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Dec 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM

When you’re searching for the right career, it can be very hard to find the information you need to understand what path makes sense, and how to successfully navigate this trajectory.

Perhaps you can find a friend of a friend, or LinkedIn connection, who has the knowledge you’re searching for. But, many times that’s not possible. And, if you do sit down with someone, knowing the right questions to ask can be challenging. “What’s the culture like?” isn’t usually very telling.

You really want to know how to get this job, what it’s like working in this sort of role, and what the career path looks like.

LifeGuides interviews mentors who have been there, done that. These mentors want to share their professional stories so that career switchers, and students in college or graduate school can understand if a career path makes sense for them.

Their career guides span a variety of jobs from various roles in startups, to working at fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. The guides go deep into the motivations behind the mentor’s career paths, their reflections on what they wish they knew when they first started, who does well in this job, and what it’s actually like to work in a given industry or role.

There is even information on company specific jobs in case you want to learn more about the companies these mentors come from. This is a great resource for anyone who’s looking for what’s next in their careers, or wants to explore what it would be like to work in a different type of role.

Apr 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Why Krugman’s ‘Debt doesn’t Matter’ Is Nonsense

    ‘Because it justifies government activism and its debt that not only triggered the crisis but now impedes its cure’

Of the many simplistic ideas that have gained traction after five years of fruitless efforts to revive an unresponsive economy, none is more inimical to recovery than the claim that ‘debt doesn’t matter’. This comes from serious economists who believe that the key to reigniting growth is to spend 2 to 3 times what has so far been spent for this purpose, and that lack of funding should not be an excuse to avoid it. Stacked up against them are others who think that another round of stimulus would throw more good money after bad based on the results of the first two. If this is not confusing enough, a third group contends that allowing the global economy to fail could purge it of the excesses that caused the recession in the first place, paving the way to renewal. All these ‘Catch 22s’ – you can only know that ideas will work when you try them – aside from being costly (they require enormous debt given the constraints on taxes) – risk committing a more serious mistake: they assume that ‘financial’ and institutional issues are peripheral to recovery. With the global economy now practically comatose after trying almost every known trick in the Keynesian tool box, it is time to see if ‘financial’ issues lie at the root of this tragic failure (1).

‘Debt doesn’t matter’ has the same pedigree as the ‘Deficits don’t Matter’ mantra that formed a key plank of the Reagan Revolution of 30 years ago; both are intellectual offshoots of the ‘money doesn’t matter’ view that was a core assumption of Classical Economics. Those who remember may still know that the Classical...

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