blue grass publishing » Hammond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:30:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Immersion and its importance in learning Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:56:48 +0000 All of us acquire new skills or knowledge in different ways and at different speeds. The ways in which we learn and the speed with which we assimilate and process information depend on a wide variety of factors; aptitude, learning environment, age and motivation all play their part in determining our ability to learn.

But individuals also have different learning styles. While some of us learn best by reading around a subject, others need a practical, hands-on, trial and error approach to get the best results. The way in which we, as individuals, absorb, process, comprehend and, ultimately, retain information is a highly complex and personal thing.

This presents a problem for teaching or training professionals. Since a group of learners will almost inevitably have as many variations on learning styles as there are individuals in the class or group, a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to achieve the best possible results.

possiable results

Learning style theory

To try to make sense of this variation in learning style among individuals, a number of theories have developed to explain how we approach learning.

Perhaps the best known of these is the VARK model. Developed by educationalist Neil Fleming, VARK is an acronym of the four main learning styles identified by the model. A good explanation of the model can be found at . Basically, however, the four main styles identified by Fleming’s model are:

  • Visual – using maps, charts, films, visual aids and other images

  • Auditory – understanding through verbal presentation, discussion and repetition

  • Reading/writing – a strong preference for copious note taking and textbooks.

  • Kinaesthetic – Hands-on learning, or learning by doing, often through trial and error

There is, however, a potential problem with the VARK model – one that’s shared by other similarly focused educational and learning style models: in attempting to understand and emphasize the individuality of learners and learning styles, it can risk pigeon-holing individuals by devising labels and seeking to attach them, which can in turn, according to some, such as educationalist Professor Guy Claxton, actually inhibit learning.

Cultural Immersion learning

One method which is becoming popular in linguistic teaching seeks to address the issue of different styles of learning by a holistic approach to teaching, and becoming fluent in, a second language. Daily English, for example, are an organisation specialising in teaching English in France by placing students within a bilingual English/French speaking family.

As explained at their website here: , students are fully engaged in a linguistic and cultural sense with the language which they’re learning. Not only does this ensure that learning covers the widest possible range of individual learning styles, it provides a rock-solid base against which the student can practise and employ new skills within a real world environment as these skills are assimilated, thus cementing skills and knowledge almost as soon as they’re acquired.


In practice, the advantages of the total immersion approach to learning a second language are clear. It closely mimics the way in which all of us learned to communicate in our mother tongue. By accommodating a wide range of individual learning preferences, it ensures that learning focuses truly on the individual, their needs and their preferences. The results, compared with language teaching in a classroom environment speak for themselves.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of this approach, however – one that’s rarely mentioned in the scholarly treatises of learning theory – is the one that’s almost invariably the most important in practice; learning is fun. And whatever the learner’s individual style label, we all learn best when we’re having fun.

About the author:

A staff training professional with nearly thirty years’ experience, Angie Pitchford began her career with the Civil Service but has latterly specialised in training in the retail and service sectors. She is fluent in German and French as well as English and enjoys the opportunity to spend a couple of months a year working and living in France.

Keywords: immersion, language immersion, fun learning, VARK theory, linguistic teaching, methods of learning, learning English. Teaching English, English as a second language, learn English in France

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DC Spanish Language School and Training Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:10:58 +0000 A survey has shown that more than half of language learners in US colleges and universities are learning Spanish. If you live in the DC area and are considering whether or not to join a Spanish language school, here are some reasons why learning Spanish can be beneficial in the US.

1. Communicate with over 400 million native Spanish speakers internationally

Spanish is the 4th most commonly spoken language on the planet. As well as being the 2nd or 3rd language in many areas, no fewer than 20 countries have Spanish as its official language. Spanish is spoken as the primary language in Spain, parts of the United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and many other popular destinations.

2. A vast number of Spanish-speakers reside in the US

Large numbers of native Spanish speakers live and work in cities and rural areas of the US, not least of all in the states bordering Mexico, or in Florida and New York where one finds many immigrants of Cuban ancestry. Learning Spanish will enable you to communicate with these neighbors in their mother tongue. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your newfound language skills.

3. Enhance your travel experiences with Spanish

An understanding of Spanish will afford you an insight into the people and culture of Spanish-speaking areas. Knowing the language will not only help you in places where Spanish speakers do not speak English, but your ability to speak even a few words of the local language will impress people of your respect for them and their lands.

4. Learn Spanish to improve your career prospects

The Hispanic population of the US is growing and increasingly roles require basic Spanish language skills, including nursing, social work, teaching and translating.

Knowing a second language as useful as Spanish is a way to make yourself stand out among job applicants and colleagues. Many jobs today require a basic proficiency in at least one other language.

5. Speaking Spanish can improve your English

English has many words that originated from Latin. Since Spanish has its roots in Latin, a knowledge of Spanish can broaden your vocabulary. Latin roots are often the basis of many sophisticated words in English.

An appreciation of the Latin origin of words will be particularly helpful in the fields of science, medicine, law, and others with specialized vocabulary.

6. Learning Spanish improves your ability to learn a second foreign language

Once you have an understanding of a new language, acquiring the next language is often considered much easier.

Learning Spanish to a proficient level is a good introduction to language learning and will increase your mental, social, and cultural skills, all of which you will then be able to apply to learning another language, particularly if you choose another language of European/Latin origin, for example Italian, French, or Portuguese.

These are just a few of the reasons people are learning Spanish in the US. There are many ways that people are learning a second language including books and audio tapes. However, if you are located in DC, then a Spanish language school and training center will provide invaluable one-on-one, tailored support throughout your language learning in order to ensure that you know your personal goals and achieve them to the highest standard.

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MLM Recruiting Tips Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:49:54 +0000 Multi-Level Marketing Recruiting involves a variety of skills that can be learned or improved regardless of your experience level. Maximize your potential with 10 essential MLM Recruiting Tips that will help you build a strong, lasting marketing network.

Inspire Confidence

First impressions are very important in multi-level marketing recruiting, so use whatever resources are at your disposal in order to present a professional, confident demeanor. Use books, videos, CDs and affirmations – whatever works for you and suits your style.

If you want people to follow you, first you must be a leader!

Be a Visionary

It is important to visualize and quantify what success means to you. Make sure that your goals are actionable, achievable and time-sensitive. Pass this thinking onto your prospects and always follow through on what you said you will do.

Keep Learning

No matter your level, keep learning about your business and about multi-level marketing strategies. There is plenty of information on the internet, among other sources, that will aid your development. An important MLM recruiting tip is to make sure to spend some time every day improving your knowledge and skills.

Imitate Success Stories

Find multi-level marketing businesses that are thriving, and work out what they are doing that makes them so successful. Incorporate these techniques and attitudes into your own offering. Do not be afraid to ask questions. People generally enjoy sharing their skills and specialist knowledge with others.

Master the Telephone

Many people are afraid to use the telephone. As a multi-level marketer, however, you are likely to be using phone calls as part of your lead generation strategy. If you are uncomfortable with phone conversations, immerse yourself in as many calls as you can and you will soon conquer your fear.

Remember to smile. Even if the person cannot see you, they will be able to hear your attitude in the sound of your voice. You may also find it useful to look in a mirror while on the phone.

Continually Improve Your Speaking Skills

An ability to communicate via speech is one of the key traits of successful people, so consider taking a course or reading around the subject. Keep practicing your speaking skills, with awareness, on and off the phone.

Be Selective

A CEO would not employ people at random to take care of their business, and neither should you. Ideally, you want people on your team who have stronger skills than you. Think carefully about the personality traits and business skills that would most benefit your network.

Commit to a Daily Routine

Your daily work routine might involve making a certain number of calls per day, sharing your offering online each morning and improving your skills with an hour of reading, watching videos or listening to podcasts. A daily routine builds momentum and forms good habits that become second nature. This is an MLM recruiting tip that you will definitely want to pass on to your team members as well.

Encourage your team members to do the same.

Make it Easy to Start

Show prospects how they can get up and running immediately. Consider using a step-by-step guide to demonstrate how quickly someone can go from prospect to multi-level marketer.

Focus on People, Not Products

Always lead with people in your communications. Build relationships and rapport, focus on the needs of others and offer solutions as to how their problems can be solved.

These tips will steer you on the right path in any multi-level marketing business. Build your team as visionary leader, coach and teacher and see the increasing results at every level of your business. Be sure to share any MLM recruiting tips you learn with your team.

]]> 0 A New Way To Improve Business Image Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:30:07 +0000 Making a business successful is no easy task, which is why the reality is that most of us will never endeavour to make a business of our own. An overwhelmingly large amount of business fail relatively quickly, and it’s no surprise given the fierce competition that exists in almost every business sector and industry. Sometimes it feels as if there’s no point even trying to get into the business world when there are already so many huge organisations that you might have to compete with.


However, the fact that so many individuals successfully set up small businesses and earn a decent living is proof that it is very possible. We see the well-known clothes shops in the high street where we assume everybody goes for their outfits, but market stalls and independent shops still profit from the sale of clothing. Sometimes it means selling a niche product that is difficult to find elsewhere, but sometimes business success can be achieved by making use of opportunities available to us.

Effective marketing, well thought-out branding and a good reputation are key to the success of a business. Awards aren’t only available to the big corporations; the new HRH Princess Anne training awards are open to all businesses, regardless of size. We’ll provide a few more details about that in this article, as well as some simple tips to surviving in the world of business.

Multi-Channel Marketing

Even the term is a bit of a mouthful, but the chances of business survival – especially in the early days – are greatly increased if you can utilise multi-channel marketing.

Multi-channel marketing means reaching customers via a variety of platforms. For small businesses, marketing used to be difficult, but with the advent of the internet and with it, social media, marketing can now be done well and for a very small cost.

No matter how small your business is, you should at the very least have your company registered with as many social media sites as possible and you should have a website. Websites are very easy to make by yourself now and the cost is inexpensive. Having these two platforms to advertise provides you with a way to directly interact with customers about your products, promotions and business values.

Gaining Recognition For Your Excellence

Trust in your business can be built by receiving, and showcasing, prestigious awards. All the big companies do it and small businesses can do it too. The HRH Princess Anne training awards have been created to recognise employers who have made training and development courses that have resulted in positive commercial benefits. That means that companies who are awarded instantly receive recognition that they can use to boost trust in their businesses.

This award works as a sort of badge of honour that you can display on your website for the whole world to see. Awards are constantly used in adverts made for all platforms, and that’s because they successfully build trust. Even small businesses can showcase their excellence to the world.

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Can Blogging Help You Be a Better Investor? Sat, 07 Nov 2015 16:22:00 +0000 Blogging can be one of the most valuable tools for learning nearly any subject, as long as you take it seriously. In fact, blogs started out as a way to record information and help people learn new subject matter. These websites are used as a web-based log – hence the term “blog.” It’s like a journal of experiences and knowledge that can be beneficial for yourself as well as anyone else interested in the topic.


How Many Humans Learn Subject Matter

Humans are capable of improving the knowledge retained by writing it down. This is the reason why most teachers have students copy materials from the whiteboard or during lectures. You have to focus more on what you’re writing. By blogging about your experiences with investing, you can enhance how you retain the knowledge gathered from a variety of sources.

Comments from Others

Activating comments on your blog allows you to interact with others and further your knowledge. Perhaps someone reading your post has something informative to contribute. You may learn something new that you haven’t discovered yet through the experiences of others. Over time, your website could be a vast collection of information derived from yourself and a large number of people interested in developing a portfolio. 

Going Back to Refresh Your Understanding

As long as you keep categories and posts organized, it’s easy to go back through your blog and refresh what you’ve learned about any investment experience. This can be exceedingly useful when it comes time to develop strategies. By going back over your “notes,” you can determine what worked and what didn’t. It may also play into reducing your risks for future investments if you keep copious notes regarding everything you’ve done thus far.

Write it For You

Don’t go into blogging about investing with the idea of making money from the site. Although it may be beneficial to monetize your blog with ads or affiliated links, concentrate on writing the material for you. Remember, this method is to help you become a better investor. Should others find value in your experiences, then feel pride that you have helped them. Due to the interest of others, there’s potential that you’ll develop a great deal of traffic over time.

Recording Links and Sites

By citing your work with links, you’ll always have access to the materials you discovered in the past. If you forgot something, the link on the blog is readily available. It helps solidify your own knowledge while giving others access to what you have discovered.

It’s Always With You

One of the primary benefits to blogging about your investing experiences is that the information may always be with you. Smartphones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops all may be able to access your blog as long as you have an Internet connection. This makes it easier to go back and look up information when you’re away from your office or computer system.

Every investment expert, such as Wesley Edens, has spent a great deal of time learning how to maximize investments. Although a lot of these professionals don’t have a personal blog, it may be an excellent method to help you develop a new skill. It’s akin to having a digital notepad that can keep all of what you learned about investing in one website.

]]> 0 Assignments, Essays and Exams: Printer Shopping for College Students Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:54:20 +0000 Although many colleges and universities offer printing services for students on campus, it can turn out to be either expensive or inconvenient to use, so many decide to bring their own printer with them.

Although you might think that you don’t print as much as you used to, that will probably change when you are a student as you will need to print out course notes and assignments, so you will want to find a printer which will do everything you want and is reasonably inexpensive to use.

Identifying the right printer

Trying to figure whether you should buy a laser or inkjet printer and what features you want it to have, will largely depend on where and how you use your printer.

Many students often choose an inkjet over a laser printer primarily because they are cheaper to buy and you can replace Canon ink cartridges or whatever brand you are using, at a lower cost than replacing the toner in a laser printer.

Another plus point for inkjet printers is the fact that you can often buy models which have some extra built-in features such as a scanner, which can come in handy if you need to copy something.

Other factors to consider

Halls of residence and a good number of student digs are often cramped for space, so if you are moving into a room or shared house with fairly cramped dimensions, you should try and find a printer that doesn’t take up a lot of desk space.

A good solution might be to choose an all-in-one printer, so you get all the features you might need without the need for more than one device.

Check out the cost of replacement ink cartridges or toner for the model of printer you are considering, as some models are really inexpensive to buy in the first place, but printing costs can turn out costly if the print supplies are higher than some others.

Another factor to consider is connectivity. A good number of printers are now available with Wi-Fi connectivity but check whether you have access in your room on campus, as you could need a printer that can be connected via a USB.

Alternatively, if you are using an iPhone or an iPad, it might work well to get an Airprint enabled printer for greater convenience.

Choosing your technology

If you are planning to print plenty of images and photos in amongst your printing demands, it is probably best to go for an inkjet printer over a laser version.

Laser printers offer faster printing of documents but don’t always fare so well against inkjet’s when it comes to printing images. If you are not that bothered about printing out photos or images and want to effortlessly print pages of clear text in a fast time, you might want to consider a mono laser as a possible alternative to an inkjet of a comparable price.

If you are short of space and want to get the best value for money, it may well turn out that an all-in-one inkjet might offer the best solution, but do think about how you are going to use your printer before you part with your cash.

John Sollars runs a successful printing ink business. Whenever he has the chance, he likes to share what has worked for him with others. You can read his articles mostly on business, marketing and technology websites.

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Work Abroad to Develop Your Career Faster Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:33:46 +0000 Never underestimate the potential “pulling power” of a foreign work location on your CV – potential employers love them, as a survey conducted by recruiters Robert Half shows. If 49% of questionnaire participants are lamenting the fact that they’ve seen a large number of talented employees leave for greener, more lucrative pastures abroad, then going abroad for career advancement should also be on your bucket list of things to do before boredom in your present job dulls your senses!

So what are the advantages of working abroad?

1. Improving Communication and Social Skills

Multinational employers like to see CVs from employees who can communicate in more than one language and who will not be afraid to deal with people from other cultural backgrounds. If you’re hoping to work for large international companies to further your career, you should remember their clients and your fellow employees won’t be from the same country as you and English probably won’t be their first language. Working abroad broadens people’s horizon in every respect, including enhancing their tolerance, communication and social skills.

2. Localisation

Once you have worked abroad you will understand how localisation of marketing a product works. Each country has their own little peculiarities and knowing how to tap into them – and how to avoid cultural pitfalls when trying to market a product – is essential to your own and your employer’s success.

3. Taking every Training Opportunity

Being offered a job abroad usually comes with free language training and various other training opportunities that will help you further your career when you apply for jobs elsewhere. Having learned about different management styles, ways of doing R&D or alternative ways of controlling stock for example abroad, may prompt you to make improvements when you get to your new work placement that will save your new employer lots of money. Watch out for promotion in the wake of that!

4. Learning to be resourceful

Instead of working in a pampered office environment in London, Paris or Frankfurt, where the job comes with a company car and all the modern creature comforts technology can provide, you may be asked to hire a rickety old jeep and trundle at 30 miles per hour on potholed roads to a mud-hut village where you must negotiate with King Client and his village elders for your next engineering contract. The contract is worth millions. On the way, the jeep breaks down and you’re still miles from your destination. The King hates tardiness. What do you do? Do you flag down the next elephant and guide that come along? Do you give up and make another appointment with King Client? Ah, bother, mobiles don’t work out in the wilderness! Now what?

While such an extreme scenario is unlikely to arise in your first job abroad, your ingenuity will nonetheless be stretched to the limit when working in countries where the power supply may be inconsistent, phones don’t always work and work ethic is very, very different to the one you’re used to.

5. Becoming a global Networker

Working abroad allows you also to build up an incredibly valuable global network, an essential career-building step. As your contemporaries move up the food chain in multinationals, you can benefit from their career advancement and help them out, too. Multinationals don’t just hire anybody who happens to send in their resume. Career avenues usually closed to “outsiders” will open up to somebody that a current employee can vouch for and has already worked with in a previous job. The relationships you form with other people working abroad can assist you with an amazing, and truly global career.

6. Voluntary Internships are Stepping Stones

The skills you learn while helping with turtle conservation in Costa Rica or flood defences in Bangladesh may at first glance be simply gap-year adventures, but hold on: you’re learning valuable lessons about leadership while directing your volunteers to turtle egg-laying sites! You’re acquiring amazing negotiation skills, while talking to locals about new ways to keep their village safe. Never underestimate the impressiveness of a voluntary internship abroad with charities! Employers love seeing such internships on resumes. They demonstrate that you have what it takes to succeed in the role they’re offering and have the potential to go beyond it.

7. Working Life is Long – and short of Adventure!

Once you have embarked on a career path, taking out a sabbatical for a year’s travelling is not always an option. Enjoy your internship for the adventure it brings, the sights you’ll see and the wonderful stories you’ll hear when you meet fellow travellers and get to know locals. It will turn you into a far more balanced, confident and happy individual; just the sort employers like to hire for important jobs.

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Reskilling for civvy street: how to build on what you’ve learned in the military Tue, 15 Sep 2015 03:59:52 +0000 There’s no getting around the fact that leaving the military to forge a new life for yourself as a civilian can be tough. After acclimatising to the structure and routine of the armed forces, where many of your decisions are made for you and you have a clear career path to follow, it can be hard to adjust to the autonomy associated with other types of work. However, there’s no need to panic if you’re preparing to exit the military. Through your roles in the armed services, you will have picked up an array of skills that could enable you to kick start your new career and so, with some careful planning, you shouldn’t struggle to succeed on civvy street. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Decide where your strengths and passions lie

The first thing to do is identify your existing skills. There are hundreds of jobs in the armed forces, ranging from frontline soldiers to logistic supply specialists, communication systems engineers, intelligence operatives and medics. When you’re honing in on the best possible future career path, think about all the knowledge and experience you have acquired through your work. Perhaps you’re used to leading teams of people, you’re adept at formulating strategies or you have advanced technical or medical skills. Far from being redundant when you leave your uniform behind, these abilities could prove crucial when you’re seeking work. Think about where your passions lie too. Building on your existing skills will take time and effort, so it’s important that you focus on an area that you find rewarding and enjoyable.

Find the best possible courses  

Once you’ve identified the area you want to specialise in, it’s time to find suitable courses. As a first port of call, you can check out the resettlement training options provided by the military. There are specialist centres that offer courses in everything from engineering and building trades to health and safety, management studies and IT. In addition, if you want to enhance your medical skills, you can investigate the courses run by training providers such as Manone Medical Services. Options like First Person on Scene or Medicine in Remote Areas can be ideal for ex-military personnel who are used to working under pressure in a range of settings.

Bear in mind that you may be eligible for government grants to help you cover the costs of your chosen courses. You can find out more about your funding options online.

Prepare for a period of adjustment

As long as you focus on the right areas and find the best courses, you stand a good chance of successfully reskilling and of forging a new career on civvy street. However, it’s important to prepare yourself for a period of adjustment. It can take time to get used to your new situation and you should expect periods of doubt and uncertainty along the way. It will take perseverance and determination if you’re to achieve your aims and make the most of your new life outside the armed forces.

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Six Snore-Proof Science Videos for the College Crowd Tue, 15 Sep 2015 03:18:35 +0000 Who doesn’t like science? It’s what explains the movement of the Earth around the sun. It explains why jellyfish sting. It helps us understand our natural environment. If you’re a college student looking for all-you-can-eat science videos, start with these as appetizers.


The time-lapse video titled “Earth” shows you what our planet looks like from above – way above. Most of us will never see the planet like this. It’s a time-lapse view of Earth showing what lightning storms, the Aurora Borealis looks like from space, what cloud formations look like, the transition from day to night and how cities light up.

This will be a fascinating video if you’re studying to be anything from a geologist to an aerospace engineer. Actually, just about anyone would find this video simply amazing as long as they had even the slightest bit of scientific inquiry.

Nature By Numbers

This movie is a 3D animation that sets numbers to music and attempts to weave a naturalistic tapestry worthy of the most skilled painters. It’s the kind of video you’d love to have as your screen saver. If you get the creator’s permission, you probably could. This video, hosted by Vimeo, is downloadable using programs like YTD, but only if you have the copyright holder’s permission first. Make sure you remember to respect intellectual property.

The movie is largely inspired and driven by geometry and nature, while incorporating numbers – moving back and forth between math and nature using some pretty slick morphing technology.


Flatline is a short film that explores a niche in the medical community – heart surgery. Patients with heart problems are usually given one of two choices: they can either die or have their hearts replaced with a donor heart. Sometimes, a donor isn’t available. What choices do they have left?

Thanks to the ingenuity of two doctors from the Texas Heart Institute, they have another choice. They can live with a rotary-driven pump. The video explores how life is possible without a human heart, a pulse, or a heartbeat.

It’s pretty radical, but so is letting a patient die when there’s a solution to save him or her. If you’re going into any medical field, you will absolutely want to see this. It’s nothing short of stunning.

Why Women Are Stripey

Derek Muller explores the hidden stripes on every woman’s skin. Weird right? But, it’s true. It has to do with the DNA present in every female. The explanation will seem unbelievable at first. But, when you hear it in full, you’ll realize this basic fact of biology is understandable to just about any high school biology student.

Muller runs a YouTube channel called “Veritasium,” and it’s one of the coolest science channels on the Internet. On it, he explores mostly physics-related phenomenon, but he does delve into other sciences. If you’re interested in physics, you will get lost in this channel. It’s that good.

The Secret Life Of Plankton

Who knew that plankton could be so interesting? This video takes you from life to death of one of the world’s smallest organisms. Seeing the close-up visuals of plankton is pretty cool. Most people have never really examined or appreciated these organisms – understandably.

It’s a pretty boring subject, but this video somehow seems to make it much more interesting than it should be. Every biologist interested in marine life should check this video out. Even if you’re not into marine biology, it’s an interesting documentary.

How Tiny Eyes Inspire Technology

This video is all about a beetle’s eye. Yuck, right? Not so fast. Dr. Chris Forman explains how the lowly beetle has inspired great inventions like the modern smartphone. It seems unusual or “weird,” but this is often how science works. Scientists observe a natural phenomenon, and then they’re inspired to create something that mimics it. Sometimes, the man-made device is a flop. Other times, it ends up giving birth to a technological revolution.

The video is short – just over a minute long, but it shows you a close-up of what could be one of the greatest inventions ever created: a beetle.

Bonus: Carl Sagan – A Glorious Dawn

This isn’t so much a science video as it is a tribute to two of the greatest scientists who have ever lived. With over 9 million views, “A Glorious Dawn” shows us just how passionate scientists can be about their profession. So, don’t ever let anyone tell you that science is boring. Not only will it be your new profession, it may just solve a previously unsolvable problem plaguing millions of people. What more could you ask for?

Ruth Brown has been a passionate educator for decades. With a knack for finding fun and effective teaching strategies using technology, she loves blogging about her insights and inspirations for others to use.

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Gainful Employment: Tips for Finding a Job in Canada Tue, 15 Sep 2015 03:17:49 +0000 General consensus of opinion would be that Canada is a great place to live and that Alberta would be a good area to consider for work and lifestyle.

Finding work in any area requires an element of determination combined with a certain amount of knowledge combined with the skills demanded for the job being advertised, it also helps to clarify what types of work you qualified to do in Alberta, if that is where you are going to look for employment.

If you are looking to relocate to the area of Alberta, you might want to look at the homes for sale or maybe you will consider renting for a period of time whilst you search for employment.

Understanding the labour market

The Alberta job market is similar to other provinces of Canada in that it uses the National Occupational Classification system (NOC) and it may be applicable that you apply for a position through an immigration program such as the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program AINP).

The NOC system is used to define a job based on the level of skill, training and experience that the position demands, together with the duties you would be expected to perform.

The NOC code will be a four-digit code which will allow you to define the job title and occupational group that the code belongs to. Each different occupation is assigned one of these four-digit codes and therefore you can quickly determine your eligibility for a variety of permanent immigration programs based on which NOC code applies to your skills and experience.

Searching for employment

To be successful in your search for employment in the Alberta area and to complete the task in the shortest amount of time, it helps to understand how the search process is likely to work.

Your first step would be to identify the skills that you currently have and also consider any additional skills that you may need to develop in order to be considered for a particular job.

You can get an idea of what you will need by identifying the employers who may be looking for someone like you and see what skills and qualifications they suggest you need to meet their criteria.

After you have successfully identified the type of job you would like to apply for, you will need to gather the documentation and information needed to apply for work and prepare to present your qualifications to prospective employers.

Search the job bank

A useful resource to use when searching for employment and getting an idea of the availability of suitable opportunities in the labour market, is the Job Bank.

This government database lists a large amount of jobs and there is even a tool on the site you can use which will allow you the chance to create a personalized report with specific information relevant to your skills and experience.

Once you have entered your data, the report will help to identify suitable opportunities and provide you with job descriptions and other information, so that you can establish if it has found a job opening that you may wish to apply for.

Finding a job in Canada can be made easier if you know where to look and how to approach the process correctly.

Mary Lavine has worked as a career and business advisor for many years. She likes to be able to share her insights with an online audience and has already written for a number of different websites.

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