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Be Wary of That 'Follow Your Dreams' Mantra

It's usually 'empty advice,' writes essayist

(Newser) - An untold number of college graduates are about to be told to go forth into the world with advice of the "follow your dreams" and "do what you love" variety. And even those who graduated long ago hear the mantra of "quit your day job" and "... More »

These 10 Jobs Pay the Best

Glassdoor's top US rankings all offer salaries in the six figures

(Newser) - Sure, money isn't everything, but that doesn't mean you're going to complain if your job comes with a fat paycheck. Glassdoor has published its 2016 list of the highest-paying jobs in America, courtesy of individuals who self-reported their salaries, and there's one caveat for cash-seekers: More... More »

No One Wants This $267K Job With 3 Months of Vacation

Maybe because it's a grueling gig in the middle of rural New Zealand

(Newser) - Dr. Alan Kenny is offering a fellow doctor a $267,000 annual salary, three months of vacation, and a half-share of his New Zealand practice, the Guardian reports. And with 6,000 patients, his business in rural Tokoroa is booming, to the point where Kenny can't take time off.... More »

Best, Worst Graduate Degrees

Fortune magazine looks at which provide the best bang for the buck

(Newser) - With graduation time here, Fortune asked Payscale to determine the best and worst graduate degrees. Salaries aren't the only factor; the survey also took into account things such as job growth, stress, and satisfaction. The top five winners and losers, along with the median salary for each: Best Graduate ... More »

What It's Like to Be an Adjunct Prof With a Grocery Job

Matt Debenham spends his mornings at the store before heading to campuses

(Newser) - Being an adjunct professor isn't an easy job , nor is it a steady one—and it's certainly not lucrative. "Sometimes I think I did everything wrong" in leaving work in PR to focus on teaching, writes Matt Debenham at Buzzfeed . But while "there are a lot... More »

What You Earn for Life Likely Set Before You're 30: Report

Federal Reserve Bank of NY says bulk of earnings growth happens in one's 20s

(Newser) - Those who like predicting how much they'll have by the time they retire may want to peruse the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's latest research. The bank's report , which analyzed the careers of 5 million workers over four decades, found that it's the first 10... More »

Successful at Work? Thank Your Partner

Researchers find that conscientious spouses do wonders for one's career

(Newser) - Who wouldn't love a partner willing to take on extra chores and errands? It turns out that a conscientious spouse isn't just good for household management and harmony, but for one's success at work, too, according to research out of Washington University. While one's own personality... More »

How to Deal With a Bad Boss: Be Passive-Aggressive

Study points to benefits of not just putting up with it

(Newser) - If you've got a bad boss, you're not alone: USA Today last year reported that 75% of workers see their bosses as the most negative aspect of their jobs, and 65% would take a new boss rather than a raise. A study in Denmark, meanwhile, suggests terrible management,... More »

Moms With More Kids Get More Done at Work

But research comes with some caveats

(Newser) - Having kids doesn't hurt a mom's performance at work; in fact, it may enhance it, a study suggests. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (who are all male, the Washington Post reports) found that in the span of three decades, moms were more productive than... More »

In Your 20s? Here's How to Get a Fatter Salary at 40

Job-hop now, study finds

(Newser) - A new study has a message for twentysomethings: To land a better-paying job that you love when you're older, it's healthy to job-hop now. It seems that frequent job-switchers boost their odds of having higher-paying, more satisfying jobs in their 30s and 40s, the Atlantic reports. While the... More »

Days Before NBA Draft, a Devastating Diagnosis

Isaiah Austin has Marfan syndrome, can no longer play basketball

(Newser) - A routine physical delivered career-ending news for Isaiah Austin, a former Baylor Bears star who was expected to be drafted to the NBA late in the first round Thursday. After the EKG test at the NBA combine came back with abnormal results, additional genetic tests revealed that the 20-year-old center... More »

Why 90% of Doctors Don't Recommend Their Job

We're seeing a 'war on physicians': Daniela Drake

(Newser) - According to a survey last year , nine of 10 doctors wouldn't recommend their career to others; some 300 doctors commit suicide yearly. All that's not surprising, writes Daniela Drake at the Daily Beast : "Simply put, being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating undertaking," she... More »

The Year's 10 Best Jobs

Hiring tip: Be good with computers

(Newser) - Trying to decide on a career direction? US News & World Report is offering a list of the year's 100 best jobs—where "best" means good opportunities, good pay, job security, and decent work-life balance. Computer- and health-related work comes out on top:
  1. Software developer: The Bureau of
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Girls Who Play With Barbies Dream Small

Study: They see fewer career options than those who play with Mrs. Potato Head

(Newser) - Barbie might be trying to show a brainier side , but little girls who play with the iconic dolls are learning more than anatomic impossibility: They're also lowering their career aspirations, reports Fast Company . A new study—conducted on an admittedly small scale of 37 4- to 7-year-olds who spent... More »

Poll: 70% Hate Their Jobs

And that ping-pong table isn't helping

(Newser) - If you're reading this at a job you hate, you're in good company: Some 70% of Americans either hate or are totally uninterested in their jobs, a Gallup study of 150,000 people finds. While some 18% are "actively disengaged"—for instance, actually looking for jobs... More »

5 Steps to Fix Work-Life Balance

US policy far behind other countries'

(Newser) - Following much-discussed articles like Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic piece, the question of work-life balance—particularly for women—is again in the spotlight, and that's a very good thing, writes Sarah Seltzer at Salon . The fact is, the US is embarrassingly behind on the issue. But a few policy changes... More »

New Link to Birth Defects: Dad's Job

Artists, physicists, hairdressers among jobs associated with increased risk

(Newser) - Yet another thing for pregnant women to worry about: Their partner's choice of profession in the months before conception could increase the risk of birth defects in their newborns, finds a new study. Researchers studied more than 14,000 dads who worked in one of 63 job categories from... More »

More Young Women Want to Earn the Big Bucks

Even more so than young men, says Pew survey

(Newser) - Among today's young people, more young women are eager to rake in cash than are their male counterparts. Some two-thirds of 18- to 34-year-old women say a successful, high-paying job is "one of the most important things" or "very important" to them, a Pew report finds, compared... More »

CEOs Get Paid Big Bucks to Sit in Meetings, Eat Lunch

Study finds they spend a third of their time in meetings

(Newser) - It's no big secret that CEOs can make completely ridiculous amounts of money; what is less obvious to some is what they do that's so darn valuable. A group of London School of Economics and Harvard Business School scholars decided to dig into one aspect of CEOs' work... More »

10 Careers That Are Dwindling Away

Farmers, postal processors, switchboard operators face job loss

(Newser) - Unemployment may be easing , but certain jobs seem to be sliding into the dustbin of history. The Huffington Post lists 10 on the skids, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
  1. Farmers and ranchers: expected to lose 96,100 jobs by 2020. Mechanized farming is taking over.
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