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What They Don’t Teach You About Keeping a Job

Emotional Intelligence is a Must in the Working World

Talent, experience, academic ability — all of these traits are important factors in acquiring and keeping your job. But what is the surprise factor that they don’t talk about in Career Centers and college classes? Your EQ: Emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence sounds like a psychological buzzword, but it actually is a useful and hard-to-master ability to deal with our own emotions and recognize them in others. Emotional intelligence is a talent all its own, branching into a number of valuable, if not easily identifiable, skills like conflict resolution, the management of others, and more easily adapt to stressful situations.

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Need a Productivity Boost? Try These Apps to Get You Going

The following was written by JT Ripton, a writer who has contributed to Teach.com, Apartments.com8 eights to help you stay focused, CollegeRecruiter.com, and other sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @JTRipton.

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Don’t you love those days where you work hard and get a lot done? You check tons of items off your to-do list and feel super productive. Well, if you don’t have many days like that, take a look at these eight apps that will help get you going.

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7 Lucky Looks for St. Patrick’s Day

7 Lucky Looks for St. Paddy's Day

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. Instead of wearing green socks like you did last year, show off your Irish side with some fashionably fun accessories. Don’t worry, we’ve found some easy ways to go green. From college-themed green garb to a lucky rainbow look, here are 7 outfit ideas to take your St. Patrick’s Day from boring to blarney — because everyone is a wee bit Irish on St. Paddy’s Day!

 

 

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Study Smarter, Not Harder

Study Smarter, Not Harder

How long do you estimate the average college freshman can read their book/notes and be effectively learning? 4-5 hours? 1 hour? 25 minutes? 5 minutes?

That’s the question Marty Lobdell starts his Study Less Study Smart seminar with. According to Lobdell, the prime study time is 25 minutes. After that, you’re just wasting your time staring at random strings of words and not retaining any of it.

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Is Free Community College a Pipe Dream?

The following was written by Joey Gomez, a contributing writer for The Collective Report, Truthout.org, and otherIs Free College a Pipe Dream? sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @homerjoey.

After getting backlash from both Democrats and Republicans to Obama’s 529 tax plan that would tax college savings — a luxury that’s attributed to the wealthier class — Obama has decided to scrap the plan that would help the lower and middle-income students pay for college.

It’s been recently reported that the 529 tax plan on college savings would have an impact not only on the wealthy, but also the middle and lower classes, seeing as there is a small percentage of people with middle-lower income that use the college savings. But to drop a policy altogether and abandon opportunities that could initially lessen the burden of paying for college is disappointing.

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Young, Broke, and Optimistic: Are Twentysomethings Too Confident About Their Finances?

Young, broke, and optimistic

Confidence is great for many a thing. Like when you’re working up the nerve to ask the cute person at the bar to dance, or when you’re about to give a speech to a room of your peers. But overconfidence is best avoided, especially when mixed with ignorance (I’m looking at you, Achilles, and your weak heel). Overconfidence when it comes to your finances? REALLY not good.

LearnVest, a financial planning service, conducted a survey with questions related to how a person’s confidence about their finances affects their saving/spending behavior. In answers from 100,000 users, they found a huge discrepancy in the level of financial confidence between the different age brackets.

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Combine Exercise & Study to Learn Better

Absorb more info when you combine exercise and study.

As a student, my New Year’s resolutions usually always included some form of promising to exercise, eat healthier, and study more. Sometimes they would come out as a plea to the universe rather than a list of ways to improve myself in the New Year: “Please please please let me get all As and have rock-hard abs and I promise to stop eating twinkie sandwiches together while binge-watching Doctor Who before a huge test.”

When school actually started again, exercise usually fell to the wayside while studying, working, and having some semblance of a social life took priority. Exercise, or the lack thereof, is a problem for many students who tend to not make the most health-conscious choices, from pulling all-nighters to subsisting on a diet of instant noodles, energy drinks, and granola bars.

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