snatchingstars asked:

Dear Duke, do you think it's stupid to choose what to study according to a place where you can work after graduating? I'd love to study one thing but I'd have to move to a big city to get a job in that field and I know I don't want to live like (1)

(2) that,I know I wouldn’t feel comfortable. I’d love the job but hate the place in which I’d live. My second option is not as nice as a job (I still like it) but I know I’d be so glad to live away from cities. I am so troubled with this question. :(

This is a hard question when I don’t know what fields of study you’re talking about. But it’s been my experience that there are very few jobs you can only do in one place/type of place. This is even true of theatre–you don’t have to be in New York or LA, contrary to what people who live in those places may tell you. But this is also a hard question because you’re talking about careers when you’re still deciding what to study. It’s worth thinking about, but my guess is that–whatever you decide to study–you’ll learn that there is more than one given job option for your major. So you might be putting the cart before the horse on this one. 

That being said, if you still find yourself facing this problem in a few years when you’re approaching graduation, I guess you kind of have to ask yourself what’s more important: a career you love or a place you’d love to live in. The two may not be as mutually exclusive as you think, but if they truly are you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons and decide what’s best for you, or come to some kind of compromise. If you don’t want to live in a big city but you’re willing to commute, that might be an option. 

Basically, don’t panic. Things are rarely so cut and dry and you can probably work out a way to have both a job you like and a comfortable place to live.


Meet Jhennifer Rawlings, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist out of Billings, Montana

Jhennifer combines her love of Montana with her enthusiasm to work with the public in her new position at the Bureau of Land Management.

Rawlings joins the BLM after over 13 years working for U.S. Forest in the fuels and prescribed burns. She earned her degree in resource conservation from the University of Montana.

She is excited to be a part of the Montana team and enjoys spreading awareness on how the public can prevent wildfires. She encourages the public to take an active part in fire prevention and protect their homes.

We are thankful for all wildland fire personnel, especially this time of year! To learn more about BLM Montana’s fire branch, visit

Watch a recent behind-the-scenes interview with Jhennifer on the BLM Montana/ Dakotas Facebook page.

Photos courtesy of Jhennifer Rawlings, BLM.

7 Ways You Can Create a Network of Helpful People

A network is only as helpful as the people within it. Focus on growing a network slowly with the right people, and you’ll find that you create opportunities for yourself. Here are seven ways you can create a network of people who will consistently help you:

1. Stay Top of Mind

2. Expect Nothing in Return

3. Make the Relationship Meaningful

4. Focus on Transparency

5. Make Sure Your Connections Know What’s Valuable to You

6. Show Appreciation

7. Remember: Small Gestures Are Just as Valuable

Here’s how to make sure the opportunities come your way.

Potential Dream Jobs
  • Aries:Firefighter, Lawyer, Oncologist
  • Taurus:Botanist, DJ, Pharmacist
  • Gemini:Animal Trainer, Ophthalmologist, Fish Hatchery Manager
  • Cancer:Comedian, Art Director, Film laboratory Technician
  • Leo:Model, Magician, Pilot
  • Virgo:Nurse, Author, Physical Therapist
  • Libra:Judge, Wedding Planner, Fashion Designer
  • Scorpio:Emergency Telephone Operator, Anesthesiologist, Architect
  • Sagittarius:Race Car Driver, Police Officer, Demolition Expert
  • Capricorn:Jeweler, Actor/Actress, Bartender
  • Aquarius:Taxidermist, Molecular Physicist, Archaeologist
  • Pisces:Astronaut, Deep Sea Diver, Psychologist
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The 7 Best Money-Saving Tips for Millennials

Here are seven tips every millennial should use to start getting into the habit of saving money:

1. Know What You’re Working With

2. Don’t Feel Like You Have to Say ‘Yes’

3. Understand Your Money Pitfalls

4. Save Money Where You Can’t See It

5. Get Organized

6. Set Financial Goals

7. You Aren’t Too Young to Think About Retirement

Read more.

The signs as careers

Aries: demolition engineer

Taurus: main chef

Gemini: talk show host

Cancer: marriage councelor

Leo: actor

Virgo: librarian

Libra: judge

Scorpio: morgue worker

Sagittarius: travel agency employee

Capricorn: banker

Aquarius: architect

Pisces: painter
Baby Might Have Back, But Your Resume Shouldn't Have Any 'Buts' -

My father is a television fanatic — he always has been and likely always will be. Because of that, he often quotes various catchphrases that he finds humorous, attempting to take on the inflections of a specific actor’s (or sometimes actress’) voice. During the ‘90s, I was forced to endure countless repetitions of “Did I do that?” (thanks, Mr. Urkel), and before that, there were many, many John Wayne quotes.

(Photo Credit: Gonzalo Aragon/Shutterstock)

Although I dreaded hearing it as a child, one of my favorite impressions that my dad does is his classic Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) voice telling me, “Missed it by that much.” Whether I’d gotten a B+ on a report card or I let the soccer ball pass me into the net, I could predict his response almost without fail.

There’s a reason this particular impression has resonated with me. In life, we very often miss things by a tiny margin. We may be highly critical of ourselves during those times when we fail to achieve our desired results, but the fact is, the particular “race” was probably closer than you think!

Let’s turn this over to the world of job hunting. Right now there is a hiring team looking at the final list of potential candidates. They’ve dwindled the list down to six, and they need to get to five before they start interviewing. Imagine this discussion: “Well, number six is very good, but they’re missing [insert competency or experience].” Do you want to be number six? Here are three things you can do to eliminate those “buts” or skill gaps in your resume.

Be Current.
Just as we raise eyebrows over expired milk, organizations are not looking to fill their ranks with employees who aren’t current in today’s environment. If you’re like me, it’s been a while since you last completed a college course. I’m not saying that you need to run out and sign up at your local school, but make sure to showcase how you’re still keeping your skills current. Do you re-certify annually? Do you use the skills every day? If you were an accounting major a decade ago and are currently a yoga instructor, it may be tough to connect the gap, but don’t forget the little things. Do you keep manage the finances at the studio? Do you collect payments and balance a ledger each month? You may spend most of your time in a downward dog, but you’re still keeping up with the times.
Show Rather Than Tell. 

Yes, there is a set of criteria that every hiring manager is looking for in their candidate pool. And more than half of the resumes will mention or reference these criteria (for those that don’t, please see my other blogs on things to include in a resume). As a hiring team narrows their search, they’re looking for these criteria, coupled with how you currently use said criteria. Are they looking for someone who works well in a team environment? Sure, they can see you’ve been a product manager for the last six years, but you need to showcase HOW you were part of a team. For example, “As a product manager in the widget department, I worked closely with a team of engineers, designers and architects. We formed a cohesive product team and were able to deliver our software ahead of the project plan, capitalizing on a $60K bonus incentive for early completion.”

Get In Sync.
This final tip has really spun into existence in the last 10 years, but it’s one that I don’t believe you should take lightly. Crafting a resume takes time — at least it does if you’re doing it correctly. Once you’ve built your masterpiece, make sure that your online profiles (think LinkedIn) line up. You don’t need to mirror your resume, rather your skills and experiences shouldn’t be out of line. It’s always difficult for recruiters who have a powerful resume in hand when they check out an online profile and notice large discrepancies. Take the time to make sure you’re not sending any mixed messages.

Nobody is perfect, and we can’t expect to get every interview for every job. With that in mind, we can work to ensure that we’re making the final cut more often than not, and following these tips will get you off to a great start. Unlike my dear old dad, I’m not much of a TV connoisseur, but I can offer you one final tag line, “MEEP. MEEP. That’s all, folks!”

Tell Us What You Think 

How did you make the cut? Tell us your story when you needed to build experience or close a skills gap to avoid the “but!” Leave a comment or join the discussion on Twitter.

August 31, 2015 at 10:13AM

12 years ago, I was convinced I would be a famous novelist.

8 years ago, I knew I would be a poet.

7 years ago, I thought of being an editor.

6 years ago, I wanted to be a musician.

5 years ago, I knew I would be all of the above.

4 years ago, I wanted to be an English teacher, writing novels and poetry as a hobby, with private music lessons as a side job.

3 years ago, I didn’t want to be anything.

2 years ago, I wanted to be a pit musician until I was too old to travel and I could fall back onto my English teacher plan.

Last year, I wanted to teach foreign languages; rather, teach English in another country.

This year, I’m trying to figure out what arrangement I can make to study music, foreign languages, and education….and let the world figure out where I end up.

Who knows what I’ll want to be next year?

Managing your finances at uni

Planning a budget can really help you manage your finances while you’re at university. This animated film, created by QMUL Advice and Counselling, has tips on maximising your income, identifying possible shortfalls, and creating your own budget plan.

And if you think you are going to need a part time job while at uni, come and talk to the Careers & Enterprise Centre. We can talk to you about where to look for part time work, help your with your CV and/or job application and even give you a practice interview. We get extremely busy once term starts at the end of September, so the sooner you are able to come in and speak to us, the better!

from QMUL Jobs Blog

 I really want to get a job in cosmetics. A goal that is proving to be quite difficult…its a very people person type industry and my lack of a serious job history combined with my overwhelming shyness makes everything a lot harder. I’m going to keep trying but its hard to try and balance school, attempting to make friends and join orgs, while also job hunting and working at my current job. In an ideal world I’ll have these major issues resolved by the end of the year, but who knows honestly. Tho I am actually quite pleased that there are people who are interested in reading my work. I hope that I can get something out for them soon and get some feedback