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Why It Is Never Too Late For School

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Why It Is Never Too Late For School

The initial decision to forgo post-secondary education does not have to spell doom for your aspirations in the long term. Of course, having a day job, family, and other obligations makes it hard for people to fit college into the picture. However, where there is a will, there is certainly a way. Do not let anything weigh you down and inhibit your dreams. You are not alone, either, as an increasing number of people are giving academic life another chance. No matter what stage of life you are in do not rule out school just yet: Education has no expiration date.

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Fear and uncertainty are perhaps two of the most common factors that hold people back. Yes, studying is a huge commitment, but it does not matter that you didn’t start right away. It is much better to make your way to the finish line late than never. Moreover, being an independent adult can have its advantages. In all likelihood, you are in a better position to bear the financial burden of education and fund the studies. It might be possible to even entice your employer to cover the costs.

The list of reasons to go to the party late goes on. Nowadays, with advances in modern technology, you have more options than ever before. A vast ocean of information and education resources lies right at your fingertips. You have a chance to take advantage of online lessons, tutorials, and courses. Even prime, world-renowned universities offer such opportunities to people across the globe. If classes online or in person make you nervous, you can also always hire a private tutor to play it safe and sound.

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Furthermore, many successful professionals have that sense of reaching a point where just focusing on the career does not cut it. After all, college graduates tend to have a higher income and access to better career opportunities compared to those without a degree. Most employers seek individuals who are well-qualified and possess expertise in a certain field. What is more, the pay gap is only getting bigger and bigger.

Getting into college is also a great way to expand your skill list. Critical thinking, analytical capability, problem-solving, community service – all of which look amazing on your resume. These skills enable you to set yourself apart from the crowd in the job market, land a promotion, and get a foot in the door. It also helps that you network with colleagues and professors. Thus, with a degree, older workers find it much easier to compete with the ambitions of a digital generation.

But, greater financial stability is not the only reason to consider school. Namely, years of intensive learning and research are no cakewalk, but studying can be a pleasurable and fulfilling experience. You are also able to gain a sense of self-validation and actualization as you meet loads of new people and soak in new ideas and knowledge. Your brain enters full-swing mode and you feel the inner curiosity being awakened. It is (Almost!) always preferable to give school the old college try than to deal with constantly feeling like you’re missing out.

Give it a go:

Furthering your education could be the driving force behind a positive change. So, if you feel higher education is right for you, show initiative and perseverance and do not shy away from taking the plunge. Pave your own path to success and do not just let the chips fall where they may. Improve your employability and advance up the career ladder quicker. As you embark on the journey of self-empowerment and personal growth, you will witness the benefits spilling over to all areas of life.

As someone who went to college later, I can testify to all of the above. But, of course, college is not always right for everyone – and that’s okay!! The option is there, and it is up to you to see how it fits (or doesn’t) in your lifestyle.

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Expert Roundup: Hair Dyeing For Beginners

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Expert Roundup: Hair Dyeing For Beginners

Hi everyone and happy weekend!! I am so proud to announce my participation in Perfect Hair Guide’s Expert Roundup to give pro tips on Hair Dyeing For Beginners. I am no cosmetologist, beauty guru, or stylist – but I have been coloring my hair since I was at least fourteen (I’m 23 now!). I used to get my beloved red locks spruced up at the salon, but upon realizing how much money I could save with my favorite box color, I made the switch to dyeing my own hair at home.

Thanks to Vidal Sassoon’s Runway Red dye from their London Luxe collection, I turned a monthly eighty dollar bill at the salon into a ten dollar purchase, saving me time and money. It always makes me feel so good when people compliment my hair and ask me for my secrets to maintaining such a vibrant color. The look of shock that I get when I tell them that I dye it myself never gets old, either!

It was such a joy to be able to share some of my tips when it comes to hair dyeing and maintenance with the world wide web, which you can see below:

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^^^ KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!

For more amazing advice when it comes to dyeing your hair, please be sure to give Perfect Hair Guide’s Expert Roundup a looksee! What are some of your hair dyeing pro tips? What color is your hair currently? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Dear College Self,

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Dear College Self,

Hey everyone and happy Thursday! As a fairly recent college grad (Winter of 2016, baby!), I find myself missing my Alma Mater constantly. Cuyahoga Community College, AKA Tri-C, is where I obtained my Associate of Arts and I am so thankful for all of the wonderful teachers that I encountered who helped me achieve graduating Magna Cum Laude (woo!). And the students weren’t so bad, either! I am always playing around with the idea of going back to school because I loved it so much but there are definitely some things that I would do differently this time around if I go back for my Associate of Science in the future – like the following:

Dear College Self,

First, let me repeat for the millionth time that there is no shame in waiting to go to school like I did. Thanks to my two year hiatus after high school, I was able to build up my bank account while climbing the corporate ladder at my job. I also realized after a four year stint at the same place that working in the mall for the rest of my life definitely isn’t for me (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)!

After feeling unbearably stuck in life and at work, I decided to take a huge leap of faith and started classes at Tri-C as well as creating lifewithlilred. And you know what? College wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! And by “wasn’t as bad”, I mean it really wasn’t bad at all. Being in a classroom, whether it be in real life or online, was definitely a change of pace but it was a welcomed one. Using my brain to solve adult problems felt so good after years of monotony and a zest for learning, which was nonexistent in high school, seemed to appear over night. Like I said, it was an exciting change of pace!

Despite an overwhelmingly amazing college experience, there are always things that you wish you would have done differently. Starting college a little later in the game made me hesitant to try new things on campus. Different clubs, events, and programs were constantly going on throughout the week and I never made one cameo appearance at any of them. The sad thing is, is that Tri-C is a place for people of literally all ages (from 16 to 90!), and my discomfort in my situation never allowed me to fully embrace what a unique community that Tri-C is. This is definitely something that needs to change when I eventually go back for my Associate of Science and I am committed to becoming more involved during my next go around.

And, of course, this is the generic “what I wish I did differently response” but I really do wish that my college self would have studied just a little bit harder. Not really knowing about graduating with honors until the literal day of graduation was a mistake on my part. How does someone not know about the world of Cum Laude if they’re in college? Lol, I’m not sure. Probably because even when I started classes at Tri-C, I wasn’t focused on the end goal and that was another major mistake. Had I known that I was devastatingly close to graduating Summa Cum Laude, I would have pushed and applied myself way harder to achieve that honor. But hey, there’s always next time – right?!

Although there are things that I wish I could redo about my college experience, I still graduated with flying colors and finally took an interest in becoming a more educated and well rounded individual. That makes me incredibly proud of my college self and I’m looking forward to applying an even more studious and adventurous spirit to college life if I go back to school again.

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What advice would you give to your college self? What would your advice be to college students right now? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Things to Consider Before Choosing a Healthcare Career

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Things to Consider Before Choosing a Healthcare Career

For people who want to help others in their job, a career in healthcare may seem like the ideal option. If you have never worked in this type of job before, there is a lot to consider before you dive in at the deep end. First, it is a path that requires a great deal of commitment, and it is likely that you will need specific qualifications depending on the area in which you want to work. However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t accessible for a high number of people.

Like any field of work, healthcare has its ups and downs and you will want to do as much research as you can before you decide that this is the path that you want to go down. However, people who go into this field often find that it is one that is personally rewarding. So, let’s look at a few things that you will want to consider before you definitely decide on a career in healthcare:

Ask Yourself About Your Motivations: Like any career path you decide to go down, you should ask yourself about your motivations in wanting to pursue this particular field. Is helping people your number one ambition? Are you motivated by the financial rewards? Do you want to work in a job that is fast-moving? You then need to think about how strong your motivations are. The likelihood is, is that the healthcare career that you pick will require a great deal of commitment and working long hours that are often changeable. It is not the kind of career that you want to enter lightly. And you should also think twice if it is someone else who is pushing you to go down this particular road. Remember, that you are the one who will be devoting a big part of your life to this career, so you want to make sure that your motivations are your own rather than coming from someone else.

The motivation to help other people is one of the top factors that drives people into this area. If you have a great sense of empathy and a desire to help people through difficult situations, you may be ideally suited to this area. Patience is certainly a virtue in this field, as you will be working with a whole range of people, some of whom are going to be very challenging. The ability to demonstrate good communication skills is another useful skill to possess, as you will often have to be explaining certain procedures or situations to people. It also helps to be a good listener so people feel comfortable with telling you their particular concerns.

Which Specific Role Appeals to You? Of course, doctors and nurses tend to draw all of the headlines when you are looking at careers in the healthcare field, but there are an infinite amount of options that are out there. Within each medical specialty, there are jobs available that suit different levels of education and experience. You will obviously require specific training regardless of which job you go for, but you may be surprised to discover what is within your reach. It is worth reading different articles online and looking at job boards to read through their specifications. There are many specialist job sites such as https://www.staffnurse.com/jrp-dental-nurse that display some of the different options out there. Like anything in life, it pays to do as much research as you can.

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Look at Education/Training Options: When you consider going into a career in healthcare, you have to think about the education and training that goes into it, as well. You will be well aware that it takes several years to become a doctor, so this is a big commitment to make before you actually enter the career in the first place. You need to think about how you would finance your education if you did go down this route. However, a lot of healthcare career options include training that can be done while you are on the job. So, you may need to compromise on your chosen career path if you simply don’t have the time or funds to invest in a long training period. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t find a job that is as equally fulfilling and rewarding.

Do Your Skills and Strengths Fit in the Sector? Everyone has their own specific set of skills and strengths that they bring to every new job role. Before you opt for this particular sector, you need to be confident that your own skills match up. There are a few common attributes that are required by most healthcare professionals. To start off with, you will need excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Many of these jobs involve communicating with patients who are in a vulnerable situation, and even those that are not directly patient-facing will probably require you to work as part of a team. As well as this, you will also need a strong work ethic as many of these jobs are especially demanding. And having that sense of calm when faced with high pressure situations will also stand you in good stead. Another positive quality that it will help you to possess is the desire to continually learn new things. The healthcare field is one that is always adapting and changing, so keeping track of developments and making sure that you are up to date is essential.

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Consider Your Working Environment: Working in the field of healthcare doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be in a hospital. You may work in a doctor’s office, a dentist’s surgery, a school, or even in people’s homes if you are working as a personal carer. Think about how your working environment will affect your particular career path. There may be more opportunities in a hospital but this kind of busy and often chaotic atmosphere may not suit you as a person. Don’t forget that your working environment plays a big role in your job as a whole.

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Could you see yourself working there?

Think About Your Personal Situation: As we have already mentioned briefly, a career in healthcare is likely to impact your personal life. Many of these jobs require you to work in different shift patterns and you also may have to put in long hours. This is not the case for all of these types of jobs, but you want to make sure that you are fully aware of the level of commitment that you are putting in before you go into any particular job role. It all depends on what your personal situation is currently like and what sort of sacrifices you are willing to make in order to achieve your ambitions.

Like any career path, healthcare is not for everyone. But the people who enjoy success in this area find that it is an extremely rewarding way to spend your working life.     

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The First Steps To Switching Careers

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The First Steps To Switching Careers

You’re not the same person that you were when you first joined the workforce; life happened, events were experienced, and you learned from any mistakes you have made (hopefully!). As a result, you grew as a person, developed new interests, and discovered skills you didn’t realize you had. It’s no wonder that you might be entertaining the idea of a different career. However, if you’ve climbed a significant portion of the career ladder in your current industry, it’s not exactly a thrilling thought to start at the bottom of an entirely new field all over again. A new career might seem exciting, but is it really the right move for you? Here are a few things that you would have to consider before you make the switch:

Do you really hate your current job?

Yes, it might get boring and frustrating doing the same thing 40 hours a week, but do you really hate your job enough to completely leave it? Once you start down a path of switching careers, it can be very difficult to switch back, so you need to be sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons. If your inner reflections reveal that it’s your boss/colleagues/job that you hate, then maybe you just need to find ways to make work more tolerable or put some feelers out for a different job within the same industry. It’s still a hassle, but it’s a lot less work than starting from scratch somewhere else.

You’ll have to start at the bottom:

Whatever career you’ve chosen next, you will have to start all over again. Unlike when you were in college and you were free to experiment with different options, everything you do from here on has to be in service to your new career path if you want to get there faster.

Say you’ve decided that you want to pursue a new career in the fashion industry; you’ll likely have to go back to school to get the proper qualifications and find a job within the industry that can pay your bills and give you some relevant experience. Since you’re starting from the bottom, most jobs available to you will be in retail clothing stores, so make sure that you read this if you plan on filling out a Victoria’s Secret application. If you’ve realized pretty early on that you made a bad career choice, then starting from scratch might not be such a hassle as long as you’re sure that you are following the right career path for you.

You need a plan:

Resist the urge to march into your boss’ office and hand in your resignation once you decide that you want a career change; you still need a job while you come up with a viable plan for your next endeavor. Take your time and start by narrowing your options. Start by deciding on what you don’t want to be doing. If you hate doing paperwork in your current career, you can eliminate admin and office jobs. You can free yourself from being chained to a desk by choosing an outdoor job or one that involves more movement. If you’re hoping to end up in a top position one day, a five year plan can outline the steps that you need to take to get there. Your plan should outline how you’re paying for new qualifications, the position you’re hoping to get, and where you hope to end up after a few years of experience. The options are endless, but your perfect job is out there waiting for you.

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Planning party!!

You need the skills:

Chances are you won’t have the necessary qualifications for the new job that you want. But don’t let this put you off! You can learn the skills that you need by going back to school full time, through an online course, or signing up for part-time classes. Even if you change your mind all over again, furthering your career with education is never a bad thing. Studying part time while maintaining a job will show employers that you have enough drive and motivation to go after something you want. The degree itself will also help you develop a wide range of skills in addition to learning about the subject itself. If you don’t quite have the funds for a formal education, you could also try volunteering to gain some valuable skills and experience.

There is nothing worse than going to a job that you despise every day. Switching careers can be a scary thing but can have a major payoff once you’re at an amazing new job!

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EducHate – Why Does Your Kid Hate School (& How Can You Fix It)?

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EducHate – Why Does Your Kid Hate School (& How Can You Fix It)?

Most children will fool their parents into thinking that they’re ill at one point or another. Moreover, most kids will probably experience the fear of going to a certain lesson after forgetting to do their homework. These things are natural. What isn’t right, however, is when a child wakes up dreading to go to school on a daily basis. If this situation has crept into your household, you must find a quick solution.

The root of those problems could come from one of many sources. Pinpointing the reasons behind your child’s fear will soon give you a far better chance of rectifying the problem. Here are some of the most common troubles, along with a suitable solution:

Struggling With The Work: School isn’t supposed to be a walk in the park, and it’s good that your child needs to work for positive results. However, if they’re falling behind, it can leave them fearing the worst. Not only will it stop them from getting good grades, but they could fear it’ll upset you, too. Being supportive is key.

Different children learn through different methods. While some learn by listening, others need a more active approach. Alternatively, your child might retain information that they’ve read. Appreciating those methods is vital. Meanwhile, write my essay for me services can help your child transform their knowledge to paper in a more technical manner. In many cases, just taking one step to accommodating their learning style can make all of the difference.

Struggling To Make Friends: Education isn’t all about academic progress in the classroom. Human interaction and the development of key communication skills are equally important. Unfortunately, some kids struggle to ever master this aspect of their school life. Worse still, the effects can be quite catastrophic.

At the worst end of the scale, your child may be getting bullied. Knowing how to help your son or daughter through this difficult period is essential knowledge for all parents, especially since no kid is immune to it. Most situations can be solved, but you shouldn’t rule out the possibility of changing classes or schools if that’s something that the child wants. A positive learning environment is something that everyone deserves.

In many cases, though, it’s simply a lack of confidence that has disrupted a child’s ability to make friends. Help them find a hobby that enables them to gain friends outside of the classroom, and the results should influence their school life, too.

Struggling With The Long Days: For youngsters, the school day can be tiring. However, it shouldn’t be so knackering that they cannot function properly. If this has become an issue, a few lifestyle upgrades should get your child back on track.

The importance of sleeping patterns cannot be emphasized enough. Encourage your child to get a better quality of rest, which will ensure that they wake up with far greater energy levels. Meanwhile, improved nutrition and hydration can also work wonders. As they say, a healthy body breeds a healthy mind.

Every child can agree that school isn’t their favorite sometimes but helping to make their school days easier can make a huge difference in their experience.

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Get Smarter – How To Learn More About The World Around You

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Get Smarter – How To Learn More About The World Around You

All of us want to get smarter, no matter who we are and what we do. That eternal drive to get better, to know more, and to be a more well rounded human being is something that pushes us through each day of our lives. We want to do better at work, to get promoted, and to feel satisfied when we get home. We want to be good partners, daughters, parents – but if you want to get smarter for your own benefit in your own time, what exactly should you do? Here are some tips to help:

Keep Reading: One of the best ways to get more informed and to develop more views about the world in which you live is to read more. It’s a good idea to read the newspaper every day – but you need to remember that what you read in the media and what you see on TV is not necessarily the absolute truth. Everything is written through the lens of the writer and through what they want to put across – nothing is completely neutral. In order to be a critical and intelligent reader, you should make sure that you take your information from more than one source. Aside from the media, you should also start reading more books, whether they’re fiction, non fiction, commercial literature, or far more highbrow. They make you a much more emotionally intelligent person as you understand how to empathize with lots of different people.

Get Online: One way to get smarter is to get online. Using social media like Twitter, you can follow a lot of different people and news outlets so that you can read stories and articles from a number of different sources with a lot of different opinions. Whether you’re reading the New York Times or Variety, the point is that you’re reading, learning, and interacting with people. You could also start to do some research into subjects that you’re interested in. Playing art history games will quiz you and keep you sharp, while you could spend days and days learning about things like the fall of the Roman Empire or the colonization of India and understanding how they’re relevant to your life today.

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Enjoy your reading with a cup of tea!

Start Talking: Finally, the best way to open your mind to the world around you is to start talking to people that you encounter throughout the day. There are some perspectives that are definitely not worth listening to – let’s face it, anyone who’s racist, sexist, or homophobic isn’t worth a single second of your precious time unless you’re the one educating them – but it is important to get out of the house, to go to talks, lectures, debates, and start listening to other people. Communication is about more than talking yourself – learning to hear others and to respond to what they’re saying is the keystone of how to understand other people much more effectively. The best way to get smarter and more knowledgeable about the world around you is to listen to other people’s experiences and learn from them. And remember to really try and tune into everything your conversation partner is saying – even if it is boring!

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Three cheers for chit chatting! 😀

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