Monday Must-Reads: Career Intuition

How Corporate America Can Win Back Employee Trust

A majority of Americans are unhappy in their jobs.  Another big percentage are facing lay offs.  What’s the one thing employees want more of?  According to J.T. O’Donnell they want more control over their professional futures.  Would you participate if your employer offered a “Career HMO” program which coached you on potential career changes BEFORE they happened rather than after?

Listen to What Your Career is Telling You

Are you listening to YOUR career?  Author, Deborah Brown-Volkman says, “The clients I talk to that are the unhappy in their career, the ones who are questioning themselves daily, the ones whose self-esteem is the lowest, are those who said they would do something in their career they knew was not right, but hoped it would work out in the end.” Have you been in this situation?  Many of us career newbies have faced the situation of being unemployed or accepting a position that is much less than ideal.  Is it worth taking the “wrong” path in hopes of eventually finding the right path?

IRA Withdrawal Rules: Penalty Free Withdrawal from Traditional and Roth IRAs

I’ve moved WAY too many times since graduating college four years ago.  After my most recent move, the idea of settling down into homeownership has finally started to appeal to me.  This, of course, costs money.  Therefore, I’ve been looking into where I am, where I want to be and how to get there when it comes to saving for that big down payment.  I found this article very helpful.  Even if you don’t think you’re going to buy a home for several years, why not start early?

Caution: Toxic Co-Workers Ahead

Have you ever felt allergic to your co-workers?  Emotionally affected?  Unable to ignore the huffs and puffs and under the breath remarks? Every office has them, sometimes a whole cast of toxic characters. Linnda Durré, author of Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against Co-Workers, Bosses, and Work Environments that Poison Your Day, describes 10 toxic co-workers and describes how to deal.

Are You Considering Becoming an Entrepreneur?  Here’s a Test.

Gen Y is known for its desire for entrepreneurship and independence.  In fact, I bet many of you wish you were working from home in your pajamas this lovely Monday morning.  If you’re one of those who dreams of working for herself, read the following list of 20 questions which will help you identify if you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur.

Nicole Emerick

Nicole Emerick founded Ms. Career Girl in 2008 to help other ambitious young professional women thrive in a career they love. Ironically, growing MsCareerGirl helped Nicole transition her own career from commercial banker to digital marketer. Today Nicole leads the social media team at a large advertising agency in Chicago. Nicole also served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University where she helped develop the careers of PR, Advertising and Communications students. Tweet with Nicole @_NicoleEmerick.

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