Future jobs for liberal arts majors: What are the job prospects?

When picking a college major, consider what gives you the best chance at a job right out of college.

When picking a college major, consider what gives you the best chance at a job right out of college.

Worried that your humanities major might be dooming you to a life of ramen noodles from your basement apartment at your parent’s house? Well never fear. A recent study from the AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems has shown that liberal arts majors do have a shot at not only gainful employment, but also a career that equals the economic opportunities of graduates with a professional or pre-professional degree. So what are the job prospects for a liberal arts major? What future jobs are in store for you?

Long-term job prospects

There seems to be a lot of talk recently about the value in a liberal arts education, even though many people say that degrees in the humanities don’t offer the same job prospects that other courses of study do. However, on January 22, 2014, in “Liberal arts grads win long-term” for Inside Higher Ed, Allie Grasgreen reported that a study by the AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems found, over the long term, liberal arts majors do just as well earnings-wise. Continue reading

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DIY college tips for survival kits for dorm rooms and car

Keeping a tool kit handy will be a life saver when you least expect it.

Keeping a tool kit handy will be a life saver when you least expect it.

Some college students like to wing it from the seat of their pants, while others like to be prepared for any contingency. Here are some ideas for do-it-yourself survival kits for your college dorms, car or trip away from home. All of these can be bought prepackaged or you can mix and match to make your own kits.

Tool kit

A handy little tool kit with the basics will get you far in fixing small items yourself. You can buy prepackaged kits with one of each necessary tool, or you can build your own. Essential items: hammer, Philips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, pliers, wrench, hex wrench, razor cutter, Goo Gone, Krazy Glue, masking or duct tape, measuring tape and assorted sizes of screws and nails. Continue reading

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Homemade skin care for college students: Natural remedies, home remedies for acne and other skin conditions

Winter conditions damage your skin, unless you properly take care of it. (Credit: cezary korpal)

Winter conditions damage your skin, unless you properly take care of it. (Credit: cezary korpal)

Winter weather in the U.S. typically means cold, dry conditions that can aggravate your skin. You need homemade skin care, which include natural remedies for every skin condition. Here are just a few ideas that are easy and affordable to help you create home remedies for acne and other skin conditions that you may find yourself dealing with.

Affordable skin care

Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are plenty of remedies you can find right in your own kitchen or at the nearest grocery store.

  • Acne: According to SkinCareAllWomensTalk.com, actress Scarlett Johansson swears by an apple cider vinegar face wash as a remedy. “Ladies with normal skin can dab some ACV on the blemish before going to sleep and those with sensitive skin can mix one part ACV with one part water.”
  • Pore minimizer: Blend half a tomato with a tablespoon of plain yogurt, apply to skin and rinse off after 5-10 minutes. Follow up with a moisturizer. Continue reading
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According to Amazon: Books to read before you die

This is a portion of my TBR pile. How many books in your pile make the top 100 cut? (Credit: Alana Joli Abbott)

This is a portion of my TBR pile. How many books in your pile make the top 100 cut? (Credit: Alana Joli Abbott)

The lists come out every year. Sometimes more than once. “100 books to read before you die.” “100 novels everyone should read.” They’re filled with classic books, or just good books—according to the list compilers. Sometimes they come out as memes, and you can check off which books you’ve read (and see how you score compared to your Facebook friends). On February 4, 2014, Amazon released its own list of top books, hotly debated for months by a team of Amazon staffers. Since for Amazon, books are the gateway to purchases on its site for many customers, it makes sense for the online behemoth to choose a number of titles to read—but you might be surprised by some of its choices. Which of these would you include in your “to be read” (TBR) pile? Continue reading

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Degrees that will increase college students odds of finding a job after graduation

Monroe Community College Graduation at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. (Credit: David Maiolo)

Monroe Community College Graduation at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. (Credit: David Maiolo)

If you’re wondering what college degree will guarantee you a job after graduation, there may not be a fool proof answer, but some degrees certainly hold their weight in gold more than others. Recent surveys show that some of the college degrees that increase your odds of finding a job after graduation are the ones that have been trending for several years now, but what’s interesting, are the ones that maybe you didn’t know even existed.

The most job offers

According to data from the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), reported in the Forbes post, “The College Degrees That Get The Most Job Offers,” by Susan Adams January 22, 2014, the top five college majors that produced the highest percentage of students reporting at least one job offer upon graduation were: Continue reading

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Kansas legislation to ban municipal broadband like Google Fiber, including college campuses

A fiber optic cable, like the ones used by Google Fiber and other gigabit internet service providers. (Credt: Hustvedt)

A fiber optic cable, like the ones used by Google Fiber and other gigabit internet service providers. (Credt: Hustvedt)

On campus, there’s probably easy-access Internet in every building. Maybe even high speed wi-fi. But while university-provided Internet for students is a modern day requirement for college life, it’s been slower to catch on with municipalities. As job searching becomes more and more an Internet-required task, those who have Internet from home have great advantages over those who don’t. Google Fiber and other municipal broadband services have been making an effort to close that advantage gap by offering free, low-speed Internet to consumers in specific test municipalities such as Kansas City, Kansas. But a lobbyist in Kansas has introduced broadband legislation that would ban this technology, ensuring that the current cable and Internet companies wouldn’t have to compete. Continue reading

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How college students can avoid spring break travel scams

If you plan to travel out of the country, having an updated passport is essential. (Credit: Full Issue)

If you plan to travel out of the country, having an updated passport is essential. (Credit: Full Issue)

There may still be snow where you are, but it’s not too early to start planning your spring break travel. Unfortunately, some of those great deals you find online or through a little-known travel company may result in travel scams or outright fraud. You can protect yourself from some of the most common scams by reading the fine print in any agreement you sign, or using your credit card to make purchases (since credit cards are insured against fraud). You can also help protect your parents against spring break phone scams. To get tips on how to avoid scams during your spring break, keep reading! Continue reading

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College students tax refund—ways to save or smart spending tips

The all important question with tax refunds is whether you should save or spend it.

The all important question with tax refunds is whether you should save or spend it.

Tax season is upon us, and if you have any income you are probably hoping for a hefty check after filing your return. The big question once your tax refund arrives is what to do with it. Read on for some ways to save that money, as well as smart spending tips if it is burning a hole in your pocket.

Part of your income

The experts at TurboTax would like to remind you in their article “How to Spend, Save, or Stretch Your Tax Refund” that your tax refund is not a gift from Uncle Sam. In reality, that money is part of your income and you should take that idea into consideration when you are deciding on whether to spend or save that check.

What’s more, if you are getting too large of a refund, then you may need to adjust your paycheck withholdings. According to TurboTax, “the amount that is withheld from your paycheck is based in part on the number of exemptions you entered on the W-4 you gave to your employer.” Continue reading

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Get it while it lasts: Take $15 off your purchase of $150 at CengageBrain.com

Right now you’re probably more acclimated to the new semester and are getting a solid start on the projects and research papers your professors have assigned….or so we hope. Regardless of where you stand, CengageBrain.com wants you to know that they are still here to help you get your classroom essentials for that big paper you have due next week. In fact, there is another college supplies deal being offered that might make you want to get started on your assignments.

And the final deal is…

Through the remainder of February (2/7/2014 – 2/28/2014) CengageBrain.com is giving you $15 off your purchase of $150, which includes everything from textbooks to eBooks to rentals to study tools! When you reach check out, use coupon code 15OFF150 to take advantage of this great deal. Continue reading

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How college students can stay warm—cold weather survival tips

A look at how people respond to snowy weather.

A look at how people respond to snowy weather.

Baby, it’s more than cold outside—it is downright frigid across most of the U.S. Whether you were born in an igloo or have never seen a snowflake, there is no time like the present to brush up on your cold weather survival tips. The key to making it through the winter is learning how to stay warm under any circumstances.

Survival tips for people

You may not put much stock in Punxsutawney Phil and that whole “seeing his shadow” thing, but according to the tubby rodent we are in for six more weeks of winter. Basic survival tips may just be common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to review them anyway. Continue reading

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