Can A Career in Engineering Be Fun? 5 Interesting Jobs for Graduates Reply

When it comes to “fun” college majors, degrees in art, PE or theatre often tend to come to mind—but not usually engineering. Engineers are often portrayed as serious men and women squinting at blueprints and crunching numbers. However, engineering encompasses many different fields, and some people are surprised to learn that engineers can actually find extremely interesting work and have enviably fulfilling careers.

On top of the possibilities for exciting work, engineering can be a stable and lucrative career path, offering graduates the best of both worlds. Overall, engineering employment is expected to grow by approximately 4% from 2014 to 2024—with some engineering specialties growing much faster than this. If you’ve ever thought about a career in engineering, here are 4 interesting jobs engineering students can pursue after finishing their degrees.

1. Roller Coaster Engineer

Ever wonder who creates those stunning roller coasters at Disneyland or Six Flags? These machines are truly a feat of engineering, and they require a great deal of precision to ensure their safety as well as the thrill factor.

There are several types of engineers that work on amusement park rides, but ride engineers (a specialty within the mechanical engineering field) are responsible for working with designers to ensure that the rides are built to be functional and safe. For specialty theme-based rides, this can take engineers as long as 3 to 5 years to complete a single ride.

Fun Fact: Roller coaster engineers who work for Disneyland are known as Imagineers, and their jobs are about as creative as you can get in this in-demand STEM field.

What’s required: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, licensure

Average Salary: $88,190

2. Bioengineer

You don’t have to engineer buildings or machines as an engineer; you can engineer plants and animals instead. Bioengineers are responsible for advances in fields like food production and healthcare. Growing new skin and organs, creating genetically engineered plants to be safe for human consumption, and designing artificial joints are all projects bioengineers have been responsible for. This exciting and innovative career path is a great option for people with natural curiosity and a scientific mind.

What’s required: Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering, or engineering with study in Biology; advanced degrees helpful

Average Salary: $91,760

3. Civil Engineer

“Civil engineering” may sound like one of the most boring jobs in the world, but it doesn’t have to be. Not only are civil engineers essential to global infrastructure, they often get to work on exciting and interesting projects. For example, some of the biggest civil engineering projects in the world have been lavish airports built on artificial islands. The Kansai International Airport in Japan contains a 40 foot seawall and cost $31.9 billion to build.

Civil engineers also work on projects like highways, bridges, and other essential projects that allow us to travel, work, and live. It’s one of the most important jobs to our economy, and demand for civil engineers continues to grow.

What’s required: A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering

Average salary: $89,730

4. Aerospace Engineer

Just about every kid has big dreams of becoming an astronaut, but what most 8-year-olds don’t recognize is how many smart and talented people are needed to support those astronauts in getting them out of Earth’s atmosphere and into space. Space engineers work with the latest, most expensive technology, and are responsible for astronauts’ and public safety while trying to unlock the mysteries of the universe. A knowledge of physics and mathematics are some of the most important skills in a space engineer’s toolkit, and they have to be extremely precise to be successful in the field.

What’s required: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, or other related field, master’s degree in astronautical engineering or similar, PhD helpful

Average salary: $107,000

Find Your Calling

No matter what your interests, you’re likely to find an interesting career path within the broad field of engineering. However, becoming an engineer requires dedication and rigorous coursework, so you should think carefully about what subjects interest you before you decide to pursue a career in engineering—it’s a long haul through the coursework if you don’t enjoy what you’re studying. If you find your calling, however, you might be able to make an excellent salary while doing fulfilling work. What could be better?


Ryan Ayers has been a consultant for over five years within multiple industries including information technology, medical devices and logistics. Many clients call him the BizTech Guru. He is a freelance writer on the side and lover of all things related to business, technology, innovation and the LA Clippers. Read more from Ryan: @TheBizTechGuru


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4 Ways Small Colleges Can Attract More Diverse Applicants Reply

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While every school strives to have as much enrollment as they reasonably can, that goes double for small colleges. Large universities attract a greater percentage of state and federal funding, forcing many smaller colleges to rely more heavily on tuition and fees to make up the difference. In a perfect world, this would mean a diverse student body with people from all walks of life, but it does exclude people that are socioeconomically disadvantaged by its very nature.

For that reason, it can be difficult to attract applicants to a smaller school that are truly diverse, but far from impossible. Here are four ways small colleges can embrace diversity and create a more eclectic student body.

Offer Scholarships of Different Kinds

As Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.” Everyone has a talent to offer, no matter what background they come from, so by creating scholarships for potential students from all walks of life, you attract students from every background.

You could give a scholarship to people majoring in a very specific field, or offer one to those who have gone through an ESL program, such as those at the Interactive College Of Technology, and passed the TOEFL exam, for starters.

Conduct Community Outreach

For many students, an education at a small college may seem out of reach due to the perception of high fees and strict admission requirements. As a result, some may feel that they simply are not “good enough” to be a member of a smaller school. By creating programs that bring the college to the students, even as young as elementary school, you create an attachment within the child that makes them grow up wanting to attend your college.

Offer Something for Free

When Texas A&M University—Commerce in Commerce, TX wanted to boost enrollment in their graduate courses, they did something that many schools would frown upon: offer free tuition. This wasn’t open to everyone—just those who were primary and secondary teachers—but enough people took them up on it that it shifted the demographics of the classes dramatically, creating a new crop of students from all over the area eager to learn, and many of whom graduated.

Change the Local Culture

With the advent of social media, everyone is becoming more conscious of their reputation, colleges included. Use this to your advantage by creating a distinct culture that appeals to a wide variety of students, such as “going green” or offering unusual extracurricular activities. You may not have the powerhouse football team in a larger school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an identity that attracts people from all over the place.

It’s easy for a smaller school to feel intimidated by the massive enrollment numbers and varied student body of larger, division one colleges, but there’s nothing besides the numbers that a smaller school can’t emulate. By capitalizing on your assets and bringing the experience to students’ doorsteps, you can generate a steady flow of students from every corner of the world that are eager to join your ranks.


Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. You can follow her on twitter and LinkedIn.


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Getting a Good Education: Why Parents Should Encourage Their Kids to Go to College Reply

High school is approaching a rapid end for your child, and it is time to have that serious talk about what their future plans are. While your child may be considering a job in the local market, it may not be in their best interests to halt their educational momentum. They have always had pretty decent grades, and this will tend to mean they will do well in college also: if they apply themselves. With that in mind, it will be in your child’s best interests to explain to them why pursuing college now is going to help them out in the long term.

What College Has to Offer

When your child was in high school, they were introduced to a general education that was not very skill oriented or specific enough around which to build a meaningful career. In college, they will take courses that move them beyond basic applications of math, science and other key subjects that are central to modern practical and industrial applications. In many cases, a career path can be more easily fortified by a specific college-based curriculum than by simply working jobs that require little to no skills.

Wages Increase with Education

It is unlikely that your child fully grasps the value of having a college degree. Even if they only go as far as an associate’s degree or some niche technical degree, this can translate to a huge increase in wage earnings over their lifetime. In fact, the more in-demand their degree program happens to be, the more they will tend to earn. This makes good sense; since, as with any other system of supply and demand, those who are in demand simply stand to be the most prized for their desperately needed skills. It is important your child starts to see themselves as one whose skills and education should make them part of the in-demand crowd.

Choosing a College

Part of going to college is choosing the right learning institution for achieving your child’s long term educational goals. They may find that what they are interested in is being offered through an online degree, at a regional campus that is run by an organization like College America. Such learning institutions are often able to help students find the career paths that are currently in demand: including degree programs geared for careers in business, healthcare and information technology.

Exposure Matters

Something important that your child needs to understand is that college is an opportunity that opens them up to more than simply earning a degree. Your child will be in contact with professional educators who, in many cases, are thought leaders that help to define the direction of the fields that students like your child are heading into. This is especially true at research-based universities that push their instructors to publish or perish. Often these instructors will take a liking to certain students and want to groom them for high level research in a given field of study. These once in a lifetime opportunities are priceless. They make it possible for someone learning about a field to get their name attached to groundbreaking research; thus, making that student far more desirable and attractive to large corporations who need first-hand, cutting-edge, innovative thinkers on staff.

College is a time when your child will mature as a person. It is also a time when their insights into how they fit into the ever evolving global economy will start to take shape. Since college will give your child new experiences, a higher education and rare opportunities they will not find anywhere else, the decision to go to college is one your child should think about long and hard. This decision should be made with an informed perspective about what a college education can do for them.


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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How to Thrive in College Programs Geared to STEM Disciplines Reply

STEM careers count among the hottest and best-paying jobs around. A sampling of salaries for engineers on the Glassdoor website shows that the average salary for people working in this STEM field is just above $76,000 per year. It is salaries like these that make these fields attractive to incoming college students. If you’re entering a STEM-related degree program in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, here are a couple of tips to help you thrive in your new college environment.

Prep Courses

Most STEM fields require a foundation in the sciences and in mathematics. The early years of your education should be spent taking coursework in fields like biology, trigonometry, or geometry, (depending upon the demands of your program). If you aren’t sure which of these prep courses you should take for your major, be sure to talk to your guidance counselor or refer to your college catalog.

Specialized Knowledge

According the University of Illinois at Chicago website, regulations may play a role in how software like mobile apps for the medical field gets developed (or not). There can be issues pertaining to unclear regulations or privacy laws. If you’d like to use your STEM career to go into a specific field such as this, it might also be helpful to take coursework that deals with ethics or law in your future field. This specialized knowledge can help you define a career niche as well as help you make decisions about future internships.

Non-STEM Options

If you’re interested in a STEM career, but aren’t sure if you actually want to work in a STEM job, say as an engineer or a computer programmer, it’s possible to work in positions that support these types of jobs. For example, Ohio University offers a Master in Engineering Management.

This field of study builds on an engineer’s education and adds coursework in project management, communication, and engineering process improvement. This is just an example. Chances are there is a management or support position in your STEM field of interest. When you are looking at your STEM field, think about taking coursework that would support a STEM job. These skills allow you to work in your STEM field, but in a different capacity.

Soft Skills

A lack of STEM skills isn’t the only reason people don’t get jobs post-college. These graduates often lack communication, critical-thinking, or even creative skills. (In other words, they need more soft skills). While it’s important for you to get a solid foundation in math and science, don’t completely overlook classes like speech and debate, creative writing, or even art. Having these skills could mean the difference between getting a job after you graduate or not.

People who pursue STEM degrees position themselves to get good jobs and good incomes once they graduate. If you’ve committed yourself to getting a STEM degree, be sure to take coursework in both basic math and science—as they relate to your field—as well as classes in disciplines that teach you soft skills.

Additionally, if you know you want to work in a STEM field, it’s often helpful to know which one specifically in order to build the skills necessary to work within the regulations of that industry. Finally, remember that not all STEM-field jobs require you to have degrees in engineering or math. You might find a job in a support position. Be sure to take some classes that deal with these positions as well.


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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5 Ways Technology is Advancing Education Reply

Technology has changed the way that we live so it only makes sense that it would also change the way that our education system works. We see it constantly both in the classroom and even from the way that we are able to collect knowledge from the comfort of our home. To help further highlight this impact, below we will be examining five of the ways that technology is advancing education.

1. Bridging the Gender Gap

In the world of STEM fields, there is, unfortunately, a prominent gender gap. Fortunately, the inclusion of technology in the classroom could potentially offer an opportunity to begin to bridge that gap.

It should first be noted that educators are going to be the most dominant aspect of this process. School-aged girls will require exposure to STEM materials, enthusiastic instruction, and examples of female role models from the world of STEM-related career paths.

However, technology does give instructors the tools to make these steps towards bridging the gender gap accessible. We already know that technology in a classroom leads to more intensive student engagement. Instructors will also find that it is easier than ever before to use a combination of videos, audio, and reading material to expose their students to the exciting aspects of STEM-related studies.

In short, what technology provides young women is access. It is then up to their instructors to make the most of it.

2. Opportunities for a Free Education

Unfortunately, one of the most common hurdles associated with the pursuit of education is cost. Schooling is expensive but thanks to the internet we are now living in an age of free information.

Elite universities like Yale have complied information on a wide range of topics including literature, history, foreign language studies, and other core subjects. There are also a number of non-university sites like Free-Ed that provide free educational resources for individuals of any age.

Naturally, the learning materials are hit and miss with these sites. Sometimes (as is the case with the above-listed pages) there is plenty of high-quality work material that you will be able to sift through, while other times the resources may leave the scholar wanting more.

Depending on what sites you use, resources include, but are not limited to, video, audio, tests, and other reading materials. Unfortunately, programs of this nature do not currently have the same pedigree that is enjoyed by Universities (or even more formal online colleges) but their existence is nevertheless a step towards affordable secondary education.

3. Expanding Educational Services

The advent of rapidly advancing technology is also being felt in traditional classrooms of every grade level. Tech helps teachers create well-rounded curriculums that are designed around the specific needs of their students.

This is particularly useful in the education of children that do not speak English as their first language–a situation that is very common in the United States.

In the United States, there are approximately 12 million school-aged students that speak a different language at school than they do at home. Unfortunately, most of the time teachers are just unable to accommodate the specific needs of those students, with only 2.5% of teachers being able to communicate with their students in their native tongues.

Technology helps to help provide educational opportunities that English language learner students are often deprived of. It helps increase student engagement, facilitate collaboration between classmates, teach online skills that are useful, if not essential to modern living, and provide a safe space for ELL students to learn English.

For these reasons, technology is now empowering teachers to create curriculums that suit the needs of students that are otherwise often neglected.

4. Globalization

We are all well-aware of the way that the internet opens the world up to us. In the case of the classroom, online connections allow students to go beyond the pages of their books and see new places and things in a way that was never before possible. They can even meet students from the classrooms of other countries to learn about different cultures in a more interactive way than ever before.

In this capacity, technology is able to take concepts (such as the culture of a European country) and transform the way that students understand them by illustrating the ways in which they affect the lives of real people.

5. Augmented & Virtual Reality

Augmented and virtual reality are newer technologies that are only just starting to pick up steam. Innovation is quick, however, and it has been projected that by 2020, VR and AR are expected to be worth $150 billion.

The way in which these technologies can affect classroom learning still have not been fully fleshed out, but even today instructors are using virtual reality to provide a concrete understanding of history, literature, and even the sciences.

As this technology continues to grow there is no doubt that it will play a very prominent role in the future of education.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to enhance your education online, feel free to check out this list of sites that offer online education programs completely free.


Ryan Ayers has been a consultant for over five years within multiple industries including information technology, medical devices and logistics. Many clients call him the BizTech Guru. He is a freelance writer on the side and lover of all things related to business, technology, innovation and the LA Clippers. Read more from Ryan: @TheBizTechGuru


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Evolving Healthcare: Top 4 Reasons a Medical Degree is a Safe Bet Reply

All careers evolve. It’s one thing that college students should always keep in mind, especially as they’re preparing to make a choice of major. One field that seems like a safe bet is that of medicine. Below are just a few of the reasons why these degrees will likely continue to pay off for many years.

The Field Will Always Exist

Medical care certainly isn’t going anywhere. As long as there are people, there will be a need for people to care for them. While jobs will inevitably be lost to field changes and technology, there will never be a point where humans aren’t needed to care for humans. Knowing that there is a kind of stability in the field is one of the best reasons to pursue a medical degree. After all, it’s nice to know that your job won’t ever really be rendered obsolete.

The Medical Field is Huge

The medical field is bigger than you might think. While the average person immediately thinks of doctors and nurses, there are dozens of highly-specialized technical positions that must be filled in the industry. Medical lab technicians, for example, are in high demand across the country. Pursuing a medical degree of any sort is a great way to look at the careers available in medicine. The availability of NP, BSN, and MLS online programs also allows for greater flexibility in pursuing these careers. The sheer scope of the field makes it more likely that jobs will stick around for the foreseeable future.

Medical Professionals are in Demand

Medical professionals are more in demand than ever, as there is a huge shortage of primary care providers. This means that for at least the next several years, those who hold medical degrees will have an easier time finding work than most of their similarly-educated peers. As demand increases, so too will the number of jobs available for properly-trained candidates.

Changes in Technology are Creating New Jobs

Having a medical degree will also give degree holders access to jobs that don’t even exist yet. Simply being in the field will give medical workers a chance to be on the cutting edge of employment, working with new technologies and using new techniques. Those who pursue degrees today will be able to use them in ways that might not even be imaginable in the current field.

Your medical degree can help you find a job that’s in demand and will pay well. It will also let you become part of a community that’s not going anywhere in the near future. If you’re looking for something that’s relatively future-proof, medicine is the first place to start.


 

 

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Going into IT: 5 Advanced Degrees That Will Land You a Lucrative Tech Career Reply

Computer science is a field that is constantly evolving with education and career opportunities. At the forefront of this development is the evolution of Information Technology (IT). With so many companies becoming technologically centered, high demand has been placed on creating scholars that are prepared to enter a lucrative workforce. Here are five advanced IT degrees that open the doors to well-paying and satisfying positions.

Masters in Health Informatics

For those interested in the solid field of healthcare, a Masters in Health Informatics is the pathway to go through. Here, the study of healthcare and technology converge and cover the ever-expanding health industry and how it has evolved with technology. Students can specialize in biomedical systems, as well as office management systems and other technological components of the industry. Those who work their way to director positions with this degree may earn up to $80,000- $100,000 a year. Many schools now offer a health informatics master’s degree online.

Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS)

Most of these programs consist of two-year curricula with 48 units. The focus of this degree is submerging students into the various theories and practices applied today in organizing, analyzing, representing, and retrieving information. This gives scholars a broad spectrum of knowledge that can be used through multiple avenues within the IT industry. For example, information technology directors and auditors can earn anywhere from $65,000- $82,000.

Master of Science in Computer Security

Graduates from a Masters in Computer Security or Cybersecurity go on to be professionals that devote their career to keeping information intact. They use their knowledge of complex systems to detect suspicious activity and keep compromises in security at bay. With experience, salary has great potential in this field. Those with 1-4 years of experience can make up to $94,000, while those with ten or more years can look to earn a six-figure salary.

PhD in Computing and Information Sciences

This doctorate degree is one of the highest obtainable within the tech industry as a whole. Graduates usually go on to work as educators or with government agencies to teach or apply their knowledge. The degree encompasses a wide range of principles and subjects, including information systems, software systems, and artificial intelligence. The median annual wage for researchers with this degree is $110,000. Those with top experience and employment may earn up to $170,000.

Master of Science in Information Technology

Known as the original IT degree, a strong base of knowledge is built upon to provide advanced training to those in the IT field. Graduates are likely to become managers, auditors, senior analysts, etc. With so many positions open for different specialties, expect to earn anywhere from $70,000-$170,000.

With the IT field becoming so competitive, employers will seek higher-trained and advanced workers to complete evolving tasks. These five degrees can provide a great education that leads to a solid position within such a demanding field.


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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4 Popular Health Programs & Careers for 2018 Reply

Healthcare is a vital industry that affects the lives of every one at some point throughout their lives. Because of this, there is a wide variety of interesting career paths within or related to the healthcare field that tend to pay very well and can be very fulfilling and satisfying.

Of course, roles in the healthcare field are always changing, with new trends emerging every year. If you’ve been considering pursuing a career in healthcare, here are 4 popular health careers that are expected to grow in 2018.

1. Nurse – Average salary: $66,640

Although nursing has been a popular career choice for people interested in the healthcare industry, as of late there has been an increased need for nurses. While becoming a nurse does involve rigorous training, it’s less grueling than becoming a doctor and is a great choice for compassionate individuals who love helping others.

Nurses manage and monitor patients in different settings and are often responsible for dispensing medications, providing wound care, taking vitals, and ensuring patients get the customized care they need. Nurses must communicate with many different healthcare professionals to coordinate each patient’s individual care plan and make important decisions under pressure.

In order to practice, nurses must go through training and become certified. Most people pursue an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and some even go on to earn a master’s degree. Prospective nurses must complete their training before taking the certification exam.

2. Assisted Living Director – Average salary: $78,737

The number of elderly people globally is growing quickly, resulting in a growing need for assisted living facilities and elder care. People are living longer thanks to improved healthcare, and the percentage of people worldwide over age 65 is expected to grow from 8.5% in 2016 to around 17% by 2050.

In 2018 and beyond, assisted living directors will play a crucial role in caring for the aging population, yet that won’t be their only duty. Directors will also help in educating family members on signs that their loved one could benefit from assisted living. Peggy Flannigan, Associate Professor of Nursing at Bradley University, highlights a number of factors to look out for including confusion with medication, frequent falls and unexplained purchases (read more to find out additional signs).

Becoming an assisted living director may or may not require licensure, depending on the state. The CALA exam is a blueprint that can be used to help ensure that individuals are ready to become assisted living directors. There is no federal oversight for this career, but candidates should take the time to scrupulously learn best practices and preferably learn under an experienced director in an assisted living facility.

3. Psychiatrist – Average salary: $196,342

Mental health is becoming a big issue worldwide as more people each year are seeking help for depression and other mental illnesses. Awareness of how common mental illness is has created a need for more psychiatrists to help patients find relief and live happier, safer lives.

Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose, treat, and help prevent emotional and behavioral disorders. They often combine physical and psychological medicine in order to treat their patients, since mental illness is often related to physical symptoms. Psychotherapy and medication are often used to help patients control their disorders and live their lives normally.

Because psychiatrists are physicians, rigorous educational requirement apply. Candidates must complete a bachelor’s degree before moving on to medical school and completing standard residency requirements. After this, candidates need to become licensed in their state in order to practice legally.

4. Healthcare Manager – Average salary: $86,459

Not all medical careers involve medicine directly, of course. Healthcare managers are an important part of every healthcare organization, responsible for overseeing the business side of the industry. As more healthcare organizations are founded, more openings for healthcare managers will emerge in the next few years.

Healthcare managers are responsible for ensuring that the finances and operations of their organization runs smoothly. They must coordinate with staff to manage the quality of patient care and resolve personnel issues, perform or delegate budgeting and accounting tasks, and carry out strategic planning. Roles differ in their responsibilities, and healthcare managers need to be adaptable, organized, and have strong leadership qualities.

Different states have different requirements for healthcare managers, and not all require certification. However, most healthcare managers have a master’s degree in a business-related field such as healthcare management, patient services, nursing administration, or human resources.

If you’re looking to enter the healthcare industry in the coming years, consider these 4 careers that are projected to be trending in the coming years. That said, there are a ton of other career options within the health field, so don’t be afraid to do some additional exploring yourself.


Ryan Ayers has been a consultant for over five years within multiple industries including information technology, medical devices and logistics. Many clients call him the BizTech Guru. He is a freelance writer on the side and lover of all things related to business, technology, innovation and the LA Clippers. Read more from Ryan: @TheBizTechGuru


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Learning to Teach: 4 Tips for Students in an Education Degree Reply

Being a teacher can be rewarding. You will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students that you teach. Without teachers, there would not be any other profession. There are several things that you will need to do in order to prepare for a career in education.

Talk to Your Professors

Professors have been in the education field for a long time. That is why they can offer you valuable advice. They can give you tips that will help you connect with your future students. Your professor can also give you ideas that will help be creative in the classroom.

Volunteer

There is a lot that you can learn from being in the classroom. However, there are some things that you will not be able to learn until you get experience in the classroom. You can get experience by volunteering at different schools in your area. You will learn how to interact with students. This also looks good on your resume.

Employers are not just looking for someone with good grades. They are looking for someone who already has experience in the education field. It is a good idea to work with students of different ages.

Prepare for the Praxis Tests

You will have to take Praxis tests before, during and after your education training. That is why it is never too early for you to start preparing for these tests. You can take practice tests. There are also courses that will prepare you for the Praxis tests.

The tests are daunting. They are one of the main things that will determine whether you can teach. However, the more you prepare, the easier it will be for you to ace the tests. If you’re planning on an advanced degree, it’s not a bad idea to double up. Taking an online MAT course while you study for the Praxis Test can help you learn practical applications for everything you’re studying.

Accept Feedback

You will receive a lot of feedback once you began student teaching. Regardless of whether the feedback is good or bad, you should use it to improve your teaching experience. Any advice that you get can be used to improve your teaching experience. You can integrate the advice that you get into your daily activities and lesson plans.

Starting a career in education can be challenging and exciting. You talk to your professors and volunteer at a school in your area. You will also need to start preparing for the Praxis as soon as possible. Furthermore, it is important for you to accept feedback that you get and use it to adjust your teaching style.


Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.


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Digital Degrees: How to Thrive in an Online College Program Reply

Online education has opened up many opportunities for people who need a flexible and affordable way to study. There are now digital degrees in every conceivable subject. As with any type of education, however, it’s important to do your research and choose the degree program and institution that’s right for you.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of an online college program.

Pursue Online Studies in an Organized Manner

Although online studies are extremely flexible and convenient, in some ways they requires more discipline than a traditional degree program. You have the freedom to create your own schedule. However, this also means you have to find the right place to study and avoid distractions.

Be careful that you don’t approach your studies in a manner that’s too casual. Create a consistent time and place for studying and stick to it. While you’re attending online classes or completing assignments, stay away from social media, your phone and other distractions.

Consider Healthcare Degrees

The healthcare industry is booming. There is actually a shortage of people to fill many positions in this field. There are ample opportunities for nurse practitioners, physical therapists, pharmacists, laboratory assistants and others in the fast-growing medical field.

One of the most convenient ways to pursue a healthcare degree is online. You can find lots of quality digital degrees that will prepare you for a lucrative healthcare career.

Research Online Degree Programs in Unexpected Subjects

While you can certainly get an online degree in healthcare, business administration, computer science and other popular fields, there are also dozens of other possibilities. You can prepare for a career as a casino worker, forest ranger, sports agent and many other less typical jobs.

There may be online degree programs you’ve never considered. For example, an online bachelor’s degree in safety prepares you for a job that helps keep employees safe at work. The possibilities are endless.

Take Advantage of All Available Resources

When you enroll in an online degree program, you have many helpful resources at your disposal. Many of these can help you succeed in your coursework and avoid feeling isolated. For example, you should not hesitate to contact instructors with questions and comments.

Most online courses provide ways for students to connect as well. When you have study partners and ask each other questions, your online course is more like a traditional class. Every digital degree program has its own features and benefits. Make sure you familiarize yourself with these so you get the most out of your studies.

Online education has come a long way over the last decade. You can now study almost anything online that you could study in a traditional classroom. By identifying the degree program that matches your goals, you can earn a degree at your own pace and study wherever and whenever it’s convenient for you.


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