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A college degree in any discipline can be an asset to your career, but what you study doesn’t have to be the only thing you do throughout your career. There are many opportunities in a variety of fields for people with degrees in everything from engineering to poetry; however, finding career opportunities that don’t require a specific degree can be confusing if you don’t know where to look. Here are a few career options that work for any degree.
Customer Service: Using Your Personality
Necessary Skills: patience, active listening, friendliness
Preferred Skills: quick thinking, sales-minded
Customer service representatives interact with their customers in person, over the phone, and via the internet to assist them with transactions, resolve issues, and answer any questions a customer may have. The majority of customer service representatives start out as entry-level employees with little or no experience required.
There is room for entry-level employees to grow with many companies in a customer service role as a supervisor or senior-level employee. Most companies look for a mixture of experience and education when filling these roles and generally hire from within.
Sales: The Power of Persuasion
Necessary Skills: interpersonal communication, passion for the product, trustworthiness
Preferred Skills: patience, drive
Working in sales is a popular career path for graduates with many different majors. Sales representatives are employed in nearly every industry from advertising to distribution. This means there are many career opportunities no matter what your interests are.
People working in sales help companies to identify potential customers and turn leads into profits. Communication skills are vital when working in a sales role. The ability to work with a variety of different types of people and build long-term relationships are perhaps the most important part of this career.
Management: Lead the Pack
Necessary Skills: leadership, interpersonal communication, analytical
Preferred Skills: detail-oriented, organizational
Managers lead groups of employees within an organization by making strategic decisions to allow the organization to operate efficiently. Management positions exist in almost every industry, including but not limited to administration, hospitality, construction, health care, retail, finance, agriculture, and engineering.
While most people are not able to work in management without at least a few years of relevant leadership experience, being a manager is often more about utilizing your skills than your degree. Perhaps the most important personal attributes to be successful in this career are leadership qualities and the ability to communicate effectively.
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After spending a few years in one location, it’s natural that grads seek new experiences outside of their college towns. According to Apartmentguide.com, more than 70 percent of postgraduates are planning on moving to a new city once they graduate from college. Are you one of them?
Relocating can be simultaneously exciting and daunting. Keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed by making a plan.
Find the Right Location
Cities like New York and Los Angeles are enticing, but finding affordable housing and a job can be tricky. Rent.com factored in mean annual income, median rent, and unemployment rate and found that Atlanta, Boston, Denver, and Washington, DC, are among the top 10 cities that college grads would most likely find housing, work, and a reasonable paycheck.
Among the most important elements you’ll need to take into consideration before moving, is of course finding a job. No matter the city you choose, research its job market for your industry and the average starting salaries. Get a head start on the job search, so that you have a handful of leads once you arrive. Look into internships too. Any cover letters you send with job applications should include your plans to relocate. Be aware that many employers will not cover relocation expenses.
Know Anticipated Costs
You’ll also need to know the city’s cost of living. How much is rent? Is there public transit? If so, how much does it cost? How much is the average utility cost? What other bills will you have to pay? Carefully budgeting will allow you figure how much you will need to make to cover typical living expenses. Before you move, save enough money so that you have a safety net.
Much like the college decision process, it’s a good idea to look before you leap. Explore options by researching both official sources and other web pages where you can read reports about neighborhood characteristics, rents, and businesses. If possible, visit the city – walk around, get a feel for the lifestyle, and talk to locals.
Use your Social Networks
Send a message out to your social networks to see if anyone else is considering moving to the area. You’ll be surprised how quickly a new city shrinks when you know you aren’t there alone. Also research whether there are alumni in that city you can connect with. Your alma mater’s alumni associations can help you meet with alumni living in your relocation city willing to pass along useful tips.
Dear College Seniors,
Congratulations on making it to your final year of college! You should be very proud of yourselves. This year is going to be great! You might be wondering what Cappex can still do for you – or will be able to do for you after graduation. Cappex is the place to find a college match, scholarship opportunities, and advice throughout your schooling. But what about… after college?
Have no fear, you fearless College Seniors! Cappex will not abandon you. There are tons of tools available to post-grads. For instance:
Cappex offers information on and tips for internships. While many students will have completed these during their college years, often times an internship is the best launch pad for your career. If you have your heart set on working in a specific company, they may hire interns first before looking at outside candidates.
Yes, we know many of our words of wisdom are geared towards students. However, Cappex’s rules for using social media, setting goals, and finding a balance between life and work apply to people all over. Not just students in the midst of mid-term season. Also, there’s tips on filing taxes, a task at which many college graduates are new their first year out of school.
Graduate School Help
Some students apply to and attend grad school right out of college – but many take a year or two (or three!) to work and relax before diving back into the education pool. Cappex has tons of information on why to apply to graduate school and which graduate schools might suit you best. You found your college here, you might just find your grad school, too!
So, if you are thinking about graduate school, you know where to look for scholarships and all of the information you’ll need for financial aid. Hooray!
Finding a job is not a piece of cake, but once you’ve got one there are other hurdles that may be intimidating to conquer. Cappex offers insight into relocating for a job and bad behavior for new employees. In addition, our interview tips are listed for summer jobs, but they can and should be applied to any job interview on which you go.
For college students planning a career in education, graduate school may very well be on the horizon. U.S. News & World Report recently posted a list of the best graduate schools for education majors. Take a look at the top ten!
Vanderbilt University – The Peabody School of Education and Human Development (Nashville, TN)
- Students: 855 enrolled
- Tuition: $1,680 per credit (both full and part time)
- Application Deadline: December 31st
- Fun Fact: Vanderbilt undergraduate students have the option to complete a 1-year master’s degree in one of the 15 specialized concentrations offered to graduate students.
Harvard University - Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA)
- Students: 936 enrolled
- Tuition: $36,992 per year (full time), $18,496 per year (part time)
- Application Deadline: December 14th
- Fun Fact: Grad students primarily interested in education reform can participate in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program, which is tuition free.
University of Texas – Austin - College of Education (Austin, TX)
- Students: 1,273 enrolled
- Tuition: $8,110 (out state, part time); $15,770 (out state, full time); $7,786 (in state, part time); $14,666 (in state, full time)
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
- Fun Fact: Students and professors are often very involved with research projects involving high schools in the Austin area.
Stanford University - Stanford Teacher Education Program (Stanford, CA)
- Students: 359 enrolled
- Tuition: $40,050 per year
- Application Deadline: December 4th
- Fun Fact: Joint degree programs are offered through Stanford’s business and law schools.
Teacher’s College, Columbia University (New York, NY)
- Students: 5,108 enrolled
- Tuition: $1,231 per credit (full and part time)
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
- Fun Fact: As the oldest and largest graduate school for education in the country, Teacher’s College worked with the New York Department of Education to open a new elementary school in 2011. This public school will use it’s affiliation with higher education to give its kids the best in educational resources.
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
- Students: 1,650 enrolled
- Tuition: $33,000 per year (full time), $577 per credit (part time)
- Application Deadline: April 1st
- Fun Fact: The federally funded Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education is run by Johns Hopkins and aids school districts in dire financial need across the country.
University of California Los Angeles - Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (Los Angeles, CA)
- Students: 835 enrolled
- Tuition: $15,102 per year (full time)
- Application Deadline: December 3rd
- Fun Fact: This school is known for educating new administrators and policy makers. The UCLA Lab School is an experimental, on-campus school that works with kindergartners through sixth graders to find innovative teaching methods.
University of Oregon - College of Education (Eugene, OR)
- Students: 681 enrolled
- Tuition: $14,556/year (in state, full time); $20,658/year (out state, full time); $488/credit (in state, part time); $714/credit (out state, part time)
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
- Fun Fact: The Positive Behavior Support System began at the University of Oregon; this academic programming now reaches 10,000 schools across the U.S.
- Students: 356 enrolled
- Tuition: $41,592 (per year, full time), $4,622 (per credit, part time)
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
- Fun Fact: Northwestern offers an accelerated degree program called NU-TEACH. After one summer of classes, students are put into their own classroom, under supervision. If the first year goes well, students spend the next four years teaching in Chicago Public Schools.
University of Pennsylvania - Graduate School of Education (Philadelphia, PA)
- Students: 1,212 enrolled
- Tuition: $42,950 per year (full time), $5,370 per credit (part time)
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
- Fun Fact: Students and professors help run schools located in West Philadelphia and train educators in the area.
Do you have any advice for students looking into graduate education programs? Share your experiences here! Then, visit Cappex to find out more about the best schools for education.
English majors aren’t given a lot of promise for their careers. Between snide comments about your future waitressing job, pressure from professors to turn to teaching, and the myriad “useless majors” lists English finds itself on in a tech-savvy job market, it’s a rough world for an aspiring writer. So when a friend told me she knew someone, who knew someone, who was looking for an editorial intern, I immediately submitted my resume and writing samples. My friend put in a good word for me, and days later, I had the job! It was a good mix of networking and my own hard work.
The business at which I interned, Campus Calm, was a company dedicated to helping college students with perfectionism. The founder, Maria Pascucci, was only eight years older than me, and this became an important aspect to our relationship.
After months of proofreading and blog writing, we began working on a book: The College Student’s 10-Step Blueprint to Stop Stressing & Create a Happy, Purposeful Life. My job was to proofread, expound on an article I had written a few months before, and create a couple of fun quizzes at the end of each chapter. I was writing everyday, and it felt great! When the work was done, Maria and I met for sushi, and she handed me three copies of the finished book. The feeling I got when I saw my name in print was unreal! I was published at 21 years old! The experience proved invaluable as such an noteworthy accomplishment helped me stand out among my peers.
Upon graduation, the professional relationship I had with Maria became something more of a friendship. I would drive to her house in the city, and over lunch outside, we would spend the afternoon brainstorming ideas for her next big project. She would clue me in on the ins, outs, and struggles she faced as a business owner, (which became very useful to me) and I would confide in her about my woes as a recent college grad. (What recent college grad doesn’t have a few woes?) I knew I wanted to write, but I wasn’t sure how to go about making it my career.
Then one afternoon, as we sat on the floor of her bright blue and orange office, it occurred to me that I wanted a job like hers. I wanted to own my own business. After telling her of my plan, she immediately got to work helping me pick a name, design a web site, and file for a DBA. Within a month, my freelance writing business was launched!
Having had my business, 100 Pink Pens, for nearly a year now, Maria and I remain good friends both professionally and personally. She is always willing to provide me with advice when I need it, and I continue to help her in any way that I can. After all, she’s the reason I got my start! I was able to follow my dream of owning my own business and making a living as a writer all because of my college internship!
Don’t abandon your passion just because you’re unsure whether you can make a living doing it. Start with finding the right college to help cultivate your talent, work hard, and always be ready to say “yes” to an opportunity. You never know which one might just make your career.
When it comes to today’s competitive job market, having any kind of upper hand is essential. Hundreds of applications and resumes are being pushed onto employers, with only a dozen or so given the opportunity for an interview, and only one or two of those given a position. You’re going to need something that really makes you stand out! That’s why so many college students are turning to internships these days. In fact, some colleges have decided to make it a mandatory part of their curriculum necessary for graduation! Check out these tips on what scoring an internship during college, or even after college, can do for your career.
Get Real World Experience
The most obvious benefit from getting an internship in a field related to your career is that you will be given on the job, real-world experience. While your fellow classmates will graduate with knowledge in their area of expertise, having an internship on your resume means in addition to all of that knowledge, you have experienced first-hand how that information is applied in the workforce. While your classmates have all of the ingredients to bake a cake, you’ve actually baked the cake! That may not seem like much difference to you now, but to the individual who will train you in your first entry-level job, it’s a big difference!
Get Real World Connections
An equally important benefit to getting an internship in college is that you’ll be put in connection with many other people in your field who already have what you want- a job! This is a huge opportunity for you to network. By getting on good terms with those you work with, and by making an impression on the higher ups, you will be opening doors to your future. In another year, or two, or three, they might just want to pay you to come work for them! If they don’t have openings, they are likely to have connections with other businesses that could use you. Regardless of what they can do for you, they can point you in some kind of direction, hopefully with a flattering letter of recommendation.
Get a Real World Reality Check
While an internship is a great way to get a jump start on your career, it’s also a great way to make sure you’re heading toward the right one! Too often, students find themselves in their senior year of college, or in their first entry-level job, with the realization that what they had worked for over the last four years isn’t actually what they want to do for a living. Sometimes the difference between learning about a subject, and having a job related to that subject, are dramatically different. Having an internship early on in college is the best way to make sure that situation doesn’t happen to you.
Welcome to college! Yes, you’re there to learn, but in addition to studying and taking classes, universities offer students countless opportunities to join student-run organizations on campus. Getting involved is a great way to build your resume, gain insightful experience, explore interests, have a good time, make new friends, and maybe even make a difference in the world.
Do you like to play sports but aren’t necessarily equipped to be a collegiate athlete? Intramurals may be right for you! Many universities offer students the opportunity to join intramural leagues—recreational sports leagues that allow you to form your own teams with friends or join teams as an individual—free of charge or for a small fee. Sports can range anywhere from volleyball and basketball to inner tube water polo and broomball, which will allow you to play the sports you love and maybe even try something new. Intramural sports are a great way to blow off steam, get some exercise, and be part of a really fun college organization.
The Greek system may not be the right choice for everyone, but if you are interested in sorority/fraternity life, joining a house can provide numerous ways to gain leadership and philanthropic experience. Joining the Greek system will be a lot of fun and give you a very social college experience, but it will also give you a great opportunity to be a part of a long-standing tradition, raise money for charities, and bolster your resume. Before going to college, you may not be aware that in addition to the traditional fraternities and sororities typically portrayed in the media, there are honors fraternities for certain majors, service fraternities, and cultural fraternities that all bring students together based on common interests. Joining the Greek system and becoming a leader within your chapter can be a great resume builder and help you make connections with alumni down the road when you are looking for a job. Many of the top politicians and businessmen in America were members of the Greek system in college, and you could be next!
College clubs are another great way to get involved on campus, and can be formed around anything you can think of: the more traditional, like a book club or chess club; the more obscure, like a squirrel-watching club or Harry Potter society; even the political, like Young Democrats or College Republicans. Whatever you’re interested in, your university is likely to have a club dedicated to it, and if not, maybe you can be the one to create it! Becoming an active member and taking on leadership positions within the organization is a great way to stand out on your campus and gain crucial experience. Having clubs to list on your resume can also be a great conversation starter in an interview and help you become a dynamic, interesting candidate.
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There are tons of reasons students choose to attend graduate school after college. When considering whether or not grad school is right for you, it is important to consider the long term effects it can have on your life down the road. While it’s not necessarily an easy decision to make, here are some questions you can ask yourself to help move the process forward.
Do I know what I want to do, and does it require grad school?
If you are planning to go into the fields of medicine, law, psychology, research, or collegiate education, you have to attend some form of graduate school. So, that decision is made for you. If you don’t know what your career path looks like but know you want to spend more time studying and theorizing on a specific topic, graduate school can still be a valid option. Plus, during your time at grad school, you may discover new jobs to which you can apply your degree.
Am I passionate enough to focus on one topic ambitiously for the next few years?
While in graduate school, your studies will be narrowly focused on a single topic of your choosing. You should ask yourself as you apply if you can envision yourself studying the same subject matter and rereading the same terms over and over again. Does this idea excite you or put you to sleep? Yes, you will find nuance within your studies over the next few years at school, but if the fundamental field doesn’t peak your interest now, it won’t stick once you are in school or after you’ve finished.
Will attending graduate school eventually help me earn a higher salary?
Take a look at career options you have with the field of study you are considering. If your goal is to increase your future salary by attending graduate school, make sure you do research on different salaries for your career options. Don’t forget to factor in any student loans you’ll need to pay off. It’s expensive to attend grad school, but if you find it worth it in the long run, go for it!
Am I ready and willing to take on the rigor?
You can always take time off between college and grad school to refuel your batteries before diving into a pool of books and independent research. Be honest with yourself about whether or not you can be the self-motivated and ambitious student graduate schools require.
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