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Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 8.41.22 AM1. Steven Spielberg The prolific producer began an unofficial internship with Universal Studios when he was 17 years old. Spielberg continually snuck onto the studio lot (he wasn’t granted access) and networked with directors, even creating a short film that found its way into executives’ hands. Universal heads were so impressed that they offered him a seven-year contract. The rest is history.

2. Conan O’Brien Funnyman O’Brien discussed his time interning for Barney Frank at the House of Representatives during an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” episode. He says he didn’t pursue politics because, “I didn’t want to work my way up.”

3. Tom Hanks Before he was a movie star, Hanks was a college kid interning for the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. He obtained stage confidence and a wealth of theater production experience. The internship turned into a three-year gig … in which the actor would drop out of college (no longer needing formal theater education).

4. Oprah Winfrey The famed TV host got her start at WLAC-TV, a CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tenn. She did such a stellar job delivering the news that the program brought her on fulltime as an anchor-reporter. In true Oprah fashion, the philanthropist became the first African-American female news anchor.

5. Tom Ford Jay Z’s favorite designer studied architecture before taking a Parisian internship with Chloe. From there, Ford moved to Gucci where he became the line’s creative director. The dapper fashion icon opened a store in 2005 and has since created fragrances, cosmetics, accessories and clothing for his own label.

6. Brooke Shields, the child model and actress once had an internship at the San Diego Zoo.

7. John Krasinski Before he was Jim Halpert, Krasinski served as a script intern on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”!

8. Spike Lee The controversial director worked at Columbia Pictures after receiving a mass communications degree at Morehouse.

9. Betsey Johnson The cartwheeling designer was always into fashion. Case in point — Johnson interned with Mademoiselle magazine as a teen.

10. Jodie Foster Despite being an Academy Award-winning actress, Foster took on a summer internship at Esquire in 1982. It turns out the job’s 9-to-5 lifestyle wasn’t for her.

11. Chloe Sevigny Sevigny cultivated her chic roots in Manhattan, where she was taken on as a summer intern at Sassy magazine.

12. Lauren Conrad LC was already a reality TV household name from “Laguna Beach.” During filming of “The Hills,” she famously interned with Teen Vogue while attending FIDM. She’s since launched clothing lines, beauty websites and solidified herself as a fashion icon.

13. Anderson Cooper The Silver Fox interned with the CIA as a 19-year-old. Sounds pretty neat to us. However, Cooper didn’t think so. He called the experience “actually pretty bureaucratic and mundane,” and “by the end of the second summer, I realized it was not a place I wanted to work after college.”

14. Mindy Kaling Add Kaling to the list of comedians who got their start at “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” Apparently she wasn’t the best intern …

15. Bill Gates The computer wiz and philanthropist had interests outside the tech world. Gates worked as a Congressional page at age 17.

16. Sean “Diddy” Combs was always a hustler. The media mogul begged rapper Heavy D to put him in contact with NYC’s Uptown Records. The company’s executive, Andrew Harrell, gave Diddy an internship (which he worked while also studying at Howard University in D.C.).

17. Steve Jobs Last but not least, the computer genius called Hewlett-Packard president William Hewlett to “ask for parts for a high school project.” Hewlett gave Jobs the necessary equipment as well as a summer internship with his company. This was where Jobs met Steve Wozniak.

Source: Huffington Post

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) released two tables this week showing earnings for 2013 graduates. A Bethlehem, PA non-profit, NACE links college placement offices with employers. Its employer members tend to be large companies, but for its salary surveys it goes beyond its members and combs through data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau and a master set of data developed by a compensation measurement company called Job Search Intelligence. The data are reported by employers and they represent accepted salaries rather than offers.

McDonald’s has partnered with Visa to make a website dedicated to showing its employees how to properly budget their peasant salaries. However, what it actually does is illustrate the fact that it is nearly impossible to get by on minimum wage in America as shown in this “example” budget chart:

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284,000: Number of American college graduates working in minimum-wage jobs in 2012.

The Wall Street Journal this week reported on the troubling trend of college graduates getting stuck in low-skilled jobs, a problem that new research suggests may endure even after the economy improves.

According to the Labor Department, there were 284,000 graduates—those with at least a bachelor’s degree—working minimum-wage jobs in 2012, including 37,000 holders of advanced degrees. That’s down from a peak of 327,000 in 2010, but double the number in 2007 and up 70% from a decade earlier.

“A formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune” -Jim Rohn

Happy Labor Day!
If your working one of these jobs below, you may want to put in your 2 week notice if you wanna get that GWOP in America!
Most of the jobs lost during the recession paid middle-income wages, while three-fifths of the jobs gained in the recovery are low-wage, according to a recent report from the National Employment Law Project. And some sectors with the fastest job growth, like retail and food services, are also some of the worst paying.
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Glassdoor, a jobs and career community where employees can anonymously rate companies and CEOs, has just released its fourth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, listing the top 50 “Best Places to Work,” based on surveys collected from U.S. employees in 2011. The top five Best Places to Work, according to employees, are: Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company, Facebook, MITRE, and Google.

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