Today with the increased pressing to find a job, higher rates of unemployment, competition for best university places due to increased globalisation, it is not surprising that more and more students get stressed about their grades. So does college GPA matter? A lot of students think that their GPA results will limit their job prospects. The truth is that for graduates their college GPA is important because very often it is the only thing that demonstrates their intellectual ability as well as measures the number of efforts they have put into their knowledge and education. But what is important to understand is that over time the importance of GPA diminishes and what actually matters is your professional success, the names of the companies you worked for and the feedback about you as an employee (from your ex-bosses and ex-colleagues). Continue reading “Is College GPA important?”
I’m pretty sure that we’re all familiar with the phenomenon called ‘cramming’. It’s a skill that almost every student has come to possess from years and years of getting used to leaving tasks until the last minute. Although it’s known that cramming won’t probably land you an A, it surely might prevent an F (and what more could one possibly ask for?)
Cramming is a last-minute study technique that students have depended on for decades, and although it has proven to have a beneficial outcome for some, it might have its consequences. Cramming is pretty much trying to memorize a large amount of information in a short period of time. We usually do it the night before a test, exam, or during revision week. Continue reading “Does Cramming Really Work?”
We live in the 21st century, at the time when the competition is high and we have a lot of responsibilities expected of us and a lot of tasks to be completed. This is draining and most of the time it feels like it is easier to lie on the bed rather than get up to all this which is awaiting for us. Very often the absence of strategy and management life hacks is the main reason for procrastination, which has become a catchy word for the past decade. Very often people who have mastered time management skills are the people who have found balance in their life: this includes their professional and private life, self-growth, health, psychological well-being, managing their interests and etc. All of them were not born with a guide on how to become happy and satisfied with their life. This came with experience of experimenting with what helps to boost focus and productivity over the course of the day. In this article, we are going to have a look at some ideas and principles which can help you organize your daily routine and become more efficient. Continue reading “Efficient Habits of Successful People”
Well, time flies, it’s November now! You should start thinking about applications for graduate jobs if you are in your final year or at least looking for an idea what you need to do in order to find a job or internship later. To be able to do it, you should have a clear idea what should be on your CV to make sure it appeals to the potential employer. Of course, the skills that you are going to list on your CV will depend on the specific role that you are applying for. But still, there is a set of transferable skills that each employer would like job applicants to possess. These are so-called soft-skills which we are going to discuss in this article. Continue reading “Top Skills on the CV Employers are Looking for”
Hi there, it’s Tom! I am glad to announce the winner of our scholarship contest. It was difficult to choose out of 127 wonderful essays, but we did it.
We congratulate Carol Tally, the student of the Massasoit Community College for winning the $1000 scholarship. You can read a part of her story below.
Dear BooksRun Scholarship Committee:
Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the BooksRun scholarship.
Returning to college in my mid-fifties started out as an intimidating experience but I realized with resources such as BooksRun, the journey was going to be possible. My college-age children shared their experiences, introduced me to ISBN and navigated around www.booksrun.com with me. This was an amazing introduction and surpassed my experience of standing in a long bookstore line to learn the book just sold out or is selling at a higher than usual mark-up. Continue reading “BooksRun $1000 scholarship winner”
If you’ve started looking for graduate jobs or you are struggling to land an interview with your current CV, this article might help you with some ideas on how to add value to your application in the eyes of employers. Below we will discuss the most important techniques for organizing your CV and also the things that you should avoid. Here you can find examples of CV templates for different career paths. Continue reading “How to Organize Your CV”
Spooky times are in town! It is night the 31st coming and we guess that you are trying on your Halloween costumes and you have already purchased stocks of pumpkins. No? What about some games that will make your celebration even more memorable? Just imagine: it is dark, you are surrounded by your friends dressed as Nuns, Catwomen, Super Marios and you are focused on playing an interesting game together! Sounds like fun, huh? Check below the Halloween ideas we have prepared for you.
1. Old Costume Relay Race
It is autumn, another academic year has started and for many students out there it will be their final year at university. This means that they will have to find an internship or graduate work and transform gradually into the adult life. If it happens to be one of you, dear reader, you know that now is the right time to start thinking about what you are going to do after graduation.
There are different phases of the job hunting process that include deciding what you want to do in your professional life, asking yourself if you have the experience to match the requirements of the job you are interested in, the actual application process and the final stage – winning performance at the interview.
Although it might be partly true that getting a job is about being at the right place at the right time, such an extra effort as getting organized about your job hunting approach will serve you well in the years to come. So let’s get started! Continue reading “How to land a graduate job”
It’s already clear what college students are going to do in the summer, but what about the graduates? Quite an obvious answer would be looking for a job or internship, and to help them prepare them for the interviews, here is the list of skills that are considered to be the most useful in the current and future workspace.
- Effective problem solving
Time of jobs where you’re only required to solve simple tasks that don’t differ from each other is passing. Society is getting more and more complicated, and being able to efficiently tackle the arising problems is going to be really highly valued. Proactive thinking allows problem-solvers to work independently to a certain degree and does not need continuous supervision, and this facilitates work for every party.
- Critical thinking
As an extension of problem solving, analytical thinking is derived from an ability to comprehend and process information as well as undertake productive and quality decisions. Developing logical skills, reasoning and argumentation play a big role in being able to think critically and approach problems from different angles.