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When a lot of parents ask their kids how school was, they get the same one-word answer, “Fine.” Talking with your children can help teach them the importance of education as well as bring the two of you closer together. Check out some of these tips for striking up conversation with your kids:

  • Don’t force your child to talk the minute they walk in the door. Some kids need to unwind first. Let your little one have a snack and settle in before you start.
  • Sometimes, avoiding face-to-face conversation can help take the pressure off of your kid. Try talking in the car while you’re driving or while cooking dinner.
  • Don’t always talk about problems. Include fun topics like who they played with or what games they played.
  • Start the conversation with an enthusiastic hello instead of jumping straight to questions. This will help ensure your child that you’re genuinely interested in talking with them and not just interrogating them.
  • Share some of your own funny stories from the day so it’s not one-sided.
  • Try asking more specific questions that require more than a one-word answer.
  • Start early. If you set up the pattern of sharing when they’re young, they’re more likely to continue the pattern when they grow into teenagers.

0819150blogphotodebtDebt can accumulate quickly, especially as a student. Some smart prioritizing can help you avoid a lot of financial woes. Follow these suggestions to help get you out of the red and pay off your debt:

  • Don’t panic.
  • Ignoring it won’t make it go away. Face it head on now, before it gets worse.
  • Write down and organize all of your debt. Note how much you owe, what the interest is, and whom you owe it to.
  • Try to prioritize your debt by how much you owe and what consequences there are if it isn’t paid on time. Taxes and rent/mortgage are usually the most important to pay off first. If luxury items, like your TV, get repossessed, it’s not going to be the end of the world.
  • Make a budget. How much money do you have coming in? What necessary expenses do you make every month?
  • Try to negotiate your repayment plan. Some taxes will work with you to create a payment plan that works on your budget.
  • Find ways to generate extra income. Work overtime, get a second job, have a garage sale, etc.
  • Use the stack method to pay off your debt. Once you’ve paid off your first debt, apply that payment used for that debt to the next loan. When the second loan is paid off, add that payment to the next until all your loans are paid off.
  • You’re not alone. Plenty of other people have been in the same difficult situation and gotten themselves out of it. It’s also important to remember that there are people who can help and guide you.

At Everest, you can get help from financial services to set up a budget that works for you. Contact us to find out how Everest can help you manage your finances: http://ow.ly/nLnbJ

0817150blogphotoJob boards can be a great resource for finding new career opportunities… if you know how to use them effectively. Career Services at Everest is always there to help you navigate job listings, but here’s a few tips to get you started:

  • Use an aggregator like Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, or CareerJet.com. An aggregator collects openings from hundreds of different job boards so you don’t have to go to hundreds of different sites. An aggregator will also filter out most bogus listings.
  • Pay attention to what jobs you’re applying for. When sending out so many applications, it can be easy to lose track. Applying to the same job twice looks unprofessional and can hurt your chances.
  • Use the information you find on job boards as research. See what common skills employers are looking for in your position and be sure to include them on your resume. You can also get an idea of typical salary, etc.
  • Don’t send out generic resumes. Personalize each application to fit the company and position you’re applying for.
  • Use all of your resources. Don’t rely solely on job boards. Make connections, network, and utilize the career services at your campus.

At Everest, you can get ongoing career services support to help you in your job search. Contact us for more details on how Everest can help you use job boards to your advantage: http://ow.ly/nLnbJ

speedreadpostYou may love reading (or just have lots of it you have to do) but may not have enough time for it. When you can’t make more time for it, what do you do? Read faster. Here are some tips to help you increase reading speed and comprehension:

  • Reading is not linear. Feel free to go back and reference parts you have already read. It will help you understand the material better.
  • Stop subvocalizing. Subvocalizing is the act of sounding out words in your head. That actually slows us down because our brains understand the word much quicker than the time it takes us to sound it out.
  • Practice reading. The more you read, the quicker you will get.
  • Use a pointer. It will help you focus on what you are reading and keep track of your place.
  • Eliminate distractions.
  • Find your motivation. If you’re finding that it’s a struggle to concentrate, remember the end goal and why you are doing it in the first place.

30. Look-at-all-this-Work-I-havent-done-yetWe’ve all been told, “I need this done now.” Often, we hear it from several people at the same time. The question is if everything is a priority, how are you supposed to prioritize?

  • Make a list. At the beginning of the day, write down everything that you have to do. Then start categorizing them by urgency.
  • Assess the value. Weigh the benefits of completing a task first versus the possible consequences of completing it later. This can help you order your priorities.
  • Be honest. Know your limitations and don’t make promises you can’t keep. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure.
  • Be flexible. As you get more work, your priorities will shift. It is helpful to adjust to these changes.
  • Cut the cord. There comes a point where you just need to finish a task and move on. The perfectionist in you may want to keep fine-tuning that last task, but it’s better for productivity to cut the cord and move on.

graduation cap and cash roll, closeup Balancing your student finances can feel like a circus tightrope act. Don’t sweat; you’re not up there without a safety net. Here are some tips to help with student finances:

  • Be careful with your credit card. On one hand, it’s good to start building credit history. On the other hand, credit spending can quickly spiral out of control.
  • Create a budget and stick to it. Find out how much you make and then how much you spend per month. Of your spending, figure out what is necessary and what is luxury (Sorry, no matter how you spin it, beer is not a necessity).
  • Save early and often. Even if you put just a little away at a time, it can help you out a lot down the road.
  • Borrow as little as possible. In addition to loans, there are many scholarships and grants available to all types of students. If you do have to borrow, make sure you understand all costs and terms before agreeing to anything.
  • Use coupons. Sites like Groupon offer great deals that can save you money.
  • Use technology to your advantage. You can get alerts for credit cards, bank accounts and other payments to help stay on top of it. This way, you can avoid unnecessary late fees.

#2Remember when you dreamed of being a movie star or professional dancer? Today’s teens have dreams that are rooted in the real world — in health care and IT.

Everest Institute recently surveyed 300 high school students age 14-18, asking which field was most likely to lead to their dream job. The top two choices were health care and information technology, with education coming in third.

“The survey indicates that young people are quite savvy and realistic about the paths to successful employment,” said Ken Sigmon, regional vice president of operations at Everest Institute.

A large majority of those surveyed also agreed that getting good grades and a degree are important for finding that dream job.

Everest offers a variety of career training and degree programs for young people interested in entering the health care and IT industries.


Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.

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