Careers, Fulfilment, Jobs, Luck and Retirement

Jobs are not just sources of the almighty dollar. They also make our lives worth living, especially if we enjoy them. That is the reason why some people are able to develop first-rate careers that earn them first-rate incomes and first-rate reputations. They are seen as highly-productive and are there coveted by other companies within the industry.

People should do their utmost while at their productive age. Whether we like it or not, there is a point where we reach our learning and productivity curves. Then, we lose our attractiveness to the industry. We lose the magic that was once able to move mountains. That is when we decide to retire.

Is retirement a wise option? Retirement is like an indefinite paid vacation. You get regularly paid a modest amount in pensions that can get you by. With your savings, you can tour around the world and splurge. Or you can start something worthwhile … working on something you really love to do.

Since love for our work, there are things that lie dormant mostly in our subconscious that really matter. These are dreams that germinated in our early days on earth. We would have loved to be and do just what that dream dictated. But as is almost always the case, resources and time would not allow us the "luxurious" indulgence. Retirement is the right time to revive these dreams and live the remaining days of our lives doing what we really would love doing.

Some people had these dreams in the form of visualizing themselves to be inventors. They love tinkering with electronic and mechanical devices or a fancy to reactions of boiling, mixing or shaking certain chemicals. That made them excel in chemistry, electronics, mathematics and physics in high school and in college. But they were all forgotten when they landed on sales careers, for instance, that dominated and fueled their productive lives.

Reviving the dream starts with groping in your subconscious trying to "feel" and locate that soul-gratifying dream. Some people could no longer "feel" it losing it altogether. Others have moderate success finding it but discover that something is missing and therefore no longer appealing to them. But there are the lucky ones who get to find the missing link and build new carers that are usually outstanding and serve to help or make humankind happy.

But a few belong to the luckiest breed of human beings who do not have to retire to live the perfect job and life. Examples of this group of perfectly completed individuals are Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. …

How to Choose an Online School

The considerations for choosing an online school are the same, whether it’s for acquiring a high school diploma or a college degree. The only difference is that there are four types of virtual high schools to choose from — private, public, chartered and university sponsored – and it is possible that geography will be a factor (e.g. charter schools are available only to students living in a certain area). Being familiar with these types can help parents and students in their decision.

That aside, the first thing to assess is whether the school offers or specializes in the program that the student wants to pursue. For instance, it might be better to get a nursing degree from a school that specializes in medical fields. Also consider that some schools offer only certificates, not diplomas.

The program offerings meet the requirements, but are the schools properly accredited? The accreditation should include oversight by recognized creditors and not just a license to operate. This ensures that parents and students will not spend money, time and resources on a diploma mill or an illegitimate operation.

Having found an online school with the right programs and proper accreditation, it is time to look at the price. Aside from tuition, are there hidden costs; technology fees, graduation fees, etc? It is also a good idea to ask if there are discounts, scholarships or financial assistance options available.

Studying the curriculum and learning about the school’s credit transfer policies can reduce costs and the time it takes to earn a diploma. Some schools allow students to skip courses already taken in another institution. Others offer credit for real-life work experience.

Knowing how classes are conducted will also help in decision-making, since the process should fit the student’s learning style and schedule. Things like teacher-to-student ratio, learning format and support for struggling students should be considered. It also pays to ask about the qualifications of online teaching staff, as well as opportunities to attend a demo class.

Next, examine the school’s track record. The longer the school has been in business, the better. Aside from the number of students currently enrolled or the number of graduates, parents and students should also try to find out the quality of graduates the school has produced. For instance, how many students from the virtual high school went on to college? What is the drop-out rate?

Finally, parents and students can get additional feedback from current and past students and faculty. Other sources include online discussion boards and blogs on online schools. The important thing is to take time and exert effort to get to know several prospective schools before making a decision, instead of settling for the first school that seems to meet all the requirements.…

College Students Success Secrets – Overcoming Adversity, Knock the T Out of Can not

Conquer your fears, transcend your limitations, and be a college student success story by overcoming adversity and knocking the T out of can not. Only believe and you can achieve success. Overcoming adversity may be tough, but any college student can overcome with these simple success secrets.

When I entered college and went through growing pains, I realized I was in store for some new challenges for which I had never been forewarned. My parents encouraged my academic success through high-school into college, but never bothered to prepare me for the rigors of college life and academics.

There is a big difference in college between knowing you "what" you need to do and knowing "how" to do it. Unfortunately many college professors (sometimes by reason of being in the trenches of academia too long) are not always so helpful in that regard. Plus it is often hard to find someone as a college student who you can refer to who also has some intelligence who can guide and counsel you.

Sadly even college counselors sometimes treat you like another problem in their caseload rather than genuine person needing someone with a heart to talk to. That being said here are some success secrets to help any college student over adversity on their university campus.

1. Stay calm and cool.

When you stay calm and cool, what you need to do will easily come to you.

Just acknowledge and recognize your present problem, after which set in your heart the intention to tackle it once you know what to do. Upon setting your intent to tackle and deal with this problem, you assuredly will always figure it out and take it out!

2. Listen intently, ask questions, and seek out intelligent people.

The more you listen, the more you learn. Those two ears attached to the side of your head are there for a reason. Unfortunately most people prefer to move their mouth a million miles a minute to vocalize their problem, rather than solve it.

Problem solvers however know the secret to solving problems successfully is to quietly process the problem, design a strategy to solving it, and inviting intelligent people around you to help you figure out how to tackle it.

Humbly yourself and ask questions of those around, preferably those with intelligence who can provide good advice and tell you what they would do. As you listen and gain varying perspectives, ever intuitively it will come to you what it is you should do.

3. Do not despise the process as you sort through the pieces.

Everyone wants to be a college student success story, but success does not come overnight. You have to make the grades for four years and remain focused through the many attractive distractions through college.

As in obtaining a degree, wherein is required the completion of various coursework, overcoming adversity sometimes requires life work and internal home work as you sort through the pieces to your ordeal.

When my mom died prematurely due …

Homeschool History – What Is Homeschool?

What is homeschooling? It's home education, a method of teaching that's connected in the family home instead of a public, charter, or private school. Before we had anything like public education, everyone was schooled at home.

Occidentally there were also small community centers for learning. Homeschool history is varied and rich, since it was the first tool of instruction.

It was usually the advantaged children who received any sort of education or had private tutors. Most of them came from rich families.

The only real way to get an education was in an informal home setting. The parents were usually the main providers of education, but sometimes there were local teachers who would lend a hand.

It is widely known that before we had public education, the United States experienced its peak literacy rate. It's important to remember this point in homeschool history.

In the 1800s, education and schooling were starting to undergo a lot of important changes. One of the largest changes was the introduction of laws that made school attendance mandatory. The government decreed that it is a human right for children to receive a public education.

Since that time there has been plenty of debate about the success of public schooling. Many people have gone so far as to say that the current education system is harming youngger children, especially boys since they are mature at a slower rate.

Studies have been conducted to study the effects of formal education on children between the ages of eight and twelve.

The findings of this research showed that formal school was both mentally and physically damaging to children. At times, the negative environment produced behavioral problems.

These studies were conducted in the 1970s, and according to these tests, tribal mothers in Africa with no literacy were able to bring up their children to be more emotionally and socially advanced than Western children.

The conclusion was that this emotional promotion was largely due to the bond that exists between parents and children. The bond is weakened with formal education.

Homeschool history shows a positive trend, and parents follow it by choosing a variety of curriculum and teaching methods for their children. Although schooling can be done in a secure home environment, it's usually mandatory for children to complete required tests.

Most parents who decide to homeschool their children do it because they want their children to have the best education possible. …

Education In America: Are Our Children Really Prepared For The Future?

My child failed a math test today.

It was interesting the thoughts and feelings that came up with this. Now, granted, she's in the 2nd grade, so what's the big deal? But, I have to say, a litany of guilt, despairs and my own insurances rose to the surface, "Was I preparing my child well enough for life?"

This thought cave way to other thoughts about how we prepare our children for life. Certainly, a well-rounded education is the foundation from which all of us spring forth. It is good and I am interested to the many incredible teachers who in my life inspired me to do greater things, and have ignited within me the fiery passion for perpetual learning!

I have also been privileged to have the most amazing teachers in all of my children's lives. These are not just ordinary people. They are super-human, extraordinary beings who not only teach our children, but love them, challenge them, nurture them, kiss their boo-boos and provide an environment where a child learns how to learn.

They are my heroes.

But, sometimes I wonder if the outline of our educational plan is somewhat missing in preparation for real life. I watched the movie "Easy A" with my older daughter. It was delightful and insightful and really tackled some of the hot spots teens have to navigate today. The main character's parents were hilarious! They were loving, supportive and playful, but instilled great confidence in their daughter and nurtured her ability to handle her own problems.

There was a scene where the mother was speaking to the younger child and he announced that he received an "A" on his spelling test. She replied, "That's great, honey, but everything has spellcheck these days." It was hilarious … but TRUE! Not that I am advocating that we do not teach our children how to spell (although with precedent of text language, we might need to step this up even more!) But maybe some of our time should be spent educating them about the dangers of posting things on Facebook that could haunt them the rest of their lives. The drunken dance on top of a table is funny now, but not when you want to run for a political office or already in office. Yea, those pictures go viral … ask Senator Weiner.

We may be educating them, but are they learning what they need to – to survive?

Maybe we might want to spend time showing them how real life works – signing contracts really do obligate you, they are not kidding. Oh, and the credit card is not free money – you will have to pay it back at sometime. Oh, and get this – they charge you for borrowing that money. Perhaps, we should spend some time on interpersonal relationships (and no, that does not involve texting or the social network). I worry that our kids do not know how to relate to one another … (OMG, frowny face emoticon).

Choosing …

Online Learning – A New Era for Education

Online learning is well-defined as a structured learning activity that uses internet based technology, resources and tools for learning and education. Due to these exceptional features, various students and institutes nowdays find online learning technology as a fastest and simplest way for sharing information and upgrading their knowledge.

What a student mainly value about online courses are its well-planned, organized and flexible program of learning. Nowadays apart from traditional classes, these live online learning classes are well accepted by a huge number of students who kindly prefer online education for their academic credits.

However, most of the students are not familiar with the method in which these learning classes work. The most important trait of online tuition is the one to one learning. This procedure increases student's engagement and attention towards the courses and then helps to give a positive output.

In addition to this, students can get access to their course anytime and from anywhere. Thus, there is no fixed class and fixed schedule for these classes. Students will get the same expert instruction and course content that they ask for. Students needs to have a proper email account and an active chat id so so that they can communicate with teacher through chat rooms, forums, e-mail and other electronic submission. Here, if they have questions they can easily contact their instructor through emails and chats.

Online learning technology is text-based and also a combination of graphics, text, audio, and video. For this kind of courses, students use standard classroom books and printed materials along with online lectures, coursework, and supplementary course contents. The students are provided with a platform where they can take part in discussions, quizzes, conferences and can evaluate their progress through online practice exams.

A perfect educational environment is required to have an effective online learning class. Without a suitable learning environment, no favorable learning exit is obtained. This kind of learning technology demands a positive approach from students. While pursuing the course students needs to be very active and must concentrate and understand thoroughly the course material that is being taught.

Considering the busy lifestyle and the challenging career growth, we can conclude that for students live online learning is worth mentioning like that of traditional education. However, before enrolling for the courses one should have a detailed understanding of the course structure and register only for the certified course or else it is of no use. …

Professors – Strategically Manage Your College Courses – Teaching Large Classes that Feel Small

Often, professors believe that the only workable instructional method in a large class is the lecture. After all, the rooms where we teach large classes are called lecture halls. I’d like to propose, however, that the lecture is only one of the methods that can be used effectively in a large class. Research conducted by Graham Gibbs (1998), of the Open University, indicates that the effectiveness of large introductory classes is increased when the focus is on learning rather than on teaching, when assessment is strategically employed to foster focus on learning objectives, when students do for themselves and for each other some of what the professor once did for them, and when peer support and peer pressure are fostered.

Another critical key to success in large classes is making them at times “psychologically small,” by dividing the large class into small groups for some of the learning experiences – starting from the very first day. Students thus have a smaller number of classmates to get to know and can feel safe. When larger groups are needed, the professor can combine two or more smaller groups, gradually expanding the number of students who interact comfortably.

Part of making a class seem psychologically small is to learn as many students’ names as possible. Learning names in a large class and thus encouraging participation by students who might otherwise feel anonymous is quite challenging. Consider having students make a note of every time they participate by asking a question, making a cogent comment, and so on, then direct them to turn in the notes, with their names, at the end of class each day, with enough description to allow the professor to identify the comment or question. The professor can then write back to each student with encouragement, answers, or whatever else is appropriate. A professor can also choose to give participation points to those students who take advantage of this learning opportunity.

A variation on this idea of participation notes allows you to take attendance as well. All students are given an index card on the first day. They write their names right on the top, and from that day forward they pick up their cards as they walk into class. The professor can see which cards are left in the box and thus can mark down absences. Either during the class or as a closure for the day, students are to write on their cards a question, a comment, a summary, or a point they would like to see reviewed in an upcoming class. After class, the professor can quickly read through these cards and get a sense of what was understood, what might still be muddy, and where an appropriate starting place for the next class period would be. They can also write back to the students to heighten the sense of connection that is so important to learning.

You can also choose to use teams of students in large classes,  Teams of four to six students are typically …

Michele DeVito's Career Change to TV Nurtured Her Daughters' Artistic Ambitions

Michele DeVito started her soap opera career because her daughter had a crush on Jack Wagner (General Hospital). Both of her daughters, grown now, have artistic leanings. And one has a dream job that keeps her busy on Saturday nights.

Susan Dansby: At least one of your kids is in the industry.

Michele DeVito: Yes, my oldest daughter works for Saturday Night Live . About 17 or 18 years, she's been there.

How she got into it is – I do not even know if it was interning. I bought her in one day – just to see what it was like. Because it was because of her that I got this job.

Susan Dansby: Was the one that was in love with Jack Wagner?

Michele DeVito: She was the one with Jack Wagner.

Susan Dansby: (LAUGHS) Oh, that's great!

Michele DeVito: Amazing how everything works out.

Susan Dansby: And is Janine's last name DeVito? And what does she do on Saturday Night Live ?

Michele DeVito: She's the script supervisor / production manager.

Susan Dansby: Fantastic!

Michele DeVito: She worked herself up through the racks. In fact, here there was a nepotism rule. She did every aspect in the Business Affairs department. Then they saw what a good worker she was, too. She was temping, and there was a big joke about it. [They got around the nepotism, by letting her temp; but they could not hire her.] And they said, "Gee, Michele, do you still want to work here? For the company?" And I said, "Are you kidding? Sorry."

Susan Dansby: 'I was here, first!'

Michele DeVito: But it's not really what Janine wanted to do. She then got a job at NBC where, just one day a week, she did help out at SNL. And then they saw how she worked. My gosh, they hired her. And she worked her way up in that control room right next to the director.

Michele DeVito: She does the work of an AD [Associate Director]. She times the music. She breaks down the music for the musical guests. And she sits in the round table. She's very close with the writers where they have their "read-through," they call it.

And the cast is there. She has an amazing job. But it's hard work. I even said to her, "Janine, what about me?" She says, "Mom, I love you too much to have you work at Saturday Night Live ." She said, "Mom, the pace." I said, "Okay."

But she also does freelance, she does concerts. She worked on the Macy's [Thanksgiving Day] parade.

But it all happened through this little circle of this wonderful genre.

Susan Dansby: Well, I think that it's only appropriate that since she got you your job that your being there facilitated her learning more about the industry, and led to her getting the opportunity to be at Saturday Night Live – because obviously she's made her own luck in terms of her skills and talent. …

Driver Education Training

Driver training is defined as behind-the-wheel lessons given to students once they complete the classroom program. State licensed instructors train students in dual-controlled vehicles equipped for safety. The instructor has a foot brake attached to the passenger side near the floor, so that the instructor may slow the student down at will. The students who do not meet the age requirement must get written permission from their parents or guardian.

During these in-car training sessions the instructors teach students different aspects of driving. They start by driving on a surface road and learning the basic controls of the car and how to operate it safely. They then progress on to more advanced skills like driving in the dark. At the final stage are trained to drive on the freeway and get exposure to heavy traffic while learning more complex defensive driving skills.

Behind-the-wheel training takes approximately 6 to 10 hours to complete and is spaced out in two-hour sessions taken at the student's convenience. On completion of the driver-training program, students are awarded a certificate of completion that can then be used to get a driver's license from the Division of Motor Vehicles. Of course, the student must then pass the DMV requirements, such as knowledge tests and a qualifying driving course.

Driver-training programs are very important for young drivers because they learn the right driving attributes and develop proper techniques that make them safe and reliable drivers. Without these trainings, the roads would have even more chaotic than they already are. …

Would A University Online Degree Suit You?

It is quite interesting to note that individuals considering committing to a college degree nearly always exclusively consider campus-based programs. Very few even think about taking an accredited online degree, which is just as good as campus learning in the real world. Many potential students baulk at the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtaking a university online degree because it means venturing into the unknown. Very few people actually know enough about accredited online college degrees in order to make a decision, and very few attempt to do the research to find out! The purpose of this article is therefore to give you a quick guide to university online degrees so you are quipped to judge whether it will suit you or not.

All degrees from recognized schools are hard work. Accredited online college degrees are no different, so if you think for one second that this option will provide you with an easy ride then you are sadly mistaken. Often, course content varies very little between the two but the methods of learning have very little in common, which is why you must investigate both in order to determine the one that suits you best.

University online degrees are all about self-discipline. If you are a weak person, forward to procrastination or laziness, then a university online degree will not suit you at all. You have to be able to motivate yourself because nobody else is there to do it for you. Campus degrees, and the various classes that are incorporated into them, are run by a variety of tutors who are all employed to watch over students and make sure that there are enough reminders issued about deadlines and ongoing work. They are also there to help individual students out during class time. They effectively spoon feed students the course content. Whilst this my sound harsh and unheard to anyone that has attended a campus university, it is true in comparison to the outside input a lot of online students receive. University online degree students do not have that and have to be organized in order to remember all of their deadlines by themselves, as well as keep on top of ongoing work and find their own research sources. It is very easy to leave work if nobody issues you reminders of what you are supposed to be doing.

Accredited online college degrees

require sheer hard work and effort if you want to get something out of them. In effect, you reap what you sow. If you do not think that you will be able to effectively organize your own education or if you doubt that you will possess this sort of motivation or determination, then a university online degree is not for you. You must see an accredited online college degree as a challenge in order to benefit. However, if you believe that you are up to this challenge then go for it. A university online degree can certainly prove that you possess the necessary skills to survive in the …