giving college employees anything of more than nominal value. This includes a prohibition on trips for financial aid officers and other college officials paid for by lenders.

4. Advisory Board Rules. Lenders are prohibited from paying college employees anything of value for serving on the advisory boards of the lenders.

5. Call-Center and Staffing Prohibition. Lenders must ensure that employees of lenders never identify themselves to students as employees of colleges. No employee of a lender may ever work in or providing staffing assistance to a college financial aid office.

6. Disclosure of Range of Rates and Defaults. Lenders must disclose to any requesting school the range of rates they charge to students at the school, the number of borrowers at each rate at the school, and the lender’s historic default rate at the school. This will ensure that schools will have the information they need to select preferred lenders who are best for students and their families.

7. Loan Resale Disclosure. Lenders shall fully and prominently disclose to students and their parents any agreements they have to sell loans to any other lender.

Look at these provisions carefully. Would you want to collaborate or become a customer of an organization that is being reprimanded for provisions 2 and 3. Essentially these are rules against kickbacks. Does it not make sense to search for an alternative to the stratospheric, exorbitant costs of college tuition loans?

What would you rather have as your plan to finance a student’s education: a high interest rate and long term loan that creates financial unrest for your family for years or a financial plan that allows you to take advantage of the millions of dollars of government financial aid that goes untapped every year?

Stay tuned as the series about College Planning Specialists continues with a closer look at the services and value they provide.

October 11, 2007

College Students: Your Positive Attitude Is a Key to Your Success!

Filed under: Colleges,Positive Attitude,Preparing for College,Uncategorized — deansguide @ 12:07 am
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This wonderful illustration courtesy of http://www.slideshare.net/targetseo/positive-attitude-is-every-thing

In what is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked, characteristic of success-Positive Attitude remains under-utilized. Don Martin wrote a wonderful and inspirational set of “suggestions” in order to help “Build Positive Attitudes.” I am paraphrasing Don’s thoughts and adding my own.

*Search for interesting ideas. I agree that the fuel for a student’s attitude is interest which leads to passion for a subject or major.

*Associate with “positive” people in your classes and on campus. I would suggest you partner up in study groups and even look to either socialize or join resume building activities clubs. High achievers, as do poor students with poor attitudes, rub off on anyone associating with either group.

*Focus in on interesting ideas or concepts in every class you attend. Be prepared to “enjoy” your studies. Do not accept the work as drudgery or painful. Make it joyful by looking for a positive aspect.

*Tell your friends of new discoveries. Explain to them an idea or concept and share your passion and positivity! I would also suggest that you share this with your instructors or student advisors if they have time to devote to listening. It is always great to get feedback from an authority. Sometimes these sessions lead to information that would not normally come up in classes, lectures.

*List and document your progress in discovering new ideas. Keep a journal of your positive attitude and how it is effecting your outlook on school, how it is effecting how others perceive you, and how you feel in comparison to your “old” way of thinking.

*In truly sage advice, Martin states: “Remember you are what you think.” How very true that short but powerful statement can be to a person’s attitude. It is akin to losing weight and feeling body image healthy. You are what you eat is true like the above statement.

Consequently if you are looking to improve your positive attitude and you wish for a deeper understanding that comes from experience in the real world, check out Susan Hanshaw’s fine blog: http://susanhanshaw.wordpress.com.


June 11, 2007

Top 10 “Everyday” Questions Every Student Must Understand When Choosing a College

Filed under: Uncategorized — deansguide @ 7:23 pm

In past articles, College Planning Specialist has focussed on providing information, contact resources, as well as college ratings in order to help families wade through the mountain of admissions data. It is equally important that families and students ask and answer the “everyday” questions about college life. The following is not only a practical outline of questions a family might wish to consider but it is also can act as a barometer to gauge your child’s interest in a particular institution.

1. Correct Major: your child is interested in exploring? More often than not kids may not realize that their intended focus does not match what the school of their choice offers.

2. College Visits: have you visited the college of interest while it is in session? The best time to make judgements about campus life is while school is in session.

3. Location: does the location fit your intended lifestyle? City campus or country setting? Is there things to do that fit your child’s wants and needs?

4. Compatibility: do the kids look like the kind of kids my child would enjoy? Do the guys and girls look happy with their choice?

5. Class Structure: what do classes look like? Are they huge with hundreds of kids sitting in the same lecture or are they small with more hands on teaching? Which environment will my student prefer?

6. Internship: will the university help my student acquire an internship while they are still in school? Will they help in job placement once my student has graduated and is beginning his real world job search?

7. Graduation Time: what is the average time frame for a student to graduate? Do most graduate in 4 years or does it take longer?

8. Grad School Placement: does the institution provide help getting my child into graduate school if that is what he/she wants to pursue?

9. University Connections: does the university have any affiliations with other institutions? Does the school provide opportunities to study abroad?

10. Do We Fit In: possibly the most important question: Can your child see themselves attending a particular school, performing well, and being happy?

Many of these questions can be overlooked during the selection process. By reviewing and answering this list, your family can help avoid uncertainty and ultimately the wrong choice

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