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NCAA Programs

LearnEarnRetire works with NCAA programs via speaking appearances, workshops and program development around ‘Outcome-Based Life-Skills.’  We recognize the unique, demanding and challenging world of today’s student-athletes.  Our work focuses on giving these athletes advantage in regard to:

  • Leaving college employed
  • Thriving and advancing in their new role
  • Replace that position efficiently if need be
  • Become smart with their money
  • Have a plausible and actionable plan to move them toward financial independence over the course of their career

Eligibility is not enough for student athletes.  We must up the ante and look through to employment and financial well-being. (More...)

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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...

Easy Steps to a Comfortable Retirement If You Don't Squander Your 20's

In the spring of this year the Class of 2015 ushered more than 1.8 million college graduates into the workforce. For most of these graduates, getting a job was priority number one. A first job provides a new kind of independence: the ability to move into one’s own space, pay for expenses and budget. It also opens the opportunity to create financial independence for the rest of your life. Read More...

5 Ways Students can C.R.A.F.T. an Effective Social Media Presence 

Your social media presence is now becoming as important as your resume.  As the founder of SocialAssurity, Alan Katzman says, “…Young people view their social media as a peer to peer message but that is not reality, it is a global message.”  Today we introduce Alan Katzaman as a contributing author.  I recommend his site, and product offerings in that I always learn a lot from our interactions.  He is a thought leader in the field.  Welcome Alan! Read More...

3 Reasons That 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.


It's Showtime, Welcome to The Big Leagues

Congratulations, you’ve finally made it to your first adult job, or what I like to refer to the ‘Bigs’. For those of you familiar with baseball, the term is taken from the Big Leagues, and your first job is just the start! While it can be easy to get caught up in all the changes associated with this phase of your life, it’s important that you take a moment to reflect on your future career. Read More...

Being Money Smart: Lessons From 'The Millionaire Next Door'

I often quote the blockbuster bestseller (a bit dated in its research, but still completely on target) The Millionaire Next Door. The basic lesson is under-consumption for sake of long-term investment and your financial freedom. In this work, authors Thomas Stanley and William Danko researched self-made millionaires in America in order to find best practices that can serve as a guide to us all. Read More...

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What is an Emergency Fund?

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.

What Is An Emergency Fund?


What To Do In College to be Successful

The Study

About a year ago, Gallup and Purdue released a study where they tested workers just beyond mid-career in order to assess them on two fronts:

  1. Engagement:  As Gallup put it in the study,Engagement is more than job satisfaction..."


The Single Most Important Interview Secret

I recently read a great book for young people who are transitioning from college to career. The Bigs, by Ben Carpenter, offers some of the clearest thinking and ‘how-to’ advice I have come across for 18-24 year-olds. In addition to his book, his website is full of valuable information accented by 13 short The Bigs Videos that are must-sees for every emerging college student (and their parents as well). Let me give you an example (and I am paraphrasing), of when Ben was asked about job interviews: Read More...

New Grads Are Seeking Professional 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! 

Here are the top 5 things that the class of 2015 rated as “important” in this new NACE survey:


Spend More Time Studying For a Midterm Then Prepping for the Spring Career Fair? Really? Are You Nuts?

Across thousands of campuses this semester there will be a Spring Career Fair, and it is essential to your future that you attend and participate.  It serves a few very important purposes:

  • It is often a path to internships and jobs
  • It is a great chance to build your professional network
  • And it is also a opportunity for you to deploy and enhance your job search skills


All About Internships 

The summer is upon us and hundreds of thousands will be in the internship mix.  One might think, ‘Great I got an internship and I will':

  • Learn something
  • Enhance my resume and LinkedIn profile
  • Make some money
  • Have some fun 

Those things might happen but NO, that is not the primary objective.  Companies employ interns because they are looking them over as a potential, future employee.  It is a 60 day job interview!  Act accordingly. 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
  • Virtual Leveraging others that you do not yet know to proactively grow the ‘reach’ of your search

LinkedIn is an incredible tool for both sides of the equation and is often not utilized to its full potential.


The World Rewards Those Who Make The World Go Faster

When you think about it, those who make things happen in life are both sought after and paid more richly.  Some people, by their very involvement, make ‘the world go faster.’

  • They better their employers
  • They better their work groups
  • They have a positive impact on groups or associations that they belong to
  • They seem to get more accomplished than others

Simply put, they just seem to make things happen. Read More...

Five Top Achievements - Essentials to Brag About

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: 

Interviewing Tip #6 reads like this: 

Have Five Top Achievements Ready To Discuss: Be sure to have some brief notes available that outline a handful of the best projects you have done previously. Be ready to talk about why and how they were a success, meaning you should have numbers, percentages, etc… at your disposal during this discussion. Read More...

Referencing 101

At some juncture in the interview process you will need to provide references.  By this time things are getting serious.  Generally you are not asked to submit references until the employer is near the hiring decision and you have made it through most of the gauntlet.

The last thing you want to do is to submit names without notifying those contacts that you are using them as a reference.  If you don’t, they are about to be ambushed by someone contacting them.  Can you say awkward?  They don’t know what the role is, how you might or might not be good at it, or even your level of desire for the role. Read More...

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...

What Do You Want? - From Your College Experience?

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.

You have a much better shot of hitting a target with greater efficiency if you have even a general idea of what your are aiming at.

Think about it, why are you in College?  What do you want out of this?Read More...