Everything You Need to Know About Making a Career Change in Your 20s

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Making a career change at 20 requires courage. It’s you against the list of things keeping you up at night: having little to zilch experience in a new field, having little to zilch contacts in a new industry, or worrying that hiring managers will label you as “flaky” for changing directions. Well, friends, fear not. According to a recent study by economists at the Vancouver School of Economics, changing industries during your 20s is good for your career and your earning potential. (Take that, haters.)

“People who switch jobs more frequently early in their careers tend to have higher wages and incomes in their prime-working years,” Henry E. Siu, associate professor at the University of British Columbia and one of the study’s authors, told The Atlantic. “Job-hopping is actually correlated with higher incomes, because people have found better matches—their true calling.”

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5 Historical Figures Who Mastered the Art of the Hustle

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What separates the heroes from the one hit wonders? Why do the names of some men and women echo throughout history while others fade into background? While some might call it luck, we’d like to think it’s something else: Hustle.

Whether you’re building an empire or embarking on your own small business, there is much to learn from the creative thinkers of yesteryear. From Grace Hopper to Henry Ford, we’ve compiled a list of five innovators who mastered the art of the hustle and never took “no” for an answer.

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11 Tips for Freelancers from Twyla Tharp’s the Creative Habit

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“The white-hot pitch of creativity is only useful to those who know what to do with it,” says Twyla Tharp in her best-selling book, The Creative Habit. In it, she shares skills learned as a lifelong accomplished choreographer that help make creativity work better for you. It’s filled with ideas and exercises made to enhance your craft, whatever that may be, with better tools—both mental and physical. While it does focus on those involved in “the arts,” there is plenty of wisdom for the modern multi-tasking creative. Here, some of her best pieces of advice put through the lens of a freelancer who must constantly juggle craft with commerce.

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Why Now is the Best Time to Work for Yourself

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Do you daydream about working from the beach? Never sitting in a cubicle again? What about being your own boss? Those dreams are closer to reality than you might think.

Independent workers—whether they’re freelancers, contractors or solopreneurs—are on the rise. The number of people who work for themselves grew 14% from 2001 to 2012, and today 14.6 million people are self-employed in the U.S. That’s 10% of the national workforce. And fortunately for those who eschew the traditional 9 to 5, there’s never been a better time to be self-employed.

The idea of working for yourself certainly isn’t a new one, so why is the moment particularly ripe to make the move into self-employment?

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7 Ways to Transform Your Side-Gig into a Full-Time Hustle

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You’ve got a side gig. It’s cool. Way cooler than your 9-to-5. So cool that you’d like to make it your full-time hustle, but how?

Taking the leap from fully employed to fully independent freelancer can seem daunting – and it is challenging – but your dream job isn’t as far out of reach as you may think.

Here are seven concrete steps you can take to whip your side-hustle into full-time hustle shape.

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5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career

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The other day, I was in a meeting with my entire company when everyone started clapping for me. I work at a company with a supportive culture where we regularly celebrate one another’s accomplishments, so the clapping wasn’t particularly surprising, but what they were congratulating me for was. It wasn’t a campaign or piece of content for a client—in fact, it wasn’t related to my full-time job at all. The CEO had announced that I had an article published in Fast Company, a personal goal for my freelance writing career. It was that meeting that got me thinking more about the ways that a side hustle can help your full-time job.

There is a common misconception that having a side hustle is detrimental to one’s career. The myth is that if you’re doing something on the side, you aren’t 100 percent focused on your full-time job. I’ve found the opposite to be true: My writing and marketing outside of work makes me better at my job. I am constantly learning about new industries, fostering relationships, being creative, and making my writing stronger. Still skeptical? Here are five ways that a side hustle can actually help you at your full-time job.

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The 8 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016

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In 2012, Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared, “Software is eating the world.”

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But a study by Gartner projects that universities are not likely to produce enough qualified graduates to fill even about 30% of these jobs.

This means that the door is wide open for individuals who do not have a traditional background in computer science to learn how to code. But with so many programming languages out there, where do you start?

Let’s take a look at some of the most in-demand languages of 2016 to figure out which tools will best complement your skill set and career goals.

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Quiz: How Much Do you Know About Android?

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Mobile app development is hotter than ever. But along with Apple's iOS platform, there's a huge market for Android apps. How much do you know about this emerging technology and its job opportunities?

Learn more about Android Development at General Assembly

Full-Stack Deconstructed

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Not long after I changed careers to become a full-stack web developer, I received an odd Facebook message from a family friend. “I visited your website,” he wrote, “and I’m still trying to figure out what pancakes have to do with websites.”

Clever…or clueless? I’m still unsure. But one thing is certain: IHOP needs to move over; the term “full stack” isn’t about pancakes anymore.

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How JavaScript Helped Me Land A New Dream Job

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If you talk to a group of junior developers, you’ll likely receive one of three main answers to the question, “Why are you a web developer?” Many—if not most—are motivated by what they don’t want to be: a waiter; a bartender; a sales rep; a broke artist. Others lucked into computer science in college. Still others will say they just wanted a job that was more flexible than the average 9-to-5.

And then there’s me. I became a developer because of a PDF.

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