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You may be in or considering graduate school.  We will speak to both:

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If the next logical step in your career progression is gradate school terrific, it is a piece of your plan.  

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How Do I Elevate My Personal Brand?

Think of the concept of branding like this:  A hiring manager has two different candidates under consideration.  All elements being equal:

  • Candidate A:  Has general ambition, good potential, skills and grades
  • Candidate B:  


A High-Activity Process-Based Job Search

A High-Activity Process-Based Job Search 

The job search itself boils down to this:  You take Your Brand (who you are) and couple that with the amplification potential of Your Network (who you know and who they know) and insert them into a High-Activity Processed-Based job search. Read More...

New Role Preparation - 4 Steps to a Great Start

The essential element when beginning every new role is excellent preparation.  If you are starting an internship, a new job or a promotion within the organization, preparation is key. Terrific preparation for a new position does two things: First: You walk into the assignment with more confidence. Read More...

3 Reasons Your 20's Are Your Defining Decade

Your twenty-something years are critical for your success for three reasons:

  • Biologically: Your brain will go through its final growth spurt and rewire itself for adulthood. You want to make the changes NOW that will reward you for the rest of your life.


Starting Salaries for Master's Degree Students

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) has published its Winter 2016 Salary survey for those with Master’s Degrees. Below is real data of median income salaries from hiring companies who reported back to NACE. As with all other salary information, the salary itself does not tell the whole story on earnings.  Read More...

Dream Big and May Those Dreams Frighten You

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.  Read More...

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New Grads Are Seeking Personal Growth Opportunities 

As the class of 2015 entered the job market, they reported that the ‘opportunity for personal growth’ was high on their list of things they were looking for in the workplace.  It was rated higher than job security itself. But… you already knew that, because you are out in front in subscribing to this blog and sharpening your life/career skills every week!  Read More...

How to Build Your Personal Network

It is widely known that other than your accomplishments and abilities (your brand), the most important game-changer is your personal network.

Want to know how to build your personal network? You need to network with people who are going where you are going, or are at where you are headed. 

It is that simple.

A Quest For Betterment (The Prerequisite for Success)

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

Toward that end, I want to share some advice I got from a book that I think is one of the best books ever on networking and professional development, The Start-Up of YOU


How to Reject a Job Offer Without Burning a Bridge

The objective of every job search is to receive multiple job offers. These offers provide you flexibility, choices and the option to select the best strategic opportunity for yourself. Jobs or roles within a company are two to four year career stepping-stones on track to your career destination. Read More...

3 Secrets for Recruiters to Find You on LinkedIn

When you search for employment or internships, effective searching is a combination of:

  • Physical People you come in contact with that either you know, are introduced to you, or at events like career fairs


Economic Shocks - Get Ready - Example Intel

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.


Career Passion is Essential; Listen to Steve Jobs - And How to Discover Yours

Steve Jobs said it best (I will paraphrase a bit), “People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you are doing, and it’s totally true.  The reason is because it is so hard (that) if you don’t, any rational person would give up.  It’s really hard, and you have to do it over a sustained period of time.  So if you don’t love it, you’re not having fun doing it, you are going to give up.  That’s what happens to most people.    The ones who became successful did the things they loved so they could persevere when the going gets tough.” Read More...

Leveraging Campus Resources for Your Job Search

Once you land in your first role, you can rest assured that your new employer wants a highly engaged employee.  What’s that?  Employees who operate consistently above and beyond the norm.  Better described they: 

  1. Put the Company or Organizational above themselves
  2. Put the Mission of the Organization above themselves
  3. Leverage, creatively, all available resources


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

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.

  • The average credit card debt per students in 2013 was $7,000 (not students loans, credit cards!) – CNN


Interview Preparation - An Essential Lesson

A friend of mine whom I greatly respect was interviewing a recent college grad for his hot newly public company.  The company offers high growth, great culture, equity and cash compensation for everyone, and a fun and energetic place to work.  This job will be a dream position for a new college grad. Read More...

Choosing Your Best Career Path

Some of life’s greatest pleasures come from the ability of choice. Whether we are thinking about where to live, who to love, or what to buy, we all like the ability to choose. The same can be said about choosing your career path. While there is no magic formula or treasure map to follow that will ultimately lead you to your ideal job and career, there are a few things you can do to help make the decision easier. Read More...

Financial Independence? The Earn to Burn Ratio

Financial Independence Revealed In Your Earn to Burn Ratio (lets keep it simple) The quest for Financial Independence (aka Financial Freedom) too often provokes more questions than answers.  Ratios and advice are often complicated and lacking.  For the emerging college student, once you hit the workforce there is a flurry of demands that come at you.  Read More...