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Deciding if grad school is right for you

The year 2010 saw women surpass men in advanced degrees for the first time ever. So says the United States Census Bureau, which found that among adults 25 and older who earned a master's degree, 10.6 million were women and 10.5 million were men.


Negotiating a salary increase

For most of today's workers, simply having a job is something to be grateful for. With an unemployment rate still hovering around nine percent in the U.S. and roughly 7.6 percent in Canada and the United Kingdom, it's hard to question workers who are simply content to be among the gainfully employed.

For some, however, the need to start gaining more is growing. In the past, yearly salary increases were normal. However, in recent years salaries have begun to flatline, at least for lower- or middle-income workers. A study commissioned by and published in The New York Times earlier this year found that the median pay for top executives at the country's largest companies in 


Dealing with unemployment-related depression

Unemployment comes with a host of unwanted side effects. Among the more obvious are financial concerns and lifestyle changes that reflect a loss of income, such as dining at home instead of nights on the town, or cutting back on certain luxuries.

One of the lesser discussed but potentially harmful side effects of unemployment is depression. Several studies have indicated a link between poverty and social isolation and depression. When unemployed for long periods of time -- a reality for many 


On the Hunt Finding a job in a difficult job market

Though the job market has gradually begun to recover, many men and women are still out of work. In June of 2011, the unemployment rate in the United States was still hovering around 9 percent nationally, while Statistics Canada reported that the Canadian unemployment rate was roughly 7.4 percent during that same period.

Each of those figures illustrates that many North Americans are out of work. But the 


Pros and cons to accepting a pay cut

It's becoming an increasingly common scenario: A supervisor calls an employee into his or her office and asks if the employee is willing to take a pay cut to avoid being laid off.

Many people are surprised by this turn of events, but should they be? With much of the world still wracked with debt and companies all over facing budgetary cuts and decreased profits,