Whether you are a recent high school graduate, or you are taking courses while in the workforce, there are steps you can take to make your learning experience more successful.
1. Take care of yourself. While in college or taking college courses, there is no one to stand over you and tell you what to do. Eating properly, getting enough rest, going to class, studying, turning in assignments -all of these are things you're going to have to do without a teacher to remind you. It is up to you to take control and take responsibility!
September is suicide awareness month. Recent events in the news including the loss of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams to suicide has brought this issue to the forefront. The psychological pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Their deaths leave families and friends heartbroken. Surviving family members not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, but are also themselves at higher risk of suicide and emotional problems.
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.
As a professional, it’s important to maintain your knowledge and skills by frequently pursuing Continuing Professional Development opportunities. Benefits include:
1. Developing new skills and gaining a competitive edge
It’s never a good idea to become complacent about your professional development. Employers value those who strive to keep their skills current with workforce needs.
2. Keeping up-to-date with your industry
Staying current with new developments in your industry is invaluable. From new regulations to techniques and methodologies, it’s important to stay abreast of the newest information.
3. Refreshing your memory and relearning old techniques and theories
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. Many know of the benefits to their community. But did you know that as a volunteer, you gain many benefits as well? Volunteering can help protect your mental and physical health; it can improve your social and even your career networks and so much more!
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.
As you begin thinking about what supplies and items might be needed for the upcoming school year, please keep Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in mind. If you need to purchase a new item, please find an eco-friendly home for your previously used items.
Professional Development is an ongoing process that should continue throughout one's career. It’s necessary to stay up to date on the latest trends and information in your field in order to remain capable and competent in your position. Many professionals find that online learning is a perfect fit for them and their development needs. Why?
Flexibility and Convenience. Online learning can be done from your office or home at your own pace. In this flexible learning environment (wherever, whenever), you set the pace. Open scheduling also allows you to take the courses you need whenever it best suits you and your schedule.
Networking. Online courses allow you the opportunity to network with your peers all over the country. In addition to connecting with mentors via email to address concerns or questions, an online student center gives you the opportunity to interact with others through discussion boards, etc.
In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell, designated July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Bebe Moore Campbell was an accomplished author, advocate and national spokesperson, who passed in November 2006. Campbell advocated for mental health education and support among individuals of diverse communities. This month, we bring awareness to the disparity in mental health treatment and access to care among minority groups in the U.S. with the hope that increased public awareness could bring about positive changes for these communities.