blue grass publishing » Russel Zaman Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:27:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Part-Time Work: A Doorway to Career Opportunities Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:46:20 +0000 There are many reasons why individuals seek part-time employment. Whether they are students studying for the qualification that will launch their career or an older worker looking to ease into retirement, part-time work attracts a varied selection of people. 

Career OpportunitiesFunding College or University:

Financial support for students has been trimmed back at the same time as fees have risen. In order to support their studies, many students need to take on paid employment that fits around their timetables. Part-time students have a large amount of flexibility about when they work and can secure shifts during the week. However, full-time students are likely to be more limited in the time they have available outwith college or university. Full-time students may need to focus on part-time jobs that offer weekend or evening hours.

For students, working while they study can be hugely beneficial. Potential employers like to see practical experience on a graduate’s CV. Even if it is not in the field in which the graduate wants to establish herself, it demonstrates her ability to hold down a job and understand the dynamics of the workplace.

Returning to the Labour Market:

People may take a break from the workplace for a number of reasons. Probably the most common reason is to start a family. One of the parents may stay at home on a full-time basis for the baby’s first few years. Returning to the workplace on a full-time basis can then be a daunting prospect. Securing a part-time job can allow returners to hone their skills and remind themselves of the satisfaction that can be gleaned from the workplace.

Balancing Career and Family:

When you are trying to balance the demands of parenthood and employment, part-time work can be a solution. This allows parents to minimise their dependence on childcare by being available for their children for part of the week. Typically, parents value part-time work that can take place during school hours. They may also be interested in working in the evenings or at weekends if the other parent is available to look after the children.

Easing into Retirement:

For workers who are reaching the end of their paid career, part-time work can offer an opportunity to ease into retirement. Moving from working 40 hours per week to no work at all can be a shock for many people if it happens overnight. People may not know how to fill their time. Their social networks may consist primarily of people who also work and are, therefore, not available during the day. By reducing their hours, people can begin to build a new life before they leave the workforce entirely.

Working beyond what was typically regarded as the age for retirement may also become more common as individuals find that their health remains good and their pensions are not as generous as had been hoped.

To explore part-time opportunities in the Stockport area, contact the recruitment consultants at Essential Personnel on 0161 300 9011 / 0845 241 2007 or log on to the website at

Steven Pearson has extensive experience as a career consultant. He enjoys assisting people in getting the most out of their potential.

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Your Satellite TV and Internet Provider: Factors You Need To Consider Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:41:56 +0000 You’ve thought about satellite TV for a while now, but you’re not sure whether it’s the right move for you. There are some very cool things about satellite that include variety in TV packages, the ability to buy Internet access through the satellite provider, and the fact that you can buy the same service almost regardless of where you happen to live – so moving to a different part of the country (or going on an extended vacation) doesn’t mean the end of your favorite programming. 

Satellite TV and Internet ProviderStill, satellite companies have their own issues, and they often try to sell you on the “more is better” concept. This isn’t always the best way to buy satellite services though. Here’s what you should keep in mind when considering a service provider.

Channel Packages

Satellite service providers are really good at selling you on service packages that include 100+ channels, including movie channels, sports channels, and of course the usual cable channels. Now, it’s not like cable companies don’t do the same thing, but satellite providers almost always have more channel options than any cable provider.

It makes sense if you think about it. The satellite service provider can push channels from all over the world at a very low cost. Cable providers are much more constrained by supply and demand metrics. If there’s no Hispanic community, for example, a cable service provider won’t want to offer Hispanic-centered programming. On the other hand, the satellite service provider can include Hispanic-oriented programming without increasing the overall pricing of its packages.

This is where satellite providers try to sell you on the idea that “more is better.” But is it? Consider that you only have a limited number of hours in the day to watch TV. At some point, you literally run out of time.

So, in most cases, you’re only going to watch a small fraction of the channels you’re paying for. As channel variety increases, you become increasingly desensitized to the price you’re paying. When you have over 1,000 channels to choose from, it almost feels like you’re getting “free” TV, even when you’re paying $100 a month for service. 

Assess Your Needs

Before you agree to any service package, sit down and assess your real need for TV. How much TV do you watch now? What channels do you enjoy, and are you willing to commit to watching more channels? Be honest with yourself.

In most cases, it just doesn’t make sense to inflate your TV watching habits just to justify a “good deal” from the satellite service provider. In fact, the service provider is hoping that you’ll take their special promotional offer, watch a few sports or movie channels, and ease into the idea that you must have all of these channels. The reality is you probably don’t.

Upload and Download Speeds For Internet

If satellite service providers only offered TV service, they would have a killer offer and compete very well with cable providers. But TV is only the tip of the iceberg. Most satellite service providers also offer Internet service. How does the service compare with traditional broadband? Well, if you sign up with a company like, what you’ll find is that most of these providers can offer you up to 15Mbps download speeds. But download speeds aren’t the whole story.

Ask about upload speeds too. What you’ll find is that upload speeds pale in comparison. That’s OK if you don’t plan on doing a lot of gaming, but if you’re a gamer then you’re probably going to be a bit disappointed with the service. If, however, you’re like most people and you primarily use the Internet for surfing the web, checking email, and watching videos online, you should be fine with the speeds your provider offers.

Leona Powers is a technology enthusiast. She is keen to help people make the best decisions for their everyday technological needs.

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