Green Career Spotlight: Environmental Planner


by Lisa Thompson Environmental planning draws expertise from many different fields to balance environmental concerns with the needs business and communities. People in this career generate ideas, perform statistical analysis, work in the office and the field, and interact with people, government, and businesses.   Meet Patrick Smith, director of environmental planning at Geronimo Wind … Continue reading Green Career Spotlight: Environmental Planner

You Can Handle This: Dealing with College Stress


by Kathy Kirchoff You knew this would be an exciting time in your life, but you may not have expected all the stress (.pdf) that comes along with college life. You feel overwhelmed by your new class environment, new living arrangements, new people, and new freedoms and responsibilities.   You are not alone. Such feelings … Continue reading You Can Handle This: Dealing with College Stress

Minnesota Women in the Labor Force – Part 1: An Introduction


by Rachel Vilsack If you follow business trends, you might already know that Minnesota has some of the hardest-working women in the country. The labor force participation rate of women averaged 67 percent in 2010, eight percent higher than the national average, according to data (.pdf) produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only two states … Continue reading Minnesota Women in the Labor Force – Part 1: An Introduction

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at Work


by Lisa Thompson Navigating the workplace is never easy. But it’s definitely harder when you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). If you have difficulty focusing or managing your time, you may get passed over for promotions or receive poor performance reviews. Your employer may even fire you. Don’t be discouraged. Find out what you … Continue reading Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at Work

Green Career Spotlight: Hydro Geologist


by Lisa Thompson Contaminated soil might not be safe soil. Hydro geologists help to determine and address these safety concerns. They figure out which projects need remediation and cleanup and which don't. Because they deal with underground contamination, decisions are based on data gathered through on-site sampling and monitoring. In this work, it's also very … Continue reading Green Career Spotlight: Hydro Geologist

The Job You Just Landed Isn’t Working Out – Now What?


by Karen Kodzik Job searches can be long—months and sometimes years. There is no greater feeling of relief than when the phone call comes with a job offer. With little negotiation you accept, just being thrilled to be done with the search that at times seemed endless. You were excited about your new opportunity, the … Continue reading The Job You Just Landed Isn’t Working Out – Now What?

Make LinkedIn a Career Networking Strategy


by Sharon Boerbon Hanson LinkedIn exists to make connections between career professionals. It’s an online professional networking site the way Facebook is a social networking site. Take your use of LinkedIn to another networking level using three simple strategies:   1. Make a statement about yourself that helps build your network. At the top of … Continue reading Make LinkedIn a Career Networking Strategy