Blog to support the book "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs" by Kristen Fischer

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Monday, November 25, 2013

How to Use Your College Major for Career Success (Finding Career Bliss, Part 2)

Inevitably, some people will choose a college major that has nothing to do with the career they want. In my experience, finding career bliss has a lot to do with using your innate talents and skills. And that’s why it’s vital to choose a major because it’s viable—not just because it is interesting.

Everyone is different, and you have to go easy on yourself if your interests and goals change after you graduate. I spent a few years mentally beating myself up for getting that environmental degree, until I realized I could use it as part of my platform. Then I did, and then it was all worth it. No experience is ever worthless; you just have to figure out how to use it to your advantage when you finally figure out what field you do want to get into.

Read the rest: How to Use Your College Major for Career Success (Finding Career Bliss, Part 2)

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How to Select a College Major You'll Actually Use (Finding Career Bliss, Part 1)

When someone says she’s going to college, the first thing most people ask is usually, “What’s your major?”
While students have to have a major declared at some point during their college career, they shouldn’t rush into picking a field without first considering their natural abilities and skills.

Here’s why: Young people get so consumed with picking a major. As they progress in their studies, they may find out they no longer want a career in their field. Or, like me, they may not come to that realization until after they graduate and need to pay off all the loans that made that degree possible.

Read the rest: http://www.parade.com/232141/kristenfischer/how-to-select-a-college-major-youll-actually-use-finding-career-bliss-part-1/

This is the first of a two-part series of articles I wrote for Parade magazine. Read all of my career articles for Parade here.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Navigate Copyright Laws with Kiffane Stahle!

Photographers: How to Navigate the Online Copyright Registration System

This workshop will walk you through the online copyright registration system and you will leave ready to submit an application to the U.S. Copyright Office.

You know that you should be registering your copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. Maybe you've tried and the legal jargon tripped you up. Or maybe you've done it but weren't 100% sure that you prepared the application correctly. Or maybe the 1990s website made you bonkers.

Fear no more, this workshop specifically designed for photographers will guide you step-by-step through the process and will help you in preparing an application for submittal. We'll also talk about a couple of tricks within the system available only to photographers.

The workshop will also cover common pitfalls, breakdown the legal jargon, and talk about simplifying your workflow to make registration a regular occurrence.

During the workshop we will walk through the application together. As we do so, you can enter your personal information as we go along and at the end of the workshop you'll only need to pay your application fee and upload your work to have a batch of your photographs protected!

The workshop will be conducted online-only via Google Hangout so you must have access to this platform to participate.

Completing a couple of other steps will allow you to get the most value out of the workshop:
  • Registering as a user in the eCO system. If you need to register, click here.
  • Filling out the PDF sent upon registration to gather the remaining information you'll need to complete the application.
  • Gathering the materials you want to register in one of the approved file formats. (The PDF sent to you will have best practices on how to gather and batch these materials.)

Once you register for the workshop, I will send you the PDF and a link to the Google Event where the Hangout will occur. On the day of the event, you will login via Google Hangout and click the "Join Hangout" button to participate.

Space is limited to nine participants, to allow participants to have their individual questions and concerns answered.

If you have any questions, please contact me at kiffanie@stahlelaw.com.

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