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Before you start work, it’s important that you gain the qualifications and experience you need to stand out from all the other job applicants. You might have started doing this back in high school. Taking on presidencies of clubs, and making a stand for rights can all add up to a great looking college application. Now you’re in college, it’s important to keep that momentum going.
There are still plenty of ways you can make your application stand out:
Your work portfolio is probably one of the most important assets you have. So what goes into this golden ticket to the job of your dreams? Experience and evidence. Your portfolio should clearly document your work to date. If you’re looking for a career in design, then every sketch and project you’ve ever been involved in should be here. Show the working process, the finished product and the purpose of your work.
A portfolio should speak for itself without lots of extra text or a need for your to verbally present it. Even if you don’t produce tangible goods, you can use the photography to illustrate your experience and abilities. If you’re looking to fast track into management, show your work in customer service, presentations, project management, and HR. Demonstrate with the images how you lead and the depth of the work you’ve completed so far.
Beyond your degree, you should be able to present a wealth of additional practical qualifications. If you want to work with people, then you might undertake customer service training classes or leadership courses. If you’re hoping to move into teaching, then it makes sense to become certified in presentation skills and project management. For creative people, expand your skill set further than your degree allows. Pick up extra photography training, additional art design qualifications, or certification for app building.
The point of gaining extra qualifications is that it proves your knowledge. It will widen your experience in different roles as well as boosting your skill set. All of this combined can make you more useful and more valuable as an asset to the company you want to work for. It means you’re more malleable in any role as you can slip into different departments and develop your role while you’re there. Most importantly, it shows a willingness to learn new things and to continue your education and training.
Your portfolio is an enormous asset, but the experiences you gained in real companies is just as important. If your portfolio includes evidence indicators of profit making in the real world, then you will definitely stand out in the crowd. So how can you achieve this? Problem-solving for a real company is a highly valued skill. It might be your dad’s hardware store or the diner on the corner. Perhaps it’s your cousin’s blog? Apply something you develop to a real business and use your portfolio to illustrate it. Don’t forget to include the company details on your resume so you can list is in your work experience section. Go get that dream job!
As you reach the end of your teen years, you will be faced with some of the biggest choices of your life. Arguably the biggest decisions will revolve around higher education and your future career. Despite having youth on your side, this is one area where mistakes must be avoided.
College isn’t the right choice for everyone. Still, the fact you are reading this post suggests that you are at least seriously considering it. So how can you be sure that you take the right steps towards a brighter future?
Consider these elements, and you’ll be just fine.
The Right Course
It isn’t uncommon to study one subject before turning your attentions elsewhere in the business world. However, you shouldn’t enter the educational arena with this mindset. Finding the course that could potentially set you on the right pathway to those career goals is essential.
When picking a career, there are many elements to consider. You need enjoyment, stability, and a decent salary. Meanwhile, it’s vital that you narrow the field down to find the specific course for you. The Bachelor of Dental Surgery syllabus underlines how choosing an area of the medical industry can make all the difference. Those sentiments can ring true in many other sectors too.
You’ll also need to consider the timescales involved. In truth, though, putting in an extra year or two could increase career earnings by a serious amount. If a short-term sacrifice brings a long-term gain, it’ll be well worth the effort.
Money shouldn’t be the main motivator when looking at courses. Nevertheless, it’s imperative that you consider the financial overheads of other key factors. The influence that they could have on your future is huge.
Let’s face it; paying back the student loan is a financial burden. Therefore, you must take the necessary steps to reduce those strains. That could mean living at home while you study, or moving abroad to where it’s cheaper. Wherever you go, learning a few basic life skills can reduce ongoing expenses too. Moreover, it’ll set you up nicely for adulthood too.
A part-time job could be a great way to help fund your education. Whatever you do, though, those efforts cannot get in the way of your studies. After all, you’ll only see value for money when you get the best qualification.
Careers are a crucial part of life, but so are relationships. Frankly, juggling the two things can be one of the most difficult challenges of all during this period of your life. Frankly, maintaining a positive bond is crucial.
If you are in a loving relationship, you shouldn’t just give up on it due to personal goals. This guide to making a long-distance relationship last is key reading that will offer the strongest foundations. On the other hand, if you feel that you’ve outgrown it, there’s nothing wrong with ending it now. Honesty is the best policy.
Either way, your personal happiness will allow you to attack your course in the best manner possible. Conversely, feeling unhappy can be very disruptive. For the sake of your education as well as human needs, resolving those issues one way should be a priority for your immediate and long-term future.
Father’s Day is coming up, and obviously you’ll want to help your kids make sure it’s one that he’ll remember. The mandatory breakfast in bed and novelty tie is easy enough to manage, but making his day truly special takes a little more effort.
Whether it’s his first or his tenth, here are some great tips for pulling off an amazing Father’s Day.
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Get Rid of the Pressure
The one thing that every dad wants on his special day is a total absence of pressure. That includes the pressure that comes when they know their family wants them to have the “perfect day”. Make sure there’s no strict schedule, no chores that are traditionally dad’s department, and no manic rushing around. It’s fine to have a plan in mind, but make sure you’re giving him plenty of room to unwind.
Get the Gift Right
We all appreciate it when people make the effort to give us a gift, but receiving something we really love is a feeling like no other. Right now, the shops are probably filled to bursting with all kinds of tacky, gimmicky Father’s Day gifts. Don’t let your day-to-day schedule squeeze you for time, and rush out at the last minute to get yet another “World’s Best Dad” mug. Whether it’s a new piece of jewellery like the range you’ll find here, a cute DIY gift from the kids, or an experience day doing something they’re interested in, leave yourself enough time to think of a wonderful gift.
Spend Some Time Together
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Bringing the whole family together and enjoying each other’s company in the harmony of Father’s Day is a simple and manageable gift that he’s sure to appreciate. Family time is important, but between all the responsibilities we have to fulfil as parents, it can be easy to get side-tracked and lose the time we have for what’s really important. Whether you take him out for dinner or go for a family walk, leave some room for the whole family to just talk and reconnect.
Let Him Choose
Obviously, there’s some appeal in planning out a whole day for the man of the house without him knowing, and making Father’s Day one big, pleasant surprise. However, going back to our point about taking off the pressure, it’s usually better to give him a gift of choice. That will really give him the day off he deserves, which is what Father’s Day should be all about. If there’s some big game on TV that he wants to watch, let him do it. If he’s got a passion for fishing and he’s always complaining about not having the time for it, then let him go. If he wants an hour to himself to simply unwind, then give it to him. By making your partner part of the planning, you’ll ensure you’re not springing anything on him that will only pile on the stress!
Follow these tips, and you’re certain to give the man of your household a Father’s Day he’ll never forget!
Everyone knows the stereotype that teens and young adults like to sleep too much! But is this really the case? If you ask a few different teachers, they will, in fact, tell you that most of their students suffer from the opposite problem - they just aren’t getting enough sleep! This is, more often than not, because they have a very busy social life after school and don’t get home until very late. Even though you may be having lots of fun, this could be having a negative impact on your education as many studies link a lack of sleep to poor concentration.
One of the top complaints amongst students is bullying. Most teens and young adults have been put under pressure by their fellow students to do something that they might not be happy about. Many have also been physically or verbally abused. If this is happening to you, you should speak to a teacher straight away. If that doesn’t improve the situation, you might need to take the matter to some education solicitors. These are professionals who can help in matters of inclusion as well as mental and emotional health.
If you are already at college, you will know just how important it is to stay on top of your finances! Not at college yet? Then you will have all this to come, so it’s a good idea to start and prepare yourself to be financially independent now! Once you start college, you will find that it might be very tempting to try and have a good time all the time. But can you really afford that? It’s important you learn how to budget so that you can afford your new independence.
We have all suffered from procrastination at one point or another, but it is really crucial to try and put an end to this habit once your studies become challenging. There is just no way you will be able to get the grades you deserve if you are too busy surfing the Internet or doing something else instead of studying! We all have our different ways of overcoming procrastination, you just need to find something that works for you.
In theory, getting great grades isn’t that hard. You just need to make sure that you understand the problems you face and have your own solutions for them.
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Most charities rely on volunteers to get a lot of their work done. Unfortunately, most non-profit organisations don’t have the resources to employ their workers. And, instead, they will ask people to give time for free. If you work a job with few hours or have weekends off; spending your time volunteering can be even more valuable than a donation. This way, you will have a direct impact on the work the organisation does. And, you’ll get the satisfaction of working for a good cause. This sort of contribution is completely free, it doesn’t have to be done every week, and it’s extremely flexible. So, it’s worth giving it a shot.
Of course, a lot of people don’t have time for volunteering, though. Or, you may not want to spend your free time doing additional work. And, this is completely reasonable; it doesn’t make you a bad person. You have some other ways to lend a hand, though. Chief among these options is making simple donations. A lot of people worry about this sort of effort, thinking their money will go to waste. But, in most cases, charities are very efficient with their money. For example, the UK charity Oxfam spends over 80% of its donations on the causes that matter. And, doesn’t waste huge amounts on paying employees.
The last option for those who want to support a charity directly is a combination of the two options above. Fundraising is essential to a lot of charities. When members go out and raise money through events, challenges, and activities, it can help a charity to no end. In most cases, you’ll have to do this under your own steam. But, once you have some fundraising ideas, it will be nice and easy to get the ball rolling. Getting other people to help you out with this will be a must. And, you might need to get some help with ideas, too. Bake sales and feats of strength are great ways to make money this way.
In modern times, it seems as though the world is going through a stage of right-wing dominance. Of course, depending on your views, this may or may not be an issue for you. But, one this is for certain; social care will take a big hit worldwide. And, this just makes it more and more important that people start getting out there and performing their own work in this field. There are no doubt members of your community in need of social care; so, it’s time to find ways to provide it.
A lot of the elderly folks in the world don’t have many people around them. It’s likely that a lot of their friends have passed. And, some people simply don’t have any family around them. This can make life incredibly dull, leading to depression in a lot of the older community. But, there is work you can do to make this just a little bit better. You will find organisations dedicated to helping elderly people connect with people for simple activities like tea parties and meals at restaurants. By providing this to people, you give them the chance to enjoy things they may not have experienced for years. You enable someone with not much left in life to experience something they may have stopped even fantasizing about. This sort of role is critical to people in this position. So, it’s worth helping where you can.
It’s also very likely that you have a large population of young people in your community who need support, too. Usually, young people need social support for different reasons than the elderly. For instance, you often find that young people lack the skills they need to perform basic tasks in life because their parents didn’t do a great job. In this sort of case, the youth in question may need some support in writing CVs or paying their bills on time. Organisations like the YMCA dedicate themselves to helping people in this situation. And, they are more than happy to take on volunteers.
A bigger effort
For some, the work above won’t be quite enough. Some people will want to give a much larger part of themselves to their cause. And, this is great. But, you need to find a good outlet to use this drive effectively. Otherwise, you could be wasting your precious time. To help you out, below you will find two options for those who want to make giving into their life.
Activism is great. It helps to make loads of change around the world; and, it usually doesn’t cost you anything. But, to be a good activist; you have to pick a cause worth fighting for. For example, a lot of people create groups simply to rebel against their government. But, often, these sorts of groups aren’t very productive. Instead, it’s better to have a singular focus. Organisations fighting for the environment or animal rights tend to have much more success than more open groups. So, it’s worth having a look around to find a cause you can get behind.
Business owners are in a great position here. And, those that have a useful skill are, too. In this position, you have something that a charity will likely need; services. For example, a lot of web designers will make a website for a non-profit as part of their work each year. This is done as a donation. And, it is a great way to give something back. To do this, you just need to find some local charities with needs for the services you can offer. Then, when you do the work, you can either give it to them for free or at a massively reduced price.
Hopefully, this post will be enough to inspire you to start leading as life based on giving. In reality, the whole world needs to adopt this sort of mentality; if humans are going to get further as a species. But, there is still plenty of time for this change to occur. And, you make up for a big piece of the puzzle.