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It’s not about getting a job, it’s about finding a VOCATION!!!


From College NewsInternships are the stepping stones to success

The Kane Show-WIHT HOT 99.5 – Washington DC, Baltimore, Tampa, Cincinnati, Louisville and Memphis.

Recent surveys indicate that approximately  70% of the workforce  reported   unhappiness with their jobs.  Going to work and doing a job that you don’t like is a lousy way to go through life.

I grew up playing sports like hockey, football, and baseball. I played until my late teens and was fortunate enough to be on a high school football team that played for a state championship. For most of us formal participation in team sports comes to an end whether we are ready or not.

Still, after graduating from high school I had this faint idea of playing sports at Augsburg College a D- III school in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   The tough thing for me was the realization that schoolboy sports were over, and it was time to move on to other pursuits.

In the summer between high school and starting college I was perplexed about what to do next.  I was   starting college in the fall I was beginning to think about what I really wanted to do and was beginning to consider options.  I thought that I might major in business studies;  after all, both  my parents  were college business faculty.

Just browsing the net I came upon several internship opportunities, all unpaid. I figured that if I was going to work for no pay, then it had to be an internship that at least was interesting.  Then I came across an unpaid internship for the morning show on KDWB. Since forever I have listened to KDWB, which is the most popular top 40 station in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  The internship was with the Dave Ryan in the Morning show.  I really wanted the opportunity to work with Dave Ryan, so I applied on-line for the KDWB internship.

The more I thought of it, working on the Dave Ryan in the Morning Show on KDWB was exciting. It held the possibility to do something that I actually might like. So after I applied, I waited for a response back from KDWB, but nothing happened. The longer I waited for a response, the more I thought the opportunity would never materialize.  It was depressing.

I asked my Dad for advice and he made the suggestion that I, above all, be polite in all my communications with KDWB, but that I also should be persistent. Every other day I either sent an email or made a phone call to the station leaving the message that I was very interested in the internship and wanted the opportunity to work with the Dave Ryan in the Morning Show.  Again, I was persistent, but I was always very  polite.

A few weeks later I got a call back and had an interview with Steve O, a producer and co-host of the KDWB morning show.   From my perspective the interview went great, and I was hired as an unpaid intern.

The more I worked at the station the more  I realized the potential of the opportunity, because  it was giving me the chance to prove myself,  and I was doing work that I truly was beginning  to enjoy.   I was very eager to learn all that I could and never worried about putting in extra hours. I remembered a quote from a business consultant who said “always do more than expected”.  So I also volunteered to go way beyond what was expected of an unpaid intern, including learning to run the control boards, helping with live events, and setting up overnight broadcasts.

During my first week at the station, on my own initiative, I made “Intern John” baseball cards. I passed out my “Intern John” cards at live events to get my name out.   The more I got into radio work, the more I really enjoyed it.

I also   took advantage of every chance to join in the on-air conversation during the Dave Ryan Morning Show, and it was fun!   I was eager to get as much airtime as possible, so later I volunteered to DJ by myself, starting at 4:30 AM and working until the morning crew members started at 6:00 AM.   My radio name “Intern John” was starting to get some recognition in the Twin Cities.

I think because I always demonstrated ambition and a willingness to learn, the on-air personalities on the show,  Dave Ryan , Steve O, Lena Svenson, and Crisco, took time to teach, mentor,  and work with me. Along the way I developed close friendships with all of them, which later became important in my career progress.

I also got to meet and work with other on-air personalities at the station, like Lucas and “Big D”.  I got the opportunity to travel with “Big D” to live KDWB events that he was hosting at clubs and other venues.  I learned a lot from working with both Lucas and “Big D”. These experiences were not only great learning opportunities but fun as well. “Big D” became a very close friend and mentor.

Again, during my first year at KDWB I was an unpaid intern. I was also a full time college student and worked as many hours as I could in the college bookstore. Juggling classes, class assignments, work hours at the college bookstore and KDWB was a heck of a challenge. It was hard but I made it all work.

At the start of my 2nd year as an intern at KDWB, Dave Ryan asked for a meeting with me. Many thoughts raced through my head and not all of them good, as I thought about that upcoming meeting.  The meeting with Dave Ryan went great, and he informed me that going forward my internship at KDWB would be paid.  That was the very first time in my life that I actually was going to get paid for something that I really loved doing, proving once again that hard work, dedication to learning, and perseverance can pay off!

So from my sophomore to my senior year in college, I worked on the morning show at KDWB as a paid employee.  During that time I also worked at KAUG, the Augsburg College radio station, as the Program Director.  Working at KAUG provided even more learning opportunities, like planning and hosting campus events, concerts and developing on air programming.   In my senior year I became president of the campus radio station.  It was great to be able to use the experience I gained at KDWB, a market 16 radio station, at my college’s radio station.

By the time I graduated from Augsburg College I had 4 years of experience working as an intern at KDWB, plus more radio experience that I gained at KAUG.   I had lived in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul all my life and I had a great circle of friends and great family support. Because of KDWB my radio name of “Intern John” brought me increasing recognition in the Twin Cities.

I also realized that if I wanted my career to grow, I would need more on-air time and experiences like being a Music and Program Director for a top 40 station.  It was time to take the next career step although it would probably mean leaving the Twin Cities.

After several conversations with my Business professors at Augsburg College and with Dave Ryan and other mentors, I started to search for other opportunities in radio. Thanks to my work experience during college, especially with KDWB and the campus station KAUG, I was offered a few positions once I started looking in earnest. I chose the Music Director position at a top 40 station in Des Moines over a higher paid on air position in Nebraska because I wanted the music director experience on my resume.

At KISS 107.5  in Des Moines  I hosted  my own evening show and was the station Music Director, so I did all of the music programing.   Again, my goal was to exceed job expectations by doing more than what was expected.  I worked long hours, days and weekends to learn as much as possible. The Program Director at KISS 107.5 was Greg Chance. I was again fortunate because “Chance” proved to be a good teacher, a good friend and a good mentor.

Working at KISS provided a great opportunity to grow in my career, and Des Moines was a very good place to live. I worked at KISS for just about a year and then got the unbelievable opportunity to work on a syndicated morning show in a major market.

A radio colleague suggested that I send a tape to the KANE Show on WIHT - HOT 99.5, a top 40 station in Washington D.C.  I did a phone interview with Kane; the host of the top rated syndicated morning show, and was subsequently hired as an on-air personality with my radio name of “Intern John.”  That was just about a year ago, and it has been the experience of a lifetime. The show is also broadcast in Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Memphis and Louisville.  I thoroughly enjoy what I do, especially working with KANE and the rest of the morning crew on 99.5.

Everybody works a job, but few people get to do things they really like to do. So, plan for your career now while you are in college.  Explore opportunities for things that interest you. By all means seek out and work internships, even if unpaid, in career areas of your choice.  Always do more than expected, and learn as much has you can.  Build relationships with your college professors and mentors in your chosen career field, and listen to their advice.

Remember, it’s not about getting a job; it’s about vocation!!!

By John Cerrito Jr.

   

Fulfilling careers that a Liberal Arts degree will get you into


You've probably heard the old joke for years, that a liberal arts degree won't get you anywhere but a fast food restaurant or a sales department. Thankfully, that couldn't be any less true. Liberal arts degrees prepare students with exceptional planning skills, the ability to think outside the box and exercise creativity and a very useful critical eye for analyzing and dissecting problems. In fact, the skills that a liberal arts education provide you with are actually incredibly valuable to most employers and can land you in extremely rewarding careers after you graduate. Here are some of the more exciting and lucrative careers that an education in liberal arts will prepare you for.

Community and Social Services

The range of knowledge, creativity and compassion that you'll learn in a liberal arts degree will expertly prepare you for a career in the community and social services. Whether as a social worker, a personal support worker or a counselor, you'll use your empathy, planning skills and creativity to help people. Non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and government services are just some of the sectors your degree could put you in.

Public Relations

A vast knowledge of literature and history coupled with an engaging personality and creativity means that you could be an excellent public relations or "PR" person. Public Relations means playing the mediator in a variety of negotiations, deals and collaborations. From helping musical artists to book shows and meet record label owners, to helping corporations find a journalist to write about them, to even helping visual artists get gallery showings, you'll be doing the introductions, setting up meetings and trying to negotiate great collaborations. A multifaceted and extremely interesting career, the creativity and communication skills you learn with a liberal arts degree will have you wheeling and dealing in no time.

Teaching

Whether it's teaching in a high school, college or university setting, a liberal arts degree and the thirst for a wide variety of knowledge is a perfect background to get you set up for a career in imparting wisdom and knowledge unto others. A liberal arts degree is an exceptionally good stepping stone to furthering your academic career, whether it's through a bachelor of education or a master's degree in a specific field. Many people who graduate with liberal arts degrees go on to complete their PhDs and become fully-tenured professors. However, if you want to impart your knowledge to those who need it most - like students in high school or continuing education courses - then getting your teaching certification is a great option.

So don't let the negative stigma get you down, because as you can see, attending an alternative liberal arts college is one of the best ways to land you in a rewarding career that lets you use your knowledge, passion and skills to better the world. Far from just being a cog in a machine, you'll be using your experience to brighten the world around you, enriching not only others, but yourself as well.

Visit Shimer College for more information on attending an alternative liberal arts college.

Patrick Quinn is a Copywriter at Higher Education Marketing, a leading web marketing firm specializing in Google Analytics, Education Lead Generation, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Marketing, and Pay Per Click Marketing, among other web marketing services and tools.

   

4 tips to career success after college


From College News - How to build your resume now and get a job later.

Now more than ever, college graduates are finding that breaking into the job market is tough. Students are seeking out as many job opportunities as available. But with the current state of the economy, employers are able to pick and choose from the hundreds of applications with inexperienced graduates receiving the short end of the stick.

Though new grads have the knowledge, most students lack the experience that employers want. It can feel like a Catch-22 because it is hard to find a job without experience and just as difficult to gain experience without a job.

But students who make the most of their time in school will offer advantages in the work force other graduates do not have. Here are some great ways to start building your resume while still in school. ­

Internships

Students are told time and time again to participate in internships, but students rarely heed this advice. Classes, jobs, and extracurricular commitments often leave students with little time to find and work a good internship. However, the experience gained in an internship is really critical to finding employment in the field they want after graduation.

Searching for the right internship can seem like an overwhelming process at first. But utilizing the available resources provided by your college is the perfect place to begin. Schools like South University online have professors, staff, and other resources to help students find and connect with pertinent internships that will allow them to develop their interests and even earn college credits.

Some employers believe that hiring recent grads proves too risky. They have found that inexperienced students can hurt their offices because although the graduates hold degrees, most lack a professional work ethic and good attitude. Because of this, many employers are hesitant to hire or even interview someone without any proven work experience.

Participating in an internship for even one semester will help assure future employers that you can conduct business in a professional setting with integrity and skill. And there is always the potential that the good rapport you establish in your internship can turn that temporary position into a full-time job at the same company post graduation.

Career Services

Most colleges offer a resource such as career services which lists different career opportunities for graduating students. Generally these listings come from local companies who have contacted colleges with the sole purpose of hiring entry-level graduates. The various available jobs extend from full-time open positions to marketing opportunities to research positions making career services a solid resource for graduating students.

Network

During the last semesters at school, networking with various companies can give you an incredible advantage. Students will show initiative by contacting employers and letting them know they will be graduating soon, are extremely interested in the company, and intend to apply for a position. And in researching and contacting prospective companies ahead of time, you will help to build your personal network of connections so that there is a web of contacts to catch you when school eventually ends.

Volunteering and On Campus Jobs

Volunteering at a company, school, or office is generally a smaller time commitment but can hold equal clout on a resume. This sort of work can provide relevant experience while demonstrating that you care about the community. And because you are working for free, most places will be willing to work around student schedules and allow for flexibility.

Another way to gain work history but actually get paid comes from seeking out part time jobs that are relevant to you career path. For example, education majors who dream of becoming teachers can start building a resume now with a side job tutoring.

Because of the difficult job market, students will find it beneficial to put their time in college to good use by seeking out internships, relevant jobs, and using school and professiorial resources to prepare them for a future career.

By Jessica Socheski 

   

Which medical careers will pay you a minimum of $75,000 per year?


Your bachelors degree is all you need to make a comfortable living in the world of medicine.

Many students worry that he bachelors degree will not be enough to land us that coveted hospital position. You know the routine, first you graduate with a bachelors, then you graduate with an Associates degree, and then a masters degree, and then your PhD. It's what is expected of us.

And then what do you have to look forward to? A life time of debt? Possibility of a hospital position? The answers are unknown to every student currently in a school of higher learning. Most of us are only familiar with what we've been taught. Unable to think outside the box, we quietly follow along and stick to the status quo.

Fortunately, there is much more than the status quo. There is life beyond our tiny little box, and the world beyond our stuffy educational institutions. Graduating university with a bachelors degree it does not mean the end of your life's pursuits. If one intends to enter the field of medicine, there are options available that will allow you to pursue your goals without having to have a PhD or masters degree. 
Listed below are a few of those options.

Diagnostic imaging and radiology department manager

$76400/year

Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging managers are in charge of medical imaging programs. They oversee staff and ensure professional standards are met and maintained. Diagnostic imaging includes MRI, ultrasound, x-ray, ct scans etc. Those who perform the scans are highly trained professionals, trained in the operation of the equipment as well as the interpretation of the resulting images. They work with doctors in the production of medical diagnoses, based upon the scans that the doctor requests.

Clinical Trial Manager

$92,600/year

Clinical trials are crucial to advancements in drug therapies and other medical protocols. Clinical trial managers are responsible for overseeing these trials and ensuring they adhere to FDA regulations and in-house protocols.

A clinical trial manager oversees the execution of a new product being tested, such as a new medicine. Before drug producers can bring a product to the population, the drug must undergo thorough testing. Drug trials are set up and volunteers are brought in to testing centers to establish if the drug is beneficial, or needs further refinement. At this stage, a list of side affects may also be established, if indeed any appear.

Transplant Coordinator

$76,400/year

Organ transplants don't happen without a team of hardworking individuals participating in both the medical and administrative tasks these procedures require. Transplant coordinators may be involved in many steps, from evaluation to pre-transplant workups and post-surgical care and follow up.

Transplant coordinators will likely have a bachelor's degree in a medically related field, and may also be registered nurses. At times they may be speaking to a group of medical students about brain-stem death and organ donation. Or talking to the media about the importance of donating blood as well as filling out your organ donor cards. It also may include having frank discussions with a family about a loved ones offer to donate their organs upon their demise. These discussions require special training and an ability to empathize with people who are in a deep state of grieving.

Sales Representative, Pharmaceuticals

$84,200/year

This career may not be the most hands-on in terms of medical practice, but it will mean connecting with doctors, patients and hospital staff. If working in sales is your strong suit, acting as a coordinator to ensure patients are receiving the best drugs and medical products could be right up your alley. Most PSRs are salespeople who work on commission within a certain geographic territory. In this role, they schedule and attend sales meetings with health care providers, follow leads and cultivate new customers for the company.

While there are no specific educational requirements to become a pharmaceutical sales representative, most of these professionals hold a four-year bachelor's degree. Many have science backgrounds, which help them to understand new products and to communicate effectively with health care professionals. Aspiring reps should therefore take some coursework in biology, chemistry and statistics. Business training is also desirable to sharpen sales and negotiation skills.

Product Manager, Health Care

$87,800/year

Product managers do just what the title implies: They manage products. In the health care industry, this might include drugs or other health products. Product managers would be responsible for coordinating product development to marketing and ultimately sales strategies and results. Reporting to the Marketing Manager, the product manager would be responsible for the management of all Marketing aspects of a range of medical products. This may include marketing strategies and tactics, existing and new literature, clinical documentation, sales tools, customer education, and to ensure programs are developed to attain sales and gross margin objectives.

Providing educational options and career guidance is the goal of this author. More information, regarding the specifics of a career in diagnostic sonography can be found at http://ultrasoundtechnicianschoolshq.org

By Michael K Taylor

   

Least stressful jobs with great career potential

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3 reasons Raleigh is perfect for starting your career


Once you've graduated from school, you're faced with a choice of where to start your career. Some graduates stick around their home towns or school areas, but with a slow economy you go where jobs are available. Raleigh, North Carolina might not immediately spring to mind when you think about places to settle, but Forbes rates it as number 3 on its best places for business and careers list. With a 2.9 percent job growth rate, 7.1 percent unemployment rate, and a cost of living that's only 4.7 percent higher than average, Raleigh is attractive destination for young professionals.

Major Industries

The three major industries thriving in Raleigh, North Carolina are technology, education, and health care. The Triangle area, which consists of cities within The Research Triangle Park, is home to 170 businesses, primarily in the technology and biotech fields. Some companies you're sure to recognize include Cisco and IBM. Outside of these companies, the educational field is also booming thanks to three colleges: North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University and Duke University. The placement of these colleges near the Triangle area help provides companies with educated graduates and gives students a great deal of internship opportunities with prominent businesses.

Entrepreneur Opportunities

You don't have to work for a Fortune 500 company to get your career going in Raleigh, however. Research Triangle Park is a prime location for small businesses that offer services useful for research and technology facilities. The growing population and low cost of living present opportunity for entrepreneurs. Raleigh is listed as one of the 10 best places for entrepreneurs, so consider it strongly if you're starting your own business.

Local Attractions

Day-to-day life in Raleigh is also attractive to many recent graduates. The amount of universities nearby means that you have plenty of people within your peer group to hang out with, even if you're a transplant to the area. The nightlife reflects this, with plenty of options when it comes to clubs, bars, and other attractions. It's also home to several museums with great collections — the North Carolina Museum of Natural History doesn't cost a dime. Raleigh's food scene is robust, with plenty of excellent choices across the spectrum from hole-in-the-wall boutiques to fine dining.

You'll find a wide range of prices on Raleigh apartments. The city is set up to support easy travel to RTP companies, although the public transit system isn't all that robust. This is a city in which you probably want to keep your car, at least until the infrastructure has caught up with the growing demand in the area. If you don't want to live within the city proper for cost or personal preference reasons, plenty of small towns surround the area within an easy 30 minute drive, such as Garner, Knightdale and Clayton.

   

7 subjects that will put you on the path to a Data Science career


Did someone say sexy? That’s how the Harvard Business Review describes a career in data science, which may be the perfect fit for you. Whether you’re in high school or college, it’s important to know what career and educational opportunities are available. Data science is a new and growing field that is now available for study at UC Berkeley’s datascience@berkeley program.

You can start to map your road to success now by laying a solid foundation for future data science degrees. Although math and science are certainly important, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to putting the whole package together. Having a diverse set of skills will come in handy when you’re looking for a job as part of a big data team.

Here are seven subjects to tackle to secure your spot as a data scientist down the road. And remember, it’s never too early to start preparing!

Biological Sciences

What does biology have to do with data analysis? Plenty. The research muscles you’ll develop here are a great springboard for learning how to take data apart, evaluate it and form conclusions based on your astute observations. Since you’ll need to track your work well, the organizational skills you’ll develop as a researcher will help you become an organized data scientist.

Computer Science/Math

No surprise here. According to Linda Burtch, founder of Burtch Works, an executive recruiting firm, “The demand for quantitative professionals has grown so much across industries that there aren’t enough kids coming out of school studying math and statistics.” Do your math. Understand the science behind that computer screen. Every other skill is helpful, but these two are a must.

Social Sciences

If you understand how big data is used, this one’s a no-brainer. All the analysis in the world won’t matter if companies don’t know how to use it to predict human behavior and act upon the findings. Do you know why CVS puts the flip flops in aisle 4 instead of aisle 5? A data scientist with a background in social science helped them decide.

Communications

You know how this works. The wiz who sits behind his or her computer all day and computes but doesn’t converse can’t help the client who needs results in plain English. As the world moves further into technology, and away from the personal touch, the ability to communicate well will set you apart from the pack.

English

English is the BFF to communication. Speaking the truth is wonderful, but the ability to also write it well is even better. Information unearthed during analysis is a foreign language to many. So if you’re a skilled translator, you’ll have a long line outside your future office door.

Art/Design

This one may seem a little light on its feet for the hardcore science crowd. But when a client wants results presented in a display of colors and graphs, you’ll be all set to dazzle and amaze. Page after page of text is too much for most people, so having the know-how to break it up with quality visuals will make you a hero on the team.

Business/Policy

Of course you need to know business. Companies who hire data scientists expect a little understanding of their universe. The more you know about your client’s world, the better you can adapt what data science can do to meet their needs. They’ll pay you well, and maybe even send cookies.

According to Jim Maurer, vice president of U.S. Analytics for Catalina Marketing, “Finding the right people who truly have the depth of quantitative skills necessary to do the heavy analytical lifting we do at Catalina is not easy. It’s an even bigger task to find technically strong people who can effectively communicate and collaborate.”

A great data scientist is a mixed package of diverse skills. That’s why now’s a great time to get started. With a little planning, you can begin to build your foundation for a great future in the hot field of data science.

https://plus.google.com/112934022621967966846? rel=author">Jenna Dutcher is a community relations coordinator for UC Berkeley's datascience@berkeley degree - the first and only online Master of Information and Data Science.  Follow datascience@berkeley on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates.
Jenna Dutcher is a community relations coordinator for UC Berkeley's datascience@berkeley degree - the first and only online Master of Information and Data Science.  Follow datascience@berkeley on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates.
   

What are the 16 career clusters?


Career clusters basically group together professions that are related to each other. This means that the professions in one cluster will have similar educational requirements or job requirements. When people go through these career clusters, they can identify the job that they want to do, and also find out what other options they have to fall back on, if their planned occupation doesn't work out. Furthermore, people can use these career clusters to understand what jobs they can choose from, after they select a certain field of study to pursue at college. According to the Education department of the U.S., there are 16 basic career clusters that students should know about. They are as follows:
1. Arts, AV Technologies and Communication
The jobs in this cluster are related to designing, execution, production, journalism, performance and much more. These jobs are related to the audio-visual industry and have more to do with the media.
2. Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
This cluster includes jobs that are related to manufacturing, processing, managing and selling agricultural resources and goods. The jobs aren't only related to managing food crops, but also livestock, environment systems and setting up agriculture based businesses.
3. Architecture and construction
This field is pursued by a lot of people and basically focuses on construction and design of structures. Some of the jobs included in this cluster are of architects, interior designers, painters, electricians, carpenters and plumbers.
4. Business management and administration
This career cluster includes jobs related to managing businesses. Some of the jobs included in this cluster are those related to human resources, administration, sales etc of a business.
5. Education and training
This cluster is related to all professions in the field of teaching and education in schools, colleges and universities. The cluster includes those professional who are also responsible for training in corporations as well.
6. Finance
This cluster has everything to do with accounting, banking and investments. It is a field that is meant for those who are good with numbers, calculations and bookkeeping.
7. Governance and public administration
This field consists of all those professions that are related to managing the state. It has jobs in the field of external affairs, defense, public policy and administration and taxation and income.
8. Health sciences
This cluster is meant for those who want to pursue medicine and health studies. It consists of jobs that are related to diagnosing, researching, coming up with therapies and treatments and also investing in advancement and improvement of medicine.
9. Hospitality and tourism
This career cluster is based on tourism and lodging of vacationers. Hotel management and setting up amusement arenas are some of the popular jobs in this career cluster.
10. Human services
This career cluster contains jobs that are related to anything that has to do with the physical and mental well-being of people. This overlaps a bit with the health sciences cluster, but is wider in terms of professions because it also includes jobs for those who are interested in customer care and services as well.
11. Information technology
This includes everything related to technology, software, and hardware, networking and digital technology.
12. Law, public safety, corrections and security
Basically, this career cluster is made up of jobs like those of police officers and wardens. Anything that has to do with law and order, and correction is included in this career cluster.
13. Marketing
Buying, selling, designing, producing and advertising of products are important, and all jobs related to this come under the marketing career cluster according to the Department of Education.
14. Manufacturing
This is a skill-oriented cluster. People who have skills, like wood carving, or any other skills that are needed in manufacturing merchandise will be included in this career cluster.
15. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics
This cluster is related to designing projects that are related to technology and science, but it also includes jobs pertaining to research and development. The career cluster is large and has jobs for mathematicians, geologists, marine biologists, archeologists and many more.
16. Transportation, distribution and logistics
This cluster includes jobs that are related to getting things and people around, and moving them from one place to another. Anything that facilitates movement focuses on delivery and distribution, warehousing and sales.
If you want to find out more about the 16 career clusters and all the jobs included in each cluster, you can find more information through Career Pathways Online. Log onto their website, http://www.careerpathwaysonline.com/ for more information.
By Aisha A Rahman
Career clusters basically group together professions that are related to each other. This means that the professions in one cluster will have similar educational requirements or job requirements. When people go through these career clusters, they can identify the job that they want to do, and also find out what other options they have to fall back on, if their planned occupation doesn't work out. Furthermore, people can use these career clusters to understand what jobs they can choose from, after they select a certain field of study to pursue at college. According to the Education department of the U.S., there are 16 basic career clusters that students should know about. They are as follows:

1. Arts, AV Technologies and Communication -- The jobs in this cluster are related to designing, execution, production, journalism, performance and much more. These jobs are related to the audio-visual industry and have more to do with the media.
2. Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources -- This cluster includes jobs that are related to manufacturing, processing, managing and selling agricultural resources and goods. The jobs aren't only related to managing food crops, but also livestock, environment systems and setting up agriculture based businesses.
3. Architecture and construction -- This field is pursued by a lot of people and basically focuses on construction and design of structures. Some of the jobs included in this cluster are of architects, interior designers, painters, electricians, carpenters and plumbers.
4. Business management and administration -- This career cluster includes jobs related to managing businesses. Some of the jobs included in this cluster are those related to human resources, administration, sales etc of a business.
5. Education and training -- This cluster is related to all professions in the field of teaching and education in schools, colleges and universities. The cluster includes those professional who are also responsible for training in corporations as well.
6. Finance -- This cluster has everything to do with accounting, banking and investments. It is a field that is meant for those who are good with numbers, calculations and bookkeeping.
7. Governance and public administration -- This field consists of all those professions that are related to managing the state. It has jobs in the field of external affairs, defense, public policy and administration and taxation and income.
8. Health sciences -- This cluster is meant for those who want to pursue medicine and health studies. It consists of jobs that are related to diagnosing, researching, coming up with therapies and treatments and also investing in advancement and improvement of medicine.
9. Hospitality and tourism -- This career cluster is based on tourism and lodging of vacationers. Hotel management and setting up amusement arenas are some of the popular jobs in this career cluster.
10. Human services -- This career cluster contains jobs that are related to anything that has to do with the physical and mental well-being of people. This overlaps a bit with the health sciences cluster, but is wider in terms of professions because it also includes jobs for those who are interested in customer care and services as well.
11. Information technology -- This includes everything related to technology, software, and hardware, networking and digital technology.
12. Law, public safety, corrections and security -- Basically, this career cluster is made up of jobs like those of police officers and wardens. Anything that has to do with law and order, and correction is included in this career cluster.
13. Marketing -- Buying, selling, designing, producing and advertising of products are important, and all jobs related to this come under the marketing career cluster according to the Department of Education.
14. Manufacturing -- This is a skill-oriented cluster. People who have skills, like wood carving, or any other skills that are needed in manufacturing merchandise will be included in this career cluster.
15. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- This cluster is related to designing projects that are related to technology and science, but it also includes jobs pertaining to research and development. The career cluster is large and has jobs for mathematicians, geologists, marine biologists, archeologists and many more.
16. Transportation, distribution and logistics -- This cluster includes jobs that are related to getting things and people around, and moving them from one place to another. Anything that facilitates movement focuses on delivery and distribution, warehousing and sales.

If you want to find out more about the 16 career clusters and all the jobs included in each cluster, you can find more information through Career Pathways Online. Log onto their website, http://www.careerpathwaysonline.com/ for more information.

By Aisha A Rahman
   

Hot career markets for fresh grads


A little more than 6 months ago, there were approximately 12 million U.S. citizens without jobs, and roughly twice that number (23,000) were underemployed, working part-time or earning less than expected, according to Reuters. And while it is true many people are still struggling to find jobs, certain job sectors are expanding. For example, "unconventional" oil and gas developments are expected to add 3 million jobs by 2020.

This is encouraging news for new graduates. Along with workers on the rigs, a plethora of agencies and ancillary service providers will naturally hire more staff and skilled managers as the industry expands.

Three other hot career markets that look promising for new graduates are the medical field, veterinarian services and engineering.

Veterinarian Fields

People who are passionate about and have a natural inclination toward working with animals might consider careers in animal care. Whether you are considering working for a vet, or you want to start your own animal care business, becoming a vet technician is a good place to start.

Job growth numbers for vet techs are higher than average for all sectors for the coming decade. Wages average more than $44,000 for workers in the 90th percentile. Working with animals is a welcome bonus for technicians with a passion for four-legged friends.

Environmental Engineers

Another field that is showing better than average job growth (22 percent) is environmental engineering. With a bachelor’s degree, recent graduates can expect an average salary of almost $80,000. Most employers are looking for candidates with experience. However, job-related experience, including internships in civil engineering and mechanical engineering, is acceptable.

Students should work toward building relationships prior to graduation if possible through internships and volunteer efforts to bulk up the portfolio and increase chances for being hired. Environmental engineers may work in office settings or in the field coordinating efforts with other engineers on construction projects.

Medical Careers

All health-related job sectors are scrambling to fill vacancies, as the boomer generation ages into retirement. Rural and urban areas are experiencing extreme shortages in mental health care. An emerging trend to mitigate this shortage is establishing telemental health centers.

Trained mental health workers are needed to staff local and regional hospitals and to provide teleconferencing and video services through innovative solutions such as telemental services. Graduates with medical training and psychology concentrations to treat mental illness are encouraged to consider this emerging field as an entrance into the counseling and treatment realm.

Today’s job market is drastically different from a couple of decades ago. New graduates have opportunities for work in exciting and challenging career fields that go behind the typical business environment and retail sales markets. Whether you have a passion for the environment, huggable and friendly animals or people facing mental crises, there are ample jobs for those with the right education and experience.

For more about turning your passion into your career, check out our earlier post. What job industry is hot in your area? Share in the comments.

   

How to land your dream job right away


Nobody wants to be unemployed. There is hope, though. The article below has information that can help you re-enter today's workforce.
If you are looking for a job, the most important thing to remember is to stick with it. Treat it like you have the job of looking for a job! Dedicate a set number of hours to it every day so that you can really focus on it. That way, you'll get a job sooner.
Do not neglect your current job if you are seeking a better position. You will get a bad reputation if you do not stay focused on your current job. Any potential employer might find out about your poor performance. In order to succeed at anything in life, it's vital that you are always doing your best, no matter how much you hate something.
Keeping employee morale high will greatly benefit your business. You should organize company events around birthdays and holidays for example. This will make your employees feel like they are part of a team, and as such, they will work harder. Of course, the end result of this is that your bottom line will be larger.
If you are looking to move up in a company don't be shy to talk to management when you have an idea. At the same time, don't overdo it. By going there with genuinely good ideas that you believe will help the company, they will naturally want you closer to them to assist, as such increasing your pay scale.
During your first couple of months in your new job, you may run into a lot of problems where you should ask questions. No one expects you to know everything right off the bat, so you should familiarize yourself with the types of things you need to know. This will help you to become a better all around employee.
If you are an employer looking to save a little when tax time comes, and you have a job that is pretty simple consider hiring a disabled worker. The federal government offers all sorts of tax benefits and advantages to doing so. This will save you a ton of money, and at the same time; the work is still getting done!
Be confident in yourself when interviewing for positions. When you are confident in your skills and abilities it will show through during the interview. Confidence and the ability to lead are qualities that employers look for. There are probably many eligible job seekers interviewing for the same position, so make sure that you stand out from the rest.
Create a reliable list of references. Almost every job application will have a spot for you to provide references. Streamline your application process by having your references and their contact information with you whenever you apply for a job or attend an interview. Try to have at least three references, and at minimum, include their job titles, phone numbers, and email addresses.
Plan your career, to some extent. The more that you plan the more likely it is that you will reach your goals. You cannot just let your career happen to you; you have to make your career happen. Include anything you need to do to get ahead in your plan and watch how fast you climb the ladder.
Offering bonus for good work or a large amount of sales can be a highly effective way of increasing productivity. Who wouldn't be willing to go the extra mile for an extra couple hundred dollars? So dig into your pockets a little and you will find your pockets will actually get deeper.
Of course do not forget your education! Many colleges can provide you some good tips too. To mention an example: http://www.sbbcollege.edu/Getting-Started/A-Program-For-You/Get-Your-GED/ but of course you can find many more in the Internet.
As you've learned here, finding the perfect job doesn't need to be difficult. The advice presented here will truly help you find good work. Try it for yourself and you will be pleasantly surprised after landing the job of your choice.
By Riky Riga - professional writer since more than 10 years -- ttps://plus.google.com/u/0/118202050518303506155/posts
Nobody wants to be unemployed. There is hope, though. The article below has information that can help you re-enter today's workforce.

If you are looking for a job, the most important thing to remember is to stick with it. Treat it like you have the job of looking for a job! Dedicate a set number of hours to it every day so that you can really focus on it. That way, you'll get a job sooner.

Do not neglect your current job if you are seeking a better position. You will get a bad reputation if you do not stay focused on your current job. Any potential employer might find out about your poor performance. In order to succeed at anything in life, it's vital that you are always doing your best, no matter how much you hate something.

Keeping employee morale high will greatly benefit your business. You should organize company events around birthdays and holidays for example. This will make your employees feel like they are part of a team, and as such, they will work harder. Of course, the end result of this is that your bottom line will be larger.

If you are looking to move up in a company don't be shy to talk to management when you have an idea. At the same time, don't overdo it. By going there with genuinely good ideas that you believe will help the company, they will naturally want you closer to them to assist, as such increasing your pay scale.

During your first couple of months in your new job, you may run into a lot of problems where you should ask questions. No one expects you to know everything right off the bat, so you should familiarize yourself with the types of things you need to know. This will help you to become a better all around employee.

If you are an employer looking to save a little when tax time comes, and you have a job that is pretty simple consider hiring a disabled worker. The federal government offers all sorts of tax benefits and advantages to doing so. This will save you a ton of money, and at the same time; the work is still getting done!

Be confident in yourself when interviewing for positions. When you are confident in your skills and abilities it will show through during the interview. Confidence and the ability to lead are qualities that employers look for. There are probably many eligible job seekers interviewing for the same position, so make sure that you stand out from the rest.

Create a reliable list of references. Almost every job application will have a spot for you to provide references. Streamline your application process by having your references and their contact information with you whenever you apply for a job or attend an interview. Try to have at least three references, and at minimum, include their job titles, phone numbers, and email addresses.

Plan your career, to some extent. The more that you plan the more likely it is that you will reach your goals. You cannot just let your career happen to you; you have to make your career happen. Include anything you need to do to get ahead in your plan and watch how fast you climb the ladder.

Offering bonus for good work or a large amount of sales can be a highly effective way of increasing productivity. Who wouldn't be willing to go the extra mile for an extra couple hundred dollars? So dig into your pockets a little and you will find your pockets will actually get deeper.

Of course do not forget your education! Many colleges can provide you some good tips too. To mention an example: http://www.sbbcollege.edu/Getting-Started/A-Program-For-You/Get-Your-GED/ but of course you can find many more in the Internet.

As you've learned here, finding the perfect job doesn't need to be difficult. The advice presented here will truly help you find good work. Try it for yourself and you will be pleasantly surprised after landing the job of your choice.

By Riky Riga - professional writer since more than 10 years -- ttps://plus.google.com/u/0/118202050518303506155/posts
   

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