Wednesday, August 20, 2008

IT Field Escapes Recession

Based on Gartner's projections, worldwide IT spending in 2008 will surpass $3.4 trillion, an increase of 8% since 2007.

Despite recent economic downturn and threat of recession, it seems that the Information Technology industry will escape unscathed.

The highest increases were in software and update spending which analysts say should increase by 10% this year.

Read the full article or prepare for a career in the growing Information Technology field.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Economic Downturn Means Fewer Jobs for Grads

A recent study from Alabama University discovered that an alarming amount of the university's recent graduates were out of work.

The results showed that students who had a job opportunity waiting for them after graduation had the best chance of being employed 3 to 6 months after earning their degree. Many students were able to do this simply by planning ahead and taking some bold steps in the right direction.

The article suggests scheduling job interviews a month or two prior to graduation. This allows the student to become comfortable and familiar with the interview process and builds the foundation for valuable networking.

To get the education you need for the career you want visit Kaplan Continuing Education.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Higher Education Opportunity Act

The New York Times published an article discussing some of the changes that will take effect with the passing of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HR 4137).

The most noticeable changes are:

1. The FAFSA will be available in a simpler, two page format
2. Pell Grants will be available year round, not just in the Fall and Spring semesters
3. Textbook bundles must be available in separate parts

These changes will save most students (including me) valuable time and money!