Career and Relationships

2017 Military Pay Charts Reflecting Latest Raise – Updated Monthly Basic Pay Tables

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[2017 update] Armed serviced members in 2017 will at minimum see a 2.1 percent increase in base pay following broad Congressional approval of the Defense Authorization bill. Both the House and Senate passed the bill that will be approved by the President. The 2017 raise is 0.5% higher than the original 1.6% approved by the House earlier in the […]

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Will I Get a Raise This Year? And What Is The Average Raise?

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Unless you are a senior executive of a Fortune 500 company you probably won’t be seeing a double digit raise this year. According to the seventh annual Compensation Planning Survey by Buck Consultants, workers who were among the highest-rated at their firm got average raises of 4.3%, an increase of just 0.2% from a year […]

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Average Teacher Salaries Across The Country

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Teachers play such an important role in our lives. We can all remember a great teacher who directly or indirectly had a bearing on where our lives went and what we achieved. I see this even more clearly as I see my son go through elementary school. Last year he had a terrible teacher who […]

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How to Pay for College: Funds, Savings, and Alternatives

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Undoubtedly, the most complicated part of going to college is paying for it. But, the benefits of going through life with a degree make the troubles of college funding worth it. Unfortunately, the cost of attending college is determined to touch the sky and doesn’t seem to let up anytime soon. The average cost for […]

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21 Signs You Are an Unmotivated (and Somewhat Unethical) Employee

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Today, with the crappy economy and tough job market many employees are stuck in a job that they detest but need to keep to pay their bills. This makes them unmotivated to do more than the bare minimum and sometimes even display unethical behaviors. Here are 21 signs, in no particular order, that you are […]

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Working From Home Is More Productive Than Being in The Office

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Great article from Bloomberg Businessweek on what employees really do when they are working from home. This includes: 43 percent watch TV or a movie and 20 percent play video games while officially working from home. Parents are more likely than those without children to partake in these two activities, which aren’t work-related. Employees might […]

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The Profile of a Well-to-do or Rich American

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A lot of people say “richer” Americans are an eccentric lot. But the fact is that, your co-worker or neighbor down the road is probably more likely to better fit the “well-to-do” or upper class profile than someone like Donald Trump. Based on information from the Census and IRS data, the tax policy center put […]

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The Best Places to Live in The World

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I moved to the states over five years ago to pursue my graduate degree and for better career opportunities. Before this I was in Australia. Looks like I probably should have stayed where I was according to the latest OECD survey, which ranks Australia as the happiest industrialized nation based on criteria such as jobs, […]

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The Business of Being the Best – 7 Key Characteristics

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In every field, certain individuals excel and demonstrate outstanding performance. Many aspire to emulate these leaders, but are unsure how to attain their goal. In The Business of Being the Best, Molly Fletcher suggests that the top performers in all professions have a common set of traits. She believes that everyone can study these seven […]

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Saving for the Future: College Tuition vs. Retirement

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Despite the skyrocketing costs of a college education, a bachelor’s degree, at the very minimum, is an essential requirement to get ahead in this world. With few, notable exceptions, gone are the days when you could make a healthy, livable income right out of high school. But for parents, the increasingly unaffordable cost of a […]

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