Apart from good karma—especially given the recent tragedies in Haiti and Chile—working for a charity will also offer good career prospects in 2010, According recent findings from Professionals for Nonprofits.
If you're a recent grad or a career-changer, your best bet may be to learn your way out of this recession. But be careful that a niche degree doesn't equal a useless degree, says Tory Hoen, co-author of the forthcoming edition of the Gradspot.com Guide to Life After College.
Cool-and-useful degree programs abound—it's only a matter of finding them. Did you practically live in your textbooks and pajamas in college? "Library Science degrees are underrated and can lead to cool careers," says Hoen.