The Best College Graduate Gifts

Your son or daughter has graduated high school and now you are looking for something to give them as a special token of your pride. What can you buy them?

First, the best choice is money. This allows them to spend the money on planning their after high school career or college. Perhaps they need a new computer, new car or maybe they will just use it for booze — that is the risk that comes with a money gift.

PDAs are very popular and very useful. Buying one for a graduate allows them to store images, movies and music on it, as well as data for college. This can help make their workload and scheduling much, much easier.

What would college be without a computer? So why not get them one. Nearly every college student has one, and a laptop computer will give them the ability to use it in class, without the need to take down notes by hand and then type them out.

A digital camera will let your future college student take pictures of their college experience and send it to you by email. This will allow you to still see your son or daughter, even if they are a thousand miles away.

It is very difficult to take notes in class without knowing shorthand, so why not give them a digital recorder that allows them to record what the instructor says, and then plug it into their laptop and have the computer type out what was said. It is a handy note taking tool.

Phone cards will allow the college-bound to keep in touch with you. Giving them phone cards means they don’t have to pay for the long distance call to you. On that same note, buy them a cell phone, pre-paid, so that they can keep in touch with you from anywhere.

A commemorative gift, such as their diploma in a special frame with a picture of the two of you can be a great gift for the college student. When they are off in college, they can look at that and be reminded of home. This also works for a variety of other sentimental gifts you may want to buy.

No matter what you buy your future college-bound child, make it special because it will not only help them succeed in college, but also it will remind them of home and you. The last thing you want is for your son or daughter to forget you!…

What Is Career Coaching About Anyway?

There are still many people who don’t really have a clear understanding of what career coaching is or how to go about choosing a career coach. Let’s just say it’s not uncommon for me to get emails, social media messages, or phone calls asking me about one or the other. So…

What is career coaching exactly?

It’s championing and helping you reach your ultimate career goals and your career coach being with you on that journey.

In a coach/client relationship, you hold the agenda and they provide you with the help, support, and direction you need to achieve the goal(s) you have in mind–reaching them sooner than later when attempting to do it all on your own.

Many facets come into play and depending on what your objectives are will determine the focus of your coaching sessions. An ongoing coach/client relationship strengthens awareness of what may be holding you back or the road blocks you may be facing while at the same time helping you focus on the goals you’re targeting.

You receive help establishing realistic goals, discovering solutions to challenges you may be up against, developing action plans, establishing motivation, and building self-confidence. You take charge of your career by changing it from what it is today to something you’ve always dreamed of, being the ultimate goal.

You and your coach share that same ultimate goal creates and adds excitement during the process! The one-on-one partnering experience is an excellent way to:

receiving personalized advice, support, and guidance when making career decisions.

determining what steps to take and strategies to use.

coming up with a customized plan that will keep you on track to accomplish what you set yourself out to do.

What a career coach is not…

A counselor or therapist. A career coach helps you develop proficiencies, whereas a career counselor help clients overcome deficiencies.

Therapy often deals with a person’s history and the “why’s” of that history; coaching deals with the future and the “hows” of making the future become what the client wants it to become.

Those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, or problems that interfere with life situations should seek professional counseling. Career coaches do not tell their clients what to do with their lives.

To benefit from career coaching, you have to be willing to be coached. Meaning, you’re open to new ideas, willing to make changes, receptive to constructive criticism, and willing and ready to take action. Seeing results from your actions is what makes all your hard work and efforts worthwhile!

What will a career coach do for you?

  • Challenge you, inspire you to do your best, and will be there to support you each step of the way.
  • Provide you with feedback, support you when times get difficult, and will be honest and up front.
  • Hold you accountable. Unlike friends, co-workers, or even spouses, a career coach will tell it like it is, not letting you get off easy when it comes to stepping up to the plate. No

Gerundizing in English

Gerundizing

In English, gerundizing is the process of adding ‘ing’ to the verb. When verbs are gerundized, they function as partly verbs and partly nouns. In other words, by adding ‘ing’ to any verb, the verb changes its function to be a partly noun and partly verb.

Functions of gerunds

1) As subjects of sentences

Gerunds or gerundized verbs when used as subjects of sentences often put at the beginning when focusing on activity as the subject of conversation.

Smoking is dangerous.

Reading EzineArticles is interesting.

Writing articles needs a lot of practice.

Playing tennis is good for your health, and good fun!

Learning a foreign language is not always difficult.

The shooting of the hunter was terrible.

Flying a plane can be dangerous.

The teaching of the doctrine is misleading the people.

Traveling is fun.

The introducing of the new software was clear enough to understand.

2) As an object of a verb

Gerunds here function as objects of verbs. In English there are certain verbs which are gerundized functioning as objects of verbs.

The following are verbs that are commonly followed by the gerund form: like, fancy, dislike, hate, love, abhor, disgust, stop, cease, continue, mind, admit, deny, advise, avoid, consider, delay, cancel, discuss, enjoy, finish, keep, postpone, suggest, recommend, regret, participate, risk, tolerate and go, etc.

Examples:

I like swimming. My sister fancies cooking. We dislike gossiping. I hate waiting especially for nothing. We love dancing. Anita abhors provoking. We disgust plagiarizing. Why do you stop trying? Indonesia decided to cease firing the Malaysian troops. We continue trying our best. Would you mind opening the door? We admit making mistakes. You deny stealing the money? We advise closing the site asap. Helen avoided meeting Pricila. Don’t ever delay doing things. They have discussed meeting in the next meeting. Do you enjoy surfing? Have you finished doing your project? Keep trying. Don’t postpone writing your thesis. We suggested/ recommended postponing the program. We regret being unable to come. We participated finalizing the proposal.We risk continuing the plant. Don’t tolerate ceating in any game. Harry avoided paying late fees on the account. Denny denied knowing anything about the corruption. I postponed making a decision until Monday. She regrets not studying French in college. Hanna enjoys listening to classical music. Jason admits spending too much money on toys. Let’s go swimming!

3) After certain expressions (can’t help, can’t resist, can’t bear, can’t stand, can’t stop, can’t persist)

Gerunds are used after the expressions such as can’t help, can’t resist, can’t bear, can’t stand, can’t stop, can’t persist,

Examples:

I can’t stop falling in love with English. Jenny can’t resist eating chocolate mints. His words can’t bear repeating. Terry can’t stand staying in Indonesia because it’s hot. I can’t stop wanting the woman..

4) Phrasal verbs with particle prepositions are Gerundized

Gerunds are used after phrasal verbs (verbs followed by particle prepositions), in other words, gerunds are …

Insurance Jargon Explained and Decoded

Accidents happen. It is just a fact of life. Safety is the best prevention, but sometimes the inevitable cannot be avoided. Having insurance is a worthwhile investment for protecting you and your loved ones. However, getting insurance of any kind can involve a lot of jargon that is not always easy to grasp. Before taking the leap into monthly payments, educate yourself so that you get a plan that works best for you. An insurance agent can help fill in the gaps, but below is a group of terms to become familiar with. Even if you already have a plan, this guide can help you better understand the terminology.

General Terms

A premium is the amount of money that must be paid to the insurer who provides coverage. This fee is usually due on a monthly basis. To achieve a lower premium, shop around for the best possible quote and try to maintain a good credit record. The deductible is the portion of money that you, the policyholder, must pay in the case of an accident. The insurer is then responsible for covering the remainder of costs. Generally, higher deductibles result in lower premiums. If you decide to go this route, make sure that you have enough money set aside to cover your higher deductible. A claim is a request made by the policyholder if an accident occurs. This request is for costs to be covered by the insurer. The adjuster is the person who analyzes a claim and provides recommendations for a settlement based on the damage and policy. Preferred Risk is the term for when an applicant shows lower risk for accident or injury than the average person. These applicants tend to be eligible for rate discounts.

Auto

Accident forgiveness is an option provided by some companies to protect drivers. This option prevents the driver’s premium from increasing after their first at-fault accident. It is especially helpful when the company extends this forgiveness to others on the policy, such as teen drivers. Other potential discounts to look into include low annual mileage on your vehicle, having no accidents in three years, and having multiple cars on the same plan.

Health

There are several different ways of getting health coverage. Group Health is when an employer provides health insurance plan options for its employees and their dependents. The policies are normally at a reasonable or discounted rate. Many people take advantage of this opportunity because it is convenient and secure. Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) is when the insured person pays a fixed membership fee ahead of time. In return, they receive comprehensive health care from a list of approved providers in a certain area. HMOs are usually more affordable, but they do not provide as much coverage. Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) is a health plan that lists preferred health care providers. When patients visit the preferred providers, they may receive incentives such as a lower copay. Copay is a flat rate that the patient must pay each time they …

Advantages and Disadvantages of Getting the Accelerated Degrees

Nowadays a lot of students are becoming fond of getting the accelerated degree. If you also want to receive your degree in advance then this article is the best way for you to get to know about all the advantages and disadvantages of such online programs. As the obtaining of different degrees became easily available, a lot of high-qualified higher educational establishments offer a great amount of programs with the help of which you can obtain a degree. And nowdays a lot of them offer the accelerated programs. There are different things which should be stated while taking the accelerated degree program.

It is the well-known fact that you should have definite scores, especially good scores, to be sure that you will definitely accepted to the university or college you want. The institution, in which you would like to study, has to be sure that you one hundred percent applicable for the ability to obtain the accelerated degree. It will be great if you have good scores in the graduation certificate from school, if you passed CLEP exams successfully or if you have a military background. These characteristics will be taken into account and you will have a higher rate while entering the institution you want.

When you enter the university or college and take the accelerated degree program you should take into consideration the curriculum. You have to understand that good education is available for those who are ready to do everything in time and be able to learn all those staff. The curriculum in the accelerated programs is different from those of full-time courses. When you are studying by the accelerated program and would like to receive a degree in advance, you should consider the fact that everything depends on your way of studying. That means that if you want to get your degree faster you should complete all your courses as quickly as possible. So everything is in your hands. It is better for you to be patient and move forward to your aim.

But before your entering to the university and planning the curriculum you have to make a great research in the Internet or in the other recourses. The searching of the higher educational establishment, which is the best choice for you, is not so easy. First of all you have to be sure in the future field you would like to find a job in, and then you have to find the institutions that offer the accelerated degree programs which suit you. And at last, you have to be sure that you really want to take the accelerated program. In order to become sure in your choice, you have to make a list of advantages and disadvantages of the accelerated education. All the pros and cons are presented below and you have an opportunity to read them and to understand whether you like this kind of education or not.

The advantages and disadvantages of the accelerated degree program are as follows:

– The most …

Career Change – Cross the Bridge to Your New Career With Luxury Features

Change is forever and unlimited and we are all faced with changes every day. Relationships change, careers change, our moods change. Technology advances in a matter of a split second – what's new this morning could have been obsolete this evening; cells in our body and nature are constantly changing; world records are broken every day; lives are transformed from unexpected circumstances. What I'm saying is: Changes occur ad infinitum.

Changes in the world and in our lives are happening so rapidly it scarcely gives us time to stop and reflect what it all means in the scheme of our personal selves. There is a tendency to move on to "What's next?" with too much speed. Change is similar to crossing a bridge. We all have crossed bridges to get from where we were to where we wanted to be. Some bridges are high-arched, some may look like one of the bridges of Madison County, or some have multiple levels. Some may even span many miles.

A personal example: I was looking for a one-owner car in 2001, my bridge was short and a little arched. I had specific criteria for the car I desired. I wanted it to be a one-owner, to cost less than $ 12,000 with payments of less than $ 300 a month after my down payment, and a financing plan of no longer than 30 months. And, of course, I wanted features such as air-conditioning, power windows, a CD player, and low mileage.

I was working in corporate America at the time. With the uncertainty as to whether the downsizing happening where I was employed would affect my position, I was clearer in setting my financial limits, but not my luxury feature limits. When I started looking for a new automobile, my current car was not doing badly! I had a Dodge hatchback, which I bought from a one-owner anxiously to sell at a price much lower than market price. However, it did have a lot of miles on it. After I had it for three years, it was starting to show wear and tear.

During several months of sporadically getting on my imaginary bridge to look for my luxury automobile, I searched the Internet and drove my friends crazy when they went with me to test drive one-owner Audis, Infinitis, Lexuses and other luxury autos. Often during lunch I would walk to dealerships about a mile from my office. One of these times I test drove an Infiniti. I had some questions about the high mileage and dirty interior for a one-year old car. It was way outside the price range I outlined; however, I was beginning to think that my dream might be ridiculous. So I put down $ 1,000 on this 2000 Infiniti. When I asked how come there were over 25,000 miles on a car that was only a year old with spills in the interior, the answers made sense at the time and I was willing to accept whatever they …

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.…

Comprehensive Music Education

A comprehensive music education begins early, in childhood. A music education must consist of not only repertoire knowledge, but theory, composition, history, and people. Professor Zoltan Kodaly, a Hungarian composer and teacher in the early 1900s, found that young Hungarian children were unaware of how to read and write music fluently, and also unaware of their musical heritage (Chosky, 1999). To know Hungary now, one would not know that this was the case in the 1900s. Hungary lives and breathes music. Currently, Hungary has 800 adult choruses, and numerous professional orchestras (Chosky, 1999). Hungary is a country about the size of Indiana (Chosky, 1999), so music penetrates the country. Kodaly introduced a method, the Kodaly Method, which systematically teachers children, or beginning adults, music. The learning is based in folk music, of one country of origin, and uses the music to teach theory, composition, and history (Chosky, 1999). This method has infiltrated the world with it's easy to understand concepts and time lines.

In the United States music is taught in most schools. However, as funding and music teachers have become unavailable, music programs have been cut. This lack of education in the public school system leaves music education up to the parents, which unfortunately many parents do not have the knowledge or tools (instruments and music) to teach their children appropriately, let alone fluently. In Hungary children obtain an eight year program devoted specifically to music which is separate from the children's regular studies (Chosky, 1999). In North America, schools have music once, or maybe twice per week, if at all. Although music programs in North America are not as intense as other countries, a comprehensive teaching method, such as the Kodaly Method, enables children to receive the basic skills of music literacy.

Jerome Hines in his book "Great Singers on Great Singing" notes that many individuals misconceive the brilliance of [musicians]. These individuals seem to think that [musicians] do not have to be very bright; they just do music (Hines, 1982, 2006). Hines (1982, 2006) writes of his interview experiences with famous singers and states that through his interviews; found that [musiciansians] are intelligent as a whole. Another misconception that many individuals have is that musical education is not important. Music education is very diverse and can educate individuals in many areas. Specifically the piano requires that individuals learn rhythm, notes, and style. These three things require math skills, reading skills, and historical knowledge. The same can be said of other instruments and the voice. Although not all individuals will be able to master or even play basically an instrument or sing, one can learn the basics of music and increase their knowledge of culture, math, and history. This appreciation in turn helps individuals increase their understanding of people and can increase positive social change.

To ensure that children receive a comprehensive music education, a few steps must take place. First, research your child's music program in the school. Does a music program exist? If not, what is …