Archive for April 2013

Connie’s Career Corner: Crime Does Not Pay or Does It?

April 19, 2013


Crime Does Not Pay or Does It?

Tip for the day:  Do what you love and you will love what you do.


Q:   Dear Connie: Recently I notice the letters CFE written after someone’s name.  What does that stand for?

A:   Dear Get Paid for Crime Investigation:  When you see “CFE” after someone’s name that means they have earned the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner.  Certified Fraud Examiners are widely recognized as experts in the anti-fraud field.  There are many career opportunities for CFEs and the area is growing at a fast pace.


Certified Fraud Examiners have the proven expertise to detect, prevent, and investigate a wide range of fraudulent conduct. Most major U.S. corporations, businesses, and government agencies employ CFEs, as do many international organizations.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Report to the Nation provides the following statistics about fraud and white-collar crimes:

  • Fraud and abuse costs U.S. organizations more than $400 billion annually.
  • The average organization loses about 6 percent of its total annual revenue to fraud and abuse committed by its own employees.
  • The median loss caused by males is about $185,000; by females about $48,000.
  • The typical perpetrator is a college-educated white male.
  • Men commit nearly 75 percent of the offenses.
  • Median losses caused by men are nearly four times those caused by women.
  • Losses caused by managers are four times those caused by employees.
  • The most costly abuses occur in organizations with less than 100 employees.
  • The education industry experiences the lowest median losses.
  • The highest median losses occur in the real estate financing sector.
  • Occupational fraud and abuses fall into three main categories:  asset misappropriation, fraudulent statements, and bribery and corruption.

According to SmartPros, Certified Fraud Examiners have the expertise to resolve allegations of fraud from inception to disposition, gather evidence, take statements, write reports, testify to findings, and assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.

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Connie’s Career Corner “It’s never too late to follow your dreams.”

April 3, 2013


“There is no such thing as too old to learn.”

Tip for the day:  It is never too late to follow your dreams.


Q:  Dear Connie:  I never finished my degree.  It would be so helpful in securing a better job but I am too old to go back to school.  I will be turning 45 this year and do not think I would be able to do the work.  Do you think I could do it?


A:  Dear Need to Finish my Education:  Going back to school is a big decision.  Many people have gone back to school who are your age and much older.  Belmont had a young lady of 70 to complete her degree several years back. 

There are many skills that you have picked up in your life that will help you manage the stresses of college.  Your organizational skills are probably much better developed than when you attended college as a young person.  You will also see the full value of the almost lost opportunity of your first college experience. 

Consider all of the things that might be barriers to your success in finishing your degree:

  • Extra expense that results from attending college
  • Less time to be available to your family
  • Amount of support from your family and friends
  • Your own dedication to completing this goal

Work with the financial aid department to inquire about the amount of funds from PELL, scholarships and loans that are available to you to put toward paying tuition and books.  There are many sources of funding available and the financial aid officer will be able to suggest many different avenues for you to research. 

It is important to have a realistic idea of the time commitment required.  Talk with the schools academic advisors to get information about the classes you will need to complete your degree. Discuss the amount of time that will be needed to finish out-of-class assignments. 

Let your family know that you have always dreamed of finishing your degree.  Express your belief that education is important for everyone and can lead to a better life.  Ask them to support you in this effort.

The main thing you will need is to believe in yourself and your ability to accomplish this valuable goal.  You need to go into this venture with the determination that you have what it takes to complete your program of study.  You will build your self-confidence along the way as you see that you can complete the assignments and can do them well. You can do it! 


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Nuclear Power With No Degree: Top Jobs for Undergraduates

April 3, 2013

How hard is it to get a job in elementary education?

April 3, 2013

The Campus Career Coach

8-1-PkrSacto-TeacherRyan from Weber State University asked:

How hard is it to get a job in elementary education once you have the degree?

Hi Ryan –

As it is in most cases, the answer to your question is “it depends!” There are many factors you must consider  to determine the answer that is true for you.

First, look at the national outlook

The US Department of Labor produces an Occupational Outlook Handbook, which includes job outlook information on most career paths including Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers.  So, what does the Bureau of Labor Statistics have to say?:

Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of both declines in student–teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region.

The most important part…

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