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What Can Certifications Do for Me?
As a holder of certifications, you are bringing quality to the hiring table. Being certified confirms to the employer that you are serious about your career growth. Professional certifications help you stand out from other job candidates by helping validate that you have the skills required to perform the job.
Students share how they overcame errors in the college admissions process.
"With all the resources available, you can find the best school to fit your interest quickly," Redmond says. "Spend your earlier years discovering your true interests and passions so that when it does come time to start looking, you know what you’re looking for."
The myth: In order to defuse some of the more painful aspects of all the rejection and difficulties inherent in any search, it’s a great idea to share your feelings freely.
The reality: You don’t want your brand out there to be a negative one. The last thing you need is a general perception that things aren’t going well, or that you’re discouraged, or that things aren’t working out. Think about it. Why would people in your personal or professional network want to refer you to others if they perceive you as somehow damaged or discouraged goods? The perception you want to create is what I like to call “sunshine, light, and success.” It’s all going well, even if it isn’t.
Crains Chicago Business lists 20 most powerful women in Chicago business.
Well before she married "Star Wars" creator George Lucas in 2013, she had the No. 2 job at the country's largest minority-owned investment firm, Chicago-based asset manager Ariel Investments LLC, which has $9.2 billion under management.
Vanity or not, more and more male celebrities think nothing of having a little nip and tuck done to enhance or diminish certain features. Listed are examples of 13 males who seem or seemed obsessed with their looks.
Though his role at Microsoft was mostly in a managerial capacity, he was still an active software developer in the early years, particularly on the company’s programming language products.
I always get asked what my favorite personal finance blogs and sites are and while I want to include every single one I've narrowed it down to my 58 favorites (in no particular order). 58 of My Favorite Personal Finance Blogs and Sites...
This is a biggie for you. I always get asked what my favorite personal finance blogs and sites are and while I want to include every single one that exists I’ve narrowed it down to my 58 favorites (in no particular order).
Amidst the hype about Apple’s announcements this fall are the reports about its plans to launch a mobile wallet. The prevailing sentiment in the media is what Apple has planned is game-changing and will finally move mobile wallets towards mass adoption. A significant factor in this view is that Apple is actively getting the entrenched…
Even though Apple has a history of bringing industries, such as music and Hollywood, along with it, don’t assume the same will be true of payments. Just because my father has an iPhone with an Apple digital wallet doesn’t mean he’s going to use it. There’s still a leap of faith that a large swath of the consuming population needs to be prepared to take and we’re not there yet.
Case studies are everywhere, but check out these entrepreneurs who made crucial decisions on the one-way path to enviable success.
The great thing about running a startup is that you can succeed. You can also exceed your expectations, if you know how. So many companies are making the mistakes you need to avoid making, pivoting in the same way you need to be pivoting, and succeeding in exactly the manner you want to succeed, that case studies are everywhere.
Do what you’re good at. Using your “signature strengths” — those qualities you are uniquely best at, the talents that set you apart from others…
Americans also gain a boost in positive emotions the more they use their strengths. The more hours per day adults believe they use their strengths, the more likely they are to report having ample energy, feeling well-rested, being happy, smiling or laughing a lot, learning something interesting, and being treated with respect.
America's two million female veterans are looking toward the future, and many are improving their employment opportunities by enrolling in courses. What issues do women veterans confront when they return to school?...
In spite of these potential obstacles, the vast majority of women veterans I spoke with said they had few problems easing into college. Stanley says that women veterans have one important advantage: they've already been successful in challenging environments. "They've taken risks and they know themselves pretty well," she says. "Furthermore, they've worked in teams and know how to get along with others."
Computer Systems Institute is holding a three-day health fair at the Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, where students and staff will be providing free health checkups for people and their personal computers. Students enrolled in the CSI health track will offer shoppers free blood pressure and glucose screenings, while those enrolled in the IT track will be offering free PC checkups and diagnostics. The clinic started Friday and will continue through Sunday.
Computer Systems Institute in Elgin is holding a three-day fair at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, where students and staff members are providing free health checkups for people and their personal computers.
Students enrolled in CSI's health program are offering shoppers free blood pressure and glucose screenings, while students enrolled in the IT program will be offering free PC checkups and diagnostics.
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Barker had just finished the 32-week program and Tellado is just starting, but was described by Wenkel as one of those people who had already taught themselves a lot in the basement or garage. He has the knowledge, but not the certificate to prove it.
The two paired off in a room with a big time clock and a glass wall for other students and teachers to watch through. The competition included plenty of friendly (if geeky) banter.
“He needs to put in the motherboard right now,” said one student.
“Come on, don’t mess up. She’s got a lead on him right now,” said another.
“Don’t start your touchdown dance yet,” said one of the students on the other side of the glass wall.
The 'Chicago's Extinct Businesses' Facebook page serves as an online museum of how Chicagoans used to shop, dine and entertain themselves.
"If I mention a particular establishment that no longer exists, it always puts a smile on people's faces. It is very gratifying to them and to me," said Kastanes, 50. "They really appreciate me bringing up those forgotten nuggets of Chicago's past."
After years of losing more people than it gained, the Chicago area now is the most popular relocation destination in the nation, a moving-company study finds.
Chicago ranked sixth on the move-out list but the spread was wide, with 65.2 percent of those involved in any Chicago move coming in rather than leaving. That's almost the exact opposite of the split a year ago, when 63 percent were moving out of the Chicago area.
Summer has come to an end and across the country hundreds of thousands of students are starting another year of high school. They may not know it yet, but for many of these students, their chances of success in high school and college have already been determined. Last year, an estimated 270,000 Hispanic students dropped out of school; that’s an average of 700 students every day. "Look at their zip code and you more or less can tell whether they're going to be ready to pursue an education or not," says Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College and chair of the White House’s advisory commission on Hispanic education. A big reason is how schools are funded, says Padron. On average, Latinos tend to go to schools with less experienced teachers, are more likely to receive a less rigorous curriculum and have less support to go to college. "All you have to do is get in your car and visit some of the schools in the poor neighborhoods and then you go to the more wealthy neighborhood and look at the way the schools look,” Padron said. "It's like day and night." In 2013, the average investment per student in public schools was $11,800. But Latinos overwhelmingly live in states where school spending was well below that. Nearly 85 percent of Latinos live in states where the average investment was $1,000 less than the national average. "California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada all rank at the very bottom of the 50 states in terms of their per pupil investment in schooling," said Patricia Gandara, author of the Latino Education Crisis. "That is exacerbated by the problem that in these schools we have overwhelming concentrations of students with higher needs." Besides having to deal with homework and the typical problems of adolescence, many of these kids are also battling poverty, broken homes, language barriers and tentative immigration statuses — all of which pose significant obstacles to educational success. Realizing the challenge, school administrators, educators and families have made some hard-earned progress. Recent studies show that Latinos are graduating high school and entering college at record levels. Still, much remains to be done. An estimated 30 percent of all Hispanic students fail to graduate high school on time, and those who do find attending college an even more daunting challenge. "I think it’s one thing to say you’re graduating high school. It’s another thing to say you’re graduating high school prepared to go on to college," says Angelica Solis, executive director for the Alliance for a Better Community. About half of the students who graduate high school enroll in some sort of higher education institution. Many choose community colleges. "In Los Angeles, we know that the majority of students that do graduate high school and go on to college, start at a community college,” says Solis. “But we also know that they’re not having a lot of success in community college. Only 29 percent of Latino students who say they go to a community college to seek a degree, actually get a degree." The situation in New York City, the nation’s largest school district, isn’t any better says ASPIRA’s Mark Gonzalez. “The graduation rate for community college for Latinos is about 15 percent,” says Gonzalez. “Usually what happens for students who are referred to community colleges, a lot of them are spending two years in remedial classes and by the time they actually get into core classes it’s another two years.” At that point, many students feel they have spent a lot of money, time and energy and have little to show for it. Many chose to quit school for good. The issues that emerge in college start in high school, experts say. It’s a reason why only about 10 percent of Latinos have a four-year college degree, and so many remain stuck in low-paying jobs. Graduating from college is the most surefire way to break through that economic barrier. But right now, the odds are stacked against Latinos, and that’s why education should be the number one priority in this country, says Padron “It’s going to be the most important determinant in terms of whether we have high unemployment or not, whether we can increase productivity, whether we can compete with other nations and whether we can support the values that we stand for; the values of equal opportunity, equal access. That's what the American dream is all about.” Fusion’s documentary The Last Border follows five high school seniors – Jasmine Salas, Luis Manuel Huerta, Francisco Sanchez, Dolores Pedraza and Jaime Peña – as they try to become the first graduates in their families. Watch as they navigate the structural and social obstacles facing millions of students like them across the country. The Last Border is narrated by Demian Bichir.
"Look at their zip code and you more or less can tell whether they're going to be ready to pursue an education or not," says Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College and chair of the White House’s advisory commission on Hispanic education.
The 2014 Crain's Chicago Business Whoâ€™s Who directory of Chicago's movers and shakers lists the people whose names you need to know. Sort the list by Architecture, Banking, Business Organizations, Business Services, Construction Services, Consumer Services, Cultural Institution, Education, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food, Government, Health Care, Insurance, Law, Manufacturing, Media & Marketing, Non-profit, Real Estate, Retail, Technology ,Transportation or Utilities.
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People who want all student loan debt forgiven argue that getting rid of monthly loan payments would lead to increased consumer spending, thereby providing a quick boost to the struggling U.S. economy. However, only about 40 percent of all outstanding student loan debt is actively being repaid. The remaining borrowers are still in school or otherwise not paying their loans back, so they wouldn’t immediately benefit from forgiveness.
Failure to Follow Directions. Applicants should answer all questions on the Common App and they should make sure they are answering them correctly and completely. For example, "country" and "county" should not be mixed up. Answer spaces should not be left blank unless there are spaces on the application that clearly do not apply to the student. Students must also make sure to stick with the word or character limits on essays and other responses.
We've got the tips and tools you need to ace your next salary negotiation.
Know Your Value
If you’re going to get the pay you deserve, it’s crucial to know the going rate for your position in your specific industry and in your geographic area. As I Will Teach You to Be Rich’s Ramit Sethi recently told PureWow, “If you walk into a salary negotiation without a number, you’re at the mercy of an experienced hiring manager who will simply control the conversation.” You can do this by doing an online search on sites such as Payscale or Glassdoor, or by asking others in your field (ideally both men and women, to avoid falling victim to the gender pay gap).
How To Stop Hiding From Your Debt Conquet It Once And For All
Avoiding your debt by giving it the bare minimum isn’t going to make it go away. Things will only get all that much harder when your debt grows to the point where you can’t ignore it anymore. Now is the time to nip that looming debt disaster in the bud. Here are some practical, highly actionable steps you can take today to put the hurt on your debt before it hurts you.
Location, location, location. See where this year's Inc. 5000 companies chose to grow their businesses. Slideshow Options Loop Through: Don't loop
Chicago’s growing startup scene centers largely around 1871, an incubator that’s expected to be home to 350 to 400 startups and venture capital firms by the end of this year. Plus, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has vowed to double the city's tech sector in the next decade, which gives the city hope to become the tech hub of the future.
To encapsulate the life of one of America's most treasured pop culture figures in a series of video clips is impossible, but for this week's best TV round-up we'd like to honor some of Robin Williams' greatest television appearances.
He was our Genie. He was (Oh, Captain) Our Captain. He was our dream nanny as Mrs. Doubtfire and our fabulous gad dad as Armand Goldman. But before any of those iconic screen roles, Robin Williams, who died Monday, was a comedian. And thanks to the internet, we can at least cull together a thoughtful retrospective for someone who gave the world everything he had.