Ed4Career Blog | Category: Career Education

Handling Test Stress

By Guest Blogger | June 1st 2022

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Most students experience some stress and perhaps a bit of anxiety when a big test is coming up. Feeling a little on edge is often a good thing because it drives many students to dedicate more time to studying.

But problems can occur when you experience extreme test stress that interferes with your quality of life in one or both of the following ways:

  • You struggle to concentrate and have trouble studying for big tests. The days and hours leading up to an important test are wasted in anxiety, fear, and overthinking. 


Best Jobs for Night Owls

By Kris Powers | May 17th 2022

Beautiful night sky

When considering a career path or job; consider the possibility of evening or overnight work. For some employees, working at night is a personal preference because that’s when they feel more alert, it’s quiet and they can get more accomplished. For others their spouse may work during the day, and they are with the kids. This makes working at night ideal so there is no need to pay for daycare. In some fields, working at night results in a higher salary. And let’s face it – those evening shifts might have the extra benefit of less traffic on your commute!  

If you are looking for a career that allows the benefit of nighttime work; here are some jobs that are ideal for night owls.

 


Top Job Search Engines

By Kris Powers | May 2nd 2022

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When looking for employment, job engines are a great resource. These sites include job listings, company information, interview and career advice, help for uploading your resume, easy apply buttons and more.

When applying for positions, it’s best to join multiple sites, sign up for email alerts and check in frequently to keep up to date with the job posting. Be sure to write down all the jobs you applied for and on which site so that when contacted, you know which job they are speaking about and the company that is hiring.

Below are some of the more popular job search engines:

Indeed - very easy to navigate and apply.

LinkedIn - your professional profile page, you can network and find open job positions.


Remote Learning Necessities

By Kris Powers | April 20th 2022

Student at desk with headphones on

Remote schooling has been introduced into almost every household within the past couple of years. For some, it is a beneficial way to study and learn, and for others it is a struggle. What we have learned is that you can set yourself up for successful remote learning with the right tools and study environment.


Find a Career that Fits Your Personality

By Kris Powers | April 6th 2022

smiling man looking at his laptop

Selecting a degree or deciding what career training path is ideal for you can be difficult. Don’t waste time and money going after a career that won’t fulfill you. Understanding a little more about your personality and temperament will narrow down choices and direct your path toward a job that can make you happy!

The 16 personality types were created by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs, developers of the MBTI® assessment. Myers and Briggs created their personality typology to help people discover their own strengths and gain a better understanding of how people are different from one another.


Life Hacks While Studying Remotely

By Kris Powers | January 6th 2022

The ability to take courses online and study from home now-a-days is a huge benefit when you’re trying to better your future. This is a time in your life when you’re growing as an individual – both for yourself and for your family! While taking personal enrichment courses, career training or working on a degree, your time is precious.

Let’s delve into some life hacks that will help you while you’re juggling both schoolwork and your personal life.


Study Hacks While Learning Remotely

By Kris Powers | December 28th 2021

If you’re jumping back into a program for school or personal development you may recognize that there are a vast majority of degrees, classes, and certification programs available remotely, now more than ever before.  These study hacks for remote learning are going to change your study life dramatically in the best way possible (maybe your everyday life too). 

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Organize Your Workspace for Optimal Focus

By Kris Powers | December 18th 2021

Optimal focus comes with no distractions, right? While we might imagine that it is the key for focus, we don’t live in a perfect world. We have co-workers, family, kids and animals that are usually around us while we try to get things done. For example, my cat is currently walking across my keyboard. Our phones are constantly lighting up, someone is talking too loudly, or the television is playing in the background.

While we can’t control outside factors, we can control the workspace around us and what it looks like! A disorganized workspace can cause negative energy and stress. Knowing where your things are (notes, calendars, your green highlighter, the hole punch, etc.) can save time, help you get more work done and relieve anxiety. Let’s get into some organization tips/ideas for our workspace that can help us attain as much optimal focus as we can.


Earn College Credit with Prior-Learning Assessments

By Kris Powers | August 23rd 2021

Young Man pointing up to the phrase "PLA's"

What are prior-learning assessments? Prior-learning assessments (PLAs) are methods that colleges, universities and other education and training providers use to evaluate a student's non-academic experiences and training. PLAs award college credit, certification or advanced standing for learning that has occurred outside of the more traditional learning environment. Students that participate in PLA testing can use these credits as a shortcut to graduation. Other common terms for these types of assessments include Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and Recognition of Learning.


Enrollment on the Rise for Career Training Programs

By Kris Powers | June 30th 2021

Female professional at laptop

Providers of career training programs across the country are seeing a jump in enrollment during the pandemic. According to a recent survey conducted among 1,500 Americans, as many as 43% of individuals under age 40 are thinking about returning to school and furthering their education. Those laid off or furloughed are especially likely to think about continuing their education. Their motivation? 57% of those surveyed expect that furthering their education would result in a significant salary increase and almost half (49%) want to start a new career.