Paying for College | Alice Madden Barton Scholarship

May 27th, 2015 by

iStock_000035253458Students interested in cosmetology or barbering as a career can apply for the Alice Madden Barton Scholarship program. These scholarships can be used at any cosmetology or barbering school.

The scholarships are awarded to applicants who can demonstrate a passion for the craft and dedication to developing their skills.

The deadlines for the current application period is June 30, 2015.

Apply for this scholarship at the Great Clips scholarship website.

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Land Your Dream Career in College

May 20th, 2015 by


Land Your Dream Career in College” by 
Tori Randolph Terhune and Betsy A. Hays gives college students 11 steps to become an expert in their field, get involved in and out of the classroom, network, and use new media.

The authors additionally discuss the importance of students cultivating behaviors such as strong communication skills, politeness, honesty, time management, prioritization, integrity, professionalism, goal setting, clarity, and organizational skills (all topics Next Step Academy believes to be incredibly important!). These steps and behaviors are critical for landing that job and taking advantage of the opportunity to develop professionally while in school.

Because Next Step Academy is such a believer in the essential life skills for career success, we whole-heartedly believe that this book (and books like it), are an important tool in transferring what you learn in an education setting into a successful career.

We have a copy of “Land Your Dream Career in College” and we want to give it to one of you!

Fill out the Rafflecopter app below for your chance to win. Each action you take in the app will give you a chance to win the book.

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Restaurant Scholarships

May 12th, 2015 by

Chefs preparing breakfastThe National Restaurant Association lists student scholarships for those interested in pursuing a career in food services.

They offer a variety of merit-based scholarships to students who want an education and a career in the foodservice industry, starting at $2,500 per award.

In 2014, the NRAEF awarded over $1 million in scholarships.

The 2015 scholarship application process will close soon, with many scholarships ending on May 27, 2015. Take a look at the variety of scholarships available and the diverse range of career paths you can take in the restaurant industry — the possibilities are endless.

You can access these scholarships in one place on the National Restaurant Association website.

Many scholarships give preference to location, so also check the state-by-state scholarships listing.

Best of luck to those who apply!

> Looking for more information about restaurant and hospitality careers or majors? Take our online course in Restaurant Management or Culinary Arts



Best and worst entry-level jobs

May 7th, 2015 by

Business TalksWith graduation season nearly upon us, the personal finance website WalletHub recently released its 2015 Entry-Level Jobs Report, which takes stock of the first-timer employment landscape by comparing 109 different types of entry-level positions based on 11 key metrics ranging from starting salaries to industry growth rate.

Here are the best and worst jobs according to the report:

Best Entry-Level Jobs
1. Training Specialist
2. Web Applications Developer
3. Network Engineer
4. Attorney
5. Environmental Engineer
6. Software Engineer
7. Designer – Web
8. Information Security Analyst
9. Financial Analyst
10. Programmer

Worst Entry-Level Jobs
100. Welder
101. Building Inspector
102. Policy Processing Clerk
103. Electronics Assembler
104. Boilermaker
105. Claims Processing Clerk
106. Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk
107. Refinery Operator
108. Sheetmetal Mechanic
109. Floor Assembler

Some of the highlights from the survey:

• Certified occupational therapist assistants are expected to see the most job growth by 2022 (42.6%).

• While web application developers, web designers, software and network engineers, and programmers are all among the 10 Best Entry-Level Jobs, computer operators have the grimmest outlook, interestingly enough – with 17% of jobs in the field projected to be cut by 2022.

For the full report, please visit Wallet Hub.

> To explore career options, visit Next Step Academy’s free online career courses.


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