Studying Law: 4 College Programs for Working in the Legal Field Reply

So you want to work in the legal field. This means you are likely evaluating different careers and education options to find one that suits you. It’s important for potential students to evaluate legal education programs they are considering carefully to ensure the programs are accredited and certified by the proper organizations, such as the American Bar Association, or getting jobs might prove difficult or even impossible. Here are four different types of college programs you can consider if you wish to work in the legal field.

1. Pre-Law Programs

If you know you want to work in the legal field as an undergrad, you can enroll in pre-law programs to best prepare you for law school. Pre-law programs help students develop skills that will be very useful for their law careers, including solid writing, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills. These programs prepare you for law programs in higher education and teach you the skills needed to be successful in a legal career. You can pair pre-law programs with other degrees to give yourself a more specialized education.

2. Paralegal Studies Programs

If you want to work in law and do many of the same things lawyers do without getting a law degree or having some of the heavy responsibilities of attorneys, consider going to school to be a paralegal. Generally the job prospects for paralegals are greater too, as law offices attempt to cut down on operating costs. You can become a paralegal after completing a program for an associate degree or by completing a certificate program if you have a degree in another field.

3. Juris Doctor Programs

Going to school for a J.D. is what aspiring attorneys must do in order to practice law in the United States. You also need to go through one of these programs to become a judge. For a more specialized education, you can also go on to get an additional master of law degree, which requires an additional year of schooling in most cases and allows law students to specialize in particular areas of law. There are several online masters programs available as well from good law schools in Florida and elsewhere.

4. Doctor of Juridical Science Programs

If you want to teach law, you will also have to enroll in one of these programs. It is the highest education level for the legal field. These programs are heavily research-focused and students generally need to know their research interests before applying for these programs. You will spend most of your time compiling a dissertation.

There are more education options for studying law than many people realize—a juris doctor degree is not your only option. Consider any of the above programs you might be interested in if you want to study law and work in the legal field. There are not only multiple levels of legal education, but also different college programs for other legal careers, like paralegals. You should be able to find something that suits your needs with a little bit of research.


About the author: Anica is a professional content and copywriter from San Francisco, California. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.


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Artistic Education: Best 4 Degrees for Creative People Reply

As you plan what to do for higher education, it is important to consider both what you like and what will allow you to make a living. The arts are an integral part of society, and they are a part of everyday life. While art is often not considered to be a high-earning job, you can make the most of your creativity by considering one of these four degrees.

Education Major with an Art Specialty

If you like working with children and want to help them learn about history and techniques in art, consider earning a degree in education with an art specialty. This type of a degree would allow you to work at the elementary, middle or high school level and teach art theory, practice and history. You would be able to be creative and help others to discover their own favorite forms of art.

Digital Media

When you enjoy both technology and creativity, consider a degree in digital media. Degrees in this field, like those available from UC Clermont College, are becoming more popular as many jobs now require skills with online and digital marketing, coding, social media engagement, and other techniques. You will learn how to engage with consumers and create digital media content that will help companies to grow their sales and traffic.

Ceramics

Working with your hands and making something is a satisfying pursuit. Consider a degree in ceramics. This sort of a degree will require you to learn plenty of science, such as how the firing process works and how to mix pigments and glazes. You will learn a variety of pottery techniques, including pouring bisque, making slip, hand-throwing, sculpting, coil building and pinch pottery.

Graphic Design

Graphic design is another great college major for creative people. You will use a combination of computer programs and hand drawing to come up with designs for products, logos, websites and more. Graphic designers might design an album cover for a rock band or a new logo for an annual event. They also design the packaging of products and put together brochures. Your work could be in both digital and printed formats.

Each of these four degrees gives you the chance to work with other professionals. You will also have the opportunity to educate others through your art. In some of these areas of expertise, you might even be able to grow your own business and work for yourself. Consider taking a class in business or finance along with your art education classes.


Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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9 Productivity Tips That Can Help Students Reply

Some people think that college is just the continuation of high school, but it is not. It’s much more different than high school because it shapes you into the person you want to be.

In college, you’ll gain the knowledge, experience, and skills that will help you adapt to a variety of jobs on the market. Finding a job is never easy, but statistics show that you’ll be able to find a job, keep it, and earn more money while doing it if you finish college.

In order to finish your education, you need to be productive, and that means forgetting about certain old habits and acquiring new ones in order to boost your productivity. Don’t pay attention to what other people are saying because college is not easy. But, with the right mindset, you’ll be able to get your diploma.

Let’s take a look at some tips that’ll help you become a productive member of this society and a good student.

Go to class

Obviously, going to every class in college is always a good idea, and you need to make a habit of getting up early and going to classes. Sometimes drinking coffee with your friends or taking a nap seems like a good idea but in reality, it is not. Wherever you are, you need to get up, pack your books, and go to class. Don’t bring just your body to the classroom, bring your brain and your heart too. You’re going to need them there.

This doesn’t mean that you should completely forget about your friends. Make a schedule that revolves around your classes and stick to it. It will be hard at first, but as time goes by you’ll notice that your life will seem more productive than ever.

Take notes

Going to class is not enough, you need to learn to take notes. Let’s be honest, unless you’re a superhero you probably won’t be able to memorize every little thing your professor said. Make a habit of taking notes and stick to it. Learn note-taking techniques and write down everything quickly because your professor certainly won’t talk slowly.

Learn everything you can

Imagine that your brain is a dry sponge that needs water (knowledge) to survive. Never let that sponge be dry again. A college is a place where you can drown your brain with knowledge, not just in class, but by talking to your professors, friends, and speakers on campus. Learn to ask the right questions and talk with everyone. Eventually, you’ll get hooked on learning new things, and you’ll start asking everyone about everything.

Being shy was maybe OK in high school, but you need to ditch that mindset if you want to drown the sponge with cool, refreshing water.

Focus on hard things

If you have different things to do or learn at the same time, try focusing on hard things first. Just select the most tedious and time-consuming tasks and do them first. By doing this, you’ll avoid procrastination associated with easy projects.

Don’t multitask

Multitasking might seem like a very good idea at first, but you really need to forget about it because it damages your brain and career. When you try doing this, your brain starts switching from one thing to another, and you might end up being confused. Frequent shifts in your brain are not efficient, and they will severely decrease productivity.

Take breaks

When you first start college, you’ll probably feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to do, and you’ll probably try to learn as much as you can in a short period of time. According to an article in the Huffington Post, it is recommended that students take mental breaks approximately every 45 minutes. That’s because the brain is unable to fully focus for a longer period of time without losing steam. Some college students even hire a virtual receptionist when they don’t want to be distracted by phone calls and messages.

Make shorter deadlines

Your professors will tell you when and why something is due, and you’ll write down those dates. Don’t leave those dates on a piece of paper because you’ll probably forget about them. Get a planning app and set the alarm to remind you when every project is due.

Exercise

Mens sana in corpore sano. That means ‘’a healthy mind in a healthy body’’. Exercise whenever you can. You might think that incorporating exercise into your already busy schedule is impossible, but that’s not the case. It’s actually simple. Run to your classes and keep some small weights near you while you’re studying. In time you’ll start lifting them while studying without even noticing!

Sleep

Sleepless nights will kill your productivity. Students usually party like there’s no tomorrow, and you shouldn’t be an exception of course. Just make sure to get a good night’s sleep before an exam.

Your college experience will shape you into a person you need to be, and it will set you up for the rest of your life. Party when you can, but be productive and learn everything, because you’ll need that knowledge!


Emma Miller is a marketer and a writer from Sydney. Her focus is digital marketing, social media, start-ups and latest trends. She’s a contributor at Bizzmark blog and a mother of two.


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Classroom Security: 5 Ways Schools Can Improve Safety Reply

Whether you’re an educator, administrator, or otherwise employed by a school, safety is a prime concern. When staff and students are endangered, the quality of education suffers. Parents are also impacted. Here’s what schools can do to be more secure.

 

1. Tighten building and campus security.

Police can identify vulnerable areas on school property and recommend upgrades. The school complex can be surrounded with fences made of welded wire or tubular steel, topped with spikes. This type of barrier is hard to cut and climb, as opposed to conventional chain link fencing. Also, avoid placing objects near fences that facilitate climbing.

Ensure that school property is well lit. Appoint guards at outside doors, and designate separate doors for entering and exiting buildings. Also, install cameras and intercoms at these locations. Assign a guard to patrol the premises.

Always have adults stationed in hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, and lunchrooms, as an authoritative presence. Keep playgrounds well-supervised, and monitor activity at bus stops.

 

2. Devise and practice emergency action plans.

Train school staff in using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS). Should a national disaster occur, the NIMS directs school administrators to federal agencies and departments appointed to respond. The ICS details procedures for communicating and safeguarding school occupants, buildings, and equipment.

Your school should follow ICS directives during:

  • Disease outbreaks
  • Students reported missing
  • Lab accidents involving hazardous materials
  • The presence of criminals and hostile intruders
  • Fire and weather disasters
  • Incidents on campus property and at school events, such as graduations, sports games, festivals, and drills

The Department of Homeland Security recommends that local and state governments adopt two codes devised by the National Fire Protection Administration. Entitled “NFPA 1600” and “NFPA 1561,” these standards specify actions to take during emergencies. The first code describes the requisites of an action plan while the second explains how to meet them.

You can help your school administration to respond effectively to a national emergency by reviewing the NIMS, ICS, NFPA 1600, and NFPA 1561. Implementing these directives can also protect your institution from litigation.

The Crisis Prevention Institute offers a free download of lifesaving tips for emergency preparedness. Information is based on research by Safe Havens International. To practice action plans, conduct drills that mimic emergency situations. Training should involve students, teachers, custodians, and administrative staff.

Keep building blueprints available for emergency responders. During a campus emergency or disaster, they’ll need to know the school layout and location of fuses and utility equipment.

 

3. Use protective technology and layouts inside classrooms.

Install panic alarms at teachers’ desks that sound in the Administrative Office. Also, equip each classroom with an intercom system that connects with Administration. Another option is giving staff two-way radios.

Teachers should position their desks far from doors. Increasing distance gives teachers more time to act against an intruder. Also, use furniture near the door to form a hallway into the room. Bookcases and cabinets can serve as a wall, corralling a perpetrator.

Portable furniture can barricade a room, preventing an attacker from entering. At a school in a dangerous neighborhood, a teacher may want to keep the classroom door locked, except at the start and conclusion of periods.

In case of evacuation, teachers must know how to operate classroom windows. If they can’t be opened, teachers need tools to break windows. All building occupants should be aware of the nearest exit. Also necessary is familiarity with overall building layout.

 

4. Involve school counselors.

Bully Prevention Programs

Counselors can implement the PATHS curriculum, a program that reduces aggression and behavioral problems in children. Information and activities are provided for both students and parents. Schools receive evaluation kits by which they can measure success.

The PATHS curriculum calls for counselors to hold sessions two to three times weekly, for at least 20 minutes per class. Counselors receive all materials, lessons, and instructions to conduct the program. Students learn empathy expression, self-control techniques, problem-solving, peaceful conflict resolution, and ways to have positive peer relationships. The curriculum also teaches skills in listening, reading, and writing.

PATHS includes a model for preschool and kindergarten children. This curriculum teaches emotional awareness, self-control, problem-solving, and social skills. It also promotes confidence and friendships. Materials are provided for reading, writing, storytelling, science, math, drawing, singing, and thinking skills.

 

Intervention

Counselors can hold student meetings, urging kids to band together to face off bullies. Hecklers often back down quickly when met with verbal opposition. Victims should promptly report berating behavior. Although they may fear a bully will attack harder if identified, assure victims they’ll be protected by authorities.

Counselors must emphasize that students should never counter aggressive behavior with violence. The first response should be standing beside a harassed student. Next, supporters should tell a bully to back off, and warn of being reported.

Another way to thwart abuse is asserting the admirable qualities of the targeted student. Meanwhile, bystanders must quickly bring badgering to the attention of school authorities.

When bullies are identified, they should be brought to the school advisor for counseling. Administration may also need to enforce discipline. Heckled students need the counselor’s support.

 

Recovery

In the aftermath of a crisis, counselors should provide therapy to affected students. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps kids mentally and emotionally process their reactions. This type of therapy involves replacing negative thought patterns with a positive mindset.

Also taught are coping strategies to counteract the effects of being attacked. For example, kids may need to rebound from being labeled fat, stupid, or ugly. Then, they can recover self-esteem, confidence, and strength.

 

5. Foster a close-knit school community.

The best way to deter violence, drugs, and bullying is to maintain a supportive environment. In low-income communities, quality schools fill both material and emotional needs. Many institutions offer free meals, clothing, counseling, health screenings, and onsite medical care to students and families.

Teachers who show genuine concern for students tend to receive their cooperation. Kids who feel valued are more likely to succeed academically and socially than those treated poorly by school staff. Ignored students may go to great lengths to get attention.

You can promote unity at your school by offering classes that teach multicultural perspectives. Kids learn to respect and admire differences, rather than ridicule them. Also, invite parents to events that celebrate cultural diversity. Examples are concerts, fairs, craft workshops, and meals featuring international cuisine.

Teachers should identify student strengths, talents, and interests, and find ways to develop them. When educators model virtues like patience, empathy, and forgiveness, students follow suit.

The Good School Toolkit can help you create a caring school culture. Material is divided into three segments, spanning an 18-month period. School staff can choose from 60 activities designed to:

  • Improve classroom management
  • Effect non-violent discipline
  • Develop mutual respect
  • Promote learning

Among the engaging materials are cartoon booklets and posters. The Good School Toolkit is available as a free download.

Safe Education

To protect staff and students:

  • Tighten building and campus security
  • Devise and practice emergency action plans
  • Use protective technology and layouts inside classrooms
  • Involve school counselors
  • Foster a close-knit school community

Attending school should prompt eagerness rather than fear. When students feel safe, they can focus on learning. A supportive school environment prepares kids to succeed in life. You’re a vital cog in the wheel of the education system. What a profound difference you’ll make!


Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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ACT Scores and Scholarships Reply

While the SAT (or rather, the PSAT) is famously associated with the National Merit Scholar competition, the ACT can sometimes be overlooked as a source of college money. However, do some quick research and you’ll see: those points can be pretty valuable in the long-term, even after you’ve gotten your acceptance letters.

Can I Really Get Money for College Based on My ACT Score?

Yes! Keep in mind, though, that scholarships won’t be automatically awarded, because they’re not given by or administered through the ACT organization. Instead, you’ll have to look to individual organizations, foundations, and universities and apply through them. Does this make it a little more complicated to get scholarship money? Sure. Is it worth it, for (potentially) thousands of dollars off your college tuition? Definitely.

How Much Money Can I Get?

It really depends. Mostly, it depends on how high your score is. Scores of 30+ are in a good range for scholarships, because they place you well in the top ten percentile of test-takers.

Scholarship dollars are just one of many reasons why it’s important to start prepping for the ACT early. Taking the PreACT, for example, gives you great test-day experience without any of the pressure of the official exam (but no, you won’t qualify for any scholarships through PreACT scores). If your school doesn’t offer the opportunity to take the PreACT, or you missed testing for another reason, take an ACT practice test to get a sense of where you’d score if you took the test today.

Remember, these tests don’t tell us anything about how you’ll eventually score on the official exam: they only provide a snapshot of where you are right now. And that’s a really good thing, because once you know where you are, you can make a plan to reach your goals.

How Can I Get My Score Higher?

Maybe you’re aiming to get a perfect 36 (which will qualify you for lots of scholarships); maybe you’re trying for that stratospheric 30+; maybe you’re just trying to get your score as high as possible (one of the best goals, if you ask me). Whatever goal you’ve set, you’ll need to be methodical about reaching it.

Start with your PreACT or ACT practice test scores. Look at the questions you got right and wrong, and try to classify them. Where were your highest sectionals scores? Where were your lowest? Did you miss a lot of geometry problems? Were scientific experiment questions your hands-down favorites?

From there, you can evaluate what you’ll need to study to boost your score as high as possible. Take into consideration the time you have left before test day; get a great ACT study guide, and be realistic—even if you end up retaking the test a few months from now, that score could still put you in the running for major scholarship money.

So…How Do I Get This Money?

The first thing to do is to check with schools at which you’ve been accepted (or are applying) to make sure that you’re in the running for any scholarships they have available. Some schools will automatically consider all applicants for scholarships, while others require separate applications.

Then, you’ll have to do a little digging. Check out scholarships in your area, given by organizations like the Rotary Club. Check out scholarships given for students working towards particular career goals (like future CIA employees—true story). You’d be amazed at what scholarships are available, so get out your laptop, start Googling, and don’t forget to follow up with your guidance counselor, who may have experience with some of these organizations.

One last thing to keep in mind: not all ACT scholarships are created equal. Some scholarships use ACT scores as just one aspect of overall applications—so while a higher ACT score can help you get those scholarships (or get you more money), your GPA and other factors, from where you live to your ethnic background to your career plans, can also come into play. So do your research before sinking lots of time into each application!


Rachel Kapelke-Dale is a High School and Graduate Exams blogger at Magoosh. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, an MA from the Université de Paris VII, and a PhD from University College London. She has taught test preparation and consulted on admissions practices for over eight years. Currently, Rachel divides her time between the US and London.


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Studious Matron: 4 Reasons Why Mothers in College are Everyday Heroes Reply

Many mothers these days are seeking a way out of their traditional roles in order to do something that fulfills their goals. For many, this includes going to college to get a degree. Mothers face many more challenges than the average 18-year-old faces at college, and for this reason, they are truly heroes.

They Balance Parenting and School

An 18 year old who has just left high school to go to college has plenty of time to work on getting good grades. However, mothers attending college have to delineate their time to make room for a multitude of relationships as well as to deal with all the household tasks that go along with parenting. They must often work their classes around their children’s school hours and extracurricular activities.

They Often Do It Alone

While it is stressful to work college classes around other peoples’ schedules, it is even more difficult when the mother must do it alone. There are numerous single mothers attending college these days. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 26% of undergraduate students are parents, 71% of these are mothers and 43% of these are single mothers.

They Are Not Scared to Learn Something New

Mothers attending college are definitely people whom their children can look up to for guidance. They prove that it is worthwhile to try something difficult, to put oneself out for a few years to reach a greater goal and to achieve more with their lives than they previously had.

They Are Earning Advanced Degrees

The need for advanced degrees in the United States is expected to increase significantly by 2025 according to Huffington Post. Many mothers who already earned baccalaureate degrees are going back to school for master’s or doctorate degrees. These women earn significantly more than their baccalaureate counterparts do. For example, an online master of nursing can set women up to be nurse managers and educators.

Not only do mothers attending college have to worry about their grades, but also they must ensure that their children continue to receive the attention that they need. Additionally, some of these mothers hold down jobs, stretching themselves thin. However, most mothers find that attending college does pay off for them in greater career fulfillment, increased wages and better quality and satisfaction of life. For following their dreams and improving their lives, they are truly heroes.


About the author: Anica is a professional content and copywriter from San Francisco, California. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here. Anica is a writer for Ohio University, which offers a range of degrees including an online master’s in athletic administration.


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4 Things to Consider When Applying to Universities Reply

Choosing a college can be really easy. Or really hard. It all depends on a number of factors, some within your control and some beyond it. There are some components, however, that universally need to be considered when deciding on colleges that should be on your application list.

  1. Fit

Perhaps the most important thing to consider is fit. This is why it’s important to actually visit any universities you are seriously considering attending. Meet people – staff, professors and students – to really get a feel of the place and see how you feel about fitting in there. Not every college is for everybody, and you might find yourself simply liking the feel of some over others. Lots of schools have a website like this one for UC Clermont College. Spending some time on the schools website can help you get a feel for what the culture there will be like.

  1. Cost

While it’s not something most potential college students want to think about, the reality is that cost is always something you must consider when applying to universities. If you get more financial help to attend one school over another, that alone might make the decision for you. Or it might not. Always apply to schools you want because you might end up with more financial aid than you thought, and your college experience is not to be decided by money alone. But cost should always be a factor.

  1. Breadth Of Degree Choices

You are likely to change your major during college – that much is a fact. So if you’re looking at a very small school for a very specific program they are well-known for, what happens if you want to change your major and you then find there are not many other options to choose from? The smart thing to do is not only have a few majors in mind you might be interested in pursuing, but applying to colleges that have programs in a handful of subjects you are interested in, as well as other options you might not have even considered.

  1. Your Chances At Getting In

Have a good idea of the acceptance rate and average accepted student GPA of the schools you are considering. It might be best to simply not apply to any you have no realistic chance of getting into. If you are applying to a school or two that might be hard to get into, go the extra mile when crafting your application, essay and interview to present yourself as a student they want to accept. But also realistically determine if you’ll be able to keep up in the academic environment of those schools if you are accepted. And always apply to a “backup” school that you’re sure to get into.

The decision of what colleges to apply for is a very personal one, and there are a lot of things to consider. The benefits of a college education, including becoming a more well-rounded human being, better employment aspects and better lifetime salaries make it all worth it. Ultimately, follow both your heart and your head, as well as consider the four factors mentioned above, and good luck on those applications!


Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys tennis and spending time with her family. Kara recommends looking into diplomacy programs for more information on degrees that can help save the world.


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Planning for the Future: 6 Ways to Get Ahead When You’re a Recent College Grad Reply

If you’ve recently graduated from school, now is the time to start thinking about the future. You might be focused on landing that dream job, but what happens after that?

It’s important to think about this stuff as early as possible because finances can be a major source of stress further down the road. In some cases, those who haven’t carefully planned find themselves depressed (or worse). Having a plan in place will reduce your stress level and allow you to stay motivated, so take time to sit down and think about what your goals are. Financial planning may not be fun, but it’s a necessary part of life. Talk to people who have lived through it–your parents, grandparents, or an older friend–and get some advice on where to begin.

After that, use these 6 tips to start planning for the future

1. Explore your options

Now is the time to figure out what you really want when it comes to a job, a house, and a stable future. Do you want to do some traveling? Start saving for retirement? It’s all possible, but now is the time to strike. Look at your career options and don’t be afraid to take some risks.

“Your 20s really are the time to explore. Before you get married and before you have kids, you don’t have a lot of financial responsibilities,” says author Jean Chatzky.

2. Consider living rent-free

If it’s an option, consider living with your parents or other family members just after graduation. This is a short-term situation that could help you save money for a car or your first place. Just remember to stay motivated where money saving is concerned, otherwise you’ll get a little too comfortable and it will be harder for you to get out on your own.

3. Watch your credit

Your credit score might not mean much now, but when you’re ready to buy a house or a car, it will be a very important part of your life. If you have student loans, start paying them off as soon as possible and add a little extra to your monthly payment to get ahead. Credit cards should be used for big purchases or emergencies only to avoid running up debt. Taking care of your credit now means you’ll have much more stability in the future.

4. Make saving automatic

Saving money is much easier if you don’t even have to think about it, so consider investing in a 401(k) plan that your employer takes out of your paycheck. This means you’ll have a plan for retirement that requires no effort on your part, and since it’s taken right out of your check you won’t even miss it.

5. Have a backup plan

Even if you’ve already secured your dream job, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan just in case. Keep your resume updated and make connections with other people in your field so you can always have an ear to the ground. Even the best jobs can come with nasty surprises, or you may find that you just don’t enjoy it as much as you thought you would.

6. Earn extra money

Whether you already have a day job or are trying to score one, it may be necessary to earn a little extra money now and then, so consider putting your skills to use as a tutor, a babysitter, or a dog walker. You can start your own business making jewelry, or maintain a blog that earns money through ads.

Saving and planning for the future doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience; start with a plan and talk to some people who have been through it already to gain some insight. After that, it’s just a matter of staying focused.


Gloria runs WomenLed.org, which celebrates women’s achievements in the workplace and beyond. She believes that while women have made many advancements toward “shattering the glass ceiling,” there is still much to be done. It is her aim to help increase the number of women-led businesses by educating others about the topic.


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How To Help Improve Public Education While Earning Your Degree Reply

One of the best ways to prepare for a rewarding career is to complete a degree program in your chosen field. Whether you are planning to pursue a career in education or just have a desire to help people reach their full potential, students can promote higher education in a variety of ways. Consider these helpful tips to advocate higher education as an important necessity in today’s competitive economy.

Higher Education Websites

Creating a website to promote higher education is an excellent way to inform the general public about the advantages of earning a college degree. Students can use website builders such as Weebly or Wix at no additional cost. Many website builders come with templates that makes it easier to create content. It’s important to explain how higher education can help people achieve career goals as well as provide helpful ways to finance the cost of college.

Utilize Social Media

Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter have gained popularity in recent years. Promoting higher education from your social media websites is a quick and easy way to reach large audiences. Common ways to advocate higher learning include posting articles and links for people interested in continuing their education. Students can also create blogs on various education topics or share personal experiences of how higher education changed their life.

Guest Speaking and Networking

Students can use their communication skills to help promote higher education. It’s important to encourage friends and relatives to continue their education. Education can also be a great conversation topic when meeting new people. Many students volunteer as a guest speaker at a local high school to help young people prepare for college. Common speaking topics include general admission requirements and tuition assistance programs. Students can also attend networking events and career fairs to promote public education.

Higher Education Careers

A career in higher education administration is an excellent occupation for people with a passion to help others succeed. According to the Washington Post, the career outlook for higher education administrators is positive and stable. A masters in higher education administration is offered at colleges such as Abilene Christian University. These degree programs cover topics related to diversity issues, student development, and conflict resolution.

Students can make a difference in their community by promoting higher education. Creating a website or posting to social media is a great way to advocate public education. People can also volunteer as guest speaker at local schools or pursue a professional career in higher education administration.


 

 

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Tricks of the Trade: 4 Master’s Degrees You Should Consider for Your Trade Career Reply

Tricks of the Trade 4 Master's Degrees You Should Consider for Your Trade CareerIf you are interested in getting involved in a career with no desire to be an immediate slave to student debt, you are in luck. There are a number of high paying trading jobs where you can get paid to learn on the job. Then, you will be set loose into a valued and needed trade career with a high paying salary. With the overflow on campuses, the declining output of useful talent, campuses becoming more like political activist headquarters and professors trading in professionalism by deciding to bring personal politics into their classrooms and grading by agreeing or not agreeing with them, there is no wonder why so many people would prefer to skip college and gigantic loan debt. There are many trades that would benefit from a master’s degree. After a while, these successful people may want to rise higher in authority and pay. Here are four trades where a master’s degree can make a huge difference in authority and salary.

Construction Management

Construction managers usually have great minds for building and economics, which is a unique combination. They are able to coordinate, organize and supervise construction projects. Getting into construction management does not necessarily require college. It does take years as a construction worker and experience in general contracting to get the job, but a master’s degree in business management would skyrocket a career and salary. A general contractor with an MBA could write their own ticket.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

Electronic and electrical engineering techs assist engineers develop and design equipment used in medicine, computers, navigation and a number of other fields. Also, the technicians test and run diagnostics electronic and electrical equipment. Additionally, they do repairs as well. A master’s in electrical engineering would elevate the technicians to the engineers. Afterwards, they would have their own technicians doing work for them.

Aviation Maintenance Technology

This is a fancy way for saying an aircraft mechanic, which is still a really cool, important and profitable trade. In terms of sought after trades, it is a much smaller field. After several years of working in the field and building contacts, getting a master’s degree in aviation management would elevate a technician to a position of power, profit and importance.

Solar Energy Technology

The solar and green power industry employs a large range of jobs. Skilled trade positions include running solar power plants, building solar plants, and solar power maintenance and installation. The jobs demand a intensive training programs and training on the job, but there are a variety of master’s degrees available, such as a master’s degree in solar energy.

All of these trade jobs pay well and are in demand, but college is not for everyone fresh out of high school. Trades seems to get snubbed by the elite of society, but they are a necessity and pay well. Men and women skilled in trades should not thumb their nose down at college either though. master’s degree on top of their trade and experience can dramatically change their lives, and it is something they should strongly consider.


Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Connect with her on Google+ and (@LizzieWeakley).


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