It’s Trying Times. Keep up the Motivation


The one common statement that I get to hear too often from people is that, “the market is closed right now” and that there are not many options available around.

While I was partially agreeing to this fact and felt the same, more often than not.. I also saw quite a lot of people switching jobs and for better positions and salaries. I was a little surprised initially, but then realized that, the problem was not in the market, but in the thought.

The market still had a lot of opportunities and there were a lot of good paying jobs. All that was required was a slightly positive thinking and a little motivation to spend some additional time searching.

Staying Motivated

One of the biggest challenge during tough times, is repelling all the negativity around you.

It is not uncommon for people to be negative when the market is tough. Difficult times lead to lesser job promotions and pay hikes. The job market also goes into hibernation. People start getting frustrated and frustration leads to de-motivation.

Negative conversations start with one de-motivated person and spreads to everyone coming in contact with him.

Slowly you sense the negativity in everything around you and your mind starts to create situations that are all negative.

The first and foremost thing to do in such situations is fending off such negativity. Some of these tips might help you in doing that -

  • Politely excuse yourself from conversations which look like are going the negative way
  • Whenever you feel negativity creeping in, take a break and go for a cup of coffee with people you think are good motivators
  • When you feel demotivated, think about all the good things your job has provided you with or, think about the happy faces of your loved ones
  • Avoid the company of people who find negativity in everything

The key to be happy during these trying times is to be motivated. The more motivated you are the more opportunities you will find around you and you stand a chance of landing a better job opportunity, if that is something you are aiming for.

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Allied Health Services – A Career Option Less Explored

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For most kids, a career in medicine is to become a doctor or, a nurse. Some go for a career in alternative medicine, but that is where it ends. Anything other than these is either not known or, not preferred. It is an irony that while the health care industry comprises of only about 20-22% of doctors and nurses, the rest, which is the biggest part of this industry is lesser known to career aspirants.

Allied health services is another great career option in medicine. This basically includes everything other than dentistry, optometry, nursing, medicine, and pharmacy. It is they who act as the pivot to make the health care system function by working along with other health professionals and the patients that they take care off. Allied health services basically, includes a wide range of therapeutic, diagnostic, technical and support services.

Some career opportunities in this field includes Medical Laboratory assistants, Pharmacy technicians, Cardiography technicians, Anesthesia technicians, Dental hygienists etc.

Though broadly all of these support services fall under the allied health services category, what titles are included also depends upon the country that we are referring to in our discussion.

The Advent of the Allied Health Services

It was just after the World War II, when a sudden increase in scientific knowledge and extensive research led to the use of increasingly complex and sophisticated diagnostic procedures. With a variety of medical services being made available, the demand for such services also went up, in turn leading to a need for an expansion of service delivery.

Add to it the increased health care costs and diagnostic and treatment procedures expanded into private clinics, mobile dispensaries and community based care centers.

It was this increased demand that led to the beginning of the allied health services. Today there is a huge demand for personnel, skilled and trained in these services because of the extremely high demand for such personnel. This trend will continue for long, thanks to the changing health industry and a massive focus on providing cost-effective and economical health care solutions.

Allied Health Services Career

If you are planning to build a career in health care services, you might want to explore the opportunities in this field of science as well. A little research into what branch you want to get into and the educational institution is a must before you actually start-off. There are a lot of Allied Health Schools that can help you shape your career in these services.

The internet should be able to provide you with a lot of information and guides about allied health services and how to go about pursuing a career in it. But to take all that information as the bible, is not right. You need to put a little bit of thought and common sense into what you read and hear and then do you research.

Asking for guidance from people who are already into a service that you aspire to get into is also advisable because they are the ones who can give you a good first-hand information about how to get into this field.

Comment below and let me know your thoughts on this article and if you need any further information.


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How to Keep a New Job from Freaking You Out!

new job frightsThere is a common stereotype that starting a new job should be a joyous and exciting time, so you may be surprised when you find yourself feeling very anxious over the change.

In reality, experts say that it’s normal to be anxious over a new job, a move or any other big life change. This is because people tend to like routine and take a while to adjust to any kind of disruption – even if the disruption is supposed to be good.

Anxiety can show itself in many ways. Some common manifestations include feelings of physical weakness, a racing heart, sweating, chills, a feverish feeling, shaking hands and other such symptoms. Mentally, you may feel like you’re on pins and needles, generally out of it, or jumpy.

You may also experience a surprising apathy. Apathy in this case is a subconscious psychological defense against the stressful situation.

Whenever I start a new job, there’s no denying that I’m anxious. I sweat, yet feel cold at the same time. I also am visibly jumpy and every little noise can make me leap up. So far, I’ve found that the best way to handle it is to focus on the tasks at hand, including learning anything new that the job requires.

I also avoid drinking too much coffee or smoking too much. Caffeine is especially known for causing the jitters, so it certainly isn’t something to add to an already-stressful situation.

These aren’t the only tricks for dealing with the apprehension of starting a new position. Here are some more tips for making the transition as smooth as possible:

  1. Ask for help with any unfamiliar technology you encounter. Many older workers think they won’t be able to master newly computerized systems or other modern equipment. With the proper help, these mysterious machines become familiar and easy to use. One example is the installation of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) in trucks. Drivers used to old-fashioned paper logs tend to balk at first, but many begin to prefer the new machines after being shown how the devices work.
  2. Focus on doing a good job. Remember that above all else, your employer hired you to do a good job. Instead of trying to learn every nuance of the company within the first few days, start with mastering your main duties. Don’t go overboard, though – obsessive worrying will only increase your stress levels and decrease your actual performance.
  3. Make friends. When you start a new job, old employees will often do their best to welcome you in. Go ahead and accept invitations to lunch or the bar. In most cases, people will only try to welcome you in once or twice. Grab the opportunity while it’s there.
  4. Maintain your usual routines. If you’ve been unemployed and start working again, obviously you’ll have to give up some routines – but that doesn’t mean that you have to turn your life upside down. If you have habits like reading before bed or always having a bagel for breakfast, keep doing them. This will help keep you from feeling completely adrift.

The final thing to remember is that the anxiety of a new job wears off quickly. Within a couple of weeks, the new routine should start to feel familiar and comfortable. One of the best ways to calm your fears is just to remind yourself that you’ll soon be through this tough transition stage.

Time management

I am Back after a Short Gap – Time Management and its Importance!

Time managementIt’s been quite some time that I wrote a post here at bpodiary. Blame it on the amount of work that I had taken upon myself, personal life and the urge to spend that extra time with my daughter or, on the sheer laziness and procrastination, it was a loss to me in many ways and I am sure in some ways to you as the reader.

Just as I finished the above paragraph, I for a few minutes felt like the other corporate mortals who blame inaction, on all or, some of the above. But the fact of the matter is that it is a serious lack of time management that leads to such situations. before we move onto a serious discussion on Time Management, a few things on what was going on in the past few months and a little about some of my gains and losses.

As a blogger, I lost a lot of things for BPODiary. This blog had a pagerank of 3 (read this article on pagerank if you are new to it) till about 7 months back and it has dropped 2 points and is at a PR of 1 today – Massive loss. You will realize this if you are active on the internet and in blogging.

I used to receive about 3-4 guest post requests from bloggers who were interested in contributing content to the wonderful blog. A lot of these were not replied to in time. Guest bloggers dropped off and stopped writing in to me. The result was a loss of valuable and interesting content that you all would have enjoyed otherwise.

This blog was paying me. I was getting about $260.00 in revenue from advertisements from the blog which dropped to almost a ZERO in the last 5 months. A Considerable loss in income.

Time Management and The Need for it

The discussion in the above 3 paragraphs would have given you a fair idea of what a bit of time management could have done for me and this blog. The loss was huge both in monetary terms and other intangible benefits.

This is precisely what time management can do for you. Prioritizing critical activities and managing them within schedules will help you achieve a lot more in both your professional as well as personal lives. At the same time it will also help you build credibility because you will be seen as the guy who has the ability to do more in less time.

If you wish to have that edge over your colleague, then one of the important attributes you should have. Workplace is extremely competitive these days and it is this edge that will help you when it comes to career progression and better relationship.

Time Management – The How

A detailed discussion on how to go about an effective time management plan can be a different post. But in here, let me put a few simple steps to an effective time management.

A few things that you need to bear in mind are as follows -

  • Take a sheet of paper and write down you activities. Then rank them in order of priority. Once you have put the priority against each of the activities, re-arrange them in the order of priorities.
  • Mark each activity that can be delegated to somebody else.
  • Mark activities that can be combined into one or, can be considered as an extension of one of the other activity.
  • Rewrite the activities after removing the ones that you will be delegating to others and after combining activities that can be combined.
  • Put a realistic expected completion time against each of the activity. Don’t forget to write down the date and time.

So that is all that is involved in a basic time management plan.

Hope you gained some insight into time management, in this post. I will cover this topic in detail in a later post. Don’t forget to let me know you questions and feedback by commenting below.

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The Evolution of Online Education

online education evolutionOnline education has evolved in so many ways. It started out as a concept that lots of people were skeptical about. It has evolved, however, and become something that is now respected by most people. The online degrees have become more acceptable now that millions of students around the world are enrolling. There are also other online education platforms in schools and the workforce that are reshaping the world. This concept continues to build bridges to better educational resources as it grows.

Online Colleges are growing

A few online colleges popped up a more than a decade ago and lots of eyebrows were raised. People wondered if this could really work. Internet speeds were a lot slower and the ability to take classes from home and earn a degree seem unrealistic. There were skeptics and some employers were refusing to really consider this concept as a real degree.

After some bumps in the road the online colleges and universities got a lot strong. More of these colleges came into existence. The online colleges started getting a stronger pool of instructors. The colleges became accredited and this took the online degree concept to a whole new level. It was almost as if the veil of shame had been lifted from the online degree programs. More colleges were budding and a slew of people were finishing their degrees and entering the workforce.

The Diversity of Program Curriculum

A major reason that a lot of these online programs survived and grew has something to do with the curriculum. Some of these colleges had a limited range of online programs that could be offered. This changed as more well-known colleges adopted online programs. The traditional colleges that were already dominant in education gave students the option to learn online. This opened new doors for lots of college students that were already taking classes in physical classrooms.

Lots of traditional schools had students that were taking some classes in a physical classroom setting along with online courses. This concept would eventually go on to inspire lots of single mothers to pursue their degrees. Programs in nursing, technology, and business management became more prevalent. Programs in counseling and psychology also became a big deal.

Accessing Education Online

The field of education is quite large. People have the ability to major in a lot of different things and access the online community many different ways. A person may read a book for class on their eBook reader. Other individuals may take a quiz for class on their tablet PC. Smart phones can even be used to check out homework assignments for a virtual class.

The classroom has become portable in a major way. The growing number of smart device patrons has truly taken online education to a new high. In high schools there are lots of online education programs that are being used to teach students. Many schools have instructors with smart boards. This allows instructors to find interactive educational games that their students can play together.

About the Author:

Alisa Martin is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog focuses on Education bloggers. You can follow him on Google+

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