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A Career Tip for Students – Have a Back-Up Plan

A Career Tip for Students – Have a Back-Up Plan

How many people do you know from college who ended up employed in careers absolutely unrelated to their degrees? I know a few … actually, quite a few. Indeed, I would venture to say that a sizeable majority of college grads are now doing exactly what they did not set out to do. Out of survival necessity, or because a new dose of reality changed their interests or plans, they failed to something that simply did not figure into their original thinking. Dave has a BA in anthropology from the University of Washington, but, six years of stock clerk jobs later, along with some significant re-schooling, we see him working as a software engineer with Lockheed Martin. Janet has a BS in art history, but marriage, children, the cost of living, and the job market have directed her to re-train as a medical assistant. She is now working at a major hospital. These are both fictional characters and events, but they are based on an army of real cases.

So, if you are a student early in your college career and you are still thinking about choosing a major, or if you are a high school graduate looking forward, here is a piece of advice – do not choose a major. Choose TWO majors. Particularly if your major major (which you are passionately attached to) is not something "hot", as the job market goes, you may want to explore a second major that piques your interest but at the same time will afford you practical work opportunities as soon as possible after you graduate. In other words – HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN. This may mean taking a few extra courses. This may mean re-orienting your thinking a little about your future and your dreams. Here is a good first step in that direction: Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook online by going to bls.gov/oco.

This is an excellent and comprehensive source of information about a variety of occupations. It is produced and updated by the US Department of Labor and it is entirely online – no need to purchase or order anything or complete an online registration form. For hundreds of occupations, this Handbook will tell you about training and education required, salaries, what the workers do on the job, the working conditions, information about the job market for each state, and, possibly most relevant to our topic – expected job prospects and job search tips. After you have done a little homework with this and any other sources you can get your hands on, then look at the school programs and requirements related to your choice (or short-list of choices, as the case may be).

Always remember that, no matter what your career passion is at the moment, it is a good thing to diversify. Go for two or more skill / education sets, rather than one. You may be glad you did … and you may have a little more control over your future as a result, instead …

Oriental Medicine Universities – Diploma and Degree Programs

Oriental Medicine Universities – Diploma and Degree Programs

Find Oriental Medicine Universities in the United States and Canada. Whether you choose to become a professional acupuncturist or are drawn more to bodywork, Oriental medicine universities can supply you with the education and hands-on skills to achieve these and other TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine) careers.

For example, if you'd like to earn your Master's degree, Oriental medicine universities provide MSAOM programs (Masters in Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) that encompass course-intensive studies in a variety of subjects including biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics, pathology, general psychology, principles in acupuncture and acupuncture techniques, techniques and theory; acupressure, Chinese medical terminology, nutrition, pharmacology, clinical medicine, case management; herbology, herbal principals, herbal practice and prescription; and much more. Students in Oriental medicine universities who are pursuing their Master's degree participate in a minimum of 3,000 training hours; in addition to elective courses.

Oriental medicine universities also extend diploma and certificate programs in a range of subtopics including Tuina (Chinese medical massage), meridian therapy, acupressure, Shiatsu, Chinese herbal medicine, Qigong and Tai Chi, among others.

Other academic programs offered through Oriental medicine universities include the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Doctoral program (DAOM). Candidates who participate in this course of study learn much of the aforementioned subject matter, in addition to clinical supervision, biostatistics, research methods in health sciences, advanced acupuncture techniques, chronic pain and terminal illness counseling, and other associated studies. To enter the DAOM program given at Oriental medicine universities, applicants must have achieved a Master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine or a certificate in acupuncture prior to enrollment. In addition, students should have a proficient understanding in basic sciences like mathematics, algebra, psychology, and chemistry. Typically, Doctoral programs at Oriental medicine universities entail 92 credit hours of study.

In most states and / or provinces, acupuncturists and doctors of Oriental medicine require licensure and continued education to maintain licenses. (Check individual Oriental medicine universities to determine if curriculum meets all requirements for licensing / certification.)

If you (or someone you know) are interested in finding Oriental medicine universities, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore career school programs near you.

Oriental Medicine Universities: Diploma and Degree Programs
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