Watercooler

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2002

CAREER RESOLUTIONS: If you still make a list of yearly resolutions, finding a new job might rank up there with losing weight, drinking less and quitting smoking.

More than a third of 2,200 workers polled this month plan to hunt for a new job in the new year, and 32 percent said their prospects of finding one were strong.

What prompts the search for greener career pastures?

Most, 59 percent, said they want to leave because they were unhappy with promotion prospects in their current positions. And 58 percent said they didn't like the pay. Half the job hunters said they were under too much stress at work.

The happy news for employers: Half the people in the survey said they were satisfied with their work, and half said they felt their jobs were secure.

The survey was commissioned by Chicago-based CareerBuilder.com, a job search site.

WELCOMING 2003: Do you have any clue about your New Year's Eve celebratory pursuits? No? Welcome to the club. Nearly half of us, 45 percent, don't know yet how we'll ring in the new year, according to a survey of 2,600 people.

For those who do, 41 percent will be couch potatoes, perched on the sofa in front of a television, watching other people party. Another 31 percent will go to a party. Only 1 percent said they'll traipse to a big public event, such as Times Square's annual festivities.

And when it comes to drunken warbling at midnight, only 12 percent of people claim to know all the words to ''Auld Lang Syne.'' Another 12 percent couldn't say what that is. But most of us, 57 percent, at least know the chorus.

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive for Hotwire, a San Francisco-based Web site.

COLLEGIATE FINANCES: College kids aren't big on budgeting, but 72 percent of those who do stick to it, according to a survey by a financial education group.

The survey, which polled 1,139 students from 28 schools in 20 states, found that only 38 percent prepare some sort of monthly budget.

Credit cards and balances were more likely to be part of students' financial lives. Seventy percent of the students surveyed said they have a credit card and nearly a third, 32 percent, carry a balance. Most of the debtors had under $2,000 to pay off, although 6 percent owed more than $10,000.

The information was collected by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a nonprofit group that promotes financial literacy among college students.

The survey also found that despite the headlines about Wall Street's ups and downs in recent years, 54 percent of students said they don't understand how the stock market works. Only 35 percent had any investments.



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