In Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives, authors Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek, both entrepreneurs with educational backgrounds, interviewed 55 people who applied business lessons to their own lives, and came up with useful lessons. You too, can become an extraordinary entrepreneur if you learn to recognize opportunities, set attainable but challenging goals, and develop a life vision.

In Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future, authors Jim Cassio and Alice Rush provide details about the emerging field of environmental jobs. The book includes industry-by-industry overview of green jobs, case studies, career planning information, and job search resources.

The LEED green building rating system -- developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders -- is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being. This site offers information about certification, case studies, downloadable tools, and other helpful advice. LEED certification

This excellent online resource from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides extensive information about hundreds of careers and types of work, including details on: training and education required, earnings, expected job prospects, job specifics, and working conditions.

The American Federation of Teachers offers a series of useful tools for teachers and prospective teachers, including a list of loan forgiveness programs organized by state. Check it out Loan Forgiveness Programs.

Pamela Skillings, author of Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams writes an engaging blog as well -- showing you how to escape corporate disillusionment and toxic work environments and how to shoot for new work rife with meaning and enjoyment. Check out the blog Escape from Corporate America

Management guru Jim Collins' first book described the steps a business or corporation had to take to move from good to great. This short pamphlet takes the model he developed for the business world and translates it into workable principles for non-profits. Buy it online at Good to Great and the Social Sectors

In New Beginnings: A Reference Guide for Adult Learners author Linda Simon advises adults heading back to school on learning strategies and study skills.

The National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences provides a wealth of information about college applications, including comparison of schools, programs, and course of study; federal aid information; occupational data, and more. Try out the College Navigator

In this updated version of the classic, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, author Richard Bolles offers practical advice for navigating one of the toughest job markets in years, with special focus on career switchers. More >

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