Josie’s Weekly Favorites

In this weekly article, Josie scours the deepest parts of the web in search of the most interesting career-related news, so you don’t have to. Every week we create a selection of three news articles about career development and present you with an excerpt of the article that we think is worth sharing. Click on the heading to read the whole article.

1. How Important Is University Education To Freelancing Success?– Jon Younger, Forbes Magazine

“Kasriel’s point: “Rapid technological change, combined with rising education costs, have made our traditional higher-education system an increasingly anachronistic and risky path. The cost of a college education is so high now that we have reached a tipping point at which the debt incurred often isn’t outweighed by future earnings potential. Yet too often, degrees are still thought of as lifelong stamps of professional competency. They tend to create a false sense of security, perpetuating the illusion that work — and the knowledge it requires — is static. It’s not. ”

2. Not Sure What You Should Be Making at Your First Job? Here’s How to Figure Out the Right Number to Aim for– Meredith Pepin, The Muse

“I recommend determining a target salary range based on averages from several different sources. As you do your research, make sure you’re being consistent when grabbing data points. Narrow down the type of job you’re looking for, and then identify a few potential titles you’d like to pursue (for example, software engineer and software developer, or marketing coordinator and marketing assistant). Next, look only at the salaries based in the geographic area where you want to work. Location plays an important role in developing a salary range due to cost of living differences. A software engineering role in San Francisco probably won’t pay the same as one in rural South Carolina. Being consistent with the types of positions and locations you look at will help you identify a more accurate average.”

3.     How to get your application off the slush pile and in front of decision makers– Ariana O’Dell, The Ladders

“Another expert mentions that some of the symptoms of this Zoom dysmorphia are when one “worries about their own appearance during the call, gets stuck fixing their appearance for the call by changing their makeup, lighting, or camera angle, and gets distracted during the call by comparing their appearance to others.” This fixation on one’s looks, he continues, could be detracting from their ability to focus on work.”

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