Archive for category: Career

Rite of Spring: Bottling Homemade Wine

Rite of Spring: Bottling Homemade Wine

  (photo: don’t be fooled by the Carlo Rossi gallon jugs, the contents are 100 percent homemade wine) As many Italian Americans can attest to making homemade wine is one of the culturally defining moments of our group.  Making and bottling homemade wine is practiced by thousands of immigrants and 1st/2nd/3rd generation Italian Americans in the United States.  The process [...]

Guest Post: Insider’s Guide to Academic Success: 13 Tips

Guest Post: Insider’s Guide to Academic Success: 13 Tips

(photo: Feti’s Painting Portrait of a Scholar) If you’ve read Professor Nick Smith’s guide for undergraduates considering law school, then his Inside Guide to Academic Success article (see below) is required, secondary, reading! As Professor Smith points out, academic success is about applying oneself, pragmatically, to his or her studies.  There’s no secret sauce or strategically practicing all night cramming [...]

Should I Go To Law School?

Should I Go To Law School?

Should I Go To Law School? I spent myundergraduate days studying philosophy, linguistics, and psychology and, as I’ve told many close friends (and anyone else who wants to listen), Philosophy provides an excellent academic and pragmatic (yes I mean practical) foundation for countless careers and professions. One profession that is closely associated with studying philosophy as an undergrad is Law. Philosophy provides excellent training [...]

Reader Mailbag: What Major Should I Choose and is Philosophy a Good Choice

Reader Mailbag: What Major Should I Choose and is Philosophy a Good Choice

Photo: University of New Hampshire Philosophy Dept. @ Hamilton Smith Hall Reader Question: I’m a student that needs to decide on a Major. Besides my credits being in a complicated mumbo jumbo from transfers and other what-have-you’s I’m a normal student. I was doing some searching about philosophy majors and found your article on “Why I Should Major In Philosophy”. So you have [...]

Optimal Human Survival: Six Tips on How Grown Ups Can Control Their Own Destiny

At no point in one’s life do humans bare so little responsibility for their own survival as they do when they are swimming around in their mother’s amniotic fluid (Ron Currie Jr.).  Think about it: newborns need to learn how to digest liquid, take in oxygen and pump out carbon dioxide, dispose of their waste, learn how to sleep, and [...]

10 Best Cities For New College Grads

(The following is a guest post from Gradspot.com – a resource for soon-to-be and recent grads making the transition from college to the real world.) (photo via wwworks) With commencement season around the corner, seniors are starting to look at potential post-college cities like they once looked at schools. Where is the best party scene? The best food? The greatest opportunities [...]

Career Advice or The Next Big Thing

A recent article in Wired Magazine by Jonah Lehrer entitled, “The Brain, Revealed” points out the massive research project underway to map the entire human brain.  The project is funded by one of the founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen.  And with any large contribution to a particular scientific endeavor one usually gets a research building named after them, so the [...]

5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Have Good Social Skills

5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Have Good Social Skills Italians are  generally viewed as a very social and outgoing.  Italian society puts great emphasis on communications and  personal relationships and its part of the reason why Italians have a reputation for conveying warmth and openess with both native and non-natives alike. In turn, here are five advantages associated with [...]

Starting Your Own Business: An Interview With a Practical Entrepreneur

For many people, the only type of the work they’ll ever know is working for someone else.  For others, staring their own business or following through on a late night idea is part of their genetic makeup.   The following is a bit of insight from David, a small business owner / entrepreneur.  David is an ideal example of what [...]

9 Differences Between Entrepreneurs and Individuals Who Work For Someone Else

Do you dream of coming up with a big idea and working hard to bring a product to market?  Or do you relish the idea of a steady income with time for both yourself and your family?  The differences between an entrepreneurial mind set and someone who works for others are vast and it’s important to understand the pros and [...]