Why You Need a Career Mentor

 

Mentors are an important resource for success on the job. Finding one can be a task, positioning you to be selected as a mentee is another. Here are some helpful tips.

Mentoring used to be an informal and difficult process. Managers would identify potential success stories. You had to be likeable or someone who reminded the mentor of his or her early years. The golf course or a game of billiards would open opportunities to be groomed. Relationships would develop over cold beers. You guessed it, the “good old boy” network. If you did not hang out you were left out.

Companies today realize the organizational benefit of supporting and developing talent and are establishing formal mentor programs that ensure growth from the bottom to the top lasts from within. Will employees stay longer if they feel like they are being groomed for success? Are you the best option for a new opportunity if your career is being guided by manager, supervisor, coach, or a specialist?

Having a mentor allows access to information that may not otherwise be available to you. Mentors show you the ropes, they lend you a hand, and they provide insight into a world that continues to change as you navigate through it. Mentors provide quality information because more than likely they have made the same mistakes you are asking, so you benefit from the secret weapon. Think about your co-workers, everyone wants to get promoted all at the same time. You better believe if you have a strong mentor and you are following his or her advice you should have an edge. I have seen too many times one position opens and 3 employees want that new title. Read below for tips on why you need a career mentor.

Motivation – A good mentor has the rare ability to explain to you what you need to do and why, in a way that makes sense. An encounter with a mentor often becomes a turning point in your career or business.

Success – A mentor who shares their experience with you helps you to avoid mistakes that you would otherwise make. Achieving success faster and with less effort, would you consider that to be efficient and effective?

Honesty – A mentor is a person who is not emotionally involved in your situation, your friends, family, barber, or hairstylist love to give advice. These people either, do not know, are emotional involved, or tell you exactly what you want to here. A mentor’s advice should be free and straight to the point.

Positive Attitude – When “Murphy’s Law” kicks in to your life a good mentor knows you are bleeding internally, but they have a plan to get you patched up, in a step by step approach. Mentors always have a story to make you feel good and to give the necessary encouragement to move forward.

Improvement – Your mentor will expect some improve. You should expect to grow with knowledge. Mentors will advise homework, such …

Things You Should Know About English Schools

An English School refers to a school or institution where English is the ‘primary medium of imparting education’ to students in all subjects; this may also be the case where English is not the first language or the ‘mother tongue’ of the students.

A thorough knowledge of the English language is extremely valuable and useful for communication at a global level; since many countries have mandated that the English language is used as the normal education medium.

The spread of English around the world is associated with the rise of the British Empire. From its original homeland in the lowlands of Scotland to the rest or Ireland and Great Britain, the use of the English language spread far and wide increasing the cultural and economic influences of countries especially since the times of the World Wars.

Once English left the shores of the British Isles, it travelled quickly to the Commonwealth Countries such as Canada, Australia and large parts of Asia where the British Empire extended to.

Under Section 92 of the Canadian Constitution, education is a matter under provincial control. Large parts of Canada were occupied by French-speaking Europeans. During the 19th and 20th century, the English-only education laws culinated in the Manitoba Schools Question 1896 and Ontario Regulation 17 in 1912, which were strident against French and other European minority languages. Canada adopted official bilingualism in 1969 where English and French found their places, but for most part English remains the predominant language of education.

The Parliament of England passed the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542 annexing Wales as part of the English Kingdom; These laws are collectively referred to as ‘Acts of Union’.

In Ireland, the ‘Royal Schools’ proclamation by James I in 1608 was done with the intent of setting up on free school in every country for educating the youth in learning and religion.

Between 1494 and 1698 the Scots Parliament passed nearly ten acts to legislate and establish English among the aristocracy first and spread it down to all ranks of people.

The Charter Act of 1813 decreed that English as a language would be included in the Indian education system for students to learn although strictly not enforcing it as a replacement for existing indigenous languages. It was anticipated that English would continue to exist with other studies to reinforce moral laws and ethical values.

Colonial education

In South Africa, the Dutch Reformed Church Elders established the earliest European schools in the late 17th century in the Cape Colony to minister biblical instruction as a necessary requisite for church confirmations. Basic literacy abilities and math skills were taught in rural areas but by 1799, British mission schools had propagated with the arrival of the early delegation of the London Missionary Society.

Elsewhere, with the spread of English as the dominant language for learning and working, orthodox believers and fanatic opposers of the language fostered trouble by resisting the use of English in schools and teaching places; however, by the turn of the 21st …

Exciting Teaching Tools of Tomorrow

School teachers always wanted to discover ways to connect with their students more effectively for a better learning experience. Thanks to such tools as ClassDojo, teachers can now easily have their students focused in class in no time (rather than spend precious minutes trying to manage students’ behavior).

ClassDojo likewise provides students with data on their own behavior, making them less disorderly, leading to a more conducive learning environment. Parents benefit from ClassDojo, too. Teachers can easily access every child’s classroom information and show them to the parents and make them engaged in their children’s development.

Three Ring is another techie tool for teachers who want to organize their students’ data digitally. This app allows teachers to upload student works from your smartphones or laptops directly to your own online stream.

You can use it during instruction inside the classroom, for planning lessons that are needed or will be enjoyed by the students, and for easily assessing the works of each of your students. Students can also see their progress through time through the uploaded pictures in the teachers’ stream. This can encourage them to do better in class.

Years of research on early cognitive development has paved way for new tools that will help children develop their cognitive skills. Scientific Learning®’s Fast ForWord Program strengthens children’s cognitive skills, helping them improve their reading-related skills such as comprehension, phonological and phonemic awareness, vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, among others.

Fast ForWord also offers English language learning where children can improve on their English literacy rapidly. The program is also consistent in the use of brain exercises for better retention and faster improvement on the use of English language, no matter what your first language may be.

More and more grade school teachers are also excited about custom-designed curriculums which allow the use of apps and devices such as iPads. Elementary schools in several parts of the United States have participated in piloting this kind of programs. For example, students of Jessieville Elementary School in Arkansas used storybook apps for their language arts and science activities. Likewise, students from Van Meter Elementary School managed to create their own ebooks by using several apps and software such as FlipSnack, Evernote, Skitch, and Mackin VIA.

Teachers believe that technology should be used to make education and learning more fun and interesting for children who are exposed to the internet, video games, and devices (such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets) early in their lives.…

Top Universities in Singapore – NUS and NTU

Undoubtedly the top ranked universities in Singapore are NUS and NTU!

National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore (NUS) is ranked 33 in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2007.

According to the Financial Times (FT) 2006 EMBA ranking of the Top 85 EMBA programs, NUS Business School rises in rankings for Executive MBA programs to be among world’s Top 29.

NUS Business School did extremely well in two of the sub-categories – it came out Top 5 for the categories of ‘International Attendees’, and ‘Top Salaries in IT/ Telecommunications’.

According to the THES 2006 World Ranking in the field of technology, NUS Faculty of Engineering ranked 8th in the World’s top 100 in Technology

According to the Newsweek Ranking of Global University, NUS is ranked 36th in the top 100 universities.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the world’s top 20 technological university!

According to the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2007, NTU is ranked 69 in the world.

The university has 2 campuses in Singapore: NTU at one-north campus and the Yunnan Garden campus. NTU at one-north campus is located next to Biopolis, the Singapore biomedical research hub. NTU has strong reputation overseas, linkages with world famous universities such as University of Washington, Stanford University, MIT, Cambridge, to name a few.

It offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Accountancy, Business, Communication Studies, Engineering, Science and Arts.

The university is recognized globally for its excellence in science and engineering. The College of Engineering is one of the world largest engineering colleges, with 6 engineering schools offering a variety of programs and specializations to meet the needs of many students.

It is also home to the National Institute of Education (NIE), which is the only teacher training institute in Singapore. NIE provides educational services to countries such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is the first Singapore professional art school offering courses in art, design and media.

Nanyang Business School (NBS) offers one of the world top 100 MBA programs. According to the Financial Times survey (published in Jan 2007), its MBA program is ranked Number 1 in Singapore and Number 2 in Asia.…

How To Sell Insurance Coverage at Any Stage of Your Career

Do you know How to Sell Insurance and Be Successful?

Being a desperate insurance agent, you are not sure where to begin and also you require the best tactics on how to sell insurance the best way. Insurance can be an incredible career for people that have a niche personality of persuasion selling. But what about the rest of you. I guarantee that for people that do not like selling, you will have a very disappointing career. The hardest part of Selling Insurance is trying to get leads and convert those leads to customers.

Whats the # 1 Secret on Insurance Selling?

Times have changed over the past few years. With the internet and different online ways to buy insurance, agents need to discover the new way to generate leads you can not spend all day trying to generate leads. Today’s insurance agents need to set up marketing systems and let the leads come to them. My # 1 secret is reduce the time on trying to generate leads, and spend more time on educating and networking with prospects.

Internet leads are the best way to get started. The one thing to understand is that there are 2 types of Internet leads. Most every insurance producer puts in a ton of effort and extremely tries trying to locate leads to bring in daily sales. To get leads daily and quickly is to buy them. The problem you may know with these leads, is that these prospects are price hunting. If the lowest price is not your competitive market, you still need to get them on your list and sell to them when they realize that “you get what you pay for”. The best way to get internet leads is through your own website that drives traffic directly to you. These people actually want to buy from you. This is the first strategy you need to focus on. Do not focus on finding leads. Set up a system, so the leads come to you. So what are the systems and how do you set them up? Keep reading, I think I can help.

The lead generation process should be a system of your organization. Online insurance marketing video clips from an insurance specialist are a great way to learn How To Sell Insurance and implement insurance marketing strategies.…

University of Idaho Vandals Had One Football Player Taken in the 2010 NFL Draft

The University of Idaho Vandals had one player taken in the 2010 NFL Draft and that one player is Mike Iupati who played guard for the Vandals and hopes to win a starting off line position with the San Francisco 49ers after the bay area team selected him with the number 17 overall pick in the first round.

The University of Idaho football team competes in the Western Athletic Conference which is commonly referred to by the acronym WAC. As a frame of reference the WAC had a total of five players out of 255 2010 NFL Draft selections come from the mid major conference. By comparing the Southeastern conference which is commonly shortened to SEC had 49 players represented in the 2010 NFL Draft, nearly ten times as many as the lowly Western Athletic Conference.

Mike Iupati was the first player from the WAC chosen in the 2010 NFL Draft and was considered one of the top prospects at his position in all of college football entered the primetime nationally televised event held in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There were only three offensive linemen selected head of Iupati in a draft that saw a total of 38 offlined linemen taken. At 6'5 "330 pounds Iupati has the right build for an NFL offensive guard.

Before playing in four seasons of college football for the Vandals Mike was born and raised in the south pacific in American Samoa and spend his high school years with his family in Anaheim, California. In part due to arriving in the United States later in life and also having scholastic issues as a result of trying to pick up English as a second language (his native tongue is Samoan) Mike did not have the array of college scholarship choices that are normally associated with NFL first round selections.

Through hard work, persistence, and a bit of luck Iupati found his way onto the University of Idaho football team in 2006. After persevering through setbacks that included a surgically repaired shoulder Mike promptly flourished into a dominant interior offensive lineman who finally gained national attention as a senior.

In 2009 the Idaho Vandals had one player taken in NFL draft. Eddie Williams was selected in the seventh and final round by the Washington Redskins. Prior to Tight end Eddie Williams being selected the University of Idaho had the bitter sweet distinction of producing Mr. Irrelevant for the 2008 NFL Draft. Mr. Irrelevant is the title given to the very last player selected in the NFL Draft. In 2008 that player was David Vobora, a linebacker from Idaho. …

eBay University … Rah, Rah, Rah

Remember pom-poms, megaphones, and cute cheerleading outfits from your school days. If you decide to take an eBay class, expect the opening of the course to bring about that kind of "rah, rah" feeling. However, eBay does not have a lot to cheer about. In just 10 years eBay has become a worldwide marketplace, purporting to be the most popular and largest on the Internet. It boasts that eBay makes over 50 million items available online, with more than 5 million items added everyday, not to mention that eBay has a single-handedly boosted digital camera sales. After all you can not be a profitable seller on the site without having one.

Do not get me wrong; the "rah, rah" business is not necessarily all bad because the instructors come to that position quite honestly. They have been very successful sellers; many of them power sellers, on eBay. They enthusiastically speak from their hearts and their own experiences. However, the eBay party line is a dominant theme during the introduction to the class and borders on being overkill. In all likelihood people would not have signed up for the class unless they were already serious about learning how to be buyers and sellers on eBay.

Since my reservations about eBay touting its own praises, I still recommend that you do take a class on the eBay basics. One day of your time will be well worth it. You can find classes in your area by going to "Community" on the eBay home page. From there click on "Community Calendar" and then "eBay University." The eBay University page provides information on eBay Basics or Beyond the Basics classes.

If you decide to attend a class, act fast because eBay classes fill up quickly. Why? Stop and think about it. There are more than 1.2 million registered eBay users, and and more than 25,000 members make five figure income as full time eBay entrepreneurs. In addition, more than 250,000 part timers make several thousand dollars a year of supplementary income. This has gotten the attention of many, and the many are flocking to the classes to learn how to get started right away.

The six modules that the eBay Basics course will deliver are:

1. The History and Safety Features – The history and background of eBay is designed as a welcome to new users. It is the "rah, rah" part to which I have been referring. It is interesting to have that in the booklet that follows along with the PowerPoint presentation for the class, but this could be read later if anyone is interested in that. The safety feature was an important part in the first module because it offers peace of mind to know that eBay has a safe environment with a success rate for transactions of 99.999%. There are more than 600 reps available 24 hours a day, but they do need more when you look at the ratio of users to tech support personnel. The eBay safety features …

What Are The Reasons For Low Self Esteem

Most people have no idea, but there is a lot of people with low self esteem and confidence problems, it can be a child, an adolescent or an adult. There are 3 basic reasons for low self esteem haredity, environment and education, those are the factors that influence our life values ​​and beliefs.

Sometimes a child has low self esteem because his parents had the same problem or were very shy, however there are ways to help the kid improve his confidence and have a healthy life.

Education plays an important role because the child learns some of the most important things at school, they start to interact with friends and acquires his own personality. However, you must be careful, because if the child is upset by friends at school either physically or mentally then it will affect his self confidence. But also education is important because they acquire values ​​and beliefs that will persist for life.

Another very important factor is the environment, which is a very dynamic factor, the environment involves the home, school, friends, family and any other place that he goes. He needs to see good relationships between his parents and be treat it with respect, otherwise if he sees constant losses or people make fun of him, his self esteem will be affected.

However, the reasons for low confidence can also be acquire as an adult, a traumas in your life, a social embarrassment, a bad body image, a bad relationship and many other things can be a cause for low self esteem.

You need to constantly reinforce your self esteem by doing new things and getting new skills. You need to set goals and be proactive, do not depend on anyone, you can do many more things than you can imagine. Be a positive person, your thoughts have a powerful influence in your self image, if you are constantly criticizing your self you will have problems of confidence.

As you can see those are the most important reasons for low self esteem, i encourage you to get the most out of your life and find help if you need it, read motivational books, biographies and anything that increase your self confidence. …

Work From Home – Jumpstarting A Freelance E-Book Career!

There is a whole new world of opportunities for freelance writers these days, and it's one that is only getting bigger. The Internet has opened up many avenues to help writers get their work seen by the public. One of the most exciting things to come along is E-books.

Simply put, an e-book is an electronic book, which can be sent across a network and will look the same on every computer.

There are many benefits to writing an e-book not the least of which is the fact that you can ensure that it will be out in the world for people to read, and for a writer that is the most important thing. E-books can be downloaded to a CD or a DVD, sent as attachments through email or downloaded from the Internet. For people who buy e-books, one benefit is the fact that they can carry many with them wherever they go without having to shlep around heavy books.

Some other benefits to publishing your own e-books are:

1. No printing costs

2. They can be produced quickly and easily

3. No rejection slips

4. No editor changes or revisions

5. You can make a bigger profit

That all being said, in order to make a profit with your e-books, you have to market it yourself because you do not have a big publishing house with people who job it is to do that for you. But, the bonus is you do not have a big publisher taking all of your profits either.

There are different ways you can choose to publish your e-book. The easiest way to put it on your own website or blog, and either your website or even allow people to read it for free. One reason you may choose to allow people to read it for free is because it can generate more traffic to your website and make you money through the advertising you have posted there. There are also many companies popping up that will offer you different types of deals to post it on their website as well.

These deals can range from splitting the profit of the sales with you, or charging you a fee to post it and you keep all the profits from the sales yourself. Amazon offers a deal where they will post it and take a 50/50 split of the profits. This can be good for somebody who does not have their own website or their website does not attract enough traffic to make the big sales. With a company like Amazon you are sure to get thousands of people who will get the opportunity to at least see your e-book and maybe buy it.

E-books and self-publishing are still fairly new so it is acceptable to believe more opportunities will open up for writers. But, if you are someone who has a passion for writing, have worthy stories or information to share, and want to be in control of your own work, e-books and …

Top MBA HR Colleges In India – MBA In Human Resource Colleges In India

Top MBA-HR colleges in India

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur: PGDHRM

XLRI is the oldest business Management School in India. The School began with the training courses for the trade union leaders. It was established in the year 1949, XLRI is the pioneer in HR Management programmes. At the outset, the two-year full-time Main Industrial relations welfare programme was launched. In the last 50 years the course has also evolved and now it is PGD in Human resource or the industrial relations. XLRI provides with Postgraduate Programme in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations and the course is 2 years.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai: MA in HRM & LR

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences is ranked in top Indian universities. It has also been ranked in top institutes in Social, Demography and Economics research by a Stanford University study. The master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations programme (or Personnel Management and Industrial Relations) offered at the TISS Mumbai campus is one of the most prestigious programmes in the field of Human Resources in India. The program provided by TISS is M.A. in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRM & LR) and is of 2 years.

Symbiosis Institute, Pune: MBA & PGDM-HR

This course provides students with the skills required for successful human capital management. It familiarises them with current corporate practices in the line. The course works on interpersonal and people management skills, to enable students to learn the scope of Human Resource Management and become Strategic Business Partners. The duration of the course is of 2 years.

IFIM Business School, Bangalore: PGDM-HR

Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM) Business School is a private institution located in Bangalore, Karnataka. IFIM Bangalore offers a two-year full-time Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Executive (PGDM), Certificate and PhD programs at PG and Doctorate level for regular students as well as working professionals.

CAT/ MAT or GMAT. Final admission is given on the basis of performance in Essay Writing followed by an interview for the shortlisted candidates.

Management Development Institute (MDI), Murshidabad: Post Graduate Program in HR

MDI offers a PGP-HRM programme to develop HR professionals with well-rounded business perspectives and unique competencies. The PGP-HRM programme is tactfully designed by faculty members/experts and is drawn from the coextensive business developments, and ensures a rich academia-industry blend. MDI provides with Post-Graduate Programme in HR and is of 2 years.

Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad: PGDM-HR

IMT is a fully certified and an autonomous university that offers various postgraduate, doctorate and executive education programmes in management and it provides the best PGDM program in Human Resources which is of 1 year.

O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat: MBA-HR

O. P. Jindal Global University is situated in Sonepat, Haryana. The institute was established in 2009. O. P. Jindal Global University offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research level programs. The program provided by the college is MBA in HR and is of 2 years.

Admission to MBA course is on …

What Is a Coverdell Education Savings Account?

Supporting the increased cost of education often becomes a tough job for parents and some even have to compromise with their desires for higher studies. Students who want to continue their course of education should apply for Federal Grants and Scholarships to get the necessary assistance. In addition to that saving for college should also play a part in helping to fund your child's education. The Coverdell Education Savings Account is a popular choice in this matter of many intelligent students and parents who want to save some money for funding education costs.

A Coverdell Education Savings Account or Coverdell ESA was designed to help students and parents save some money for meeting educational expenses. If you do not have a covered Education Savings Account, you can check out the details to get an idea of ​​the benefits you can receive. Also note the clauses that are to be followed for becoming eligible to get the benefits.

How The Account Works?

This is one of the most important points to be noted, when you are planning to open a Coverdell Education Savings Account. Both parents and students can open this account and save money as per their financial ability. However, the deposit limit is restricted to $ 2000 per year for every beneficiary, irrespective of the number of accounts he or she holds. Also note that only children under the age of 18, with the exception of special needs students who can be of any age, are eligible for these accounts. The amount that is deposited in this account grows tax free but you must pay taxes on it when distributed if they are not used for qualifying education expenses.

The money saved in this account can be used for funding expenses in Elementary schools or secondary schools as well as in colleges, depending on the requirement.

Some Important Points To Note To Enjoy The Advantages of Coverdell ESA:

• The money that is deposited in this account will be eligible for tax free distribution only when it is use for funding education costs, like paying tuition fees, buying books or other items needed for studies. One can also use this money for paying the rent of boarding schools.

• The school or college where the students are enrolled should be recognized by the board of education. Any private school, public school and even religious schools offering education as per the state law are covered under Coverdell ESA.

• Students enrolled in voluntary schools, colleges and universities working under the Department of Education can enjoy the tax free distribution of the money deposited in the Coverdell ESA scheme.

• To enjoy the benefits of this saving plan, students should have all the supporting documents for providing their eligibility. Failure to do so will lead to taxable distribution of the money saved in this account.

What Happens When Distribution Is Not Restricted to Qualified Education Expenses?

In case the contributions of the money saved in the Coverdell ESA is not meant …

Career Branding Strategies to Beat a Recession

Self Branding or career branding is an often over-looked important party of the job search. The biggest mistake that people make is to assume that their past accomplishments and career experiences will speak for themselves.

Often, job seekers can fail to take a proactive approach to creating and marketing their reputations. Branding is setting yourself apart from other job seekers. If an employer sees "productive," or "self-motivated" basically stamped on your forehead he / she is going to stop and take notice. The blame lies entirely on you if you choose not to be active in asserting your reputation.

It is so important to market and manage your reputation in this manner. Start by determining what your strengths and assets are. What have other employers complemented you on? Are you dependable? Do you show good leadership? Or maybe you have good analytical qualities?

Whatever your best feature is, you need to identify it, and then go about highlighting it to potential employers. There are many different ways to market your brand. Begin including your brand in emails and letters. When you describe to people your job functions, include your brand. This can be done effectively and tastefully in a manner such as, "I work for company X to create new software; my work is completed on time and on budget."

Another example from a manager's standpoint could be, "I lead others to follow my example and work efficiently without sacrificing quality or integrity." The first example provided highlights the candidate's respect for deadlines and good money sense. The second showcases the employee's leadership qualities and values. Once you establish your brand you can use it in many situations to remind your potential employer what it is that you bring to the table.

The bottom line is that if you do not brand yourself, others will. Nobody wants to see bad qualities like these present in a potential employee. You might have accidently given a bad first impression without even knowing it, and words like these might cling to your name.

Much of this could have been avoided had you mentioned in early email correspondence that you have responsibly performed your duties with other employers and that you possess such and such qualities. Obviously if you claim punctuality as a selling point, then are late to an initial interview, your actions discredit your claims. Generally, however, you can shape the opinion that others will take towards you, by effectively marketing your brand.
You can be active and establish and market a reputation which showcases qualities such as:

Dependable, Leadership skills, Motivated, Supportive of co-workers, Hard-working

These are all great characteristics with which you should aim to be associated. An employer will brush aside others in an effort to take a better look at you if you present yourself as possessing any of these qualities. It's critical in the job market to set yourself up above the rest of the crowd. Career branding is a great way to do just that. …

How To Get Into A Great College After High School

The process of getting into college period takes a lot of hard work, so as you may imagine, the process of getting into a GREAT college requires even more effort . In this article, I'll lay out what competitive colleges are looking for in applicants and tell you EXACTLY how to get into a great college.

Before we get started, the first and most important thing that you need to keep in mind as you're reading this article is that a great college is seeking students who have excelled in many different aspects of their high school career. Nowadays, it will take more than just a high GPA and good standardized test scores.

Got it? Okay, without further ado … here's how to get into a great college:

1. Have a great GPA, period. This GPA should be reinforced by honors and AP classes (if possible). Taking and succeeding in challenging courses in high school reassurance top notch colleges that you can indeed handle their demanding curriculum.

2. High SAT / ACT Scores. Most students do not take the time to really study for these types of standardized exams; however you are NOT like most students. As a potential ivy League bound student, you'll need to spend as much time as you can studying for these tests. I would highly recommend taking a SAT or ACT prep course. These tests can be tricky, but with the proper amount of study, you can score well.

3. Extracurriculars. As I mentioned in the introduction, great colleges want students who have excelled in all areas of high school. You should be considered a leader on campus and be involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. Also, colleges like to see a lot of community service hours. Volunteer work tells a lot about a student's character. This will show that you are still committed and dedicated outside the classroom.

4. Outstanding Personal Statement. The personal statement can be a deal breaker in itself. Spend a lot of time in this area and do not be afraid to involve others. You will want to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. It's okay to spend time perfecting your essay and making sure that it says exactly what you want to say.

5. Nail the Interview. Get rid of the jitters … this is your time to SHINE. Try to go into the interview as calm as possible, so that you can really show off your intelligence and personality. Try to do some mock interviews at home just for practice

This is how to get into a great college. If you follow these five steps, I guarantee that you will increase your chances of acceptance into a great college. Good luck future Ivy Leaguer! …

Is Being a Chef a Career or a Job?

Just like any other profession, whether or not being a chef is a career or a job depends large on you. Of course, if your chef-dom is mere a job for you, do not be surprised if it does not take long to burn out. Fifty to 70-hour work weeks, high stress, and the creative brain drain all take their toll fairly early on those not strictly indebted to their paycheck-maker.

Successful chefs are like other creative types – they will be found "playing with their food" even if no money was involved. Like writers who write because they love to express themselves this way, and singers who belt out tunes anywhere they can get away with it, chefs are "chefs to the bone." A true chef considers the money involuntarily a "bonus" to what he or she loves to be doing anyway.

While a job is just a means to an end (as in paying the bills) with 40 hours dutifully put in every week and the occasional overtime blessing (or curse, depending on your situation), a career is like a marriage: You have an unspoken commitment to yourself that you will love, cherish, and even obey this voluntary calling 'til death do you part. If you ever get to know a successful professional chef, you'll immediately realize this "marriage" is a forever thing – part of his or her personality that's so ingrained there is essentially no difference between that person and what they do for a living.

Chefs live, breathe, eat, and dream about – guess what? Food. Although there are many other duties associated with "cheffing," such as management, personnel, accounting, and other responsibilities, the core of a chef's livelihood is the preparation and presentation of food.

When someone approaching their living comes home from work complaining of the tiredness of their feet and back, the heat of the kitchen, or the endless stream of meals that had to be prepared, it's obvious this is just a job to him or her. The career-minded chef is not even aware of being career-minded; their mind is on what went wrong, what was successful, and how could they improve on anything that happened in "their" kitchen that shift. The chef in the former state of mind wonders how to get out of his current situation; the chef in the latter mindset wants more and relishes the next opportunity to express him- or herself with food.

So when you ask if being a chef is a career or a job, no one can answer that except you. If coming home smelling like barbecue or fish or Limburger cheese appalls you, consider the fact this is often the case with chefs. You may want to save your cooking skills to the occasional at-home masterpiece that wows your friends and family. But for those of you reading this that are saying to themselves, "Yep, that's me, all right," then do not wait any longer – the world's taste buds impatiently await …

Why All Accounting and Engineering Jobs?

I could not help but notice that there is a run on Engineering and Accounting jobs in the market right now. I decided to do a little research to see if I was imagining this and here is what I came up with:

After speaking with employers and examining job descriptions it did not take long to realize that the mad rush to fill accounting positions could be traced back to the high profile accounting scandals at companies such as Enron, WorldCom, and Tyco. In response to these scandals Congress enacted the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002.

Sarbanes Oxley established 11 new stringent standards for company boards, management, as well as public accounting firms. Rulings on requirements of Sarbanes Oxley come from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As a result of this legislation as well as an overall climate of corporate regulation companies are placing a premium on finding quality accounting candidates, specifically those candidates that have experience with Sarbanes Oxley compliance.

The generous supply of Engineering jobs on the market can be traced back to several different factors. According to the Engineer of 2020: by the National Academy of Engineering the engineering field is and will continue to be driven by breakthrough technologies specifically Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Materials Science and Photonics, Information and Communications Technology, Information Management, and Logistics.

In this time of innovation in this country where technological advances occur so rapidly the need for quality engineers is similar. Competitive advantages are won or lost on the ability to drive innovation.

Another important factor to consider is the pool of candidates available for high level engineering jobs in this country. According to the National Science Board, International students account for nearly half the US doctors awarded in engineering and computer science. In addition, more than 35% of US engineering and computer science university faculty are foreign-born.

According to the Journal of Engineering Education many nations are seeking to reap the benefits of advanced education, including strong positive effects on GDP growth. They are not only trying to attract international students to their countries they are trying to lure top talent as well. Those countries like China and India that used to feed American schools with engineering students are now making a concerted effort to keep those students home or to return home after getting their education. This new competition may be a factor on the pool of quality candidates for engineering jobs in this country.

One thing is for sure, if I was advising a young person today I would say get that accounting degree or that engineering degree and better yet get an advanced degree. You will be in high demand. …