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Why Video Games Make You Sick

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Cybersickness on the other hand is a bit different. There is no movement while we play video games so it is a Visually Induced Motion Sickness.

As opposed to our cruise ship example, while playing a video game our eyes are detecting movement but are ears are telling us that there is no motion going on whatsoever. Our ears are telling the truth of course, we are sitting perfectly still on our couch or chair, yet our eyes are sensing motion and sometimes plenty of it!

Solutions to Cybersickness

As games have become better and better, they have managed to reduce cybersickness. And while VR Gaming is certainly making people ill again most console and pc games aren’t.

This is due to the fact that developers better understand Field OF View and Frames Refresh Rate Speed’s importance to avoid Cybersickness.

However there are some simple tricks you can apply to overcome Cybersickness while playing VR Games, and regular games. For instance you can chew Bubblegum while playing, or take a small break.

You may want to consider deactivating any camera shake effects that your game may have, or even get your eyes checked. If you usually feel nausea or suffer from headaches after playing you should highly consider getting your eyes check.

There is pretty good chance you suffer from poor eyesight and the effort of playing a game causes you to get headaches.

 

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Why a Potato: One Direction adds a new band member. Russets Rule!

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Sometimes we need to send a message; often we can’t find the words. The wildly successful band 1D recently had a member leave the band. Zayn Malik helped make 1D a number one sensation and send it to the top of the charts. He left because of creative differences. By coincidence, the band is also taking some time off away from touring to refresh, regroup and relax. Recently on the Jimmy Kimmel show they announced a new band member, a Russet potato (purchased at Ralph’s for .58 cents). The One Direction Potato had its own armchair on the set since it would have been invisible in one of the guest chairs. So, why have a new band member that’s a potato? The band didn’t say much about their reasons but choice of a rock star spud deserves some thought.

The potato is also an inside joke (1D is famous/notorious) for these. Becoming a Directioner can help you to understand. One of the inside jokes usually refer to carrots. Carrots are nutritious and red, how many rock bands talk about carrots and use them as a connector with their audience.Bands are really a relationship. The members create together, work together, tour together. Just like a type of family they have arguments, fights and sometimes split to go their separate ways. Zayn left because of creative differences and he will be missed. But the inside joke that fans share about carrots now changes to another vegetable, a potato and not just any potato.

The new band member is a Russet Potato, the type most grown in Idaho. Idaho is so proud of its potatoes that the State’s standard issue license plate features a Russet and “Famous Potatoes”. The Idaho potato (the ID seems to resemble the band’s short name 1D, by the way), has a tougher skin than many and is packed with nutrition and strength. It usually fills the dinner plate. Show business requires a tough skin for criticism, bad breaks and all the baggage success brings. Jimmy Kimmel said in his opening that his staff said 1D was the nicest guys they had met in a long time. Most rock bands are egotistical, often spoiled and arrogant, humility is not on their list. When the Potato was introduced it was called “humble”, and now has its own Instagram and Twitter accounts. It looks like the humble spud is on its way to stardom, but we’re sure it won’t get too full of itself.

Potatoes seem to be a way to deliver a message, or bunch of messages sometimes. This Russet rock star is helping a band that lost an original member deal with the changes coming and to do it with good humor. Resiliency is a potato quality too; they can grow in adversity, grow just about anywhere and yield bountiful crops. They are nutritious, delicious and still remain humble. 1D seems to have a lot going for it as they take a creative break. Maybe that’s why they chose a potato.


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Create Your Own Babysitting Kit

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Category : Babysitting

A Babysitting kit is basically a bag you take with you to babysitting jobs. It helps you stay organized and gives the kids you are watching something to look forward to. If you do this right your babysitting kit will help your jobs go more smoothly and it will help the kids you are watching pass the time without their parents more quickly and easily.

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Babysitting Tax Guide

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Note: I am not a tax adviser. This guide provides great information about taxes and babysitting and it your responsibility to determine the requirements for your situation… that’s just life.

Parents want to know if a Babysitter is an employee and they need to report the wages they pay. Babysitters want to know if they have to report their income to the IRS at tax time. This article gives generic guidance for parents and sitters in the United States.

This article answers the following questions:

  1. Are babysitters household employees?
  2. Do parents need to report payments to babysitters to the state or IRS?
  3. Do babysitters need to report income to the IRS?
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What Is The Difference Between A Babysitter And A Nanny?

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I get this question all the time. What is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter. This nanny vs babysitter thing is easy to understand once you’ve heard it the first time so let’s jump in and address all your questions. 

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Babysitting Jobs For Teens

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Babysitting is an easy and awesome way to make some money as a teenager. If are anywhere from ages 11 to 18 babysitting can be a great income source… as long as you like kids.

MyFirstPaycheck Worksheets And Training

The official MyFirstPaycheck Babysitter course:
The Complete Guide To Becoming A Babysitter Course

Check out these printable worksheets to help you get going as a babysitter. Get the first one right now by clicking the image below.

How Do I Get Started?

To get started as a Babysitter you need to take a little training, start advertising yourself, and get ready for your first job. Parents pay more, and call back babysitters that have more training and more experience, so starting with training really matters!

How To Start Babysitting

  1. Complete classroom babysitter training
  2. Complete first aid training and a child CPR certification
  3. Download the MyFirstPaycheck Babysitter Worksheets
  4. Tell parents you know that you are a babysitter

To find local in-person babysitting classes open a browser and search Google for “hospital babysitting class“. You will find a lot of different results when you do this search. Hospitals and local cities generally provide the best classes. Look at those first.

To find first aid and CPR training look to your local fire department or the Red Cross. To find local fire department training search google for “CPR Training” and look for results from the fire agency near you. You will see a lot of results from private companies that do training. I suggest that you focus on your local fire department and skip the for-profit training programs. Be sure to take a class that provides child CPR certification in addition to adult certification.

First Aid Training is often also provided by the local fire department and sometimes there is a combined CPR & First Aid class you can take. If you cannot find anything near you there are some good online training programs from the Red Cross.

What is Babysitting?

Babysitting is taking care of children while their parents are away. Generally babysitters provide just a couple hours of child care at a time. Some common things to do while babysitting are playing with children, cooking a meal, putting kids to bed, and helping kids with homework.

Sometimes babysitters work on a regular schedule, for example, every Monday. Other times they work “On-Call” meaning they work when a parent calls to setup a time.

Babysitters earn from $8 to $20 per hour depending on their age, experience, qualifications, and the number and age of children they are watching.

What is The Difference Between a Nanny And a Babysitter?

Nanny’s work a lot more hours and on a regular schedule compared to babysitters. Generally Nanny’s work set hours each day. Some work before or after school. Others work all day. Nanny’s are often responsible for cleaning, cooking, and running errands for the family as well.

What Can I Charge?

There are four things that determine what you can charge:

  1. Your training and certifications
  2. Your experience
  3. Your ability to care for multiple kids
  4. The typical price parents pay where you live

If you are untrained you are probably going to earn the lowest rate. Parents look for trained babysitters… even if you have a lot of experience taking care of siblings. If you are trained and do no experience you can typically charge $$8 to 10 per hour.

If you have your training done and a year of experience you can generally charge $10-$12 per hour. The more experience you have (with training) the more you can charge.

If you have training and experience and you are able to watch multiple children or you are able to watch infants and babies you can generally charge more.

If you live in an area where people make a lot of money, or there aren’t many babysitters, you can charge more than where there are a lot of babysitters.

When you are negotiating a price with parents ask for a little higher number than you are worth… It does not mean you will get it, but if you ask for too little, that is all you will ever get as parents will accept it without argument.

How Do I Find Jobs?

The best ways to find babysitting jobs are:

  1. Let your parents, their friends, and your family know you are a babysitter
  2. Pass out simple hand-written cards to parents you know that have your name, phone number, and email address (don’t pass them out to people you don’t know)
  3. When you babysit for parents, ask them to tell their friends with kids about you
  4. Advertise on Care.com or SitterCity.com

Babysitting takes a little time to get going. Once you have a few good clients who trust you they will give you repeat business and they will tell their parent-friends.

In general you can post a job on websites like Care.com and SitterCity.com for free, however to get special placement in search results you will need a paid profile. Some parents will also filter out profiles where a background check is not on file, which you need to pay for. In most cases you clearly indicate whether you are trained. And, most parents searching for babysitters on these websites look specifically for trained sitters with background checks. These are great places to find jobs, just make sure you know what you are getting at the free level and whether it is worth moving to paid levels of membership.

Someone Called Me, What Do I Do?

When a parent calls you about babysitting their child you need to do the following:

  1. Get their name, address, and phone number
  2. Find out when and where they want you to babysit
  3. Find out how many children you will be caring for and whether they want you to do anything else while you are there
  4. Tell them about yourself, your training, your experience, and the rate you request
  5. Check your schedule to find out if you are available
  6. You might need to agree on the rate or price
  7. You might need to ask your parents for a ride or figure out if there are schedule conflicts before you agree to a job. If so, politely let the persona calling know that you will call them back to let them know if you are available

Once you have done this a couple times you will be really good at it. And, if you follow this 7-step list you will stand out from other babysitters.

How Do I Prepare For A Babysitting Job?

Once you have a job lined up you need to spend a little time getting ready. Here is our checklist for preparing for a job.

To prepare for a babysitting job:

  1. Make sure you have reliable transportation to the job
  2. Plan some activities for the children you are babysitting
  3. Plan a meal with the parents if you will be cooking
  4. Learn the routines that you need to follow while you are working. For example: nap time, bed time, bath time, etc.
  5. Put together a bag with anything you will need while you are there, such as snacks, a water bottle, and any toys or activities you are bringing to the job. It is also a good idea to have a first aid kit in your Babysitting Kit because you will not know where to find things like this the first time you are in someones house.

Want To Learn More?

There is so much more you can learn about becoming a babysitter! Take the official MFP training course: The Complete Guide To Becoming A Babysitter

You will learn:

  • What training you need to take and why it is important
  • Cheap and easy ways to advertise
  • How to be ready for an interview
  • How to prepare for your first job
  • How to do a great job so that you can called back

The official MyFirstPaycheck Babysitter course:
The Complete Guide To Becoming A Babysitter Course

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Do These Things If You’re Rejected For A Job

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Make sure you have a plan B, just in case you don’t land that one job. If you don’t land the job, the chances are you’ll become depressed. This is why you should always have a backup plan in the event you are refused a job.

Don’t think you will be able to satisfy your professional validations in an interview. If you do, the chances are you will be disappointed. This is because employers don’t want to know how they can help you out, as they want to know what you can do to help them and their company.

Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback, even though many employers don’t share solid feedback on why you don’t get a job. You might not like what the employer tells you, but at least you will know why you didn’t land the job, and it gives you peace of mind. You don’t want to be left wondering why you didn’t get the job you interviewed for. You might even get the opportunity to try again in the interview process if you ask.

Don’t go blaming others in the event you don’t get the job. If you’re not offered a job, then move on and just accept that you may not have been the right person for the job. Sure, it’s easy to blame other people for failures, but do your best to not blame others because the chances are you will not have any luck finding a job.

After you’re rejected, don’t try to relive the situation with others because this won’t do you any favors. Instead, you should focus on situations that you have succeeded in. If you remember the positive things that you have done, then your confidence will receive a boost and you will feel good and you will feel as if you’re meant for bigger things and better things.

Don’t start picking out your faults after you are rejected a job offer, even if you have been refused jobs on numerous occasions because this will not do you any good. You want to focus on your strengths and the things you are passionate about. If you do this, then you will start showing that passion during interviews and if you need further help, look at this infographic on successful rejects from Ecardshack.com.

You are not alone. You may feel like that, but you are not. Once you realize this, you will be able to move forward.

Finally, keep a positive attitude, even if you have been rejected for a job. Turn every single rejection into an opportunity. Remember, eventually the day will come when you’re offered a job you will love.


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How To Find A Summer Job In High School

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Now it’s time to get serious about making some money so you can get serious about having some fun this summer. Here’s my insider guide to finding a summer job that fits your style and skills.

Step 1 – What do you want?

The very first thing you need to do is figure out what you want to do. Do you want to be inside or outside? Do you want to be doing office work or physical work? Do you want lots of hours or just a few? Do you want to serve people as a server or cashier or do you want to do things like stock shelves and work load out at Home Depot?

Take a minute, print out this page, and fill in what you want and what you don’t want.

Things I want:

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Things I don’t want:

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One more thing:

What is your minimum pay level? Decide this first because if you don’t, you’ll settle for less than this. You are worth whatever you can negotiate for.

Step 2 – Make a resume

Okay, now that you know what you want and don’t want it is time to create a resume. This is one of the main ways you are going to present yourself to potential employers. It is not the only way… you’ll hear more about that later in step 4 and 5.

So, you need to create a resume. Open up Microsoft Word or Google Docs or anything you can use to create a resume, create a PDF, and print out some copies. This is super important. You need to represent yourself with a resume to people who don’t know you so take some time and get this right!

Go to Google and search for example teen resumes or sample resume templates. Find something you like and copy it. Here are the sections you need to have:

  • Name and Contact Information
  • Education
  • Classes and Projects
  • Strong Skills
  • Experience (volunteering, community service, or past jobs)

Don’t take too long on this step. Get a template figured out and filled in. If this takes you more than an hour for the first draft, you’re making it too big a deal.

Once you have a resume you need other people to proof read it!

Now, don’t be asking your friends who failed English class and cannot even spell text slang correctly. Get this in front of a teacher or a parent or a friend who aces papers.

Mistakes will cause your resume to be set aside without consideration, so get it right!

Step 3 – Job Search

Time to do some job searching. Spend an hour to do this first, before you get on the phone and start walking in to stores and businesses asking if they have openings. Do this first because you will learn what is available, what the expectations are, maybe what they pay. You will figure out what types of local businesses have entry level openings.

YOU CAN EVEN APPLY ONLINE FROM YOUR PHONE!

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Step 4 – Get On The Phone

Alright, now that you’ve checked out the openings, you know what sorts of companies have positions for you, you know what you might be able to do. Now it is time to separate yourself form the people that don’t come to MyFirstPaycheck.

Get on the phone!

Call the local businesses you found with openings or other businesses just like them to find out if they have a position. If they do, ask how to apply. Then DO IT!

Call 5 to 10 businesses right now. The first one will be hard but the last will be easy.

Step 5 – Get On Your Feet

Now that you’ve spread your resume out at local companies it is time to walk in to some of them and ask if they have positions. If you haven’t gotten a job yet and you haven’t done this then you don’t really want a job. This will separate you from all the slackers who are too lazy to get a job and live the way they want to live over the summer!

Go to the local businesses, the ones around you, and ask if they have a need for someone with your skills over the summer. This will bring out some of the best jobs in the community.

Now, you need to:

  1. Dress appropriately
  2. Take a resume to leave with each business
  3. Be friendly
  4. Be confident

I walked out of Eagle hardware back in the day with a job after walking in and asking if they needed help. This is exactly what it took for me to find something. You can do it to.

Land Your Job

Go through the process and what you will find is that job will appear in front of you. It might take some time. You might have to do some things you haven’t done before. You might need to show some confidence. You might need to step out of your comfort zone. Those that are willing to go get what you want will be rewarded.


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A Guide To The Work Of A Clinical Research Associate

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Being a clinical research associate isn’t a job that suits everybody. If you’re considering taking this career path it is vital to take the time to be absolutely sure that it is the job for you.

Does the clinical research process really engage you? Would playing a role in the ethical and safe running of clinical trials give you job satisfaction? Is your ideal career one that has room for growth and added responsibility? If you’ve answered yes to the above questions, you may very well be the ideal candidate for a clinical research associate post!

So what does it take to be successful in such a role? What is the job description? How about the job duties, expected salary, and potential employers? We asked ICON for their insider knowhow, so, let’s discuss the answers one at a time.

The Job Description For A Clinical Research Associate

A clinical research associate is responsible for showing the benefits, risks and effects of various medicines, both new and existing. To obtain this information, the clinical research associate will set up, monitor and complete clinical trials.

The Job Duties Of A Clinical Research Associate

  • Preparation of case records.
  • Finding suitable study locations.
  • Communication with professionals and doctors during the study period.
  • Thoroughly monitoring the clinical trial, including regular visits to the study locations.
  • Appropriate coordination with the ethic committee (this committee is responsible for protecting the rights and general well-being of the subjects involved in the trial).
  • Accounting for all supplies necessary for the trial.
  • Communicating with medical statisticians to discuss the study results.
  • Ensuring all information entered in the case forms match that found on the clinical notes of the patient.
  • Note-taking throughout the clinical study process.
  • Completing regular progress reports for each study stage.

Educational Requirements For Clinical Research Associates

Having an undergraduate degree in life sciences, medical sciences or nursing is the lowest acceptable educational requirement to apply for an entry-level post in clinical research. If you have a graduate degree you will be able to apply for positions at a senior level and may be favored over other applicants. Of course such a senior post will also mean a higher pay grade.

There are occasions where a person already in an administrative post may be able to progress to the post of clinical research associate without the above-mentioned educational requirements. However it should be noted that the amount of administrative experience would be substantial and may be coupled with additional qualifications.

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Necessary Skills For Clinical Research Associates

A specific set of skills are vital to be becoming a clinical research associate. Becoming highly efficient in these skills will open doors to higher-paying positions with increased responsibility.

The skill set needed for clinical research associates is as follows:

  • Knowledge in the areas of; the health care system, legislation related to health care, current practice for regulating health care product development.
  • Ability to analyse journal articles and give an accurate evidence level.
  • Ability to create a clinical development plan.
  • Ability to ensure accurate and legitimate data is used for clinical trials, including protecting the rights, confidentiality and integrity of each subject.
  • A thorough understanding of both the responsibilities and the existing liabilities when clinical trials involve human subjects.
  • An accurate understanding of both the implementation and the maintenance of databases, including the difficulties and limitations which exist.

Expected Salary For A Clinical Research Associate

Several factors play a role in the salary of a clinical research associate. These include the educational level of the applicant, their experience to date, their current work location, whether they are certified and the project funding.

For clinical research associates in the US and Canada, there is no exact information on salary. However, examining the salary of professions which are similar to that of a clinical research associate, for example Laboratory Managers and Clinical Laboratory Technologists, can give a fairly trustworthy idea.


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Preparing For an Interview

Category : Interviews

I’ve hired almost 100 people in my corporate career at all career levels from entry through expert and I want you to know how to ace an interview with someone like me. What follows gives you a great understanding of what I look for and how you should get ready for any Corporate America interview when you’re just starting out.

The Phone Screen

Phone screens are generally 30 minute phone calls or video conferences focused on figuring out if you:

  1. Communicate effectively
  2. Have the basic skills needed for the job
  3. Want the job

I personally start by introducing myself, telling you about the position, and then allowing you to ask questions about the position. I learn a lot from your questions so you need to be prepared with some. If you have an interest in the position then we will move on.

Next up is generally a skills based question. I want to get an understanding for whether you actually have the skills that are on your resume that are relevant to the position I’m hiring for. Here I’m listening carefully to how you communicate and assessing your skill level.

Finally I’ll generally ask an experience or a problem solving question. These let me know how you deal with situations you’ve been exposed to in your past work experience or present you with a theoretical one so that I can hear about how you think and approach problems.

The best way to get through the phone screen is to:

  1. Know who I am ahead of time
  2. Ask good questions about the company or position
  3. Show me you have the technical skill I’m interviewing for and can communicate them
  4. Show me you can solve problems and that you’re open with me

To get ready for a phone screen:

  1. Look up the person on LinkedIn
  2. Learn about what the company does
  3. Create a list of a few questions
  4. Find some sample technical interview questions for the skills on your resume and practice them

The Phone Interview

dreamstime_m_31903135If you make it past a phone screen often you’ll make it to a phone interview next. Phone interviews are generally 60 minutes on the phone or a video conference. If you’re interviewing for a technical skills role you may need internet access so that you can collaborate with the interviewer.

The most important thing for you to get out of a phone interview is an understanding for the position and whether you want it. To do so you need to ask questions! At the end of the interview, if you don’t want the position, just let the interviewer know, you’ll save them a lot of time.

When I conduct phone interviews I’m focused on figuring out:

  1. Do you really have the technical skills I need
  2. What are the limits of your technical skill
  3. How you work on a team
  4. Whether you will fit with the team I have an opening on

If we haven’t talked already in a phone screen I’ll start with an introduction of the role, the team, and the position. You then will have the opportunity to ask questions. Finally we’ll jump in to the phone interview questions.

Questions will be specifically designed to show me where your skills are, how you work with other people, and how you handle things you don’t know how to do, and the behaviors you have had at previous jobs.

To get ready for a phone interview:

  1. Look up the interviewer on LinkedIn
  2. Look up recent news on the company
  3. Figure out an answer to any phone screen questions that you bombed
  4. Run through sample interview questions for the position you are interviewing for (meaning: practice!)

The In-Person Interview

Teacher meme by Filip PticekWow, you made all the way to an in-person interview. If you’re going for a job at a large company this is a big deal! Apparently the interviewers so far liked what they heard and they want to get a better understanding for you and get opinions on you from some of the team members or the interviewers peers (a multi-session interview with different people is called a “loop”). This is exciting and can make you nervous.

Tip #1: Relax! This is just another day and you’re talking with some people you don’t know about stuff you do know.

In an in-person interview loop, as the hiring manager, I want to:

  1. Sell you the position
  2. Give you an impression of what it will be like to work for me
  3. Get a final opinion on your fit on the team

Other interviewers will focus on different areas of your skills and abilities and the limits of your capability. Don’t be worried about getting the right answer… I and the interviewers working with me are far more interested in how you deal with things you don’t know. So, we’re going to try to figure out what you know and where that ends. This way we know where your boundaries are. We also want to see you figure things out.

Tip #2: Clarify Questions! We want to know that you don’t go running blindly into walls, rather, you ask where the light switch is first

Tip #3: Don’t Worry About Not Knowing! We are trying to find the limits to your experience and skills.

Tip #4: In-Person Interview days can be tiring! Be sure to ask for breaks, get liquids, eat a snack, and get a walk in if possible.

 

Here’s how to get ready:

  1. Relax
  2. Dress professionally
  3. Print and bring a couple resumes, just in case
  4. Arrive early
  5. Be yourself

If you’ve made it this far and done all this you can be confident that you’re being given the job, or not, based on who you are.


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Why to Consider a Career in Nursing

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Did you know that nurses can work in a variety of locations, each with their own unique working environment? Nurses can work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, government agencies, home health agencies, schools and more.

Nurses also have the ability to have flexible schedules and take more shifts if they desire. Shifts can range between 4 hours and 12 hours. Because of the flexibility this career offers, a nurse can choose shifts to accommodate their lifestyle.

As a nurse, you are able to make a difference in the lives of a variety of people. People consider a nurse a guardian angel when the nurse is caring and compassionate. A career in nursing can be both gratifying and satisfying to those who are compassionate by nature.

Being a nurse means you will get to interact with a variety of people every day, including patients, their families, doctors, administrators and other medical staff. Interacting with these people will help you expand your knowledge and improve your interpersonal skills.

In the life of a nurse, there is constant challenge and excitement. You simply never know what is going to happen from one moment to the next. There are times that you will need to make quick decisions. You will learn something new each day and you will never get bored because each day will be different.

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners have the ability to work in a variety of places. They can work in a trauma unit, a community health setting or in a public hospital. They can also work in private health care as this blog post from cavendishprofessionals.com demonstrates.

If a nurse is interested in working in the legal system, the nurse can work as a nurse consultant for a law firm. Finally, if a nurse likes to teach, there are many options, including working as an educator, working with children and more. The nursing industry allows you to choose a career path that is perfect for you.

The demands of nursing can be challenging; however, the rewards far outweigh any challenges that a nurse may experience. Most nurses report that every day on the job is different and has its own set of challenges. This keeps the job exciting and spurs the nurse to learn more.

Oftentimes, nurses must work with a team of healthcare professionals. Nurses may work with a team of doctors, specialists and medical staff to coordinate patient plans and implement new programs in the doctor’s office or hospital. Nursing allows autonomy as well as collaborative efforts and leadership roles.

One of the important components in patient care is nursing leadership. A nurse can help train and develop future leaders in the medical community, mentor new researchers and provide support and guidance to the medical staff. Nurses also provide patient care and share their knowledge with their patients and their patients’ families. A nurse can also act as an advocate when it comes to developing new health care policies.

Nurses are always in high demand. This growing field has numerous opportunities. Adding one extra registered nurse to each rotation in a hospital can save five lives. This is because nurses are essential to a patient’s outcome. Studies have shown that increasing the nursing to patient ratios can reduce a hospital’s patient mortality rate. Additionally, patients suffering from chronic disease can benefit from additional nurses and nurse practitioners in a hospital setting. Patient satisfaction is directly proportional to the number of nurses on staff. Finally, nurses can help improve the emotional well-being of patients.


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Managers tips –  Actions for Achieving Excellence

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In today’s business world, you need more than just an in-depth knowledge of your field. It is a highly competitive working environment today so we need other skills in order to further our career.

A very important skill needed is people skills. This is the knack to motivate others, strive for and maintain co-operation from the department which can be through effective delegation. This can also include other departments, managers, clients, suppliers. But, foremost, you need that range of practical skills such as effective time management, ability to meet deadlines, sound IT and analytical skills to name just a few. These will all be a great attribute to advancing your career.

Time Management is important

Managing your time management requires consistently prioritising your tasks. You cannot prioritise efficiently if you do not have a deadline so, always request the deadline. Likewise you should also give a deadline to your colleague so they, in turn, can then prioritise well.

You should carefully plan your day’s work so you are aware of all you have to do in the course of the day. You should write a list so nothing is overlooked; we often have a shopping list when we go to the supermarket as we do not want to make several trips there. Likewise you do not want to overlook any pending task or have to work late because you overlooked an important task.

Plan your Career

In the same way, you should plan your career. You can set your goals and review at various stages whether it is 6 or 12 month period. Do set manageable goals as you may demotivate yourself by setting too high a goal.

With these goals in mind, you may have to increase your knowledge base so plan also to join a course in order to achieve your objective. Ensure you are choosing the right course and also the right provider. This will entail some careful research and recommendations. Finding the time to study while working can be difficult but the sacrifice will pay off in the end.

In order to improve your skills, you should be aware of your limit as this can cause you to be stressed which will affect your work. Although stress may not always be harmful, some people can react differently because of it.

Commitment

To achieve your goal you will need determination but, do be encouraged as this will develop a number of important strengths, including confidence, determination, vision and a great sense of satisfaction.

You will not be able to manage your workload if your body in not in good shape. Therefore it is important to eat healthy and exercise. Exercise greatly improves mind and body.

Healthy body

It may be a good idea to find yourself a mentor. That person who has a professional attitude and with varied experience may be the ideal person for motivating you towards achieving your goal.

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Discrimination doesn't have to be at your workplace

How Can I Help To Prevent Discrimination Within The Workplace?

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There are a number of different forms that discrimination in the workplace may take, including ethnic, religion, and race discrimination, as well as sexual harassment.  Whenever an employer fails to take the proper steps needed for preventing discrimination in the workplace, it can result in an uncomfortable company atmosphere and the employer may end up being liable in discrimination lawsuits.  All small business owners need to take the appropriate steps for preventing discrimination within the workplace, and to encourage cooperation and harmony among their employees.

Step 1

Find a business attorney to work with who is experienced with dealing with discrimination policies and get a discrimination procedures and policies manual developed for all of your employees.  Be sure that your manual is as comprehensive as possible and that all federal and state discrimination laws are followed.  Once a quarter, work with your attorney to get any necessary changes made to your manual.

Step 2

Get together with your management staff and review your manual.  Explain to all managers what your company’s policies are regarding discrimination.  Encourage questions from your managers, and have all of them sign a form that states they took your discrimination training and understand it.

Step 3

All employees should be required to review the discrimination procedures and policies manual and attend a mandatory training on discrimination within the workplace once per quarter. Every employee should be required to sign a form that states that they took your discrimination training and that they understand it.

Step 4

Equality and cooperation should be encouraged in the workplace through the creations of diverse departments and work groups throughout your company.

Step 5

Get a process set up where employees can report any discrimination they are experiencing to human resources.  It is very useful having a human resources professional who is experience with handling discrimination complaints, since a level of candidness is required that are not needed with other kinds of human resource issues.

Step 6

Inform managers of employees that have been mentioned in a discrimination complaint that this employee will need to answer the complaint.  Get a meeting scheduled that includes the accused employee, a human resources representative, and the manager.

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Step 7

Make a swift decision on the specific disciplinary action that needs to be taken regarding the discrimination complaint.  Make a note of this episode within the employee’s file.

Tip

Your managers should be encouraged to clamp down on any potential discrimination within the workplace.  Your managers’ actions can help to prevent discrimination a lot more than getting an official policy created can.


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Types of Bank Accounts

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Okay, let’s take a few minutes and get you the foundational knowledge you need about money. This post is all about the different types of bank accounts you might have and how to use them. I give you a step by step plan in this post so don’t bug out early. If you want to establish your financial foundation then this post is for you. Follow these steps and then plow on in to the next topic!

So, you made it to this page. Since you’re here I know something about you: Money is an absolutely critical subject for you! You’re not just here visiting this website because you want to blow some time while you’re between classes or on the bus or chilling at home. You’re hear because you want to set yourself up for something more. Let me get this out early and get you going. Here are the types of bank accounts you need to worry about at this stage.

  1. Piggy Bank
  2. Checking Account
  3. Savings Account
  4. Money Market Account

First I’ll cover each account type, how it works, and what it is used for. Then I’ll give you a very simple and specific plan for establishing the accounts you need to run your whole life. Parents, you can follow this exact plan for your young adults… it is what I’ve done for mine. Teens, College Students, Young Adults if you are here then you can get this done too, in fact, take control of your financial destiny right after you read this post and get going on the plan!

Terminology

Before we get started on the details here are some terms you need to know:

  • Bank Account: A specific register of money with a bank or credit union. There are deposits and withdrawals… it is that simple. If you want to learn a little more, check out this post on wikipedia.
  • Interest Rate: Represented by a percentage, this is the amount of money a bank or credit union pays you each month based on the amount of money you keep in your account. Here’s some more information if you want to go deeper: investopedia.com
  • Check: This is a piece of paper that is used as an I-Owe-You that is backed by a bank account. It has your contact information, the amount, a signature, a number that identifies your bank, and the bank account number. Here is a more detailed description from ehow.com.

Piggy Bank

Alright, you caught me. This is not a bank account. The reason I list it is because this is probably what you are using right now. Yeah, maybe your family setup something for you at a bank earlier but you probably aren’t really using it. If you are, cheers to you. If not, I’ve called it out so we can move past this.

Let me be clear. A Piggy Bank is not the way to establish your financial foundation!

Checking Account

Here we go. Checking accounts are the most basic account out there. These days you can do the following with a checking account:

  1. Write physical checks
  2. Use a debit card
  3. Deposit money
  4. Withdraw money

This account is the absolute base foundation for everything you will do with money in your life. This is the account that you use to pay stuff for. This is the account where your paycheck is deposited in to. This is the account where you manage your budget from. This is an exceptionally important account.

I use my checking account to:

  1. Receive my paycheck
  2. Pay my bills (direct debits)
  3. Pay other people (checks)
  4. Transfer money to savings

Just about every dollar I earn goes through my checking account at least once.

Savings Account

Savings accounts are the most common accounts out there. Most parents setup a savings account for their young adults because it earns some money each month based on the balance and whatever rate the bank or credit union has decided to offer. Savings account give you an incentive to keep your money in them because of that monthly payment. With a savings account you can:

  1. Deposit money in
  2. Withdraw money out
  3. Transfer money to another account

Savings accounts are a good temporary storage account for the money you are setting aside for a specific purchase or goal in the next 6 months.

I use savings accounts (I have multiple) to hold on to money dedicated for a specific purpose that I’m planning to use in the next 6 months. If the financial goal is farther off than that then I use the next type of account, the “Money Market” account.

I also use a savings account as the first account that I open for my children.

Generally with a savings account there is a limit to the number of deposits and withdrawals that a bank or credit union will allow in a month. This is to keep you from paying all your standard bills from this account. Bills and payments should come from the Checking account, remember?

Money Market Account

Money Market accounts are simply savings accounts that earn a better rate of return the more money you keep in them. So, think of these exactly like a savings account except that the bank or credit union provides a higher rate of return if you have, say, $10,000 in the account for the month. There are generally tiers all the way up to $100,000.

I use Money Market accounts to hold money that I want to use in the next 12 to 24 months. You can earn better rates of return on certificates of deposit (the next account type) but you are locked in to that type of account. That, and sometimes, the interest rate on a Money Market account is as good as or better than a CD account.

Certificate of Deposit (aka CD)

The CD is an account where you deposit an amount of money for a specific amount of time, generally 6 months or more, and in return you get a set interest rate of return for that entire time on that money. Here’s the catch: during that time, you cannot make a withdraw or deposit.

So, CD’s are great for holding money that you don’t need access to in the next 6, 12, 24 months but you cannot get at it.

Your Plan of Action

Okay, now that you know what these accounts are. It is really, really important that you follow the financial advice I am about to give you. I earned this and I want to give it to you. This is the specific action plan you need to execute on to establish your financial foundation. I’m going to assume that from here on out, you have done this.

  1. Choose a credit union to do business with
  2. Go to the website and find out what you need to do to open accounts
  3. Open the following accounts: Checking, Savings, Money Market
  4. Request a debit card for the Checking account
  5. Request (pay for) checks for the Checking account

I realize you might have accounts with a bank already but there is something you need to know about banks… they are in the game for PROFIT. That means they are not acting in your interest, they’re trying to make money off you… primarily with fees and poor interest rates. You want to do business with a credit union, end of discussion.

Once you have these accounts you want to:

  1. Deposit your paychecks in to the Checking account
  2. Pay your bills with either your checks or debit card or direct withdrawal (called an ACH)
  3. Log on to your credit union’s website regularly to see what has come in and gone out

This will take a little time but trust me… this is worth it.

Jeff, What Do You Have?

I personally use BECU which is based out of the Seattle, Washington area where I live. They are connected into the worldwide credit union ATM exchange program which allows me to use ATMs all across the world for free, so the fact that they are not a national credit union or bank is not a limiting factor. I have one checking account, one savings account, and multiple money market accounts. If you want help getting started reach out to me at jeffreykelly.info.

 


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Building Your Credit

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An intern working for me recently asked how she could build her credit score. Happy to help I asked her what she knew about how credit scores work and what they are for. She shared that she knew a little and opened a credit card with a $500 limit about 6 months ago that she was paying off every month. Other than that, she didn’t really know much. Here’s my guide to building early-career credit scores.

Credit Score (Jeff’s definition) – A number in a range that is an indication to lenders of how likely someone is to pay back a loan on time. Some also consider it an indication of financial decision making.

Okay, let’s start with what a credit score is then move on to what it is for and how you build one. You can just read this post for an overview or you can follow the links to go more in depth. If you want to improve your score, I suggest you take the time to learn about this.

What is a Credit Score

credit by Kalyan on FlickrA credit score is a number that provides an indication to a lender of how likely you are to pay back a loan on time. That’s it! Now, these days many types of businesses use your credit score, for example landlords, potential employers, credit card companies, and the banks extending you a loan. That list includes a couple that might be new to you: employers and landlords. This is because more and more businesses are finding that the credit score is a good indication of how you make financial decisions, not just whether you will pay back a loan or credit account on time.

Many things go in to the credit score, including:

  • Number of bank accounts, credit cards, and loans
  • Age of accounts
  • Types of accounts
  • Payment history of credit cards, loans, and bills
  • Credit limits on credit cards and store cards
  • Amount due and monthly payment on credit cards, store cards, and loans

Here are things that do not go in to credit scores:

  • The amount of money in your bank account
  • Whether you have a job
  • How much money you make
  • Accounts or history outside your home country (generally)

Learn more about what is in and not in your score here (USA specific):

In the USA Credit Scores are created by private businesses and the scores are sold to businesses, banks, and others. So, there are actually many companies that have score information and it can vary from company to company.

Why Do I Want A Good Credit Score?

Eine Opossum Liebe machen auf eine Melone by Tom on FlickrHere are some things that are easier when you have a higher credit score:

  • Buying a house with a loan
  • Rending or leasing an apartment
  • Buying a car with a loan
  • Buying an engagement ring with a loan
  • Opening a credit card account
  • Increasing the credit limit on your credit card account
  • Getting a job

The reason all these things are easier is that businesses providing these things to you all use your credit score to help make the decision on doing business with you. They also use it to help decide the terms they offer you for loans or payment.

For example a landlord may require more money up front and a higher security deposit if your credit score is lower. A bank or car dealer may offer a lower interest rate if your score is higher because it suggests you are more likely to pay on time every time, and so lower risk for them.

Okay, let’s get to how to build (increase a credit score).

How Do I Build Credit (Get a Better Score)?

grow by brian donovan on FlickrBuilding credit is about doing a variety of things and making good decisions with money. A credit score is based on information about your situation and behavior so you want to have the right behaviors consistently. Everyone’s situation is different so feel free to drop comments below (but be smart about what you share, don’t give out bank names account numbers, etc) and from time to time I’ll drop in to give you specific guidance. You can also use the contact form.

The basic accounts everyone should have:

  • Checking
  • Savings
  • Credit Card

The behaviors everyone should use every month:

  • Pay your utility bills on time, every single month
  • Pay your rent or lease on time, every single month
  • Use your credit card every month but don’t go over 50% of the credit limit
  • Pay the full balance on your credit card on time, every single month
  • Take any notices that you are late on payments seriously and resolve the problem

Here are behaviors you should show every year:

  • Ask your credit card company for an increase in the limit on your card
  • Get your credit report (not your score) from all three credit reporting agencies (USA specific) and review the information. If anything is inaccurate, get it fixed.

Here are some other ideas on improving a credit score:

That’s it. Having these accounts and using these behaviors will build up your credit score over time. This isn’t something that happens over night, particularly if you need to open accounts now or change your behavior. This is something that you set yourself up for and then make a difference with good decisions every month and year.

As I said before, feel free to drop questions in the comments or use the Contact form. I’m happy to give you guidance on your situation if you want it.

Jeff


		

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Six Reasons Nutrition is Important to Feeling Healthy

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It’s true that you are what you eat. If you’ve been feeling unwell lately, it may be because of what you’ve been eating. Healthy eating and dieting are two different things. A diet is a temporary activity that you perform for a specific goal. It may be to lose a certain number of pounds, or to detox from something. A healthy diet is something you work into gradually and maintain for a long time, hopefully your entire life.

Healthy eating improves your mood

Healthy eating helps balance all the chemicals in your brain to help you stay positive and focused. A chemical called Tryptophan. This chemical is found in high protein foods such as meats, cheese, and soy. Tryptophan helps your body produce serotonin, which helps regulate your mood, and sleep.

Higher protein foods will also help regulate the dopamine in your brain, which ultimately helps you focus. If you have any level of ADHD, increasing the protein in your diet could make significant changes in your mood and focus, especially if you eat it before starting a detailed task.

Eating healthy increases your energy

No one likes to feel drained and tired. For many people, this is daily struggle. Your blood sugar needs to remain fairly constant to keep you feeling awake and energized. When you skip meals, or eat unhealthy foods, your blood sugar rises and falls to the extreme. If you eat regular, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day, you’ll keep your blood sugar, and energy constant. Aim for three meals and two or three snacks every day, along with plenty of water. Avoid snacking on junk food, because it is guaranteed to make your blood sugar level spike, but not last at peak for long. When your sugar level drops, your energy will drop and you’ll feel tired and possibly irritable.

Healthy food helps you maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight comes with a lot of risks, from heart problems, increased stroke risk, diabetes, joint problems, and a variety of other issues you don’t want to deal with. When you choose a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, protein, and keep your fat and sugar consumption to a reasonable level, you will find it much easier to maintain a healthy weight. It’s not just the food that matters but how you cook it, for example, air fryers give you a lower-oil alternative to frying (check out http://airfryerguide.net). With the right foods and health-oriented recipes and cooking methods you will feel healthier, and have more energy when you are at a reasonable weight, because packing around all those extra pounds is a lot of extra work.

You’ll feel more self confident

There are some people who are so serious about healthy eating that they are almost obsessed about it. This is not necessarily healthy, because occasionally enjoying unhealthy food is completely acceptable. The key is to keep these treats occasional. That being said, knowing you and your family are eating healthy will increase your confidence. Everyone knows that healthy eating is important, and that unhealthy eating comes with a lot of risks. When you make healthy choices, you’ll feel confident that you are doing the right thing for your body.

Healthy eating improves your skin

If you find yourself dealing with redness, a lot of breakouts, or dry skin, a change in diet may help. Certain foods, such as those rich in antioxidants, and foods like fish that are rich in Omega-3s, can help you avoid the inflammation that leads to irritated skin. Drinking enough water will help you combat skin dryness.

Healthy Eating can prevent and treat some diseases

Staying healthy is obviously good for your heart, but choosing good foods could also reduce your risk of cancer. Diets rich in antioxidants will reduce inflammation in your body, which can reduce the effects of arthritis, and maybe even conditions like Asthma. A healthy amount of folic acid in your diet has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of certain cancers in a few studies. Get folic acid from certain breakfast cereals and leafy greens. Folate will also reduce the risk certain birth defects, which is why it’s such an important nutrient for women.

Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to a long, healthy, and happy life.


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How to Pass your First Musical Theatre Audition and get that Role

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In this article, I will be giving you a few tips that will help you succeed in your audition. Musical theatre requires you to be exceptional in several areas at the same time before you will be considered for a role. It also requires that you spend the time needed to be up with the trends of theater and that you emulate those around you that are earning positions on the cast. So, let us get right into it.

Stay Fit

There is no specific or rather an appropriate body type for work in a musical theatre, but we believe that health, strength and stamina are essential attributes for a musical theatre student. Here are some great tips. Building your muscles and cardiovascular work can really add value.

Study Music, Choir and Piano Theory

This enhances your musicality thus improving your chances of passing an audition. Also, it would be wise to take voice and dance lessons during your free time to improve your readiness. Even if you’ve never been to a dance class before, a few months of such a class can be really helpful.

See As Much Musical Theatre As You Can

The more you see, the more you will learn, suggests Kenneth Avery Clark from AMTA one of the top Musical Theatre schools in London

How Do You Maximize Your Chances Of Being Accepted Into A Musical Theatre Program?

There is no denying the fact that admission depends on a successful audition. Therefore, it is important to be thoroughly prepared and do your best during the audition. A successful audition starts with careful material selection. That being said, here are a few tips on that:

Choose a material that best suits you. Don’t try to impress the judges with your worldliness. So, choose monologues and songs that best fit your emotional, chronological as well as experiential age. Also, it’s best to go with a piece you can really do well. Keep in mind that something you love isn’t necessarily the same thing that you perform really well at.

Choose two songs and a monologue, which will act as your introduction. Keep in mind that we are looking for people who will be committed and who will be able to put a significant effort over the next four years.

The audition songs do not have to be every repeat and so, pay careful attention to the editing of your pieces. Ideally, the monologue should not exceed a minute.

One song has to be written before the 70’s and the ballad should demonstrate the various aspects of your performance power.

Ideally, look for a way to rehearse with a person who can play the pieces that you choose. Singing for the first time with an accompanist tends to be frightening for many, and so, it’s best to rehearse as much as possible.

Finally, be dedicated to practice and go until even after you master your pieces. Remember that the key to perfection is practice, and this will determine your success at the audition.

 

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Becoming a Teaching Assistant: What you need to Know

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Becoming a teaching assistant is a very rewarding career and one that many people find to be a fantastic career. But, what do you need to know before deciding on this career path – we asked UK training provider Flex Learn.

Why would I want to be a teaching assistant?

The position of teaching assistant is a very flexible role. Both part and full time positions are available, and since they are for a term at a time it can be the perfect job for anyone who has children. The role is a very rewarding one where you can see yourself having an impact on the children’s lives that you work with on a daily basis. There is also the possibility of specialising in areas you are interested in or that complement the skills you have. If there is a specific subject you have a passion for, want to work with special needs students or speak a specific foreign language, your school might encourage you to work on developing the skills that you have in those areas so that you can take on more specialised roles.

What qualification are needed?

There are no specific national requirements to become a teaching assistant. However, each local school or authority will outline what their specific requirements are. After you have worked as a teaching assistant, there will usually be an induction course that you will need to complete. Many local authorities offer opportunities for development and training once you have a position.

Are any specific experiences or skills especially valued?

Since you will be acting as a mentor and role model for the children you’re working will, it is critical for you to have good numerical, writing and reading skills. Excellent communication skills are also a must since it will be necessary for you to have the ability to communicate well with the students you will be working with as well as your colleagues. Creativity, flexibility, patience, good organisational skills and the ability for building relationships with parents, teachers and children are also all very useful skills to have.

You should ideally have experience working with children- maybe helping with Brownies or Scouts, or volunteering to read with children. These types of experiences will provide you with a better chance of obtaining a position, and also help you determine whether you will enjoy the role or not.

Passing a Criminal Records Bureau check will also be necessary, since you are going to be working with children. Schools are extremely about this since it is their responsibility to safeguard the welfare of the children in their care.

Is career progression a possibility?

Some teaching assistants continue on and train as teachers suggest UK training provider flexlearn.co.uk. Gaining experience as a teaching assistant first can be a great first step on the teaching career path. Even within the role of teaching assistant there is quite a lot of room for career progression, since there are four teaching assistant grades.

The local school or authority determines the exact requirements for the different grades. It is common practice for teaching assistants to be supported by schools to complete the training and qualifications required for progressing in the role of teaching assistant. In order to progress past the TA1 entry level, usually the NVQ or equivalent will need to be completed.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) is the highest teaching assistant grade. At that level you may:

  • Play a role in some lesson planning
  • Be involved in the development of support materials
  • Lead an entire class under supervision
  • Specialise in a certain subject
  • Support other support staff

You will be required to meet all national HLTA standards to progress to the HLTA grade. Once you are prepared, you school can provide you with the support you need to make the transition from being a teaching assistant to becoming a HLTA.

 

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Wondershare Tidy My Music Review

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If you’re like me and image yourself to become a closet DJ, then having actually a well-organized iTunes library is a must. I like my music, but with a library of over 4000 songs, I struggle to keep things nice and neat previously– thanks to TidyMyMusic.

Exactly what is it?
Wondershare TidyMyMusic is an all-in-one software to assist you take care of mislabeled tracks, download album art, lyrics and remove repeated tunes. It may drive you crazy when missing info like “Unknown Artist” and “Track 01” continually shows up in your music folders or iTunes library, particularly if you choose a clean and well-organized music collection. Don’t let it destroy your day and try TidyMyMusic for Mac to entirely transform your music experience. By using an advanced acoustic fingerprint search, it can easily and precisely know missing info, the ID3 tags like artists, track names, album, style and much more. On top of that, you will likewise be able to retrieve album arts and lyrics. What’s more, it seeks double tunes and you can remove them to save important space.

In Action:
Once TidyMyMusic evaluates your files, it will instantly find album covers, set information, and find duplicates. If it does not know the track, then it will tag it for you to by hand include information. In my case, there were some 80 songs that I needed to by hand go through to include the year and album name to. Aside from that, TidyMyMusic dealt with pretty much everything, although a lot of my music collection was currently in better than typical shape. For the 80 approximately tunes that it could not recognize, I did have to go through and by hand click’re-identify’ on every one. This would be a lot less time taking in if you had fewer unidentifieds, but it was around 1 % of my music collection, so I can’t complain.

It must also be noted that a lot of it was indie music that would not remain in the Gracenote Database made use of by WonderShare. It did nevertheless get a few of my indie music wrong. For example, I have a track labelled ‘Sloppy Kiss’ by “Money and Cobain”, and it re-titled it ‘Eddie Veder’ by ‘Local H’. Regardless of that, you truly can’t anticipate this sort of program to deal with indie music. You will want to go through stuff truly rapidly to make sure that it has everything appropriate. Then, you can click ‘Apply All’ and kick back and wait for it to apply everything to your real collection. The whole procedure took about two seconds per tune for my collection.

Results:
Scrolling through my iTunes, I saw at least a lots albums that had actually formerly had wrong or no album covers upgraded. In general, while it did have it’s defects, and it took a number of hours for a music collection of my size, I’m quite happy with it. It fixed tags and music information consisting of album and release year, and also discovered missing out on album artwork, which was rather good.

If you decide to try WonderShare yourself, you can modify as much as 10 tracks free of charge. Otherwise it costs $39.


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Learning Another Language: How to Help Yourself Move up the Career Ladder

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There are a number of career benefits associated with learning another language. Read on to learn why taking this step might be the best choice you ever make.

1. It opens up new career options.

Regardless of how many languages you currently speak, adding another to your resume will only open up the job opportunities that are available to you. There are jobs in a variety of fields that look for candidates that speak multiple languages; for example, you may find a position in sales, administration, tourism, banking, communication, teaching, law and transportation. In all of these areas, speaking another language would be of huge benefit to you.

In addition to those career opportunities, there is always a need for translators and interpreters. In fact, The United States Department of Labour believes that these positions will grow more than 40 percent over the next decade. If you speak both English and another language fluently, you may qualify for one of these positions.

The USA itself may be predominantly English based however, there are plenty of other nationalities in the country. Spanish speakers are the second most common behind English ones and if you can Improve Spanish listening and speaking you can greatly improve job opportunities.

2. It makes you more desirable.

If you are interested in a particular job, the fact that you are multilingual gives you a better chance at landing the position. This is true whether the job requires the ability to speak another language or not. While English is the official language of our country, there are a lot of people here that are more comfortable speaking another language. Therefore, almost any company you can think of would benefit from employing someone that is multilingual. In addition, this one skill can help you stand out from a group of other applicants that may be just as qualified as you are otherwise.

A recent study indicated that just over half of all companies that were interested in doing business outside of their own country ran into problems because they did not speak the language. If you have the skill to communicate in these areas, you immediately become an extremely valuable employee. It also provides a bit of job security as well.

3. You can earn more money.

You are often able to command a higher salary if you speak another language in addition to English. In fact, you may be able to earn up to 15 percent more. Depending on your base salary, that extra money could really add up. For example, perhaps it would cover your car payment or pay for a renovation to your kitchen. Or, if you want to have a bit of fun, you may be able to pay for a vacation with the extra funds. In addition, if you are in the military, you could earn an extra $1000 per month if you are multilingual.

4. Knowing a second language improves your cognition.

If you speak another language each day, you can reap a number of cognitive benefits. For example, your memory is better, you can focus on tasks longer, and you are less likely to experience cognitive decline as you age.

Many people are simply too afraid to try and learn another language. They don’t think they have the ability to do it or they are afraid they don’t have enough time to learn. However, all of these are just excuses. You can learn another language if you commit yourself to the process.