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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.

 

Mechanical Engineering

List Of Careers Associated With Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical EngineeringEngineering is considered to be one of the widely chosen career option among fresh school graduates.  Engineering offers vast career options as it is the only field which is categorized into various specializations such as mechanical, electrical, computer and so on. In this article we will specifically talk about various career opportunities associated with Mechanical Engineering.

Since we all know that Mechanical engineering is specifically concerned with design, development and maintenance, it provides career opportunities in various industry and sectors associated with constructions, development, manufacturing, designing and assembling. There are wide range of career opportunities available in government agencies, private as well as public architectural firms, scientific research foundation etc. As per the survey conducted by Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineering jobs are among most highly payable jobs in the world. Let’s explore some career associated with mechanical engineering in detail.

List Of Careers Options For Mechanical Engineers:

Scientific Research: Mechanical engineers are hired by almost every kind of manufacturing industry, that includes military, oil and petroleum, automobile, arms and ammunitions, electronics and so on. Engineers in these industries are required to conduct research on the efficiency and safety of the planned products. They are also required to discover potential problems in the products and provide resolutions accordingly, even before the manufacturing begins. Nowadays, many mechanical engineers are also being hired for research projects in medical industry as well.

Automotive Designs: In the automobile industry mechanical engineers are required to research, plan and create vehicles. Major automobile companies like Volkswagen, Honda, BMW, Maruti Suzuki, General Motors etc. have started employing mechanical engineers to perform various functions such as research, designing, manufacturing and providing safety testing.

Mechanical engineers are required to work on the efficiency, performance and safety of the new launches. In order to make effective designs, engineers in automobile industry require to communicate with clients, customers, lawyers, clients, and many more people to ensure that every aspect of manufacturing in working properly and in an efficient manner. In such cases, mechanical engineers must keep themselves updated on recent technological developments as soon as they emerge in the market.

Manufacturing Units: Companies that are involved in manufacturing the products, require the acquired skills of experienced mechanical engineers at each level of the product manufacturing process. These engineers are required to perform all the functions, beginning from the invention to safety testing. Mechanical engineers works towards acquiring smooth operating processes at the production site.

Those engineers who are inclined towards working for the betterment of environment usually find can find job opportunities companies that manufacture solar panel, turbines etc. Some of the engineers can also be seen working for influential infrastructure sectors like airplanes, construction, railways and so on. Other mechanical engineering jobs include placements in companies associated with the manufacturing of printing presses, trucks, tempos, plumbing items, water logging equipment, mining tools and equipments etc. This is because mechanical engineering is basically related to machines and every sector and industry, ranging from a simple construction firm to an airplane manufacturing company, use of high end machines to accomplish their projects and tasks.

About the Author:

This article is written by Sachin who writes primarily on career guidance.

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How To Learn Russian Language in 10 Easy Steps

learning languageThere are nearly 193 countries in the world with diverse cultures, traditions and of course language. Language has always been a barrier for many people who are fond of travelling and often have to visit various parts of the world for some or the other purpose. Some languages are easy, and some are very difficult to learn or even to understand. Russian is one them! It is considered to be the most difficult language among all foreign languages languages present in the world, after Sanskrit and Spanish.

Russian is spoken widely in Eastern Europe countries. For those who are willing to learn this language must be aware of the fact that it is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world, used by more than 200 million people worldwide in daily life. If you are planning to learn this language then your first step should be to get english to russian translation books and guides that will help you throughout your course of learning.

Also, if you wish to learn without any professional help then below given steps will help you to synchronize your course of action.

  1. Remember your first lesson that your teacher taught in your primary school when you started learning your local language. Every language has the same set of learning structures. Begin with learning the sounds of alphabets and vowels. You can also record each sound and listen to them repeatedly so that it gets feed into your mind automatically without putting much efforts.
  2. Try to read and rephrase short phrases and dialogues such as “How are you?” and “What is the time ?”). This is the best exercise to read and listen at the same time.
  3. Now that you are able to identify the alphabets and words, it is the time to begin forming short sentences with the help of a good grammar book.
  4. Begin with learning nouns, adjective, verbs, infinitive and gender determination. These are considered to be the base of sentence formation in every language
  5. Create a quick look grammar chart for your reference while constructing your sentences. Getting all the important points at one place will help you to concentrate more on your task, rather than reading through the pages every time you want to seek help or cross check.
  6. Professionals will always advise you to listen to as many audio clips as you can to learn the pronunciation and accent of the language.
  7. Now once you are through with the basic grammar, it is time to make your sentences more complex and natural. Learn the forms of tenses i.e past, present and future to give your sentence formation a more realistic approach. You will be using such kind of sentences more often, than simple short phrases as you learned in the above steps.
  8. Get hold of vocabulary. It is very important to know the meaning of every common word used in normal day to day conversations. Keep on raising the bar of your vocabulary from time to time so that at the end of the course you are able to use them in your sentences as well.
  9. Visit any Russian store or restaurant in your locality and try to strike a conversation with the vendors. This will help you a lot to boost your confidence. Don’t’ worry about the mistakes that you can probably make being  a learner. Just make sure that you do not use any complex word that can disrupt your conversation.  Practice simple sentences initially.
  10. You can also log in to various messenger service  sites such as Skype, Yahoo messenger etc and look for natives who are also learning Russian. You can seek their help and consult them for more useful books that you can refer, other than english to russian translation for more detailed study of the language.
Surviving Unemployment

How to Survive Unemployment!

Surviving UnemploymentDealing with unemployment is never easy. Whether you had to walk away from the job or you were let go, not having a job puts a tremendous amount of stress in your life. Financial responsibilities and dependent family members make the burden of unemployment unbearable at times, but there is also the added stress of your bruised self-esteem. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it once was to find a job and job hunting for months on end is not unheard of these days. Here are 7 Dos and Don’ts you can use to weather the storm and survive unemployment.

Don’t be Hard on Yourself

Yes, you are unemployed. Don’t beat yourself up over it, no else will. We all know someone who is unemployed at this very moment. It is an unfortunate sign of the times. Our economy is bad and unemployment is high. Your harshest critic is usually yourself. Remember, not having a job does not define you as a person.

Don’t be Afraid or Ashamed to Talk about it

Be open and honest with people about your situation. You might be surprised at how encouraging and helpful everyone can be. You never know when a job opportunity might sneak up on you. There are jobs out there and sometimes it’s about who you know. They may be able to refer you to an open position or put in a good word for you.

Don’t take it Personally

Interviews may come, but the jobs may not. Sometimes managers just don’t hire the right people. They usually don’t do it on purpose, but it happens. Hiring decisions are not perfect. Remember they don’t really know you. Take what they say with a grain of salt and move on. There’s probably a better job out there for you anyway.

Do lean on Friends and Family

The right support system can do wonders. Lean on friends and family, it’s what they’re there for. They are the people that want the best things for you and if they can help in any way, let them. There is a time to give and a time to receive. There’s no shame in receiving from the ones you love when you need it. Accept their strength and guidance as well as their love and care.

Do be Introspective

A loss of a job can be devastating. Use this time to really think about things. Ask yourself some important questions. Did I love my old job? Did I want to leave? What have I always wanted to do? Do I want to change careers completely? Do I want to go back to school? This may be the time to make changes and finally pursue new ideas. Consider where you see yourself in 1 year or 2. After you’ve really thought about these things, then put your feet to action and make it happen.

Do Remember to Take Care of Yourself Physically

Stress has a way of running havoc on your body. You need to take care of yourself too, especially if you have people that are dependent on you. Eating right and exercising are always good habits but they are even more important when you are stressed out. It’s just too easy to embrace bad habits when we just don’t feel that great. Don’t be tempted, be strong and stay focused.

Do Enjoy Life

Take some time out and remember to enjoy life. Think about all the little things that make you happy and that really matter. Unemployment is not a death sentence and you’re not a criminal. There is no need to be miserable. Spend some time with friends and family just hanging out and enjoying their company. Take a walk in the park. Eat some ice cream (not a gallon of ice cream.) You can find lots of joy in the simple things.

Times may be tough, but so are you. Most of us have had to endure tightening our belts just a little, some of us a lot, but I think we are better for it. Hardship and struggle can help us find strength and endurance we didn’t know we had. Unemployment is a harsh reality that many of us have found ourselves in but we can survive it.

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Jackie Arnold, who makes Binky Diaper Cakes on her spare time. You can email her with any questions or comments at jackiearnoldst  (at) hotmail.com.

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Productive Options for the Unemployed Grad

unemployed gradSo you did it—you’ve finally finished your undergrad degree and have put college behind you. You’re all moved out of the dorms and the campus is in your rearview mirror—only this didn’t just happen. That was over a year ago, and any post-college, new-grad excitement has definitely worn off as company after company has rejected or ignored your eager job applications.

Phrases like “under-qualified” “needs experience” and “better-suited” whirl around your head as you begin to write yet another cover letter. What gives? Wasn’t all that tuition you paid supposed to be worth something more than rejection? With America’s unemployment rate currently just over 8%, it’s clear that job availability is a national issue awaiting grads when they leave the classroom. However, before you get too despondent and down on yourself, there are things you can do between editing resumes and scouring job boards to help your chances of finding that dream job—or any job for that matter.

Attend a Career Mixer

Now, I’m not talking about one of your college’s weekly “new alumni” mixers. In my experience, those usually aren’t too effective as the range of majors and professionals is so large it’s hard to make any productive networking progress. Rather, you should aim to find one that is exclusive to your specific field. These may be a bit harder to find and can be few and far between, but often times they are advertised in the same places you job search. Job boards and staffing agencies are good about promoting relevant networking events such as these. Even if you are unsure of what to expect, you can always pop in for a bit to see what it’s like. It might not be for you, but it never hurts to try.

Take Advantage of Workshops, Seminars and Conferences

Just like the career mixers, job boards and other industry-relevant websites will occasionally post ads for upcoming professional development opportunities such as workshops, seminars, conferences and other options for furthering your understanding of the industry. A lot of times, recent grads and others currently unemployed are too preoccupied with job searching than to give these a second look, but that is a huge mistake. Granted your selection may be limited due to expenses and location, but that just means you should make the most of the ones you can attend.

Although some may be geared to a specific sector of your industry, the majority of these are open to anyone and many of the participants and organizers encourage entry-level individuals to attend and mingle. Just like senior members of a sorority or fraternity, established employers and professionals are anxious to meet the aspiring crop that will keep the legacy going. Just be prepared to bring you’re a-game so as to not discourage them of your ability to keep the specific market or business going for generations to come.

If you’re worried your current unemployed status will reflect poorly on your abilities, remember everyone is aware of the current state of the economy. Chances are their own companies have had to undergo budget cuts and lay-offs so they know what you are up against. Plus, bravely mingling amongst your superiors and people you could possibly be working alongside soon shows initiative which is a very attractive quality for a job-seeker. Recognizing that you are a self-starter, employers will likely remember you over other candidates when an opening arises.

Career Fairs Aren’t Just For Seniors

After I graduated, I still had many friends in college. One day, while doing the usual application process, I got a text from a friend asking why I wasn’t at the career far on campus. Confused I looked into it and realized it was open to ANYONE from current students, to recent grads, and even people not affiliated with the university.

This was quite the eye-opener for me, as I always assumed if it’s on campus and it’s a career fair graduates need not apply. Sure, some of them are for specific demographics such as current college juniors or seniors, but a great number of them are open to several groups. Now, I regularly check for career fairs near me and I make sure to utilize all the services that come with my alumni membership—a worthy investment for any grad I’d say.

Give Yourself a Break

Sure, you may be unemployed and unsure of your immediate future, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend every waking hour of your day job searching. People with jobs don’t spend every minute of their day working (at least the sane ones don’t), so there’s nothing wrong with taking a break to hang out with friends or enjoy a night out. As long as you keep your eye on the prize and stay honest with yourself that you are doing everything in your ability to make it happen, you’ll be just fine.

About the Author:

Lauren Bailey is a freelance blogger who loves writing about education, new technology, lifestyle and health. As an education writer, she works to provide helpful information on the best online colleges and courses and welcomes comments and questions via email at blauren 99 @gmail.com.