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How I Reinvented My Career After 30

Just because you realized what you really want to do a decade into your career doesn’t mean it’s too late.<p>Ever find yourself daydreaming about how your life might be different had you chosen a different career path?<p>Or do you ever look at a coworker and think: “I can <i>totally</i> do that job!”<p>What snaps …

8 Steps to an Utterly Successful Career Change

More than a decade ago, I made a career pivot from corporate communications director to almost-all-commission recruiter. I took uncalculated risks …

Why Making A Career Switch Isn’t As Hard As You Think

“Job hopping” used to be considered flaky. Now it can be a sign of initiative. Here are the steps you need to take to make a career switch.<p>The stigma of “career hopping” is waning. Employers no longer shy away from job seekers who are looking to change their role, or even industry.<p>My own career …

7 Ways to Tell It's Time for a Career Change

We've all been there; stuck in a role you know isn't for you, or one you've clearly grown out of. Sometimes you're not sure how you got there or why you stay. Maybe it's the security, or maybe it's just easier than starting over. Either way, since you spend a large majority of your life working …

How I Paid Off Over $150,000 in MBA Student Loans in 6 Years

<i>By Phil DeGisi, CommonBond</i><p>It's June. For all of you Class of '15 MBA grads, congrats on graduating! While it's an exciting time, it can also unfortunately bring the dread that comes with finally looking at your student loan bill. Things just got real.<p>As someone who now works at CommonBond, a …

To Create an Underlying Social Mission, Focus on the 3S's

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everybody has a story. Throughout my 20s, I was a workaholic. I was never present, and my dream was to sell my business. It wasn’t until I achieved my goal and made lots of money that I realized that this kind of success didn’t make me …

Entrepreneurship

Creating a Social Mission from Scratch: A Conversation with Neil Blumenthal

As Founder and Executive Director of goods for good, I have always been inspired by individuals and companies that share my commitment to taking a creative, sustainable approach to international development. With this in mind, it is my pleasure to chat with Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of …

Raising New Capital for Your Mission-Driven Startup

Raising startup capital is a challenge in any sector. But for mission-driven companies, it often feels like a Sisyphean task.<p>Even as impact investing has slowly inched its way into the mainstream in recent years, finding money to launch or scale a business is still a grind. Mission-driven …

Adrian Grenier: To Succeed, Entrepreneurs Must Have a Social Mission

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The issue with modern-day entrepreneurship, as it relates to social good, is that founders usually start a company to address a specific social issue <i>or</i> to solve a glaring business problem. But advanced thinking recognizes that these two …

Entrepreneurship

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Can I Refinance Federal and Private Student Loans?

Using Technology To Humanize Finance

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Klein is the CEO and co-founder of</i> <i>CommonBond</i><i>, a student lending platform that lowers the cost of education for borrowers and provides financial returns to investors.</i><p>“Banking is necessary – banks are not.” Bill Gates said this in 1994. It was a bold statement to make at the time, …

Administrative Law

Does Applying for Student Loans Hurt Your Credit?

At CommonBond, we get a lot of questions from student loan applicants who are concerned about how applying for a loan will affect their credit. The fact is, you can't ruin your credit simply by applying -- the worst that it will do is trigger a hard credit inquiry on your credit reports (more on …

The Goal Seek function in Excel

Personal Finance<p>Three big facts to know – and some numbers to crunch to get the best deal.<p>Personal Finance<p>Ask yourself these questions before …

Discretionary Income

What is 'Discretionary Income'<p>Discretionary income is the amount of an individual's income that is left for spending, investing or saving after …

Retirement

Shivon Zilis, Nerd-Athlete Investor

Shivon Zilis is the embodiment of sprezzatura, wearing little to no makeup, jeans and a tee, even in the chichi enclave of San Francisco’s private …

Here's the Truth About How Job-Hopping Affects Your Career

As the job market has shifted over the past several decades (and especially after the recession), job-hopping is on the rise, and it doesn’t look …

How to Pay For Your MBA

Young Investors: Should You Care About Dividends? (NFLX, PSXP) | Investopedia

If you’re young and you want to see your net worth grow in a short period of time, you should avoid dividend-paying stocks. Wait! What? Yes, this is …

How The Millennial Generation Could Affect The Economy Over The Next Five Years

This year, millennials are expected to surpass Boomers as the largest living American generation, and soon, their effects on the economy will be felt in even greater measure, according a new Standard & Poor’s report released Wednesday.<p>The report by Beth Ann Bovino, Standard & Poor’s U.S. chief …

Prepare for a Job Interview by Writing Your Own Recommendation Letter

Job interviews include all sorts of questions and scenarios. Instead of memorizing a script, try writing (but not sending) your own letter of …

I'm a Year Out of My MBA and I Hate My Job... Now What?

<i>By Michelle Sarhis, CommonBond</i><p>Let's face it: if finding your dream job were easy, it wouldn't be a "dream," and sometimes job opportunities don't work out the way you hoped. If you're a recent MBA grad and realizing your present role isn't all it was cracked up to be, you're not alone. The good …

Another Low-Cost MBA Loan Option

CommonBond co-founders Michael Taormina (left), David Klein and Jessup Shean<p>David Klein had a great resume when he applied to the Wharton School last …