blue grass publishing » Careers Mon, 07 Nov 2016 01:57:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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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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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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Securing your first job – all you need for the perfect interview Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:32:54 +0000 Applying for jobs can be a minefield, and applying for your first job can seem a total challenge! When you leave uni, you may not know where to turn when it comes to getting a job. If you have applied for a vacancy and been offered an interview, it can feel like a massive achievement. So, don’t let yourself down. You’ve made it to interview stage and you need to do everything you can to impress, so, here are some quick tips to ensuring you get it right:


  1. Don’t just apply for any job. If you throw out your CV to hundreds of companies, it can show. You may come across as not really caring about that specific company, but just being desperate for a job. Apply for the right jobs – ones that you know you can do and would be ideal for. Talk to industry experts such as those as “ten minutes with”. They offer a kind of job matchmaking service to team the right candidates to the right company. Get search alerts sent to you email inbox so that if a job comes up in your area or your industry, you are one of the first to know.

  2. Prepare, prepare, prepare. When you know the time and date of your interview, find out who the interview will be with. Then you can tailor your questions to the right level. Find out about the company – what they do, how long they have been around for, etc. Look at their website and do your research. It can really prove useful in your interview and can impress the interviewer considerably.

  3. Dress properly. Make sure you dress appropriately. If you are going for a car garage interview and are expected to show off your car mechanic practical skills, then you know a suit isn’t going to be practical. Tailor your dress to the situation. Obviously, in most cases, a suit or smart clothing is the most appropriate dress. Wear something dark, smart and that covers your body suitably. Short skirts or armless jackets are not going to be suitable! Read this guide from Forbes on how to dress suitably for your interview.

  4. Have some questions at the ready. You need to come across as eager and willing to learn about the company. Look at the paperwork you have been given before the interview, such as the job spec. Is there anything you’re not sure about? Do you know who you would be reporting to? How does the working day break up – i.e. lunchtimes? How big is the team you will be working in? These are all good questions to ask. You may want to write the answers down as you get them because it can be easy to forget what was said when you come out of an interview.

  5. Calm those nerves. Nerves can show. A bit of anxiety is good, but don’t let yourself get worked up. Get enough sleep the night before and breathe slowly and calmly. Have a drink of water at the ready!

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The Future Of Today’s Business Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:36:21 +0000 2015 is the year of data. Data is invaluable to the function of every business – from the marketing department all the way up the chain to the CEO. An MS in Analytics places you in a unique and important position. You’ll learn how to interpret and utilize analytics to predict future outcomes.

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Villanova Online Master of Science in Analytics Program

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Seek Your Fortune in the Construction Industry Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:01:22 +0000 The economy is in an upward trajectory, as a result of which the construction industry is back with a bang. Be it Boston’s skylines being redefined or the numerous luxury apartment complexes that are dotting the map of Minneapolis, people looking to start a small business should really take a close look at construction. And no, you need not always raise a seven or eight figure capital to get started and sign your life away in the process. There are numerous ancillary functions that serve the construction industry, many of which require a very modest amount of startup capital. Keep reading to get some ideas.


Elevator installation and maintenance: The potential growth opportunities in the elevator service industry is huge —about 25 percent between 2015 to 2022. Elevators are not generally what pop to mind when people think of innovation. But consider the ThyssenKrupp, the German behemoth in the works that would enable you to move sideways in addition to up and down. This is almost like science-fiction coming to life. Careful planning may allow you getting a first mover’s advantage in an established industry. Even if you do not want to bet big on something so drastic, the current construction boom allows you to move in and offer competitive pricing on traditional elevator installation and maintenance service in all the major American cities.


Project Management: Are you a natural leader who has a special knack for getting things done on time and on budget. Then running a construction project management firm might be the gig you have been born to do. You get to partner up with your local government, private individuals or construction companies to ensure that quality is maintained and projects are executed according to specifications. Getting started might prove to be a bit of a challenge though, so it’s a good idea to seek out a mentor who has some insider knowledge of the industry. However, once you are in, you would get to wear a hard hat without ever having to do any of the heavy lifting.


Electricity and Lighting Specialists: You don’t need a degree in electrical engineering to be an electrical and lighting specialist. You need specialized education and training (look at your local community college or trade school). There is a wide variety of work you could do in this niche, such as installing electrical fittings in new buildings, maintaining electrical facilities and working in the residential sector. This kind of job lets you work with your hands and make a very decent living at the same time.


Interior design: You need not be all brawn and muscle to be part of the construction industry. If you have more of a creative bent, then you can always start an interior design firm. No one wants to buy or live in an ugly building. This is where you can come in. Get some education and work experience in this field, invest on a website and a social media strategy, offer a few freebies to build a client list and you should be well on your way.


Roofing Services: All buildings need a roof and older buildings need their roofs repaired. The work is grueling but doesn’t require a high skill set. It shouldn’t be difficult to train the workers you need to build your business. Provided you make a small investment to market yourself, you could potentially earn a nice living providing quality roofing services.

Clearly the construction industry has something for everyone to tap into. Do some research, find your calling and get started right away.

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How to Gain Leadership Skills and Climb the Career Ladder Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:13:59 +0000 Are you a leader or a follower in the workplace?

Do you set trends, lead projects and organise activities? Do you possess first-rate communication skills, unwavering confidence and a never say die attitude? Is your boss cagily looking over their shoulder in case you nick their job?

If so, you’re on the right flight path for a glittering career at the top.

For those on the flip side, however, the majority of your career has probably been spent in the shadows of assertive colleagues, taking orders and often blindly following those who (seem to) have all the answers.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With a few handy hints, a dollop of hard work and oodles of perseverance, you can stop being a follower, begin to lead change in your organisation and climb the career ladder in the process. Here’s how …

Grab a University Qualification

Although you’ll gain invaluable years of experience performing your duties in the workplace, some potentially great leaders may require an educational shot in the arm to equip them with the skills and confidence to make decisions and direct a team.

Consequently, a leadership and management degree is often the first step for ambitious career men and women looking to increase their impact in the workplace. However, a university qualification needn’t mean giving up your current role, as you can study via distance learning in your spare time.

Learn To Take the Initiative

It’s easy to become stagnant in your existing position, ambling through your day without a care in the world – but if you want to reach the top, you must go above and beyond. This means asking your boss for more responsibility and taking on extra work.

Remember that you’ll never grow vocationally if everything you do is within the cosy parameters of your comfort zone. Importantly, when you take on more work, you’ll be learning new skills, which will undoubtedly help once you receive the promotion you’ve been striving for.

Practice Effective Listening

As Bryant H. McGill once noted: “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Indeed, nowhere is this truer than in the business world, as effective leaders should have first-class listening skills.

Why? Because without them, you’ll have little idea of how happy your team members are and what aspects of their role they love or hate. Additionally, make sure you maintain eye contact and be aware of your body language – both negative and positive – when communicating with your colleagues.

What do you think?

Do you have any top tips for our readers looking to improve their leadership skills and climb the career ladder? Please let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d love to read your thoughts.

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Unconventional Employee Benefits Mon, 02 Feb 2015 02:33:35 +0000 Why great workplaces boast high productivity

Google, Facebook, and Zappo’s have brought on many workplace changes across the nation. The unconventional workplace design offering nap pods, video games and open concept workplace are now a structure that many employees demand.

What are the benefits to this environment?

Entrepreneurial Thinking

This type of environment boasts creativity which leads to the thinking that everyone is an innovator. The result of this is a plethora of great ideas for new products and services than ever before and from every level of the organization. Employees are more apt to speak up and feel that their voice will be heard and they may just have some amazing ideas.


How To Spark Employee Ideas
-Monthly brainstorming Meeting for all employees
-Offer Incentives for ideas that the company actually uses (see photo for a great idea)
-When idealizing a new product or service get everyone’s input

Less Days Off

If you make the workplace a fun place to be the attendance rate will likely be higher. When work feels like work people tend to maximize their time away from the office, if they are depended on for team activities, games and great snacks for weekly potlucks it is likely that they will not let you or the team down! Offering up rewards for the winners of crazy contests like company chili cook-offs or costume contests is easy when you can create trophies that can be passed around instead of actual cash prizes.

Contest and game ideas -Company Potluck once a month with a unique theme
– Costume Contest – Company Sponsored Kickball, Softball, volleyball, dodge ball teams
– Company outings like happy hour, movies or game centers

No space for a nap room, offer other incentives!

If your company simply does not have the room for horseplay or a yoga room you can always offer a corporate incentive program like gym memberships, or an after hours event at a place like the bounce house. This is a great way for companies to do team building getting everyone to interact together in a non-work environment. When employees have these relationships you eliminate the drama factor and increase productivity as everyone feels a deeper connection than co-worker.

Incentive Ideas
-Offer discounts on merchandise purchases
-Gym Memberships
-Offer Chair Massages
-Hold contests offering gift cards as prizes

Customer Service Boost

When the employees are happy, your customers are likely to be happy as well. When employees truly love their job, they are going to be the biggest brand ambassadors that money can be and loyalty and enthusiasm will be apparent in their interactions with the customers as well.

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Customer Service Award Ideas
– Most Satisfied Customers Trophy
– Highest Sales Trophy
– Most Innovative Sales Pitch Award

Level Playing Field

It used to be taboo that managers and lower level employees interact on a social level or outside of the workplace since it took away from the authority. However, many companies have found that by removing the closed door environment and getting to know each other on a team level, communication is improved and employees are less likely to break the rules.

So who would have thought that by taking away the “untouchable” element that most managers carry employees are going to feel more liberated to loyalty? It is crazy that many companies have not figured this out. With a more open environment team members are more likely to ask for help when needed and to pitch in when someone needs help without being asked. This is a great concept and it actually works!

Consider adding some of these elements in your workplace to make it more cohesive and productive. What are the craziest company incentives or offering you have seen?


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Is it too late to start a business degree? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:48:29 +0000 It can be difficult knowing what educational path to take when you are faced with the decision at the age of seventeen. Whereas some people are certain of what they want to do, others simply pick a degree they think they will enjoy. If you were one of those people that didn’t end up going to university or studied something that didn’t end up being right for you, then why not go back and do a degree now? Many adults looking to start their own business actually find themselves going back to university to study business degrees.

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There are many advantages to being a mature student studying a business degree.

Improving your life

If you find yourself in a mundane nine to five job that you took when you left college, but never ended up leaving, then maybe it is time to make a change. Whether you’re in your late twenties, thirties or forties, it’s never too late to start a business degree. Many people find the knowledge and skills they gain from doing a business degree enable them to start their own businesses and change their lives. Of course starting your own business isn’t a walk in the park, even with a business degree, but it will enable you to feel that sense of fulfilment and achievement.

Advantages of being a mature student

There are many advantages of being a mature student studying a business degree, particularly when it comes to securing placements. Many universities require you to carry out placements at businesses as part of your degree criteria. Some companies look favourably on mature students as they have more life experience and are often able to bring more to the table.


Fast-track pre-degree courses

Many educational institutions offer fast-track courses with the aim of bringing students that have been out of education, up to speed with how degree programmes work. This includes boosting their studying abilities, improving their subject knowledge and equipping them with the skills to handle the challenges they will face when studying a business degree. Pre-degree fast-track programmes are a fantastic idea and can help mature business students to regain their confidence in their abilities to learn.

Funding for mature business students

Like younger students, mature students are entitled to apply for student finance. The amount of funding you will receive will depend on your family situation and the business degree you are doing. If you have children, you may find that you are entitled to extra funding..


Studying a business degree as a mature student is something to be proud of.


Today there are many universities that open up their business degree courses to mature students. The fact that you can also take out a loan and do not have to pay any money up front should also eliminate money problems as an obstacle. The fact you’re older will put you at an advantage when it comes to studying a business degree as you will have relevant life experience and knowledge.

As you are older, you’re also likely to have more confidence in yourself and be less worried in the social situations that university can throw at you. There is really nothing stopping an individual in their late twenties, thirties or even forties from studying a business degree.

This article was written by the University Campus St Albans. UCSA offers an innovative and flexible part time business degree course for people living busy lives and looking to improve their career opportunities.The degree is taught at both Oaklands College and the Hertfordshire Business School.
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