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CareerBuilder Survey Says Grads’ Majors Don’t Align With Their Jobs

graduation capRemember when you were in college and perhaps stressed about what to study, thinking it was the ultimate big decision in life? Well, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder, the major itself isn’t so important after all.

Almost half of college-educated employees indicated their very first “real job” after college wasn’t related to their major. In comparison, 32 percent of survey participants indicated they never even found a job relating to their major. And for survey respondents older than 35, that number was 31 percent.

The survey was conducted from August through early September by Harris Interactive for approximately 2,100 employees across the country. Now, we’re not saying a college education is irrelevant by any means but typically the experience and skills students gain in school help propel them into a meaningful career. Well, that and a strong network to get a foot in the door even if it’s not relevent to the course of study at the beginning. Read more

Interns Who Sued Admit to Challenges Landing Full-Time Jobs

job searchDiana Wang sued Hearst, parent company of Harper’s Bazaar, for an unpaid internship but now, per a piece on CNN Money, she’s selling granola in Columbus, Ohio.

Wang admits to challenges in landing full-time employment in the big apple. Whenever potential employees Google her, they see that lawsuit. Although she says in the piece it’ll “be worth it in the end” and she doesn’t have any regrets in suing, there’s a tarnished record online.

She states in the piece, “I knew from the beginning that it could be really ugly for me….I must seem like a happy lawsuit type of person…without knowing me, I can see why they would write me off.” Read more

LinkedIn Influencers Recall Their First Jobs

ice cream coneAlways remember where you came from, right?

Even though the old adage holds true, it’s hard to believe the following heavy hitters had to start somewhere. The truth? It’s easy to forget they truly did have to start somewhere.

LinkedIn Editor Francesca Levy also writes in her post about some common threads, based on the Influencer experiences:

 “One takeaway from this compelling collection: Start young. About 80 percent of the business leaders that answered our survey were working before they were 18 years old. Reassuringly, these weren’t all prestigious assignments. In fact, when we surveyed participating Influencers on their early jobs, 39 percent said that their first professional gig comprised mostly grunt work.” Read more

Tips to End Summer Internships on a High Note

Okay, so today’s posts are dedicated to recent college grads and interns but no worries, on Monday we’ll make sure the rest of the work force isn’t out of the loop with job stories.

Many interns across the country may be wrapping up their internship today if they haven’t done so already.

According to The New York Post, there are a few things to keep in mind to wrap things up in a pretty bow and more importantly, leave things positively for relationship building and potential employment opportunities.

It’s all about demonstrating enthusiasm and a go get ‘em attitude by specifically stating what you’re looking for. And technically this shouldn’t really be too different than the attitude you’ve hopefully exuded all summer long. Read more

Three Ways to End Your Internship on a Positive Note

If you’re wrapping up an internship wondering where the summer went, you’re not alone. It’s hard to believe the end is in sight but as per this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few things to keep in mind to end it on a high note.

1. End with the beginning in mind. Did you accomplish your original goals? The piece points out by reminding yourself of your higher purpose, you’ll stay on track during your last days of the internship. Read more

Lesson 101 in Freelancing: Set Your Rates & Sign Contracts Before Beginning Work

Every now and then we need a reminder to not sell ourselves short.

As pointed out in a piece in The Washington Post Magazine, a reader submitted a query indicating he or she wrote two promotional booklets for a retirement facility, the same one where the reader actually lives. When the bill was a submitted, the facility director pushed back. She said, “We can’t pay you for this.”

“The term ‘freelance’ originally referred to mercenary soldiers: ‘free’ meaning unaffiliated, and ‘lance’ referring to their pointy weapons,” explained Karla L. Miller.

The work columnist added, “Apparently your facility’s director has reinterpreted it as someone you can stick it to without paying.”

Her advice per the piece? “Do no unpaid work. Never start a project without a contract spelling out payment, deadlines and milestones, for your protection and the client’s. Without a contract, the client may well assume you’re volunteering — which is why plumbers, paperhangers and other professionals have you sign something up front.” Read more

Two Former Conde Nast Interns File Lawsuit for Unpaid Wages

Right on the heels of an internship victory over Fox Searchlight, we heard of another lawsuit filed by interns.

A class action suit was filed on behalf of two Conde Nast interns alleging the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York labor laws. The suit argues the interns must be paid minimum wage since they worked for the employer and performed productive work even when they learned a new skill and professionally benefitted from the internship.

We received a release from law firm Outten & Golden LLP which represents the plaintiffs. It indicated Lauren Ballinger worked at W Magazine. In the accessories and fine jewelry departments, she packed and unpacked accessories and jewelry in addition to running errands and completing insurance forms. Read more

Teen Mom Creator on How to Get a Job at MTV

Lauren Dolgen, creator of MTV’s popular 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom franchises, first got her foot in the door at the network as an intern. With 16 years at MTV and several hit shows under her belt, the head of West Coast reality and EVP of series development spoke with Mediabistro about how others can break into the biz.

“I actually was an MTV intern, like, a gazillion years ago, but it really sparked my interest in television, really sparked my interest in MTV in general,” she said. “I also think that production assistant work and getting in on the production side is a really great experience, and I think that it has helped me, as well, in my career. Especially on the development side, knowing production a bit really does help, because when you are asking your producers for things, you recognize what you’re really asking for and will help strategize to get those things and accomplish them.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Lauren Dolgen, EVP of MTV’s Series Development?

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Judge Favors Two Unpaid Fox Interns in Labor Lawsuit

Interns – 1, Fox Searchlight – 0

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a federal judge granted a victory to interns as it relates to their lawsuit against Fox Searchlight.

Okay, here are the details: Alex Footman and Eric Glatt were two interns who filed the lawsuit in late 2011. Per the piece, they worked on Black Swan and indicated Fox Searchlight’s unpaid internship program violated minimum wage. Plus, they claimed it violated overtime laws. Read more

Five Ways to Rock That Summer Internship

It’s that time of year again! And if you’re a summer intern, there are several ways to rock it so you’re doing much more than just fetching coffee.

After all, why not make the most out of the workplace experience in order to learn, grow and ultimately beef up your resume?

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media, offered some tips in today’s New York Post:

1. Take your assignments seriously. Be committed! Even if you’re given work to keep you busy, don’t take it lightly. He advised, “So take it like a pro, and act like you were born to file, answer phones and make copies in order to earn rewards with more meaningful assignments.” Read more

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