Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Intern

My internship has been amazing so far! I constantly meet new people and the office is wonderfully friendly! I love being part of a community that is dedicated to microfinance and making an impact in the world. The atmosphere is inspiring and motivates me to do so much more than I ever thought I could. If you ever have the opportunity of viewing the inside of a company or organization you are interested in, I encourage you to soak everything in! Your perspective on the work the organization does and on your life is sure to change!

More updates to come from this Kiva Intern!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading. While some may groan upon hearing those two words, I am excited to dive into the set of books (which are different from my academic summer books) I have set aside to read over the summer. I have added a few others which might interest anyone, especially after the amazing responses to my Women At Work post. These are all great books and I suggest you read which ever ones intrigue you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jobs, Careers, Professional Aspirations...

or whatever you want to call them. Labor is one of the things that keeps our economy alive. While the unemployment rate recently dropped to less than 10%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for teenagers is still around 25%. That number will rise with the influx of high school and college grads entering the work force unless more long term jobs are created soon. At the moment, your best shot at a career would to be focus on the STEM professions -- or a job based on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Universities and high schools are aiming to emphasize such STEM classes as the demand for technology-based experts seems to only increase. Schools are therefore not only emphasizing STEM classes to their students but also desiring teachers with degrees in the STEM professions. Before the recession, more STEM majors were employed than those with a non-STEM degree, so try to imagine how many would be needed now! For more info about STEM careers, click here. For the case study on STEM careers done by the government before the recession, visit here

Are you a high-schooler looking for a job or just considering future career options? Check out:

Question: Are you a high schooler or college student considering a STEM career? How has this post influenced your decision?