Companies That Offer Tuition Reimbursement

 

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It’s difficult to balance a job while in college, but it can be done. I know it’s important to find a job that can work around your college schedule, but why not look for a job that can benefit you a step further than just a paycheck? There are jobs that offer tuition reimbursement. Below are a list of those companies. Granted, I’m sure there are tons of companies that offer tuition reimbursement to their employees, but I listed mainly jobs that you are more likely to get hired for without a degree. I encourage you to research and even ask during interviews if the company offers tuition reimbursement. The more assistance with college the better especially in the long-run. Check out the list below!

 

Apple – offers tuition reimbursement up to $5,000 to employees who work more than 20 hours a week.

AT&T – offers up to $5,250 in annual tuition aid for full-time employees and up to $20,000 for undergraduate courses & $25,000 for graduate students

Bank of America – offers up to $5,250 for job-related courses or employees who are looking to complete a job-related degree program

Boeing – offers educational assistance up to $3,000

Best Buy – through their Tuition Assistance Program offers $3,500 per year for undergraduate degrees and $5,250 for graduate, but the employees must have worked for them for at least 6 months

Chevron – offers 75% of educational pursuits

Disney – offers Tuition Assistance Programs to employees with $700 per credit unit, 100% reimbursement for books, $100 per course for cost of materials

Fiat Chrysler – free college tuition program towards an associate, bachelors, or masters degree. Part-time and full-time employees must have worked with the company for 30 days and the tuition program is specifically for Strayer University

Ford – has an educational TAP for $5,000 per year for employees pursuing an associate, bachelors, masters, or Ph.D

Gap – offers $5,000 annually Tuition Reimbursement Program when employees take relevant job courses or courses related to immediate career growth within the company

Home Depot – offers $5,000 assistance for salaried employees, $3,000 for full-time hourly employees who’ve worked with the company for at least ONE year, and the courses have to be related to their business

Intel – offers 100% reimbursement costs including tuition & textbooks. Intel has an internal training organization called Intel University which offers more than 7,000 courses

Oracle – offers $5,250 per calendar year in tuition assistance for full-time employees. The degree has to be current or future job-related courses & the employee must maintain a B- or better

Procter & Gamble – offers 80% off educational fees with a lifetime cap of $4,000.

Publix – offers $3,200 per annually and $12,800 maximum for employees who attend college or a university. Employees who attend a tech school or undergraduate courses at a two-year college receive $1,700 annually with a $3,400 maximum

UPS – offers part-time and full-time employees tuition assistance for $5,250 per year and a lifetime maximum of $25,000. Employees are eligible once they get hired.

Verizon Wireless – offers tuition assistance (what they call Learning Link) of  $8,000 per year for full-time employees and $4,000 per year for part-time employees

Wells Fargo – offers $5,000 per year for eligible tuition expenses

 

  • For those looking for employment with any of these companies, make sure to do further research and ask for the information in regards to tuition assistance. Employers might have changed their TAP policy depending on when you apply and possibly the location of your company. Check first to make sure!
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Preparing for a Job or Career Fair

I can’t emphasize how crucial it is to make a good impression and to be prepared when speaking with a company looking to hire someone. The tips that were given to me are pretty straightforward and to the point. Here are the points you should have covered when attending a job or career fair:

 

  • Tailor your resume to every employer. If you have any classes, volunteer work, skills, etc. that are specific and fit the description of the job you’re applying for; include that on your resume for each different job.
  • Be specific in your objective. For example: if you’re looking to work full-time as the front desk manager of the company; make sure your objective states exactly that.
  • Cover letters are optional. I always wondered about cover letters, but apparently, it won’t hurt you if you don’t include one. Some employers will only read your resume, and some employers won’t read your resume unless you have a good cover letter. Don’t stress it! If you want to include a cover letter; you can. It won’t hurt you if you have one, and if you do include one; get it reviewed by a career counselor, someone at your career center, or even someone who will know everything that needs to be included in your cover letter and who can give you feedback for improvements.
  • Make sure to have several copies of your resume. You might not have the information needed to tailor your resume specifically to every job, but make sure you have plenty of copies to give to employers.
  • Dress professionally! That should go without saying.
  • Make sure to get a business card or contact information from each employer.
  • Have a small binder to hold business cards or a small card holder. Employers will notice what you do with their cards. Never cram business cards in your pocket!
  • Practice your “elevator pitch.” Be ready to explain why you chose the field you want to work in, why you want to work for that company and your long term goals.

 

I hope these tips help you when you get ready to attend your job or career fair. Make sure to practice those speeches. Speak clearly, loud enough, and don’t rush it. Good luck!

How to Survive a Group Project

At some point, or another you’re going to be a group project. You’re going to clash with some people, there will be group members who slack on their part of the work, and meeting with everyone with very different schedules will be difficult, but you can get through it.

 

Take time to brainstorm out your ideas.

I know it’s hard to meet at different times, so try to see if everyone can meet fifteen minutes or so before or after class to talk about your ideas. Listen to what everyone has to say! Let me repeat, listen to what everyone has to say! You may not think someone’s idea is a good one, but write it down anyway. The group could discuss it more and vote on it if need be.

 

Everyone should know their “role.”

There should be someone who records notes for everyone during meetings (putting the notes in a Google Doc would be best), someone should make sure everyone checks in and does their part (not a dictator but simply did you do “so and so” because it’s due…), have someone read through the paper and make sure it flows well, have someone make sure the power point presentation is in order, and etc. It doesn’t necessary have to be exactly like this, but basically, everyone should know what they need to do.

 

Communication is key!

Make sure to get everyone’s email addresses (the one they check daily) and their cell numbers from the beginning. Keeping in constant contact with each other will help everyone stay on track to get their part of the work done. I suggest having “check in days” with everyone in the group. Check in with one another once or twice a week to make sure everyone is doing what they need to do.

 

Utilize your resources wisely.

If it’s difficult to meet up, and it will be, use Skype or Facetime to briefly speak with one another. You could also have a conference type of call with multiple people. GroupMe is a great, free app that your group could use to communicate with each other. Instead of emailing everyone’s section of the term paper to one another or one person, use Google Docs. It’s so much easier to see who last updated the document and there wouldn’t be an issue to see what your group has completed so far. Prezi is the new PowerPoint presentation. It’s a more interesting way to present (it looks cooler), and it’s another great way to update without having to email out your section.

Document everything that you do.

Keep the emails that are sent out. When you send an e-mail send it to everyone in the group so everyone knows what is going on. Make sure to stay organized with everything that your group members do especially yourself. You might have to be evaluated, and it’s important to be able to show you did your part of the work. When you’ve done all you can do to work with your group and it’s still a disaster, you’re going to need all the proof you can to show what was done by everyone. If you’re having issues with a group member, keep your professor informed throughout. Your professor won’t be blindsided and the group member won’t reflect your group as a whole.

 

Hopefully, these tips will help you during your group project. If you have any tips of your own for surviving a group project, feel free to leave a comment.