Ed4Online Blog | Category: Career Education

Going Back to School as an Adult Learner

By Kris Powers | July 28th 2015

The start of school was always a favorite time of mine. Fresh school year, new school supplies, new classmates and professors, the feeling of “anything is possible”. Along with the excitement of starting something new, there was apprehension about the course load and work involved – would I be up to the challenge?

For those who may have been out of the learning arena for awhile, these apprehensions may be magnified. However, there are steps that you can take to set yourself up for success:

The Gift of Doing Good

By Kris Powers | July 7th 2015

It's important to think good, speak good, and do good. If we want to see positive change in the world, then we need to connect to goodness. Shari Arison

From donating your time, money or gently used household items to various charities and organizations, to giving blood and plasma through the American Red Cross, there are many great ways to give. “Doing good” benefits your long-term health and happiness while helping others – a win-win situation if we’ve ever heard of one!

Six Tips for Successful Time Management

By Kris Powers | April 21st 2015

Time management can be a problem for many students, and particularly so for online students. Let’s face it, it can be hard to stay motivated and get your work done when you aren’t surrounded by other students doing the same. Many online students are taking their courses online because of family and work commitments; juggling all those responsibilities can become overwhelming without a plan.

For starters, you need to talk with your family and your employer and let them know how your online courses might affect your responsibilities at home or in the office (you’ll need help with chores, you won’t be able to stay late at work).  You’ll also need to be sure to set aside specific hours for your schoolwork each and every day.  Avoid distractions such as television, social media, as well as your phone and make sure that when you sit down to study that is the only thing you are doing.

3 Career Myths

By Kris Powers | April 15th 2015

Below are 3 career myths adapted from the Academic and Career Information Center at Kansas State University.

MYTH #1 There is one perfect career for me.

FACT: There may be several careers that appeal to you and that match your abilities, interests, and core values.

MYTH #2 Choosing a career means deciding what I will do with the rest of my life.

FACT: Most individuals can anticipate one or more career changes during their working lives.

MYTH #3 I should choose a career based solely on what's currently "hot" in the job market.

FACT: It is better to choose a major/career because you have a genuine interest and talent for it.

We received the following letter from a student who recently completed our Pharmacy Technician Professional Program and wanted to share, as it exemplifies everything we hope our courses will provide for students.

Dear Ed4Career:

First, I would like to thank you and your staff at Ed4Career for providing a very comprehensive course for pharmacy technician.

The course gave me an understanding of the history of pharmacy and how it has evolved through the years.  The safeguards that have been placed into effect by the different agencies regulating the production and distribution of medications for the safety of the public to the current laws that are in place today to protect the patient as well as the pharmacist.

It gave me glimpse of what it would be like to work in a hospital setting, calculating drug dosages for pediatrics as well as the elderly and the issues they face with medications.

The Life Skills Coach

By Kris Powers | March 10th 2015

We all want to live full and productive lives, but sometimes, we just don't know where to begin.

A Life Skills Coach is someone who helps people work through challenges and changes in their lives. The Life Skills Coach offers training of certain skills that help people handle problems and questions that commonly occur in daily life. For example, a client may need assistance with career direction and development, personal fulfillment or help after a life change such as divorce or job loss.

The term “life skills” refers to skills that can help us live a better quality of life and help us reach our goals. A coach's job is to work with clients to enable them and help them find the answers to their problems themselves, to make decisions that will improve their lives.

10 Steps to Setting Effective Career Development Goals

By Kris Powers | February 24th 2015

When setting Career Development goals, it’s important to clearly define your goals as well as the steps necessary to achieve each and every one. By taking the time to set effective career development goals, you can measure progress and track yourself getting closer and closer to the career you have envisioned for yourself. This will not only keep you motivated, it will also help you feel more self-confident along the way.

The following are some tips for setting effective goals:

1.    Be positive. Frame your goal in light of something you want to obtain, rather than in terms of something you want to avoid. For example, set the goal of improving your writing skills in order to start a career as a blogger working from home as opposed to not getting stuck behind a desk at a dead-end job at a large corporation.

7 Steps to Developing a Career Vision Statement

By Kris Powers | February 17th 2015

What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you still searching for the answer? Are you where you want to be in your professional life or is something missing?

Developing a career vision statement will help bring your ideal career into focus. Unlike a career “mission statement”, which puts the focus on where you are currently; a career “vision statement” helps you to create a mental image of yourself in the career you really want – the career that will bring you fulfillment and joy.  Your vision is a “picture” of what you aspire to, and what inspires you, in your work life.

The following steps, adapted from Randall S. Hansen of Quintessential Careers, will put you well on your way to creating a career vision statement that will inspire and motivate you.

When planning and preparing for a new career, it’s important to consider all of the skills and knowledge you will need to be the most successful.

Employers look for two different skill sets in applicants: hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are teachable abilities or easily quantified: a degree or certificate, computer skills, writing ability, etc. Soft skills are more difficult to quantify. These are also known as “interpersonal skills” and relate to the way you present yourself as well as how you interact with others.  Examples might include: communication, workplace professionalism, and time management. Techtarget.com offers the following definition of soft skills, “Soft skills …are also defined by abilities that can be practiced, such as leadership, empathy, communication and sociability.”

The Human-Animal Connection

By Kris Powers | January 20th 2015

In 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet. Studies have shown that health benefits for those living or working with pets include emotional, psychological and physical benefits. These benefits may translate to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels, and better mental health. In addition, research has also shown that humans respond in a unique way to animals in a wide variety of therapy and care settings.

According to the AVMA, “The veterinarian’s role in the human-animal bond is to maximize the potential of this relationship between people and animals and specifically to promote the health and well-being of both.” We feel that this role is also the responsbility of all members of the veterinary staff, from the front desk to those working side by side with the doctors.