Soul Search, Research, Job Search: How to Cultivate Your Dream Career

(NewsUSA) – Parents and even grandparents are now doing homework alongside their children. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), higher education enrollment of students age 25 and older rose 43 percent between 2000 and 2009. From 2010 to 2019, NCES projects a 23 percent rise in college enrollments of students age 25 and older.Many adults are striving to find the balance between work, family and education; others feel they are too overwhelmed by responsibilities to even consider pursuing a higher degree.However, options do exist. Online education is a great solution for working adults seeking an advanced degree. Online programs enable working adults to accommodate their busy schedules. However, despite the schedule flexibility that online learning offers, adult students still must prioritize their responsibilities and commitments in order to complete assignments on time."Parents aren’t the only ones who need to understand that going back to school is a time-consuming process — everyone in the family should understand the commitment as well," says Savitri Dixon-Saxon, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, associate dean of Walden University’s School of Counseling and Social Service. Walden University offers more than 60 online doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree programs.Here are five tips from Dr. Dixon-Saxon for achieving balance:* Choose a focus or specialization that you truly care about. The juggling act will be much more challenging for you if you don’t enjoy your field of study. Choose a focus area you are passionate about.* Set aside time for your studies. Set specific time frames for studying and completing assignments. This requires discipline and time management, but once you establish a routine, it can help keep you on track.* Find a place to do your studies. It’s easy to be distracted, so find a quiet place to study away from excessive noise and interruptions.* Ask for help. Make connections early on with classmates and faculty members to set up online study groups and start the term off right.* Renew your energy. Take time for yourself as part of your schedule. Spend time with your family and friends to recharge your batteries.For additional tips for a successful online learning experience, go to www.WaldenU.edu/studytips.

Snag Your Dream Job With a Little Coaching

Far too often, employees find themselves stuck in an unfulfilling job, yet are reluctant to leave. They settle because of current economic conditions or because they simply lack the confidence or required skills to pursue their dream career.

According to a recent study conducted by The Conference Board, job satisfaction is at an all-time low – only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current job.

It can seem overwhelming for those yearning to step into a field that better suits their passions. Certified career coach Maggie Mistal specializes in helping individuals explore their purpose and find work they love. She advises individuals to break down the process into three steps:

Small Businesses Want to Make a Big Splash Without Getting all Wet

It’s usually better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond, or so the saying goes. Many of today’s small and medium-sized companies are trying to figure out how to make a big splash when launching or renovating their presence on the web.

How crowded is the web? Well, according to Royal Pingdom, a global Internet tracking and statistics company, there are over 234 million unique websites. Many of these sites are expensive to create and costly to maintain while only being mediocre and containing no consistent theme or message.

Manage Your Time During Your Job Search

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – We’ve all heard that “finding a job is a full-time job,” but what is the most effective way to manage that time? For most job seekers, the goal is to find the best job as quickly as possible, but it can be difficult to implement this plan everyday.
To make the most of valuable time, below are recommendations on expediting the process so job seekers can stop searching and start working:

Why Hula When You Can Bula?

Five words   or less(NewsUSA) – When Americans think about tropical paradise, their minds turn to Hawaii. But those in search of sun and island escapes — not crowds and high-end …

Rescue Dog Groups Need Support

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Even as rescue technology advances, few things prove so sophisticated as a dog’s nose.

Search-and-rescue dogs can track one scent for hours, distinguishing it from other stimuli. Paws can trek where wheels cannot, helping find victims trapped in uneven or unsteady terrain. Off the leash, dogs can find survivors in places difficult for humans to search – they can climb ladders, tunnel and navigate through debris.

Not every dog can become a search-and-rescue dog. Canines must be athletic, brave, capable of single-minded focus and willing to please their handlers. Training for FEMA-certification takes at least one year and must continue through the dogs’ lifetime – about 10 years.

Demand for search-and-rescue dogs is high – there are currently not enough dogs to supply each emergency team that needs their help. But some organizations are working to find and train more search-and-rescue dogs.

For example, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) in Ojai, Calif., and Nutro Products’ Natural Choice dog food have joined together to raise awareness about the need for more FEMA-certified canine search teams.

The SDF produces highly-trained, FEMA-certified canine search teams. The SDF finds its dogs in shelters – many successful search-and-rescue dogs only narrowly escape euthanasia – and they complete the rigorous training.

The SDF pairs the trained dogs with firefighters, who use the dogs as part of their emergency response teams. The SDF, a nonprofit organization, ensures that every dog – even those who do not complete the program – receive complete care for life.

Today, there are only 150 Advanced Certified canine teams in the U.S. More search-and-rescue dog teams will help boost national security and disaster preparedness. Americans can help support the SDF and its efforts by donating money online at www.foodforheroes.com or buying Nutro Natural Choice Branddog food – every bag sold helps support the SDF.