Know – A New Paralegal Magazine

Earlier this year, help spread the news about the release of, Know, a new magazine for the many men and women in the paralegal or legal assistant profession.  The magazine launched in February of 2008 and is available in print and online at knowparalegal.comKnow focuses on usful & engaging topics such as:

  • Offbeat Things Paralegals Do to Succeed
  • Work Less, Earn More
  • Your Network is Your Net Worth
  • Diversity’s Little Secret
  • Case Law That Impacts Your Career
  • Famous TV Stars With Paralegal Pasts
  • The 10 Most Influential Paralegals in the Country
  • Trends Guaranteed to Change the Paralegal Field is a place for paralegals and legal assistants to meet, greet, and share experiences.

An Insider’s Take on Nursing School and the Nursing Profession

Below is an excerpt from the blog, Wounded Healer – observations of a Nursing Student. It’s written by a resourceful and insightful student in the midst training and learning what it takes to become a nurse in the US.  This is a great blog for anyone who wants to know what it’s like to be in nursing school.  Enjoy:

Is Nursing a Profession?

I know what you’re thinking – dumb title for a post. I couldn’t agree more actually. Let me explain.

I just completed my third week of nursing school. So far it has been a whirlwind – staying on top of the reading, back-to-back 4 1/2 hour long classes, figuring out how to navigate through the school’s labyrinth of confusing bureaucratic crazy-making tasks and cumbersome online tools cluttered with redundant and verbose syllabi, an endless sea of Powerpoint presentations, the constant flow of emails from fellow student who are just as confused as me. For the most part these last three weeks have seemed disparate and chaotic, but I feel like things are slowly starting to coalesce, to congeal. Things are starting to granulate, like a well-dressed wound.

My last class of the week, Nursing Theory, is perhaps…

Career Profile – Auto Body Repair & Mechanics

mechanicAuto Body Repair is a profession that we will always need as long as we have cars. The average fender bender can generally be repaired to look like new by a good body person. Quality repairs and modifications are considered to be an art form and those who are the best at it are always in high demand.

To become trained as an auto body repair person you should attend a trade school and also get on the job training. In the next ten to fifteen years many older employees will be retiring so shop owners are looking for new students now. Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating the amount of damage and determining if repair is the best option
  • Pulling out dents if damage is minor or replacing portions of the vehicle for more major repairs
  • Sanding and painting the repaired area
  • Communicating with the customer about projected and completed work

The outlook for this profession is growth that is about as fast as the national average. A high number of retirements is expected in this field over the next ten years so openings are becoming available for individuals to learn on the job now.

Career Profile – Computer Software Engineers

Computer Software Engineers research and develop the programs that make your computer run and applications as diverse as accounting programs and video games. It is an exciting and rewarding field to work in with lucrative financial benefits and a lot of creative freedom.

Most employers require at least a Bachelors Degree and a record of continuing education in the field. Technology moves very quickly and this is an occupation where you need to be constantly learning to keep on top of new applications and techniques. Your responsibilities would be:

  • Evaluating user and market needs
  • Researching possible and existing solutions
  • Writing the actual software
  • Continuous updates and improvements
  • Continuous training and education

Job prospects for Computer Software Engineers are much higher than almost any other field out there. Projections show a growth factor of 38% over the next ten years. Compensation is excellent and skills are in high demand.

Career Profile – Advertising Sales Agents

Advertising Sales Agents sell print and media advertising. This can be done over the phone, by Internet or in person. Most of the time it is a combination of the three beginning with a phone call or email to make an appointment and then an in person close.

Sales of any kind does not require a formal education but successful salespeople in the advertising and marketing will normally have a business degree of some kind. Employers who have positions that require interaction with clients usually prefer salespeople with an education in communications or marketing. Some requirements for Ad Sales Agents are:

  • The ability to handle rejection and stress
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Computer applications skills like MS Word and PowerPoint
  • Tenacity and perseverance

Advertising Sales is an area of employment that is expected to grow at a fairly rapid rate over the next ten years. With the increased number of advertising opportunities on the Internet anyone with good sales abilities should have no problem finding a good paying job.

Career Profile – Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygienists are not assistants to your dentist. They are skilled professionals in their own right who clean teeth and perform other preventative maintenance procedures. They are a valuable asset to their patients who need advice on the care of their teeth and gums.

The educational requirement for a dental hygienist is a high school diploma plus an Associates degree from an accredited program. Most hygienist programs require SAT results for admission and some even require a year of college previous to entry into the program. If you are in high school and have an interest in this field you should focus on chemistry, biology and mathematics. Responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning and examination of patient’s teeth and gums
  • Assessment and evaluation of patient’s oral health
  • Recommendations for treatment or preventative care
  • Developing long term professional relationships with patients

The increased demand for higher quality dental care and the rapid growth of the older segments of our population have created a demand for dental hygienists. Job prospects for individuals going into this field are extremely good now and expected to grow about 30% over the next ten years.

Learn about colleges on YouTube

Believe it or not, colleges and schools are using YouTube as a way to market themselves to potential students.  The days of thick, glossy, photograph-filled brochures are over: we’re talking serious multimedia. 

YouTubeSchools such as California State University, Notre Dame, Boston University, Sonoma State University, and Northwestern University have dedicated channels where a significant amount of school information is available for viewers.  It’s a controlled environment (for the schools) to present all types of videos, links, and marketing materials to give potential students a feel for what that school is really like.  Some schools already have 100+ videos available on their respective channels.

 Overall, the idea is great for future generations who are much more reliant on the Internet for research and getting their information.  The shift to online, especially YouTube, allows colleges and schools to reach a truly international audience without additional effort.  The same videos can reach anyone in the world with a good Internet connection.

Read more about which colleges are doing what with YouTube at the Washington Times where Sonja Barisic highlights the new marketing trend in her article.

Career Profile – Registered Nurse

nursing careersIt’s 2008 and nursing is in high demand:  an older Registered Nursing workforce is retiring, improving medical care is expanding medical treatments and preventative solutions, and the retiring baby boomers are increasing the need for more health care providers.

The role of a registered nurse (RN) is to care for medical patients.  An RN will be responsible for many of the following tasks within a hospital or medical center:

  • Treat and provide for medical patients
  • Educate the public (including patients) about various medical concerns and conditions
  • Provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members
  • Record and track medical histories and symptoms
  • Perform diagnostic tests and analysis on patients
  • Operate medical devices and machines
  • Administer treatment and medications
  • Assist with patient follow-up and rehabilitation

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition

Baltimore community colleges get boost from federal grants

The article below, written by Ryan Sharrow at the Baltimore Business Journal, highlights the positive impact of targeted government funding.  Baltimore and Washington, DC currently have labor shortages in construction and hospitality services that can be addressed through professional & career-focused training.  The Baltimore area is a good place to be if you are interested in careers in construction or hospitality services.

Federal grants to fuel job-training instruction at community colleges

Baltimore Business Journal – by Ryan Sharrow, Staff

Two Maryland community college were awarded more than $4 million in grants Wednesday to help drive job-training efforts in high-demand industries.

Community College of Baltimore County was awarded $1.9 million through the U.S. Community College of Baltimore CountyDepartment of Labor’s Community Based Job Training Grants Program, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, both Maryland Democrats, said Wednesday.

The grant will be used to address a shortage of construction and utility workers in the state, the senators said in a news release. The funding will develop an apprenticeship program at the community college for 250 people.

Prince George’s Community College will receive more than $2.2 million as part of the Prince George's Community Collegegrant for a hospitality program. The hospitality industry around Washington, D.C., is experiencing “unprecedented growth,” the senators said in a news release.

Nearly 2,000 people are expected to work at Gaylord Entertainment’s hotel and conference center at National Harbor in Prince George’s when it opens in April. An additional 3,000 employees are expected to be brought on board as the development fills out.

A project manager, culinary arts faculty member and a part-time marketing coordinator will be hired at the community college with the loan. The money will also be used to construct culinary kitchens at two Prince George’s County schools.

More than $12 million in grants has been divvied out to six Maryland colleges since 2005 as part of the Community Based Job Training Grant Program.

What is Multiple Intelligence Theory?

Multiple Intelligence Theory (MIT) was first introduced in 1983, when Dr. Howard Gardner published his book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.  He argued that traditional “intelligence” assessments (namely IQ) only acknowledged linguistic & logical/mathematic intelligences, which were too narrow and did not quite capture our intellectual diversity.  Gardner presented a framework that can actually help people identify their own skills and talents.

Multiple Intelligence Theory (MIT) argues that we have many types of intelligences, rather than one variable such as an IQ test score.  MIT consists of 8 distinct intelligences, while the IQ test only tests on verbal & logical criteria.  With MIT, every person has a unique profile based on the different intelligences. 

The Eight Intelligences are:

  • Bodily / Kinesthetic
  • Linguistic / Verbal
  • Logical / Mathematic
  • Intrapersonal
  • Interpersonal
  • Musical
  • Naturalist
  • Spatial

The best part of MIT is that it can really help people understand themselves, especially in regards to career planning & development.   Each separate intelligence sheds light on our capabilities and tendencies.  When you put everything together, you are encouraged to focus on what you can accomplish.  In contrast, an IQ score tells you if you are smart or not smart – that’s it. 

Finally, MIT recognizes diversity in it’s simplest form – our intellect.  Life is complex and so are we.  MIT embraces the many ways we demonstrate our intellictual abilities.  We can’t all be doctors, but we can put our energy towards what we are good at or what we are passionate about in our lives and professional careers.