You’re graduating college: Time to find your first job

Entry level jobs for college graduates may be at a premium. We’re seeing a slow economic recovery from the 2009 recession, but there is still a lot of competition for the best jobs. Without years of experience, this year’s flock of college graduates will have to be focused and agile in their job search strategy. Here are few ideas on how you can be successful in finding your first job after graduation.

It's vital to take it slow during the application process of finding your first job out of college.

It’s vital to take it slow during the application process of finding your first job out of college.

Rules to get hired

Take the skills that you honed writing research papers and use them to find and apply for your first job. A good place to start is at Questia.

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Today’s cyborgs: Science articles discuss man & machine

From Frankenstein’s Monster to Tony Stark to Neil Harbisson, science and technology have played a role in enhancing human ability, whether science fiction or real life. Now brain-computer interface (BCI) is becoming more real and more promising for technological advancements. For a good research paper topic for your science and technology major consult science articles and a reputable science journal for information on today’s cyborgs.

Neil Harbisson is the first of several cyborgs. (Credit: Exponential Times)

Neil Harbisson is the first of several cyborgs. (Credit: Exponential Times)

Cyborg technological advances

Research into the technological advances that BCI can achieve is immense. Advances so far include testing with animals and humans.

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Research topic: Is Divergent seen as a feminist movie?

The big screen release on March 21, 2014, of the first book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth tells the tale of teen heroine Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, making her way in a dystopian world. Both the book and movie provide excellent areas of research to discuss cinema and feminism. The topic of women in film, seems to be hot, once again, and many are asking if this latest teen novel-turned-film will finally turn the tide on how female-centered movies are perceived.

A movie still from Veronica Roth's Divergent film. (Credit: Shelley Johannes)

A movie still from Veronica Roth’s Divergent film. (Credit: Shelley Johannes)

Explaining gender constraints

One thing that the Divergent trilogy does well, according to blogger Teresa Johnson is offer a “compelling metaphor for young girls’ journey into feminism.”

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How to handle stress — Tips for college students

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

College is supposed to be some of the best four (or five, or six—just joking!) years of your life, right? Then how come sometimes you are just so stressed out? If you feel like your mental and emotional health is taking a beating, you are not alone. A lot of your peers could use some help balancing their newfound freedom and responsibility, while keeping the occasional smile on their faces. Read on for tips for college students on how to handle stress.

The facts about college students and stress

In case you thought maybe it was just you, have no fear—you aren’t the only one. Across the country, more and more college students say they are suffering from mental and emotional health issues.

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Stress affects college students differently

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

Stress among college students is growing, and different students cope with stress in campus life in many different ways. For proper student health, students and their counselors should learn to identify the cause of stress and devise appropriate stress relief techniques. (Hiding in dorm rooms to avoid stressful issues is not one of the recommended solutions.)

In “Healthy mind, healthy body: Student health centers are expanding their services to include mental health care” for Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 24, 2013, Vikki Conwell reported the findings of the spring 2012 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment:

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Hollywood success of biblical movies as a research topic

Biblical movies, like Noah, make for great research topics.

Biblical movies, like Noah, make for great research topics.

Hollywood has long made biblical movies: Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956), Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur (1959), and many more. A little research shows that these films were able to achieve success financially in Hollywood, particularly during the 1940s and 50s, but in recent years religious-based movies have proven to be more controversial and not as lucrative.

Christians stay away because the films don’t adhere closely enough to the Bible, while the non-religious can view the films as less entertaining than the latest action flick. Will Darren Aronofsky’s Noah the movie, which stars Russell Crowe and comes during a year of biblical movies, change that trend?

The film has faced a history of difficulties, according to a November 18, 2013, post on iCitations by Alana Joli Abbott, “The Bible in film: Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe bring Noah to the big screen,” and the box office will be its latest challenge. Take a look at these critical views of biblical films if you are looking for a good research paper topic in film studies or religion.

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Research topic on fraternity houses: Campus fun vs. safety

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

A recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Caitlin Flanagan revealed a disturbing picture of dangerous campus life and misogynistic behavior at fraternity houses at American colleges. Often drunk young men perpetrate crimes of violence and sexual abuse all in the name of brotherhood and machismo. Flanagan’s article exposes the disregard for campus safety and student health by a few college students who care more about partying than academics.

The cover photo of the February 19, 2014 issue of The Atlantic features two frat boys chest bumping each other, letting out a primal scream and spilling their red Solo cups of beer. After a year-long investigation, Flanagan wrote the lengthy article, “The Dark Power of Fraternities” about the devastating events happening at fraternity houses.

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Gender identity, family relationships: Social psychology topics for your research paper

Gender identity makes for an interesting social psychology topic.

Gender identity makes for an interesting social psychology topic.

If you’re taking a course in sociology then you may be looking for good social psychology topics for your research papers. Think about issues that are in the news today, such as gender identity. What about an issue that is closer to home like family relationships? Let’s take a look at some of the possible topics that you could use when you want to explore social issues.

Gender identity and other topics

A good place to begin your search is at Questia where you can read millions of full-text books and articles. Questia also houses magazines, academic journals, newspaper articles and encyclopedias. What’s more, you find video tutorials on how to plan, research and write your paper. There are also tools to help you take notes, bookmark and cite your sources.

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Colleges use data mining to achieve student advantage

Algorithms support the data mining process. (Credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Algorithms support the data mining process. (Credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Spurred on by the problems of high student debt, colleges and universities in the past few years have resorted to data mining to improve academics and college GPA and to increase their graduation rates. Student advantage spikes after schools guide college students toward a degree program that will better help them graduate.

We all know we’re leaving a data trail, on our Facebook page, in our Google dealings, at Starbucks and through our credit card transactions. Now colleges and universities are using “big data” to decide what degree you should get. In an effort to derail failing students and put them on a path more conducive to passing and flourishing, colleges are employing data gathering systems to record freshmen’s Likes, clicks, scores and answers.

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Research paper topics for your political science paper

Political science majors know that politics and government is a fast-paced, ever-changing world. There are a lot of options and choices when it comes to picking research paper topics, from past political movements to presidential elections, from human rights issues to world politics. Whether you are interested in teaching constitutional law, are simply a political junkie or are thinking of possibly running for office at the local, state or even national level, there are many areas to explore. Here are a few ideas to help you stay abreast of the latest topics and ideas for your next political science paper.

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

Start researching political science on Questia

Questia is an excellent place to research topics related to political science and government. As the Internet’s largest online library, Questia offers millions of full-text books and articles.

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