Sunday, March 26, 2017

What Colleges Won't Tell You: There's much you should know before going or sending your child to college.

Most people today believe that college is a must—if not for the learning, as the hunting license for a decent job. So they don’t look too closely at what colleges provide vs. other post-secondary options, such as apprenticeships or the military.

Many respected entities have tried to warn students about college. For example, the cover story of the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports was headlined, "I Kind of Ruined My Life by Going to College."

The Great College Degree Scam, in the prestigious Chronicle of Higher education’ reported that 60 percent of the increased number of college graduates from 1992 to 2008 work on jobs require high school diploma.

In my private practice, I suggest that certain students would be wise to at least defer college, but the college-is-a-must meme has been too deeply implanted by high school counselors, the media, and the very-convinced parents: “You earn a million dollars more! (A canard—see my article below.) Besides, what would I tell my friends, that my child, who could have gotten into a brand-name college isn’t going to college at all, or ‘just’ to a community college?”

Despite that, as we approach the May 1 deadline, the date most colleges require prospective students to plunk down their commitment money, I believe I should take a shot at giving you pause. I do that as my contribution today to 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Career Care: Maximizing your chances of keeping your job and of getting promoted

There are obvious ways to improve your prospects, for example, being smart, expert, and hardworking, but you already know that. My article today lists less obvious ways to maximize your prospects.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

19 and Reclusive

As today's contribution today, I offer an interview with a 19-year old who is reclusive.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

“I’d Rather Not Be a Recluse”

As today's contribution, I offer the latest in a series of profiles on reclusive people.

The Scarfmaker

As today's contribution, I offer the latest of my short-short stories. This is about a male retiree who thinks about taking up knitting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Career Decisions: Three Poems By a Career Counselor

I got positive response from my previous set of poems inspired by my having been a career and personal coach to 5,000 people. So here are three more.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Life Decisions: Two poems by a career and personal coach

I've been career and personal coach to over 5,000 clients. And the longer I do it, the less sure I am that there are clear-enough answers. Of course, it could simply be that I'm an inadequate counselor. 

In any event, as my contribution today, I offer two poems I've written that acknowledge that lack of clarity.          

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Worth: A short-short story

How accurate is our self-esteem? If strong, is that helpful? I explore that briefly in my latest short-short story, published today on

Friday, March 17, 2017

Under-the-Radar Careers and Career Advice: Highlights of a Presentation by Marty Nemko

World's Shortest Course in Leadership, Part 2

I recently wrote The World’s Shortest Course in Leadership.  Perhaps it was too short because a number of readers have asked me to write a follow-up. Your wish is my command. As my article today, here is The World's Shortest Course in Leadership, Part 2.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Strong and Kind Negotiation: An interview with Seth Freeman

As my article today, I interview Seth Freeman, an expert on negotiation.

A Man and His Dog: A short-short story

Here is the latest in my short-short stories.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The World's Shortest Course in Leadership

Today, for my article, I've given myself the challenge of offering the most useful advice I can within a five-minute read.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"The World's Oldest Bus Boy:" A short-short story with lessons about ageism and resilence

As my article today, I offer another short-short story with psychological and practical implications. This one is about a 65-year-old VP who loses his job and takes a job as a busser.