Empower Your Career With Computers

Let's be honest, today's world is dominated by computers, whether you know it or not, they organize us, look after us, manage us and can even save our lives. Without you live in a cave, without electricity, you probably encounter computers every day. In fact with technology improving constantly and scientists finding more useful applications to use computers, the future will see use more and more on computers.

Since we already are in the digital age, why do not you take a 'byte' of the action? Moving into a career in computing is a wise step. Employees without basic computing skills are at a certain disadvantage these days and it's only going to get worse. The younger generations have grown up with technology all their lives; therefore operating a computer is second nature. Meanwhile older generations have been forced to adapt, some more successfully than others.

A career in computing today is not as nerdy as it sounds. With the average salary of an IT professional in the UK being 34500 pounds, a massive 12500 pounds above the UK average, it is certainly a well paid profession. As for flexibility, IT has to be one of the best. With technology advances including virtual private networks, email and of course the World Wide Web, working in the office can be a thing of the past. IT allows employees to work when they want and where they want.

The stereotypical view of the pale, pasty, pizza loving personnel in IT is as out of date as the floppy disk. IT has an opportunity to suit almost everyone, from designers to DJ's, animators to architects, programmers to police officers; almost every possible industry sector has a demand for IT.

IT professionals actually are not as complicated as they may seem, technology has made IT easier and easier over the years. To apply for a job in IT a little bit of experience is just as good as a degree, provided you have good communication skills, a keen mind and a willingness to learn, many companies will provide all the training required. Additionally if you want to start learning IT from scratch, or simply do not feel your IT skills are adequate there are hundreds of courses, magazine and tutorials available and many more available on the net, all keen to help tell you the difference between cookies and apples.

So what is stopping you moving to a successful, motivated and rewarding career in IT? At least job security will not be a worry, computers are not going to disappear overnight and what's more you could start your own little internet business on the side, build it up over time and have a nice nest egg for retirement! …

The One Piece of Career Change Advice I Got That Changed Everything

About 8 years ago I went to see a career counselor for some help. I was hiring he could offer some insight and help me change careers.

Wait. I need to be honest. I was really hoping he was psychic or had some magical power.

You see, I really hoped he could just look at me, hear my story, and then tell me with 100% certyty what job I was supposed to have. And oh, he would of course tell me that this job would make me lots of money.

It did not exactly work that way.

We met for over an hour. He asked me lots of questions and listened to me explain my frustration and confusion. I knew I wanted to change careers. I did not know what career I wanted to change to.

He then leaned in closer and said, "Annemarie, the thing is, no one I've ever worked with was ever surprised when they discovered their passion.
Hmmm. Really?

He said, "The job that would make you make happy is right in front of you."
Uh, are you sure?

You see, I was worried that the answer I was looking for was going to escape me forever because maybe I did not have a passion in the first place.

He gave me hope! He was telling me it was right in front of me. And you know what, he was right. Sure, I was thrilled when I discovered coaching was my purpose. But I also felt this calm, relaxed sensation-kind of like coming home to sleep in your own bed after being away for too long. I had been "doing coaching" for a very long time with people I knew. I just never took notice.

What career is peeking out at you from right under your nose?

Your dream career is something you're already doing or have done in some form, one way or another. We do whatever we can to express our true selves, whether we are getting paid for it or not.
Tonight, go home and ask yourself this question: "If money were no object, how would I love to spend my time?"

Let me know what you find out! For more ideas on how connecting with others will jumpstart your career change, check out 107 Tips for Changing Your Career While Still Paying the Bills …

The Best Ways for College Students to Earn Money Online

Going through college can be stressful, especially if money is tight. Between classes, homework, and studying, commuting to a job just seems like a ridiculously impossible prospect. Millions of people are now making money online, and the internet offers plenty of ways for college students to earn money online as well. Blogging, affiliate marketing, and freelancing are some of the best ways to earn an online income, and the best thing about them is that they don’t cost a dime to get started.

Affiliate marketing is probably the easiest method for a college student, because it requires less face time at the computer than other methods, although blogging is closely intertwined with affiliate marketing promotion. With all the information available on the subject, you don’t need to be an affiliate marketing expert to get started, although it may still take a little bit of time to earn a decent income from it.

To become an affiliate, you need to sign up on the website and then promote a product that they are selling. Usually this requires writing a blog post or an article for submission at an article directory that talks about the product and gets the interest of viewers piqued. You include a link back to the seller’s website, and any purchases that originate from your links will result in you being paid. Affiliates can earn anywhere from 10% to 90% commission on sales generated through their affiliate links. There is some amount of work involved, because you must first research your product to be able to write a compelling article or blog post about the subject.

Pre-selling is a very effective technique used in marketing and advertising. What you are doing is not selling a product. You are either getting people interested who have never heard of the product or stoking the flame in people who already have some level of interest. In a sense, you are simply educating the customer about the product. That’s why it is important not to sound as if you are actually selling the product. Although your writing should be in favor of it, you shouldn’t be pushing it on your viewers.

Managing a blog is a simple way to get started in affiliate marketing because first of all it’s the perfect outlet for your affiliate advertising promotion, and also because if you set up a pay per click system like Google AdSense you will also draw relevant ads that people will want to click on. Every time an ad on your blog gets clicked, you get money. It’s really as simple as that. Combining techniques is really the only sure way for anybody to make money online, and with a little trial and error you’ll be able to get a good grasp on what methods work and what methods are just hype.…