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Making Informed Career Decisions

May 23, 2016 by

Whether you are a new graduate, a seasoned veteran of the workforce, looking to make a change, or are facing a new job opportunity, it is important to understand the reasons for your career decisions. Jake Livengood, assistant director of Graduate Student Career Services at MIT Global Education & Career Development Career Services and a communications instructor at Brandeis University, encourages job seekers to take time and consider the reasons for and alternatives of a job change. Some possible questions to ponder:

  • What type of work would I still enjoy doing in a year? In three years? In five years?
  • Which work schedule would be better?
  • Which place would provide a better work-life balance/blend?
  • For which type of work would I say, “I really enjoy this,” versus “I can do this but ‘meh'”?
  • Which organization would you be most proud to say you work at?
  • Which position would allow you to grow most professionally?
  • Which position would allow you to try new things?
  • Which position would provide the greatest fun challenge?
  • Which position fits you best culturally?
  • Which position would allow you to be healthiest?
  • Which position provides the most security?
  • Which opportunity would provide the most flexibility regarding work schedule?
  • Which position has a better commute?
  • If a snowstorm were to come, would you be able to work from home? Take the day off?
  • Which has a better retirement? Which has a better retirement match?
  • Are the organization and/or department financially stable?

While some of these questions may not apply to your own circumstances, taking stock of the pros and cons of a job change, a promotion, returning to or extending an education, or any other major life opportunity will help prepare you to make informed decisions with long term consequences.



Spotlight on GCFLearnFree

May 12, 2016 by

During the technology classes we teach at the library, we give our students a number of suggestions for ways to continue practicing the skills we’ve introduced to them. One of these suggestions is the GCFLearnFree website.

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From their web page: For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

Everything at GCFLearnFree.org really is completely free. There’s no catch.  To get started, decide what you want to learn. Not only do they offer Microsoft product and other technology tutorials, they also offer tutorials in mathcareer planningreading, and everyday life.  Job seekers and new employees would benefit from the lessons on the Job Success page as well.

If you have a specific question, you can use the search feature, available at the bottom of every page of the site. Or if you just want to browse around, the All Topics page is a good place to start.

Pick up a new skill or polish up existing skills to be ready for that next great employment opportunity!