Ed4Career Blog | Category: Career Training

8 Tips to Make You Hire-ly Marketable

By Kris Powers | November 30th 2020

Professional man sitting in front of laptop

If you are seeking a promotion, looking for a job change or are considering a total career change, now is the perfect time to gain a professional advantage by enhancing your skills and qualifications to set yourself apart in today’s competitive business environment.

Online opportunities have made it easier than ever to brush up on skills you need. Where do you start?



Business professional holding sticky note with Artificial Intelligence "AI" written on it

Undoubtedly, AI and automation can drive job creation and business growth. But they can also displace entire job categories. According to a report by McKinsey, about 60% of occupations could be automated.

When it comes to your career development, you shouldn’t leave anything to chance. A good way to future-proof your career is to stay one step ahead of the tech industry.

Instead of wondering whether a robot can do your job, it’s better to ask yourself how you can help a robot do its job.

Show Your Value in New Ways

Your role will eventually go away if your job is doing something reproducible or algorithmic. Take a closer look at the tasks you perform now and how you perform them. Be the one who will suggest automation improvements.


Rejoining the Workforce

By Kris Powers | November 4th 2020

Young male on job search website

I’m an optimist; already looking ahead to a time when COVID will be a thing of the past – a horrible time in our history that will be talked about by future generations.

When we come out on the other side of this, and we will, there are going to be many men and women looking for employment. Perhaps you were laid off as a result of COVID, maybe you took a sabbatical to home school your children, or to care for an elderly parent. Whatever the reason, if you are planning on reentering the workforce again, there are steps you can take to make yourself more attractive to companies and more employable overall.


The Meandering Career

By Kris Powers | September 16th 2020

A winding walkway

I recently had the pleasure of talking to a few college-age students about career paths and options. There is an expectation that a career field will be chosen, the appropriate degree obtained and then a lifelong career will ensue. For fields such as medicine or law, this may be true. But for students exploring careers in business, the arts, and more, that career path may not be so straight. And not every career requires a college degree. Certifications can be the gateway to some fantastic opportunities as well!

Sadly, gone are the days of the “forever job”. I remember watching programs set in the 50’s where men went off to work every day to the same company for their entire working career. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) this is a thing of the past. I’ve tried to explain to my own children that nowadays, the average person will have 12 jobs between the ages of 18 and 52.


Wellness Coaching

By Kris Powers | August 13th 2020

Female wellness coach

A health and wellness coach helps clients make positive and lasting changes in their health. They guide the client through the process of creating a vision for their health and well being. They help the client develop a healthy mindset and healthy habits and encourage them every step of the way until they accomplish their goals.

Some of the things that clients ask for help accomplishing are as follows:

  • Stress management
  • Prioritizing self-care
  • Maintaining a positive and healthy mindset
  • Balancing wellness and a busy schedule
  • Personal growth
  • Productivity

A successful wellness coach will:


Travel Agent Professional Program

By Kris Powers | July 17th 2020

Female travel agent

Travel agent career professionals consistently help people plan family vacations, corporate trips, cruises, international travel, and specialty tours such as adventure vacations. Travel agents generally have access to important information regarding fares and discounts, and are knowledgeable about particular geographic locations. Overall, a travel agent career professional can help consumers plan the most appropriate travel arrangements for their needs.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, travel agents typically do the following:


Medium/Heavy Diesel Automotive Technician

By Kris Powers | July 8th 2020

Mechanic

Diesel technicians are responsible for inspecting and repairing buses, trucks and other vehicles that use diesel fuel. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the most common duties of a diesel automotive technician.


Web Design Professional Program

By Kris Powers | June 30th 2020

Laptop in a field of green grass

Website designers and developers are responsible for the look of the website, but they are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects such as performance, capacity and how much traffic the site can handle.  Web developers may also be responsible for creating the content for the site. According to BLS.gov, the following are daily tasks of a website designer:


Electronic Health Records Specialist Program

By Kris Powers | June 22nd 2020

Electronic Health Records on tablet

Electronic health records specialists are responsible for organizing and managing health information.  They ensure that the quality, accuracy, accessibility and security of health records are maintained. The National Healthcare Association lists the following as common tasks of an electronic health records specialist:

  • Audit patient records for compliance
  • Perform basic coding to submit reimbursement claims
  • Process Release of Information (ROI) requests for medical records
  • Review patient records to ensure completion and accuracy
  • Collect patient demographic and insurance information
  • Discuss patient information with physicians and insurance professionals

Some of the data they maintain includes:


Confetti & Chaos

By Kris Powers | June 12th 2020

Strong professional woman with confetti floating around her

Like many, there has been a lot of change in my life lately. Prior to Covid-19, there were big changes in my household, changes in a loved one’s health, changes within my place of employment. Covid-19 and sheltering in place added their own unique stressors. For someone who thrives on structure, all these changes, happening at the same time, have been incredibly exhausting.

I live a very structured, organized life. It is how I hold onto my sanity amid the chaos around me. I’m a list maker, and I keep things tidy so that I (almost) always know where things are. In the midst of all of this change, things have slid a bit. My organization has gotten choppy, as I simply cannot keep up with all the things that need to be done. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still make my lists. Lots of lists. My yearly planner and desktop are full of sticky notes and scraps of paper serving as visual reminders of the confetti of my current life.