Examining relationships between majors and careers
Declaring a major is not the same thing as choosing a career, since you can use your studies to move in all kinds of different directions. Here are two very cool charts created by the Human Capital Resource Corporation. On one chart, choose a major to see the professions of people with a bachelor's degree in that area.  On the other chart, choose a profession and see the majors of the people working in that area. 

The Economic Guide to Picking a College Major |
The millions of American college students heading back to campus this month face a grim reality: A college degree is no guarantee of economic success. But through their choice of major, they can take at least some steps toward boosting their odds.”

The Thing Employers Look For When Hiring Recent Graduates | The Atlantic
...when employers recently named the most important elements in hiring a recent graduate, college reputation, GPA, and courses finished at the bottom of the list. At the top, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, were experiences outside of academics: Internships, jobs, volunteering, and extracurriculars.”

95% of Post-Recession Jobs Went to College Educated: Study | Insurance Journal
Out of the 11.6 million jobs created in the post-recession economy, 11.5 million went to workers with at least some college education, according to newly research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Of these jobs, 8.4 million went to workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher. ‘The recovery has been virtually nonexistent for less-educated workers,’” the study’s author concludes.

Find Your Field | NYTimes
This thoughtful chart that shows how your interests and preferences might direct you toward certain careers!  “The psychologist John L. Holland’s theory of career choice is more than a half-century old, but it remains an essential tool for vocational batteries and career counselors. Personality types and interests are sorted into six categories and matched with suitable careers.”

O*NET Interest Profiler | My Next Move
Wondering what to do with your life? Here is a very useful tool. It is linked to a variety of resources from the US Department of Labor about job openings and career paths. 

Top 10 College Majors | Succeed | The Princeton Review
A lot of students are paralyzed when it comes time to thinking about a major, and so they don't. That's too bad. Having an idea of what you want to do is really important for finding colleges that fit, and for making decisions about your future. AND it's nothing to be afraid of. It's NOT a life-sentence, it's a decision you can revisit over and over. Think of it more like an hypothesis -- it's just a theory you test, through classes, checking out jobs and other things. So don't stress. Does one of these majors interest you?

5 Myths About Becoming an Astronaut
Want to be an astronaut? All you need is a STEM degree and three years experience!
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a NASA Astronaut? The term ‘astronaut’ derives from the Greek word meaning ‘space sailor,’ and refers to all who have been launched as crew members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond. We’re looking for a new class of astronauts to join the NASA team, and here are a few things to know.”

Educators Rising 
Here is an organization for future teachers, and I think it would be a great idea for those considering careers in education to join. It has good resources, including college planning resources, and when you join you are also qualified to apply for a whole bunch of scholarships. So check it out and give it a try!!

Fashion Institute of Technology
Did you know there is a school in the State University of New York system where you study fashion? It's a famous school, with connections to a lot of designers and manufacturers, with a pretty reasonable tuition? It's the Fashion Institute of Technology and two students that I know of from our area went there. One is now a window designer for Anthropologie in Seattle and another is a designer in Milan. Many wonderful paths.  Students with a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) are eligible to apply.

Idaho STEM  Action Center
This is a great resource for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) opportunities in Idaho.

NW Intermountain Dream It. Do It. - Open Doors & Minds to Idaho Manufacturing
Interested in careers in manufacturing in the region? This group in the Lewiston/Clarkston Valley has some good resources and events that you should check out!

Vocational Education Is Smarter Than You Think
Many of today’s rewarding and well-paying jobs do not require a university degree, but do require some form of post-secondary training, as well as general workplace skills: the ability to communicate well, to collaborate, to problem-solve, and to adapt to change. One of the best ways to get these skills is through apprenticeship training.”

I think, therefore I earn
The rise in stock of philosophy graduates: “Philosophy graduates are suddenly all the rage with employers. What can they possibly have to offer?”  - The Guardian

STEM Pros Share Secrets to Boost Teen Interest
Making real-world connections can spark teens' interest in STEM. 

There are opportunities to find great mentors at local universities.

Feeding English Majors in the 21st Century
A new course teaches undergraduates in the humanities how to market themselves for the new economic normal.

Considering Pre-Med?

  • What I Wish I Had Known About Pre-Med When I Entered College.
    “I started my first year of college very sure of my post-grad plans; I was going to be on the pre-med track for all of college and would eventually pursue medical schools. These days I find myself a little bit less sure of my pre-med ambitions now that I am slowly being exposed to other possibilities. However no matter what I ultimately pursue there are things I wish I had known when I started on the pre-med track. Here are some of things that I wish the uneducated freshman version of myself had known.”

Careers in Mining:  More than Meets the Eye

  • “Although the importance of mining may not be obvious in our day-to-day lives, the fruits of the industry certainly impact our lives in almost everything we touch.”

  • “According to Luke Russell, Vice President of External Affairs for Hecla, the future of mining is focused on utilizing technology to make the mining process more efficient, safer for employees, and cleaner for the environment.”