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College has a lot to offer: personal enrichment, character growth, all-you-can-eat dining hall meal plans. But who are we kidding? One of the main reasons you’re going to school is because you want a career. You have ambitions. You have a vision. You have loans to repay.

Whether you’re going to online college or taking classes on a traditional campus, turning your degree into opportunities for employment and career advancement is critical. But it isn’t always easy. A recent study warns that 40% of new graduates are working in jobs that don’t require a degree. So how can you avoid underemployment?

Well, there are a lot of steps between your walk at graduation and your first foot in the company door. You need to craft the perfect résumé, shoot out a zillion applications, and show up for your interview without having anything stuck in your teeth. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that. Whether you’re a student choosing a career-oriented major or you’re a working professional looking for ways to advance in your field, check out the tips, lists, and links below:

Getting Hired

There are a few steps that pretty much everybody must take in order to get a job. Your degree alone won’t land you a gig. First, you have to craft an awesome résumé. Then you have to catch a future employer’s attention with a compelling cover letter. And, finally, you have to nail your interviews. We tell you how to do it all!

We also ask and (more importantly) answer a few pressing questions:

Knowing Your Leadership Style

We also take a look at some of the key styles and attributes that make great leaders. This is stuff you’ll want to know whether you’re just getting started in your career or you’re getting ready to take another leap forward:

From College to Career

And whether you’re just starting the college search process, or you’re beginning to scan the job market for a career change, it’s never too early to start planning your next step. With our ever-growing College to Career series, we take a quick glance at the path from education to employment in a few of the most popular and important fields.

Visit our Career Overviews page for a more in-depth look at your opportunities in an even wider range of fields.

You can also dig in to the Degree Overview series here to the right, which tells you what kind of job you can get at each level of academic qualification.

Education for Working Pros

If you’re already a working professional or the owner of your own small business, you can always brush up on your formal qualifications. Check out these resources and find ways to take your career and your business to the next level:

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