Work and Study

The relationship between work and study should not be underestimated.

It is important that youngsters in general, and teenagers in particular, get real life experience of what it takes to succeed in the ‘real world’, what it takes to make money, and how hard dad or mum have to work to earn those extra few cents.

Recently a dad talked about the problems of getting his son to study; the family is wealthy and the son saw little need to make any effort to revise, do well in his forthcoming exams, and move onto a university and undergraduate subject with prospects of a rewarding career.

He saw his parents, particularly mum, as a ‘soft touch’.

The harder the concerned parents tried, the more obstinate the son became; the inverse law of proportionality seemed to be at work, or perhaps the law of diminishing returns. Necessity was definitely not the mother of invention!

‘Man he is a Lazy B…!’ complained the father.

At school, the youngster seemed to have learnt a lot about his ‘rights’ – but little about responsibility.

He didn’t realise that ‘rights’ and ‘responsibilities’ are the same bedfellows – they both start with the letter ‘r’!

The current situation was inevitable…

Things changed, however, after our recommendation that the son spend time working in the kitchens of one his father’s famous restaurants over the summer holidays (well, what else did he expect given his parents’ gentler efforts?).

Washing plates to earn his pocket-money was no fun; it didn’t take long before the grades started to improve.

Study was clearly a better option than washing plates in the kitchen.

Take Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world.

Warren has a wise head on his shoulders and drives the same old car and lives in the same old house as he did at the start of his career; his common sense has to be respected since his actions reflect his words.

He can afford to live in mansions, drive better cars but through his example has made clear that he intends to give most of his wealth to charity.

Warren believes that his children must learn to earn a living, make their own way in the real world.

The last thing he wants is to ‘handicap’ his progeny by handing over his billions.

Some of the smartest students at The University of Oxford in The Business Management School often spent their summer holidays waiting at tables before they got First Class Honours.

They are now CEOs of major companies, earning a very healthy living.

Consider another example from the world of tennis, the William sisters where Venus and Serena dominated the women’s game for many years.

Their early history is one of being introduced to the ‘Bronx’ by their dad where gang bullets were not uncommon whilst they trained.

The William sisters soon realized that working for success in tennis was a better option than living in ghettos.

Where cajoling fails, direct experience often

A Career in the Biotechnology Sector

Biotechnology sector in India is fast developing at a great pace. A flourishing career awaits students in the biotechnology sector, where professionals harness cellular and bio-molecular processes in order to develop different techniques and products which help in improving our lives and overall health of the planet. Over the last few years, students are showing keen interest towards the biotechnology field. Biotechnology, along with its different sub-fields, offers a wide array of career opportunities.

In order to break into the biotechnology sector, you should plan your career right from your school. You must complete your class 12th with subjects, like biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. After finishing your schooling, you can opt for the right undergraduate courses like BSC or Btech in biotechnology from colleges, spread through the nation.

The eligibility criteria for getting into these undergraduate courses vary from one college to another. However, for most of the undergraduate courses, you need to sit for the below entrance examinations-

1 = The joint entrance examination for IITs
2 = All India Engineering Entrance Examination to get admission into different NITs and regional engineering colleges.

Other than these examinations, engineering colleges also conduct their own engineering examinations. Those who are interested in higher studies can go for MBA in biotechnology. For the Masters program, you should either hold a graduate degree in biotechnology or any other subject related to biological science. Moreover, a graduate degree in subjects like biology, chemistry, botany, pharmacy or zoology is also acceptable for masters programs.

After the post-graduate program, you can apply for the doctoral degree in biotechnology.

Top colleges offering biotechnology courses in India are-

1 = All IITs (Indian Institute of Technology)
2 = All NITs (National Institute of Technology)
3 = PSG College of Technology
4 = Thapar University
5 = BMS College of Engineering
6 = University Institute of Engineering & Technology
7 = Acharya Institute of Technology
8 = MVJ College of Engineering

Biotechnology job prospects

Biotechnology is a vast field, which incorporates different sub-fields. Moreover, there is a burgeoning demand for bio-technical experts in a diverse array of industries and sectors. Below are some of the common areas, where there is a high demand of biotechnology experts-

1 = Agriculture
2 = Animal Husbandry
3 = Environment Protection
4 = Genetic Engineering
5 = Health Care
6 = Medicine
7 = Drug designing and manufacturing
8 = Industrial Research and Development

Further, career opportunities in biotechnology are immense. Those who are specialized in various sub-fields can easily find biotechnology jobs both in private and government divisions. If you are possessing a post graduate degree in biotechnology, then you can explore opportunities in a wide range of industries. There are various reputed biotechnology colleges and institutes in India, where you can find teaching jobs also. There is an equivalent demand of bio technologists in foreign countries, especially, USA and UK.

There are unrivaled opportunities exist in textile, cosmetics, and chemical sectors.

Some of the leading biotech companies located in India …

African American Women Scholarships – Men and Women Can Get $ 10,000 Free For College!

Did you know that 90% of students that go to college can not afford it? And that is why we are writing this article.

African American women schools have been the key to helping many African-American women finally get ahead by getting a college degree. But this is not all, there are also African American College scholarships that can help men and women get their degree too.

These companies are dedicated to helping you graduate from school without having the excess pressure. Before we continue, I want to ask you a couple of questions.

1.What is your dream in life?
2.What keeps you awake at night?
3.How would you feel if you could get a free $ 10,000 scholarship that never had to be paid back?

There is no doubt about it, free money is the best money, but free money that can help you invest in yourself is no doubt the best possible way for you to get away from:

1.Poverty
2.Worry

And help you get onto a road that is full of hope and promises. Are you in school already? There are also African American student scholarships that can help you get extra money even though you are in school.

So what is the difference between a grant and a scholarship? African American grants and scholarships differ in only one way. The amount of awards that are given. For example, after you get your scholarship, you should visit your local aid office and ask them about African American Grants and scholarships that you do not have to pay back. With grants, it works as first come first serve because there is a set limit besides to help you graduate that your local University to tell you.

Each program will differ.

Many times, there are funding sources that are designated for minorities that give you even more help to get a college degree. The only key is to apply for as many African American Women studies as possible. And remember, these programs award men too, so there is no reason not to apply. …

Socio-Technical Systems and Organizational Values

Modern organizations define themselves using statements of vision. They state their vision in terms of human resources and technology, a socio-technical view. Modern organizations also define themselves in terms of values. New employees entering the organization learn the value system from employees with longevity in it. How organizations incorporate socio-technical systems as a reinforcement tool of their value system is the focus of this paper.

Values

In business, small and large, values determine course the business sets for itself. Yukl (2006) defines values as key statements of an organization. The value statement is ideological, what the organization considers important. Many values find their way into organizations including customer service, innovation, satisfaction of internal and external constituents, and excellence. Yulk’s view of values suggests something deeper. Organizational values and value creation are the soul of competitive edge, competitive advantage.

Hill and Jones (1998) write of management values as statements of how managers will conduct themselves and how they will do business. Managers in high performing businesses conduct themselves with stakeholders in mind. Winston (2002) suggests that high performing leaders accept the values of the organization as being of higher consequence and importance.

Systems

Values of an organization (customer service, innovation, satisfaction) imply an organization is a system. Senge (1990) tells us that organizations are organic systems of interconnected and interrelated sub-groups. This suggests more than brick and mortar structures, it suggests organizations of people, technology, and social interaction. Technology, according to Davis (1996), is a “conceptual bridge” between science and economics. This link gives form to how organizations manage. Conversely, Wren (2005) presents the view of technological change being disturbing to the social system of an organization. Socio-technical systems offer leverage to dispel the disturbing nature of change.

Socio-Technical Systems

Lee (2000) explains social of the socio-technical systems as the habitual attitudes of people. He includes the relationships between people with their values and behavioral styles. He also describes it as the formal power structure identified using traditional organizational charts. However, he continues with the aspect of an informal power structure based on influence and knowledge. The technical system makes up second part of the dyad. This system, according to Lee (2000), is “machinery, processes, procedures and a physical arrangement.”

A socio-technical system, abbreviated STS for the remainder of this paper, is people and technology blended. Yet, this is a much too simple definition. Some elements of STS are closely interrelated; therefore, it is not easy to distinguished items within a STS as purely technical or purely social. Aldridge (2004) explains STS as approaching organizational work groups as social systems and macro social systems. A third level of work observed is primary work systems. The primary work system according to Aldridge is one or more work units involved in face-to-face work. Work units collaborate jointly and have support of management, relevant technology, resources, and workplace specialists. Aldridge includes the writings of Trist (1981) when defining macro social systems, “…macro social systems include systems in communities and entire business sectors as well …

Where Is Jill Nye the Science Gal?

I am in the process of trying to start an Association for Women in Mathematics chapter at my University. I was not really inspired to do this until recently when I came to a sad realization while viewing the "people who inspire you" section on my Facebook profile … none of them are women.

What is worse is that when it comes to literature, history, and business I know of many examples of women who figured prominently and made significant contributions, but in science and mathematics I can only think of a few. Of those few, most are in the social sciences and some met with some pretty terrible fates (ie Marie Curie). I am also well aware of the stories of women who would have had their names in the history books, but alas their work is overshadowed (and not credited properly) in history books by their male contemporaries, even thought their work is what made it possible for those men to make important discoveries.

I began to also realize that as a child growing up I had no female role models in math or science when it came to pop culture. I loved Indiana Jones and wanted to be an archeologist for the longest time. I watched Beakman's World and Bill Nye the Science Guy every chance I could. All of my childhood science heroes were men.

Even today when I watch television or go to the movies it is still mostly male characters that dominate the world of math and science. Women, when cast as scientists, are often characterized as brilliant, but so socially flawed that they are to be pitied.

In the media women who are gifted at math and science and who are also cool, fun, interesting, and desirable are mostly portrayed as doctors, psychologists, or nurses. All of these are noble fields, but these are not the only science fields. Women are rarely portrayed in the applied and theoretical sciences such as engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and researchers.

Even my favorite shows like Big Bang Theory and Bones do this. The one "normal" character Bernadette in the Big Bang Theory still had to contend with the possible emasculation of her future husband by her earning a PhD. Although she is normal, especially in comparison to most of the other characters in the show, Bernadette's character is subjected to the sexist storyline that she should walk on eggshells because she dared to be an accomplished female scientist who would make more money than her less educated and less completed husband to be. Other characters like Amy Farah Fowler are meant to comically mirror the bizarre Sheldon Cooper character, or as in the case of Leslie Winkle are characterized as women who behave as men do (even sexually); one would assume because she is in a male dominated profession.

In Bones Dr. Brennan is so dependent on her logic and facts that she pushes people and her feelings away because they are not as reliable. She is …

10 Trivia Night Tips – Pub Trivia An Entertaining Night Out

If you are tired of sitting home watching TV and your local area does not have much to offer in the form of regular entertainment, have you considered attending a trivia night? Pub trivia or trivia night quiz competitions are great for a regular weekly get together with friends. They offer something for all ages, they are stimulating and interactive, they leave you plenty of time to talk and give you lots of things to talk about!

Trivia nights usually organize their competition so that someone books a table and then people sitting at the table compete as a team, so 2-8 people are needed and they need a team name.

People often have a preconception that trivia nights are for brainiacs. But don’t bother racking your brain and flicking through address books looking for someone with a university degree. Trivia nights generally include trivia questions about pop culture trivia, not really university degree type knowledge.

Most people have more knowledge than we think. Instead of looking for intellectuals, you’ll be better off looking for team members who are avid fans of something.

Do you know someone who watches a lot of TV? People who have watched every episode of the Simpsons, or South Park, Friends or Neighbours have a brain chock full of TV characters and their foibles. Music lovers with a CD collection spanning several decades are useful. Travellers have a wealth of knowledge about locations and cities and rivers and if they also speak several languages it’s a bonus. Amateur chefs can also tip the balance if you get a tricky food trivia question. Sports lovers are a bonus.

Getting a good trivia night team together may be the prime objective for those with a highly competitive streak who are playing to win jackpots and prizes. Most of us are just happy to pick up a bar voucher or a free dinner coupon at a trivia night. We’ll keep going out to a trivia night for the social interaction, so long as the host and our friends make us laugh and we don’t come last every week.

Here are 10 Trivia Night tips for people who haven’t attended a trivia night before.

  • 1. Turn up around 15-30 minutes before the trivia night starts. You’ll be able to pick a good table, where you can see the screen and are able to hear the questions better, and you won’t be holding up the trivia host from starting the quiz as he explains the rules to you.
  • 2. Don’t be afraid to be uncool enough to drag along a younger or older acquaintance to a trivia night. People from different generations have a vastly different knowledge base, that can make all the difference.
  • 3. Turn off or simply don’t take your mobile phone in with you. Serious trivia night competitors can suffer from highly aggressive “cheat rage” if they see you checking your messages, and many clubs and hosts take a dim view of anyone bringing in mobile phones

Online Career Degrees – What You Need to Know

Our reality has been revolutionized by the internet. With the advancement and development of the World Wide Web, everything in life has been made easy, and this even includes online career degrees. The education system has been made available through the internet the past few years and it is steadily increasing. Because of this there are a lot of legitimate and unaccredited online degrees which you should watch out for. One such bogus claim is providing for "free online career degrees." This means, you do not have to pay for anything. If you will look at it, cost should not be the primordial consideration but quality. If you are to get your degree online, they may as well have quality education. If you will compare this to the traditional education, no school or university will provide for a free Ph.D. Degree.

Choose the right online career degrees for you. There are a lot of career choices out there. Once you've decided on your concentration of study, you can now start looking for an online college that offers the degree you've chosen. The question now is, which on the proper college? The answer: accreditation. Look for the college that is accredited and their online career degrees are approved by the educational system. Legitimate colleges will have this written all over their websites. Be wary of those who do not.

Online education is a hassle free way of getting a degree. Do not let others dissuade you from it. Most often than not, online education is chosen by busy people, some professionals who want to earn another degree. The determination and willingness to study again and earn a new degree will be the driving force into pursuing this. It does not matter whether achieving the degree is with a traditional college or an online college. The instructions will still be the same, anyway.

The most important consideration in pursuing an online career degree is that it cost less than traditional colleges. There are no overhead expenses such as buildings, offices, and the like. Everything is merely done online. You have the learning and professionals teaching you online in the convenience of your own home. Just always remember that choose a right and reputable institution for you. Do your research on the institution as well as the degree you intend to take. Whatever happens, do not fall for those offering "free online degree" programs. …

College Search 101 – How to Find the Correct College for You!

Fewer than ½ of first-time, full-time college students complete a baccalaureate (four-year) degree within 6 years at the institution they entered. And, 1 out of 5 U.S. citizens has “some college, but no degree.” It is amazing to me that so many students that start college do not finish. I can tell you from my experiences as a Vice President that colleges wrestle with these facts on a daily basis. No one wants students to leave their college and everyone wants to see their students succeed.

With all of the resources that colleges pour into trying to help students succeed at their school, it is my opinion that too many students are choosing the wrong college for the wrong reasons. A lot of students choose a college because it was the BEST College they could get accepted to, or because it was close to home or the least expensive. I know of students that have chosen a college based solely on the fact that one of their friends was going there, too! Certainly, those are important, but I believe students truly need to look at more than that. The college search process needs to be about finding the “Correct College” for you.

Let’s talk a little bit about what I mean by trying to find the “Correct College” for you. The “Correct College” for you fits your unique abilities and needs. Your personality and learning style. The “Correct College” for you challenges you without overwhelming you. It offers you the best opportunity to grow, achieve your fullest potential, and GRADUATE!

I think too many students lose sight of the fact that the real key to unlocking all the doors and opportunities that a college education provides you is that you have graduate to take advantage of them. That doesn’t mean I think you should choose the easiest route possible. Not at all. I just believe more students and parents need to consider that having a window sticker of well-known college in their rear window really doesn’t mean much. It’s the degree that hangs on your wall that really matters!

There are 6 distinct areas that I think should play key roles in beginning to shape the list of features you want in a college. They are

1. Distance from home

2. Size preference

3. Surrounding environment

4. Area of study

5. Level of academic challenge

6. Affordability

I like to start with distance from home because it’s very critical to get this right. There is no one perfect answer here. The objective is to really get a sense of your comfort level. It’s absolutely OK if you think you need the support being close to home offers.

However, I would encourage you to consider at least initially looking at some schools that are just outside your comfort zone. This can play to your advantage both in the acceptance game and in the financial aid game. Colleges want students that are from outside their region. The farther away you are from …

How to Get Scholarships for US Study

There are options for students to obtain financial aid while they are studying in the US. The students are also eligible to obtain the aid from the university in which they are studying. The most important factors which are to be taken into consideration are:

  1. The universities take into consideration the country from which you have arrived into US before deciding about your scholarship.
  2. The need of a student to cover his education, medical and insurance costs while he is in US.
  3. The educational level which a student has is also determinant in deciding his level of scholarship. For example, undergraduate students are eligible to receive higher scholarships from universities. Some specific scholarships are reserved for such students only.
  4. Students who had higher participation in co-curricular activities during their senior secondary schooling years have higher chances of getting a scholarship.
  5. Certain courses are also more eligible to being chosen for scholarships than others.
  6. The grades scored during senior secondary years are also determinant in deciding the level of scholarship a student is likely to obtain.

The students need to apply with the financial aid office of their university so that their process gets started for this scholarship. The authorities at this office can inform you about the complete details of applying for such financial assitance.

Concordia college awards scholarships to international students based on their need and academic excellence. The amount of such scholarship is approximately 25,000 dollars a year. Apart from that, the Columbia college also awards financial aid to students based on their academic excellence. The scholarships are awarded on a lump-sum basis or as a reduction in the tuition fees by 15-20%.

Apart from there are certain financial aid programs which are funded by prominent financial institutions. Examples of such scholarships are Joint Japan World Bank Graduate scholarships,AAUW international fellowships and Aga Khan Foundation international scholarship programme.

Lets discuss these scholarships in detail:

  • Joint Japan world bank graduate scholarships: This scholarships ensures that students are able to get scholarships if they have enrolled themselves in eight specific universities such as, University of Chicago,John Hopkins University, Columbia University, Cornell University and Harvard University etc.
  • AAUW international scholarships: This scholarships are awarded to those women in United States who don’t have a permanent residency or citizenship status in this country. These scholarships are given to all those women who are either pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree. These scholarships are given to those women who have shown academic excellence. Although these scholarships are only given for a year, out of the total, almost five scholarships are renewed for a consecutive year also.
  • Aga Khan Foundation international scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to all those students who have no resources to financially assist their studies. The students are awarded a 50% loan and the rest of the amount is given through a grant. This scholarship prefers students who are pursing Masters and PhD degrees.

So, you can get US scholarships to study abroad which can ease up …

Types of Online College Nursing Degrees

There are many types of online college nursing degrees out there. The education of a regular RN is never ending either. Many of the online college nursing degrees are out there to help further and advance their education, and to help serve their patients better in the medical field. Some job positions are even required to have a certain degree in order to have the position. Taking these online college nursing degree courses can be beneficial as well especially to the already working nurses who want to advance in their career. Online they can go at their own pace and work it into their own busy schedules.

Online College Nursing Degrees

Master of Science (MS) in Nursing and Special Education: This program is approved by the American Nurses Association. The course available at Walden University and you get your Master's of Science degree in nursing and teaching so you can teach future nurses.

RN to BS in Nursing (BSN): This course is for continuing education for the already RNs who have already gotten their association of degree and hospital diploma. Taking this course will give them a chance to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This Course is available at Walden University as well and University of Phoenix.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Here your Master's in Nursing can be earned to become a Registered Nurse. Course available at University of Phoenix.

(MSN) RN Track – Informatics: Available at Walden University this is for RN to expand their knowledge on blending technology and science along with nursing to help improve their patient care.

PHD in Nursing- This degree course is for Certified Nurses to help prepare them to take their master's degree.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) / Master of Health Administration: This is a duel course in which you will earn your MSN as well business skills too to help further their career.

LPN to RN: This is online degree program is where an LPN and get their Masters or Associates in Nursing degree to become an RN.

LPN to BSN: A course for LPN nurses to earn their Bachelor's of Science in nursing which is needed to become a Registered Nurse.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) / Nurse Family Practitioner- This is a course for a nurse to get their MSN and also learn skills to become a Nurse Family Practitioners. …