Get a Grip! Dispel Those Unrealistic Expectations


by Tom Melander

The next person who asks me for “hope” is gonna lose a tooth. I know it’s my job to reassure job seekers that the economy has not permanently left them behind. But, it is also my job to help people understand the realities of the job market and prepare accordingly. So, in case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s the big picture:

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Need Help Applying for College Financial Aid?


by Lisa Thompson

Each year, Minnesota College Goal Sunday workshops are held throughout Minnesota from January to the beginning of May to help students and their parents apply for financial aid. While the workshops are intended for low-income families and those with no family history of attending college, all students are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is not required. Find a workshop location near you.

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Not TOO OLD for this: Job Hunting for Older Workers


by Kathy Kirchoff

Times have changed. If you’re an older adult looking for work in this tough job market, you’ve probably discovered that job hunting is very different from the way it was just a few years ago. And, if you haven’t had to look for work in decades, your job hunting skills may be a little rusty.

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The Difference Between a "Degree" and an "Education"


by Teri Fritsma

Do you want an education with that degree? When it comes to school, we’ve become a society of consumers. Whether we’re pursuing a high school, college, technical, or graduate degree, we want our education to be convenient, cheap, and relevant. Above all, the credential we earn must make us more employable; we want a good return on our investment.

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The Difference Between a “Degree” and an “Education”


by Teri Fritsma

Do you want an education with that degree? When it comes to school, we’ve become a society of consumers. Whether we’re pursuing a high school, college, technical, or graduate degree, we want our education to be convenient, cheap, and relevant. Above all, the credential we earn must make us more employable; we want a good return on our investment.

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The Art of the Possible


by Tom Melander

I love a good success story. But there’s one type of success story I’m tired of hearing. It’s the story about the really successful person “giving it all up” to become…drum roll, please…a really successful person doing something else. Like the story I saw on Oprah once, where a young Harvard graduate left his highly prized job in New York City to start a business based on his passion for cupcakes. I’m sorry, but I’m neither amazed nor inspired to find out that a Harvard graduate could start a successful bakery.

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