By A. Mercedes Nalls, Ph.D.
Faculty member, School of Education at American Public University
We all face education and career decisions. When exploring possible solutions do you consider only your own ideas or do you ask others for their opinions? If so, who do you consult?
Focusing on using others’ support in making career decisions is a shift in thinking for many career development theorists and counselors. In the past, career counselors would have had individuals complete a series of inventories to determine the best fit between his or her characteristics and that of an occupation (Schultheiss, 2003). The emphasis was on an individual’s autonomous decision making.
Education.com to Give $1 Million Dollars’ Worth of Their Resources to Teachers in Underserved Communities
Nationwide donation to teachers of Title I schools underscores crucial need to bridge the educational technology gap.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Education.com, the nation’s leading online destination for teachers and parents, today announced an ambitious nationwide effort to support teachers in underserved schools by offering $1 million worth of free subscriptions to Education.com Pro, which also includes access to Brainzy, an early math and reading program. The no-charge access is available to any eligible teacher at a Title 1 school who registers at Education.com by September 1, 2015: http://www.education.com/give.
(Dated April 30th): Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED: Library Challenge initiative to ensure that all school students receive public library cards through their schools: “We are encouraged by President Barack Obama’s announcement to ensure that all students have access to the wealth of reading materials, educational assistance and digital resources made available through our nation’s public libraries. We support the initiative’s calls on public libraries, school administrators and government leaders to work collaboratively to create seamless learning opportunities for all of their students.
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My life changed when I became a teacher. I learned some of the biggest life lessons from my students, and now I am lucky enough to see how I changed their worlds.
Written by guest author: Lorna Keane
Sir Ken Robinson famously describes our education system as “modeled on the interests of industrialization, and on the image of it.” Whether or not we agree, continuous efforts to revolutionize the education process suggest the statement holds some value. With standardized testing and increasing class sizes steadily quenching the personalized nature of education, educators continue to fall under the strain of attempting to reach every single student on a personal level.
Alternatives to Teaching
At some point in our lives, we all need alternatives-to everything. When we look at making a change in our lives, we must focus on something new, and this is where alternative energy, self-reflection and risk-taking comes into our lives.
As an educator, you are the most important person in a classroom. Teaching is one of the most noble professions. You make a difference. This article was written out of demand from those who want to change careers.
Please note, I am an advocate for teachers. However, I believe that if a teacher is not happy in the classroom, the students are not happy. Thus, it is time to look into alternatives.
Therefore, if you are looking for alternatives to teaching, this can be a high-level place to begin.
The skills teachers acquire are in high-demand and they are also transferable to a host of occupations. If you teach, you have alternatives. You can create courses, train, advise, write and still make a difference. (more…)
Guest Author: Amy Klimek, VP of Human Resources for ZipRecruiter
Looking for great career advice? Please read this article for great career advice for students from our friends at ZipRecruiter!
Career Advice For Students
Now that you’ve graduated, it’s time to get serious about looking for that first job after college. You have the degree and the qualifications necessary to secure a job that will take you from student to professional, and your resume is the first step along that path. In most situations, a resume just out of school isn’t going to be longer than a single page. Most college students don’t have the benefit of taking part in internships, working professional jobs and as a result, may think they have nothing to put on their resume. With a little effort and career advice, you’ll find you have quite a few real, marketable skills, and it’s vitally important to emphasize those skills when creating your resume. Keep in mind that the degree helps improve your marketability. The unemployment rate for individual with a bachelor’s degree is only four percent. That’s less than half the national average of eight percent. Career advice is important too. Let’s look at some ideas.
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12-Month Alternative Higher Education Program Equips Students with Real-World Experience Through Coaching, Apprenticeships and Travel
There is little doubt about the power of education. But there is certainly doubt about the return on investment of a traditional higher education or post-graduate degree program – many of which can leave students deep in debt and without clarity of where they fit or real-world skills applicable to the rapidly changing economy.
Now entering its third year, Experience Institute (Ei), a Chicago-based education startup, provides a transformative, experience-based education program that offers students a year-long journey of discovery, apprenticeships, coaching and travel. Ei participants must apply or be nominated by a peer, family member or teacher. The deadline for applications and nominations is Friday, May 22, 2015.