Students working toward their Ph.D.s can use metaphors about a traffic circle and off-roading to reframe their career choices both inside and outside of academia, writes Julia McAnallen, director of Ph.D. Career Services at Michigan State University. In this commentary, she explains the metaphors and how they can break down mental barriers that may limit a career path.
When switching careers, highlight the change with a concise, distinctive headline in your LinkedIn profile, Jane Heifetz writes. Use recommendations, images and media samples to showcase your accomplishments.
Communication skills and certain other abilities are worth putting on your resume no matter what job you're applying for, Elli Bishop writes. "Think of what your colleagues, clients and supervisors would say about your communication skills, and translate that praise into your resume and interviewing plan of attack," Bishop writes.
High-school students who express an interest in science, technology, engineering and math but choose another path, may do so because they do not know about the wide range of STEM careers, writes Wendy Drexler, director of online development for continuing education at Brown University. She highlights Brown's free massive open online course -- Exploring Engineering -- as one way to help students learn about engineering careers.
A Maine high school recently hosted a career day for about 250 10th-graders who were asked to map out their day by choosing three areas of career interest. Some students interacted via Skype with an aerospace engineer while others attended sessions on optometry and automotive science.