Own Your Education!

Oh to be young again! You are probably fed up with adults telling you that these are the best years of your life.  However, the truth is they kind of are.  

Ok, so it’s easy for us to forget how hard it is growing up and learning so much stuff.  As you hit mid teens you feel like you know so much yet are talked to with such little respect, or maybe you want to control your destiny a little more but feel like you are being held back.  Whilst it is incredibly hard to respect that your teachers and parents may know best and are tasked with the huge responsibility of ensuring you are educated, healthy and safe, you do have to trust in your adult peers to do just that.  However there are many ways you can take control.  So let’s take a look at what you can do to ensure you are on the path you want to walk.

Education is probably going to be the biggest part of your life until you are around 24 years old.  Once you finish school you will have far more choices on which lessons you take, how you study and where you study.  Until then you kind of have to let your parents and teachers guide you.  That doesn’t mean you can’t throw a few ideas into the pot too.

Perhaps you are desperate to learn more about Europe.  Who can blame you?  As we get older it becomes harder for us to take time out and travel.  You may get the opportunity to do this if you take a gap year, however with more and more people looking for work and stiffer competition than ever before, you might be better off skipping your gap year and working through.  So, this is where you need to start thinking a little outside the box.

Your school will do many different types of school trips throughout the year.  Some of these will be local and during school time, others might be far away and eat into your vacation time.  There is a lot of planning involved, so don’t take these trips for granted, however, maybe you could do some planning of your own.

If there is enough interest in your idea and it fits with the projects your school has set for you, then there is no reason you couldn’t present your idea to your school principal.  In fact, if you can nail out a fantastic pitch, writing all the reasons you think you should go there, researching companies who may be able to take on the organisation and you have a list of pupils who would be up for heading out, you might just impress your tutors so much they ace your plan.

There are some great ideas for the ultimate school trip online, you don’t have to be a teacher to research the idea or to get in touch with the companies to discover all the information.  In fact it is going to help your pitch if you have already spoken to a company who can provide a full package and got all the info.  

Being able to answer all the questions your teachers are going to throw at you, will stand you ten steps ahead of them.  Think about why the trip would benefit your education and if you can link one trip to be positive across 4 or 5 subjects this will work in your favour.  You might be going because you are fascinated by the art, but don’t forget a few days looking at art and architecture will also involve history, geography and cuisine.  So you can link it through to make it a really great, multi subject trip.

Of course there are other ways you can take control of your education too.  Whilst it can seem a little dorky to become a school president it is actually the opposite of that.  Being a school president means you have a say in how your education works.  So it will really play in your favour and give you that respect you have been craving.  You will finally have a voice, so you need to use it for good (no evil geniuses here please)

We have a great guide for getting to the oval office of your class.

Firstly, you are going to find it easier to get ahead if you are involved from your freshman year and continuing that involvement every year.  You will need to participate in sports, volunteer to work on homecoming floats, decorate the gym for dances, and basically get to know the other students at your school besides your core group of friends. Make everybody know your name. If your school offers a class associated with the student body, sign up. This is all great networking experience for later life too, so by embarking on a campaign now you may be giving yourself the extra edge as you head to your first job. If everyone knows your name and you have been friendly and fun, when the time comes to run for class president, you’ll be remembered in the voting booth for your involvement and dedication to the school.

The best way to begin your campaign is to be the first to start campaigning.  Get out there and talk to people as soon as the political season opens.  Keep talking.  Be direct and ask people for signatures.  Don’t just get the ones you are required, get as many as you can.  Hitting it hard and fast means you can ingrain your name and your commitment in your fellow students.  Especially if you have taken the time to get to know what they want.  Give them a voice too.

You don’t have to be a teacher’s pet but it is going to pay if you build a rapport with a couple of teachers.  Keep your grades high too.  You need the respect of the faculty as well as your classmates.  It isn’t uncommon for the faculty members to provide recommendations for office eligibility.  Your teachers will also want students in office who recognize their own interest in the campus because it is you that will be called up to represent your school in front of committees or the district office.  If you have a high quality of work and respect with teachers then they will have the faith in you to represent them best.  Which is a great way of showing you are trusted and respected by the adults who have your future in their hands.  

Listening to your classmates is vital.  Ask them what they want you to accomplish.  If it is realistic then pursue it.  You need the masses to showcase your intentions within your campaign speech so if it touches a note with enough people, you are going to get a great reception.  

Believe in what you say you plan to do in your campaign platform. If you say, for instance, that you plan to begin new traditions, believe in your goal. Don’t repeat what you think your classmates want to hear. Instead, commit yourself to public service. At the same time, think “outside the box.” Come up with your own creative goals for the school.  But don’t make unrealistic campaign promises.  Taking hump day off of school might sound ace in your head, but it isn’t going to happen and will make you lose credibility.  

So when the actual president runs for power they won’t get far if they spend the whole time cracking jokes, however in high school politics you earn points for being funny.  When faced with questions on the campaign trail the best answers are those where you make the students laugh but address the issue, too.  The same goes for speeches. Throw in a joke or two, you know the score, young people love to laugh.  So go for that.  Leave the dullsville speeches to everyone else.

Taking control of your education is possible, you just need to do it in the right way.  So stop pushing the wrong buttons.  Get your head down, think about what it is you want and find a way to take control.

Teachers and parents love to see us putting all the passion we have to good use.  If we are wasting it at home chasing unrealistic goals then we end up being met with resistance.  However if you can put your thoughts down on paper and create a reasoned and grown up proposal you will find you are met with respect and, ultimately, trust.  You might not win every pitch you put out there, but at least you will win the respect of the people who are in charge.

If you can nurture these skills now, you will have a far more rounded future.  Know which battles are worth fighting and which are not.  Then dedicate yourself and push through with your ideas.  

You don’t have much control over your life, so make it count where you do.

 

What Could A Degree Mean For Your Future?

Your whole life, adults ask you what you want to be when you grow up. Children play dress up at kindergarten based on nurse, police officer and firefighter. You can’t get away from it – from the age of seven through to eighteen, you’re expected to make choices that push you toward the career you could have your whole life. It’s scary to think ahead that far when all you want to do is hang out with your friends and get through the next set of homework your teacher has set you. Unfortunately, life does move forward at a rapid pace. Those summer breaks may feel like they last forever when you’re a teenager, but really, it’s moving fast and so big decisions must be made.

One day you must ask for a bathroom pass and the next you’re putting in college applications; it’s a big leap. It’s important to know as early as possible whether you plan to continue your education and go into a degree once high school is over. This is because the choices you make for the subjects you study in high school will influence the type of degree and subsequent career you plan to have. For some career paths, no degree equals no career so it’s a tough choice! Sometimes, TV shows like these can influence your decision on what you want to be when you get to eighteen and are putting in those college applications. Understanding what a degree can mean for your future is the best way to ensure that you are making the right choice and exploring what a college degree can give you is a smart decision. Getting a degree at the same time as your friends tends to be a rite of passage for most high school students – it’s a coming of age situation where you blossom from child to young adult.

A lot of employers expect to see a college degree when they’re hiring you and it’s a sad fact of life because a lot of families are unable to afford a college degree. On the other hand, you may not need a college education for the career that you want. The ways that people go into the working world range from taking the time to get a degree, to working from the ground up in a company. A strong work ethic is usually required if you plan to work from junior to senior level in a company and there are plenty of businesses out there that like to offer a stepping stone from intern level. Some people do question what a college education can do for them and whether they are worth the money. Others hear the word ‘college’ and think about the student loan debt that comes with it. It’s a huge decision and with that, we have put together for you some great reasons you should go ahead with a college education.

  • Cash. Everyone loves cash. Most of us plan our futures based on earning potential and with the costs of living rising year on year, your future should be secured as early as possible. College can be an expensive prospect and of course, you can consider scholarships like these, but you may find the student debt worth having if you have the long-term benefits of the extra money in your salary. You have the option of working as you study, but for a lot of college students this can be a drag when you’re studying and want a social life. Needs must though and the most ambitious people are the ones who rise to the top. Cash may be a great incentive to studying in higher education, but the student loan that comes with it can be crippling. If you’re lucky enough to have won a scholarship, you won’t be as worried about the loans afterward, but not everyone is so fortunate.
  • As a college graduate, your prospects are far higher than someone who hasn’t achieved a degree. You can absolutely start working for a company and work your way up as we mentioned earlier, but high-level jobs usually want you to have an associate’s degree at the very minimum. You could have all the experience required for a job, but that piece of paper that says you are qualified does matter. Improving your prospects for achieving high level jobs is going to improve your salary so that piece of paper can really matter. Companies like 360 Healthcare Staffing has more options for roles that are high-level, a lot of which require the people they interview to have a degree under their belt to be an asset to a company. Some roles out there don’t require you to have a college education but if you want to rise to the big leagues, a college degree you must get.
  • Studying for a degree can help you to learn valuable skills. You will get out of college exactly what you put in and if you are ambitious and tenacious enough to choose to work while you study, you will gain so much from your time there. It’s not all about the parties, it’s about attending class regularly and choosing the classes that are going to challenge you and help you develop what you need for your future career. If you can, grab an internship with two hands and hold onto it. An internship – especially in the field you are interested in – can allow you to meet people in the career you’d like to be in. You can also gain valuable technical skills and it’ll also tell you if the major you chose was right for you.
  • College can allow you to really develop yourself as an adult. You are in situations where you can make your own decisions, without your parents holding your hand to do so. You’re obviously not paying out thousands of dollars just for an experience, but you should know that the experiences that college will bring you are worth every cent. You’ll interact with people you don’t usually meet in your day to day life at home and this will set you up perfectly for life outside of a school environment. College teaches you an independence you won’t find elsewhere.
  • If you are someone who wants to have a say in your own life, then college will be somewhere that is for you. Exploring who you are as a person happens when you move out of your parent’s home and onto a campus. You’ll understand how to manage money, read a lease and your education in a major you have chosen for yourself can be very empowering.
  • Something that all college graduates discover is how marketable they are. You could have the best resume in a pool of candidates but sometimes it can take having that college degree written down to cinch a job you really want! The doors you will be able to swing open for yourself can give you more opportunities with people in your field to help you step up to the top; which is the goal of most graduates.

If you are the first person in your family to consider a degree, you will be able to unlock pride you never knew you could feel. Your whole future is decided at a young age and you could get through an entire degree only to work somewhere else, in a field you may not have considered. This happens sometimes, as you can spend four years or more learning a subject and specialising in a field that you want to work in, only to discover it’s really not for you once you graduate. The bonus? You could move out of your field of work but that college education will always be on your resume. You could swap industries completely, but the skills you have acquired during your time at college will always be transferable.

Thinking about the future may feel overwhelming and something that seems lightyears away, but it isn’t and the sooner you are okay with the way the world moves quickly the sooner you can make bold decisions about your life that no one else can have a say in. Ask for advice from as many angles as you have in your life: parents, siblings, mentors and friends can all advise you. Ultimately, you need to be the master of your own future and taking the reins of your life into both hands and steering it forward in a way you want it to go is the key.

Whether you are ready to embark on your college applications or you have a few years yet, don’t be afraid of what’s to come. College is one adventure you won’t want to miss out on and it can map out the person you grow into.

 

Learn To Enjoy Yourself: How To Make The Most Out Of College

Going to college is a fantastic opportunity to better yourself and get qualifications that will assist your career. However, that doesn’t mean you should spend all your time studying. You should also make sure you take the time to enjoy the culture and activities your university provides. Networking with other students is always a wise move because they could help you to find a better job one day. You might also make friends that will stick around for your entire life. With that in mind, some tips on this page will help you to make the most out of your college experience. Put them into practice, and you could end up set for life.

Get involved with your university

There are lots of ways in which you could get involved with your college and improve your experience. For instance, you could apply to become a member of the student board or something similar. You could also become a course rep or spend your time helping people with their work. Your contribution could make a significant difference, and you might make a name for yourself. We spoke to students who completed graduate programmes by Nanyang Technological University recently. They told us that taking part in the running of their college was an excellent way to get ready for the working world. They claimed it helped them to get used to extra responsibilities.

Attend parties and social gatherings

While you need to make sure you work hard at university, you still need to let your hair down from time to time. That is especially the case if you’re staying away from home to complete your course. There are lots of parties every single night, and you just need to find the right crowd. However, that doesn’t mean you have to get drunk and lose sight of your goals. It just means you’ll get to meet lots of new people with similar interests. Many graduates say they will always remember the people they knew at college. Indeed, many of them start businesses together or share contacts their entire lives.

Make use of every opportunity

Students get lots of opportunities when they attend college these days. You should try to make the most of them if you want to create the best memories. Maybe a lecturer organizes a trip abroad that seems appealing? While your participation comes down to finances, you should always try to go along. The same applies to things that help to make the world a better place. Most universities run charitable services in which you could become involved. Maybe you’ll spend the last two weeks in December feeding the homeless or something similar? Just ensure you stay in the loop and take part in as many activities as possible.

Now you know how to make the most out of college, we hope you will have an fantastic time this year. You need to focus on making sure you gain your qualifications first and foremost. Even so, you can still have a good time if you’re smart. It’s all about learning how to manage your time effectively.

 

Rolling In It: How Students Can Make A Fortune

Prospects for students aren’t so great these days. If you’re doing an art degree, the chances are that you won’t see a return on your investment. There are now so many students taking so many degrees that the value of having a degree is going down. In fact, going to college may soon be seen as a net negative by employers, especially if they think that you could have been spending your time building skills in the workplace.

Because of this sorry state of affairs, many students are wondering whether they should take a different career path to get the lives they want. Should they waste their time competing against hordes of other university graduates in round after round of interviews with dozens of employers who claim to be in the Times Top 100 list? Or should they just go out into the market, find a problem that people want solving, and start their own business?

According to the data, it appears that more and more people are doing the latter. They want the freedom to be able to dictate the direction of their own lives, and so they’re choosing to ditch traditional career paths and find something new that will make them money.

The question for students, however, is: what can they do today to boost their chances of entrepreneurial success in the future?

Get Access To People

In business, knowing the right people is more important than having lots of cash. If you’re a student at university right now, it’s a good idea to start developing the relationships and networks you’ll need to succeed in the future. By meeting and listening to other people in the business world, you’ll find the information and the support you need for starting out by yourself.

Large companies also offer support for students looking to start up their own businesses. Companies like Ellis Whittam offer advice on how to approach employment law. And Google has launched their “Google Campus” initiative, providing young entrepreneurs access to their facilities to building their businesses, often for free.

There’s also something called General Assembly, a hub which has many education programs and networking events for students to attend.

Look For Funding

Although access to people is important, you’ll also need quite a bit of funding to get started. Startup Loans is a scheme run by the Dragon James Caan along with Lord Young. The idea is to provide students with the capital they need to put their ideas into practice. Caan says that he shows students on the scheme how to put together a team of people and grow a brand.

Another organization called Student Upstarts is also aimed at helping students get started. It was set up by Christian Jakenfelds and Matthew Stafford. The idea is to invest fixed sums of money for a share of the equity in the company. The criteria are simple. The applicant must be a student, and they must have graduated in the last twelve months.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the best way to learn a business is to just do it.

Love People? These Jobs Might Be Just Up Your Street

Some people like to beaver away by themselves, getting the job done without too much interaction with the outside world. But others – the extroverts among us – can’t imagine growing up and having a career where we’re not around people.

The cool thing for young people today is that the job market is changing. According to Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., the author of 150 Best Jobs for Your Skills, people skills consistently come out as number one among the best-paying jobs in the country. Maths and science might be important, but applying social knowledge seems to be what is most scarce in the job market and, therefore, most valuable.

It’s easy to work out whether you’re a people person. Do you like to be the center of attention? Do you make new friends easily? Do people describe you as chatty? Do you want to work as part of a big team? Do you like speaking in front of crowded rooms? Do you hate the thought of working in a job where you wouldn’t get the opportunity to interact with other people? If you answered “yes” to most of those questions, then you’re an outgoing person who needs an outgoing career.

Here are some of the top careers you should focus on in your education.

Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysts do things like process and interpret data, usually for government agencies. It might seem surprising that this job is on the list. After all, isn’t analyzing data a solo task?

It turns out that intelligence analysts don’t just analyze data. They work in big teams with numerous other people in government and business and are constantly looking for ways to make the world a better place. Intelligence analysts believe, despite the fact that they work for the government, that they are doing a good job and report high levels of personal satisfaction. Over 80 percent of analysts said that they got satisfaction in what they do which is a lot more than the average level of satisfaction in the job market as a whole.

To work as an analyst, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, as well as foreign language skills. If you’ve got both, then you’ll be able to work on exciting projects that make the world a better place, like protecting endangered species and putting people who depend on the land and polluting industries out of work. Intelligence analysts earn around $72,000 a year, according to the latest estimates from business insider.

Real Estate Broker

Real estate brokers are people who help grease the wheels in the property market, matching potential buyers to sellers and taking a cut of the final sale price for themselves. Historically, the real estate broker industry has been a lucrative one and remains so today.

It’s also an industry where you’ll get to interact with all sorts of people and eventually manage your own team of brokers. Every day, you’ll meet clients keen to get your expert knowledge of housing and whether a particular property is a good buy. And you’ll get to interact with other people involved in the buying and selling process, including lawyers and other agents.

To become a real estate broker, you’ll have to get qualifications from an institution like Allied Real Estate School. After going to school, you’ll get accreditation giving you the legal right to practice. Once you’ve got the basics, you can move up the skill ladder, acquiring new qualifications enabling you to enhance your career prospects.

Foundation Program Officer

Foundations have a limited sum of money that they can use. The job of a foundation officer is to work out which projects offer the best return on investment and who should get the foundation’s money. This job is usually for people who have excellent decision-making skills and have a sense of which projects will be most valuable to people and which won’t.

Those who become foundation program officers report a high level of job satisfaction. More than 87 percent of people who hold the position report high levels of meaning at work. To become a foundation program officer you’ll need a bachelor’s degree from a reputable university, so it’s worth planning ahead now.

Director Of Development

A director of development is somebody who is responsible for bringing in funds, usually at a non-profit. As you can imagine, these people need to be highly socially savvy and able to ingratiate themselves with other people in order to persuade them to part with their money. As a director of development, you’ll need to have experience procuring funds as well as have highly developed analytical skills.

Becoming a director is usually a career goal. Yes, you’ll need the usual bachelor’s degree, but you may also need to go on to obtain professional qualifications too if you want to be able to help non-profit organizations achieve their goals.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists are people who help people recover from physical disabilities or injuries. As a result, you’ll constantly be working with other people in a very hands-on manner. As a therapist, your main job is to help people recover any lost physical capacities, like tying up their shoes, jogging or putting the lid back on a jar. All these activities require careful, step-by-step guidance and rehabilitation regularly lasts months, meaning you’ll build close relationships in the process.

To become a registered occupational therapist, you’ll need a master’s degree. You’ll also need to pass a licensing exam at the end of your course to be officially allowed to practice. Occupational therapists report high levels of on-the-job satisfaction concerning the work that they do. 92 percent say that they are happy doing what they’re doing which is around double the national average.

Director Of A Non-Profit

The most satisfying job for people who love people is director of a non-profit, according to Monster. More than 94 percent of people who do this job report being satisfied with what they do. This shouldn’t come as any surprise. Most individuals who run non-profits can be confident that they’re making the world a better place and helping their organizations to thrive. What’s more, if you’re a talented person, you don’t actually need any qualifications to head your own non-profit organization.

 

Brilliant Hobbies That Could Blossom Into Your Career

We all have hobbies and pastimes that occupy us when we get a bit of free time away from school and college. But have you ever considered about focusing on these hobbies and developing them into a full-time career? Even if they aren’t the most academic of activities, you should still be able to make a living and good money out of your pastime. And if you have a particular talent for it, then your career would really take off.

Tired of poring over books and studying for your school and college exams? Then maybe a practical career is better suited to you. Here are some of the hobbies that you can work on, and which will blossom into a wonderful career for you. We’ve also included some great tips to help you take things further.

Playing An Instrument

You might have hated it when your parents sent you to piano or clarinet lessons when you were very young, but now that you are older you will be able to pick your own instrument. So how about learning how to rock a guitar? Or, if you have always wanted to become a famous pop star, you could enroll for some singing lessons! But it’s also cool if you do actually enjoy classical music lessons – simply carry on with what you love! No matter what type of instrument you play, it could turn into a great career choice. The best way to get started is to join your local band, once you get good enough. This will give you plenty of performance experience. Once you are ready to go to college, you should apply to one that specializes in music, such as the California School of Music. These types of colleges cover various types of music, from classic to pop, so you will certainly find classes to suit your tastes.

Makeup And Beauty

There are lots of girls who spend hours preening themselves in front of the mirror and testing new beauty products. Ever thought about turning this into a career? Well, you definitely can! There are two ways of doing this. The first, and potentially most competitive, is to set up your own beauty blog and monetize it. You need to start blogging and build up a loyal audience. Once you’re fairly well established, you’ll be able to ask brands to send you products to review. To see an example of a professional beauty blogger, check out beautyproductwarnings.com. The next way to make a career out of your beauty hobby is to sign up for a beauty therapist course at college. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to find a job at a beauty salon or simply set up on your own as a freelance beauty therapist.

Sports

Sport is now a big part of childhood, and more and more parents are encouraging their kids to take up sports as a way of keeping them fit and healthy. But lots of children take up a sport of their own accord and find a lot of pleasure out of active hobbies. Do you have a particular favorite? Well, how about working on your skills and help it develop into a sporting career? In order to get to the top, you need to start going to your local sports club and playing with for a team. If you are good enough, you will then be asked to play at a higher level. If you have what it takes, you will be able to rise up through the various sporting levels, and could get signed by a professional team! Not got what it takes to make it as a pro player? No problem; there are plenty of other careers in the sporting world that might interest you! If you still want to make it out onto the pitch or the court, you could always train as a referee. There are special referee schools for different sports up and down the country. For a less active sporting career, you might want to just work behind the scenes as a sports coach or a sports physiotherapist.  

Cooking And Baking

Lots of people love spending time in the kitchen as it can be very calming and relaxing.  It’s also a great way to be creative, and lots of people enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and recipes. Just like with a beauty hobby, there are two ways you can try and get into a cooking and baking career. Firstly, you can start a food blog and try and make money out of it. There are lots of people who have been successful this way, such as Deliciously Ella. If your blog becomes a big hit, you might be able to get a book deal out of it and publish your very own recipe book! Alternatively, you might want to go down the more traditional route and go to cookery school or catering college. While you are studying, you will learn all about the ins and outs of cooking and will be able to specialize in an aspect of either baking or cooking. Once you complete the course, you could go on to work in a restaurant and work your way up to become head chef.

Crafts

Another fun hobby that can very easily turn into a practical career is craft. Do you love getting arty and making your own arts and crafts? If so, you shouldn’t waste any time in getting your own Etsy shop set up. You will be able to sell your items here directly to customers. Lots of amateur crafters do this already and make quite a bit of money from doing so. If that goes really well, you might want to see if you can afford to rent out some shop space and set up your own physical shop in your town. Is that too expensive at the minute? Why not speak to other shop owners to see if they will stock your items for you?

Good look with your hobby and future career!

No More Fear: Nailing Your Future Career

Entering the adult world of jobs and responsibilities is scary. It’s overwhelming, and you’ve no idea where to begin. The most comforting thing to remember is that everyone’s been there, and it’s much easier to handle than you’re currently envisioning in your head. Everybody stumbles and feels their way around at first, but that’s all part of the learning curve.

Whether you’re studying at college and worrying about the future or you’ve just graduated and you’re wondering what on earth you’re supposed to do next, there’s no rush. It’s better to think carefully about the path you should take to the career of your dreams rather than simply grab the first thing which comes along. If that doesn’t help and you’ve still no idea where to begin, here are some tips that might help you nail that career of yours wherever it’s years in the future or something you want today.

Get all the experience you can.

There’s a horrible cycle in a lot of industries whereby people can only stand a chance of being hired if they have experience in that particular job role, but experience in that particular job role could only ever possibly be gained through being hired in the first place. In this brutal, competitive world of business, you’ve got to learn to dig deep and chase opportunities wherever they may be. Whilst you’re young and you have it all ahead of you, you should be chasing all manner of volunteering and work experience opportunities.

Working for free may not be an option for you in the future, but whilst you have no financial responsibilities and you’re struggling to get hired in jobs related to your dream industry, you should be taking up all the opportunities for a good dose of work experience that you can get. If you want to work in media, get a volunteering job in your local radio station; if you want to be a writer one day, apply for some administrative experience for your local newspaper. Whilst there may not be many jobs available for the inexperienced in your industry of choice, there are always roles available for a motivated, eager individual willing to work for free. That’s just the way the world works.

The application.

Your CV is crucial here. You’ve likely built up more experience than you realise over the years, and your qualifications are worth a whole lot to an employer who’s looking for fresh-faced graduates. This is all new to you, so you might want to start with a resume builder to help you put all your experience together in a coherent and employer-friendly format. There’s an art to painting your experience in a good light, even if you don’t think you have much. Helping family members when they were ill, volunteering at a local charity and working hard night after night on essay after essay to get your degree: these are all things which impress an employer. Don’t undersell yourself.

Don’t apply for any and every job.

As a young person who is panicking and just wants any job at all, it’s tempting to choose the first “okay” opportunity which comes along. Don’t do this. If you know which career you want to pursue, you need to work hard and pursue it. It may not happen at first, but nothing good in life every does. You need to dig deep or you might end up in a career you hate.

Five Things You Can Do After School If College Isn’t For You

Let’s face it: the academic lifestyle isn’t for everyone. If you’ve come out of high school bored of classrooms and not sure what to do next, then you might not be faced with many career options that appeal to you. Here are some tips to help you figure out what comes next…

Beauty

If you’ve always been into makeup and skincare, then you could consider studying beauty therapy and working in that area as a makeup artist, or maybe on a makeup counter, so you can share your expertise with your customers who may be a little more clueless and looking for your help. If you’re interested in working in beauty, keep honing your skills as much as you can on people other than yourself – ask to do your friends’ makeup for their proms and engagement and wedding shoots to expand your portfolio.

Dog Walking

Have you had dogs your whole life? If so, and if you love spending time with your canine pals, then dog walking might be a good idea for you. A lot of people who own dogs don’t have time to walk them as often as they’d like, thanks to busy family lives and jobs. Identify that niche in the market and start printing up flyers advertising your services as a dog walker. If you’re active and you like to be outside, this might be the perfect job for you. You can build up your own business and work for yourself.

Horticulture

If you like to see real results from your work, then horticulture might be for you. It’s an ideal job for anyone who prefers working outside with their hands to sitting inside in an office all day. If you love the idea of adding even more art to your culture, then you could consider doing a floristry course – you’ll get to work with flowers and create gorgeous things for people to give each other as gifts without having to get too dirty. Plus you might get to take home the leftover roses at the end of the day!

Hospitality

Working in hospitality is for the brave – waiting tables requires a sort of physical and mental endurance that people who have never done that job can only begin to consider. If you’re a sociable person who thrives on pressure, it might just suit you down to the ground – and you can often get some incredible tips for doing your best work, which will make your sore feet all worthwhile at the end of the night.

Retail

A lot of people are unfairly critical about working in retail. If you’re working with great people and you have a good manager, then it can be a job that you might really love. The sort of people who might enjoy retail are the ones who are genuinely chatty and who don’t take offence quickly – a lot of customers will be great but five percent of them might be a little difficult. If you encounter that, it’s important to be able to find that balance of being assertive and polite at the same time.

 

Mastering These Sales Skills Will Make You A Winner – Whatever Your Future Career!

Have you ever wondered what all the successful people in life have in common? The answer is simple: they have skills usually found in high-achieving salespeople! What might shock you is that some of those folks don’t make a living from sales. Some of them have occupations that seldom have anything to do with selling or sales.

It doesn’t matter whether your future plans involve being a rocket scientist, doctor, or an inventor. What you should take on board is that you need to have some vital sales skills to be successful in your future career. Let me explain the essential sales skills everyone – including you – needs to have, regardless of your dream profession:

Listen to the things people say to you

Perhaps the number one sales skill everyone needs to have is being a good listener! The ugly truth is that many of us are lacking such an essential skill. Listening to what people have to say offers you numerous benefits.

For a start, you’ll learn more about them such as what they love and hate. From a career perspective, listening to others ensures you know how to say or do the right things to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

You would think that all people know how to hear what other folks are saying. But, some of us are just self-absorbed or narcissistic! Believe it or not, in many sales training exercises, one of the first things you learn is how to listen! When you forge a career in sales, if you miss such a vital skill, it’s likely you won’t last in your job very long!

Make connections with people

You might not realize it. But, there will almost certainly be at least ONE thing you have in common with other people! Whatever your job, finding a way to connect with your clients or people you work with will make your life easier. Once you find a way to connect with other people, you can build on that connection.

Be happy to help

One of the hallmarks of a successful person is their willingness to help other people. You might think that offering simple or trivial acts of selfless support to people won’t benefit you much. But, nothing could be further from the truth!

You should remember that your acts of kindness will often go noticed. Especially if they get seen by your manager or customers!

For example, let’s say that you “go the extra mile” to help a client with a problem they are having. They will appreciate you and your company more and are more likely to consider your company first for future projects.

Do stuff because you love what you’re doing

These days, most of the things we do in our careers get measured by a variety of metrics.

All too often, many of us don’t play by the rules so that we can reach our targets. The thing is; if you love what you’re doing, achieving your career goals will happen naturally.

By applying the above strategies to your life, you’ll soon be on the road to a more successful career!

 

Enjoy School? You Heard Right!

Okay, few people think of school and enjoyment in the same sentence. Even so, it’s true that your school years are some of the best. It may not feel like it now, but your school life is the time when you have the most freedom and possibility for fun. Once you get a job, you’ll realize that school wasn’t so bad. Not that there’s anything wrong with working. But, the strict hours will show you that school wasn’t as terrible as you thought. The good news is, there are a few ways to ensure you appreciate school while you’re there!

HARNESS YOUR DESIRE TO LEARN

Learning doesn’t feel like a privilege when you’re doing it every day. Plus, there’s the fact that you’re often learning subjects you didn’t choose. Even so, many adults have a desire for knowledge that they can’t achieve. Make the most of school by harnessing your learning desire from a young age. There are always going to be subjects you enjoy less. Even so, try to see the interesting side of what you’re taught. This information is relevant; else you wouldn’t be learning it! Develop an analytic mind, and absorb that information like a sponge. Learning isn’t half as painful when you want to do it!

A GOOD FRIENDSHIP GROUP

School is one of the only times where you can muck about with your mates for a large part of the day. Unless a teacher is strict, they’ll allow you to at least talk to friends about your work. And, there’s no reason you can’t have a laugh about that. Learning is fun remember! Once you’re in the workplace, though, you’re not so free to laugh and joke when you want to. There’s still laughter of course, just not so much of it. Make the most of your friendship freedom by developing a good friendship group. That’s not to say you need a huge amount of friends around you. Focus on finding two or three friends who you know can make you laugh. If you have trouble branching out, look into extracurricular activities. Joining a group is a fantastic way to meet people with similar interests.

LEAVE THE FUTURE WHERE IT IS

Short of reading your horoscopes on a site like Astrostyle, you have no way of knowing what the future holds. Stressing about it is going to ruin your school days. And remember, these are the most stress free days of your life! Instead of worrying about what awaits, focus on the here and now. That’s not to say you shouldn’t work towards the future, just that it’s not worth worrying about right now!

FIND A FUN WAY OF LEARNING

We’ve already spoken about developing a passion for learning. It can also help to find fun ways of learning. This will help you enjoy your time, and may also help you remember information better. Of course, in class you’re a bit stuck. But, go ahead and apply your own learning methods during homework and revision!