Career Coach?

A career coach can help you create a personalized plan to achieve the goals of your working life. While not qualified to intervene in significant mental, emotional, or psychological issues, they can provide unbiased perspectives on your unique career situation, identify key challenges, and help create realistic solutions for moving forward. While there is no right or wrong time to ask for guidance, many coaches say that they are more effective the earlier clients engage. Career coaching is best used as prevention from finding oneself in an unfulfilling career, but it is also possible to use coaching to level up from an existing professional situation or to take action to change your direction even if you are 15–25 years into your career.

Here are a few signs that you may want to look into getting a coach.

MALAISE
Apathy and anxiety are signs you could use a coach. If you are … Read More

Professional Meetings

Office fads come and go, but one thing remains constant: meetings, which can be as much a part of work culture as voicemail and microwaved lunches. Even in this digital age, meetings remain the go to way of handling everything from brainstorming ways to make busy times fun to personnel announcements. The average finance leader reported spending 24% of their time in a meeting. But roughly one fifth of that time was considered unproductive

With the advancements in technology and emergence of remote meetings, there are sometimes more meetings on the calendar than needed. If meetings become stale and unnecessary, they can hurt productivity and impact morale. No one wants that.

Here’s how to make meetings more useful for everyone.

Rethink the event
Think about all the meetings you schedule or attend, are they all necessary? Some weekly check ins may exist because they have always been held and not because … Read More

Student Loan Debt Update

Millions of students will arrive on college campuses soon, and they will share a similar burden: college debt. The typical student borrower will take out $6,600 in a single year, averaging $22,000 in debt by graduation. There are two ways to measure whether borrowers can repay those loans: There’s what the federal government looks at to judge colleges, and then there’s the real story. The latter is coming to light and it’s not pretty.

Of borrowers who started repaying in 2012, just over 10 percent had defaulted three years later. That’s not too bad but it’s not the whole story. Federal data never before released shows that the default rate continued climbing to 16 percent over the next two years, after official tracking ended, meaning more than 841,000 borrowers were in default. Nearly as many were severely delinquent or not repaying their loans. The share of students facing serious struggles rose … Read More