Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Two Possibilities--Deadline: Now!

I wanted to let you know about two opportunities whose deadline is either tonight or tomorrow.

1. Shout It Out Scholarship, five $1,000 scholarships; fill out a profile at and complete the application online, which involves answering the question, 250 maximum,

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2009; 11:59 pm EST

2. Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program, Deadline: Oct 1, 2009

From website: "Launched in 2008, the ADS program provides funding for up to 30 individuals each year, with a focus on those currently working in public accounting, to help them make a permanent transition to teaching and research in accounting at the university level. The funding supports application to doctoral programs in accounting and also provides an annual stipend of $30,000 up to four years of enrollment. Priority is given to those committed to teaching and research in audit and tax - the areas of greatest need. "

"Applicants to the program must be U.S. citizens and have three years of recent meaningful public accounting experience in auditing or tax. A full description of the program, complete eligibility requirements, application procedures and a current list of participating universities are available on line at The ADS Program application, for enrollment in an accounting doctoral program for fall 2010, will be available online June 1, 2009. The application deadline is Oct. 1, 2009. "

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Shortage of Workers Cause Scholarships to Rise—Get on the Gravy Train!

There are not enough qualified workers to fill jobs that will soon be vacant.

Because current employees are retiring and the jobs they are vacating require some degree of specialization, many employers are finding that there are not enough current graduates to fill those positions.

FAA Needs to Recruit More Air Traffic Controllers

According to an article in USA Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hiring more air traffic controllers since many more are retiring than expected. Read the article here:

The FAA has decreased training from 3 years to 1 year for air traffic controllers by dividing the job responsibility held by one person into two positions. They are looking for people 31 and under.

To learn more about these jobs, click here:

To learn how to become an “air traffic control specialist,” find out what you need to do:

There are different paths if you are a U.S. citizen with prior experience, no experience, or enrolled in an Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) Program.

Not Enough Qualified Lab Folk

In my research of the coming workforce shortage, I discovered that there weren’t enough people in the “clinical laboratory workforce.” According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that by 2012, 138,000 lab professionals will be needed, but fewer than 50,000 will be trained.”

Salaries range from $27,000 for phlebotomists to $70,000 for medical laboratory technician managers.

Read the full article here:

What is a phlebotomist? Don’t know. You can find out about this career and others on ASCP’s website:

ASCP also offers several scholarships:

Where Do My Passions Lie?

Don’t just seek a career because it pays well. Remember, it’s best to marry your passions and dreams to your vocation.

Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, wrote about choosing a career and the new philosophy of job hunting in this article:

His website has many resources, including a podcast about careers and his books about career change: .

A book I find very useful by Dan Miller is the 48 Days to the Work You Love Workbook. I have a copy for myself and have bought some for friends:

Another famous book about making career choices is Richard Nelson Bolles’s What Color Is Your Parachute? You can either buy his book or check it out from the library. I would check in the index about informational interviewing, or the PIE process.

Bolles's website contains information about the job hunting process, including quizzes you can take online for free to determine interests:

Also, if you are currently an employee, sometimes Human Resources may offer career assessments to determine your interests and skills and inform you about possible careers you don’t know about.

If you are a student in high school or college, some career assessment and advising may be available. Take advantage of these programs if they are offered. Career assessment can sometimes cost hundreds of dollars if done privately.

Free career advice and assessment can also be found at One Stop Career Centers, located all over the country and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Here you can find a One Stop Career Center near you:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Deadline Has Passed--What Do I Do?

When I am researching scholarships and internships on the Internet, I come across several where the deadline has passed.

Here are a few I have come across:


Rotary World Peace Fellows


Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund

Associate Scholarship Fund(For Children of Talbots, Inc. Associates)

Most of the time, these fellowships and/or scholarships will post information later in the year for programs in 2010, but the information may be posted in fall 2009.

For example, the Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to women looking to pursue a college education later in life. In 2009, six women each received a $10,000 scholarship and 60 women each received a $1,000 scholarship.

More information from the website: "The Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund is open to U.S. and Canadian residents. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school. Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago."

While the deadline was January 2, 2009, information should be posted this fall.

Make a note somewhere (in a calendar) to check back. Include this link in your favorites. Or use a web program like Evernote found at to save the information (I'm experimenting with this one currently).

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Credit Cards Targeting Students this Fall

According to Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, credit card companies are targeting college students this fall before reform enacted by Congress can take place.

From the website, "Make sure your student and others you know have the facts about easy credit. The average undergrad carries a $3,170 balance, and can face interest rates up to 35 percent if they miss a payment. A mistake made at 18 can stay on their credit report until they are 25 hurting their chances at renting an apartment or buying a car."

Go back and read that paragraph. Let the information sink in. One missed payment can result in interest rates up to 35 percent.

I have known some students who have had to quit school in order to pay off their credit cards.

Here's the kicker: if they fell behind on payments, then that credit report could keep them from getting higher paying jobs. Employers routinely pull credit reports to see if people will be responsible employees.

Check out the article, other resources, and the "Money Mom Care Package" at this website: