Are You Relevant? Retooling Your Career For the Future

How marketable are you right now? What will you need to do to make sure you're still relevant five years from now?

When the economy is in recession, workers focus on their marketability. They're either trying to hang on to their jobs or trying to land new ones. Nobody wants to be deemed redundant, or expendable, or a weak candidate. Those are labels no one can afford to be tagged with. People spend time thinking about how they can shore up weaknesses and increase perceived value.

Unfortunately, though, when the job market finally rights itself, a lot of those same people will just as suddenly put thoughts about how to stay relevant on the back burner. And that will be a mistake.

Even when the economy begins expanding again, we're still going to be looking at a dynamic job market. Remember back just a few short years ago when the market was red hot? People were still facing layoffs. Companies were still merging – or outsourcing – or streamlining operations – resulting in head count reductions. Of course jobs were not being lost at the pace they are now, but the point is … you're better make sure you're marketable.

If you do not keep up with the pace of change, you will always be vulnerable.

Your skill set needs to be broad and relevant. You need to be sure you're making a meaningful contribution to the organization. You need to identify future trends early and understand what you need to do to adapt and thrive.

This will require initiative on your part. Nobody's going to do this for you; it's your responsibility to make sure you're as marketable as possible. …

The Human Mind – Have You Chosen a Career?

Between slavery and masochism, which one will you chose? Personal case studies for the last 3 years of experiences have been obscure, somewhat uncomfortable, interesting, challenging and full of self-growth as far insights in the human mind and finances goes. A truth being, there is not a better way to grow your salesmanship, skills and communication and definitely temper than by interacting with others.

Having numerous and consistent interactions with million dollar minds, excellent middle-class minds and what many consider, poor pooh-poohed minds. The conclusions in principles are astonishing. There is no better way to grow than to experience everything yourself. You get a better picture of everything and reminders and past association come stronger rushing into your mind when situations assimilate.

Learning from the experiences of others costs less and it is more intelligent to do so if you can really adapt your mind to believe most of the stories that you hear, but nothing beats personal experiences. Some of the latest principals I have learned are vastly interesting, here are a share of them for your understanding among mindsets.

Most poor and middle class people believe they need to have someone tell them they are worthy. Worthy of being this, worthy of having that, worthy of enjoying this and that among the few for starters. Since elementary school as many of our confident begin to unleash to high degrees, without knowing it – you start classifying yourself worthy or unworthy. Most of your belief will come from social external conditioning and from deep conditioning from family conditioning.

Situation being, people who classify themselves as worthy, demonstrate it. As interesting as it could get, their bank accounts and net worth are much more valuable financially to them and others. Good thing about business, those who survive with their stamp of worthy most often thrive and have much better possibilities of achieving their dreams then those working in something that they do not like, most often it might be a job for you?

Without knowing much of the situation in the states, if you want to live rich in Puerto Rico and want to work for someone this is some of the collected studies. Most often the comparison thanks to similar culture and tradition are basically the same, be it in Puerto Rico or USA.

Most often, you either need to have multiple degrees, a strong portfolio with specialized experiences and either being in the selling prestigious business or in the pharmaceutical industry to live very nicely as those are a predominant in Puerto Rico. And you may know already that pharmaceuticals have been closing down by the dozen in the past year. Scary, however, a form a bit more lucrative than financially secure.

Problem this days as you may notice, someone have to say- you are worth too often in order for most minds to believe it and take action on your dreams. Reminder, most often it will not happen. Two easy reasons being, the factor of your current …

IT Career Options For the Technically-Inclined

Computer Programming

Computer programmers make their living writing the step-by-step instructions computers use to perform their tasks.

Relatively few freelances write machine code (the deepest level of instructions used by computers for their internal operations). Most home-based freelancers are applications programmers. They help their clients customize standard ‘off-the-shelf’ programs so that they meet the specific needs of the business concerned.

Most freelances have a particular area in which they specialize, e.g. accounts packages or databases. Some freelances possess specialist knowledge of one or more computer languages, e.g. C++ or Visual Basic.

The computer industry is booming at present as businesses become aware of the many benefits computers can provide (not to mention the need to avoid falling behind their competitors).

If you have skills in this field – and especially if you live in a well-populated urban area – you should have little difficulty in finding potential clients.

Computer Training

In recent years computers have begun appearing everywhere: in homes, in schools, in business and in government.

The pace of change has been so fast that many people have found they need help getting up to speed with the new technology.

An opportunity has therefore opened up for freelance computer trainers who can run courses and provide instruction on a range of subjects, including:

o Introduction to computers

o Word processing

o Desktop publishing

o The internet

Website Design

Website designers design, produce and maintain websites (internet pages on the World Wide Web). Their work involves combining technical, writing and design skills to produce attractive-looking web pages which show their clients to good effect and help them sell more of their products and services.

Website designers advise clients on the best way to promote themselves via the net, and show them examples of what can be done.

In consultation with their clients, they decide on the general approach to be taken. Clients provide at least a rough draft of the text they want on their site and any artwork or photographs. Website designers then create the sites on their computer, using programs specially designed for this purpose. Once clients are satisfied with their sites, the designer makes the necessary arrangements to publish them on the World Wide Web.

As well as creating and publishing sites, website designers also often assist clients in promoting them, e.g. by ensuring that they are listed on all the leading Internet ‘search engines’. Finally, they may retain responsibility for revising and updating sites (for which they receive an additional fee).…

Hot Dental Careers

Regardless of what career in the dental field you desire you will need schooling. Learn more about the most common dental careers and what it takes to set foot in them.

Dentist

Dentistry is among the best paying healthcare jobs and there are plenty of opportunities for employment. Unlike doctors, dentists reap the benefits of regular office hours and typically have their weekends off. General dentist fill cavities take care of false teeth and do other basic dental tasks.

To be a dentist you should be good with your hands, have a good memory and be physically capable of bending over all day to see in patient's mouths. Dentists take an average of 3-4 years of regular college and then they must attend 4 years of dental school.

Orthodontist

If you want to be an orthodontist you will need to participate in 2 to 3 years of additional training. Orthodontist straighten teeth with braces, rubber bands, retainers and headgear. Orthodontists make more money than general dentists do. This makes the extra schooling well-worth the time. However, orthodontist general have to have a liking for children because most of their patients are adolescents.

Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are like the nurseries of the dental world. They help comfort and assist patients through their dental procedures and perform a variety of other tasks. Dental hygienist take and develop x-rays, get an oral history, prepare charts, clean teeth, teach oral hygiene practices to patients, make impressions for false teeth and perform office tasks. To become a dental hygienist a person must attend school for two years and take a licensing exam.

Dental Lab Technician

Dental lab technicians perform a variety of tasks based on individual patients needs. Typically, they work directly with dentists and follow detailed written instructions and or using molds to create a variety of dental fixes. They make dentures, removable parts, fixed bridges, crowns, veneers and orthodontics. They work with waxes, plastics, alloys, stainless steel, polymer, porcelain, and composites.

Dental lab technicians must attend a two year program in which they earn an Associate's Degree or certificate. They can also attend a four year program to earn a Bachelor Degree in dental technology. …

How Old is Too Old to Change Careers?

Many of the client’s I work with in my Life Coaching business are in the age range of 40 plus. A belief which comes up often early in our conversations is the belief that maybe they are too old to consider changing careers. After all they should be slowing down. They should be thinking about retiring not starting a new business or entering a new career. Well thats a lot of “shoulds” and as time goes by I am less and less sold on retirement. I get many retired people in my workshops who say that they are totally bored with retirement and are ready to get back to work! Sure, they are picky about the work they want. They want work they are passionate about and many want more freedom of time. What they all want is to feel like they are doing something meaningful and enjoyable with their life.

As a generation we are living longer then ever and many of us are extremely healthy so there is no reason to hold back from finding and creating work we are passionate about. There are many examples of people who change careers much later then is normally thought of as a “good age” for a new career. I remember reading about a woman who always dreamed about being a doctor. She entered medical school at the age of 60. Often people would say to her, “Do you know that you will be in your 70’s when you finish?” Her answer always was, “I’ll be in my 70’s anyway. I would rather be a doctor when I am 70 then just be 70.” Last I heard she was enjoying a thriving medical practice. Most successful new businesses are started by someone in their 50’s or older. In fact many Venture Capital Companies prefer funding businesses run by a more mature and experienced leader.

A common argument against starting a new career as an older person is that , “I won’t have enough energy.” Often people are so burned out in their current career that it is hard to imagine having the energy to start a new one. We do need to be good caretakers of our energy at all times of life but especially as we get older. The beauty is that when you find a career you love, which uses your strengths then it will naturally give you energy! Yes, you will get tired by the end of the day but you will be ready and excited to go do it again tomorrow. When you are working from your strengths and passions it feeds your energy rather then draining it. What I have found is that when you are in a career you love it is easier to drop the draining activities in your life or hire them done. Save your energy for what you love!

A big plus to starting a business or new career when you are older is that you bring with you tons of life …

Preparing For and Making a Career Change

In my youth, I observed that, in England at least, most people wanted to get out of their jobs. Their "career", whatever it was, only experienced to get a regular income. The millions of people who did the football pools, and later the lottery, were a testimony to the "let me out of here" dreams of the majority. "Win the pools, and retire."

Times may have changed in general, but the fact that most people are not content with their jobs has remained unchanged. Career, employer or job change, or early retirement, are in the minds of tens of millions of people across the world. Only a small minority will ever actually go full out for a career change; it is far too easy just to plod along doing the same old things in the same old place.

However, some people are more serious. These are the people with "get up and go" who actually do get up and go. These are the people who really do change their working lives, sometimes drastically.

Why Do Some People Want to Change Careers?

There are many possible reasons for wanting a career change. The following are just a few of the more common ones.

1. To some people, being in the same job, or even the same type of job, for too long is just unthinkable. I certainly fall into this category, and personally think total care changes can be a vital contributor to a satisfying life. I always want to learn something new, and do something new, once I have mastered what I was doing before. New challenges are an essential part of every day life.

2. Midlife career changes may be the result of a sort of career midlife crisis. This can particularly be so for someone who has always done the same job, and suddenly realize that their years are slipping away and they have really done very little with their working years.

3. Dissatisfaction with a current employer, either in terms of recognition, prospects or pay.

4. Boredom is a common cause of wanting a career change.

5. Lack of fulfillment in the current career or employment.

The above are some of the broad reasons people may seek a career change, but each individual is likely to have a different mix of reasons to consider changing their career.

Tips For Preparing for a Career Change

There are many sources of career change advice, both online and offline. Sometimes this can be given on an individual basis, or just in the form of written material which you can consume at your leisure. As a career is a personal matter, and all individuals are different, then pesonal consultation is better by far. However, advisors are individuals too, and the advice may vary from skilled counselor to career counselor.

The quality and quantity of career change advice available to you offline will vary greatly between countries and locales, and you may find that some of the online advice is, at least …

Adult Students Can Get a Degree Fast – 3 Ways to Get College Credit For What You Already Learned

The economy is in the toilet, everyone knows someone who has lost their job, and the cost of living just keeps on increasing. So what are you going to do? If you are like me, you may be consistently thinking about how to go about making more money or getting a different job. But who wants to spend years back behind a desk in school? Just the thought makes me break out in a sweat. That was until I leaned how I can get a degree fast just by using what I already know.

If you are like a lot of people, you may not think that you know enough about anything to shorten your time at school. Without you count your current job, which is what you are trying to get away from. But did you know that there are three little known ways to get credit for what you already already learned outside of the classroom setting? Well there are, but a lot of people do not know about these shortcuts, so they think that there is no possible way to further their education or get the degree they always wanted without spending years in a classroom.

Prior Learning Assessment: One way to get a degree fast is to test out of some of the basic classes that are required in two and four-year institutions. There are thousands of schools that will accept the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test results and in turn give you credit for knowledge you have already gotten through prior coursework, on-the-job training, independent study, etc. There are 33 exams of which you can choose to take to test out of basic coursework, so shortening the time it takes for you to get your degree.

Military Experience: Since 1945 the American Council on Education (ACE) has made it possible for those who served in the military to convert that experience in the service to college credits. So if you have spent any amount of time serving your country, you may want to look into this college-time shortcut.

Seminars and Workshops: Yes, you can get a degree faster just by putting all those seminars or workshops you attended to good use. The American Council on Education has a variety of continuing education units, seminars, and workshops that they have reviewed and make credit recommendations for.

By using these above methods you can hopefully put your knowledge to work for you by allowing you to reduce the time you have to spend back at school attending the degree. And in turn, you can start making a bigger paycheck quicker. …

Top Ten Smart Networking Tips

Smart networking is critical to career success. Master it, and you master your destiny. The following tips will help you become a pro:

1. If unemployed, print your own business cards to use at networking events. Include your contact information with your target market. Example: John Q. Smith, Sales Management.

2. Put your resume on the Internet with its own web page. Many Internet service providers give you a free page for personal use. Then, add your resume page's URL to your business card.

3. When you collect business cards, follow-up! Note on the back of each card where you met the individual and something noteworthy to help you remember him. Schedule a time to meet for coffee to continue building the relationship.

4. Make networking a process to do for the life of your career, not just something to do between jobs. Continue growing your career by building and maintaining your relationships.

5. When at a networking event, offer first, take second. Determine the value you have for others before asking for their help. This way you will leave a memorable impression.

6. As an employee of "Brand Me, Inc.," act like you're self-employed when you seek a new job. Market yourself as your most important product.

7. For entrepreneurs, public speaking and publishing are tantamount to building expertise in the public eye. For job seekers, doing the same can attract attention to your expertise, hopefully leading to meetings with potential hiring authorities.

8. Remember that everyone you meet has the potential to lead you to your target. Most people are only three to six degrees removed from the person with what they need to connect.

9. Networking gurus have polished 30-second commercials. Practice your "elevator speech" so it sounds natural and conveys the right message in a succinct way.

10. As you network, be authentic. No one likes a know-it-all any more than a wallflower. Be yourself and be real. Above all else, remember your manners. Thank those who help you. …

The Importance of a Graduation

Why is it that a graduation is deemed so important to so many people? What makes it special that a singular person is moving up from one academic position to the next? How is any of this relevant? All questions have answers, but none quite as simple as these. A graduation is important because it is a rite of passage to so many people. When a person graduates, it signifies the move from a previous form of existence to a more mature being. As this mature is progressing, many people come to the revelation that a graduation can be life changing; the simple marker or two phases helps to tie different parts of a life together with a common remembrance. A graduation is not just an end, it is a new beginning; the start of a new chapter in a person’s life whether it be another school year, or the entry into the workforce. Graduations help people remember the things accomplished in the past, as well as helping people to look forward to the future. When people think of a graduation they remember friends and family made or seen (respectively) throughout that time period; they think of the honors the achieved, and the many ways that those honors will help them to pursue future opportunity. Graduations are so multipurpose that it is near impossible to explain exactly how helpful and memorable they can be for a person. However, it is possible to illustrate how much a graduation can come to mean for a singular person.

To Be a Graduate

For a little or a mature girl (or boy), a graduation can be one of the biggest days of their life. Depending on the age, different things have been proven to the child: for an kindergarten graduation gown, many students feel they have grown of matured in their child-like world. In the cases of a middle school transition, students may feel that they are now strong or tough enough to take care of themselves, and finally, in a high school to college transition, students finally realize that they are about to enter the world of hardworking adults. All of these are very important stages in life; waxing feelings of vulnerability or invincibility are simple things that we, as people, go through normally. Graduation gown for ceremonies can only help this along. These ceremonies provide legitimacy of the transition, and include the reality that the phase they are now entering is assuredly ‘real’. The robes they wear are materialistic markers of this, and every part of the ceremony undertaken is meant to show or commemorate the same thing: change. For, could change truly exist if nothing acknowledges its presence? Would there be any form of change if nobody acts on it? Of course it takes the sometimes harsh realization, but most of the times it is a change for the better; that is what a graduation is all about: changing for the better and being prepared for the new future that will …

Top Resources For Academic Research

When you get to college, you are going to engage in some serious acts of research. Be prepared. Know that you have to introduce outside material into your coursework. Being able to easily locate and draw info from numerous sources will help you create quality research assignments.

But where are you expected to look for information? There are plenty of research resources at your disposal. You just have to know where to start looking.

Start at your university's library. Look for books and periodicals that you can mine information from. Checkout the online reserves to really get your search going. University databases are huge portals that can link you to important resources. Search through online journals. Familiarize yourself with all that your college library has to offer, and you will have plenty of research info to incorporate.

Use the Internet to gain a basic familiarity with your material. It's amazing what you can find using a simple search engine. Get an overall view of the topic you need to research, before you start looking for more in depth resources. Discover the common terms and elements of whatever debit or issue you have to ponder. Once you've used the Internet to get a basic understanding, you'll know what exactly you need more in depth coverage on.

Visit research institutes and think tanks on the web. Think tanks always have links to their latest research efforts and studies. Make use of recent studies, and incorporated evidence and conclusions into your own unique take.

Online journals are great sources for scholarly research. You can find in-depth academic papers that are extremely focused in their scope. Draw from these rich sources of scholastic digestion. Read the footnotes and get more information. The more academic papers you read on the subject that you are covering, the more comfortable you will become with the important issues surrounding whatever answer you are investigating.

Consider using the resources of another university. You can access a ton of information over the Internet. Many universities have their own archived material that they make available to the general public. If you need a direct quote from a historical document, chances are you can find the complete document somewhere in an online sourcebook belonging to a college or university.

When stringing together all of these diverse perspectives, make sure that you have something original of your own to say. You can built a solid foundation on other peoples' ideas and research, but the structure that you erect on top of that foundation has to be entirely your own. Bring different perspectives together by marbling your own unique points into the mix. The clearer you can present your argument and supporting evidence, the more convincing your research assignments will be. …