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    College Degrees With the Highest and Lowest Starting Salaries
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    It’s a wise financial move to earn a bachelor’s degree. People with college degrees earn median weekly wages of $1,227, compared with median weekly earnings of just $678 for folks with high school degrees.

    However, not all college degrees come with the same benefits. Just as some schools offer a better return on investment than others, some degrees are more likely to lead to high paychecks. Of course, selecting the career that’s right for you is about more than just money. But, it’s always a good idea to know what you’re getting into.

    Now, new research conducted by Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) and presented by Forbes has determined the degrees with the highest and lowest starting salaries in 2017. They used data collected from nearly 200 career service centers and 4,350 employers to compile their report.

    Money isn't everything when it comes to choosing a major, but it sure helps when the time comes to pay off those student loans.Click To Tweet

    Let’s take a look at the three degrees with the highest and the lowest starting salaries and use PayScale’s data to consider the career trajectories associated with these degrees.

    Degrees with the highest salaries:

    1. Electrical Engineering

    A degree in electrical engineering was determined to be associated with the highest starting salaries. Electrical engineers earn an average salary of $72,602 per year, according to PayScale data. Other jobs associated with this degree, like hardware design engineer and senior project engineer pay even more. The salary range for men with this degree is $66,412 – $129,231. And for women, who are considerably underrepresented in the field — just 14 percent — earnings range from $56,621 – $106,583.

    2. Software Design

    A focus on software design could lead to some pretty lucrative opportunities. Software designers earn an average salary of $78,000 a year. Other related jobs, like lead software engineer and java developer also pay more than $70,000 a year. The software design path is male-dominated, as was true with electrical engineering. Seventy-four percent of the software designers who have participated in PayScale’s Salary Survey are male.

    3. Chemical Engineering

    Men also outnumber women in the field of chemical engineering. Seventy percent of degree holders are male and they can expect to earn between $67,909 and $130,000 per year. Women’s salary range in this occupation is $38,237 – $136,095, according to the PayScale’s data. Working chemical engineers also do well, earning a median salary of $72,707 per year. Other jobs like senior environmental engineer and senior chemical engineer are also high-paying and associated with this degree.

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    Degrees with the lowest salaries:

    1. Pre-K & Kindergarten Education

    The jobs associated with a degree in early childhood education do not pay well. In fact, this degree leads to the lowest starting salaries on the list. Preschool teachers earn an average salary of $12.36 per hour. Other education degrees are also represented on the lowest-salary list. Elementary education degrees were fourth and special education degrees came in at fifth place.

    2. Social Work

    A bachelor’s degree in social work is also associated with a low starting salary. As with education, these degree holders are mainly female. Eighty-eight percent of PayScale’s respondents in this occupation were women. Social workers earn an average salary of just $43,619 on average. The salaries for licensed clinical social workers and child, family, and school social worker, which are on this career track, are somewhat higher but still relatively low compared with other professionals with similar amounts of education and training.

    3. Anthropology/Sociology

    Seventy-one percent of students graduating with a degree in anthropology and sociology are female. The jobs associated with this degree are relatively low-paying. Anthropologists earn an average salary of $49,750. Sociologists can expect to earn a median salary of $51,204. As with other careers on the list, many of the folks who work in those jobs also earned master’s degrees or PhD’s, which helped to bring their salaries up from what they would have earned with a bachelor’s degree.

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    How to Make Working + Mothering Feel Less Like a Circus
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    Originally published on Fairygodboss

    Reva Busby, a senior manager at West Monroe Partners, has some killer advice for working moms: “If you don’t tell people what your ambitions are, they won’t be able to help you achieve them.”

    She’s a mother of three who’s always prioritized her career — and while she’s been fortunate enough to work at a consulting firm that’s doing some incredible things for working parents (BTW, they’re also hiring like crazy!) she gets that juggling working and parenting can sometimes feel like a circus.

    She recently filled us in on her journey as a working mama, which began when she returned to work full-time after having her first child. She realized within a few months that in order to feel satisfied at home, she needed to spend more time with her daughter.

    “Maintaining my career at West Monroe was also a priority for me,” she explains, “so I decided to move to an 80% schedule.”

    While West Monroe now has a formal policy on flexible working, Busby was able to negotiate her schedule even before this policy was in place.

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    “This support structure was invaluable in getting my bearings with this new lifestyle, and I certainly pay it forward to all the other working parents I meet at West Monroe!” Busby says.

    Other women at West Monroe feel similarly: one writes on Fairygodboss, “I am constantly in awe of the women I work with. I’m lucky to be surrounded by very strong, supportive, intelligent women mentors and peers!” Moreover, 100 percent of the employees who have reviewed the company on Fairygodboss would recommend it to other women.

    Busby admits that even though she felt well-supported, the change in her schedule did come with its fair share of pros and cons — but ultimately it was just what she needed to feel personally satisfied both at home and at work.

    She suggests that finding a support system among other working parents is crucial.

    “Largely based on my client project at the time, I ended up bonding the most as a new mom with … new fathers!” Busby tells Fairygodboss. “They saw what their wives were going through as new moms (both in the workplace and at home) and could relate to things like unplanned doctor visits, ad hoc remote working days, baby feeding schedules, sleep deprivation, etc.”

    For new parents who are struggling to find the right balance between their family life and their professional life, Busby emphasizes the importance of being patient and flexible while keeping an eye out for opportunities that “could be hiding in plain sight within your organization. Communicate with your leaders about the opportunities you see within your workplace and how it could be a win/win for both you and your organization.”

    Busby also has some spot-on insight for mamas who are worried about being mommy-tracked, or treated as less ambitious in the workplace because of their choice to have kids: communicate well and be candid and transparent about your intentions and expectations at work.

    “One thing that has been very helpful for me is writing a three-year letter – essentially what you want to achieve both personally and professionally three years from today,” she says.

    “Don’t just keep it to yourself, share it! In this way, you plant the seed on what you are trying accomplish in [your colleagues’] minds and if they see an opportunity that could help you, they will know not to pass you over for it. There are a lot of assumptions made about new moms – what they can, can’t or won’t do in the workplace. Break the cycle by communicating clearly what your intentions are.”

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    Busby has penned a super poignant piece about “the working mom’s juggling act” — and below, in her own words, are six lessons for all the mamas who are struggling to make it work:

    1. Don’t compare yourself to others.

    No one’s personal life is exactly the same, especially once you introduce kids. I found myself looking at peers and getting disheartened that they were passing me by at work. But when I talked to my mentors and trusted career advisors, they reminded me that my life is completely different and it wasn’t a fair comparison. I had to look holistically at my life versus separating personal and professional when assessing my overall happiness.

    2. Find role models and supporters.

    It doesn’t need to be a formal reporting relationship. Find people that you look up to and want your life to be like. There are so many strong women in leadership positions at West Monroe that I am privileged to know and to call my working mom advisors. There are also men that have fought hard on my behalf to land the roles and projects I wanted at the firm. Ask them about their experience and what they do to maintain their satisfaction at work and home. You’ll be surprised how candid people will be when you open up the dialogue, and how much they will want to help you.

    3. Eliminate the word “balance” from your vocabulary; it is all about satisfaction.

    Work-life balance as a working mom (or parent for that matter) is just unrealistic. I would describe it more as a constant juggling act. There are days I only make it home for the tail end of bedtime and there are days I am able to spend three-plus hours in the evening with my kids. The “balance” can swing wildly in either direction, but at the end of the day you have to ask yourself – Am I satisfied across all aspects of my life? If the answer is no, then reevaluate your priorities and what you can do to make yourself happy and be the best possible version of yourself. A great read to help understand this philosophy is Off Balance, by Matthew Kelly – a quick read and personal favorite.

    4. Protect your boundaries.

    Just like your toddler, your colleagues will also test your boundaries.  Once you start to stretch them and make yourself available, the precedent becomes set. Turn the auto-reply on and train your colleagues what an urgent issue looks like. I can only recall one client issue that was so dire it required a phone call on my weekly Friday off at home in over a year. People understand rules and they will learn to respect your boundaries and work around them. Be clear about your timelines and over-communicate. After some time, your colleagues will get used to your new normal. The only person who can protect your boundaries is you.

    5. Outsource everything you feasibly can.

    The best piece of advice I have received is to think about what you feel most strongly about doing yourself and then find ways to outsource the rest. A friend of mine said she felt strongly about elaborate birthday celebrations complete with a chocolate cake from scratch for each of her family member’s birthdays – but she could care less about weekly grocery shopping. So she used PeaPod and Instacart to get groceries delivered.

    On the other hand, I feel very strong about weekly grocery shopping and wanted to spend time doing that myself. So I hired a cleaning service. Just like you would at work, prioritize all the day-to-day tasks and get as much help as you can on the things that matter less if you physically do them yourself. This applies to the workplace as well – if there are tasks you are doing that don’t directly relate to your role or others could do them with a little guidance, find ways to delegate. The great byproduct of this is that is creates opportunity for others.

    6. Compromise is part of the gig.

    You aren’t going to be at every happy hour and you won’t be able to attend all the evening networking events. Be selective in how you spend your time and what you choose to do. Just because you want to do it doesn’t mean you have to. A time will come that you won’t have to worry about this trade-off, but in the meantime – embrace it and move on.

    I still wouldn’t say I feel 100 percent at peace with this change every day in my, previously very linear, career path. Maybe I never will. But what I can tell you is that on the days and evenings I am off work and home with my three little ones, I feel so grateful that I still have a career that I love and am able to spend so much quality time with them – regardless of what my title is at work.

    How To Make Working + Mothering Feel Less Like A Circus originally appeared on Fairygodboss.

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    TED Talks Are Making You a Terrible Public Speaker

    In the decade-plus since they arrived, TED Talks have become incredibly popular with professionals, and for good reason. Where else can you see your favorite novelists, social scientists and self-help gurus speak about creativity, happiness and leadership — with insider stories from underwear models, magicians and ocean explorers?

    But although TED Talks provide inspiration a-plenty, a recent Fast Company article reminds us that they shouldn’t be construed as a blueprint for effective public speaking.

    Anett Grant writes:

    I was watching a private-equity exec speak, but it wasn’t easy—imagine following a ping-pong ball with your eyes as it bounced back and forth for three minutes straight.

    When he finally stopped, I asked him, “Why do you pace?”

    “Pacing helps me control my anxiety,” he said. “And it really works! As long as I keep moving, I feel good.”

    It’s also common in TED Talk speakers — but what looks good on stage and in video doesn’t necessarily inspire an audience in person. If you prepare for your next presentation by mimicking your favorite speakers, you’re likely to miss what makes them so compelling in the first place.

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    What Most Effective Public Speakers Have in Common

    1. They move strategically.

    As Grant points out, “moving and gesturing strategically isn’t the same as just pacing back and forth.” It might look like TED speakers are aimlessly pacing around, but they’re moving with purpose.

    Several of TED speaker coach Gina Barnett’s tips for public speakers revolve around movement or body language, and they all boil down to this: don’t move just to move. For example, she says to beware of repetitive motion.

    “You can walk,” she says, “but not pace. You can step forward and or back, but not rock.”

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    2. They tell stories.

    Carmine Gallo, author of Talk Like TED: The 9-Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, advises speakers to tell stories, not recite facts.

    “Tell stories to reach people’s hearts and minds,” he writes at Forbes. “Brain scans reveal that stories stimulate and engage the human brain, helping the speaker connect with the audience and making it much more likely that the audience will agree with the speaker’s point of view.”

    He continues, “Recently I wrote this column about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Her original TED talk was going to be ‘chock full of facts and figures, and nothing personal.’ Instead she told three stories and ignited a movement. Stories connect us. Tell more of them.”

    Why are stories so important? Because they’re designed not only to reveal what’s important to the speaker, but to connect with the listener. You could convey the same information with a bulleted list — but you can’t make people care about that same information without telling them a story.

    3. They resist the urge to lecture.

    The difference between telling a story and delivering a lecture is that the first is an interactive process — especially if you’re speaking to a conference room-sized audience, and not an auditorium full of people.

    You want your audience to feel that you’re communicating with them. That means making eye contact and connecting with your supporters (meaning, the folks who are listening to you with an open expression, not the scowlers).

    Above all, be willing to adapt. If it seems like you’re losing your audience, be prepared to switch gears. Remember that your goal, like a TED speaker’s, is to move your audience — but that the rules are different when you’re not wearing a headset and not potentially speaking to an internet audience of millions.

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    Do These 5 Things and Be Happier at Work

    When you’re truly miserable at work, you might need to make big changes: a new job, a new boss, maybe even a new career. But between misery and your dream job lies a vast gray area. Most people live and work in that gray area for some of their careers, not hating what they do, but not exactly loving it, either.

    That’s fine — despite the hype, you don’t necessarily need to do what you love in order to have a satisfying career and a happy life. But if you’re getting the feeling that you could be happier at work, there are often things you can do to make that a reality. Start with these (no new job required!).

    1. Get up earlier — even if it’s just 15 minutes.

    “A few years ago, because I wanted a calmer, less hurried morning with my family, I started getting up earlier — and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve started setting my alarm earlier and earlier,” writes Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, at her blog.

    Many famously successful people are early risers, but you don’t have to get up at 6 a.m. to reap the benefits of moving your alarm back a few minutes. Getting up and running just a little bit earlier could help fight that harried feeling that plagues many of us in the mornings. Get into the office before anyone’s there to bother you, or linger over a cup of coffee in your own home. Start the day with some peace.

    Many successful people are early risers, but you don’t have to get up at 6 a.m. to reap the benefits.Click To Tweet

    2. Develop an internal locus of control.

    Psychologists use the term “locus of control” to describe how people perceive their ability to affect their circumstances. Those with an internal locus of control feel that they can affect what happens to them; those with an external locus of control chalk things up to fate, the boss’s whims, etc. Cultivate the former, and you’ll feel a lot more agency in your life and career — and that will enable you to jump on chances to improve your situation when they arise.

    3. Set aside time for real work.

    Is your company meeting-crazy? If so, you might need to be proactive about carving out space in your schedule to do heads-down work. Block out time in your calendar, as if you were attending a meeting, and make a commitment to getting stuff done during that time. It’ll help if you can get your manager on your side, so you can decline any truly extraneous meetings in favor of working on your to-do list.

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    4. Develop your master plan.

    Where do you want to be next year, in five years, in 10 years? Your answers will evolve over time, as opportunities come up and your industry changes, but it’s worth thinking about where you want to go in the long-term. Doing so will help you chart a path from here to there, and make you feel like you’re getting somewhere right now.

    5. Unplug from the office.

    When it comes to work-life balance, technology giveth and technology taketh away. The good: you can work from home, if your company allows it. The bad: you might wind up working all the time.

    As much as possible, it’s important to give yourself a quitting time and stick with it. That means keeping your phone out of the bedroom and resisting the urge to check your work email late at night, first thing in the morning, or when you’re supposed to be watching your kid’s soccer game.

    That’s sometimes easier said than done, if your company’s corporate culture dictates accessibility at all times. But unless you’re specifically told that you’re expected to respond, don’t assume that it’s required. It’s in your employer’s best interests to have a well-rested, productive worker.

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