905 Private Eclipse Campsites Under $100

With the eclipse weeks away, public campgrounds, hotels, and Airbnbs are either all booked up or charging exorbitant rates for the last available spots. Unbooked spots are few and far between—let alone affordable ones.

Enter Hipcamp —a startup that creates new campsites by unlocking access to beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches. With over 1,000 new campsites (and counting) unlocked in the eclipse “path of totality”, Hipcamp has just compiled a list of their top 23 unbooked campgrounds offering spots for $25 to $87 — everything under $100. They also have the most comprehensive map of all camping options in the path.

Plus, the solar eclipse is really a great natural phenomenon…. Where better to experience it than in nature?

*** HIPCAMP.COM‘S TOP 23 ECLIPSE CAMPGROUNDS UNDER $100 ***
Each campground hyperlinked below contains multiple discrete campsites.

>> OREGON: 258 CAMPSITES
Eclipse Budget Tent Camping at Sieg’s Valley View Ranch – $25
Eclipse Budget RV Camping at Sieg’s Valley View Ranch – $50
Tent Camping at Sunset Solar RV Campground – $87
Fully Contained RV Sites at Oregon Solar Eclipse Campground – $75

>> IDAHO: 258 CAMPSITES
Solar Eclipse Idaho Tent Camping at Wyatt J’s Land – $50
Tent and RV Camping at TJ Ranch – $50
Tent Camping Solar Eclipse Camping at Gene R’s Farm – $50
Tent and RV Sand Dunes Camping at Zach’s Land -$50

>> NEBRASKA: 99 CAMPSITES
Eclipse RV and Tent Camping at Eclipse Camping – $50

>> MISSOURI: 20 CAMPSITES
Tent Camping for a Cause at Beacon Farm Ministries – $10
Eclipse Campsites at Camp Eclipse – $60

>> ILLINOIS: 99 CAMPSITES
Eclipse Camp Tent Camping at Community of Faith – $30

>> KENTUCKY: 30 CAMPSITES
Tent Camping at Wild Dunbar Hill – $20
Solar Eclipse Tent Camping at April W’s Land – $50

>> TENNESSEE: 56 CAMPSITES
Mountain Farm Meadow Tent Camping at Cowgirl Glamping Cabin – $25
Pigeon Roost Tent Camping at Richard B’s Land – $25
Private Forest or Field Side Tent Camping at Belle and Beau Acres – $50

>> NORTH CAROLINA: 62 CAMPSITES
Total Eclipse of the Century Tent Camping on Historic Christmas Tree Farm – $30
2 Ol’ Foxes Farm Tent Camping at 2 Ol’ Foxes Farm – $20

>> SOUTH CAROLINA: 12 CAMPSITES
Tent Camping at Modern Harvest Farms – $28
Cali Oh Farm Tent Camping at Haflinger Heaven – $45

>> GEORGIA: 11 CAMPSITES
Tent Camping in the Woods at Sole Farm – $40
Tent Camping at Spotted Fawn Farm – $50

No More Medicine School: Ways to Find Your Dream Job in The Healthsector

Sometimes, it feels like everybody else seems to have it all figured out. They rush off the university without giving it a second thought, while you’re left behind wondering if you should just become a nomad and travel for the rest of your life. Don’t worry – many people struggle with finding a path that’s right for them and might even waste a few years on heading down the wrong one.

When you’re interested in healthcare, you actually have so many options besides from spending all of your money on a long medical career. Use these brilliant insights to alternative and rewarding jobs for health and fitness conscious minds, make a choice, and reap the benefits of an exciting career.

Study Nutrition

Although the process of becoming a nutritionist is rather tough, and you’re in for a few years of rigorous studies of chemistry. You don’t have to be one of those slim women on the television who helps obese people with reaching their weight goals, though – in fact, you have a variety of options with an education like this.

It’s the perfect choice if you are particularly interested in food, helping people with finding the right diet for their needs – and even working internationally, helping third world countries to provide their citizens with the kind of nutrition they need.

Healthcare Assistant

When you’re just out of high school and would love a career in the healthcare sector but don’t feel inclined to study nursing or medicine, you can look at shorter educational courses. You’ll be able to work with people and provide them with help and assistant, while you’re also surrounded by knowledgeable people.

It can be a great option for a few years while you’re making up your mind, or the ideal job for anyone who’d like to work in this sector without going through long years of expensive training. Look at dental assisting schools as well as regular healthcare assistant courses in your area, and look forward to an exciting and rewarding career.

Personal Trainer

For the fitness freaks out there, a job as a personal trainer will give you everything you need in terms of being able to help others, focus on what matters to you, and proceed with your own health and fitness goals.

You usually don’t have to take more than a course to get there – but by adding a short course in nutrition, you’ll be even more desirable on the job market. Plus, you’ll be able to provide your gym goers with a complete overview of their current fitness and what they should include in their diet to reach their goals a bit faster.

With so many people having an interest in health, it’s no surprise that an increasing amount is moving away from the traditional medicine route. You can have your cake and eat it too, without having to spend years and money on a degree just to get your foot in.

Do like the rest of us are doing, and find a route that is better suited for you.

Find The Right Role For You In Business

You have spent four years or more in college studying business, and now you have a decision to make. What is the right role in business for you? If you have a solid business qualification, there are a number of roles that you could fill and many lead to high levels of pay and a great deal of other benefits. That said, it’s fair to say that not everyone is suited for every business role. To find out which one you are best suited for, it’s important to examine the job requirements as well as who you are as a person.

 

HR

Almost every business these days has an HR department. This is either an outsourced service or an inhouse team that is on the payroll. Most people who enter into HR at some point studied law. However, it’s important to realize that most HR workers have a full law degree under their belt. This isn’t always necessary, and there are lots of HR workers who had no knowledge of the law before they took the job.

Working in HR, it’s important that you are able to pay attention to detail. An example of this would be during the recruitment of a new worker. You have to make sure that no detail is missed that could cause that worker to be an issue for the employer.

HR workers are often also great communicators. They have to be because throughout the day they are required to interact and connect with a wide variety of people including their colleagues. So, if you have an interest in the legal side of business and have great communication skills, this could be the right position in business for you.

Managing

You might think that becoming a manager or the leader of a business sector is the dream position. However, don’t be so sure because managing can be a very stressful position in business. Don’t forget there will be a lot of people looking for you to tell them what to do and how to do it. If you can’t take on this position effectively, the business will struggle. Managers also need to be fantastic leaders with a strong knowledge of how to get people on board with an idea and ensure that they fall in line.

It’s easy to assume that managers always have experience in different levels of business, but that’s not true. It’s quite possible, with the right degree, to gain a managerial position straight out of college. However, you might want to think twice about doing this. A lack of experience and a perception of being green will make it difficult to gain the respect and trust of the people you are managing.

Procurement Specialist

What is procurement? A procurement specialist will work within a business to get employers anything and everything that they need. To work in procurement, you might need representation from a procurement agency. Agencies like this are always on the lookout for individuals who could excel in this field. But what does that mean exactly? Procurement professionals tend to understand how to set up a deal, close it and most importantly, keep all the details in order. Both attentive and charming, procurement pros are agents in business centered on getting things done for their boss. This is a role that is becoming more popular however it takes a certain type of individual to succeed here.

Marketing

Every business needs marketing and marketers are always in high demand. Again, some are hired as permanent members of the team, and others are outsourced. But what would make you a fantastic marketer? Well, you need to understand what makes people buy and what impacts buyer behavior. In this case, a marketing degree isn’t necessary. A typical business management course will explore many of the key areas of the consumer side of a purchase.

Financial Pro

Or finally, you might be best suited for handling the financial side of a business. This would be perfect for those who have just left college with an accounting degree. However, any knowledge of financial management could prove to be beneficial. People often think that accounting in business is a dying service and is slowly but surely being replaced by automatic software. However, many businesses still favor having an individual manage their business books and accounts. If you’re interested in this type of role, make sure that numbers don’t bore you and ensure that you are able to spot patterns and trends in finances.

We hope this helps you discover which business role you are best suited for.

DOUBTING MOTHER TERESA

Most people in our society follow the beautiful people, those who seem to have it all together, almost perfect, unscathed by the bumps and bruises of life. But, all my heroes walk with a limp. They limp because their faith was forged in the fires of pain, suffering, and doubt. I don’t get carried away by the latest fad book, the trendy, tweet-sized philosophy, or the bumper sticker theological treatise. I just don’t have time for that anymore.

When men and women have suffered greatly, I will eagerly listen to them. Pain cuts through the chaos and clutter of modern life. Even before I had personally experienced deep pain in my life, I always seemed to gravitate toward people who had endured pain and hardship and somehow came out on the other side not just alive but stronger. We all must choose who we follow and who we learn from.

One of the greatest women of faith in the past century was Mother Teresa. She lived, breathed, and touched death for decades. She poured out her blood, sweat, and tears to comfort the sick and dying in the streets of Calcutta. Her job was brutal and depressing. But somehow she found joy in it.

She was confident that God had called her to this horrendous place. I never dreamed that a devoted follower, like Mother Teresa, could battle enormous doubts. I thought that if you stepped out and did something radical for the faith, then all of your doubts would evaporate.

I don’t know why I held on to this false belief, but I did. I didn’t need to look far to prove that theory wrong. I should have re-examined so many biblical examples of people who did something radical but still had doubts. John the Baptist was radical. He doubted. Thomas was radical. He doubted. David was radical. He doubted. And so did Mother Teresa.

We identify Mother Teresa as an iconic figure of piety, self-sacrifice, and faith. Most of us didn’t know that throughout her life she felt plagued by the darkness of doubt. She wrote: “I feel just that terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing.” And in another personal letter, she struggled with accepting the love of Jesus: “Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.”

People of faith have been divided over the discovery of Mother Teresa’s doubt. Chris Armstrong reported that “the Christian world drew a collective breath of shock when, in 2007, we discovered through a posthumously published book that Mother Teresa of Calcutta had undergone a severe, intense dark night that persisted through almost her entire ministry.” When her doubts were publicized around the world, most in the media mocked her, revealing their gross misunderstanding of the nature of faith, doubt, and certainty. They tried to use her doubts against her faith, calling her a hypocrite.

In great contrast, I rejoiced at the revelation and felt a sense of relief. “If it is okay for Mother Teresa to have doubts about God, perhaps it is okay for me.” She was one of the most admired women in the world. She gave her life to serve the poor and dying in one of the biggest slums on the planet. Mother Teresa’s doubt helped me, and I believe her doubt can serve as a remedy for those of us who have questions and doubts because the problem for many of us is this—we doubt alone. This loneliness makes us feel that if we do not have certainty about God or our faith in God, then we are on the verge of losing faith altogether. At best, we feel like second-class Christians.

The fact is, doubt is the normal Christian life for many known and unknown saints. You may have grown up in a Christian home that assumed a biblical worldview. Sometimes it is hard to transition to a world (like college!) where most people don’t share the same faith. One of the greatest challenges you may face will be in the academic world that doesn’t share your Christian Worldview. Questions and doubts keep our faith honest and our prayers real. Doubt gives us some humility, in other words, we need to accept the truth that no one, and I mean no one, can have absolute certainty this side of heaven. Yes, Mother Teresa doubted. She is one of a long line of doubters. It should give us courage to admit our own doubts to ourselves, to others, and especially to God.

Doubting is not unique to a person or a time period. It is the nature of being a finite human living in a complex world filled with pain, disappointment, and questions about existence that will never be answered on this side of life. Doubting is biblical, historical, and normal for many Christians who are trying to follow God with their lives. It takes courage to face uncertainty and to live with doubts that may never completely go away.

Over the years, people came from all over the world to seek the wisdom of Mother Teresa. One of those seekers was a philosopher and professor named John Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh traveled thousands of miles to Calcutta to meet with this revered spiritual leader in hope of receiving some guidance. On his first morning there, Mother Teresa asked Kavanaugh why he journeyed such a long distance to visit her in the “house of the dying.”

Kavanaugh replied, “I want you to pray for me.”

She asked, “How can I pray for you?”

He said, “Pray that I have clarity.”

Mother Teresa responded, “That I will not do.”  Her response stunned Kavanaugh, so he asked her why she would not pray for him to have clarity.

She smiled and said “Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.”

I like this simple story. Clarity, like certainty, can become an idol. Kavanaugh, like most of us, wanted certainty that his next steps were the right ones … the steps God wanted him to take. Mother Teresa knew such certainty was not available, so she chose to tell him that he must let go of that desire.

When she told him that clarity (certainty) was the last thing he was holding on to and must let go of, Kavanaugh responded, “You always seem to have clarity.” Teresa laughed and said “I have never had clarity. What I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”

That’s not a bad prayer, for people like myself, who seem to be obsessed by this endless quest for certainty. Because in faith, there is room for doubt.

 

Written By Ben Young

Ben Young, DM is a writer and teaching pastor at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He is also an adjunct professor at Houston Theological Seminary, and the author of seven books, including Devotions for Dating Couples and Room for Doubt: How Uncertainty Can Deepen Your Faith.   www.benyoung.org

The Right Course For You And Your Future

At some point in time, everyone ends up in the same place. It’s coming to the end of your regular education, and you have a lot of choices to make. These decisions will impact you for the rest of your life. They will dictate the careers you can get, as well as the amount of money you can make. It doesn’t have to be all horrible, though. Through some hard work, you can push yourself through these challenges, and find the perfect options for you. To help you out with this, this post will be going through two of the main choices you have to make, as well as the things you have to consider when you’re choosing them.

The Course

The course that you choose will dictate a lot of your future. For example, if you take a course related to IT, you’re probably going to spend most of your life working with computers. For those that don’t like this field, this sort of future could be a nightmare. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to choose a good course to match your requirements. You just have a few things to think about.

Personality

A lot of people don’t consider their personality when they’re thinking about the course that they’re going for. For a start, though, you should at least be thinking about your self-motivation skills. Without the ability to dedicate yourself to work, you will find it hard to study at this level. Along with this, you should also make sure the career you’re aiming for with the course aligns well with your personality traits. For example, a very caring or empathic person could make a good career in social work.

Interests

Your personal interests should also drive your career choice. Above all, enjoying your job is the most important part of your career. Without this spark, it can be hard to dedicate yourself to the job you get, hurting your chances of progressing in the future. Along with this, if you don’t enjoy the course you take, it will be hard to apply yourself and get the work done. A lot of people don’t realise how big an impact enjoying the work you do can have. For example, if you love to play music, taking a teaching course in a musical field could be perfect for you. You just have to make sure that your course can actually get you a job.

It’s Value

Now, it’s time to think about the course itself. There are a lot of teaching organisations out there, and a lot of them are very respected in their fields. Unfortunately, though, there are also a lot of courses out there which simply won’t be recognised by the people you want to hire you. Figuring out if your course is going to get you somewhere is just a matter of doing some research. By looking up the sorts of jobs you would hope to get, you can find out what they want from their employees. More often than not, this will include the qualifications they will accept. Along with this, you can also look at the accreditation the course has.

 

The Institution

The place that you study the course will also impact the job you can find at the end of it. Fortunately, nowadays, you have more choices than ever when it comes to the places you can learn. From online courses to organisations that will provide a place to live while you learn, this enables you to study according to the other aspects of your life. But, like the course itself, there are qualities of the institution you choose which have to be considered.

Location

The location of the school you choose will have a big impact on your ability to find a job when you graduate. If you study somewhere with very few jobs in the field you would like to work in; you could struggle to find a job without moving. Along with this, a lot of vocational courses benefit from students being able to try the jobs they will be doing before they finish their course. Doing this could be hard if there isn’t the availability, though. Thanks to the Internet, a lot of modern courses can be studied online. This gives you the chance to learn while working or looking after kids. But, you have to consider the impact this could have on the quality of your education before you start.

Track Record

Thanks to the age of most schools and teaching organisations, it’s easy to find out which ones have the best track record. Using league tables, you can research the schools you’re looking at. This information is usually presented in a table, with the best school at the top and the worst at the bottom. You will find league tables for both the school as a whole and the faculty you’ll be studying under. This gives you a chance to see how good they are at teaching your subject area, and not just their overall history. Third-party companies will often encourage students to share their study experience. These testimonials can also prove to be a powerful resource when it comes to choosing the place for you.

Relevance Of Their Courses

Finally, you have to consider the relevance of the courses the institution is teaching. A lot of courses you find online and through less established schools aren’t based on typical models. For example, if you wanted to get into social care, you would find a lot of courses which don’t have an official title. They will give you a good background, but won’t often meet the criteria of an employer who wants a qualification they recognise. A social worker masters from a reputable online school could be a lot better. Or, you could think about getting a degree at a physical college or university.

 

You

Last, but by no means least, it’s time to consider the qualities you hold which make you a good candidate for the courses you’re looking at. It’s important to think about several aspects when you’re doing this. But, these can be contained within two categories. Below, you’ll find some examples of your personal traits which will help you to get the courses you want.

Qualifications

Educational establishments will almost always ask you for certain qualifications before you can start learning one of their courses. This makes sense, as they want to make sure that you have the skills to complete the course before they take you on. You can usually find this out on the information page of1 the course. If you don’t have what you need, you should look at other institutions with similar courses. Some schools will be more flexible than others, but you might have to make compromises in other areas if you do this. Extra-curricular activities can help to make up for slightly low grades. So, if you’re still at school, it could be worth doing some extra work in your free time.

Your Future

Your future plays a big part in the sort of course you will be choosing. You have to think about the type of job you would like to get, along with the life you’d like to have. For example, if you want to be able to work for yourself, a course which is oriented at business could help you to succeed. Or, if you’d like a steady and high-paying career, getting into something like law or medicine would give you a good footing. A lot of people don’t think about their future when they’re first starting out in business.

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what needs to be done when you’re considering your education. All of this may seem overwhelming, but as you start to tick off options, you’ll realise how easy it is to find the right course, establishment, and future for yourself. Of course, you should also be considering money. But, that is already on most people’s minds.

Which Healthcare Route Is For You?

When it comes to choosing what you want to study in college, you may come up against a lot of people pressuring you to make a decision about where you want to go in life. You’ll have to weigh up the pros and cons of every career avenue you’ve ever daydreamed about and decide on the career you have for the rest of your life. It may be an easy choice: perhaps you’ve always imagined yourself wearing a white coat and being a surgeon. For others, though, the choice is a lot more difficult than that. You may know the industry you wish to join, but not the role that you want within it.

Choosing medicine in any form is a vocation for most people and aiming to study to the highest level you can get to can take you very far in life. You may have daydreamed about being a doctor or a nurse, or even a therapist as a child, and applying for colleges that involve a medical degree for you is a big step. There are many routes into the world of healthcare, and deciding which of those routes is right for you is going to take a lot of thinking! You may decide that medical school is not the right way into healthcare for you, and that’s absolutely fine, but how can you decide where you’d like to start? We’ve got some tips to help you choose which way you should head into healthcare, and whether your overall goal is going to be one that is accessible for you.

Volunteer. If you are at a point in life where you know you want to do something in medicine, but you’re not sure where you want to start, you may choose to bypass going straight to medical school and instead go and volunteer in your local hospital or healthcare setting. Taking a year out before you apply for colleges can mean you are giving yourself time away from the high school environment, but are using that time to experience the world of work. Sure, you can’t volunteer as a surgeon but you can candy stripe and be an assistant of sorts in different hospital departments. This type of volunteering is a huge help for the setting you are in as well as being able to give you valuable experience of the environment you have always dreamed about.

Health Care Assistant. For some, college may not be a possibility from the get-go, so working in healthcare can start from a caring perspective. This route may encourage you to gain vocational qualifications while on the job, and give you some valuable, first-hand paid experience of being in a position caring for others. If you wanted to continue working your way up that ladder into a senior caring role, you would absolutely have the opportunity. However, being in this type of role may help you to realise your goal of nursing or being a doctor. Don’t forget, there’s not an age limit on education so while right now you may not be clear on the way you want your career to go, you can take your time to figure it out.

Medical Degree. You could know from the off that you want to be a leader in nursing, so an online MSN program could be something you explore for after your initial RN degree. Nurses have a very different job to doctors and surgeons, but they are just as vital in the medical field and there is very little in the way of a ceiling. A nursing career could start out as a basic role, but with taking extra qualifications, you can rise up the nursing ranks until you are working as part of hospital administration. If you should choose to work as a doctor, you start from the bottom as an intern and learn where in medicine you want to go. You don’t just have to be a surgeon or a general practitioner, you could work in medical research and pioneer a whole new area of medicine. Either way, the route that way is directly through college and med school.

Your healthcare dreams don’t have to end because you don’t know where you want to end up. It’s not always about ‘ending up’ somewhere, but knowing what your options are to help you to get to your goal. Ultimately, you need to decide what’s right for you and take the path that interests you the most.

 

Pamper Yourself Pretty: Fun Beauty Tips To Try Out

The world of beauty often gets a bad wrap. Although true beauty comes from within, having the option to pamper and primp can be a lot of fun. When you take beauty too seriously, it does have the potential to turn sour. After all, you are who you are, and you should embrace that. The beauty world is there to have fun with, to make your feel better about yourself, and accentuate what you have. So never let it make you feel bad. Instead, experiment with a bunch of fun treatments and pamper yourself pretty, starting with these cool ideas.

False Lashes

There are lots of different beauty accessories that you might like to think about using, but right now there’s one that stands out as being the most fun of all. False lashes are a great way to play around with your regular beauty regime. When you have an event coming up or a special occasion,  there’s nothing like wearing a set of false lashes to glam up your look and change your eye shape. So head to your favorite beauty section and find some great lash effects to play around with.

Nail Art

Coming in as a close second and maybe even fighting for the top spot is nail art. You might love to paint your nails and give yourself manicures and love the colors you have, but just think about what fun stepping that up a notch can be. With different nail art designs, you can create different beauty looks to match your outfits, or even create cool looks for your friends too.

Glitter

Then there’s also glitter to think about. Glitter can be a great way to jazz up your beauty and pampering routine. Before, it was saved for things like manicures and eyeshadows, but the latest beauty trends have taken glitter to the next level. Not only can you add fun designs to your face and show off your creative makeup skills, but you can also add it to your hair too. When you’ve got a party or celebration, going with glitter roots can be a great way to add some sparkle.

Hair Extensions

Then there’s always the option to play around with your hair styles. Whether you’ve always wanted to grow your hair long, or you’ve got thin hair, and you need some more volume, there’s one simple solution to try out. You’ll find that tape in hair extensions can give you the locks of your dreams. By playing around with different styles and adding more length, you’ll find endless ways to dress your hair.

Face Masks

Then there’s also skincare to think about. And facials are great for when you have problem skin. Even if you’ve already got great skin and you’ve not suffered from acne, applying face masks can be a lot of fun. You’ll be able to relax and pamper, and if you want to think about using them with your friends, you can have a great girly time together too.

Don’t Get Left Behind! 15 Tips For Landing Your Dream Job After College

If you’ve just navigated the trying task of obtaining a college degree, then you might think that the least the world can do is provide you with a good job. Alas, it doesn’t quite work that way: there’s around 10% of graduates who are unemployed, and closer to 20% of graduates who unemployed; that is, they have a job, but it’s not one that required a college degree. Then there’s the matter of finding the job that’s right for you. If you look hard enough, you can gain employment: the tricky part comes when you try to get a job you really want. Below, we offer fifteen essential tips for landing your dream job after college. Do these, add a bit of grit, determination, and patience, and you’ll be on your way to getting the job of your dreams.

Look in the Right Places

First thing’s first: you need to be looking in the right places. Graduate jobs aren’t just lumped up with the other thousands of jobs listed on the usual job sites. Even if they are, you’ll have to wade through too many posts that are aimed at people of all abilities before you can find them. It’s recommended that you keep an eye on Indeed and CareerBuilder, but the bulk of your energy should be spent combing through those graduate websites, such as NACElink and Experience.com.

And Don’t Just Look: Investigate

While we’re talking about looking for jobs, there’s an industry secret that we think you should know: the vast majority of positions aren’t officially advertised. In fact, it’s possible that only around 20% of jobs actually make it to websites; the rest are filled through word of mouth, referrals, and people taking a chance and offering their services. If there’s a company you really want to work for, look beyond the ‘available positions’ section of their website; get in touch directly. They might just have a position available that nobody else knows about.

Foot in the Door

Not everybody thinks that taking an internship is a good idea, but if you’re struggling to find a job to your choosing, then it offers you an opportunity to get your foot in the door, gain experience, and make yourself more employable. Competition for internships at the biggest companies can be fierce, so go after them with the same determination as you would a real job. If you excel during your internship, you might just be offered a job at the end – some 70% of big companies offered their interns a position. Aside from potentially securing you a job, an internship also allows you to try out an industry or position before you commit to it full-time.

Networking

Remember above, when we said that the vast majority of jobs aren’t listed on official job boards? It might be your networking abilities that uncover these secret positions. Alas, many people have a shaky understanding of what exactly networking involves. It’s not about schmoozing up to someone at a corporate event and handing over your business card as you make the “call me” gesture. Why would they call? Networking is about building mutually beneficial relationships. If you find someone that you would like to connect with, make yourself useful to them in one way or another. You’ll have established a connection that one day might open up paths that lead to a job.

Self-Starting “Internship”

You don’t always have to wait for a company to give you a chance to shine. You can help yourself, providing your career choice lends itself well to individual endeavors. For example, let’s say you want to be a social media executive. Well, it takes nothing but a social media account to start getting experience in that field. By the time you come to applying for jobs, you’ll have something to show that says you are serious about entering that area. It’s like writing: if you want to be a journalist, don’t wait for the New York Times to call you (they won’t); just begin writing on your own blog!

Leverage Your College Relationships

If the industry you want to work in is directly related to your college degree, then you probably already have plenty of contacts to help you find a job in that field. Your college professors – and to a lesser degree, your classmates – are already working in that industry, so make the most of any connections, opportunities, or ideas they have. If you’re studying biology and want to become a scientist, then speak to your professors: they might know of an academic at another institution who is working on a problem that you have shown an interest in. It’s these types of connections you have to exhaust, especially if you want to work in a competitive field.

Hire a Resume Coach

You’ll be well trained in the important things you need to get a job, but you’ll be sorely lacking in the ‘how to get a job’ department. That’s a skill set all on its own. Because you have little experience, you need to make the skills that employers are looking for jumps off your resume page. Companies want people who can work as part of a team, think critically, and work hard. You’ll have all these skills in your locker, but showcasing them to a potential employer might be a challenge. Work with a resume coach, either online or through your college, to ensure you’re listing all your skills on your resume.

Top Up Your Education

It might be that your college degree, while a solid base, is not enough on its own to get you the job you want. If this is the case, then top up your degree by completing a postgraduate study online course and give yourself an edge over your fellow graduates. Postgraduate education is more precise than an undergraduate degree and is an excellent way to show employers that you have a greater understanding of the skills needed for a role. It can also be a way to “sidestep” your education: if you have a degree in Ancient Studies but want to enter the marketing industry, you’ll be able to use the skills you acquired during your degree to obtain a postgraduate qualification in marketing, for example.

Know When To Say No

An important step in landing your dream job is knowing when to say no to other offers. If you’re offered a job but it doesn’t feel right, or you don’t think it’ll lead anyway, then reject it, if you can afford to do so. Finding the job that’s right for you is as much about saying no to opportunities as it is to saying yes! You should try your best to reject those feelings of panic that can set in when you’re beginning to doubt your ability to get a job. Settling for a job that doesn’t feel right will not lead to your dream job.

Quality, Not Quantity

And talking of panicking: make sure you’re applying to the kind of jobs that you actually want. It’s all too easy to fire off application after application, but it’s a flawed approach. You won’t be sending out fifty applications: you’ll be sending out fifty half applications. The best jobs require concentration and effort. Only apply for jobs that you truly want, and make sure you’re spending hours getting it just right.  

Step Outside the Comfort Zone

You might dream of ultimately working for Google, but it’s unlikely that you’ll bag one of their highly competitive graduate jobs. Instead, plot a longer path, one that will take you on an exciting career path and may one day result in you landing your dream position. Also, be willing to step outside of your comfort zone if a good opportunity presents itself. You’ll be better served by joining a smaller company located in a smaller city and working your way up, rather than trying to find a job in your hometown or going straight for the best paying, most glamorous jobs.

Play Around With Jobs

Conventional wisdom has it that when you find a job you like, in a company you enjoy for you, that you should stick in that position. But there’s a big difference between a job you like a job you love. There’s a school of thought that says that job hopping is the version of climbing the ladder. You can spend six months at one company, excel, learn everything you can, and then jump ship to a slightly different role at another company, repeating the same process. In a few years, you’ll have an enviable resume. The only thing that will be lacking will be ‘commitment,’ but then, the biggest companies will know once you get a job with them, there’s nowhere higher to climb.

Conclusion

The job market is the most competitive it’s ever been, but there are also more resources than ever before to help you along the way, too. Take your time, be patient, and you’ll eventually find yourself in the job of your dreams. Best of luck!

How To Make The Choices That Matter

The younger you are, the bigger the future will seem to you. However, the future doesn’t suddenly shrink with your age – when you get older, the future seems as big and bright as you were when you were fourteen! However, with age, we get a bit more realistic, and we might accept that some ideas are just dreams. Youth is where this changes, as with the right planning, you can make your dreams come true. Certainly so if you are grounded and ready to put the work in. Some big choices are coming.

The first huge choice that people make in their young lives is a college degree. Sometimes, that choice comes earlier when kids choose specialized high schools to enroll with. This all hinges on the area of life that you want to learn about and specialize in. Sometimes, the choice of college is just as big of a degree, but what you choose to study is important, and often more so than where you choose to study it. It’s never too early to start thinking about your major or degree, and there’s plenty online to learn. You can examine and explore the career prospects that come with degrees. You can even find out who makes what in terms of income based on their degree. You can also study online with courses like the online MBA in Healthcare Management, so it’s not just research you can perform. Question what you want to do with your life and find courses and majors that can propel you in the right direction. It’s not just online, consult with school and college counselors and make the right decision – doing what you want to do.

It’s difficult, because college is followed by a huge decision. College degrees fall in line with a future line of work, but this is not always the case. No matter what you choose to do with your education, you will have to choose a line of work at some point. Sometimes, this might not be what you have studied – so research career paths and see how your skills could take you up that path. This might mean you need to jump into internships and the like, but once you find the right path for you find ways to climb it.

There are a lot of big decisions to make in life, and as you get older you might get worried. You might get cold feet and think about changing your mind. If this happens, it’s no bother. You are never too old to pursue a new path in life as long as you start again and follow the correct path of doing your research.

These decisions are stressful to make, and that’s only right – because they will be a big part of what defines your future. However, if you take the decisions needed for your future seriously and do your research and make balanced decisions, you’ll do alright. Remember that changing your mind is not an issue, as long as you do one thing – you guessed it. Do your research!

It’s Not Too Late To Put The ‘U’ Back Into Your Summer Break

The beginning of summer was all about fun, fun, fun. By now, though, you’re probably wishing that you’d made more of this opportunity to better yourself. Well, given that the new school/college/university year is still a few weeks away, you still have time.

Here are just five phenomenal ways to maximize productivity throughout the rest of your summer. Use that time wisely to…

 

#1. Look & Feel Your Best

If you’re planning to take time out to focus on becoming the best possible version of you, your appearance is the first place to start. It may seem a little vain, and looks aren’t everything in this world. Still, there’s no denying that feeling your best bring many rewards.

Reinventing your style with a little retail therapy can help. However, your first focus should be on your natural appearances. Start using a hyaluronic acid serum to get your skin looking better than ever. The confidence and happiness gained from doing this are second to none.

The increased recreational time is also the perfect moment to start getting fit. Whether you join a gym or find fun home workouts is entirely up to you. Either way, hitting those body goals will fill you with happiness.

 

#2. Seek Work Experience

While the academic year is on a break, you might not be thinking too much about your future career. This is a huge error of judgment, however, because you have a wonderful opportunity to seek an advantage over your future competition.

Unpaid internships may not feel overly attractive right now, especially as they mean you’ll be giving up a large section of your leisure time. The rewards are plentiful, though, and could help point you towards your future dream job. Besides, you never know who you might connect to during that work experience.

Alternatively, you could look for paid work in an unrelated field. You might not be working towards your dream job, but it’ll still prepare you for a far better career.

 

#3. Invest In Your Future

Working on a short-term contract with no long-term guarantees may not appeal to everyone. But there are other ways to start building towards your future career. With the extra time on your hands, you could take the time to write a better resume or build a portfolio website.

Alternatively, you could launch a business of your own. Thanks to the benefits of online interactions, an increasing number of teenagers are carving a name for themselves. Even if you don’t gain the riches that you’d love, the lessons you’ll gain could have a telling impact on your future.

Finally, you could look at learning a new skill. In today’s climate, being bilingual is more attractive than ever. Add another language to your repertoire, and it will pay dividends for your future.

 

#4. Prepare For The School Year Ahead

There is still plenty of time left this summer, but the new academic year is still fast approaching. Whether you’re heading off to college for the first time or will be a returning student doesn’t matter. Putting yourself one step ahead of the game will be very rewarding.

Ultimately, you want to reduce the stress so that you can concentrate on studying. In truth, financial elements are likely to be the biggest problem. Learning how to save money with couponing and other tips for students will work wonders. Aside from the physical gains, it’ll give you peace of mind.

All academic years are important, but there’s no doubt that some are more crucial than others. If you’re entering a big one, there’s nothing wrong with sourcing textbooks or thinking about projects at this early stage. You could even find graduates online and ask for their support. Anything that provides an advantage can only be positive.

 

#5. Help People Out

The rest of the summer should be committed to making personal improvements. Sometimes, however, helping others is the best way to help yourself.

This can manifest itself in many different forms. Having said that, spending time with senior citizens is one of the most mutually beneficial. While they will take a lot of comfort from your visits, they’ll also repay you with valuable lessons and knowledge. Moreover, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of happiness that comes from helping someone in need.

If this isn’t your bag, helping out at charity events or signing up for one yourself can be equally wonderful. Seriously, the confidence boost you’ll gain is massive. And it should prepare you nicely for the coming academic year.