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The Job is Yours – Develop & Hone Your Skills

career-paperAt a young age, you still need to give some thought to the sort of career you want in the future. There are many things you can do to develop skills and craft that will help you secure the job you want. Making yourself a more employable prospect is essential for ensuring that you get better opportunities. So, use the ideas on this list to make sure you hone your skills and become a much better and more popular prospect.

Take Courses

You have to make sure you train yourself and get the right qualifications for the role you want. If you want to separate yourself from the competition, you need to make sure you are fully qualified. The goal is to make yourself a more attractive prospect for potential employers. And the way to achieve that is to get training and qualifications so you can go to them with quality and experience for the job at hand. So, consider what you want to get out of your career, and the sort of experience you need. Things like injection molding training or construction training are important. They give you the necessary skills to progress in your career.

Consider an Apprenticeship

One of the best ways to develop career and business skills is to make sure you consider an apprenticeship. These are often available in manual and labor professions. They present the perfect opportunity for you to learn the ropes and become knowledgeable in a certain profession. Then at the end of the apprenticeship, you can expect to secure full-time employment. This is something you definitely need to consider as much as you can. An apprenticeship offers you the chance to enter the working world and learn from professionals as you go. There’s a reason so many people gravitate towards apprenticeships

Use Opportunities You Get

There are going to be a lot of opportunities open to you, even if you’re still in education. Even if you are still studying or learning, there’s no reason you can’t take advantage of work opportunities that are available. Work experience or part-time jobs can play a hugely important role in the process of gaining employment experience. These opportunities will give you the chance to understand how the process works. Then you can see whether a job is exactly what you thought it would be, and decide if it’s for you. Work experience is really great for making sure you develop contacts and relationships for after you leave education. You have to take advantage of any and all employment opportunities that come your way. This is the best way of developing your skills and business acumen.

It doesn’t matter how old you are; it’s always good to think about the job you want. There are so many career paths out there that are important and appealing. And you need to think about the best job for you, and how you can secure that job. If you can develop and hone your skills, you will be much better placed to secure the career of your dreams.

A Campaign For Confidence!

A Campaign For Confidence!

by Mayowa Adebiyi

Red Alert Youth Beauty CampaignTeen years for girls are a time for self-discovery and self-development. As your hormones and physical appearance begin to change, frustrations around identity and self-esteem often begin to develop. From a young age we are constantly bombarded with media imagery that focuses on the perfection of women’s bodies and we are lead to believe that we have to conform to a certain standard to be considered normal or beautiful.

As a young female I experienced this battle between my image and what was ‘normal’. My fuller physique was abnormal to me and I used to try and fight it through excessive exercise and diets. Controlling my weight began to become a way to define my happiness. I battled with this need for perfection in my life. I believed it would make me happier; I’d be treated better and be more satisfied with who I was.

With new experiences and new friends I developed a new approach to the way I perceived myself – the only thing I needed to work on perfecting was my mentality. Confidence and healthy self-esteem are very important in our development when we are young. It provides us with a better chance of being happy and progressing into healthy and high-achieving adults.

I set up The Red Alert Youth Beauty Campaign (www.redalertyouthbeauty.com) in order to help young women develop confidence and embrace their individuality. The campaign will aim to provide young women with guidance and the opportunity to express and relate through creativity including expert advice, inspirational messages, fantastic poetry, great music, and letters.

Confidence is an important trait to have and I’m encouraging young females to come and discover themselves with my new campaign. To be confident you should surround yourself with positive and inspirational people who embrace you as you are but also inspire you to achieve your goals in life. Do not set your standards and let others opinions define you, take action and involve yourself with hobbies and activities you enjoy. Try and be an optimist and form positive opinions about yourself whether it be regarding your appearance or traits.  Love yourself and strive for a healthier and happier mindset – the rest will fall into place.

Be All That You Can Be

Be All That You Can Be

Be all that you can be

Be all that you can be

We all want to be the best we can be, to develop all of our skills to the maximum. To perform at our peak and to be in the zone is what we all dream about. Whether it is in sports, a hobby, our job, raising our family, relationships or in our spiritual lives.

It doesn’t matter where we want greatness; it is all going to come from the same place. It breeds inside of our self, deep within our heart. It all begins with self-love, how we are showing up for ourselves. It is difficult to show up for anything or anyone if we are not showing up for ourselves.

So, what does this mean; showing up for our self?

Here are some tips on how to show up for your self and to live in your heart, so that you can be available to your self and others, to the nth degree.

• Make sure you like who you are: It is hard to love yourself if you don’t like yourself. Make a list of the things you dislike about yourself, and see how you might be able to change your actions, attitudes, or perceptions about those things and remove them.

• Make sure you are taking care of yourself: In all areas of your life, health, relationships, job and spiritually. Make good decisions that will nurture your soul not damage it. Again, it is hard to love yourself if you are making bad decisions in your life and beating yourself up about those decisions.

• Spend time doing things that feed your soul: Don’t forget to be creative, leave room for your hobbies. Relax, take baths, read, and make time for your relationships in your life. If you are in a job that you hate, think about changing it.

• Processing your life, keep evolving spiritually: Whatever your spiritual practice is, stay close to it. Keep growing spiritually and process your life. Don’t stuff your feelings, move through them, and make sure you are clearing issues with your loved ones.

• Pay attention: Stay awake, it’s easy to fall asleep and just go about your day in your routine. If the routine is stale, shake it up with something different. Change your schedule, do something that you wouldn’t normally do. You don’t want to wake up some day at the age of 80 and say, “where did my life go”.

We all want to live our lives with meaning and purpose, being the best we can be. This isn’t going to happen if we are sitting in the back seat, with others driving, while we watch the scenery go by. Living with purpose takes full-time participation.

The great thing about living our lives to the fullest extent is that it feels amazing, and unbelievable things happen. Stay awake for the ride and even be the driver and start enjoying your life in a truly different way.

Debra Beck

Debra Beck

Debra Beck, Author of My Feet Aren’t Ugly, A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out, is a devoted mentor for teenage girls and parents on issues facing teenagers and parents today.

With 20 plus years experience in self-development, and first-hand awareness of how difficult the teenage years can be, empathy, and a passion for making a difference, Debra discovered her life’s work: helping young girls learn to truly love themselves from the inside out. She is also a parent of two daughters and understands the worries of parenting, so she is also devoted to guiding parents through these turbulent years to give them the tools they need to create a harmonious family unit.

She has created and facilitated her own workshops, girls groups and individual mentoring through Spirited Youth, an organization she founded to help girls in a positive and supportive way. Because she has experienced both being a tormented teen and a worried parent, she mentors through her heart with compassion.

She currently resides in Sedona, Arizona.

More information on her work can be found at www.myfeetarentugly.com.