Young Professionals – Can You Handle the Truth? 10 Tips About Careers (That Nobody Ever Tells You)

Yikes! Hey college students and young professionals, the job outlook this year for entry-level positions isn’t looking so good.

So, the following tips are for students and recent grads (all 2.5+M of you) who aren’t afraid to hear the hard truth about the American workplace. You may not like what you read, but if you really want to get ahead and find work that makes you happy, then you must face reality head on. Think of it as a paper cut – you can either apply the right care to it now, or you can ignore it, only to wake up and find it infected. Which will you do? I work with hundreds of professionals who always tell me the same thing, “I wish I had known these tips when I was starting out.” So please, don’t ignore the facts. A jump start to a better future is available to those who heed these tips – guaranteed.

TIP #1: You are the most educated generation to enter the workforce, but you are also viewed as the least prepared. Don’t be blind-sided by your generation’s professional reality.

Your generation, Generation NEXT (also known as Gen Y & Millenials) is the largest and most educated generation to enter the workforce in US history (over 70% plan to get undergraduate degrees and another 40% plan to get advanced degrees). Unfortunately, you are also seen as professionally immature and a huge challenge in the workplace. How did this happen? A little historical perspective helps to explain…

Years ago, getting a degree was a privilege and done with intent. If you were lucky enough to go to college, you knew what you were studying and what your career would be before you even began. You could expect a nice starting salary and a bright financial future. You also could count on a lifetime of employment and lots of career development from a single firm. A gold watch and a retirement package were often your reward for loyal years of service.

Fast forward to today: there are thousands of colleges and anyone who wants to go can get in somewhere. Thus, a college degree doesn’t get you a ‘leg up,’ it just allows you to ‘step up’ to the career starting line. Inflation has outpaced starting salaries, and the average student graduates $17+K debt but without the professional experience and focus of those who graduated years ago. As many as 4 out of 5 college students have to move home after school because they can’t afford to live on their own. In short, a college degree today is more expensive – but the return on the investment is down significantly.

TIP #2: The other generations in the workforce don’t have much compassion for your situation. You are being incorrectly perceived as lazy, entitled and arrogant. Don’t validate these beliefs by ignoring their concerns, instead, work to overcome them.

The other generations in the workforce think you deserve some ‘tough love.’ They are frustrated by your attitude …

Electrotherapy – The Science Of Healing and Restoration of Function

For decades forms of electricity have been applied to the body to make the body heal itself. Originally the use of electrotherapy was to correct a situation where the body was not healing itself. One of the first uses for tissue healing was to use what was then called “high voltage” current, applied to non healing wounds or decubitus ulcers. Wound specialists would apply two electrodes around a wound, or in some situations one electrode in the wound and one out, and turn the unit on for approximately 20 minutes 3x week to get the wound healed. The claim was the form of electrical current, known as “dual peaked spike wave”, was the effective form of current. The high voltage unit did as expected and bed sores started healing when there was sufficient nutrition for the body to heal.

Later the simple device called a “tens machine” also helped heal bedsores. The tens machine had a current, or wave form, known as “biphasic square with a net 0 DC effect”. Not easy to understand is it?

Literally there are Billions ( that’s literally with a B ) of potential wave form varieties and the “game” was on to claim some form of special knowledge that your machine did the “one and only” waveform that worked for the specific condition of the patient. Soon we had what are called “bone growth stimulators”, or “non union fracture machines”, which were applied to crushed bones which were not healing. The orthopedic physician would stabilize, cast, treat, however if the bones would not unionize the result was amputation. A dangling limb causes all sorts of issues for the overall health of the patient. Soon another electrotherapy machine emerged and there was another “new” wave form, or current device, that supposedly “exclusively” healed bones. Again a mystery of the “secret current”.

Today it is becoming common practice among orthopedic doctors, soon to be common with general surgeons, to use a tens machine to “control pain”, but are these devices also increasing the rate of healing?

My hopefully educated opinion is the waveform, and the current are secondary in accelerating the healing processes of our body. The commonality of practically all these devices is the changing polarities. Most of these device alternate between positive and negative charges. In understanding what excites our cells to act and, do so quicker, it’s almost always the changing of tissue and space between cells of polarity. Like a magnet when you put north end to north end you repel, south to north and you attract. Bones have polarities on each end of a bone, and on the bone particles. This is the same state for cells within our body when damaged or diseased. When one end of a bone, or cells within, becomes more positive, and the end to reattach to is more negative, then they grow together or unionize. The waveform is not doing it but the physical attraction of positive and negative charges, are the healing agents.

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Sex As a Natural Treatment For Gout

I wanted to laugh when I first came across this rather ridiculous suggestion on some of the online sources about natural treatments for gout. After the initial state of skepticism, I decided to do some study about this interesting topic about having sex as a natural treatment for gout.

Well, it must somehow works on some of the gout patients until this method is widely spread as one of the treatment option for gout. Some people think it works, but they just cannot explain how it works on reducing the inflammation and pain of the notorious gout attacks. Before I explain how to have good sex as one of the method of treating your gout, you must first understand the chemistry of sex.

We all know about the temptation and good feelings that good sex gives us. That is part of our natural instinct, and having a healthy sex life plays an important role in maintaining the well being of our body and mind.

Scientists call sex as a melting pot of the soup of bio-chemicals, the hormones. This scientific statement may somehow kills away some of the romantic side of sex, but whatever you feel as the result of sex can actually be explained by simple science. It is not a matter of what happens between your legs, it is about the chemical reactions happen between your ears.

There are a few vital hormones that contribute the pleasures (and pain relief) we feel during sexual intercourse. It starts with dopamine, which is one of the brain’s pleasure chemicals. Dopamine is released in the ‘reward centre’ of the brain when we see something that arouses our desire, such as good food and attractive partner. Dopamine increases the pulse rate and cardiac functions which result in the ‘blushing’ effect in some people.

During sexual orgasm, your brain will push the amount of dopamine to the max and then bring it down right after the climax with the release of prolactin which prevents you from over indulge in the rush of dopamine. Prolactin rises sharply immediately after orgasm and it is what gives you the “full” feeling after your intimate moment. Prolactin disengages you from sex after orgasm and makes room for your mind to think of other things besides the naked person lying next to you.

Beside the roller coaster ride of dopamine, there are two other sex related neurotransmitters that contribute to the whole sensation of sex. Oxytocin, which is also known as the “cuddling hormone” is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland when you feel the affection to someone you love dearly. Oxytocin helps in creating a strong bond between you and your lover.

Oxytocin stimulates the production of endorphin which is the ‘happy neuro chemical’ that produces the feelings of ecstasy and pleasure. Endorphins fill you with a sense of well-being and relaxation, and sometimes might even drift you off to sleep. Endorphin has a similar chemical structure of morphine and that explains why it has the …

Why All Accounting and Engineering Jobs?

I could not help but notice that there is a run on Engineering and Accounting jobs in the market right now. I decided to do a little research to see if I was imagining this and here is what I came up with:

After speaking with employers and examining job descriptions it did not take long to realize that the mad rush to fill accounting positions could be traced back to the high profile accounting scandals at companies such as Enron, WorldCom, and Tyco. In response to these scandals Congress enacted the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002.

Sarbanes Oxley established 11 new stringent standards for company boards, management, as well as public accounting firms. Rulings on requirements of Sarbanes Oxley come from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As a result of this legislation as well as an overall climate of corporate regulation companies are placing a premium on finding quality accounting candidates, specifically those candidates that have experience with Sarbanes Oxley compliance.

The generous supply of Engineering jobs on the market can be traced back to several different factors. According to the Engineer of 2020: by the National Academy of Engineering the engineering field is and will continue to be driven by breakthrough technologies specifically Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Materials Science and Photonics, Information and Communications Technology, Information Management, and Logistics.

In this time of innovation in this country where technological advances occur so rapidly the need for quality engineers is similar. Competitive advantages are won or lost on the ability to drive innovation.

Another important factor to consider is the pool of candidates available for high level engineering jobs in this country. According to the National Science Board, International students account for nearly half the US doctors awarded in engineering and computer science. In addition, more than 35% of US engineering and computer science university faculty are foreign-born.

According to the Journal of Engineering Education many nations are seeking to reap the benefits of advanced education, including strong positive effects on GDP growth. They are not only trying to attract international students to their countries they are trying to lure top talent as well. Those countries like China and India that used to feed American schools with engineering students are now making a concerted effort to keep those students home or to return home after getting their education. This new competition may be a factor on the pool of quality candidates for engineering jobs in this country.

One thing is for sure, if I was advising a young person today I would say get that accounting degree or that engineering degree and better yet get an advanced degree. You will be in high demand. …

How Technology Is Changing the Face of Education

Technology is a facet of society that is constantly changing and when these changes take place the members of a particular culture have to be willing to make adjustments. This particular fact is especially true for people who are employed within the field of education. Technology has infiltrated the educational system rather quickly and its usage is expected to significantly increase in the coming years. Teachers can (and still do) instruct students without the use of computers, laptops and tablets but sooner or later they will have to make some adjustments for the use of digital equipment as part of the learning environment.

The Department of Education and the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) have developed technology standards that have been adopted by the majority of states within the U.S. These standards encourage the use of computers, smart boards, laptops and tablets within the classroom. Laptops and computers have already been implemented in school buildings across the country. Tablets are the latest form of computing technology that is now being adapted for the learning environment.

Many teachers currently use smart boards to instruct their pupils especially on the lower grades. Smart boards provide teaches with the ability to use computer software and media presentations in order to instruct their students.

Most teachers use computers as a supplementary form of teaching. They allow students to go off in groups on their own and learn educational concepts from approved software or websites.

Middle and high schools also use technology to instruct students but they typically take a more direct approach than elementary schools. Some high and middle school districts assign students a laptop that they must use inside of the classroom. These laptops are given to students at the beginning of the year and they must return them back to the district once a school year is completed. Many students in high school and middle school will also be expected to complete assignments online and through the use of networking with fellow students. Though many high and middle schools use the traditional approaches of teaching they are now using digital based instruction at a greater rate.

Education at the college level still involves lectures and note taking but professors and students can perform these tasks with the use of computer technology. Digital technology makes it easier for students to record information and it also helps professors to give media presentation that enhances their lectures and instruction.

The education system is going to be one of the primary areas of society where technology will be greatly utilized. Many of the jobs in the present and the coming future will involve some use of computer technology and people will have to know how to use this science in order to earn a decent living. Schools are exposing children to digital technology for this purpose and to make them more competitive and highly educated in today’s world. Technology is extremely important to the learning environment and it has become a permanent part to the …

Accredited Online Universities

Online education is gaining popularity all across the globe. Students can access the lessons, tutorials and other related learning materials directly from the Web, at any time of the day, without having to spend time commuting. The message boards and chat rooms can successfully create an atmosphere similar to a real-time classroom.

An online university degree is worthless if it is not accredited. Accreditation of the educational programs is done to help establish the reputation of the concerned institution with respect to the quality of education it offers. It is offered after a thorough review of the institute, and given only if it satisfies the specified norms.

If you plan to find work using your degree, it is imperative that you get it from an accredited university, as the employers give preference to education received only by accredited institutes. In fact, even if you want to continue your education, you will have a hard time getting accepted by other universities or professional associations if your earlier degrees are not from approved sources.

The most popular and recognized university accreditation are from the regional accreditation boards in the US Even prestigious universities like Harvard and Princeton are regionally accredited. Here, when people talk about an accredited university in the US, they are referring to a regionally accredited university. All states have a non-governmental, regional agency that looks after and accredits schools.

These boards are equally ranked and carry equal preference while stamping the authenticity of a university. Any one regionally accredited college will recognize the degree and credits earned at other regional accredited institution. Therefore, if you complete a course from one regionally accredited college, like the University of Illinois, you can easily enroll in a degree program of any other regionally accredited university.

Without accreditation, any sub-standard online university can open shop overnight. Actually, there is no need to join an unaccredited university online as there are numerous prestigious accredited universities waiting for your registration. …

5 Tips To Become A College Softball Player

If you have the dream to become a college softball player, then these five tips will help you. I was always told to put school first, that is why school is tip number one.

1. School will always be first. If it’s not first now, make it first. In most colleges and universities you are required to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) to not only stay on the roster, but also to play. In most cases your GPA needs to be a 2.0-2.5.

2. Know that you will make mistakes, but you will have to be able to flush those mistakes. You have to move on and not let a bad at bat interfere with you next at bat. You can think of it like you are flushing the toilet, you are not going to us the restroom and not flush the toilet. So if you have a bad at bat or if you make an error, “Flush It” like you are flushing a toilet. Once you flush it, it’s gone.

3. Practice doesn’t make perfect, PERFECT practice makes perfect. I know you think and you have been told that no one is perfect, but you can be the PERFECT you. Be the best you can be.

4. You can either get better or worse do not stay the same. There is no point to just stay “as good as you are today.” Why not strive to be better tomorrow than you are today. To get better you need to practice. That does not mean you just attend practice, that means you show up, work hard and improve your skills.

5. Start contacting college/university coaches your sophomore year in high school, the sooner you get your name and information to the coaches the better. Also do not just contact 2-5 schools at the beginning. You need to make a list of at list of any and every school you want to go to. Contact as many coaches as you can. Keep in mind if you need to know your skill level. Not trying to crush any dreams of playing at a Division 1 (D1) University. But if your skill level is not at least equivalent to the current players, then you might not want to contact the coach. Community colleges have great programs to offer to student athletes. You can start off at a community college and improve your skills and learn how to play the game at a higher level than in high school. Then after playing at a community college you can pursue attending a university.…

Computer Gaming Online Role-Playing

Computer gaming online role-playing is quite a fun spin on the old favorite of role-playing games that have been sold in comic shops for years. In a way, this is consistent with the expanding world of were our leisure activities are going as computers become more and more ingrained in our society and culture.

Role-playing games started in the 1970’s with Dungeons and Dragons and quickly grew to include virtually any type of game or scenario one could imagine including games that revolved around action-adventure, science fiction, espionage, horror, sports and a ton of other genres.

The Computer Version Of Role-Playing Games

Role-playing games eliminated the traditional cause effect method that board games utilized and turned games into an improvisational exercise that proved intriguing. In time, people started to use computer gaming online to expand how role playing games can be conducted. In the computer gaming online variant of role-playing, players will write/type their ‘scenarios’ and submit them via email to the person running the game. The game master then weighs all the emails from the various players to decide how these scenarios play off against each other in order to further the game. Sounds fun, huh?

So How Do The Role Playing Game Producers Feel About This?

Now, while one would assume that the role-playing game companies would love the fact that there are computer gaming online means of playing the games and expanding their customer base, some role-playing game companies have some misgivings about this computer gaming online expansion.

In a way, the computer gaming online role-playing has hurt sales of game packages because people no longer have the need for a role-playing set as they are not playing in a room together and are connected electronically from all over the globe. It would be doubtful that the bottom will fall out on many of these game producing companies as the product that they offer is still very popular, but there have been some dollars lost due to the free competition that the computer gaming online role-playing provides.

Granted, many of these companies offer their own free online role-playing services as a means of promoting their product. They have also offered fee based subscription online role-playing games so the internet provides a solid revenue stream for the companies. There is a paradoxical relationship between the role-playing game companies and the internet, but ultimately, the internet has been good to these companies and will continue to benefit them provided the companies evolve accordingly.…

Tips to Save Money on Your College Textbooks

With each passing school year, textbooks for college get more expensive. If you are planning on, or are currently attending university or college, you know that your textbooks are one of your largest yearly expenses. Data shows that the average costs of course textbooks ranges in the area of ​​$ 800 per year. Now add on to that an average yearly increase in cost of about 6%. Ouch! However, since your books are obviously an essential component of your education, there is not much you can do but fork over the money. Right? Well, you do need to spend the money, but there may be a few ways to cut your costs a bit.

Clearly, the best way to save money on your college books is to borrow them. Generally speaking, colleges and universities will have a fairly good stock of anything that is required reading. These books can be used on promotions. Having said that, managing to be one of the long queue of students that want to borrow that actually gets what they want can be next to impossible. Maybe changing your study schedule could help, however. Find the off times that other students are busy with fun or other tasks, and see if the textbooks you need are on the shelf then. This may mean late evenings or weekends if your library is even open at these times.

Another thing you can try if you are struggling for money is to have a chat with your course professor. Professors have books. Lots of books. And at some point they may have acquired a copy of one of the textbooks you need. If so, see is they will allow you to borrow it for the time being. Doing this might help in another way as well. It could be that the entire book is not necessary for the course, but just a few chapters are. If this is the case, you may be able to make an arrangement with another student who has already purchased the book, and just borrow it from them for the time you need it. Or again, check to see if your college library has it. Either way, you can read the relevant chapters without having to pay the cost of the entire book.

Textbooks for college are expensive, but if you get creative, you just may be able to cut down on the expense just a little bit. Every penny counts, right? …

Three Questions To Inspire Big Career Changes

I read an interesting article that featured a study finding 90% of people would rather die than make big health changes. The article postulated that it is easier to make radical changes rather than small incremental changes. I do not have a scientific study of my own to confirm or dispute this, but the statistical and the advice give much food for thought.

Are there big changes that you want to make? Do you want to work in a different industry? Do you want to change careers alike? Do you want to double your salary? Do you want to start your own business? Do not worry about what is realistic at this point. Do not let the market narrow your brainstorming. Just think big. Are you unable to think big about career choices, salary, lifestyle, even for this exercise?

What is stopping you from making those big changes? Do you not know where to begin? Perhaps, you can not even imagine someone with your current background in the dream career you envision or making the salary you target or being able to launch a business. In this case, work with a coach or mentor, find people who have done it and get their perspective, read biographies of people who have done what you want to do. However, if you do know generally how your career transition might work, but do not take the next step or all the steps required, then why not? What do you get by staying at your job? What would you get by changing? Is the former more appealing than the latter? Do you start but do not finish? Do you get overwhelmed, bored, distracted? Do not judge your answers. Just collect these insights to get better clarity on yourself and what you need to forward your plans.

Brainstorming on all the possible big changes, what are the ones you must do now, the ones you can wait on but definitely want and the ones that you could take or leave? All goals, but especially big ones, need to be prioritized. Maybe you want everything that I listed: a new industry, more money, an entrepreneur chance. While you can work on more than one goal (and it can even be complementary), many times there just is not the time, money or energy to pursue everything. A new industry or more money? Is a new project at your current job best for now or do you need to strike out on your own? If you have to pick one, what is the largest, most meaningful change you want to make now? …