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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Recession-Proof Careers by Jeff Cohen

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Study! Study! Study!

Sometimes a job posting says “no graduate degree necessary.” Sometimes it says “graduate degree preferred.” And sometimes it says “graduate degree required.” In other words, your education or lack thereof may or may not cost you the job. Let’s keep this section short and sweet. Experience matters, but you can’t forget the importance of academic education, certifications, and on-the-job training. Let’s take these one at a time.
First, your academic background. Commit the time to get the degree you need. It might be a GED or a Ph.D., but whatever it is, you can’t shortcut this one. Lack of education will shut doors in your face faster than you ever realized. Once you know where you want to be in 5, 10, or more years, get ...

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