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Too many people wait until the last minute (or when it is too late) to try and improve their career prospects. If you want a prosperous future, you had better get busy today.

Young adults should start developing necessary lifelong skills and experiences before they enter the workforce. That means taking courses, developing direct and indirect skills and experiences, and beginning to build networks.

If you want to succeed in the future, you need to plan now. Then strengthen your resume over a 3-5 year period to make yourself an attractive job candidate. 

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Knight Kiplinger, head of Kiplinger financial media, created a nice asset management video.

8 Keys to Financial Security is exactly that. Tips for protecting your assets and growing wealth.

As per usual, I add my two-cents to Mr. Kiplinger’s wealth management recommendations. 

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Rome Reborn

On 03/22/2012, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

By now readers know that I am a big fan of travel.

Travel can enhance one’s skills, experiences, and enrich one’s life. Understanding the cultures of others is an asset for many jobs. In fact, most top Chief Executive Officers have spent at least two years working internationally.

The same is true for learning foreign languages. Languages can enhance both personal life and career prospects. In fact,

To entice readers on the joys of experiencing foreign cultures, I like to look at interesting travel items. Previously, I have highlighted Latin America, the city of Paris, and the Sistine Chapel.

Today we look at Rome. Specifically, Rome as it was in the year 320 A.D. 

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Sistine Chapel

On 01/10/2012, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

You may be religious, agnostic, or atheist.

You may be a lover of fine art or you may prefer a nicely painted house.

Today a look at something that should appeal to people across all spectrums. 

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Latin America Travel

On 12/29/2011, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

If you read this blog, you know I am a big fan of travel and languages.

Immersing oneself in a foreign culture, even for a short vacation, can add a lot to life.

And if you have the time and energy to learn a foreign language, so much the better.

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The Polyglot Project

On 11/23/2011, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

Polyglot?

What is a polyglot?

Someone who is able to use multiple languages.

I read an interesting article this evening on the subject. As I am a strong advocate of learning foreign languages, I thought I would share it with you.

As an added bonus, the article includes an excellent offer for readers. 

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Want a Job? Think Global

On 10/25/2011, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

Economic conditions in your local region may mean there are few available jobs in your area of expertise or interest.

If you want to stay in your home town (or vicinity), you may have to take a lesser position or be unemployed for an extended period.

But if you are open to looking farther afield, you may be able to find a position that meets your career goals. And you may obtain a broader life experience in the process. 

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Get a Head Start on Your Career

On 07/07/2011, in Career, Finding a Job, by Jordan Wilson

Courtesy of Investopedia, a good article entitled “4 Ways To Get A Head Start On Your Financial Career”.

While the article is finance specific, the general lessons apply to most career paths.

As the article states, in today’s job market, it is important to appear a more attractive employment candidate than your many competitors.

Here are a few thoughts from my side. 

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Underemployed College Graduate

On 01/02/2011, in Formal Education, by Jordan Wilson

An interesting article, with statistics, showing that many people today possess university degrees but work in jobs that do not require them.

For what it is worth, a few quick thoughts from my side.

And as an added bonus, a lesson in investing based on the author’s analysis.

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Choosing a Language School Abroad

On 08/06/2010, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

If you have the time and money, studying a foreign language in a native speaking country is an excellent way to learn.

I believe it is the best method to pick up a second language. Additionally, it will be a tremendous experience that you will remember forever.

In trying to locate a language school to attend, there are many, many options.

To find a good school, here is how I narrow the field.

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