Are you a wedding planner or aspiring to become one? We previously covered the basics of how to become one, but today it’s time to look at what the average salary of a wedding planner looks like across the nation, see what factors way in the final figures and so on. Besides this deeper look into the key factors and statistics for the wedding planner salary, we will also share a few insider tips on how these earnings can be increased and what can be done to become one of the top paid wedding planners in your business area. [Read more…]
A popular misconception says that the young men and women who decide to join the army do so because they have no other options. The reality is much different as far as career success and earning a higher salary later in life go. Men and women aged 17 to 35 can freely enroll for army training. They are encouraged to think about what they want to do once they complete it. Will they re-enlist and forge a military career for themselves? Will they join another career track in the civilian world? Whatever you choose to do following enrollment, army training provides wonderful career success from past experience. Join us as we explore a few of the benefits that military training comes with.
Military Careers and College
Ever heard of the Mongtomery GI Bill? If you’re planning to attend college you should probably know about it. This is especially the case if you don’t have a trust fund or if you hail from a financially underprivileged background. In a nutshell, it’s one of the easiest ways to help you pay for coverage. Under the provisions of this bill, it may take you as little as two years in the army to receive tuition assistance of nearly $50,000 from the government. However, before you rejoice, bear in mind that this is one of the more complex financial aid bills out there. There are many complex calculations involved, as well as lots of deadlines you need to uphold before you benefit from the money.
In order to become eligible for tuition aid under the GI Bill, you need to contribute $100 each month, during your first year in military service. You apply with an equivalency certificate or high-school graduation degree and need to prove you’ve spent at least two years in the army. Then, the school you’re planning to attend also needs to have been deemed eligible by the Veteran’s Administration. Check out the full list of eligible schools on the organization’s website. You will then receive information from the VA in the mail and may be asked to provide further information. The process of applying for tuition aid is indeed complex. Luckily, you can seek out the assistance of your local Voluntary Education Services Office.
You’re in the Army Now: Leadership Skills
Needless to say, time spent in the army will help you develop a number of skills. Many of these skills will turn out useful for your subsequent, non-military career success. Want proof that a military career can help with a higher salary? Simply consider the kind of skills all graduates of Officer Candidate Schools are asked to develop. After completing their basic combat training courses, they enroll into the actual OCS program. This program teaches them the basic leadership skills expected of all Commissioned Officer. To this end, they’re organized into squads and taught tactics for small units. Their physical and mental abilities are put to the test regularly as is their desire to be the best at their job. Then, comes the second stage of the program during which all candidates are sent on an intense 18 day mission. Basically, all the knowledge and information they receive during the first stage of training are put to the test in a lifelike scenario in the field.
Aside from OSC, a military career will provide you with numerous other opportunities for developing your leadership skills. You can take a Warrior Leader Course, within the Noncomissioned Officer Education System. You can attend an Advanced or Senior Leader Course. You can enroll in the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, for instance. All these programs and institutions will effectively teach you self-discipline, strategy, and efficiency in hands-on ways that business schools simply can’t offer.
Priceless Experience Accumulated in the Army
Given the kind of experience one accumulates in the army, it’s no wonder that such an education often leads to a higher salary than average. Consider the fact that many former followers of the military career transition to government jobs. This has a lot to do with the fact that military training and subsequent careers in the field require security clearances – as do many government jobs. If such a position is not entirely appealing for you, you can also consider a career in law enforcement. While in the army, you can receive training in any number of fields (such as graphic design, healthcare, communications, electrical engineering, and even photography). Transitioning to a career in any of these fields as a civilian is guaranteed to bring along a hefty salary, too.
Common sense would lead you to believe that graduates of expensive Ivy League schools do better in life after school. We expect this when it comes to the correlation between happiness in one’s career and the college one graduated from. However, the recently published Gallup Poll (or Gallup-Purdue Index) counters that widely held belief. The survey was conducted online between February 4th and March 7th of this year. It collected responses from over 29,500 graduates. These graduates all possess bachelor’s degrees or higher. And, the poll shows that attending a less expensive school will work just as well for someone in the long run. Of course, Ivy League graduates rank better in terms of pay grade. On the other hand, student loan debt rates tend to be lower for graduates of ‘outlier’ colleges. While the type of institution matters less in terms of career success, a very small percentage of graduates, be they Ivy Leaguers or not, experience the type of educational process that Gallup associates with a great post-college job and life. Let’s take an in-depth look at the poll’s results.
Gallup Poll Reveals Surprising Life Satisfaction Rates
How engaged do you feel with your work? 39 percent of the respondents to the Gallup poll say they are genuinely invested in their careers. That’s 10 percent higher than the average for the general population. Over 80 percent of graduates say they’re doing great in some respect: some garner a sense of purpose from their jobs. Others feel financially secure. Still, others appreciate their physical health, close bonds with others, or sense of being part of a great community. Overall, only 11 percent feel happy and thriving in all five areas of their post-college life.
But, the truly surprising finding of this poll is that the above percentages don’t vary significantly by the type of school attended. In other words, an Ivy League graduate is just as likely to feel he or she is thriving as someone who attended a state or community college. Perhaps the only significant differences are those related to the size of the school: graduates who attended campuses with over 10,000 students feel slightly more satisfied with their lives after graduation. Those who attended for-profit schools feel slightly less so.
Gallup’s Poll about Ivy League Degrees Guarantee of a Higher Salary?
The answer to the above question depends on whom you ask. According to Drew Gilpin Faust, the President of Harvard University, attending a prestigious school is not about the paycheck. It’s about leading a happy, fulfilled life as the member of a respected community with lots of opportunities for growth and change. If you ask several researchers, simply attending college guarantees a higher salary. The choice of institution is far less relevant. This is not mere hearsay. It’s the conclusion that researchers Alan Krueger and Stacy Berg Dale arrived at. They compared students who chose Ivy League universities (enrolled in the class of 1976) and students who choose chose less ‘alluring’ schools. By 1995, the employment rate for graduates in the two groups was similar and both categories were earning nearly the same amount of money. On the other hand, 2002 data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that high-school graduates make half the money that college graduates earn (irrespective of the school the graduates attended).
What Kind of College Should you Choose for a Great Career?
As far as happiness, thriving, and satisfaction go, Gallup tested these notions and reached a surprising answer for those wondering what type of college to choose. If you’re looking to lead a happy post-graduation life, forget about a school’s reputation and prestige. Look at how much that school costs, first of all. Then, look at how good the teaching staff is. Finally, look at how likely that school is to produce profound learning experiences.
Attendance costs matter most, because the more expensive schools will cause students to incur higher amounts of college debt. The Gallup poll says that 2 percent of graduates with $20,000 to $40,000 in debt feel as if they’re thriving. That figure is rather worrying, given that the national college debt average stands at $29,400 for 70 percent of students with college loans.
It’s also interesting to note that only 3 percent of the college graduates polled said they had the type of college experience that would naturally lead to a great life. You may wonder to yourself what kind of experience that is. It’s all about support, life-changing experiences, and deep learning. While 63 percent of respondents say they had at least one college professor who managed to get them excited about learning, only 27 percent feel their professors cared about them as a person. A lucky 22 percent had a mentor who provided them with support in achieving their goals and dreams. Just 14 percent experienced all of the above. In terms of meaningful learning experiences, 20 to 32 percent of respondents worked hard on a semester-long project, applied their acquired knowledge during an undergraduate employment experience or were active in extracurricular activities. Only 6 percent ticked off all of the above, though.
What’s the bottom line here? Forget about the old adage that says Ivy League colleges are the only choice for those who want to succeed in life. Find a school where you’re likely to be appreciated as an individual, encouraged to grow, challenged to reevaluate conventional thinking, pushed to change, and led to pursue your dreams.