How to Become a Writer As a Second Career

When you consider being a writer, it is difficult to know where to begin. If you haven’t been a writer before can you use that experience and expertise to find writing jobs? Learning to be a writer can be confusing and difficult. If you follow the concepts shared in this article you will have a good head start.

1. Understand your rationale and how successful you want to be.

Once you decide to make time to write, you have to set aside time to do so. Start setting aside time to write for two to four hours at a time. You don’t have to spend countless hours writing unless it is in your nature to do so. However, you should be consistent in setting aside time to complete your writing. If you are serious about writing professionally then there are some important steps to take.

2. Learn about all the different types of writing

What type of writing are you interested in? Do you want to write fiction, nonfiction, long stories, short stories, books, blogs, articles, newsletters or social media. One of the best ways to discover different types of writing prospects is to read. Read within your genre, outside of your genre, find types that you like, and learn from reading others. You should also practice editing other people’s content. Editing other subjects is extremely helpful for one important reason. You can pick up on new ways to write.

3. Look for ways to write at your current job

One of the principal barriers for people interested in writing is finding those first writing assignments. If you can find a reason to write in your current job, ask for it. The best part about this tactic is you don’t have to hunt for a writing job. If you can add it to your current role, you’ll get paid for it and gain writing experience.

4. Use your career know-how

If you’re trying to use your career experience to land writing jobs, become an expert and brand yourself as such. I was hired as a writer because of my work in career development and job search advice. Kristen was hired as a writer because of her knowledge of health coaching and massage therapy. And, in addition to creative writing, Angela reviews books and peer-reviews articles for journals because of her experience as a librarian.

If you want to use your career experience to become a writer, you should become an expert in the field in which you work and become known as one. An expert is a person who has extraordinary skill or knowledge in a particular field. They are generally seen as either a specialist or someone with authority. Once you get a few of these assignments completed, more opportunities will pop up. Having genuine writing skills is only one part of becoming a writer.

5. Build your network and brand yourself as a writer

Building your network is important, but you also need to let that network know …

Forex Education – 4 Tips for Getting the Best Education To Win

Forex trading looks simple yet few succeed – 95% of new traders lose their money and only 5% win. This may seem an odd fact when anyone has the potential to learn forex trading.

The answer is most traders simply learn the wrong forex education and this article will give 4 tips to get the right education and win.

Firstly the growth of the internet has led to a lot more information becoming available to forex traders and some of it is very good – but most of it is junk and will simply ensure you lose and this leads us to our first tip.

1. Be wary of vendors selling education on the net

Most of them make me laugh for $100 or so I can get a system to make me regular profits every day, trade with 80% accuracy or even make me a millionaire – all for a few hundred dollars!

Don’t buy them – they won’t help your forex education.

There simply marketing guys not traders – if they were, they would shut up and trade for themselves, if making money was as easy as they say they wouldn’t need me or you.

2. Don’t learn the wrong Knowledge!

There are many myths that have been perpetrated on the net mostly by vendors and let’s start with the biggest one – forex day trading works.

No it doesn’t, day traders don’t make money – period

All short term volatility is random, so it can’t – that’s why you never see a day trader with a real time track record of profits.

Scientific theories are a great way to make money, another stupid myth.

If markets moved to scientific theory, we would all know the price in advance and there would be no market, yet new traders still learn junk theories like Elliot wave and Fibonacci numbers, lose and wonder why.

3. Get Knowledge from the real pro’s

You can do this simply by going to Amazon.com and you can get some really good forex education from traders who have walked the walk, rather than simply talk the talk.

For about $100 or so you can get some great advice (see our top 10 books for traders) and get them. They will inspire you and give you a good solid grounding in what it takes to be a successful forex trader.

This is an investment in your forex education that is well worth the money.

4. Work Smart Not Hard

Forex education involves working smart not hard and learning the right knowledge.

If you want to learn forex trading ALL that you need to build a successful system is available free on the net.

See our other articles, there is some great information on technical analysis, formations and indicators and it’s all free.

You don’t get rewarded for the effort you put into forex trading you get your reward from being right with your forex signals – nothing else. All you need to do is get the …

How to Choose a University

Going to university is a big decision. It effects your future career path, and your wealth, health, and well-being.

Consequently, choosing the right university is important. Attending a university that is the right fit for you can make a big difference – in terms of job opportunities, career development, and general levels of happiness.

So how do you choose which university to attend? What should you look for?

Step 1: Talk to University Students

One of the best ways to work out wherever a university will be a good fit for you is to talk to current and past students who have attended the university. Talking to current and past students will allow you to get an in-depth understanding of what it is like to be a student at the university.

Students will be able to tell you about the quality of education, job prospects, facilities, housing, and what the university social life is like. It is important however when taking to university students, both past and present to get a wide range of opinions, across different faculties, as students may have certain biases, or limited experiences. For example, a university may not be strong in a particular faculty, and if only speak to one student who studies in this faculty, you will only receive an incomplete image of what the university is really like.

What to Ask

A good list of things to ask current and past students about includes:

Quality of Academics
o This should include things like lecturers, tutors, class size, course material, course structure etc.

Job Prospects
o How hard or easy has it been for them to gain work?

Quality of Facilities
o Are the facilities sufficient for the university student body? Are they overloaded? How old are they?

Quality of Housing
o Find out what students say about cleanliness, access to university, cost and roommates.

Accessibility
o How easy is it to get to the university? How long does it take other students?

Social & Night Life
o What are the parties like? Is there a large variety of clubs and communities for all interests?

Resources

A great resource that has been developed to help prospective students discover what current and past students think about their university can be found at Uni Australia. Uni Australia provides tens of thousands of university student reviews and comments on all Australian universities, which allow prospective university students to really discover what a university will be like.

Step 2: Attend Open Days

Once you have got an idea of ​​what a university from a current and past university student perspective, you should attend the university open day yourself so you can also develop your own perspective of what it will feel like to study at the particular university.

Accessibility

University open days are a great opportunity to work out how accessible the university is. Use it as a test to see how long it will take you to get into university, and the travel options you have. This …

Three Questions To Inspire Big Career Changes

I read an interesting article that featured a study finding 90% of people would rather die than make big health changes. The article postulated that it is easier to make radical changes rather than small incremental changes. I do not have a scientific study of my own to confirm or dispute this, but the statistical and the advice give much food for thought.

Are there big changes that you want to make? Do you want to work in a different industry? Do you want to change careers alike? Do you want to double your salary? Do you want to start your own business? Do not worry about what is realistic at this point. Do not let the market narrow your brainstorming. Just think big. Are you unable to think big about career choices, salary, lifestyle, even for this exercise?

What is stopping you from making those big changes? Do you not know where to begin? Perhaps, you can not even imagine someone with your current background in the dream career you envision or making the salary you target or being able to launch a business. In this case, work with a coach or mentor, find people who have done it and get their perspective, read biographies of people who have done what you want to do. However, if you do know generally how your career transition might work, but do not take the next step or all the steps required, then why not? What do you get by staying at your job? What would you get by changing? Is the former more appealing than the latter? Do you start but do not finish? Do you get overwhelmed, bored, distracted? Do not judge your answers. Just collect these insights to get better clarity on yourself and what you need to forward your plans.

Brainstorming on all the possible big changes, what are the ones you must do now, the ones you can wait on but definitely want and the ones that you could take or leave? All goals, but especially big ones, need to be prioritized. Maybe you want everything that I listed: a new industry, more money, an entrepreneur chance. While you can work on more than one goal (and it can even be complementary), many times there just is not the time, money or energy to pursue everything. A new industry or more money? Is a new project at your current job best for now or do you need to strike out on your own? If you have to pick one, what is the largest, most meaningful change you want to make now? …

Career Shift – Why Starting a Greeting Card Business Was Perfect

I had had many jobs before. Starting a greeting card business was the one job that totally aligned with everything i wanted in a job. It paid great. I set my hours and was my own boss. I was in control of what I produced but yet I had a fool proof model to follow.

I was researching business ideas on the internet for some time. I'd had the idea to start a greeting card business with my wife so we both did not have to work for someone else. I wanted to have more time living life instead of working to live it. After some time I found the right opportunity in a greeting card manufacturer that enabled me to set up shop with low start up costs.

I was able to create my own cards and have my clients create their own as well. I created something that made money for me that I did not have to wait and wait till I saw a return on my investment. There was a great satifaction that immediately came from my new shift in career. I was now involved in something that was positive and rewarding.

I used to work for companies or the government that was not always pleasurable or rewarding. I never made enough money either. Why did I put myself through that? I'm glad I now know that I do not have to and neither do you. There's a great opportunity out there to create the type of employment and career for you that does not revolve around sacrificing lots of your time or even lots of money. I started my business for less than 400 dollars and am on my way to creating last income that equates into a monthly salary that would have been my yearly salary. I encourage anyone to start a business and especially to start a greeting card business.

The greeting card business enables people to contribute to the well-being of the world through the positive action of sending cards. When people send cards they feel good and the people that get the cards feel good. Imagine making money in the greeting card business, a business that is largely untapped and always in demand by the public. It is much easier than you think to start a greeting card business and if you want to create a great career shift too, I would recommend the shift that I took. …

Education Based Marketing

We are a society of information junkies. We thirst for information every single day. When we consider our own buying habits, where do we go? If it is a big item we might go to Consumer Reports or search for information online. We will certainly go to Google or Yahoo and search for whatever it is we want.

One of the very best examples of "Education Based Marketing" is seen at http://www.askthebuilder.com . That web site is packed full of information on the how to's of home improvement. People gravitate to vendors who supply the greatest amount of information.

A Simple Example:

If we were going to buy a pizza and we were standing right in front of two identical pizzerias, side by side, and one of them had a big sign in the window that read: "FREE Pizza Recipe Book," which one we would walk into first? We would probably all be interested in what ingredients are in the pizza and how the pizza is made.

What comes into play here? First of all we probably would never see two pizzerias side by side and we will more than likely NEVER see a pizzeria owner "divulge any secrets." The fact is, not very many people are going to ever try and make a pizza at home and it will certainly never taste the same as it does when you buy if from your favorite pizza vendor. The pizza vendor could have a business card with his web site address taped to the box with instructions on how to claim your free "Pizza Recipe Ebook." Of course there are "More Coupons" inside the ebook.

Many restaurant owners do not have much time to spend online. If the owner just had a printed recipe every week, (with his next week's coupon on the other side) he would create a customer loyalty and a following. All of his customers would look forward to the next recipe and would have to come into the restaurant to get it.

Most of us that have an e-mail address have bought something online or subscribed to an e-mail invitation for "specials" that the vendor offers. When we get their e-mail, all it includes is the items that they are selling and often times it is quickly deleted. If we were to buy something from the local craft store and they asked for our e-mail address and said: "We will be happy to send you the free" how to project of the month, "along with some coupons. up? Most likely we would if we had an interest in crafts. Of course that e-mail is going to include the "Special of the Month!" We might just head right back to the craft store to grab the new set of paint brushes that are on sale.

Yes, we are playing in the digital age. That brings up the power of educational ebook marketing. Ebooks are being made all the time and distributed freely all over the Internet. Along with …

Top US Colleges & Universities

United States of America (USA) is the most preferred destination in the world for higher studies and work. Education in USA draws students not solely because it is the most developed nation, but because it provides the highest quality of education. The course structure as well as the method of study train students in a way no other country does. Although this is true for all colleges in America, but every student should and want to get admission to one of the top US Colleges and Universities.

University of Chicago ranks first among the innumerable US universities. It was founded by John D. Rockfeller in 1892, and today houses 14,600 students and 2100 faculty members. It has the best research and technological infrastructure. The approximate cost of the course and stay is 52,450$. A premier undergrad institute, it has four divisions at the UG level, namely, Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. Graduates can apply to the various professional schools – Divinity School, Booth School of Business, Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, Irving B Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, or the School of Social Service Administration. Chicago University is known specifically for its law, economics and science departments. To get admission to this institution, you need to fill the common application form. Admission is on the basis of reports of secondary and high school, teachers’ evaluation, SAT or ACT score. Also students are to submit a short essay on why they want to enroll to this university along with an answer essay to the question on the website.

Harvard University, named after John Harvard, was established in 1636 in Cambridge. It is the oldest private university in US. Best known for its law school, business school and medical school, the university also offers varied options to choose from. At the under graduate level, students can choose between African and African American Studies, Anthropology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering and Applied Sciences, History, Music, Psychology, Sociology and Women, Gender and Sexuality. Learning of a foreign language and a writing course is compulsory in the first year. At the PG level, you can opt for any of the schools – Harvard Business School, Divinity School, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Graduate Law School, Harvard Graduate Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health. Harvard University is accredited by the NEASC-CI HE. Online courses are also available for those who cannot attend it on campus. To get admission you need to have a SAT score of 2080-2370 or ACT score of 31-34.

Yale University, founded in 1701 is located in New Haven. The cost of study here is about 54,000$. This Arts and Science Institute offers curses in Mathematics, Foreign Language, Computer Science, Economics, Music, Psychology etc. Online application is recommended. Eligibility depends on the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) SAT I and and any two …

Astrology: A Science or Superstition?

Human beings have always been curious to know their future. Whenever someone is in difficulty and can not easily come out of it, he wants to know whenever the days of his misery will come to an end at all. And if yes, then when? When one invests a great deal of time, effort or money into some project, it is natural to wonder whether that investment will bear some fruit. There have always been people around who have successfully predicted future events. Their methods have been different – some people can simply look into the future, some use tarot cards, some draw up an astrological chart which we call horoscopes, some read the lines in the palms of people. One can not deny that future has been accurately predicted many times and by many people. Each successful prediction proves that it is indeed possible to correctly predict future.

In the ancient times, astrologers were held to be in great esteem by the people. There was no difference between astronomers and astrologers. In fact, astronomy and Astrology were not considered to be two different subjects. Many will be surprised to know that most of the renovated scientists of the past, including Sir Isaac Newton, were astrologers too. In ancient India Astrology was known as "Jyotish Shastra" which included predictive Astrology as well as what we know as astronomy. Needless to say that the astrologers of that era were all great mathematicians too. An accomplished astrologer was called "Trikal-darshee": one who could see past, present and future. It would probably not be an exaggeration to say that Astrology was considered to be the foremost branch of science.

Slowly over a period of time this subject came into disrepute.

How Astrology lost its exalted status?

It is a fact of life that people emulate successful, popular and respected persons. Seeing the social status enjoyed by astrologers, charlatans started masquerading as astrologers. They learn a few tricks of the trade and started duping gullible people. It was and still is a very lucrative business. An astrologer earns money by making predictions while giving no guarantee that any of his predictions will turn out to be true. There is no money back guarantee :-). Once an astrologer sets up shop, people start coming to him in the hope that may be he will be able to foresee their future correctly. The astrologer is in a wonderful position. For example, he may make predictions about ten persons, getting only one prediction right. The nine persons, about whom he predicted wrongly, will never come back to him. But the tenth person, about which the astrologer was able to predict correctly, will not only come back to him again but also refer many others to him, citing personal experience. In this way, the business of an astrologer always flourishes, no matter how he himself fares in his trade. But the downside of this was that astrologers, as a group, started being seen as a lot of dubious …

How to Properly Prepare For Your First Day of College

I was not a confident college student when I was 18.

When I first started college, I was quiet, shy, and I did not even ask anyone for directions on how to find my class because I did not want to look stupid.

It was not until I went through a personal transformation about a year or so later that my confidence shifted as well as my entire life, including my grades and my overall experience in college.

Since that shift, I started getting better grades in my classes, I started learning new ways to study that actually helped me remember the topics and these techniques made studying actually fun, believe it or not.

I also started meeting new people and making more friends in college. Image actually started becoming a fun experience, rather than just something I needed to do to get a degree. Back then I would think, "Even when I get my degree, I do not know what I'm going to do with it."

So it is important to make a purpose for yourself and set an intention before you start college.

Here's a good example :.

Since now is the perfect time to prepare for your next semester, take a piece of paper and write down what you intend to learn or become over the next four or five months.

Write out, "During this next semester in college, I will …" and then write out what you want to learn, become, or do.

It can be anything from learn a new language, learn a new subject that you have always wanted to learn about, play a musical instrument, make more friends, find a good relationship, or anything else that you really desire for yourself.

Make this a goal for yourself and after you write it out, either print it or just post the piece of paper up on the wall to remind yourself what you are going to accomplish this next semester.

Give yourself an end date too. Say, "By December 21, 2008, I will …" and then write out your goal.

Here's mine. "By December 21, 2008, I will be moved out of my house and living with my two friends in Sacramento. I will have residual income flowing to me, so that I will be able to work for myself full time and I will love getting up in the morning to take action and fulfill my destiny. "

If you notice, there is not anything about college in there. That is because I have already received my AA degree. However, once I move out and get settled, I might be going to Sacramento State to get my Bachelor's Degree. When that becomes part of the picture I will be putting that into my next goal statement.

So stop here for a second and take a few minutes to write out your semester goal statement for yourself. Just take a piece of paper and write down the statement, "By December 21, 2008, I will …

Pros and Cons of a Career in Architecture

PROS

You can do what you love

Architecture is a passion. Becoming an architect is for people who can’t imagine doing anything else. If you are a perfectionist and love being creative, architecture might be for you. You also get to make real, tangible things, which is very satisfying. You get to express yourself through your job and implement your vision.

You do lots of different stuff

You will never be bored as an architect. Projects are complex, and you will be doing all sorts of tasks. Also, the field of architecture is always changing. Trends and technologies constantly evolve. You will have to do some professional development to stay current, but that means you’ll always be learning.

Architecture matters

You’re making a difference with architecture. You may not be curing cancer, but you’re giving the people safe, healthy places to live and work in. What you do also counts because you are responsible for your buildings to be safe. Yes it’s a lot of pressure, but isn’t that the case with all things that are worth doing?

CONS

Becoming an architect takes a lot of effort

It takes a long time to become an architect. The training period is similar to other professions like law and medicine. At minimum it will take eight years to get your license in the United States. First, you will need to get an accredited degree in architecture, which is either a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture or a 2- to 3- year Master of Architecture. Then you must complete a program known as IDP (Intern Development Program). This will take at least 3 additional years to finish. During this time you will be working in an architecture office and getting professional experience. You also must pass the ARE (Architect Registration Exam). This is a 7-part exam that tests your proficiency as an architect. After you do all this, you are finally an architect!

Hours and Pay

An architect’s salary isn’t bad, but if you compare it to professions with similar training and licensing requirements, its much less. According to Salary.com, the median income for architects is $42,000 to $113,000 depending on experience. Expect long hours and lots of stress. This is a deadline-driven profession.

Times are hard when the economy is down

Architecture and construction are dependent on the economy. When the economy is good, architecture is a lucrative profession. Businesses are growing, and families are improving their homes. This means tons of new projects for architect. When the economy is bad, opportunities disappear, and many architects find themselves without work.…