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What’s Your Passion?

What’s Your Passion?

A long time ago, I taught essay writing at the University of Illinois in Chicago, my alma mater. Like other instructors, I held office hours for individual student consultations. One day I was meeting with a young man who was the worst student in my class. He had...
The Skills Of A Skilled Trade

The Skills Of A Skilled Trade

I keep throwing around the term “skilled trades,” and some of you might be thinking: don’t all jobs require skills? To some extent that’s true. But some skills can be acquired pretty easily. The working world is filled with jobs that can be learned well enough for a...
Your Passion: Find It…Or Develop It?

Your Passion: Find It…Or Develop It?

If you’re on the brink of adulthood, you’re probably hearing a lot of people say that you’ll know what you want to do for a living when you “find your passion.” It turns out they might have this just a bit wrong. They’ve got the “passion” part right. But, new studies...
Not Sure About A Career Path? A Mentor Can Help

Not Sure About A Career Path? A Mentor Can Help

There is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you’re about to finish high school and you’re still unclear about a career choice. It’s a tough decision – especially with the constant changes in the world. Will a steady job in a particular industry be a sure thing 15,...
Next Step: Planning What Happens Directly After Graduation

Next Step: Planning What Happens Directly After Graduation

Many of your classmates might be headed off to college, but the truth is that a four-year degree isn’t for everyone – and it isn’t needed by everyone – to have a successful career. What seems like a “you’re crazy if you don’t” scenario actually wasn’t even attempted...