August 4, 2016
By Rebecca S. Fahrlander Taking a break between high school and university - a gap year - has been trending in recent years. Prince William famously took a gap year to travel and volunteer for worthy causes. More recently, Malia Obama decided to postpone entering university for a year. The gap year offers an opportunity to make a transition between two stages of a young life - taking a break from formal education and substituting the informal learning from travel and work in the so-called real world.
February 9, 2016 |
For a new college graduate, finding a job is stressful. That first job is more than a paycheck. It represents the accumulation of hours of hard work and a start on a stable future. In a job market dominated by resumés, connections, and previous work experience, college students will often turn to internships, paid and unpaid, to gain a competitive edge. While paid internships are usually seen as similar to other jobs, unpaid internships have come under increased scrutiny. Critics contend that since employers know students are desperate for experience, workplaces can abuse their interns with long hours and poor work conditions, all without compensation.
July 19, 2014 |
Karen Murray had left Rowan University without a degree and gone back once before. When she left a second time, the lack of a bachelor's degree, just a few classes away, nagged at her. "I had four courses left, and I thought, 'There's no way I could let this go,' " Murray said Thursday. "It was always, 'What am I going to do?' . . . It always played on my mind. " Several years later, she got a letter from Rowan announcing a pilot program for those who had left the university with credits but no degree.
May 10, 2013
By Paul E. Harrington and Nancy L. Snyder As the school year ends, teens will be flocking to apply for summer jobs at local stores and restaurants. Most of them will be turned away. Overlooked in many discussions about the Great Recession is the plummeting number of employed teens. In Philadelphia, just 20 percent of all teenagers were employed last year. A recent study we conducted at Drexel University's Center for Labor Markets and Policy and Boston's Commonwealth Corp.
August 29, 2012 |
At Pride Paws, homemade dog biscuits are hot items. "Sometimes we sell them as fast as we can bake them," says manager Renee McCormac. The biscuits helped launch the nonprofit Medford retailer, which offers developmentally disabled young adults a place to work and prepare for "the next, better job," says founder Joe Ritzel. He and his wife, Linda, of Marlton, are part of a close-knit group of Special Olympics parents who established Pride Ventures Inc. Joe is its board president and Linda is a trustee.
August 2, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The children had read their stories, finished their drawings and were getting antsy, squirming in their seats inside the small community center and waiting for the words they longed to hear. "OK, guys," Alexis Rodriguez called out to the class. "Time for recess. " It's Rodriguez's second week at her first job. The 17-year-old is a recreational aide and tutor for local nonprofit agency Mercy Housing at its Kennedy Estates complex in Sacramento. Alexis' summer job is a paid internship through a program run by Sacramento community services group Asian Resources Inc. The summer intern program is one local effort helping teens enter the work world and cut into a teen jobless rate that in California stands at more than 34 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
October 19, 2009
IT'S SO AMAZING how the first paragraph of your article states that "Philadelphia has a lot to feel good about, according to a Center City District report. " How can a report based on questionnaires sent to those living between Girard Avenue and Tasker Street, and the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers possibly speak for the entire city of Philadelphia? Of course, people living in those areas are feeling good. They never had anything to worry about in the first place. They are all happy yuppie-types and well-to-do rich folks.
December 1, 2008 |
Kelly Pitcher knows how lucky she was to land a prized internship at SAP America Inc. in Newtown Square last fall. After this semester, the business-software giant is putting its internship program on hold, eliminating paid, on-the-job training for as many as 100 students a year. "I'm glad I got in before things got bad," said Pitcher, 20, a junior accounting major at Widener University who worked in the accounts-payable department. "But I'm a little worried because I want to do another co-op.
March 24, 2008
IN HER letter, Peggy Banaszek complains that her work experience was misrepresented when she was identified as an "insurance industry representative" in a recent voter ID call. Yet in a candidate questionnaire and on her Web site, she touts her "years of experience as a successful Project Manager in the Medicare and health insurance industries" as a primary qualification for her candidacy. And the call was a common voter ID call - not a poll of any sort - that simply asked voters which candidate they intend to vote for. It's typical to cite a candidate's profession in such a call - campaigns use them to help identify supportive voters for turnout efforts.
March 27, 2005 |
Three teenagers, armed with maroon linen napkins, polished silverware recently for the dinner crowd at a Warminster retirement community. They interrupted their work to talk hair. "How do they do the highlights?" asked Kirstin Snyder, 16. "They put your hair up," answered Meghan McNickle, 17. "It stings your eyes. " The students, juniors in the life skills class at William Tennent High School in Warminster, turned back to the task at hand and continued to work in comfortable silence.