Are YOU Stifling Your Own Career? No 3 - The Lure of Qualifications

Are YOU Stifling Your Own Career? No 3 – The Lure of Qualifications

From the day of your birth you have been nurtured, cared for and steered by others in the direction that will hopefully meet the challenge of a preparation for life and self-responsibility. Your parents and the education system have been the main parties in this endeavour. And a large part of their goal must have been to prepare you for the work-place. So… what to do?

“TRY TO BECOME NOT A MAN OF SUCCESS BUT RATHER A MAN OF VALUE”… Albert Einstein

If we go back 50 years when less than 5% of kids went to University, the impact of further education was far greater than today. A degree was regarded as a passport to a career and meant, almost without exception, that you would never be unemployed. You would be placed on a pedestal by employers, given the opportunities in the work-place to which others were not entitled and thus your place in more senior positions was, with a little effort and training, assured.

Compare that with today, when upwards of 40% of students go on to a form of further education (FE). The odds of you making waves in a career on the back of a degree (for the graduate of any University or College) are dropping like a stone. The numbers are simply against it. Soon it will be the exception rather than the rule not to have a degree.

The passport, then, is no longer  why bother? struggle through a course, the examination system, the stress and the strain of further education?

The answers to this most important and vexing of questions is found in a blunt and self-effacing scrutiny of exactly the purpose of further education for you personally. Let’s examine the mains possible reasons:-

a) Any degree is still a “bottle-top” that half of the competition won’t possess. It’s discipline for the mind.

b) I just love the subject and want to go into the academic world thereafter.

c) It gives me time to research and think about what I want to do for a career.

d) It’s a means to an  chosen career requires a degree in anything just to get to the bottom of the ladder.

e) I’m swept along by a tide of advice from peers, teachers and parents pointing me in that direction…I guess it must be for the best.

f) The employment markets are very dull in a recession and I won’t find a job right now.

Railed against this are the following that are deserving of similar scrutiny:-

a) Surely I can make more progress in a real world job actually learning work-relevant lessons and skills that are in demand by employers. Proof of intelligence is no longer evidenced through a degree, anyway.

b) Further education is, essentially, a growing-up process that I can do better without excessive socializing and especially drinking.

c) I want to earn money right away rather than wait for three/four years of penury.

d) I just don’t have the assets and am not …

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Empowerment, Enhancing Daily Achievement for Viable Future

Empowerment, Enhancing Daily Achievement for Viable Future

Setting and achieving goals is about something deeper than creating change. It’s about managing the changes made, and putting your future fully in your control. Remember you are in control of your life now. You are responsible for your happiness, sadness, wealth, debt. If you want to debate this with us, it doesn’t matter, but you only hurt yourself.

Where you are today in your life, your finances, your relationships; each domain of life, is directly related to what you have done in the past. If you have never saved money for rainy day and now you are broke, it’s because you chose not to save money. If you really save money and now have nice little nest egg, it’s because you chose to do it. If you want to save money for your future you can choose to. If where you are is not where you want to be it is time to do something different! You can change the past patterns of your life in order to assure great future.

That is an exciting concept don’t you think? Just the idethat you can control what is going to happen to you in your future. No, we cannot control the events that happen, but yes we can control our reactions to them! That is the main point here. Reread that last statement. Send me an email if you want to argue about it. But is that truly the best use of your time and energy. Staying with me on this concept is journey. You don’t need to believe all that, or all that. Just wait there.

If you chose to continue your education 5 years ago, you must now have or are relatively close to bachelor’s degree. Because of this, you have increased your chances for better job. If you choose not to go to school, you might not enjoy the benefits of having degree now. I understand that people can get along quite well without degree. This is not the point.

The point is for you to figure out where you want to be in the next year, 3 years, five years and start working on it now. Just doing little bit, one small action, every day moving towards your goal, what you want in life is going to get you there!…

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The Convenience of a School Desk

The Convenience of a School Desk

School is necessary. It’s what helps the creative geniuses explore their imaginations, or at least get to live out their dreams as doctors and lawyers. No one ever said that school had to be unpleasant. Sure there will always be the people that make it uncomfortable for others, but as far as the classroom is concerned, it does not have to be uncomfortable. Schools are going the extra mile of providing usable school desks to the students in a bid of making the learning process a bit better. The square designs that were common in the past are now gone, and replaced with rectangular ones which offer more usable space.

School desks may or may not have storage space. Those with storage may have a top opening design. Because of accessing complexities, most school desks come with a fixed top but an opened end to grant easier access to the little space availed. For the others especially the colleges, the school desks offered are more intuitive. They simply have a seat and a writing pad, conveniently raised to a comfortable level. No storage room is offered since most students have their backpacks with them. These desks are often built to last, so their longevity comes before their ornamental appeal. Most have smooth finishes as writing demands it. Wood and metal is used in their creation; metal for durability and wood for appeal, and for good writing surfaces. That is as far as school is concerned.

Homes too do offer their own kind of school desks. After all, the learning process is not one limited to school alone. For homes however, these desks have a more complex, more bankable design. Since most students have personal computers in their room, they have some PC room included. Storage space for books is availed in form of drawers and cabinet spaces which are all included in the school desks. Others include CD racks for a CD collection. When it comes to the material of make, these ones usually adopt wood, like oak and cherry. When retailing, these usually come disassembled and it should not take more than an hour to piece the desks together. When shopping for one, make sure that it fits the space that you dedicate for it. Most are big, though there are smaller designs, which offer as much room for usability but not for storage.…

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How To Get Them Writing By Using Personalized Pencils

How To Get Them Writing By Using Personalized Pencils

With all of the technology available from computers with word processors, text messaging, email and tweeting, kids don’t write things down nearly as much as they used to because the need to write things down just isn’t there. But having good penmanship is still important, not only because there are times things do have to be written down such as filling out forms, taking notes in class or even making out a grocery list. One way to get kids interested in improving their penmanship, using personalized pencils is a great way to do it.

Since there are still a lot of situations in school that require handwritten work, having good penmanship is still very important. Not only will teachers appreciate being able to read the answers on tests and on homework, later in life, the kids will appreciate being able to read their own handwriting as well. In order to encourage kids to practice their handwriting skills, personalized pencils can serve a dual purpose.

First, having personalized pencils gives the child something that connects them to the writing process. They’ll have more desire to write with an instrument that has their name on it and personalized pencils fit that bill perfectly. The kids will actually enjoy writing with them more than a regular pencil and they’ll love the fact that everyone knows they’ve got pencils with their name on them.

The next purpose is the carrot and stick approach. While they’re practicing and using them for school work, they’ll be using those pencils. You can offer to buy them more personalized pencils as they use them and when they show improvement in their penmanship, you can offer to buy them personalized pens as well. This gives them a goal to work towards and a reason to practice their handwriting skills as any kid who enjoys having personalized pencils will certainly appreciate having personalized pens.

Yes, handwriting may not be as necessary as it was before computers and the internet came along. There are still plenty of reasons kids need to learn how to write and having good penmanship is as important now as it was back in the days when everything had to be written down instead of printed off. Not only is it easier to read well penned papers but with excellent penmanship it’s actually enjoyable to read. Encouraging your children to invest some time and effort into their penmanship by getting them personalized pencils with their school supplies can be the trigger that brings out the artist in them.…

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Non-Profit Administrators Are Heading to the For-Profit Sector

Non-Profit Administrators Are Heading to the For-Profit Sector

Amidst recent controversy over recruiting practices and poor job placement, for-profit education institutions have begun to recruit non-profit administrators in an effort to influence what can be a predatory, misleading admissions culture. The intent is to demonstrate to Washington and critics in general that there are many positive similarities between for- and non-profit schools, and that for-profits offer accessibility and opportunity to students who may be unable to enter a traditional non-profit.

Diane Auer Jones, an assistant secretary for postsecondary education during the George W. Bush presidency and a lobbyist and Congressional staffer, is one of the first to make the move. Jones recently accepted a position as Career Education Corp.’s vice president of external and regulatory affairs.

Long before her career began in education, Jones was a massage therapist student at a for-profit college in Baltimore. Her son, similarly, attended a for-profit college. Jones has remarked that she would never work for a “bad actor” and that the for-profit sector, despite criticism, is “not all bad.” Her reputation and work will be a huge asset to the company, but Jones was quick to warn that for-profits have proven themselves and can stand on their own. “If by hiring me it does help some people open their eyes that the sector is serious about doing it the right way, then great. If people look at my credibility and that lets them look at the sector in a new way, then that’s a benefit for the company.”

Geri H. Malandra, a former official at the University of Texas System and the American Council on Education, has followed Jones’ lead and switched sectors. Malandra recently accepted the provost position at Kaplan University and brings to the table extensive experience in the education sector. Malandra has said that she has followed and been interested in for-profit education institutions since the 1990s. During the 90s, Malandra headed a continuing education project at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities which operated as a for-profit. Her experience, she says, “helped me come to see that for-profits are just as passionate about the quality of education, just as passionate about student outcomes, just as passionate about serving our nation” as the best nonprofit colleges.

Jones and Malandra are just two non-profit administrators that have chosen to move to for-profit education. And it’s not just the pay. Larry A. Isaak, the former president of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, recently made the move to Capella University, assuming the university’s presidency. Isaak recently noted that his decision wasn’t based on for or non-profit. He was driven, he says by “the university’s focus on adult learners, innovations in delivery and offering a student-centric approach.”

Although for-profit education institutions have established an admirable traditional and reputation (despite some recent criticism) all their own, the decisions made by some of non-profit’s best to switch sectors speaks volumes.…

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