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.…

3 Ways to Ensure Your Success in College Through Effective Home Time Management

Life Will not Stop Because You Need to Study!

Because of that, while there are many things you can do to make life easier while you're in college, getting your home under control will be one of the main ones. And that's especially true for nontraditional students. This article highlights 3 ways to ensure your success in college with effective home time management.

1.) Make Time for Studying / Research / Projects

Even though you have midterms coming up … let's face it … kids need help with homework, jelly needs mopped up off the floor, and laundry still needs washed (it's OK to look like you've been studying all week, but please do not smell like it). Not to mention these people expect food multiple times each day.

So, here's what I did … at the beginning of each semester I would take all of my syllabi and record all assignments, tests, and quizzes into my handy-dandy planner on both the monthly and weekly portions. That cave me, at a glance, a good look at what I had coming up for the following week and month.

With this information I could plan meals, housecleaning, and time with kids so that I got done what I needed to get done while ensuring I had adequate time for studying.

For instance, the Sunday before midterm week I may make a big pot of spaghetti sauce then plan menus for that week such as:

· Monday: Leftover spaghetti

· Tuesday: Lasagna (made ahead on Sunday)

· Wednesday: Leftover Lasagna

· Thursday: Shepherd's Pie (How long does it take to boil potatoes?)

· Friday: Chicken Parmesan (Crockpot)

· Sat: Pizza and vegging out on couch … cause I deserve it

Think about how much time that planning saved me … time that could then be redirected towards the major goal that week … Midterms.

2.) Make Time for Family

There are not a whole lot of things that can derail determination like guilt can.

Picture this … you've planned all week long to use Saturday to catch up on your studying. Saturday morning, however, Harmony wakes up and decides she wants more than anything else in the whole wide world to go to the park today … as a matter of fact, her life will be over if she can not. You … knowing you really need to study … do the responsible thing and say "No." This leads to intestinal guilt which not only lasts with you but magnifies to the point where you're not getting any studying accomplished anyway so you decide to go ahead and take Harmony to the park.

One way to make sure that this does not happen is to … again … look at the week ahead. You should be able to get a clear picture all that life will be throwing your way in the next 7 days. If it would help you while learning this new technique get … and make sure to use … …

Psychiatry is Junk Science

FACT versus OPINION

A FACT is something that can be proven to exist by visible evidence.

An OPINION is something which may or may not be based on any FACTS.

A Belief or Conclusion is based on what one thinks rather than on what is proven or known to be true.

Using these definitions is important when considering the psychiatric drugs used on our citizens.

FIRST HAND DATA

From the original source.

SECOND HAND DATA

Not obtained from the original source; Borrowed.

THIRD HAND DATA

Derived, as information, from the second after the original or primary source; hence, stale. Also, of questionable reliability.

SCIENCE

An organized body of knowledge which, proceeding from certain definite axioms (laws or rules), is able to predict knowledge. It does not have variables in it.

Science is the systematically arranged knowledge of the material world gathered in a four step process:

1) Observation of phenomena;

2) Collection of data;

3) Creation of a theory by inductive reasoning [ie reasoning from the facts to a general rule or principal; from Latin inducee introduce, imply, persuade,

4) Testing the theory by repeated observation and controlled experiments. And it is workable and invariably right.

Margaret Hagen, Ph.D., a psychologist and lecturer at Boston University, says these are some of the key criteria for a science:

"The finds discovered through observation in one laboratory must be replicable in another laboratory. Data measured and collected by one instrument must be the same as data collected by another similar instrument. repeatable results. "

JUNK SCIENCE

According to Peter Huber, author of Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Court Room:

"Junk science is the mirror image of real science, with much of the same form but none of the same substance …. It is a hodgepodge of biased data, spurious inference, and logical legerdemain [trickery], patched together by researchers who enthusiasm for discovery and diagnosis far outstrips their skill. It is a catalog of every conceivable kind of error: data dredging, wishful thinking … and, now and again, outright fraud. "

Paula Caplan, Ph.D., author of Manufacturing Victims:

"What is now called 'psychology' is … 'junk science' …. As disquieting as this may be, in the psychology industry, scientific principals are violated, research is ignored and, in some cases, data are misrepresented or even fabricated to fit the need. "

DISEASE versus DISORDER

DISEASE: In medicine, strict criteria exist for calling a condition a disease. In addition to a foreseeable group of symptoms, the cause of the symptoms or some understanding of their physiology [functions and activities] must be established. This knowledge elevates a diagnosis to the status of a disease.

A "fever" is not a disease, it is mere a symptom.

Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted from an infected to an uninfected individual by the bite of a particular mosquito. Its symptoms include periodic chills and fever. These coincide with mass destruction of blood cells and the release of toxic substances by the parasite, which …

Job Search Stalled? 5 Ways to Keep Your References From Killing Your Career

You're changing jobs. You know you'll need references for your next career move. You've done a great job so you should not worry about getting a reference – right?

Wrong.

References can sabotage even the most sophisticated, well-executed job search. Sometimes you can lose an opportunity when your reference thinks he's helping you out 100%.

Here are 5 ways to make your references work for you, not against you.

(1) Skip the 'To Whom It May Concern' letters.

Clients often tell me their well-meaning bosses offered to write a 'To Whom It May Concern' letter on your behalf. These letters used to be common 20 or 30 years ago.

Today, corporate employers rarely pay attention to these letters. In fact, often hiring managers will be skeptical about any written correspondence.

Let's face it: employers tend to be conscious of lawsuits. They prefer phone calls that are not recorded. When they need a letter, they supply their own forms and they prefer letters sent directly to them.

You will find exceptions in some industries. For example, university professors and administrators typically submit three letters of reference with each application. Often these references will be delivered directly to the hiring department.

(2) Research the way your present boss answers a request: "Can you supply a reference for John?"

Ask fellow employees about their experiences. You might even get a friend to call on your behalf or hire a reference checking service. Expect surprises.

Some well-meaning managers avoid giving anyone a glowing recommendation. 'Nobody is that great,' they say. 'I want to be honest.'

But of course everyone else exaggerates and your reference's well-intentioned honesty will place you at a disadvantage.

Other references are just clueless. My college 'Nick' genially wanted me to get a great opportunity when he wrote a letter for me. But he added a line suggesting I might be 'something eccentric.' I was applying for administrative positions in universities, which tend to be fairly conservative.

I had no idea what was going on and wondered why I was not getting more invitations to interview. One day an interview committee member asked me, 'What on earth does he mean?'

'We are friends,' I said, truthfully, and reached for the phone.

Nick was completely baffled ('I mean it as a compliment') but he agreed to revise his letters so I would sound like the well qualified, experienced, and highly professional candidate I was.

(2) Before supplying names, obtain permission (and be sure they are still available).

You come to the moment of truth in your job search. Your future boss says, 'I am impressed with what I've seen. May I call a few references? '

To prepare for this moment, get permission to give out names. And take the extra step: Find out what happens next.

Your boss may be required to refer all calls to Human Resources. Or she may be moving to a new career and you are part of the past she wants to forget.

When I taught …

Experience Of A Lifetime – Wikipedia, Almeda University And Mutual Funds

Almeda University. A university which offers life experience degrees – contra degrees, I’d say. Eligible candidates are those who do not have a ‘regular’ degree. Eligible candidates are those who are well above the ‘regular’ age of schooling – between 35 and 54. Eligible candidates are those who have a certain level of practical experience. Not everyone satisfies these conditions.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia. We all have heard about it. We all have browsed through its pages. We all are aware of its so called ‘encyclopedic’ status. Amidst all the hoopla, we tend to forget what a wiki is.

A wiki is a dynamic interactive website in the sense that it lets users add, delete, and modify the content. Wikipedia is the most famous example of a wiki; the site registering huge amounts of hits daily and continuous churning of content on the pages. Users add and delete and modify the content on the Wikipedia pages upon their free will. Such is the power of a wiki.

Mutual Funds

Mutual funds. We all invest our money in them. There are two basic directions a mutual fund takes. It may invest the funds in a business which is growing right now – not caring for the long term effects. It may go with the market. Or it may choose to go *contrary* to the market direction, that is, bank its money in a tried and tested business, so what if the business is underperforming now – long term gains are assured.

The Relation

What is the relation between mutual funds, Almeda University, and Wikipedia, you may ask? The answer is pretty simple.

In life, we choose to go either way – tried and tested, with everyone, or we make our own paths. Either we follow or we lead. When we follow, nobody blames us, when we go a different path, voices start emerging.

It is a natural human trait to feel endangered when someone attempts to violate the standard. It is a natural trait to complain, to find ways to thwart the attempt to break away.

The relation between Almeda University, Wikipedia and Mutual Funds is that like the contra mutual funds, which take a path opposite to the regular funds, Almeda University is a brave attempt to break the shackles of our present-day educational qualification system, and Wikipedia is the massive crowd aiming at thwarting the successful attempt of Almeda.

How: The Concept of Life Experience

Two words – life and experience. A child is born, he grows up a little, is sent to school. When the time to choose a college comes, there are a lot of families who can not afford the exorbitant tuition fees of the colleges, and thus, stay without a degree and get a job somewhere.

Now, this creates a stagnation of sorts. Those well-affluent, who have the money, send their wards to colleges, and the colleges hand them a paper at the end of the term (4 years) declaring that they are now fit to do …

Educational Options Provided By Technical Colleges

Not everyone is cut out for a college education or has the financial means to attend degree based courses. Technical courses are an ideal option for individuals who are looking for an alternative solution. With less strict entry requirements, you can find a course of interest without the need to have an exemplary SAT score. The type of courses on offer are diverse and can provide a rewarding, challenging and well paid career. With the ability to attend local or community based colleges, undertaking education does not have to burn a hole in your wallet or leave you devoid of opportunities.

Technical courses are an ideal option for individuals who are just starting out, trying to build bridging credits or retraining for a new career. Courses are typically run with smaller class attendance levels and do not take as long to complete. With flexible class attendance options, you can find a local based college to cut down travel time, avoid the need to fit expensive accommodation bills and work out a solution that fits your individual needs.

How does one determine the types of courses on offer? You can do a web search to determine which campuses are located close to your town. You can then request a free information pack or peruse the range of courses on offer which are usually outlined on the corresponding website. Each course will have separate entry requirements so you need to determine whether enrolment can be done immediately or you are required to undertake an aptitude test. For applicants that require financial assistance, the college financial officer can outline the range of loan and government programs that can be investigated for funding solutions.

The staff that conduct college courses are familiar with background learning material and can relate with real world practical experience. In some courses, such as cooking, students receive one on one training and are subject to live simulated environments in preparation for real world working conditions. Many industry bodies and local businesses actively support and recruit from technical colleges. In some cases, apprenticeships are sponsored by employers who support skill development or partially subsidize further education and skill development. Find out more about your options today by concluding a search for a technical college near you. …

Career Change Means Planning For Serendipity

Career change often begins with a statement. "I hate my current job. I want a totally different environment.

Alas, many career books give a false impression. They suggest that career change proceeds at an orderly and very linear pace. Typically, you are advised to take a series of steps. First, l look inward to find out who you are. You identify strengths, match strengths to careers, and go look for a job in your new field.

An experienced care consultant will tell you this is hogwash. When researchers actually studied career change, they found that nearly everyone chooses a career by serendipity. Yes, that word has begun to appear in respected career journals.

The fact is, career change usually works in a zig-zag, not a straight line. You come up with a few ideas. You explore those ideas and get turned on to more ideas. You hit a few dead ends. Maybe you realize your dream job was not all it's cracked up to be.

Then you run into an old friend at an airport lounge in Los Angeles. Your friend says, "We have an opening that might interest you."

Your friend dashes off an email from his laptop. He tells you to call a certain number. You shake hands. You get on your plane for Portland. He gets on his plane for Tokyo. A few days later, you call the number, mostly just because you said you would.

The job is not anything like what you've been looking for. But it sounds intriguing. You go on a few interviews that feel more like social chats with a bunch of old friends. Before you can return a call from your career coach, you're on a new payroll.

"Brad" literally fell into his career. As a child, he tripped on the choir loft of his church, landing on top of the organ. He became fascinated watching the organ repair specialist who came to fix the damage. Occasionally, he became the specialist's apprentice and branched out to his own busy career that over 40 years. He loved it.

"Julie" graduated from law school but could not find a law firm job in her medium-sized city. Out of desperation, she took a job in a bank, telling everyone, "I'll just be here six months. Three years later, Julie is still with the bank – by choice. She likes the job and the people. And she keeps getting raises, even in a recession.

Research on career change shows Brad and Julie are not unusual. Most people owe their career choices to an unexpected event or chance meeting.

This does not mean you take a fatalistic approach. In fact, a strong career search will give serendipity a little push. Keep moving. Talk to lots of people. Develop confidence and radiate a positive, optimistic outlook. I'm not being woo-wooey. Research shows that we like to be around others who are confident, energetic and upbeat. The more people you meet and the more friends you make, the …

Technology Used in Astronomy Today

Astronomy is a topic in science. For most of astronomy, there are scientific instruments in use. These can be telescopes, which have different technologies, and also that of using computers. In this article, we will take a look at technology used in astronomy today.

Since the dawn of time, man has looked up at the stars in amazement. What were these shimmering lights in the night sky? A torch to light our way? It certainly has been used for farmers, sailors, and many other areas to determine the seasons and other important aspects, however, let us look at the technology used in astronomy.

What was the technology that stone age man and any man or woman today who looks up at the night sky? What is the principle in what is happening when people observe those objects? For certainly the Sun is not as big as my thumb, but actually a size which could eat up Earth and still be hungry!

The point is simple. The stars and other objects in the sky can be millions of light years away. As you look at these objects the light travels to meet your eye. As it meets your eye, it goes through the pupil of your eye. This is the technology of man, and to see more, you will need more light entering.

If your pupil was as large as the Earth, our Moon would appear to be like your hands in front of you. This means that more light we let in, the more we can see, and the bigger it will appear to be.

This is what astronomers and scientists have dedicated themselves to for years. It makes sense. However, the telescopes of today are not using today’s technology. Yes, many have some new features, but at the back of it all, they pretty much use 2 different systems.

One of the systems is the famous Galileo’s refractor. This works with letting light come through a big lens, and finally through other lenses get focused to meet your eye. What happens here is that you get to see objects far away more magnified. In effect you have increased the pupil of your eye!

Another system that is widely used is Isaac Newton’s system of telescope. This technology used in astronomy telescopes widely available, is that light enters and bounces off a mirror, and comes back up to find another slanted mirror that sends the light through a lens to meet your eye. Again, increasing your pupil in effect, with technology.

There is much more to the technology used in astronomy today. For example, the Hubble Space Telescope and many other astronomical devices. However, one thing that is becoming more common is to utilize a computer which drives the telescope. This has allowed navigation of the night skies to be much more easier than it used to be.…

ITIL Certification – Step Towards Making a Successful Career

The abbreviation ITIL stands for Information Technology Infrastructure Technology. The ITIL certification is considered as valuable and is popular nowadays. There is a high demand for this certification, and with the passing of time the number of candidates who want this certification is increasing. This certification does not show that you can do all the tasks easily; however, it shows the employer that you are a potential employee, and as an individual you have spared time to gain knowledge about ITIL.

This certification you can get through self study, online or in a class. There is no fixed classroom or course time requirement at the foundation level of the course. The ITIL certification is based on ITIL training which is based on 5 books. The names of those books are Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operation, and Continual Service Improvement.

The ITIL exam is a meaningful exam, which helps in improving the skills and knowledge of the candidate. Once you have passed the exam, there will be a certification awarded. Managers will learn skills and knowledge to manage their business, and run it successfully by applying those skills, knowledge and their experience.

Furthermore, while getting ITIL training, you get the opportunity to attend the ITIL workshops. These workshops will help in improving the service delivery process. You can plan and implement to make your service delivery process speedy and excellent.

The person with ITIL certification is preferred over all other people having a good academic record but not this certification. When such a certification holder candidate goes for an interview, their knowledge and certification leaves an impressive impression on the interviewer.

There are many people having the necessary knowledge, background and experience, but do not have the Information Technology Infrastructure Library certification, and this makes them loose their job.

Now talking about the salary; there is a visible difference between the salary of the person with certification and a person without the certification. When interviewers are selecting an employee for a job, they check the academic records. If there are sufficient educational records which will benefit the business, then the candidate will be immediately hired.

ITIL certification is a big achievement, which will give a lot of benefit in the long run. All those who want a bright future should go for this. Work hard and make your future bright and secure by getting this certification.…

Preparing For and Making a Career Change

In my youth, I observed that, in England at least, most people wanted to get out of their jobs. Their "career", whatever it was, only experienced to get a regular income. The millions of people who did the football pools, and later the lottery, were a testimony to the "let me out of here" dreams of the majority. "Win the pools, and retire."

Times may have changed in general, but the fact that most people are not content with their jobs has remained unchanged. Career, employer or job change, or early retirement, are in the minds of tens of millions of people across the world. Only a small minority will ever actually go full out for a career change; it is far too easy just to plod along doing the same old things in the same old place.

However, some people are more serious. These are the people with "get up and go" who actually do get up and go. These are the people who really do change their working lives, sometimes drastically.

Why Do Some People Want to Change Careers?

There are many possible reasons for wanting a career change. The following are just a few of the more common ones.

1. To some people, being in the same job, or even the same type of job, for too long is just unthinkable. I certainly fall into this category, and personally think total care changes can be a vital contributor to a satisfying life. I always want to learn something new, and do something new, once I have mastered what I was doing before. New challenges are an essential part of every day life.

2. Midlife career changes may be the result of a sort of career midlife crisis. This can particularly be so for someone who has always done the same job, and suddenly realize that their years are slipping away and they have really done very little with their working years.

3. Dissatisfaction with a current employer, either in terms of recognition, prospects or pay.

4. Boredom is a common cause of wanting a career change.

5. Lack of fulfillment in the current career or employment.

The above are some of the broad reasons people may seek a career change, but each individual is likely to have a different mix of reasons to consider changing their career.

Tips For Preparing for a Career Change

There are many sources of career change advice, both online and offline. Sometimes this can be given on an individual basis, or just in the form of written material which you can consume at your leisure. As a career is a personal matter, and all individuals are different, then pesonal consultation is better by far. However, advisors are individuals too, and the advice may vary from skilled counselor to career counselor.

The quality and quantity of career change advice available to you offline will vary greatly between countries and locales, and you may find that some of the online advice is, at least …

Freelance Writing: A Career From Anywhere

An island in the Mediterranean. A beach in Africa. The east coast of New Zealand. What do all these locations have in common? A recent call for assistance from freelance writers elicited replies from every one of these locations. In each of these and in many other remote places, I know of writers who are freelancing with a fair degree of success. Indeed it is possible for freelance writers to work from anywhere.

Consider my own recent experience. As the editor of the Worldwide Freelance Writer web site, I publish a newsletter that goes out to thousands of freelance writers around the world. I can recall one particular issue in the middle of 2002. I started planning the newsletter in the heat and humidity of Hong Kong. When the first draft came together I was in Indianapolis, in the United States. And by the time I completed the final copy and pushed the send button I was at a lakeside cottage in Ontario, Canada, with snow lightly falling outside.

Maybe you are interested in a freelance writing career but you worry about whether you live in a suitable location. Well, think again. Freelance writing is a job you can do from anywhere. It is true that if your home is near New York's editorial offices you may be able to use your proposal to some advantage. But many, many freelance writers are working successfully from more distant locations, and in many cases enjoying a better lifestyle in the places where they live.

Take Ron Irwin, for example. An American, Ron freelances from a small house on the beach in Cape Town, South Africa. The majority of his work is still for North American markets. Consider Vella Corinne, a native of Malta in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. From this island steeped in history – the Order of St John was based here and the temples are thought to be older than the pyramids – she writes travel and lifestyle features.

Writers in locations such as these, far from being at a serious disadvantage, can actually enjoy a number of benefits. For a start, these writers are in an excellent position to write about their own locations, the people and the culture. Also, the living costs are often less expensive than for reporters in major cities. And if that is not enough, how about fresh, clean air?

Writers working from remote locations typically live in a cleaner, more peaceful environment, and may live closer to outdoor and recreational activities. Vella reveals how she enjoys the warmer days: "Once I pack up my computer, I just head to the beach. my own time in a way that I could not if I lived in a busy city. "

Twenty years ago writers in remote locations were often frustrated by the slowness of communicating with editors on the other side of the world. It would always take months to receive a reply from an editor. Waiting for a response to a query …