My Office “Crush” on the EdAssist Advising Team

November 19,2014 at 11:46 am

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As a relatively new EdAssist employee, I’m frequently astounded by the employee advising services we provide our clients. I’ve often wished I had access to EdAssist’s graduate school advising resource when I began my experience as an adult learner.

Back in 2000, in what seems like the Dark Ages, I began investigating full-time MBA programs. My employer at the time, AOL, was in the midst of some amazing changes and I didn’t want to leave job. So, I decided to look at ways to go back to school while also working full-time. The information available was overwhelming.

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Add $2,500 to Employees’ Wallets Without Sacrificing Your Bottom Line

November 17,2014 at 11:30 am
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As the year draws to a close, your employees will soon be turning their attention to W-2’s, 1040’s, and that all-important tax refund. Many of your employees are chomping at the bit to get some money back from the IRS, particularly those currently paying for college — for their children or themselves. For them, money is inevitably tight and stress levels are through the roof.

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Can Work and Life Experience Translate into College Credit?

November 13,2014 at 5:04 pm

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It can be intimidating to walk into — or back into — a college classroom as an adult learner.  Most feel some kind of apprehension or nervousness at the outset: Can I do this? Will I be in a classroom with 18 year olds? How long will this degree take me? Will I be in debt? How will I find time to complete my coursework and juggle family and work responsibilities?

Adult learners bring a wide variety of life experiences — and a unique dynamic — to the classroom. They use past experiences to make sense of course content and they tend to look for immediate applications for the material they’re learning. This perspective and knowledge-sharing is valuable to everyone in the classroom. (more…)

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In Case of Emergency, Call Back-Up Care

November 12,2014 at 12:15 pm
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It‘s as dependable as the changing of the seasons: the kids go back to school and they come home with the cold du jour. A nasty cold — yours, your spouse’s — can knock everyone off their feet. But when it’s your child who’s under the weather, it adds a whole new dimension.

Not only is a child’s illness worrisome, but it can also create significant challenges at work. (more…)

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Labor Shortages, Education & Tomorrow’s Workforce

November 11,2014 at 11:00 am

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A decline in unemployment is generally viewed as good news among business leaders. And it is, but even good news comes with caveats.

Take labor shortages. Low unemployment means fewer people looking for work, which means fewer people to fill jobs. When the labor pool shrinks and the number of positions needed continues to rise, you have the recipe for the reverse of unemployment — a labor shortage. (more…)

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Best Value Colleges? Getting More for your TAP Dollar {Part II}

November 10,2014 at 11:00 am

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Last week I talked about factoring price into the college search, and whether a bargain education was a true possibility or the equivalent of a mythological Yeti.

This week, I take a look at exactly how to find those bargains, or “best value colleges.”

Here are few tips to keep in mind when considering costs for Higher Ed. (more…)

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Work or Family: A Terrible Choice to Make

November 5,2014 at 11:22 am
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The Washington Post recently ran an article about a lawyer who brought her child to court because she didn’t have an appropriate care option and the judge wouldn’t issue a continuance. When the baby became fussy, the judge let the attorney know his displeasure with having a baby in his courtroom.

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Talking Work/Life Integration with Author Stew Friedman

November 4,2014 at 1:31 pm
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Author and Wharton Professor Stewart Friedman has made a career of understanding and counseling top employers on how to lead from the point of view of the whole person. His just-released “Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life” follows his 2008 “Total Leadership,” also a national best seller.

Building on the principles of “Total Leadership” – which offers a step-by-step journey through his four-month program of activities – the new book provides compelling narratives of six remarkable exemplars and a buffet of 36 exercises from which readers can pick and choose in any order, rather than the eight-course meal that is “Total Leadership.”

We caught up with Stew to talk about his most recent book (now a Wall Street Journal best seller), how work/life integration sets the tone for individual success, and why it should matter to employers. (more…)

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Elementary Study Skills & Teacher as Student: Tales of a College Coach Workplace Event

November 3,2014 at 3:55 pm
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All of us working parents lead somewhat of a double-life — walking the tightrope of being a fully engaged employee at work and a wholly present parent at home.

I deliver workshops and provide personalized counseling to stressed-out working parents every day. I help with their financial well-being, save them time and money, and ease their concerns over financing their children’s educations. Yet I still struggle with my own anxieties as a working mom, raising a young son and trying to prepare him for a lifetime of learning. (more…)

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Best Value Colleges? Get More for your Tuition Assistance Dollar {Part 1}

October 31,2014 at 11:00 am

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I recently returned from the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. Boy, I love that city — not because I’m a big gambler (I’m not), but because you can learn a great deal about financial decision making and human behavior just by looking around.

Where else in the world can you see someone playing hundred-dollar hands of blackjack while eating a $4.99 Prime Rib they used a coupon to buy? Or see someone paralyzed over which slot machine to play, clutching a five-dollar bill while sipping top-shelf liquor? (more…)

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