Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Jan. 2nd

January 2nd, 2012 by admin

education-news-headlines-ts71086696Happy 2012, everyone! We’ll have a whole piece tomorrow on the predictions of hot careers/majors for the new year.

Middle-aged borrowers piling on student debt
While education borrowing is up across the board, a new study by Reuters shows that the student debt burden is growing fastest for those in the 35 to 49 age group. While people aged 26 to 29 still carry the largest overall debt load, the study shows a 47 percent increase in middle-aged people’s student debt, primarily because a weak economy has pushed many into mid-career training programs.

Private loan borrowers need increased protections
U.S. News & World Report
The organization Equal Justice Works takes a stand on the confusion inherent in the student loan system, especially when it comes to private lenders, and calls for the return of borrower protections like the Fairness for Struggling Students Act of 2011 and the related Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2011.

Should student loans be dischargeable in bankruptcy?
Piling on to the previous story, Forbes makes its own statement on student loans in the form of an opinion column by Peter J. Reilly. Reilly takes a look at some of the questionable politics that helped create the mess that is our current student loan system and outlines details on the steps Congress can take now to right the current wrongs and give some modicum of power back to the borrowers.

How to land a new job in 2012
U.S. News & World Report
Ben Baden compiles the top tips from six experts in job hunting, careers and hiring to help readers in their search for a new position in the new year. Tips include positioning yourself as a thought leader, letting the job come to you and bringing questions to all of your interviews.

Grad school math: Which degrees are worth the debt
Daily Finance
As many flee the tough job market by heading to grad school, Bruce Watson breaks down the numbers and weighs the costs and benefits of graduate degrees. Some surprising losers of this equation include a number of engineering degrees – like petroleum and computer engineering – and pharmaceutical sciences. Winners of the debt-to-grad-prospect ratio include social sciences and many hard sciences like biology and chemistry.

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Is the MBA Your Best Bet for Retaining Workplace Versatility?

February 12th, 2009 by admin

Today’s market place is dicey, to put it mildly. That degree you put thousands of dollars into? It might not carry the prestige and weight that it once did when businesses are focusing on their bottom lines. Businesses want effectiveness, not legacy.

Where do you start?

Your paramount concern for professional longevity is to remain skilled and versatile. Businesses are reorganizing and job duties that work partners once performed for you may soon be your responsibility.

Many future career climbers facing this reality are reflexively reaching for the M.B.A. degree programs online and at career colleges. Why? It’s kind of like the Swiss Army knife of master’s degrees. But is that the best degree choice for you? Perhaps it’s time to consider some of these alternatives to the M.B.A.

Master’s in Marketing

Forget the degree concentration; why not pursue a degree that focuses entirely on marketing? You can eliminate general business fare and focus on more interesting areas such as:

  • Psychographics
  • Consumer psychology
  • Demographics
  • Analytics
  • Business metrics

Master of Human Resources

Why waste time and energy memorizing snoozers like general corporate finance. Focus instead on dynamic areas of corporate concerns such as law, policy, and human relations. A higher degree in Human Resources immediately sets you apart, and clears the way for a long journey of upward mobility.

Master of Health-Care Administration

A specialized degree that’s a smart choice for people who plan career advancement within hospitals, physician’s clinics, insurance companies, or an extended-care facility. Health care is just going to keep expanding. So why not invest in some real job security?

These are just a few of the many options you can plan for. All you have to do to get started is use our search for Master’s level degree programs. US College Search can make it easy and quick so you can take your next step to better things!

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