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F inding the right job depends most of all
on choosing the right career. That's why
Catalyst, a national research and advisory
organization, has created a series of 41 career
briefs and 2 career planning booklets to help
you make the most of your talent and train-
ing, interests and abilities.
Each brief explores a different profes-
sion, from restaurant management to money
management, from medicine to magazines.
Each looks realistically at salaries and pros-
pects. And each tells you how to prepare for
and pursue a future in that field.
Now is the time to begin choosing and
planning your career. Write today for the
Catalyst Career Opportunities Series. We've
got the facts for your future.

For now, say many college micro-
computing specialists, students use
electronic services more for play than
work... for the fun of "people net-
works" and free software. Yet others
are beginning to connect with the
serious side of electronic information
"Lots of our students and faculty
work with the BITNET service [an
electronic link between 400 colleges
and universities], and students are get-
ting used to researching papers on
Dialog-but from central computer
locations, not from modems in their
rooms,' says Dr. Jan Biros, head of
Drexel University's successful effort
to put a PC on the desk of all its stu-
However slow the start, the Infor-
mation Age is beginning to fulfill its
promises to college students. Just five
or 10 years ago, who'd have thought...
that a student could "CLEP" out of a
college course by taking an electronic
seminar held halfway across the coun-
try... that a Midwestern "Ag" pro-
fessor could study grain problems in
Israel-and "chat" daily with stu-
dents back home who want to know
what he's found out... that from the
comfort (well, semicomfort) of a
dorm room, an "on-line" student can
scan the Encyclopaedia Britannica or
the Reader's Guide, read up on inter-
national news, buy stocks, browse
through medical textbooks, or see
what the Kuwait Times has to say
about the price of oil.
A Byte out of the Budget:
Buying into Data Bases
Before you subscribe to any elec-
tronic information service, check into
free or low-cost options that may be
available on campus. Could your
modem hook up to the college main-
frame? Is your school a member of
Educom, whose BITNET service pro-
vides access to the computer facilities
at many major universities-and to
eminent teachers and researchers all
around the country?

If you decide to "log on" to a com-
mercial service, be sure you know
what you want it to do for you. Some
services are gateways to information
files, electronic mail, people net-
works, news, and many other services.
Others focus on a particular field or
interest (law, finance, medicine).
Some services will give you the citation
to an obscure research paper -and
others will provide a hard copy of the
full text!
If you want to play with the possi-
bilities of electronic information, link
up with one of the major on-line ser-
vices (CompuServe, Dialog, The
Source, Wilsonline, etc.) offering a
wide variety of information.
If you've already narrowed down
your special interest, check into more
specialized services: the GTE Minet
(medical info), AgriStar Network (ag-
riculture), Lexis (law), InnerLine
(banking and finance), Videolog (en-
gineering), Photonet (photography),
Artsnet (performing arts).... and
many more.
Found a service that seems right for
you? Some other considerations:
* What are the fees (yearly subscrip-
tion fee? one-time fee? user-costs per
minute? surcharge for "prime-time"
use? monthly minimum charge?)
* Does the service offer clear, com-
plete how-to manuals- or tutorials
for new users?
* Is customer support (human ad-
vice/help) available? During what
hours? Is it on-line ("type-talk" on
the computer screen) or toll-free tele-
phone support?
* Will you get newsletters and updates
keeping you abreast of new data
bases, added services, etc.?
* Can you get into the system with a
local call? (If the nearest network
computer is a long-distance call away,
your costs may be prohibitive.)
Because time is money on a com-
puter hookup, it's vital to choose a
service that will help you learn to "ac-
cess" the information you need quick-
ly and efficiently- one that won't
leave you hanging "on-line" with
your problems! Q

The promotionalcampaign for the Catalyst Caree
Opportunities Series was funded by McDonalds
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