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Alan J. McMillan

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First Jobs Can Be Precedent Setting

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Your first job is very important as you depart from campus. If you have done a great search, you not only have a job, but it is the first step in a career that you are very excited about. It should be an area or industry that will grow over the course of your working years, so as you become great, opportunity abounds.

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Starting Salaries for Master's Degree Graduates

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Mon, Nov 02, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

NACE has published its Fall Salary Survey and here are the median starting salaries for those with a master’s degree by major. These are NOT estimates; this is real data from hiring companies reporting back to NACE.

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Topics: Financial Independence, starting salaries

Salary Survey - Starting Salaries by Academic Major - Class of 2015

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 @ 08:30 AM


The NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey is out. It reports starting salaries (excluding: bonuses, fringe benefits and commissions). 

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Topics: Job Search, Financial Independence

Debt, Both Credit Card and Student Loans – Some Quick Advice

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

How you manage money while you are on campus really affects life after college. By and large, students have been given NO personal finance training prior to college, and little to none on campus. Yet they have a mountain of decisions to make.

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The Physical vs. Virtual Job Search – Expanding Your Employment Opportunities

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 01:49 PM


On campus you are surrounded by many events and opportunities to find employment through internships and/or full time jobs. These fall into the category of the ‘physical job search’ which include events and contacts that you can physically engage with to find an opportunity.

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Topics: Job Search

Twitter Lays Off 8%of Its Workforce – How To Be Ready For an Unexpected Disruption of Employment

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

Who could have imagined the highflying Twitter, experiencing massive growth and industry leadership, would now be facing a major layoff. The message? We all need to be prepared for our next, and often unexpected, job search in the new economy. 

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If You Have a 401k and You Will, It's Time to Know a Little Something About the Stock Market – Short and Sweet

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

When it comes to long term investing, usually through a 401k, your money ends up in the stock market and for good reason. Most often it is in mutual funds, which are simply baskets of stocks, bonds, or other mutual funds. The reason for going this route is that it pays more than say putting your money into a savings account or CDs...a LOT more. But Wall Street (the epicenter of the US stock market) has its ups and downs.

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Topics: Financial Independence

I Just Got a Rejection – I’m Pissed – What Is One to Do?

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

As baseball Hall of Famer Connie Mack said, ‘You can’t win them all.’  But that does not lessen the sting of NO. 

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Dream Big and May Those Dreams Frighten You

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 07:00 AM


Pope Francis just visited and regardless of your faithfulness or lack thereof, he moved everyone he came in contact with. I believe he inspired us to raise the bar of expectation on a variety of issues. Don’t settle for what is given today, but raise the bar to a grander vision. I think that this touches on a huge issue facing us today and with that, reveals opportunity for all of us. 

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Should You Have Your College Logo On Your Business Card?

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

A reader wrote in last week with a question: “Is it OK to have your college's logo on your business card?” 

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