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  • I believe everyone has a hidden talent…

    June 1st, 2016

    I always admired Oscar Winner Natalie Portman for being such a fine actor. But a lesser known fact about this beauty is her unbridled talent for science and innovation as a student. She was a semifinalist in the Intel science competition while in high school and then went on to study neuroscience at Harvard. According to an article by Natalie Angier, ” while carrying out her investigation into a new, “environmentally friendly” method of converting waste into useful forms of energy, and maintaining straight-A average she’d managed since grade school, Ms. Portman already was a rising movie star.” She was already acting in many big names like the Star Wars prequel trilogy before she went on to Harvard.

    According to her mentor at Harvard, Abigail A. Baird, “There are very few who are as inherently bright as Natalie is, who have as much intellectual horsepower, who work as hard as she did. She didn’t take a single thing for granted.”

    I believe everyone has a hidden talent. Some people just haven’t discovered it yet. For the vast majority of students, it could be a sports that they have never played but always wanted or an academic subject that they have not explored or a hobby that they think they would be really interested to pick up. Let us know what your hidden talents are. Drop us an email at flipgigs@flipgigs.com. We are particularly interested to hear from talented students. I know I might have a hidden talent for painting a wall mural for children’s rooms even though I am not great at traditional art. Maybe, one day I will finally take it up.

    Aakanksha Sengupta

    Campussmart Marketing & PR

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    College debt problem is now sadly as big as the home mortgage crisis..

    April 25th, 2016

    Was reading about more disturbing news about how college debt problem could become a huge catastrophe, as big as the home mortgage crisis. Students are not the only ones suffering alone. Their parents will suffer the most especially those take out loans for children or co-sign loans will find it more difficult to pay up as they stop working and their income declines. According to the Project on Student Debt, the typical college student is graduating with an average debt of $25,250. Those that end up going to grad schools rack up even more loans. Loans that parents have taken out for higher education has climbed 75% since the 2005-2006. Parents owe an average of $34,000 in student loans and that figure rises to $50,000 over the standard 10-year repayment period. William E. Brewer Jr., president of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys has warned “”Take it from those of us on the frontlines of economic distress in America, this could very well be the next debt bomb for the U.S. economy.” So students start looking for ways to make multiple streams of income, wear a hardy work ethic, be on a strictly saving diet and star stashing away a lot of cash for higher education. Visit www.flipgigs.com and start posting services today! Make a small step towards your long term plan to be debt free.

     

    Aakanksha Sengupta

    Campussmart Marketing & PR

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    Hey students ! Did you know that you can run great marketing campaigns without leaving the dorm room?

    February 25th, 2016

    Online brand management is key to early stage small businesses and Startups in particular can leverage students to help them with part time or contractual help. Students usually have very large network of friends and they usually understand social interactions better. They bring an authentic voice to the medium. Think about this. Without even leaving a dorm room, students with great writing skills can run great marketing campaigns on Twitter and Facebook and make good money on the side. Consistent branding across social media platforms is now critical with this continuously evolving landscape. Social media is changing the way the world does business and the way businesses reach their customers. Today, startups out there need help marketing their product or service. So why not match them up with students who are ready to build an online reputation for your product? In return Students get real-world experience, make neat income and startups get actual help. Students majoring in communication studies, psychology or business or marketing can make great social media experts. That said, any student with an interest in social media could be an asset. Students seeking careers in just about any area can benefit from social media experience in their resumes.

    Students can flourish with their blogging skills since they can leverage a huge digital footprint.There are many students with specific traits who blog on different social media outlets from posting on Facebook and Twitter to blogging on Tumblr , answering questions on Formspring and now the latest craze Pininterest which is a creative outlet for students worldwide.

    Aakanksha Sengupta

    Campussmart Marketing & PR

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    How does a whole new generation of students get out of perpetual debt?

    November 25th, 2015

    With the current economic conditions the way it is and the financial crisis, money is drying up soon. For our children, it is going to be harder than ever to get educational loans. If they do get it, there will be record default on existing loans.How much loans do our students have to stomach to get that higher education? Are they meant to be in perpetual debt ? How can we pop this loan bubble? There are few things that are responsible for driving up the price of student loans. The government is no longer granting loans. And then of course with the credit downgrade, it has significantly increased the cost for the companies borrowing money to lend to students who will then simply pass on this increased cost on to the students.It is only fair that that just like housing loans student loans be forgivable with bankruptcy. Anyways, now is the time to change our attitudes and have our younger generation think of new ways of saving money from an early age. Rather than racking up loans it’s the time for students to look into what skills they possess and how they can sell their services to come up with enough dough for college and beyond.

     

    Aakanksha Sengupta

    Campussmart Marketing & PR

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    Did you know that money problems, not bad grades, are the reason cited by most college students who have considered dropping out?

    September 15th, 2015

    Did you know that money problems, not bad grades, are the reason cited by most college students who have considered dropping out? Even a genius student like Steve Jobs was not spared from this dilemma when he had to drop out of Reed College since his working class parents’ savings were being spent on his college tuition. Today, in a recession battered community students are looking at new and innovative ways to earn money.

    A majority of students at four-year colleges say they routinely feel at least a little worried about not having enough money to make it through the week. Scrimping has long been part of the college experience, of course, but tough times in the real world mean even tighter money on campus.

    Young people between the 18 and 24 years old are among those having the most difficulty finding jobs in this weak job market. About 23% of 18 and 19 year olds students are jobless, according to the Labor department, as are almost 15% of those between the ages of 20 and 24.That’s far higher than the national 9% unemployment rate.

    According to a recent WSJ article, younger people, mainly students once were among the most reliable customers for less-expensive chain restaurants. These days, though, many of them have less in their pockets,forcing them to eat at home more and to be pickier when they do grab a bite elsewhere. The shift in habits has everything to do with uncertainty about the economy and the burden of student loans.  For poorer students anxious to keep up with their peers, the “inevitable consequence is debt”.

    There is light at the end of the tunnel. Students, how do you then find the perfect internship to pay your bills and help with tuition? Are you looking for an internship in law, scientific research, maybe law, medicine, psychology… the list is endless. High School students can make their application very appealing with a summer internship related to the area they want to major in. College Students can impress their job interviewers with an internship. An internship can open the doors to the working world. You can also network with experienced professionals who can help guide you towards a career. At Flipgigs companies constantly post jobs and internships and attract student talent easily.

    Discover more at www.flipgigs.com today!

    Aakanksha Sengupta

    Campussmart Marketing & PR

     

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    Why tutoring is a great part-time job for highschoolers and college students

    July 23rd, 2015

    Tutoring can be a great way for high school and college students to enter the workforce.  Not only does teaching others build relationships and provide help to those who need it, but it also reinforces the material that the tutor is teaching.  There is a saying that goes along the lines of  ”You don’t fully understand something unless you can teach it.”  This is definitely true in the case of tutors whose learning is reinforced with each lesson.  Here are some reasons you might consider if you are thinking about becoming a tutor:

    <b> The Pay</b>

    In addition, tutoring can be a financially rewarding job or gig for part time students.  Depending on your experience level, the subject matter, and the difficulty of the subject, tutors can earn decent money while teaching a subject they love.  Sounds too good to be true, right?  Well, teaching is no easy task and every person learns differently so you have to adapt to each person’s learning style and ability.  For example, if you love chemistry and love teaching it, be my guest.  Create an account on www.flipgigs.com and look for people who need your help.  However, be prepared to encounter people who may not share your passion for the subject and need help just to pass the class.

    <b> The Flexibility</b>

    Tutors are lucky enough to set their own schedules.  Maybe after school or lecture works best for you.  Choose the time that best fits your schedule.  Of course, plan your time wisely since even you have homework to finish and exams to prepare for.  Unlike a regular job you are your own boss which means that the hours you work are determined between you and your clients.  You can be as hard or lazy worker as you want, but your success depends on how much effort you put into finding and maintaining clients as well as the quality of your teaching.

    <b> Impressive listing for the resume</b>

    There aren’t too many resumes floating around that have “Tutor” written on them so having this experience helps distinguish you from other job seekers.  This can give you an edge when applying for high-level internships and jobs because it shows that you are educationally driven and able to work with others successfully and achieve goals.  What more can an employer ask for?

    So if you’re still deciding if you want to be a tutor, first find the subject that you excel in.  Check out www.flipgigs.com and ask the tutors there how they like it.  They can provide you with tips and tricks to make you the smartest kid on the block.

     

    Written by Henry Spivey for Flipgigs.

    Student Loans. Demystified.

    December 6th, 2014

     

    As thousands of students around the world make their way back to college, many of them are experience first-hand the notion of being in debt.  According to the chart from Sallie Mae, a leading student loan lender, Student Borrowing accounted for 18% of financing for college.  In addition, another takeaway is that Student Income and Savings accounted for 12%.  This means that on average, students footed 30% of their college bill.

    Source: Sallie Mae

    Student loans can be a way to pay for higher education.  In other words, students are making an investment in their future.  However, the loan documents can be confusing and choosing the right loan is difficult.  This page is designed to help students and parents understand the basics of student loans and provide additional resources.

    To get a student loan, you will need to start off by first filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  It is imperative that you fill this out because the Federal Government provides grants and scholarships to those who qualify.  To fill out the FAFSA you will need a copy of your last year’s income tax return.  Here is a list of Federal Grants that you can apply for.

    Grants and scholarships are essentially gifts to you to pay for your education and you do not have to pay them back.  Yet grants and scholarships do not always pay for the entire cost of attending college.  So that you’re prepared, I want to introduce you to the most common student loans.  They include:

    1. Perkins Loans

    These loans are available to all students: part-time, full-time, graduate, and undergraduate.  Highlights of a Perkins loan include: low interest rate, deferred payments, and no prepayment penalty.  Depending on your status, undergraduates can get up to $20,000 over their undergraduate years while graduate students can get up to $40,000 of over their graduate years.

    2. Stafford Loans

    Like the Perkins Loans, these loans are available to all students.  Highlights of this loan include: flexible repayment options, fixed interest rate (6.8%), and the interest can be subsidized if you demonstrate need.   The loan limit ranges from $2000-$20000.

    3. PLUS Loan

    Lastly, the most popular form of a loan is the PLUS Loan.  These are unique because students can get large amounts depending on the cost of attendance.  Careful! This type of loan can only be taken out by parents, so they will need to pass a credit check.  Unlike the other loans, interest is higher at 8.5% and is not subsidized.  Also, repayment begins 60 days after the loan is made.

    As you may have noticed, loans come in a variety of forms and can be a way to finance the cost of college.  The best way to get more information about college funding is to meet with a financial aid advisor at your college. They will be able to provide you information about scholarships available your college and other types of financing.  If you’re still seeking more information about federal funding, please visit these two sites:

    1. The Department of Education’s loan page (where you can view the Student Guide)
    2. The Federal Student Aid Direct Loans site

     

     

     

     

     

    Resumes are like houses. Here’s why I believe it.

    August 21st, 2014

    When you first look for a job, you probably start looking on www.flipgigs.com.  Then, all of a sudden you realize, “Wait!  I don’t even have a resume!  What are those again?”  People usually think of a resume as a fancy piece of paper with your education, experience, and skills on it.  Yet, there is more to a resume; it is a document that speaks to a potential employer.  Just like you want your house to scream “Buy me! Buy me!” to potential buyers, you want your resume to scream “Hire me! Hire me!”  In fact in many ways, a resume is like building a house; you have to follow certain steps to make sure you are left with a beautiful end product.

    Step 1: Design

    Before every house is built, architects come together to brainstorm what the finished house will look like.  If you are a job seeker, you need to brainstorm as well, but in a different way.  Start off by asking yourself these questions:

    • What is my career goal?
    • Have I received any kind of special award?
    • Where have I gone to school?
    • What other jobs have I had?
    • What skills do I have?

    The list is endless.  Employers love to see candidates who bring something new to the table.  Your focus at this stage is to brainstorm what content to include on your resume.

    Step 2: Foundation

    After the architects agree on a design, construction of the house begins with laying the foundation.  For a resume the most important part is your education.  Stating your education first shows a potential employer what your interests and how you can fit into the workplace.

    Step 3: Walls

    The next step in construction is building the walls.  Valuable experience such as internships, a long history of work experience, and volunteer activities can help build up your resume.  Haven’t found a part-time jobs or internship yet? No worries! Start by looking on www.flipgigs.com!  If you have tons of extracurricular activities and can’t decide which to use, I suggest adding the top 5.  Remember that you need to provide a short description of specifically what you did and its importance.  You want to show the potential employer that you did something useful and beneficial.

    Step 4: Roof

    No house is complete without a roof.  To cap off your resume, polish it off by stating your skills.  Skills?  From your brainstorming session, add in the skills that you are good at.  Maybe you are a good artist?  In the skills section write that you possess a fantastic artistic ability.  Support this by including your portfolio and any awards you have won.

    Step 5: Decorate!

    Walls? Check. Roof? Check.  Floor? Check.  Time to paint!  The last step in building a resume is to make it look professional.  This means choosing the right font, placement of your different sections,  type of paper, etc.  At the top of your resume add your name is large, bold text.  You want your employers to associate your name with your face.  Then add your contact information below your name.  Here are a few words about email addresses:  Make sure it is appropriate.  Would you want the potential employer to remember you as the person who has great skills or the guy who uses bananahammock@gmail.com? Create a new one if you have to.  Then add your career goal, then education, then experience, then skills.   Use Times New Roman font as it is a clean and professional font.  If you need a visual representation, check this out: http://bit.ly/15bjvsJ

     

    Remember!  First impression mean a big deal in the job market, so when it comes time to introduce yourself the employer, greet them with a smile, give them a firm handshake, look them in the eye and tell them why you would make a great employee.

     

    Good Luck!

     

    Written for Flipgigs by Henry Spivey

     

    How to Stay Sane While in School

    August 6th, 2013

    Here are some tips to keep you sane during the school year ahead!Don’t let the bed bugs bite! When you first move in, make sure everything is up to your standards. This should be taken seriously because you will have a miserable year if you don’t like your room-mate, the walls have holes in them, or your bed has bed bugs! Take the first few moments to take it all in and make sure you’re comfortable.

    Relax! Dedicate some time out of every day to relax. I prefer right after my last class to come back to the dorm and do nothing :) Of course, that doesn’t last forever so 20 minutes is usually good. That’s enough to watch an episode of your favorite TV show or get a snack or socialize a bit.

    Eat well! The college cafeteria is loaded with things you would probably reserve for a rat. Ewww! The chefs are focused on quantity, not quality. Keep your diet healthy, although I would recommend trying something new each week. Having the same old stuff every week will get boring :/

    Get to know others! It has been proven, although I can’t find the study, that students who get to know their professors perform better relative to their peers. Like a subject that isn’t exactly your major? That’s OK because professors enjoy hearing other students’ passion for a subject. Other than getting to know your professors, making friends and connections will help you while in school and beyond.

    Stay organized! College is all about time management. With so many distractions it can be hard for students to stay organized. Getting behind on an assignment can mean pass or fail. Don’t panic, however. Keeping a to-do list and a calendar will help big time! Most of all stick to your schedule (or at least try to!)

    Find a job on Flipgigs! Walking around your university will get boring after a while. Explore your surrounding city and find a gig in a local store. Check out Flipgigs to see who is hiring in your area. Employers post the gigs they need filled and people can reach out to them by stating their skills, what they’re looking for and find a job! Plus getting a job builds a resume by providing experience and, most importantly, cash!

    Written by Henry Spivey for Flipgigs