What Should Matter When Choosing A University?

University education has become the standard in different fields and for many employers. University graduates have better chances of landing their dream careers and jobs compared to those who stop at college level or vocational training. With so many universities established now, it is not that hard to find your way to one and taking up a course that you are interested in. But to get a quality education and valuable credentials, you would need to think about the university you are about to join and make the right choice. So what should really matter when selecting a university?

1. Study programs

Different universities offer different majors and the career you are interested in should guide you in finding the best. You can choose to go to a university that specializes in a specific area or you can still find one that offers the course you are interested in alongside others as long as the quality of each is not compromised. Take the time to check to what levels your course choice is offered so you can be sure to reach the exact level you are targeting without a need to change institutions along the way.

2. Professional trainers

University professors and lecturers take up different faculties and the best you can do is to ensure that the university you have selected pays attention to trainers and their qualifications. The only way you will be able to excel in your area of study is if you are trained by an expert in the same area. Find out as much as you can about the lecturers under the university, so you gain the confidence of getting professionally trained by the best at the end of it all.

3. Financial aspects of the studies

The tuition fees will vary from one institution to another and you want to make sure that you can afford the fees in the university you wish to join. If you are a student with good grades you may be lucky to land scholarships so fees won’t be a problem for you to join the school that you have always wanted. Depending on the requirements you can also take up part time jobs and go for part time studies so you are able to cater for your financial needs to see you through your academic years.

4. Study duration

This may be determined by the course you want to take up and the levels the university has to offer. A Bachelor’s degree may take much longer compared to a Master’s degree and again the duration may vary from university to another. If you are thinking of studying abroad, then it is not only important that you choose the duration that is most suitable for you, but it also helps to ensure that the degree is recognized back in your home country and other regions.

5. School ranking

University ranking is another important aspect that you should consider when making your selection. The higher the ranking the more you can expect in terms of quality education.

Whether you are interested in business and finance or you wish to take up a bachelor of nursing, it is important you choose a university that you can fully trust in quality standard education.

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Students Must Still Do This Themselves

Knowing what to do and knowing how to do it are not the same as doing it. Although others can tell college students how to impress their target employers, the students themselves must perform the activities and achieve the results that employers want, need and expect.

Having a roadmap, an app or a guidance system is good,

but as of today, someone still has to drive the car.

Employers have expectations. When students meet or exceed those expectations, employers may show an interest in them. However, when students don’t meet those expectations, they stand little chance of landing an interview.

For students who are unsure of the process that will work in their favor, the following job search preparation process (Roadmap) may be helpful:

– Identify a field of interest, based on past successes and capabilities

– Attend college with a clear and strong purpose

– Select a Major and Minor that will support the career direction

– Early on, learn how to conduct an effective job search campaign

– Develop and follow an employment plan for each semester

– Identify desirable Target Employers in the field of interest

– Determine what those employers want, need and expect

– Demonstrate capabilities preferred by target employers

– Seek experiences that are similar to job duties

– Excel in areas related to the field of interest

– Build a list of accomplishments in the target area

– Find ways to stand out from other students with similar career goals

– Gain some job-related work experience (Summer / Part-Time Jobs)

– Build a network of job-related contacts (Network toward the goal)

– Identify useful job search web sites and organizations

– Cultivate references who can describe successes and capabilities

– Participate in a Professional Association in the field

РDevelop an exceptional Resum̩ (Tailor it to each job & employer)

– Hone desirable Interviewing Skills

– Research each target employer thoroughly

Yes, this is a grueling process. However, this process clearly differentiates the strongest candidates from those who are unwilling to perform the work that leads to the best jobs with great employers.

The job search preparation process is not something that can be done for a student. Job search preparation is something that must be done by the students themselves.

With this roadmap, readers (students) can no longer claim ignorance of the process. Therefore, students who are concerned about landing good jobs must apply what they have learned and get ready for the employment process.

Importantly, the job search preparation process is not a last minute, senior year event. Rather, it is an ongoing process that begins in the first year of college and ends when the student receives a desirable job offer. Since very few shortcuts exist, focus, persistence and hard work are integral elements of student employment success.

Employers want to know what you have accomplished during the college years. They reason that past performance is a good indicator of future performance. It should be obvious that the best employers have high expectations. They will offer $65,000 or more to students in the top 10% or 15% both academically and/or in their work and campus activities.

For students who are not in the top 15%, there are still plenty of good jobs out there for those who have been diligent in following the job search preparation activities listed above. Many jobs with career potential are available with desirable employers who will offer $40,000 to $60,000. These jobs go to the students who have prepared well and are able to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Students who have below average grades and do little or nothing during the college years should anticipate that their services will not be in high demand. Earning a good job offer is something that is still done by the students themselves.

Bob Roth, a former campus recruiter, is the author of five books, including: A Successful Senior Year Job Search Begins In The Freshman Year. Known as The “College & Career Success” Coach, Bob writes articles for College Career Services Offices, Campus Newspapers, Parent Associations and Employment Web Sites. Bob has created The Job Search Preparation Systemâ„¢ for colleges to use to help students find greater success in the job market. Visit Bob’s web site http://www.the4realities.com.

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Do Students Benefit From Hand-Holding or Strict Discipline?

I expect you to listen during my class lectures.

Here, let me help you. I can provide you with the answer.

As an educator, are you someone who is tough on students because you believe strict discipline is essential to their growth and development? Or do you believe in an approach that is kinder, much more easy-going and laidback when it comes to helping students – even to the point of being willing to give students the answers they need?

A disciplinarian is the traditional educator who upholds policies, processes, and procedures without exceptions. Those instructors are usually not counted among the favorites by students; except for those students who are excelling and find that strict discipline is necessary for them to continue to do well.

The educator who is more willing to bend the rules on occasion for students, when there is a reason or justification for the long-term benefit of the students, is the one viewed as easier to get along with and as a result – this educator is usually included on the list of favorite instructors. This instructor will also provide answers and “make it easier” for students to complete the required tasks, believing this helps students in the long term.

This is not to state that teaching students, especially adult students, must be a popularity contest by any means. What this does involve is a matter of perception. Consider how willing a student might be to receive and implement coaching and feedback from a strict instructor in comparison to an instructor who is willing to work with them. In other words, it is not about bending the rules but working with students. It is not about passing students along or giving away grades. It is about providing support and assistance.

This goes against the beliefs of many educators as there is a perception in higher education that maintaining anything other than a strict approach to teaching means you believe in handholding and coddling students. I believe there needs to be an instructional balance between the two methods and in my own practice, I have found an approach that provides this type of balance.

How Do You Focus Your Attention?

I’ve worked with hundreds of online faculty members over the past ten years in the role of faculty development specialist. I have also been an online educator during this time and understand the lived experience of the faculty members I have observed. What this means is that I can relate to the time it takes to manage a class, especially as an adjunct instructor. I have also worked full time during the day and taught online at night, and I make this point not as an excuse but as a reminder of the reality that many adjunct instructors face. When an instructor is running short on time, not all of the required duties and responsibilities may be met. This can even extend to working with students as they may find it challenging at times to receive assistance when needed.

Whether or not an instructor is working full time and teaching as an adjunct, teaching a class takes time – and the more students there are, the more tasks and responsibilities are vying for the instructor’s attention. When there are high achieving students in a class, it almost lessens the amount of instructional work required as those students are usually the ones who do not require a lot of time and attention. The students who are under-performing are the ones who require more effort. These are the students who either benefit from receiving additional assistance, or handholding as some educators view it, or a constant reminder that they must comply with strict requirements as stated by the school and other in documents such as the course syllabus.

Is One Approach More Effective Than Another?

I know that every educator has a distinct view of how students must be addressed or managed, and it is usually based upon personal preferences and past experiences. When instructors are provided with training, it is usually procedural in nature to begin with and then expands into instructional practices. What I have not seen provided in faculty training are direct instructions that state how an instructor must manage students in the classroom. In other words, instructors are not told they must be lenient or strict. They are provided with policies and processes, and methods of instruction. Sometimes they are taught methods of interacting with students, similar to customer service training methods. The general expectation is that instructors must uphold academic policies and create an environment that is conducive to learning.

A question that often comes up is this: Why are there such diverse types of instructors? From my perspective working with faculty, a better question might be: Is one approach more effective than another?

Consider first the instructor who is a strict disciplinarian. This is someone who upholds the policies as defined by the school, such as academic writing standards and policies in place for the degree program level. This instructor makes no exceptions to the rules.

Consider next the instructor who seems very strict but in a different sense. This is the instructor who has established high personal expectations of students and their performance in class. This instructor expects all students will strive for an “A” grade and they will submit high quality papers.

The last instructor to consider is the seemingly easy going instructor who is very popular and has a flexible approach to school policies. This instructor is more willing to listen and adapt when needed, especially if a student needs a “break” or a second chance. This type of instructor is one who is willing to provide extra time and attention for students. I have worked with a few instructors who go so far as to give their students the answers or information they need, rather than help students find it. This is where the idea of handholding has become associated with an easy going instructor.

Finding a Balance Between Discipline and Handholding

Are one of the three methods described above better than the other? I do not put myself in a position to judge others; however, I can speak from my own experience to answer the question. When I began my work as an educator, I was very strict. The most effective method of learning school policies and processes was to follow them as strictly as I could. Over time, I learned what flexibility I had as an instructor and I also gained experience as an educator. From this experience, I learned how to find a balance between these strategies to become effective with upholding disciplinary processes while providing additional care, concern, and assistance.

    • Establishing Discipline: What I have learned is that the manner in which discipline is administered matters for my relationship with students. I can uphold every school policy and procedure just as effectively, and perhaps even more so, as someone who demonstrates empathy when compared to someone who demands complete compliance to everything I state. Students already know that there are school policies in place and their instructors are expected to uphold those policies. As an instructor, my reinforcement of the rules happens whenever there is an occurrence or a request made by a student. That is a time to listen and effectively administer the rules, or implement disciplinary action as required. I should also be familiar with my level of authority or flexibility available, with regards to making any exceptions.
    • Establishing Expectations: There is nothing wrong with having expectations of my students, unless I have established something unrealistic of every student. For example, it would be unrealistic for me to expect that every student will submit a well-researched and written paper that demonstrates critical thinking – even at the graduate level. A more realistic expectation might be for students to the best of their capabilities and ask for assistance when needed. The most important expectations I can establish are those concerning student performance. Students experience a great deal of anxiety about grading, especially written assignments. That is when the use of a rubric is very helpful for establishing uniform expectations with students. It becomes even more effective if I provide a rubric before the assignment due date so that students can utilize it as a guideline when editing and revising their papers. The most important aspect of establishing expectations is that they are realistic and communicated to students.
  • Offer Handholding: When students need assistance or extra attention and you provide it, do you consider that to be handholding? I dislike that word itself as I believe it does a disservice to the work of an educator. I understand the general idea of the concept and over time I have tried to help students without giving them information or answers. For example, when students cannot find a particular answer or resource I will provide instructions on how to find it without actually giving it to them. In other words, I teach them how to be independent and find it on their own so the next time they remember how to do it. I would never be one to tell them to “go and see the course syllabus” as a pat answer. I will find a way to help, even if it involves providing a different set of instructions that offers clarity and better directions. My roles as an educator is to instruct and to teach.

I have seen a number of discussions in the field of higher education over the past few months about working with students and more specifically, addressing the idea of coddling college students. From my experience as an online educator and online student I find there is nothing detrimental about having a lot of contact time between an instructor and the students. However, it seems there is a trend now in higher education that finds courses being delivered without instructor to student interaction. I know that MOOCs have been very popular and those students receive very little direct instructor contact. There is also a competency-based online university that is gaining traction, one without instructors that allows students to study at their own pace – and one of the primary concerns being raised is that these are correspondence-style courses.My preference is to provide instructor to student interactions. I want to be available and accessible for my students. The following is my approach to teaching adult students that seeks a balance between strict discipline and handholding.

I will be happy to assist you and I will help you find the answers you need.

For courses that have been established in a traditional manner, with instructor to student contact, the nature of that contact is relational. An instructor can uphold academic policies and all appropriate disciplinary procedures, while still maintaining an attitude of care and concern, when an appropriate balance has been found. Students understand that instructors must uphold the rules established by the school. What this means is that a productive working relationship may be more effective than demanding compliance from students at all times. And while it is important to establish a strong working bond with students, that does not mean you need to try to become the most popular instructor either by being willing to bend the rules or give away answers. The most important job you have is to teach and the most effective approach you can embrace is one of knowing your level of authority, understanding your responsibilities, and being willing and available to assist your students.

Dr. J has been working in the field of higher education and distance learning since 2005, with roles that have included Chief Academic Officer, online instructor, college instructor, and online faculty development specialist. Dr. J has also acquired significant experience with instructional design and curriculum development, having developed hundreds of online courses for bachelors, masters, and doctorate programs.

Dr. Bruce A. Johnson is a professional writer, resume writer, learning and development consultant, social media strategist, and career coach. Dr. J founded Afforded Quality Writing in 2003 and has written hundreds of resumes every year in most industries, utilizing a skill set based approach to highlight the best of each person’s career.

Dr. J writes blog posts and articles to help inform, inspire, and empower readers. To learn more about the resources that are available for career and professional development from Dr. J please visit: http://www.drbruceajohnson.com/

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Job Hunting Tips For People Looking For Career Opportunities

For many people, landing a job that will help them build a career for the future is such a challenge. With so many competitions going on today, the increasing number of job openings is no longer an assurance that you will get hired for your dream job. Hence, you have to find other ways to level up your job hunting.

You can focus on other activities that may actually lead you closer to your dream job, increase your employment opportunities and make you a stronger candidate for ideal job positions. So if you’re looking for jobs and you want to be a prime candidate for the jobs you have your eyes on, make your free time count by making smart use of it. Experts share a few job hunting tips for people who are looking for career opportunities below:

– Attend professional enrichment seminars and programs. Attend a seminar or lecture that can increase your knowledge or develop your potential. For example, if you’re looking for a job in the fashion industry, it can be useful to take make-up classes. Further education allows you to improve the brand of service you can offer. It also helps you boost your image as a professional. Look for programs that are relevant to your target industry and at the same time can also make you suitable for other industries. Leading job recruitment agencies and communities offer such programs and even provide advice on choosing the best classes for you.

– Update your resume. It is very important that you update your resume, improve your professional profile and enhance how you present yourself in your other social media accounts. Make sure that the information, photos and other forms of content in your public accounts depict your professional character and are relevant to the job posting you are currently eyeing for.

– Add weight to your resume by increasing your job experiences with volunteer work. Volunteering will also allow you to expand your network of connections and polish your skills. This is a great addition to your job experience. Additionally, always look presentable. The search can be stressful but you need to look you best for every job opportunity that comes your way. Physical appearance, as superficial as this may sound, really does count a lot in a job-hunting scene. Those who look more put-together and healthier are seen as confident and reliable personalities.

– Widen your social circle. Check out your community events wherein local professionals figure.When you’re job-hunting, meeting people can take you one step closer to the job that you want. Attend social events and gatherings so you will be updated with the current types of jobs available.

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Jobs Online: 3 Great And Rewarding Jobs Online

Technology is growing more and more every day! This daily growth is bringing more and more to the table such a jobs! You are now able to get a real legitimate job online working from home! Some jobs are hard and some are pretty easy. Some jobs require absolutely nothing and some require some education or even a small investment! It all depends on what you’re looking for, how much money you would like to make, and a bunch of other factors. I’m going to explain 3 jobs online you can start today!

1. Virtual Assistant – Virtual assistants do a bunch of things and offer quite a number of services. Such services offered by VA’s are invoicing, doing particular research, minor educating, and many more. The pay for this job varies heavily, however, once you learn what you’re doing and how to do it well you could be making a pretty decent income level all from home.

2. Call Centers – Personally, I have done this! Generally speaking, most companies want you to work physically at the company for about 90 days before you can start working online at home. They call this working “remote”, which makes total sense if you know the definition. However, don’t get excited! Call centers don’t pay any type of substantial hourly income to their employee’s. Don’t get me wrong, working for a call center is not a bad idea at all! Just remember, it’s an entry-level job! Pay from this online job is around $9-$15 an hour.

3. Direct Selling – Oh boy! Direct selling is no joke! You can make serious money online from this job! However, this is one of those jobs that require a small investment but nothing else. You can do this job straight out of high school! A bunch of direct sellers will try to make this job sound easy. The truth is that it’s far from easy! To be successful in the direct selling, not only will you have to invest a small amount of money but you will also have to invest a bunch of time! However, don’t skip past the payouts! These payouts could each into the thousands quickly! Depending on the individually, you could make $5 a month or $16,000 a month!

Online jobs are still a new thing. Many people don’t even know that they exist! However, they do in fact exist and are becoming more and more popular by the second! I’ve only listed 3 great and rewarding online jobs you can start today, however, there are several more I didn’t list! If any of these jobs sound interesting to you, I definitely advise you look into it immediately because these jobs are filling up quickly! I hope you enjoyed this review, be sure to look at my other articles to find additional information over a wide variety of things!

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Massage in Bucharest

Recognize it! You’re busy! And so must be! That’s what life is like! But you want more than that, you want to do more for yourself and massage can help. Because massage makes more than a simple relaxation of the mind and body. It keeps your body in shape and gives you enough energy to make you enjoy a longer life better than you do it today.

Massage releases stress. At the moment, stress is a universal evil. Every time you are late, every time you avoid a car in traffic, every time you have trouble working, stress is doing his job. Each time adrenaline increases heart rate and cortisone levels and organs respond to the measure. You will be in a state of nerves and constant agitation.
When there is no release of stress, serious problems such as an upset stomach, hypertension, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or existing illness may worsen.

Some of the changes that may occur are: Anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, permanent fatigue, muscle or bone pain, sexual dysfunction, excessive sleep or insomnia

All these stress-related problems can be diminished and some can be totally eliminated by massage. The researchers concluded that a massage session can lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase endorphin production. The massage also releases serotonin and dopamine and the result is a general relaxation, both physical and mental.
Our body care must be at the top of the priorities.
By adding the massage to your routine you will look much better and you will be much healthier and relaxed. Massage can improve your vitality and mood. Massage can prepare for a long and beautiful life.

Our masseuses personalize each massage session according to the needs of the individual.
Our massage parlors offer a variety of relaxation styles and techniques to help you. Apart from relaxing, massage can be a powerful ally in reducing pain, increasing energy levels, improving mental and physical performance

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After a massage session, you will see how the mental prospects are enriched, the body allows easier handling, better pressure resistance, relaxation and mental alertness, calm and creative thinking.
When you have the impression or force yourself to stay straight, your body is not actually aligned properly. Not only does the posture look bad, but it forces some of the muscles to go muddy all day, while others become weaker. After a long time, the incorrect position may cause other drops. For example, internal organs press on what affects digestion, breathing ability is also diminished, which means that much less blood and oxygen reaches the brain and hence all sorts of other complications.

Massage allows you to return your body to the track. Allowing the body to make healthy and accurate movements is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage can relax and restore muscles injured by bad posture, allowing the body to position itself in a natural, painless position.
Apart from posture, there is also anxiety. One of the signs of anxiety and stress can also be heavy breathing. When the body begins to breathe too little and deeply instead of breathing at a natural rithm, it is impossible for one to relax. One reason may also be that the chest muscles and the abdomen get tightened and the air gets harder.

Massage plays an important role in learning the body how to relax and how to improve breathing. Respiratory problems such as allergies, sinuses, asthma or bronchitis are a group of conditions that can benefit from massage. In fact, massage can have a positive impact on respiratory function.

Many of the muscles in the front and back of the upper part of the body are breathing accessory. When these muscles are tight and shorten they can block normal breathing and interrupt effective breathing natural rithm. Massage techniques for stretching and relaxing these muscles improves breathing function and breathability. Massage leads to an opening of the chest as well as structural alignment and nerve dilatation that are required for optimal pulmonary function. A good way to treat respiratory problems with massage is the taping made in Swedish massage. When done on the back, along with vibrations, it can detach the mucus from the lungs and can clean the airways for better later function.

Massage not only relaxes muscles, but helps people become aware of daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what really means relaxation, the mind can rest easily relax before the stress becomes cornice and harmful. This will help you enjoy a balanced life. Massage controls breathing, allows the mind to re-create relaxation before the occurrence of chronic and harmful stress and increases the level of energy.