I'm newly employed and glad I found a job. I've been at my company for about 6 months. I was one of five that earned a group "lunch with the CEO" for my good work last month. During the lunch, our CEO was giving advice on life and everything in between. One thing he said to me that made me unconsciously cringe was that "If you like more than 30% of your job, you're better off than most." Is this true?!?! Am I going to be faced with having to deal with disliking the greater majority of my job throughout my career?

Congratulations on your new job.  It's nice that you had a chance early in your career to have lunch with your CEO.

I can understand your reaction to your CEO's comments.  I believe the comments…

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I am entering my last year in college (may 2014 graduation) and had a few questions about applying for jobs. When should I start applying? Also, I am thinking about moving out to the west coast from the east, but want to try and find a job first. Should I mention in my cover letter that I am willing to relocate? Will this be an issue especially if I am offered an interview especially since I won't be nearby to go in? What if it is during the school year when classes are in session? Would it be better to move out to the west coast, then look for jobs? Thank You!!

Great questions you have about applying for jobs!  I would recommend starting to look for jobs now.  The jobs that are available are always changing so you never know when a job that interests you…

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I graduated in May with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Applied Statistics. Due to extenuating family circumstances spanning my freshman year through the summer after my junior year of college, I was unable to get an significant internship experience. My GPA also suffered (>2.5 but <3.0). I've been applying for any sort of entry-level business/finance/data analysis positions and I've landed a few interviews, but no job offers yet. I have a part-time job right now, so I at least have something to put on my resume post-grad, but I'd like to find a full-time job or internship that's actually relevant to my future career goals. However, full-time position I've seen requires either a higher GPA or past experience, and most internships require that applicants still be enrolled in college. Should I still apply for these positions? I DO have past experience with things like data analysis or market research via classes (term projects) but I feel like highlighting this in my cover letter hasn't been enough to overcome my low GPA and lack of internships.

I would not recommend applying for internships since you have already graduated college. Most companies will not consider graduated students unless you are currently pursuing a Masters Degree. I would recommend…

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My son is starting college and says he wants to be a Physical Therapist - sports related. What are your thoughts on this once he finishes graduate school?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor the demand for Physical therapists is expected to increase 36% from 2012-20221.  There are additional factors to consider that may affect this trend…

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How can I polish my personal brand? I get that I describe myself and what I'd like to be known/remembered for, but do you have suggestions on ways you've seen this most successfully presented? Thanks!

You are correct to think about career development from the standpoint of your personal brand.  Everyone who is working or seeking a job has one, good or bad.  Your on-line profile is the first step…

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