Start A New Career And Be Your Own Boss

Tips on How to Start a New Career

Whether you’re bored or dissatisfied with your work situation or just want to do something different, making a career switch is life changing and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives.

It takes a lot of energy and can be a bit stressful and overwhelming at times when changing careers at any age. It’s also a very exciting time and when you mix motivation and energy with a well thought out plan, progress toward your goals is a sure thing. It’s only a matter of time before you become an expert and start reaching your potential in a new chosen career.

If you were to have a good vision of what it is that you want to do for the future, it would make the switch a lot easier and quicker.

Be sure to take the time necessary to discover just what it is that you really want. The job or career will, most likely, be for many years to come, so settle on a specific plan to accomplish the pre-set goals. Taking an organized approach is important for best results no matter what the reason for the desired change is.

If you’re confident and know exactly what you want and where to start then you’re in a nice position to get off to a great start with lots of enthusiasm and positive energy. If you don’t quite know what it is that you want to do with your working future, the process can be somewhat slower. This is simply because of the time that it takes to reach a career choice.

Below are 9 tips on how you can start a new career and be your own boss:

  1. Make a well-thought-out list of what you are good at and what you enjoy doing (that might be two different lists). See just what your talents and interests are. Be sure to write everything down neatly, take your time and follow these steps.
  2. What have you done in the past and what can you do now? Do you have any limitations, age perhaps, or a disability? Is a work from home situation best for you as it is for so many others?
  3. Considering the above, what would you really like to do? Make a list of 3-4 possible career choices, then decide on one of the choices and focus on that completely. Make sure that you will be able to perform the career duties right into your retirement years.
  4. Research, study and learn everything that you can about your newly chosen career and become an expert or authority within the boundaries of your chosen field.
  5. Don’t stress but keep your present job as long as you need it. It’s always best to not be in a rush but to be thorough, and become an expert, a go-to guy in your new field.
  6. Continuously increase your learning. Additional training and practice can only make you more valuable as well as ready and

Special Children Taking to Apps Like Never Before

There are several ways by which smartphones and tabs have become useful in our lives. Though largely used for communication and entertainment purposes, these devices have also proved to be useful in education, business, and in the healthcare industry.

But smartphones and tabs have made the most interesting impact in the special children education sector. The devices have been identified as a useful learning apparatus to improve collaboration and engagement among students. There is a lot of buzz around the devices in the autism community. In fact, they have proved to be such a useful therapeutic tool that some special children’s organizations are providing grants to families to purchase one.

Benefits as a therapeutic device

For children lacking in motor skills, a digital learning app on a touch screen offers intuitive input. Computers from the older technology require visual shifting between a keyboard or the mouse and the screen. But with a digital learning app running on a tab or smartphone, special children can watch one of their fingers directly write on the screen, or select something, which in turn helps improving fine motor skills.

To autistic children, using touch technology is almost a natural phenomenon. Susan Williams, an instructor in an autistic elementary school, finds tabs and smartphones to be great supplemental apparatus for instruction. It’s almost like a fish taking to water, she says, moderating her student interactions using touch technology. Susan is an active promoter of technology in special education on various online platforms. She estimates that nearly 80% of her autistic students have got great results by using touch screen devices.

Personalizing lesson plans and apps

For special needs students, it’s important to understand each of them individually and how differently they’ll learn. With a digital learning app, teachers can make individualized lesson plans to assess the needs of every special child. There are several apps that are especially tailored for the needs of special children. Teachers can choose the best digital learning app that best fits their teaching methods and relevant to how the students learn.

The way special children are learning with smartphones and tabs is undeniably remarkable. It’s changing the way these children are taught in schools. These devices have improved many aspects in their life in more ways than we could have imagined.

For schools still hesitating whether or not to adopt a digital learning app for its special education classroom, the use of technology is expected to help in more ways than one. But for a proper implementation, make sure that your school has the backup technology like LAN connectivity or Wi-Fi routers in place.

Besides, the teachers should first get properly acquainted with the devices themselves before introducing them in the classroom. Each digital learning app has various customizable lessons appropriate for a particular level of the autism spectrum. Teachers have to discover the full potential of these apps and only then they can educate the students. And like Susan they too can champion the use of technology.

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Getting What is Due

College athletes whose names are used to make profits for their schools should receive some portion of the profit. Universities are moneymaking entities that currently profit from free labor of their athletes. College athletes bring in millions to their schools through the selling of jerseys, hats, and other memorabilia. The players whose abilities popularize the items for sale do not get any credit for the sales. Their universities are exploiting these top-notch college athletes. Colleges offer student athletes scholarships as meager compensation for full access to all the potential profits. Moreover, NCAA players are not allowed to earn income while participating in sports. Players can not have a part time job of any kind. These NCAA regulations are completely unjustified and wrong. Therefore, athletes should have paid a percentage of the profit received from their sports.

Colleges have developed a cartel. A cartel is a business agreement to level the playing field. In this case, the field is talent in athletes. The agreement states that colleges and universities can not offer players anything more than scholarships and tuition benefits. From a business aspect, this is an intentional lowering of labor wages. If a business tried to do this they would wind up in court, but colleges get away with it. Colleges use this agreement to make profits off the players they have acquired for free, or essentially free. Once the players are on the team, merchandise can be sold with all profits going directly to the school. The profits instead go to the coaching staff and other personal. For example in 1997 the head football coach, Steve Spurrier, for Florida University made 1.1 million dollars, money his players earned, but he received unfairly.

On top of being exploited, players are not allowed to hold part time jobs. Athletes have to dig in the couch for enough change for a slice of pizza. This regulation has recently been eliminated, but it still illustrates the unfairness the NCAA imposes on its athletes. Along with jerseys representing athletes, coaches make shoe contracts restricting the players choice of shoes. For example all the Kentucky Wildcats basketball players have to wear Nike shoes. The Kentucky coach signed the shoe deal and he receives the check from Nike. He is not forced to wear Nike shoes; His players have to wear them, but they do not receive an endorsement.

Do college athletes really deserve to be paid? After all they receive a free college education. Sports are not cheap. Universities and colleges pay for traveling expenses associated with away games. Without the schools support, students would have to pay for rooms at hotels, gas for the buses or planes, and food as well as other expenses. These expenses are a part of sports in general and student athletes should not have to pay those expenses. High school athletes do not have to pay for traveling expenses so it is unrealistic to expect that of college athletes. Ticket sales and television air time deals more than make …

How to Apply for International Scholarships As an African Student

A number of African students nursed the dream to study abroad in international universities around the world and possibly to do so through scholarships or other financial awards. If financial awards are to be the only option, you wonder what it'll take to make an application you can rely on.

Scholarships to study abroad are awarded in different forms by different bodies. There are partial and full-fee scholarships; and scholarship that takes full care of the students study expenses. There are University-sponsored, foundation-sponsored, organized-sponsored and jointly-sponsored scholarships. Some of these scholarships may have similar application processes but with most university-sponsored scholarships, most of the time you are expected to have earned admission to the university in question before you can apply for the scholarship. In other words, the scholarships are reserved for admitted students. What you have to do in this case is to first apply for admission to the university if it meets your preference.

In other cases the scholarship application would come along with the admission application process. There are also cases where you will have to specifically request for the scholarships application if you meet certain requirements. Or the university may selectively send you the form if they think you meet the requirement for the scholarship. In which ever form the scholarships may come, you should primarily be interested in studying the country where the university is situated, and the university itself. You should also have acquainted the necessary application documents to complete your application. Incomplete applications are usually the easiest way to count you out of the scholarship awards. So if you do not meet the requirement or have incomplete required documents, it's better to wait till you are ready; in most cases, the next year.

Universities offer scholarship opportunities:

1. To attract and reward the best students

2. To promote a particular field of study

3. To maintain the reputation for producing the best brains

4. To gain more market exposure

There could be more, but these are the most common reasons.

Organizational and foundational studies also come in different forms. With some, you can apply before gaining admission into the university. With others, you should already have an admission into the university in specified country or countries, specified university or universities and / or specified courses. It can be more general in some cases though. In general, you should at least be preparing towards your higher education and not just hunting a scholarship without a clear distinction of where you are going. …

10 Top TV Survival Shows and Reality Shows

I love survival shows and reality shows, and want to share some of my favorites with you. TV survival and reality shows are instructional, a reenactment of a true story, a dangerous occupation or an adventure, and make us feel like we have experienced the harsh struggle right along with the featured people. We’ve all seen wilderness survival, urban survival, crab fishing in the Bering Sea and all sorts of great subjects, allowing us to learn and be entertained at the same time.

It is hard to pick, but here are a few of these wonderful programs. They are from a variety of channels including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Outdoor Channel, Spike TV, truTV and CBS. I know there are more out there, but in this article we’ll try to pick the cream of the crop.

* Survivor from CBS combines wilderness survival as a team player and as individuals in this competition for a top prize of $1,000,000. Players need to outwit, outplay and outsurvive the others, as the competitors are eliminated at different stages. This is one of the first and best TV reality shows, and has lasted quite some time.

* Deadliest Catch from Discovery Channel features crab fishing in the Bering Sea, and follows several boats and crews during the different crab fishing seasons. These are tough captains and fisherman in one of the most dangerous occupations around. This program portrays the difficulties of the weather, working conditions and the personal stories of each crew member. This is another one of my favorite TV reality shows, and continues to be watched by many fans.

* Dual Survival, one of the Discovery Channel survival shows, features both survival experts Cody Lundin and Dave Canterbury. This program is both instructional and entertaining, and shows a variety of climates and conditions. Cody Lundin is more of the hippie type minimalist/survivalist and Dave Canterbury has a military/hunting survivalist background. Both men come from unique perspectives, giving the viewers great insight and knowledge.

* Man vs. Wild features Bear Grylls, who served with the United Kingdom Special Forces. This is another one of Discovery Channel survival shows, and puts Bear in different locations all over the world. Man vs. Wild keeps your attention, and gives another way to survive the elements in both wilderness and urban environments.

* The Best Defense: Survival! is from one of the Outdoor Channel survival shows. This program’s hosts are Michael Bane, Michael Janich and Rob Pincus, who also host The Best Defense. This program is highly instructional, showing urban survival skills with episodes on the survival room, food, water, medical, security, transportation/bugout, bugin/shelter in place. Urban survival supplies and skills are a great addition for most viewers, giving instruction and plans for a variety of situations.

* Surviving Disaster from Spike TV, led by Navy SEAL Cade Courtley, is also one of the best survival shows I have ever seen. Surviving Disaster episodes include Hijack, Towering Inferno, Hurricane, Earthquake, Home Invasion, Avalanche, Lost at Sea, …

Become a Fashion Designer in Your High School

Fashion designing is a very promising career and it gives you a lot of opportunities to express you creative talents with innovative ideas. These days, the demand of fashion designers is continuously increasing as fashion-savvy community has already expanded to its limits. This great demand provides a lot of opportunities for fashion designers in terms of bright career and very good income. The life of professionals is not as easy as it sounds like; it requires a lot of hard-work and professional skills to hit the top level.

However, you can begin your career in this field from your teenage, without a degree or a big investment, but creative skills and talents. There are a lot of youngsters who want to become fashion designers but not all of them are aware of the consequences that are essential for starting your career in this field. As it is an overnight play, it requires time for its establishment; and you need to start working for it from your teenage. Here are a few informative steps that can help you become a fashion designer in your teen age.

Simple Steps for Becoming a Fashion Designer
o Before you start working on it, like every other career, you need to be well aware of this field as well; and the best option for this particular category is to consult professionals and share your ideas with them. They can give you precious ideas regarding fashion designing and you would be able to break into this industry very easily.

o It is important to have basic information regarding fabrics and clothing because these are the main objects that you would be working on.

o Keep practicing your designs and market them on a lower level when you are a beginner. The best way to do that is to wear them and appear in parties and other social events where people get to see your dressing. Moreover, your friends and family members can also help you in this regard.

o Additionally, you also need to make a portfolio of all of your designs. It would help you if you ever plan to apply in some fashion design school or work on an internship job. Beside a portfolio, you can also market your designs online.

o You need to have a fashion design degree if you want to enter a big industry. They require professionals with certificates and experience because they have a lot of work to do, which leaves them with no time to teach you and help you sharpen your skills. It is a fact that practical work is very different as compared to theoretical studies. Therefore, you must apply gain a work experience by doing internship in any fashion designing firm. It will polish your skills and increase your chances for getting a better job.

o Once you finish your high school, you must apply for a fashion design degree. There are several well known institutions for fashion designing that can help you in this …

Forensic Science Technicians

Forensic science technicians investigate crimes by collecting and then analyzing physical evidence found at the crime scene. They often specialize in areas such as DNA analysis or firearm examination, performing tests on weapons or on substances such as fiber, glass, hair, tissue, and body fluids to determine their significance to the investigation. Proper collection and storage methods of evidence are important to protect their validity. They also prepare reports to document their findings and the laboratory techniques used, and also provide valuable information and expert opinions to investigators.

When criminal cases come for trial, forensic science technicians often testify, as expert witnesses, on specific laboratory findings by identifying and classifying substances, materials, and other evidence collected at the scene of a crime. Some forensic science technicians often work closely with other experts or technicians. A forensic science technician may consult a medical expert about the exact time and cause of a death or a technician who specializes in DNA typing in hopes of matching a DNA type to a suspect.

Most employers prefer applicants who have at least two years of specialized training or associate degrees in applied science or science-related technology. Others prefer applicants with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, biology, or forensic science. Career preparation in forensic science is also available through two year formal training programs that combine the teaching of scientific principles and theory with practical hands-on application in a laboratory setting with up-to-date equipment. Science technicians must have strong communications skills and should be able to work well with others. Excellent organizational ability, an eye for detail, and skill in interpreting scientific results are also important. Technicians usually begin work as trainees in routine positions, under the direct supervision of a scientist or an experienced technician. As they gain experience, they take on more responsibility and carry out assignments only under general supervision, and some eventually become supervisors.

On a typical day, a forensic science technician might perform some of the following duties – examine, test and analyze tissue samples, chemical substances, physical materials, and ballistics evidence, using recording, measuring, and testing equipment; interpreting laboratory findings and test results to identify and classify substances, materials, and other evidence collected from the crime scene; collect and preserve criminal evidence used to solve cases; confer with ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, documents, electronics, medical, chemical, or metallurgical experts concerning evidence and its interpretation; reconstruct the crime scene to determine relationships among pieces of evidence; prepare reports or presentations of findings, investigative methods, or laboratory techniques and even testify as expert witness on evidence or laboratory techniques in trials or hearings.…

The Benefits of Taking College Classes Online

Each year, millions of fresh, young graduates join the countless number of individuals looking for employment. Competing for a position in almost any type of company is tough; even tougher when you are one of the few college dropouts among a sea of ​​degree holders. With so many more-qualified (at least, academically) individuals fiercely vying for the same spot you are eyeing, you may find yourself asking, "Do I even have a chance?"

Truth be told, your chances of landing that job are slim to none. Forget what you have heard about college dropouts becoming billionaires; your chances of also becoming one-just like your chances of getting hired by a high-paying company even as an undergrad-are slim to none.

To increase the likelihood of a decent employer considering you as a likely candidate for a desirable job position, you have to earn that degree. If you are hesitant to do so because you know it would be tough to keep a job and send yourself to school at the same time, then you might want to consider taking online college classes.

Here are a few reasons why taking an online college course is much more practical for you than enrolling in your local college or university:

1. It costs less.

Although not all online courses are cheaper compared to that of a traditional school, there are numerous online programs that charge lesser tuition fees. On top of that, there would be no need for you to spend money on pricey text books or fare just like you would when you choose to go to a local school. Because you study from home and modules, assignments, and exams can be downloaded from the Internet, overall costs are usually associated with going to a traditional school are greatly minimized.

2. It offers flexibility.

Taking online college courses is just much more convenient as you can study at your own pace. Although assignments and tests are still to be completed or taken by a specific deadline, you still get to choose when you can take them – can be days before or even just hours prior to the deadline.

3. It allows you to balance work and school at the same time.

Finally pursuing a degree does not mean you have to leave your current job. The beauty of taking online classes for college is that you can go to school and work at the same time. Sure, going to a traditional school and keeping your day job is capable but conflict of schedule will soon sooner or later, and will just cause you frustration and exhaustion.

4. It allows for specialized degree programs.

Most local colleges will require you to take elective classes. You may find this waste of time and money as most of these classes are not related to your major. The beauty of taking online classes for college is that you get to choose to skip subjects that are not compulsory, allowing you to finish your degree faster.

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8 Easy Steps to Obtaining a Student Visa

The UK is an exciting place to study with a wide range of cultural diversity and creative energy. UK Schools, Colleges and Universities are among the best in the world.

Whether you are in the UK or outside, the process for obtaining your visa are the same, except in the matter of its submission. The following are steps that can help you obtain your student visa more easily:

1. One must remember that the UK Immigration has introduced changes in the Tier 4 Student Visa system and as such it would be useful to follow all the steps outlined to ensure its approval.

2. To get the process started, you need to choose a course you want to study in the UK. It would be best to first check whether this is at an acceptable educational level. Note that there is a slight difference as to what is an acceptable level for Immigration purposes that a Highly Trusted and Rated A (Trusted) or B (Sponsor) can offer. In general though, the course must have 15 hours organized study, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Friday; or the course leads to a Level 6 or higher qualification on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF); or an overseas course of degree level study that is recognized as being equivalent to a UK higher Education course and being provided by an Overseas Higher Education Institution.

3. After having chosen your course, you need to ensure that your education provider is an accredited Tier 4 sponsor. Publicly funded schools and universities are among the educational sponsors. The UK Border Agency regularly updates its Register of Tier 4 Sponsors.

4. Once you have decided on the course you want to study and chosen your educational provider, you now need to determine and work out how much money you would need to cover the cost of your course fees (first year only or for the entire course if it is less than 1 year) and living costs while pursuing your UK study. For living costs, you must show £ 7200 if you will be studying in inner London or £ 5400 if you will be studying in outer London. However, if you were last granted a Tier 4 / Student visa and you wish to apply in the UK or overseas, you may only show £ 1600 (inner London) or £ 1200 (outer London) if you have completed a single course of at least 6 months during your last grant of leave or currently studying a single course, of which you have completed at least 6 months or you are currently studying and has completed a single course of at least 6 months during your current permission to stay. To qualify for this reduced living cost, you must also be currently following a course of study or your last grant of leave finished no more than four months before your Tier 4 application was made. To be granted a student visa, you need to …

Silverstone British Grand Prix Winners: Sebastian Vettel – A Winning Career And Personality?

German Formula 1 driver, Sebastian Vettel has won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone twice, in 2011 and 2009. As of early 2012, he has won the title of world champion twice.

Born on 3rd July 1987, Vettel will turn 25 just a few days before competing at Silverstone, in the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. How will this young F1 legend fare against the British boys, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta on their home circuit?

He started “training” for his career aged three and a half in a miniature kart in the yard of his German home, Heppenheim, southwest Germany. His father Norbert was a keen kart racing enthusiast in his leisure time and a carpenter by trade. Norbert and his wife, Heike, and Sebastian’s siblings, Fabian, Melanie and Stephanie could see his talent and it was made a family focal point.

British Grand Prix 2009 and 2011 And World Champion 2010 and 2011

Vettel currently holds the title of World Champion and is driving for Red Bull Racing. He has set a variety of age related records, one of which is the fact that he was the world’s youngest champion in 2010. He also holds the record of most poles in one season.

In 2009 when Vettel first won at Silverstone he made the comment that: “It’s never easy it’s a long race – you have to stay focused and keep your eyes open all the time.”

Silverstone Grand PrixVow By Vettel Considered Bad Omen For His Rivals

Before the 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Vettel had warned his rivals that he expected to dominate as he had been doing during the season. One of the UK newspapers ran a headline which said that this was considered a bad omen for his rivals.

However let’s not forget that at that time Vettel could have retained this top championship position even if he had been absent from the next 3 races. This was a remarkable situation for him to be in yet he had the maturity not be become complacent about it.

The New Schumacher?

He has been constantly compared to his fellow German Schumacher because of his concentration, driving style and how he is behind the scenes with the engineers in his team. There are a number of similarities and even though Schumacher was one of his childhood heroes, he would prefer to be seen as the new Vettel. One interesting difference between the drivers is that Vettel actually names his car.

His 2012 car is named Abbey, and as Vettel is a huge Beatles fan one could be excused for thinking that it is after Abbey Road. However when asked was this or the Abbey corner at Silverstone the inspiration for this, he said: “Neither. It’s just a cool name.”

In the early stages of the 2012 season, Vettel lashed out at Narain Karthikeyan after a collision which caused him to be relegated to 11th position. He described Karthikeyan as …