Checkout These 7 Dope Child Entrepreneurs

 
We are starting to see more and more preteen entrepreneurs these days. It is good to start learning about money and personal finances at the age of 7. The next step is transitioning that into business and having an understanding of how it works.
 
Much respect to these kids and others that have decided to carve their own path.

Dope Children Entrepreneurs

 
The national media doesn’t glorify this type of positivity because “it isn’t what sells”. But, we already know not to leave this type of promotion up to them.
 
See what these children are up to here

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Equity Crowdfunding Hits Houston

For awhile, I have been doing my due diligence and researching the equity investment game to understand the best way to get in. There are many rules setup to keep certain folks from being able to participate. Accredited investors being able to invest in startups have been the norm for years, but equity crowdfunding has opened the doors for many others. I randomly came across a post on LinkedIn promoting an event about equity crowdfunding, so I decided to attend.

The link below is from the meeting I attended with Founders and Investors breaking down equity crowdfunding and why it is poised to be Houston’s next catalyst for economic growth!

Check it out!!!

http://youtu.be/CfodjeMHRNE?a

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Why Workplace Friendships Are Not So Bad for Business

Photo: @photosbyphab from nappy

 

“As company family picnics declined, so did the social interaction in the workplace.”

Earlier, I came across the article, Having Work Friends Can Be Tricky, But It’s Worth It,” which I found to be interesting. The most interesting part was the statistics on co-workers vacationing together. “Going on a vacation with a co-worker is virtually unimaginable in America—less than 6 percent of workers have taken their relationship with colleagues to this level.”  

A few weeks ago, I returned from vacation with four other people, one of which is a friend I met through work. So now I fit into that “less than 6 percent” category, and if you know me, you would never think I would. I like to keep small circles and I am not the social butterfly, so when I go to a new company, I do what is asked of me and go home. Having numerous side hustles when I was younger, I always had the “business is business, friends are friends” mentality, and it still holds true to this day. You have to have the same mentality in the workplace, which also allows you to quickly get over any grievances you have with someone that you forged a friendship with through work. This is something that many athletes that play on teams learn early on. You get into a fight with a teammate during practice, you leave it on the field and you do not carry that grudge forward. I was reminded of this again my freshman year in college after getting into a fight with a junior during football training camp.  Read More

 

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These companies are ready to invest in your future.

More companies are seeing the benefit of investing in their employees future. While some companies offer student loan assistance, there are others that are providing student loan benefits. Nvidia’s reimbursement plan will allow you to apply for up to $6000 a year maxing out at $30,000.

Check out the list of 9 other companies offering benefits here.

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These companies are among the highest paying for Interns

Facebook, Microsoft, and ExxonMobile are among the highest-paying companies for internships over the previous year.

The research shows the highest paid internships in the U. S., but does not specify rather or not it is based on undergrad or professional level interns. For cities with a higher cost of living, the pay has to be taken into account as well.

Check out the complete list here: 25 Highest Paying Internships in America for 2017

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Harvard Student Submits Rap Album As A Thesis And Receives Honors. He was the first in the school’s history to do so.

Shaw said he will graduate from Harvard with an A- for his work in the English Department, and that he’ll be going to work for #Google as a software engineer after graduation. He received second highest grade possible (summa cum laude minus)…

Check him out on SoundCloud

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Career Fair Do’s and Don’ts

In a previous article, I talked about having that game plan so that you know how to tackle the Internship/Career Fairs. Let’s talk about the day of, and issues I have seen with how candidates approach employers.

Do’s

Listen

When you are waiting in line to speak with a potential employer, listen to the information that is said to other candidates. They might be passing some information along that you did not even think about asking. This effective listening tactic will allow you to implement what you hear and understand more about the company before having your exchange.

Firm Handshake

Your appearance, handshake, elevator pitch, and whether or not you made eye contact are the first things that recruiters notice. Whenever someone gives me a weak and limp handshake, I get this weird feeling and think “what the heck was that? ” It does not matter what setting you are in; you should never give anyone a weak handshake. Well, unless you notice they just did something gross with their hands, then you just avoid it altogether. Remember, that a first impression is a lasting impression.

Network

Always take these events as an opportunity to expand your network. Just because you do not make a connection with one of the companies you speak with, does not mean that somebody else there will not be able to put you on the right path. Talk to the other candidates and companies outside of your industry and make sure you grab business cards. Networking has started a lot of careers. Leaving a memorable impression on everyone will help them remember you if something comes up in the future. There are countless times that I have had random conversations with people and ended up referring them to somebody else that had a need for their services.

Don’ts

Using the Group Approach

You are at an internship recruiting event, and you want to stand out from the crowd, why would you want to approach a recruiter with a large group of friends? When I talk to candidates, I am taking mental notes or writing a quick note on their resume. Then, I put a symbol on the resume and place it in a pile. If I do not speak to just you, and all of you hand me resumes at the same time, then I am not making any notes, and your impression is even less. Recruiters are talking to candidates all day, and some conversations give them a quick idea of whether or not you will be a good fit. The resumes of the candidates that I get a good feeling from during these conversations are the ones that get looked at first.

Not knowing what you want

At every event, me or one of my colleagues always has an interview with a candidate that plays out exactly like this:

Candidate: I just wanted to see what you guys had available.

Me: What job interests you?

Candidate: I don’t know. What you got?

Me: *Here we go again. Mentally throws resume in the trash*

“What you got?” Really? Is that how you expect to get an internship or start your career? If I am looking for a candidate to develop software, and you are an elementary school teacher, then there is no point in me breaking down what we have available.

Seek a position you are unqualified for

We also get candidates that try to force their way into a position. What I mean by that is that they have not even had a class that pertains to the work, but they want to change their whole career path with an internship. Most places are not providing on the job training, and telling me you will do anything when you are a sales person trying to switch to software development will not work. If you think of a cup Java instead of Java code, then you probably will not be a good fit.

Karl T. S. Jackson is a Project Manager and frequently speaks with students from middle school through college about personal development and how personal choices affect their future. He enjoys writing about business, young professionals, personal growth, and personal experiences. You can also connect with him on G+.

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Be Ready To Rock Internship and Career Fairs

“Confidence comes from knowing what you’re doing. If you are prepared for something, you usually do it. If not, you usually fall flat on your face.” – Tom Landry

 

Internship and Career Fair season is stressful for both attendees and employers. The employers must make sure that they have all the information for any handouts, materials for table setup, presentations, and of course the marketing swag that some attendees grab even if they do not visit with that company, so you need to do your part and show up prepared as well. A few years ago, I started working for a new corporation and part of my reason for accepting this offer, instead of the others, was that it would allow me to start an internship/mentorship program and speak to local high school and college students about starting their careers. Having been on both ends, I have a different perspective on how to approach the situation, although one size does not fit all.

This article is intended to help you prepare to arrive ready to show up and show out meaning you are confident when speaking, and able to captivate potential employers. You do want to be memorable, right?

What is the game plan? Continue reading

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Boss vs Leader

You can think of this like crabs in a barrel. They pull each other down instead of working together to achieve the same goal. There are times when you have to work within the trenches instead of yelling from the mountain top.

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Always Run from Risks. Said No One Ever.

Freddie Marriage

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Elliot

Failure to innovate or take risks can eventually take down the most successful companies. Throughout history, there have been countless companies on top of their industry that did not stand the test of time. The same time that allowed competition to take advantage of and adopt new technologies. Although Blockbuster met its demise for several reasons, failure to innovate would be in the top three. In 2000, the CEO of Blockbuster was approached by the founder of Netflix with a proposal to form a partnership. Blockbuster was doing so well, and they already had their recipe for success, so they did not do the analysis and failed to connect the unseen factors. When companies are consistently increasing revenue with little to no change in the business model, it is often harder for them to embrace strategic thinkers. How long will the success of your current strategic initiative prevent you from failing? Continue reading

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