A Life Filled With Love: The Options Of Working With Children

Children are a gift. They’re the future generation, and as adults, we have the opportunity to guide them in the right direction. It’s an amazing feeling and one that manifests in most of our lives when we have children.

But, there’s no reason that those of us who don’t have kids around the place can’t enjoy the experience too. It may be that you don’t have a desire to have children, or that it’s not happened just yet. Whatever the reason, it’s possible to make a difference to future generations without a child of your own. There are plenty of career options out there which involve working with youngsters. As well as being some of the most satisfying jobs available, these are an amazing way to make a difference. To prove the point, we’re going to take a look at some of the top contenders.

Social work

If you want to dedicate your life to the cause, it’s worth looking into social work. If you go down this route, you’ll be working closely with troubled children. You’ll work with kids in their family homes, and those who have been removed from their parent’s care. It can be a harrowing job at times, but satisfaction doesn’t get much better than this. This is a fantastic option if you want to work in close collaboration with many kids. Often, you’ll become the only stable in these children’s lives. As such, it’s crucial you know that this is a job you can stick at.

It’s also important to note that you can’t jump straight into social work. You will need to either do on the job training, or look into something like these msw online programs. This amount of responsibility does require high levels of qualification. But, that might not be a bad thing. During your training, you’ll get a good idea of whether the job suits.

Foster care

If you want to care for kids, but don’t want to give up your job to do so, consider foster care. As a carer, you’ll offer your home to children in care while their social workers seek to find them a family. While all care centers have different foster requirements, the majority are keen for volunteers. To ensure you’re a good fit, you will probably need to attend a day course and undergo extensive checks.

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And, it’s important to consider whether you’re mentally prepared for a role like this. These children, some of them troubled, are going to come into your home, heart, and life. You need to ensure that you have what it takes to care for them. While not a full-time job, foster placements can really take it out of you if you aren’t prepared.

That said, this can be an amazing experience. Better than helping children is the opportunity to let them into your home. Yours may well be the first loving home these kids ever experience. Few others jobs offer the chance to make such a huge difference.

Childminding

If you have time to dedicate to the cause, childminding may be worth some consideration. Within this job role, you’ll be taking care of children, either throughout the day or for a few hours at a time. Most parents who use such services do so because of their work commitments, so the times of care will vary.

To become a childminder you’ll need to complete a short course, and get yourself registered. If you want people to put their trust in you, you need to ensure you have a seal of approval! It’s also worth completing a first aid course so that you have the know how if you need it.

Much like with foster care, children will likely come to your home for the duration of your time together. But, you’ll get the relief of knowing that their parents will pick them up at the end of the day. Bear in mind that, while the other jobs mentioned allow you to work with kids of all ages, childminding puts you with children younger than school age. If you think you’d be comfortable with younger kids, give it a go. If not, this may not be the job for you.

Schools

Teaching requires extensive studying, which you may not want to undertake. But, that’s not the only school job available. You could opt for a teaching assistant position. This would involve working in the classroom, but with much less pressure. You’ll be there to help the kids, rather than teach them. And, their teacher will always be there to take over if need be. This can be a nice way to build relationships with the students. The teacher isn’t always the most popular person, but teaching assistants go down much better.

Or, if you’re looking for something with less commitment, you could work in the school kitchen. You don’t need to be a top chef to do this, as the meals are all pre-prepared elsewhere. For the most part, you’ll be a friendly face while the kids get their dinner. Bear in mind, though, that your interaction with the children would be minimal. If you want to build close relationships, this may not be the best option.

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Creche/Preschool

If you want the chance to work with younger kids, it’s worth considering a creche or preschool instead. The work and age group involved won’t be dissimilar to those in childminding, but there’s less pressure here. For one, the care won’t fall on you. In most cases, there will be at least two supervisors a class. Plus, you won’t have to take work home with you.

The best part about this work is that you normally do your training on the job. So, if this sounds like the ideal option for you, you can easily get stuck straight in. Another benefit to this option is that the hours are a stable nine to five, fitting in with those busy parents. So, you can be sure you’ll be earning a set amount each month.

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Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other At Work

When you start a job in a new company, you generally begin with a fresh outlook and an excitement that this job could be it – the one that changes your life. It very well could be. You could start a role and feel like this is the place you were always meant to be and there is a very clear-cut path to the top of the food chain. However, if the job you have begun doesn’t end up that way, and you cannot see how you can progress within your career, then you have a lot of soul-searching to do. Hating your job can mean you spend day in and day out wishing for something bigger and better, but without being able to see what comes next, it can be very difficult to decide on how you handle your next steps.

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You have a number of choices ahead of you when you aren’t happy within your job. You can choose to stay put, stall and be unhappy. You can choose to risk it all and leave your job before you have any other options. You can choose to job hunt and try to balance interviewing with other firms with your current hours. Lastly, you could choose to better in your job by studying up to the next level. Half the problem with those who hate their jobs is that they’ve taken a role that was never meant for them in the first place. Those working in secretarial work may have preferred to be in management or leading a team to success with a project, but never got that far. Those working in the bottom rungs of healthcare may have been desperate to do an online RN MSN course but never got around to it. Working in a job that makes you unhappy as it isn’t your dream job isn’t easy, but there are ways around it. You just have to want to chase those options. There are some steps you can take to leave your current role and scramble up the ladder to success elsewhere, but before you do that you have to have a plan. You need to plan your next career move and this can take some time and thinking.

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Putting one foot in front of the other at work is not easy. You firstly have to be in a position where you make or break: make it work and air your concerns about your job to your management team, or break away and try something new, effectively starting all over again. No one wants to do that. But how can you plan your next career move? How can you put it out there that you want more, even if that means staying where you are and working on it getting better? We’ve got a five-step plan to help you figure out what you should do next, so the next time you panic about whether you should move forward in your career, you can come back to this post and know you have a solid plan ahead.

Plan Your Day. Before you know whether you want to leave your job, you have to understand what you want to leave your job for. Don’t look at the big picture to start with, look at the smaller one. If the fact is you don’t like the job you are in, work out WHY you don’t like it. Is it the hours? The people? The workplace? The actual role? The way you handle your next move in your career is going to depend on any one of those options. Practice planning out the ideal day at work, and be realistic about it. Think about what you want from your career and go from there.

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Find Your Happy. Being exhausted and overworked can make you feel miserable. This then taints anything that makes you exhausted and can bring on feelings of resentment toward your job. Find things in your work that make you happy. Do you manage projects through to completion, giving you a sense of achievement? Does your commute make you unhappy? Find out what makes you happy and work on those areas. If you can’t find anything, it’s a sure sign you need to make a move.

Find The Sadness. Work out the things you dislike about your day and try to change those. If you are stuck with a team you don’t enjoy the company of, ask to be transferred to a different department to work on other skills. If your commute is getting you down, discuss the possibility of working from home. The only way you will be able to get your boss understanding why you’re unhappy is to talk about it.

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Plan Your Decade. That awful question about where you see yourself in five years crops up a lot in job interviews, and if you can think further enough ahead you should be able to see what you want for yourself in the future. If you cannot see a time where you are going to be happy in the job you currently are in, you need to take steps now and move on. You don’t want to be sat at the same desk for 10 years only to decide that you made a huge mistake.

Make Your Move. Life is a game of chess, and making the moves you make can see you back to the start, or checkmating the King. Once you’ve decided exactly what it is you want from life, you can make your move across the board and start doing what you want to do. Feeling stuck in a job doesn’t mean you have to stay with it, so make your move early enough and do something you truly want to do.

Having a plan for your career isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s probably the smartest thing you can do. Don’t waste your time on unhappiness – find your happy and make it your life.

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If You Love Traveling, One of These Amazing Jobs Are for You!

If you love traveling (and who doesn’t?), and are in the market for a new job, maybe you should think about getting a job that would suit your traveling dreams! The days of working and saving every penny you have just so you can quit your job and travel for a month, are long behind you once you’ve seen these! There are what you can do while traveling! There are a surprising amount of jobs out there which do aid you if you wanted to go traveling, you just have to make it happen! Have a look here if you want to find out what they are!

 

1) Working at a local bar

This one may sound like something you’ve heard before, but that is because it is fantastic for working while traveling. In every place you go to, they always have bars or clubs. This is the perfect type of job as well because they usually high a high turnover, meaning more opportunity for yourself! As well as not too much commitment, so if you felt like moving on to another place after a little bit of time, you wouldn’t feel too bad about leaving because that’s just how it’s done! You can always find places that need English speakers if you do a bit of research online beforehand.

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2) Find a cafe you love

In a similar vein, if you’re more of a night owl and don’t want to be working at nights, which you would be in a bar, you could work in a cafe. It is the same thing but just in the day time. For this, you would probably have to be in a touristy area where most people spoke English unless you are talented enough to pick up another language! Similarly to the bar work, these sorts of places also have a high turnover. You could find a beautiful place that is run by a little local family is you wanted! It would be a great way to have a chat to some locals as well!

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3) Find work on a tugboat

Another great way to find work abroad is to look for jobs on a tugboat. There are loads of these going all over the world if you do a little search online before you go, you almost definitely be able to find something! Or you could go the other route and have a look at NautiSNP – tugs for sale and get your tugboat! You may have to save for a little while, but you could start up your own tugboat business abroad! That would be such a great way to get some traveling in a while not only making money but starting your whole own business. If you were nervous about it, you could also sell it on when you wanted to move on to a new place, or just expand your business!

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4) Become an au pair

This is probably the most convenient way to get some traveling in. There are countless sites online full of people looking for au pairs. As an au pair, you mainly travel to someone’s house abroad for a few months or so, and you get to stay there and help out with either some childcare or a little bit of housework. You usually get paid for it as well, so you get to go abroad, stay for free and get paid for doing a bit of work in their house! It’s a fantastic deal! Just make sure you know when your free time will be so you can organize thing you want to do while in that country!

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5) Become a flight attendant

This is more of a permanent job, but that is ok when you are constantly going to different places all across the globe. As a flight attendant, you obviously have to work abroad the plane. There are loads of airlines you could get a job with but try to go for an international, worldwide one to get to go to a wider variety of places! If you want to become a flight attendant, you might need some experience in service, so hopefully, that waitressing job you had in college will come in handy after all! You will also need to pass a medical test.

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6) Teaching English abroad

This one is great if you wanted to be part of a program or something. It is also great because you do get a great feeling that you are giving something back to the place you are staying in. You can make a decent amount of money doing this as well if you go to some locations. It is a way to meet people while you are out there as well. You can meet other people working there and the people you are teaching as well! This is also the kind of thing that you can do in several places, not just the one!

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7) Find a cruise ship

As most of these jobs, you’ll be able to find a great one if you have a look online! But work on a cruise ship is pretty much a dream! There are so many things you can do, unexpected things as well. There is all sort of filming job, service jobs, chef jobs, just imagine the cruise ship as a little community and every job you can get on board you can pretty much get on board! You also get several stops off along the way at all different places. You have to find out when your free time is as well to work out if you might want to do something like this!

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8) Any work from home job

Traveling is so important to a lot of people, and luckily, there are a lot of jobs out there where you can work remotely, this means that you can work anywhere including on a beach somewhere if you want (and are capable of making your deadlines with a lot of distraction)! Or if you wanted to work for yourself, you could start up a travel blog and get that going to the point that you can make a living off of it! It is possible to do if you put a lot of hard work into it!


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Interview Woes: The Issues That Could Hinder Your Chances Of Success

Changing your career or going for a promotion is not an easy prospect to overcome. It’s easy to put too much pressure on yourself and sometimes those pressures can turn into issues that can hinder your chances of interview success. We all know that new jobs, promotions or a change of career entirely can be a great way to improve our lifestyle and even increase our income. Which is why I thought I would share with you the issues that can stop you acing the interview to hopefully help you to succeed.

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Anxiety symptoms

 

Heading to an interview can cause you to feel anxious. The symptoms include you feeling sick with nerves, have a build up of nervous energy and could even cause you to panic and over think the situation. However, the best advice is to recognise how you feel and try to distract yourself. Before the interview take some time out to enjoy your favourite music or even indulge in a nice hot shower or bath and take your time getting ready for the interview. You want to appear confident and cool as a cucumber.

 

Sweaty hands

 

Sweaty hands can not just be a sign of nerves, but can also be off-putting for anyone shaking your hand. Which evidently is very possible in an interview environment. Thankfully articles like 10 Healthy Ways to Dry and Balance Sweaty Hands can offer some solid advice on how to overcome this situation. It’s better to take hold of the situation than to suffer with it and hinder your interview success.

 

Being too over-confident

 

Being overconfident is not an attractive quality, and certainly can be a reason that you get a job or fail to secure it. We can all have times in our lives where we feel like we are the ideal candidate for the job, and often come across like we have already been successful without even having the go ahead. But overconfidence is good in some circumstances and not in others. Try and appear confident in your demeanor, and confident in your ability, without appearing condescending.

 

Not preparing enough

 

Preparation is key to success. But yet so many people fail to prepare for an interview and this can hugely hinder your chances of securing the job. This is why it’s important to begin your preparation right before you even apply for the job. Your resume is important as is your covering letter to obtain the job in the first place. It is then vital to research the company you are looking to work for as well as practicing potential questions you may be asked.

 

Forgetting your manners

 

Don’t forget your manners when it comes to the interview. Manners cost nothing but can make a huge difference to how you appear to your potential new employer. Simply saying please and thank you or even thanking the interviewer for their time can go along way to helping you secure the job. It is definitely something more employers are looking out for.

 

I hope this helps you if you have an important interview lined up soon.

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So You’re Out Of College? What Happens Next

Things are pretty different for college graduates than they used to be. It used to be that you’d come out of college and fall straight into a job that you studied for almost immediately. That sort of situation was one that many people’s parents took for granted but now sounds like something out of a fairytale! With a job market that is more and more competitive and more and more graduates coming out of the system all of the time, things have never been so difficult for new college graduates to figure out what to do next. After all, you’ve spent several years working towards a singular goal and then suddenly the world is completely open to you. It’s very easy to feel as though you don’t have any real direction anymore. This is an extremely understandable feeling and one that is shared by a lot of graduates. They feel like there’s no way for them to move forwards and that they’re now just stuck in place. However, that’s not the case. There are always things that you can do in order to get yourself out of that feeling of confusion directionlessness. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s always going to be easy, but being able to find a new direction out of college is one of the best ways to avoid falling into some kind of slump that you can’t get out of. Here are just a few things that you can do to give yourself a little bit more purpose when you’re fresh out of college.

 

Internships

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One of the reasons that many graduates find it so difficult to get started in their chosen career is because very few companies are willing to hire someone without a decent degree of experience, even if they are fully qualified in that particular field. Because of that it often feels as though you can’t work in your chosen industry until you’ve already spent two or three years doing so. However, there is a way around this. Many companies offer internships that allow you to gain incredibly valuable experience which will offer you the chance to apply for jobs in your chosen field with much more confidence. The one thing to keep in mind is that some of the internships are unpaid, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you have some kind of financial support network in place if that is the case. However, many of them are paid and can be rather competitive. Not only that but a lot of companies even offer full-time positions at the end of the internship as well, since you’ll have an excellent amount of experience with that company by then.

 

Saving

 

One of the toughest things about graduating college is the fact that there’s a pretty good chance you’ll end up back with your parents. Now, even if you love your parents dearly and you all get along really well, it can feel pretty frustrating to go from living independently for several years to suddenly feeling like a little kid again. If that’s the case for you, then the best option might be to start saving your money in order to finally move out permanently. If you want to do this, then you might have to look for work around your hometown, even if it’s not what you really want to be doing. Whether it’s talking to local businesses or filling in a Walmart application via jobapplicationcenter.com, you should start applying just about everywhere. Even if you don’t feel like this is the kind of job that you want for the rest of your life, you can at least comfort yourself by knowing exactly what it is that you’re aiming for. Planning for the future is one of the most important skills that any adult can have so it’s a good idea to earn this one as soon as you’re out of college.

 

Traveling

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Or perhaps you feel like, after four years of hard work, stress, and deadlines, you need to take some time to recharge and reconnect with yourself. This is a totally understandable feeling and one that a lot of graduates can definitely relate to. If you’re feeling that way then why not go traveling for a while. Whether it’s alone or with a group of friends, it’s often the perfect way to shake off all of the pressure that you’ve been so used to for the last several years. Getting away from everything familiar allows you to really connect with who you are and what you want, which means you’ll be able to come back home and really understand what it is that you want to do next! Of course, you might have to work for a while to save the money that you need, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to rely on your parents for support during your travels.

 

Postgraduate studies

 

One of the other reasons that so many jobs are so competitive is that there are more and more graduates around than ever before. Because of that, why not go one step further. There are plenty of postgraduate courses available and they are sure to give you that competitive edge when it comes to applying for jobs. Not only that but, if you’re the kind of person who was never happier than when they were at college, this give you the chance to stay in that environment for a little bit longer. Postgraduate study is a very different environment from the typical college experience but it’s one that thousands of people find incredibly fulfilling.

 

Sure, all of these things come with challenges and difficulties that you’ll have to deal with. But having a clear goal that you can work towards will make the whole thing much easier overall. It’s far easier to push past obstacles when you’re moving toward something that you’re trying to achieve than to feel like you’re trapped with nowhere to go in the first place. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you fully commit to and push yourself as hard as you can. It’s an incredibly competitive world out there, and you need to be willing to fight for what you want out of life every step of the way.

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Which Retail Road Works For You?

When you tell people that you have a new career in retail, you could be forgiven for being met with questions about being at a till in a shop or restaurant. Retail experience can open so many more doors for you, you just have to know what your options are. Retail isn’t just about sales and this is a mistake most people make. Retail encompasses everything from marketing and design, to planning and logistics.

If you are working in a career outside retail and have always been interested in it, there are plenty of options that are open to transferable skills. The key for working in retail lies in the ambition you have to sell, and part of that will be taking as much training and education as you can on the job so you can apply for higher positions. You could work in merchandising with Belk careers and discover an interest in buying. There are some very promising retail careers out there and if you know what you want from life you can apply your skills from any industry and role you’ve had before. Some of these roles we’ve listed for you here:

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  1. Field Management. Overseeing stores and their performance is the primary goal of a retail field manager. For this role, you could start as a junior and work your way up the career ladder. This career is one that isn’t just fulfilling, but quite lucrative for those with the right mind for it. You would need to be a strong leader and tenacious in your ability to coach others.
  2. Visual Merchandising. Everyone who goes shopping walks into stores that look good – that’s the job of a visual merchandiser. The power is in your hands to make or break a brand, and you define the journey the customer goes on simply by product placement. You should be creative, with a flair for trends and what looks good right now.
  3. Planners. As a planner, you’d work with others to decide what kinds of products should be at the forefront of your store. You would need to work closely with logistics to ensure that the right products are in the right place and at the right moment they’re needed. Keeping an eye on what’s in fashion and what’s popular is important, as is the capacity to understand a brand inside and out.
  4. Supply Chain Management. Every retail store has a supply chain, from the drivers in the warehouse and those in dispatch. There are some lucrative careers high in retail and manufacturing that can be had by those who work hard for them. Your project management skills should be second to none and there are plenty of transferable skills that can be moved from one industry to retail supply chain. These include a good grasp of the ethical and legal issues that are involved in managing contracts.

A retail career doesn’t have to stop at telesales or scanning food in the grocery store. Look beyond what you’ve always known and discover a career that is lucrative and available right now.

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Make Yourself More Employable By Adding These Skills To Your Resume

It’s not so much that there are no jobs available; it’s that people don’t have the skills needed to do the jobs to the required capability. These days, it’s no longer enough just to do one thing well: in a world that’s increasingly competitive, you need to show that you can go above and beyond what the person next to you is capable of. Below, we take at five skills that’ll enhance your resume and make you more employable: not just for today, but in the years to come, too.

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Understanding What Your Looking At

The world is moving at a pretty fast pace; you may have noticed. That means that what’s relevant today might be relevant in six months or a year from now. As such, companies are always looking for workers who can spot the next great trend, as it helps them to stay ahead of their competition. This mostly revolves around big data. There’s more data at a company’s disposal than ever before; but of course, data alone isn’t very useful: it’s how the data is interpreted that matters. If you can understand the bigger picture alongside your core duties, you’ll be in a strong position moving forward.

Organising Teams

There’s going to be a lot of challenges facing the world in the next few decades, and these problems won’t be solved by individual efforts: they’ll be solved by teams across many disciplines, working together to find solutions to a whole host of issues. It could be housing, architecture, climate change; you name it. As such, those people who have industry-specific management skills will be in demand. Take a look at studying for an engineering management masters online, and you’ll have the necessary attributes to be an important player in a whole host of fields in the future. Big problems need many players, and they’ll all need organising!

Flexibility

An open mind that can adapt and respond to new situations is a skill that’s increasingly in demand in the corporate world. Things can change pretty quickly in this day and age, and having people who are agile enough to respond to a changing market is important for any company. This is less about one having one specific skill as it is about having a range of skills that show you’re open to learning.

Communication

The vast majority of the business world is about communication, even if that is dressed up as sales, marketing, social media nous, and so on. If you have the ability to communicate in some mediums and to people from different demographics, you’ll always be in demand. In a world that’s talking more and more, it’s never been a more useful attribute to have.

Creativity

Every big company is looking to the future, and every small company should be. Show yourself to be able to think outside the box and come up with new ideas on how you can take the company forward, and you’ll be making yourself very attractive to employers.

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