To win the Princeton Pitch competition, you have to explain the value of your idea, the market for it, and the business plan – all in 60 seconds. And if you could do all of that, you still have to have the best idea.
Princeton Pitch, a program of The Princeton Entrepreneurship Club, held its third annual event in Dodds Auditorium last night. Thirty-three aspiring entrepreneurs pitched their plans, some just mere ideas, and some already in execution to standing room only in homes of winning first prize of 1K. A panel of six (mainly VCs) judged the competition. Continue reading
So you want to start a business from home while you raise your kids? “It’s possible, but it’s going to be a lot harder that you think it is,” said small business owner Molly Vernon.
If you’ve ever tried to google the phrases “online degrees” or “online certificates” you have most likely encountered a degree aggregator such as OnlineClasses.net, eLearners.com, Online Certificate Programs, or DegreeSearch.org. They’re all the same, really. They present as if they are going to search the Net for all possibilities, but that’s not the case at all; they search their own databases that are filled with information from their partnership schools. Continue reading
It comes as no surprise that I love a good interview. And it just so happens that there are other places on the Net that interview people about their careers.
Into finding out about the strange ways people make money? Make McSweeney’s your go-to site. One of my all-time favorite interviews is about a young woman who makes a living selling bananas. Not just any bananas mind you, they’re special. But you’ll have to read it to found out. Continue reading
I recently bought the self-directed course, “Entrepreneurial Journalism: Revenue and Marketing” for 29.95. The course is “taught” by Mark Briggs, who has an impressive resume and is the editor of the blog, Journalism 2.0.
Initially, when I saw the course, I wasn’t sure if it was something I would benefit from doing. What confirmed my decision is that NewsU provides descriptions of the objectives of each course as well as says who the course is geared for. Continue reading
You know you’re going to college, but can’t fathom how those four years will translate into preparing you to get a job because you don’t even have the slightest clue of what you want to study. Or you’re in college. You’ve flitted from major to major in several times, but still are unsure about your choice. Or worse. You’re near the end of your degree, it’s too late to switch majors, and you decided that you don’t want to pursue a career in the field your degree prepares you to enter into.
Sound like you?
Take a little bit of time to watch a few short videos from JobTalk4All’s previous event, “College Bound, Now What? Figuring Out Your Career Path,” to glean insight into how to figure “it” all out.
In Part I, Gardening Teacher Suzanne Cunningham shares her story of how she entered Smith College headed for law school and became a gardening teacher instead.
Hear from Holly Bull, who’s the president of Princeton’s Center for Interim Programs, talk about the benefits of taking a gap year. Bull took two gap years herself, so she knows the benefits from firsthand experiences. Helping people navigate their gap year experience since 1986, Bull has holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia and a master’s in education from Harvard University.
Career Coach Alex Freund finishes up the event by explaining what you, as a college student, can and should do to prepare for entering the workforce. Freund had a long career as a hiring manager in Fortune 500 companies including Honeywell and Tyco before starting his coaching business, The Landing Expert.
Even if you’re not beginning school this fall, September is always the perfect time to get inspired to begin afresh… or, just trade the-tried-and-true for things new and improved. Lately, I keep seeing articles on not only the same social media-related news we’ve seen for months (iPhone 5 coming out, Facebook continuing to flounder post-IPO), but also on how to keep your online presence up to speed. Continue reading
Mackenzie Kimmel was stumped. She was interviewing for a customer service-position at a startup company in NYC and had no response for the question, “What have you done to build team spirit at work?” except to say that she had once cheered people up with a sing-along to Adele. Never again, she decided, would she not have an answer to that question.
Kimmel, who graduated from Rutgers this past May with a degree in comparative literature, has been on a couple of interviews since the spring, but hasn’t gotten any job offers. Instead of chalking up her experiences as interviews gone wrong, Kimmel decided she would try to “live [her] way to coming up with better answers” to the questions she flubbed. Simultaneously building her resume. Continue reading
The following is a guest post by Jacqui Alexander, Social Media Marketer and founder of Jacquilope.com.
While social media might seem like unfamiliar terrain to some, it’s important for business owners to recognize the value of a well-directed social media presence.
Social media provides many benefits to business owners. For one, it’s a free marketing tool providing you with a platform to speak about your products and services to the public at no cost. As you gain followers, you become directly connected to the people who are most enthusiastic about what your company has to offer. Continue reading