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If you’re heading off to college this fall, there’s going to be one hundred and one things that need doing (not to mention the need to pick a fabulous outfit for your prom). When you arrive at college, you’re likely to step headlong into a whirlwind of places to go, forms to sign, and parties to rock. It’s undoubtedly a fun time, but one that needs a pretty significant amount of preparation if you want to be in with a chance of a smooth transition period. You’ll probably be making a final decision on which school to attend next month (if you haven’t done so already), so the time you have to prepare for college is decreasing rapidly. Hopefully you will have made significant inroads into finalizing your financial aid package by now too, so let’s take a look at the other preparations you should be making.

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There was once a time when the majority of business schools would interview every applicant to their course of study. In recent years that approach has changed, with many MBA admissions officers issuing interview invitations primarily to those applicants they are most interesting in having enrol on the course. Indeed, being invited to interview for an MBA course is indicative that you stand a good chance of being accepted onto the program. That is assuming you don’t blow it of course! Here are five quick tips to help you sail through your MBA interview with flying colours.

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With the cost of college tuition rising at a seemingly relentless rate, there’s more reason than ever to seek out some sort of financial assistance. Applying for relevant scholarships is just one way that students can bring down the cost of attending college. There is literally thousands and thousands of dollars available, so it makes sense for you to at least check out the possibilities. Here’s a list of 10 scholarships you might consider applying for. 

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Imagine this. You’ve walked away with a good degree from a good university (it might even be great on both counts). You’re ready to get to work in the career of your dreams. You’ve had your eye on one or two roles that you just know would be perfect for you and you’re feeling pretty confident that you’ll be in the running. What if you weren’t in the running though? Whether the potential employer didn’t even bother to get back to you or whether you got to the interview stage, for whatever reason you didn’t get the job. Could it be a lack of soft skills that’s the problem?

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There’s no getting away from the fact that college is expensive. The 2012 College Board report “Trends in College Pricing” puts the average annual tuition and fees for out-of-state students attending a public four-year institution at $21,706. By the time additional costs are factored in, that already significant figure reaches $30,911. When that figure is multiplied by four, you’re looking at a serious outlay (like $30,000 plus wasn’t serious enough). Parents can reasonably expect to contribute half to two-thirds of the total cost of college, so for all but the very wealthiest of families, it makes sense to think of saving for college as a necessity. Here are five tips to help parents succeed. 

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The benefits of an online education are easily understood. The cost factor is the one that immediately comes to mind, but there are many other advantages to pursuing an online degree. With the exception of perhaps a handful of online colleges that require a student to login at certain times, the majority of online courses offer a degree of flexibility that courses taught at traditional bricks and mortar campuses just can’t match. Not only can students choose when they study, studying online allows students to “attend” pretty much any college of their choosing without geographical limitations or concern for pre-existing work or childcare commitments. It all sounds wonderful, and for most students it is. That doesn’t mean it’s for everybody though. Just like a decision to attend college in person should be made carefully, so should the decision to study online. Here are some factors that students should consider before deciding to pursue an online education. 

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There’s a lot to be said for online education. There’s the flexibility, the open scheduling, the lack of commute, not to mention the cost savings. It’s an attractive proposition that has seen more than six million students step up to the challenge. One of the few downsides to online education is often identified as a lack of opportunity to socialize with other students and build a professional network. Does that really have to be the case though? If you choose online education, are you really signing up for years of isolation? Not necessarily so. As the old adage goes “no man is an island,” and never does that ring more true than when you are studying an online course. 

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Bold typeface, italics, fancy layouts …. there are plenty of tried and tested methods of making your resume stand out in the crowd. The only problem is that in the modern digital landscape, they’re about as much use as a chocolate teapot.

Why?

Because the chances of a real person actually reading your resume at the initial application stage are becoming increasingly remote. When the time comes (and for the graduating class of 2013 it is nipping at your heels), the chances are that many of the jobs you apply for are likely to be posted online. What that means in practice is that your resume has to be good enough to impress a sophisticated software application before it is ever glanced at by an actual recruiter. 

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When it comes to student debt, there’s a statistic, opinion, or unusual fact about pretty much everything. Here is a small selection of the more interesting ones. 

1. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that almost 20 million Americans attend college or university each year, close to 60% of whom cover the cost with annual borrowing.

2. According to CNBC, the average college student from the graduating class of 2011 had a total of $26,600 in student loans. This represents a five percent increase from the comparative average debt in 2010. 

3. Only one third of college students will graduate completely free from the burden of student loan debt repayments.

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No matter how well respected a college or university may be, most college students will be fully signed up to the fact that it’s incredibly important to “read around” a subject to order to gain a deeper understanding of differing viewpoints.

With questions being asked as to whether colleges are fully preparing marketing majors for modern-day marketing, it’s never been more important for college students to keep themselves in the loop. Thanks to the internet (and the growing importance of content marketing) there are several blogs that will provide marketing majors with an insight into the fabulous world of marketing that they might not get from college alone. 

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It’s that time again. A new year; a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. No doubt many of you will have made several resolutions – exercise more, party less, study harder? 

Some of you may even have decided to start a blog. 

You’d be in good company. According to NM Incite, there were over 181 million blogs by the end of 2011. Blogging is undoubtedly big business and it’s likely to get even bigger as consumers the world over demand increasing amounts of informative, relevant, and timely content. 

You might have been thinking that your blog would be a channel for personal satisfaction; an outlet to express personal musings. While that’s a decent aim, and one that according to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2011 is shared by 60% of bloggers, there is so much more you could be using your blog for. 

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Business News Daily, a site aimed at startups and small businesses, suggests that internships are on the rise. 

The concept of internships is hardly the sole premise of Capitol Hill. Industries from utilities to cosmetics offer hundreds of thousands of internship placements each year. The suggestion that they will become ever more popular is a view that is shared by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) whose 2012 Internship and Co-op Survey reported that the number of internships was expected to increase by 8.5 percent in 2012.

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Unless you have extremely rich (and extremely generous) parents, it’s likely that your time as a student will also be a time spent being fairly poor. You won’t be alone by any means – the words “student” and “poor” pretty much go hand in hand. When rich parents don’t come into the equation, here’s our top ten tips to help you avoid a financial meltdown at college.

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Despite the rising costs of postgraduate study, the benefits of gaining an MBA are easy to understand. The prospect of enjoying accelerated career progression and earning higher salaries is a natural draw card for students who are deciding whether to continue their studies at a higher level. The QS TopMBA.com Applicant Survey reports that, for 60% of respondents, the US is the preferred study destination for applicants to MBA programs. Following hot on the heels of the US, with 40% of respondents expressing a desire to study in the country, is the UK.

It makes sense for students seeking to complete their MBA in the UK to want to attend a top tier business school. The Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2012 offer an worthy insight into which UK programs offer the most positive experience to MBA students. Some 15 UK establishments were included in the top 100 ranked educational institutes. Ranking first in the UK, and fourth overall, was the London Business School. It’s a result that Forbes and Businessweek agree with. Both companies also award the London Business School the top spot when it comes to ranking UK and European business schools. 

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American business magazine Forbes has become well known for its various lists. From the 400 Richest Americans and the 100 Most Powerful Women to Baseball’s Most Valuable Teams and America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes, if there’s a list to be drawn up, you can bet your proverbial bottom dollar you’ll find it at Forbes.

We’re always particularly interested in what they have to say about American colleges. Here’s the roundup of Forbes’ take on U.S. education in terms of top colleges, best business schools, best research universities, and more.

 

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