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Certifications: Way to learn a career field and master content

Imagine you are traveling the Career Highway of life next to Career City.  You decide to explore a career. The vehicle you drive you decide to take the “Explore Careers” exit.  You plan to use the explore career resources in Career City, here are some resources that you may find useful.

Certifications: Ways to learn a career field and master content

Certifications can be a way to learn about a particular field.  Certifications can be a way to show that you can mastered a particular content area.  Certifications can come from a variety of places like career associations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Example the Association of Talent Development (ATD)

Let’s look at an example of certifications from a career association called the Association of Talent Development (ATD).  The Association of Talent Development (ATD) is a training association designed to help people learn. Details about the association is found at www.td.org.

Certifications can be a way to show the world that you have mastered a level of expertise in the Learning & Development Profession.

Association of Talent Development provides the following certifications for people.

(1)        Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)

Experience needed in field before can take exam: 5 years

What certification based upon:
Certification based upon the Talent Development Capability Model.
The model gives information on what a person needs to know in the Learning & Development field.
The model has 7 capabilities.
Each capacity will vary between 4 to 10 knowledge and skill statements.
Details at https://tdcapability.org/#/personal/lifelong-learning.

Cost: $900 for members of ATD; $1,250 for non-members

Specific information can be found at:
You can find information on the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) on the following web site page https://www.td.org/certification/cptd/introduction

Handbook can be downloaded:
A person can download a handbook that explains the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) as “2021 CPTD Certification Handbook” located at https://www.td.org/certification/cptd/eligibility

 

(2)        The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

Experience needed in field before can take exam: 3 years

What certification based upon:
Certification based upon the Talent Development Capability Model.
The model gives information that can help a person understand what required in the Learning & Development field.
The model has 7 capabilities.
Each capacity will vary between 4 to 10 knowledge and skill statements.
Details at https://tdcapability.org/#/personal/lifelong-learning.

Cost: $499 for members of ATD; $699 for non-members

Specific information can be found at:
Specific information on The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) can be found at https://www.td.org/certification/aptd/introduction

Handbook can be downloaded:
A person can download a handbook that explains The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) as “2021 Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) Certification Handbook” located at https://www.td.org/certification/aptd/eligibility

These are some of the examples that you can obtain from certifications from a career association.

Interview Practice

Imagine you are traveling the Career Highway of life next to Career City.  You decide to search for a job position.  The vehicle you drive you decide to take the “Explore Job Hunting Resources” exit.  You plan to use the job-hunting resources in Career City, here are some resources that you can use….

Practice Interview Skills

People can take part in interviewing as part of the job process.  Interviewing a important process where the potential job seeker is evaluating a potential employer and a potential employer is evaluating a potential job seeker.  Interviewing is an important process in the job search.

https://www.interviewworkout.com/.

A career Internet resource that may help people in interviewing can be the web site called https://www.interviewworkout.com/.

I looked at two web pages, the two web pages were:

https://partner.interviewworkout.com/
https://www.interviewworkout.com/

The www.interviewworkout.com web site uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to have people be able to practice their interviewing skills.  The web sites uses Google Assistant to have people practice their interview skills.  Computer system will ask questions, people can then give responses, and then the computer system can provide feedback.  People may be able to improve their interviewing skills with this tool.

A person can access the interview feature by using a computer device that uses Google Assistant.  A person can go to the www.interviewworkout.com/ web site, and then go to the “Try It Out!” section of the web site and then click the “Click to Try” Red Button.

I access the interview feature using my tablet. I used my Chrome App on my tablet.  I went to the web site on the Chrome App.  I went to the “Try It Out!” section of the www.interviewworkout.com web site.  I clicked the “Try It Out” red button.  I could use the interview practice feature.

A person does need to pay for this service.

A career service provider can buy a subscription service that will allow their clients to use the system.  The details are found on https://partner.interviewworkout.com web site in the “Plans” section.  The “Plans” sections list three subscription plans to choose from; they are “Single”, “Team”, and “Enterprise”.

An individual person can pay for a Customized interview. A Customize interview adjusted to meet the needs of the specific individual doing the interview.  The details are found on the www.interviewworkout.com in the “Customize” section.

Interviewing can be important skill to develop as people search for job positions; a resource that may help people interviewing skills can be the www.interviewworkout.com web site.

I learned about this career resource from people giving me feedback on helpfulfeedback@yahoo.com e-mail.  If people want me to explore a particular career resource on the Internet, just let me know.  You can offer a idea or suggestion at helpfulfeedback@yahoo.com e-mail.

Thanks for your suggestions and ideas.

I created a video that looks at the https://www.interviewworkout.com/ on the Live Your Life Learning YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4laf2-7KoPFoQh2rRg4NNQ

Feeling Stress from the Job Search

Imagine you are traveling the Career Highway of life next to Career City.  You decide to search for a job position.  The vehicle you drive you decide to take the “Explore Job Hunting Resources” exit.  You plan to use the job-hunting resources in Career City, here are some resources that you can use….

Take a break from the job search

A person searching for a job position may be under stress.
The stress of the job search may be managed by doing another activity besides the job search.
You can take a break from the job search.
You can be re-charged when you approach the job search.

Activities you can do

You can take a break from the job search and feel energized when you start job searching again.
Each person will have their own activities they like to do, here a list of possible activities to consider.

(a)       Watch your favorite movie – give yourself time to watch your favorite movie
(b)       Read one of your favorite books
(c)       Take a walk
(d)       See a favorite low-cost or free destination in the place that you live in; Places could vary based upon where you are at and what you interests in; Could be a park, museum, library or some other type of place
(e)       See a play at a low-cost theater in school or community theater.  School theater could be colleges/universities or in the public school system
(f)        Get into a new hobby
(g)       Have conversation with friends and family
(h)       Travel to a new place – explore something new
(i)        Do a new activity – explore something new
(j)        Exercise

You could do a Google search of “free things to do” and the place you live in.  The Google search may give you ideas.

Spend some time in doing something besides the job search.  Do something that you can enjoy and take your mind away from the job search.  You may be able to reduce the stress of the job search and be able to get re-charged when you get back into the job search.

Course syllabus and track assignments

Been a busy week so hope you enjoy a previous post.

Series of Blog posts on career stuff. Focus will be on career exploration and Internet job resources. My hope is that you will find the information helpful in your career journey. As with anything you read on the internet, please evaluate the information you read and use the specific information that helpful to you.

Sometimes when you are a student at an educational institution – you will read sometimes called a syllabus that will give you more of a description of the course. The syllabus can be a guidebook of how to successfully complete the course. The syllabus may have information like when does the course meet, who is the instructor, and grading policies.

As you read the syllabus, you may find it helpful to create outline or list on a calendar when the different grading projects are due. You may find it useful to track your assignments. That way you may be able to plan out ahead of time when the different assignments from the course are due.

 

Be-sure-to-connect-at-the-right-time. Time Zones

Been a busy week so hope you enjoy a previous post.

Series of Blog posts on career stuff. Focus will be on career exploration and Internet job resources. My hope is that you will find the information helpful in your career journey. As with anything you read on the internet, please evaluate the information you read and use the specific information that helpful to you.

Lets image the following:

  • you receive a message that requests that you call an organization at 2:00pm for an important meeting.
  • the organization based in New York City in the state of New York. New York City would be in the Eastern Time Zone of the United States.
  • you live in Kansas City in the state of Missouri. Kansas City is in the Central Time Zone.
  • The message does not say if it is 2:00pm Eastern Time Zone or 2:00pm Central Time Zone – how do you know the correct time to call? Is the location that you are calling have Daylight Savings Time that could affect what time you are to call the organization?

You want (if possible) create an agreement with the organization as to what time to call.  (Let’s say in the example it was 2:00 pm Central Time Zone).   Time Zones can sometimes create confusion as to when two people should connect over the phone.

There can be different Internet web sites that can give guidance on time zones.  Here one potential web site that may help.

A web site called www.timeanddate.com can help you will time zones.  The web site will give you the correct time of two different locations.  You can use the following:

Click the web site: www.timeanddate.com
Then click
Time Zone (a link in the upper part of the screen – the third link from the left)
You will then get a menu of choices will appear
Then click
Time Zone Converter
You can then type in two cities and the time of one of the cities.
The web site will then give you the time of the other city.
Web site mentions will adjust for Daylight Savings Time.

Time Zones may can create confusion as to when people should contact each other.  The Internet can help people to know the information when to call each other between time zones.

College Career Courses; Ways to explore a career

Been a busy week so hope you enjoy a previous post.

Exploring careers while in college

Do you have an interest in a particular career?  One way to explore a particular profession is to take a college course that will explore a particular profession.  I call these types of courses, college career courses; a course that will survey a particular profession so that you can learn more about that particular profession.  A college or university may offer a college career course to give you an opportunity to explore a particular profession.

Look at a catalog

A catalog at a community college can give a idea of the number of college career courses taught.  A catalog a publication from a college or university that gives the coursework, polices and information about that college or university.  I looked at my catalog from my local community college called Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska.  The following courses comes from a 2019-2020 Metropolitan Community College catalog.  I am looking at a section in the catalog called “A Place to Start” on page 50.  Some of the courses that are listed are:

  • Introduction to Carpentry
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Career Orientation/Culinary Arts
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Introduction to Electronic Health Records
  • Introduction to Health Information Technology
  • Introduction to the Trades
  • The Paralegal Profession

These are some of the career college courses that a person can take to explore a particular profession. One way to learn about a particular career is to take a college course that explores that particular career.

The address to the 2019-2020 Metropolitan Community College catalog is the link below.
https://www.mccneb.edu/getattachment/Academics/MCC-Catalog/Past-Catalogs/2019-20120-Final-catalog-PDF.pdf.aspx
I looked at page 50 in the catalog.

Job loss is stressful, attempt to think of positive things

Job loss can be very stressful.  Your world can go upside down in how your life goes.  You were doing your routine life and then all of sudden your life changes.

One way to deal with the stress may be to think of positive things you may have.  Here are some possible positive things that you may be able to think of (some positive things that may be the result of the pandemic):

  • Expansion of the digital – the Internet was able to create many more digital connections with people; my guess is that many of these digital expansions will still be there; giving people additional choices in areas like
    • Work
      People may be able to gain work remote opportunities
    • Education
      Educational choices have expended in the digital world. People will have more expanded options of where they would like to obtain an education through the digital world
    • Socialization
      Socialization opportunities may increase with more digital connections. Social webs sites may offer meetings that are done online allowing people to attend worldwide regardless of distance
  • Professional services
    People may have increase access to more professional services that were not offered online; people may be able to access a particular coach for example who may not have been accessible before the pandemic. 
  • Advancement in science – there has been an increase in science; learning more about how diseases work and this knowledge may be helpful in going against other diseases in the future
  • Appreciate what you have – you may have an opportunity to value what you do have
  • Find joy in the usual – when we get back to usual in 2021 – you may be able to take joy from activities that were just routine and usual before the pandemic.

Some of these usual and routine activities could be

  • going to shops
  • going to restaurants
  • going to sporting events
  • going to concerned
    The big live events with people will be able to occur again

 

Job loss can be very stressful; thinking about positive things may be a way to reduce stress.

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) and Career: a collection of ideas

Hands can do a lot

Hands can do a variety of different purposes.  Hands can welcome someone with a handshake, hold a door, write a story, type a story, play a computer game to save the cosmos from the evil alien invasion.  Hands can do a lot of stuff….when they are working.  People may have difficulties with their hands that may limit what a person can do.

One problem that may occur for people are Repetitive Wrist injuries (RSI).  Repetitive wrist injuries may make it difficult for people to do different things.

For myself

For myself, I had a case of Tendinitis many years ago for my wrists.  I found that doing many activities were difficult.  I am lucky that the wrists have for the most part recovered. I need to be aware of what I am doing and adjust my activities if I have to. If I spend to much time at a computer, I can go away from the computer and rest.

These are ideas that may help other people, just understand that each medical condition is different and the following ideas may not apply for you.  I am not a medical doctor.

A person with wrist problems may need to evaluate job positions by the physical activities involved in the job.  A person may have some job positions that may work physically and some job positions that do not work physically.  A person may risk having increased problems physically if they are in a job position that uses enough wrist activities that the wrist does not have enough time to heal.   The person physical condition could get worse.  If a person not careful, the physical condition can become worse each time you go off to work…the pain and money can be combined making it difficult.  You go off to work to make a living but the pain also increases.

YouTube Video

The problem I found is that it can be difficult to find out the physical requirements for job positions.  Sometime large organizations may list the physical requirements but sometimes the physical may not be listed.  Or the information is there but difficult to find.  For example, a YouTube video called:

YouTube Title: “What skills are essential for the Entry-Level Paralegal?”
YouTube Channel: Paralegal Career Mastermind
Published on October 18, 2020.”
The video talked about the importance of typing. (about 5:37 in the video).
Sometimes to consider if a person has difficulty with their wrists.

The following ideas may help people to find a career with wrist problems.
I hope the ideas are helpful.
If you have ideas that you think could be helpful, send them to me and I can look into adding an additional post.helpfulfeedback@yahoo.com

Interview

You may not be sure of a job position physically when looking at a job description.  You may still want to apply for the job and learn more about the job during a interview.  Sometimes during an interview, a person can ask additional questions at the end of the interview.  I have asked a question like “During a typical day, what would be the routine for this job?” Ideally, you want the potential employer to explain what the job activities of this job would be like.  What would be the typical routine people may have in this job? You may be able to gain information as to what the physical activities may be.  You may learn the routine of job that can help you evaluate the job.  If you learn you will be at a computer typing all day, then the job may not be for you.

Here are some career ideas that may work for you

(Type of job positions) Talking to people is the major work activity

Job position were talking to a person is the major work activity.
May be called by different names: some names may be

  • Consulting, coach, advisor, consultant, trainer, facilitator, interviewer, instructor, guide, sales or something like that.

The talking to people is the “break” from the typing activity.
(Be careful of job position where you may be typing as you are talking; like customer service telephone positions)

Own your own business

You may be able to own your own business.
The advantage of owning your own business is that you can control how activities are done.

Here are some ideas, hope people find it helpful.

Thanks for reading.

Phone Messages

Imagine that you are in the job search; and a potential employer has been impressed with your resume, cover letter, application and anything else you may have sent to your potential employer. Your potential employer decides to give you a phone call, you are not able to pick you the phone, so the phone call goes to voice mail and the potential employer hears the following possible responses:

  • “Mailbox is currently full – not able to leave a message.”
  • “Mailbox is currently not set up – not able to leave message.”
  • “Hey you, where the party? Leave a message.”
  • “Why are you bothering me, if you must leave a message then do so?”
  • “You know what to do, so do it?”
  • “Hey you, if you want to support my early retirement fund please leave message, I will call you back to give you details on how you can support my early retirement.”
  • “This is Great Grand Glorious Genius, if you like to leave message you small being then do so?”
  • “So, you decide to leave a message, why?”
  • “Hello, this is space station A453546, did not get message, please leave message?”
  • “Hello” (nothing else)
  • “Welcome to untitled masterpiece.” (nothing else)”
  • “Ok, finish the story, you are…” (nothing else)

(messages are created messages not actual messages)

Your voice mail message may determine if you hear back from potential employers.  Make sure your phone system able to accept voice-mail messages and make the voice mail message professional so that you do not miss on opportunity.

Job position in different Internet locations may give more details about the job position

You found a job description on the Internet; you found all the details of the job right?  Well Maybe?

Sometimes when an organization is recruiting for a job position; that organization will post the job position on many different locations on the Internet; you may find many places where that job position is placed on the Internet

Sometimes if you find the job position on the different places on the Internet; you may find a job position will have more job details in one location rather than a job position at another location.  For example, where you might find a job position on a general job site and then find the same job position with more job details on a organization web site.  You then may be able to use these additional details to your advantage in your job search.

A job position may vary between different places; you may be able to find more details of a job position in different locations; if you find a job position on a general job web site; look at the organization web site to see if the same job positions may be listed with more details.