What is an Emergency Fund?

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Tue, Apr 04, 2017 @ 09:54 AM

Every major financial guru that I know recommends having an emergency fund, and for good reason. This MUST be part of your financial plans as you move forward. Modest, regular funding into an emergency fund will get you to where you need to be over time.

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Topics: career, Financial Independence

Economic Shocks – Get Ready – Example Intel

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Intel, a darling of Silicon Valley high-tech and the business world in general, announced Tuesday that they were laying off 12,000 people (about 11% of their workforce).  If there are any sure bets for stable employment, surely one would have thought Intel was one of them.

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Topics: Financial Independence, career

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

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

A Quest for Betterment (the Prerequisite for Success)

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 03:20 PM

The work at LearnEarnRetire is for the 18-24 year old, usually in college, but always in a quest for betterment.

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Topics: Financial Independence, Alan McMillan, Denial of Mastery, Permanent Beta

Why You Go to College – Is This You?

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

UCLA’s CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) just released a survey on why students go to college.  About 300,000 freshmen students from approximately 300 four year colleges completed the survey prior to the start of classes.  This body of work spans over 40 years of data and expertise in the subject matter itself.

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Topics: College, Job Search, Financial Independence, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Passion

Five Top Achievements – Essentials to Brag About

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Sat, Mar 15, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

This is from a recent Campus-to-Career.com blog (7 Crucial Tips for Interviewing) http://campus-to-career.com/2014/03/11/7-crucial-interview-tips/ regarding interview preparation: 

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Topics: Job Search, Financial Independence, Alan McMillan, College Experience, Job Fair, Branding, Dream Jobs, Job Search Radar Tool

The Most Important Factor of Interview Preparation

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

There are many areas you can work on and develop regarding interview preparation.  This blog will focus on the most important one, research.

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Topics: Personal Networking, Job Search, Job Preparation, Financial Independence, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Career Advantage, LinkedIn

What Do You Want? – From Your College Experience?

Posted by Alan McMillian on Sat, Dec 14, 2013 @ 10:31 AM

When you are a senior in college you have invested 16 years of your life on education, not even counting pre-school and Kindergarten.  It is reasonable to ask, why?  What do you want?  Not from only from college, but from your life.

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Topics: College, Financial Independence, Alan McMillan, Retirement, Retirement Age, Debt Free, College Experience, What Do You Want?