Ed4Online Blog | Category: Career Education

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.

Ten Steps Closer to a Career Change

By Kris Powers | October 7th 2014

Monster.com states The right career is a positive, productive and natural extension of you, your value system and your natural talents.

People who work in careers that are well suited to them and their values are happier and healthier! If you’ve been experiencing discontent in your current position or feel like maybe it’s time for a change; take these steps to help discover if a career change is right for you.  

1.       Take a career assessment quiz – there are many free options online. Consider your strengths, talents, and skills that perhaps aren’t being utilized to their fullest extent in your current position.

The Need for Skilled Trades Training

By Kris Powers | September 2nd 2014

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Many businesses that rely on skilled workers report difficulty finding qualified individuals to fill open jobs. In fact, skilled trades have been the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff for the last three years, according to Manpower Group.

Top 4 Careers for Transitioning Military by Angela Caban

By Guest Blogger | August 12th 2014

Military Student Transitioning

When businesses hire military veterans, the workforce gains invaluable skills because of military training. As a veteran transitioning out of the military, you may have doubts about the type of jobs out there and whether or not you may qualify for it. Employers take on the job training such as military experience, but if you are looking in another field you have no experience in - there are options for you to obtain the training in that field in as little as 60 days and use your GI bill and tuition assistance in the process. Here are the top 4 in demand jobs for transitioning military and how you can obtain training and certification in these fields.

The Need for Skilled Workers in America

By Kris Powers | July 8th 2014

Skilled Trades

In many high schools across the nation, shop class is non-existent.  Consequently, so are the potential trades-people that are born out of that early exposure to tools and machinery.  What is America going to do without skilled workers who can build and fix things?