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Your career is so much more than just a job. It’s simple enough to find a job that pays the bills. Building your career, unlike finding a job, is a lifetime pursuit. Building a career requires dedication, both to yourself and to the work that you do. Creating a career involves persistence as it will not always be easy to find fulfilling work while moving your way up the career ladder — and these days, many career paths do not resemble a ladder at all, but rather a long and winding road.

Lastly, building a career requires thinking smart about…


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February means that valentine’s day is right around the corner, and finances are an important part of being a couple. After all, money is the leading cause of stress in relationships.

In a study by Kansas State University, researchers found that arguing about money is “by far” the top predictor of whether a couple will stay together or not. Those arguments tend to take longer to recover from and are more intense, researchers said.

Managing money as a couple can be tricky to sort out with two incomes and two financial situations merging. While you’re trying to manage money jointly…


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To achieve success you must be focused. Whether you are starting your own business, or simply trying to learn more, inspirational quotes can encourage you to work hard, and be innovative which are both key tools for success.

However, sometimes it takes a little inspiration to find the motivation to crush it at your job and career. The following groups of quotes aim to motivate young people in any form whether it be just reading them when you’re feeling unmotivated or writing them out to keep in front of you as a daily reminder.

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Every high school student knows full well: College is expensive. And paying for it has become one of the biggest economic problems in America today. At the average private college, the sticker price for tuition, room, and board is $199,500 for the standard 4-year degree And $87,800 for a public 4-year institution (in-state rate).

Higher education can open doors in terms of having increased earning potential, but the cost of getting a college degree can also mean years of student loan payments. …


A survey by EdAssist found that half of millennials expected their employer to help pay for continued education. In particular, with college costs and student loan debt soaring, tuition reimbursement as a benefit offered by employers is gaining momentum.

Investing in your employees attracts and retains top talent. The top places to work all (Apple, Google, and Starbucks to name a few) offer tuition reimbursement as part of their benefits package.

If you’re unfamiliar with tuition reimbursement, here’s how it typically works: an employee pays upfront for college, graduate, or continuing education classes. …


Income-share agreements have emerged as a financing option for colleges and education programs. They’ve proven to be a more student-friendly form of financing.

An Income Share Agreement works differently than private student loans; students don’t have to worry about paying back a principle or mounting interest. Besides the absence of growing interest and generally, no upfront payments, a significant benefit of Income Share Agreements is the fact that there are certain instances when your payments are paused or deferred.

ISAs keep students from paying for educational experiences that don’t create value for them in the labor market, aligning the risk…


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Welcome to the monthly Meratas Partner Spotlight! Each month, we’ll feature one of our amazing partner programs that are helping members jump-start their careers.

What is a Product Manager?

A Product Manager serves as the liaison between the client, stakeholders, and the team who develops an app or digital product, including Designers and Developers. They guide the project and product, make decisions, manage a timeline, and analyze every step along the way. Product Managers sometimes serve behind the scenes, but they are an integral part of all SaaS and Technology companies.

Product Management has been rising in popularity as a career path and created more…


There are many benefits to being extremely valuable at work. Being irreplaceable at your job means that your supervisors count on you so much that without you, the productivity of your department might suffer. It means you’re a leader in your department and you have the confidence to make big decisions. It could also mean that you’re first in line for promotions and pay raises. Do you usually wait for your boss to check in on projects? Or do you take initiative and finish things on your own?

It starts with making a great name for yourself — communicating to…


The beginning of a new calendar year normally marks the beginning of the job search rush. January and February are two of the best months to look for long-term, full-time jobs since these are the months most companies receive updated budgets and sales forecasts.

In addition, unlike a fall job search that is sandwiched between job market slowdowns over the summer and holiday season, starting your job search in the early months of the year gives you several months to make progress in networking and interviewing without losing momentum. …


In many situations, students have to pay for school on their own and the reality is that there’s a good chance you’ll need a student loan to help cover the cost of your education. Even if you have a scholarship, you might need to use a student loan to help close that funding gap.

When you take out student loans, there are different options available to you. Many of these loan options, however, require you to have a cosigner. A cosigner is, typically a parent for students, someone who signs a loan agreement alongside you and is essentially a backup…

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