Ed4Career Blog

Whether you are just entering the workforce, are currently employed or are in transition between jobs, you should be doing little things each day to help you grow as a professional. Whether it’s taking a class or simply reading a book, continuous learning is a great way to enhance your career opportunities.

1.  Grow in Your Career

 It’s important to keep learning about your field even after you’re hired. Employees who show that they are eager to learn and who stay abreast of current trends and information in their career are more likely to receive promotions and/or raises. Online courses afford the opportunity of enrolling in certified programs that allow students to keep skills and knowledge up-to-date.

8 Benefits of Lifelong Learning

By Kris Powers | April 29th 2015

There are plenty of great reasons to keep learning and the widespread availability of online courses means that adults can now explore any subject, anytime, and for the rest of their lives.

Here are eight wonderful reasons why you should always keep learning:

1. Improve Your Self-Confidence

Self-confidence can be influenced by two things; your trust in yourself as well as your level of competence, which comes from knowledge, experience and the skills that you possess. Taking an online course and learning new skills can provide a tremendous boost to your self-confidence.

2. Fight Boredom

Staying challenged helps fight boredom. Take every opportunity to enrich yourself and learn something new; take a course, read voraciously, watch TED conferences online or attend webinars in your field of interest.

3. Keep Your Brain Healthy and Your Mind Sharp

What are your training goals?

By Anonymous | April 28th 2015

Every organization and agency have goals to meet. Whether short-term or long-term, goals are essential in keeping employees and members of an organization encouraged and motivated. Apart from an organization’s overall goals, there is also training goals. Although training can be costly and time-consuming, it provides long-term benefits and having training goals can help you meet those benefits. These long-term benefits may include the decrease in employee turnover rate, overall growth and development, maintenance of permanent employees, and increase employee improvement and retention.

When creating training goals, we always want to make sure that the goals are realistic and measurable. If we want the right training program, we must remember to be SMART. SMART is an easy and effective way to assist you in creating your training goals.

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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.

We live in a world that is constantly developing and growing with new technologies, discoveries, and places to see. Because of this, it has become our human nature to want to experience everything and see for ourselves what the future has to bring. Realistically, many of us won’t. Many of us are afraid to leave this world one day and lose everything we have earned especially family and friends.

But, we must come to the realization that life can bring unexpected situations that we may not be prepared for. However, what if we can be prepared? April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day that exist to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

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.

Going Green: By the Numbers

By Kris Powers | April 7th 2015

There are plenty of reasons to go green—landfill issues, greenhouse gases, concerns about air and water pollution, and damage to the ozone layer are just a few. Take a look at a few of the actual numbers and percentages below to get a feel for how even the smallest of changes can have a large impact on the environment.

Going "Green" is Easier Than you Think!

By Kris Powers | March 31st 2015

The impact we have on the environment and the awareness of the benefits of going green continue to grow - even small changes make a difference!   Implementing “green” into your home and workplace may be easier than you think. And implementing “green” into your career may be even easier! Ed4Career offers a wide variety of courses in the green industry; from becoming an Alternative Energy Specialist to exploring Green Interior Decorating, your next career step might just leave behind a green footprint!

Here are a few easy ways to incorporate green practices into your daily life:

Become a Mental Health Technician

By Kris Powers | March 17th 2015

Mental Health Technicians work with mentally, developmentally, or emotionally impaired individuals. A technician works under the supervision of a mental health care team including psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, social workers, counselors and therapists, while also providing direct assistance to patients.

Duties of the mental health technician may include assisting patients with personal grooming and participation in educational, recreational, and therapeutic activities. The mental health technician also may socialize, assist, and observe mentally ill patient behaviors and record patient’s conditions.  

Mental Health Technicians may also help people reach goals established in a therapeutic plan for their care. This might involve working on goals in personal care, independent living, health care, and social, recreational and employment activities.

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.