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Dec 2

Word Fail in RedDear J.T. & Dale: I just graduated from college and can’t find a job. I want to start my own business, but everyone says I shouldn’t do it. I have some money saved and an idea for a company. I have no experience in running a business and didn’t take any classes about it at school, but how hard can it be? Do you think I’m crazy, too? - Keith Read the rest of this entry »

May 12

Excited Male College Student | Shutterstock.comDear J.T. & Dale: I’m going to be graduating college in a few months. My parents are all over me about finding a job. They are making me miserable. This is my last semester with my friends, and I just want to enjoy what I can before it’s over. Do you have any suggestions for what I can do to make my parents happy without robbing me of my final days of freedom? — Tyler Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 11

021211-its-okay-to-pursue-multiple-career-pathsDear J.T. & Dale: I enrolled in college with the goal of becoming a physical therapist. After my freshman year, I signed up for the Navy. But after an extended trip to Mexico, I decided I was too young to dedicate all those years of service. I started an office job, but being cooped up in a cubicle eight hours a day was driving me crazy! I tried my hand at eBay auctions but went into debt. Now I have a good job and am also going to school to be an architect. But I can’t stop imagining how happy and fulfilled I would be as a physical therapist. If I change my major again, it will be like wasting two years of study. I’m 25, and my peers have solid careers while I’m still trying to finish school. — Simon Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 3

020511-jt-daleDear J.T. & Dale: I have three associate degrees, and I’m now pursuing a Bachelor of Science in accounting. When I apply for entry-level jobs such as administrative assistant, they see I’m pursuing a degree in accounting and worry I would be bored. Any suggestions? — Christina Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 5

010811-jt-daleAs we begin the new year, we want to take a look back at 2010 and pull together the suggestions our readers told us were most helpful. So, here’s our best advice, along with our wish 2011 will be your best career year yet. — J.T. & Dale Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

123110-jt-daleDear J.T. and Dale: I’ve been out of college for a year and a half and am in my second job. I have four college internships on my resume, with bullets for specific duties under each. I can’t fit my work experience because of the internships. Should I remove them? How long after entering the workforce are internships even applicable? — Kyle Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 16

121810-jt-daleDear J.T. and Dale: I graduated last summer with an AA degree in web design from a technical school. After several months of job searching, I became very frustrated with the fact companies want a bachelor’s degree, even though I have the same knowledge, or even more, when it comes to websites. What can I do? — Paul Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 9

121110-jt-daleDear J.T. and Dale: I recently graduated from a masters program at a prestigious university only to find my job prospects dismal. The years between my undergrad and graduate programs gave me useful tools, and much of my graduate studies are directly relevant to my career. Yet, entry-level positions go to candidates fresh out of their undergraduate programs, while my applications to higher-level jobs produce only a yawning silence. — Gabriel Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 26

112810-jt-daleDear J.T. and Dale: My daughter is a straight-A student and wants to go to an Ivy League college. Unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of money, so she will need to get scholarships and loans. She is gung-ho, but my wife and I are against it. We have degrees from good schools we feel weren’t worth the investment. I was laid off a year ago and had to take a huge pay cut, and my wife is on the verge of the same. We just can’t justify our daughter putting herself in huge debt for a piece of paper. We can’t seem to shake her from her Ivy League tunnel vision. Any suggestions? — Stu Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 26

112710-jt-daleDear J.T. and Dale: I graduated from college six years ago. Since then, I’ve had seven jobs in three industries. My family is disgusted with me. My parents think they wasted their money on my college education. I have three older siblings who all have solid careers. They think I am ruining my credibility and I need to suck it up and stay in my next job for five or more years. The idea of being in the same job that long scares me. How do you find a job you’ll actually want to stick with? — Carol Read the rest of this entry »

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