Does Your College Understand What Students Want And Need From Them?

It must become clear to every college leader that college students want and need good jobs when they graduate. In today’s job market, colleges that do not do everything possible to help students achieve that goal are failing their students.

Students no longer attend college simply to obtain a good education. Those days are long gone. Today, students are going to college so they can land a good job, earn a good living and build a future for themselves and their families.

Of course, college has always been expensive. However, today, with college loan debt outstripping credit card debt, students need a good paying job so they can live on their own and pay back their loans. When students are not able to land a job that pays well, they are usually forced to live at home with their parents and either defer their loan(s) which adds interest or put nearly everything they earn into their monthly loan payments. That is not a great way to live.

Colleges may tell you that their job is to provide students with a good education. That is true but not totally correct. Their job is to serve the needs of their students. When landing a good job is a top priority for students, colleges must respond by making that need one of their top priorities. It does not make any sense to send well educated graduates out into the job market when they are unprepared to compete for the good paying jobs.

All students need colleges to help them:

- Learn how to conduct an effective job search
- Find out exactly what their target employers expect of them
- Create and follow a semester-by-semester employment plan
- Perform the activities and obtain the practical experiences that employers want
- Build a list of impressive accomplishments
- Identify employers with appropriate employment opportunities
- Learn how to build a network
- Develop an impressive resumé
- Practice their interview strategies
- Cultivate references… and much more

Without substantial, ongoing job search preparation assistance throughout their entire college experience, too many good students will fall short of their employment goals. That means that their careers will get off on the wrong foot and they will have trouble paying back their college loans. That is not the way students and their parents want things to work out.

When colleges show concern for the job search preparation needs of their students, they shift priorities, change the way they operate and provide the resources needed to address those needs. However, when colleges do not respond to important and legitimate student needs, they are sending a clear message that they do not care about those needs.

Most colleges will tell you that their career services offices are doing everything possible to help their students prepare for their job search. However, colleges know perfectly well that their career services staff reaches only a small percentage of students in a given year and very few of those students will be fully prepared to conduct and effective job search. By using their current job search preparation systems, no college can thoroughly serve and prepare 100% of their students. To do that properly, things have to change.

I can assure you that students do not enjoy entering the job market and trying to compete for the most attractive jobs knowing that they are unprepared. Fortunately, progressive and responsive colleges have begun to seek out and implement systems like The Job Identification Machine™ and The Job Search Preparation System™ because those systems will effectively serve and prepare nearly 100% of the students at their colleges.

Does your college understand what students and parents want and need from them? Maybe not. If every student does not receive the full and comprehensive job search preparation assistance that they will need to land a desirable job in their own field of interest, there is much more that your college can do.

Common Risk Involved in Real Estate Investments

How to Avoid these Real Estate Investment Pitfalls

You often hear it said that real estate investments are a ‘sure thing’ because you are investing in brick and mortar (i.e., not something that will go away). However, many a successful real estate investor will tell you that you can indeed lose your shirt in this business if you don’t know what you’re doing!

So to aid you, do read on and discover several types of real estate investing styles and their pros and cons.

Renting Out Real Estate

The main risk with this type of property investment is that you may not see good returns on your money. For instance, if your property does not pull in enough monthly income from rent to cover at least your mortgage payments on the property, then you’re losing on this investment rather than gaining.

Another real-life risk: less-than-desirable renters or tenants. Unpleasant renters may mean that you cannot rely on the monthly income from your property. It may also mean that they are not good at maintaining your property, which can lead to costly property repairs for you. This situation can be very difficult for you if you’re a first-time real estate investor as you will most likely be relying a lot on those monthly rental fees to tide things from one month to the other.

The advantage of rental properties though is that you maintain ownership of the property.

It’s like having others (your renters) pay for your mortgage payments. When the time comes that the real estate market reaches a peak, you can sell then and make great profits.

Flipping Properties

Flipping properties is when you buy real estate, do it up (renovate), and sell it on for big profits. The process of flipping a property can be fun but there are big risks to this type of property investment too.

For instance, if you purchase the property at a high price, you may not have enough money to renovate the place to a high standard. And if you cannot do that, you cannot sell it for a high price either.

Another risk is not being fully aware of structural changes that may need to occur on the property. For instance, you may have budgeted for new flooring but what if further inspection reveals that you need to completely re-wire the place too? This can cause a big dent in your budget.

The advantage to flipping though is that if you do things right, you can earn A LOT in a very short span of time. Although the amount of changes and repairs obviously depend on the condition of the property, flipping is usually accomplished within just weeks or a few months after purchasing the property.

Looking at Your Home as a Real Estate Investment

Although you live in your home, if you think about it, it is a real estate investment. Oftentimes, homes increase in value and the equity you build into your home is of course a profit if and when you sell your home.

The risk here is if your house is located in an already ‘stable location’ and you purchased during its peak. This means that the area has already reached its high point and so you may end up losing when you sell your house later on. Another risk is if you took a mortgage type that is not beneficial at the moment, like an adjustable rate mortgage.

Real estate investing can be a very lucrative business. Know the different types, assess the market and make informed decisions before you jump in.

5 Sure-Fire Fitness Tips for Teens

Teenagers do not always have ample amount of time to take care of themselves as they have other concerns, like school/college work and dating. Adopting a healthy lifestyle with little efforts can often give them more confidence and energy, keeping them happy and healthy, not just now, but even in adulthood. Here are top 5 health tips for teens that can go a long way in helping them feel good, remain safe, and stay healthy.

Get Enough Sleep

With your hectic schedule, like not just going to regular schools, but other classes, such as tutorials, music/dance sessions, and other activities, 8-hours of sleep looks impossible for most of teenagers. But, proper sleep during teenage is a must for proper growth, avoiding and healing anxiety and it also minimizes the pain.

Maintain a sleep-wake cycle, which means make some agenda for time to go bed and to get up early in the morning. Get enough sleep so that your mind and body gets time to rest and recover.

Exercise Regularly

Both jogging and walking are great ways to stay fit; most of the teens do not take this seriously as they think exercise is just for older people. Even jogging or walking for fifteen minutes every day can be very beneficial. It tones your muscles, and relieves stress, making you to look healthy and fit.

Be Social

Staying connected with friends or family members will build a support system that can make your bad times less stressful, while you can add more fun in good times. There are other great stress relievers, like movies, music, and books. Friends or family can sometimes drive you crazy.

Have a Regular Checkup

Make it a practice to visit your physician or doctor every month or so; work with them to improve any abnormalities. Regular checkup leads to early cure of any disease before it develops.

Don’t Worry About Others; Stay Motivated!

Without some aim in life, you can achieve nothing; but in the meanwhile, do not worry what other people are doing. If you want to join a gym class to stay fit, you do not have to worry or feel embarrassed about the other people in that gym. Playing a sport on daily basis can get you into good shape. Start with smaller goals, like 20 pull-ups or 5-miles run before achieving big numbers.

These tips can help you to maintain a healthy life, while also crossing your teenage period with the minimum of problems.