How This Navient Lawsuit Affects Your Student Loans

How This Navient Lawsuit Affects Your Student Loans

Members of the American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teachers union in the U.S., filed a lawsuit against Navient, one of the the nation’s largest student loan servicers. If you have a student loan, there is a good chance that it may be serviced by Navient. Navient, which spun off from Sallie Mae, has more than 12 million customers and services more than $300 billion of government and private student loans. Here’s what you need to know and the action you can take. Navient Lawsuit: The allegations The lawsuit alleges that Navient…

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Here’s Your Starter Kit For Building Career Success

Here’s Your Starter Kit For Building Career Success

We look at super successful people and marvel over how they have obtained their exalted status, fame and fortune. It’s easy to become intimidated when you compare yourself to someone else and their amazing success. I can’t speak about people in the rarified strata like Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, but I have spoken with thousands of everyday-successful people. These are the people you don’t read about in the news; however, they have become experts in their respective professions and are currently at the top of their game. They tend…

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How One Provocative LinkedIn Post Can Transform Your Career

How One Provocative LinkedIn Post Can Transform Your Career

“What if this plane goes down?” Marcus A. Murphy sat down in his seat, anticipating a relaxing, yet productive flight on his way to San Francisco. Suddenly, the conversation in the row before him invaded his consciousness, and he couldn’t help but overhear the dialogue … “Hey, what’s your name? Where are you going? What do you do for a living?” Murphy cringed as he quickly realized the context of the “conversation” and recognized the tragedy taking place. Before their impending flight, Murphy overhead the “Middle-Seat Man” trying to sell…

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What Happens If You Misuse Your Student Loans

What Happens If You Misuse Your Student Loans

Individuals can be legally prosecuted and face fines or imprisonment in financial aid fraud cases and instances of illegal borrowing. (Getty Images) Many college students make poor decisions with their student loan refunds – spending the money on noneducational purposes, such as spring break vacations and buying new clothes. Accounts of student loan misuse are easy to find – and usually don’t shock the Student Loan Ranger. However, we were surprised by one recently buzzed-about way to spend student loan funds: investing in cryptocurrencies. Such findings may be questionable, but many instances of student loan misuse…

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5 Career Decisions That Can Backfire And Crush Your Success

5 Career Decisions That Can Backfire And Crush Your Success

Part of the series “Finding Brave to Build Your Best Life and Career” Photo: iStock Dealing with the impact of career decisions that hold us back Before I mustered the bravery to reinvent my career from unhappy corporate VP, to success coach, writer and speaker, I was stuck in a corporate marketing career that was just plain wrong on so many levels. While it was “successful” on the outside (meaning, I made good money, had high-level responsibility, earned lots of perks and benefits, oversaw large projects, etc.), it was a…

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When to Earn a Smaller Credential With Your Online Degree

When to Earn a Smaller Credential With Your Online Degree

For some students, an online degree alone may not be enough to fully meet their career goals. This was the case for LaShelle Morrison, a fifth-year student pursuing a doctorate in educational psychology partially online at the University of Iowa. “I am most interested in teaching and helping others to teach better, whether that be K-12 instructors or even faculty at colleges – so understanding how teaching works the best for various types of people in different populations,” says the 39-year-old. Beyond her degree program, she has earned two graduate certificates, both of which included…

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15 Online Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Year

15 Online Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Year

he phrase “new year, new you” is a mantra that many of us repeat to ourselves once the clock strikes midnight on January 1. Making that a reality, however, is easier said than done. But if your goal is to improve your art and photography abilities, or grow your business in a meaningful way, we can help. We’ve selected a variety of creative online learning from sites like CreativeLive, Craftsy, and Brit + Co. They offer you thousands of ways to build your skills from the comfort of your own home—and on your own…

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5 tricks to fast-track your career in 2018 from a 26-year-old CEO

5 tricks to fast-track your career in 2018 from a 26-year-old CEO

After Brian Wong graduated college at age 18, he co-founded a company that received more than $32 million in venture capital funding and landed clients like McDonald’s and Pepsi. The now 26-year-old CEO and start-up co-founder of mobile advertising app Kiip used a series of career “cheats” to fast-track his success, which he describes in his book, “The Cheat Code.” Here are a few of Wong’s more than 70 tips professionals can use in 2018 to advance their careers: Source: Crown Business | Penguin Random House Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of Kiip. 1. Use…

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4 books to make you smarter about your career in 2018

4 books to make you smarter about your career in 2018

While it’s tempting to stream your favorite show in your down time, reading a helpful book instead can give you the tools you need to actually achieve your goals. Billionaires such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Elon Musk credit much of their success to reading and learning. As Tesla and SpaceX founder Musk recently told Rolling Stone, “I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents.” Here are four reads that will help you make 2018 a year you accomplish something meaningful in your work life: 1. “Believe It to Achieve It” by Brian…

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Book Review: “Stretch” Shows How to Future-Proof Your Career

Book Review: “Stretch” Shows How to Future-Proof Your Career

Something really frightening happened to me the other day.  I was exploring some of the new job sites out there like Indeed and FlexJobs when it hit me.  It wasn’t like a ton of bricks, rather, it was a sort of sinking feeling.  Honestly, I don’t even know why it mattered.  I wasn’t looking for a job. But what if I was looking for a job?  What if something happened and I needed to get back into the corporate world?  I realized that my current skill set was so specific and so…

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