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Be Happy at Work

Love your job? Hate your job? If you really aren’t sure, take the survey at Delivering Happiness at Work (app.happinessatworksurvey.com).

This online survey will rate your degree of satisfaction with everything from job stress, co-workers and pay, to the social impact of your work. When you’re done, you’ll receive an overall Happiness Score and point-by-point analysis of your Happiness Landscape, describing the areas in which you’re most and least content with your work life.

More Jobs for More Community College Grads

The economy will create 55 million jobs over the next decade, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. More than half of these jobs will pay “middle-class wages” of between $35,000 and $75,000, and will require less than a bachelor’s degree.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that in the last year, more jobs were created for workers with two-year degrees than for bachelor’s degree-holders—a sign of a recovering economy.

At the same time, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds that much of the enrollment increases at community colleges during the recession can be attributed to increases in adult students, many of them refreshing their skills sets or retraining for new jobs.

So, let’s see, more jobs for community college grads and more community college grads ready to work—sounds like a
perfect fit!

Sources: cew.georgetown.edu/ctefiveways; “National Post Secondary Enrollment Trends,” National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

Two-Year Technical Grads Out-Earning Many Four-Year Counterparts

“Right choices can lead to good careers and high earnings, but wrong ones can leave graduates with mountains of debt and poor prospects of ever paying off their student loans,” the policy think-tank College Measures cautions.

The safest choice is one that builds solid skills in growing economic sectors. And the returns can be swift and substantial. Technical-oriented, associate degree holders have first-year median earnings higher than their four-year peers, according to new wage data from five states.

In Texas, home to nearly 2 million young students, new technical degree holders earn over $50,000 within a year of graduation, $11,000 more than grads with bachelor’s degrees. Healthcare, construction engineering, and industrial technology top the list of high-paying careers.

College Measures found that among those who go on to pursue bachelor’s degrees, the premium is on mathematics. Math grads out-earn their four-year cohorts by $9,000.

Source: collegemeasures.org

Want to Land That Dream Job?

With unprecedented competition among job seekers, internships are a great, entry-level way to get your foot in the door. Interning gives you the chance to build in-demand skills ahead of the competition.

And according to InternMatch, an online networking site for employers and intern candidates, 81 percent of managers agree: Volunteer work makes you a more attractive job candidate.

So much so that seven out of 10 large companies reported they offered full-time jobs to their interns last year.

Source: internmatch.com

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