What is the best way to avoid being locked in to a job that you really don't want to be in, but may have taken just to have a job?

My recommendation is not to take a position you are not interested in.  Your motivation for taking the job is not the best to have.  It is best to take a part-time role and then find the job that…

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I am deciding between two schools for graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering. How much do companies pay attention to engineering rankings? Would potential employers/hiring managers care more about the engineering rankings or more about the name of the school? Would this depend on the industry or role as well? For example, would the answer to this question depend on if I went into a technical role or a consulting role? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

While an individual schools ranking is not a final decision maker when it comes to a job offer, a school with a strong reputation, history of academic rigor and a track record of producing strong graduates…

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What is the best time to start applying for full-time opportunities? I am a graduate student (Masters) with a research assistantship with a professor in my department, so I will not have any industry experience (internship) during summer. Will this effect my job prospects? I will graduate in May 2015.

While, I do think being in your industry through internships and on the job training will help further your career prospects, I don't think it will make or break your next steps. Make sure to start building…

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I am a student in college and I am learning about networking to find a career. I am not originally from United States, but I came here 9 months ago; therefore, I do not know many people in the States. How would you recommend I go about networking to find a job given my scenario?

Getting involved in campus student groups, professional trade associations and volunteer organizations is a fantastic way to meet people with similar interests as well as build your network. Once you get involved,…

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Will working at restaurants for 8 years and a factory job for 3 years affect an employers decision to hire someone? I'm in college at the moment and working towards a degree to get out of that line of work, but would employers look down at my past jobs?

Companies like to see that an individual is well-rounded and has had work experience in the past. Often times, it’s better if that work experience is relatable to the new position you are applying for…

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