I am nearing early retirement at 60 yrs old and I'm ready to collect my retirement check but not ready to stop working. I presently work in Post Production with skills in Video Tape Editing and Motion Graphics at a university. I've learned my skills drilling reservist which at 60 that retirement check kicks in. Thinking about applying for the government but I hear tell that I can't collect a military retiree paycheck and work for the government at the same time. How realistic will it be to take early retirement from my civilian job at 60yrs old and do freelancing as a colorist?

Depending upon what source you use, there are estimates that 10-17 million Americans are self-employed/independent workers, many of whom are retired/retiring Baby Boomers.  I would urge you to take an…

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I'm starting college next year and am not sure what major I want. I've narrowed it down but would like your opinion on what two or three majors are the best for finding a job/ look the best on a resume. Thanks!

Hi - I would suggest two options. The first, look into the different majors that you have narrowed down. Research the career paths, the salary, etc. This will give you some insight as to what your future…

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I'm thinking through my classes for college, it will be my senior year, and I have some options for electives. I have focused pretty much on liberal arts stuff - I'm an English Lit major. What should I take? I want to open up some options but can't afford a master's degree.

My advice for you would be to venture outside of your comfort zone of English Literature classes.  I would consider taking a Business Management class.  These types of classes will teach you how a…

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I am a recent grad and notice that when doing interviews people often say they are looking for someone with more experience, even for entry level. I have been working on small projects since graduation and continue to look for a job. A good amount of learning and experience is done on the job and how the employee does things. I guess my question is how can a person get more experience without given a chance to work at it? Each degree has a wide range of topics to choose from and mine is in computer science.

It can definitely be discouraging to have employers say that they are looking for a candidate with more experience.  My recommendation for you would be to research internships that are of interest to you. …

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Hello, I am a recent graduate with a Masters degree in Materials Science with a few internships & a co-op experience last year, currently in the OPT phase. I have been on the job hunt for 2 months. I've landed a few interviews but they never went past the 1st round. My school wouldn't help me much since the career fairs are mostly for computer majors. Would connecting to Hiring Managers on LinkedIn put me in a potentially better situation? I always wondered if it sounds too direct to ask for a job to hiring managers. Would there be any additional techniques you would advice for? Thanks in advance!

I think connecting to prospective Hiring Managers and other leaders in your field via LinkedIn is a great way to network and get your name out there. I have advised on this issue before, and there are some…

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