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Studies Readiness and Career Choice Mentorship

Studies Readiness and Career Choice Mentorship

As a practitioner of holistic human capital development, I believe on being occupied with the study readiness and career choice topic early in any person's life. However, it is surprising that people only engage on this topic at the high school level of the learners. It is as if readiness for studies and career choice becomes only relevant during the transition from high school to the college and university. It is for this reason that we find many learners not ready to choose the line of study that is informed by the ultimate carers that they would like to follow.

My objective is to encourage all the parents, guardians and scholars to engage in this topic early in their schooling journey. Secondly, I would like to highlight the themes that should form the engagement. It is more complex than it looks, and always an emotional topic to handle. Scholars become victims of many fault lines not previously obvious to them.

Timing in handling this transitional topic is a challenge to all the schools. They do not always have insights and necessary information to base their consideration on. Access to information is cost for some, and in most cases their school volunteer guidance officers are not exposed to the latest trends. As a result they wake up very late and end up taking studies and career directions that are not well researched.

The schools and parents are encouraged to invest in mentorship program to support the scholars in their studies and career choices. However, such programs alone are not sufficient. The schools must work together with the various mentors in conceptualizing and designing educational tours to the institutions of higher learning (universities and colleges), attending studies and career fairs, exhibitions, etc.

The interaction between the schools and the industry should be effected in early years of the scholars development. The schools must employ skilled counselors, guidance teachers, and industry liaison officers. Companies must be encouraged to adopt schools under their Corporate Social Responsibility programs and see the scholars through to the universities. Such schools could become scholarship recipients of these companies. Ultimately they would graduate to become their employees. However, the idea here is not for the companies to support schools for their own benefit. This is done for the benefit of the society with the hope that the economy will benefit from an educated people.

We can not disregard the commercialization of the student information activities, like privately organized careers fairs and exhibitions. They occupy the space left by the schools and education authorities. As a result such initiatives are perceived to be for the children of the middle class and the wealthy parents. There is a need for collaboration between private and public organizers. The main objective must be to assist the scholars in their studies and career readiness irrespective of their status in the society.

As the 4th industrial revolution becomes a reality, we need to be mindful of the role that technology is already playing in delivering …

Combating Terrorism in the 21st Century

Combating Terrorism in the 21st Century

Terrorism poses as one of the world’s most severe security risk in the 21st century. It is a negative concept with a believe in violence as a means of attracting national and international attention, achieving political, economic and social interest. Terrorism is dated right from the very beginning of human civilization but with increased cases as from the 19th century. For instance, anarchists in some rural parts of Italy and Spain employed terrorist means likewise their counterparts in France. Russian revolutionary movement before World War I had a strong terrorist element etc. In the 20th century, groups as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out their terrorist activities beyond the boundaries of individual countries. They were sometimes supported by established governments, such as those of Bulgaria and Italy under the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

Con temporal terrorism is more effective than those of the past due to technological advances, effective communication mediums, extensive worldwide connection and the availability of smaller size weapons.

Most co temporal terrorist activities are carried out by extremists with terrorist bases in countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, etc. Recent terrorist attacks like the plane crash against the World Trade Centre in New York City and Pentagon, the bombing of the London underground railways, etc were carried out by the terrorist organization known as Al-Qaeda net work, as a Jihad against America and her Western allies. There are smaller terrorist organizations in different parts of the world but the vast net work is coordinated by Bin Laden the founder of Al-Qaeda. People live in the United States in relative security until 9/11 when the terrorists stroke and brought down the twin towers of the world trade centre and Pentagon, sending many who came for business to their graves. Thousands used the London underground railway in relative security and safety for several years until July 7 2005 when the terrorist strike killing many and wounding others. Egypt Nile resort was an important spot for tourists until the terrorist’s stroke and killed over 300 persons. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine Israel, Kenya in Africa etc have all witness severe insecurity as a result of terrorist assaults. Terrorism has increased insecurity worldwide. People are no more certain with their safety as they travel or work in different places. The security risk posed by terrorism, has changed the course of world affairs. Billions is spent in the fight against terrorism worldwide, yet the threat is still here with us. So much is still needed to curb the plight of terrorism.

Combating Terrorism

There is a solution to every problem, an answer to every question. Terrorism has its solution in both pro-active and reactive measures. Pro-active measures are preventive while reactive measures are restrictive measures. Pro-active measures are less expensive measures, while reactive measures are more expensive. To curb terrorism in the 21st century, humanity must be more pro-active than reactive. (Prevention is better than cure).

Pro-Active Measures

i) Enlightenment: One of the most effective pro-active measures in …

Teaching Character Education

Teaching Character Education

Who is responsible for teaching character to our society in this day and age? And even more importantly, who is responsible for teaching character to our youth? Is it the household? Is it the media or our entertainment industry? Or is it our educational system?

It seems that for far too long, a child's character education has been relegated to the confines of their household. Unfortunately, data shows us that parents are spending less and less time with their children these days. And as such, the odds that the small amount of time that parents are spending with their children is focused on conversations leading to the development of good character, are minimal.

Sadly, children are all too often left with either learning their character traits from their friends or from movies and TV. And the likelihood that they are learning any good character visits from these two sources, is indeed quite small. It is doubtful in today's world of heightened violence and instant gratification, that children are being exposed to life benefiting character education to the degree that will produce the positive results that we seek for our nation as a whole. Positive results mean a country that does not come to the brink of economic collapse due to the acts of unscrupulous bankers, mortgage professionals, and politicians. Or positive results that leads to a society that does not unethically invade a country on false pretenses, or torture its enemies of war. Character is the mental and moral qualities distinct to an individual. And when and individual has character, we usually view them as having moral or ethical strength. Or better put, the strength to do what is right.

Therefore, if we as a society do not educate our young people on the practices of good character, or why good character is important, how can we expect that they put any value in them, or that they express those good character traits, as they become adults? It is time for us to start consciously deciding to improve our society. The best way to do this, it for us to begin formally teaching our students character at school. However, in the current education system, character building is not focused on for any core standards. Therefore, we must encourage the adoption of character education , to help students understand why it is important to have good character, and then help them to build it. This way we can all start planning for and actually expecting a more positive and more productive future as a society. …

How to Apply for International Scholarships As an African Student

How to Apply for International Scholarships As an African Student

A number of African students nursed the dream to study abroad in international universities around the world and possibly to do so through scholarships or other financial awards. If financial awards are to be the only option, you wonder what it'll take to make an application you can rely on.

Scholarships to study abroad are awarded in different forms by different bodies. There are partial and full-fee scholarships; and scholarship that takes full care of the students study expenses. There are University-sponsored, foundation-sponsored, organized-sponsored and jointly-sponsored scholarships. Some of these scholarships may have similar application processes but with most university-sponsored scholarships, most of the time you are expected to have earned admission to the university in question before you can apply for the scholarship. In other words, the scholarships are reserved for admitted students. What you have to do in this case is to first apply for admission to the university if it meets your preference.

In other cases the scholarship application would come along with the admission application process. There are also cases where you will have to specifically request for the scholarships application if you meet certain requirements. Or the university may selectively send you the form if they think you meet the requirement for the scholarship. In which ever form the scholarships may come, you should primarily be interested in studying the country where the university is situated, and the university itself. You should also have acquainted the necessary application documents to complete your application. Incomplete applications are usually the easiest way to count you out of the scholarship awards. So if you do not meet the requirement or have incomplete required documents, it's better to wait till you are ready; in most cases, the next year.

Universities offer scholarship opportunities:

1. To attract and reward the best students

2. To promote a particular field of study

3. To maintain the reputation for producing the best brains

4. To gain more market exposure

There could be more, but these are the most common reasons.

Organizational and foundational studies also come in different forms. With some, you can apply before gaining admission into the university. With others, you should already have an admission into the university in specified country or countries, specified university or universities and / or specified courses. It can be more general in some cases though. In general, you should at least be preparing towards your higher education and not just hunting a scholarship without a clear distinction of where you are going. …

Learning Pays – Paying For Your Investment Education Or Doing it Yourself

Learning Pays – Paying For Your Investment Education Or Doing it Yourself

It is perhaps a weakness of humans that we always think someone else knows better. Is that why many people are persuaded to hand over more than $ 5,000 to learn one area of ​​investing that is quite learnable through other (less expensive) means? This could also explain why around 250,000 Australians have been persuaded to buy new units at over-the-market prices (mostly on the Gold Coast) in the last ten years through over-hyped free seminars.

True, some areas of investing are complex. Take wraps (vendor finance) for example. Get this deal wrong and you could be left with a house valued at less than the market price or some type of legal entanglement. It would pay to learn about the ins and outs first.

Often what draws us into expensive education is the notification that certain people hold the 'secrets' to wealth and passive income, and we want to know the secrets too. They have created massive wealth themselves (usually a by-product of their shepherd persistence) and now they teach others. This topic is divided, but here is one helpful opinion from Michael on property investing.com forum:

There are many seminar spruikers out there that purport to do many things. I've reiterated the necessity of doing some solid due diligence including asking for student references from those who've successfully used the strategies being taught (and be careful that is not someone in the direct employ of the company) and have a solicitor go over any JV (that is, Joint Venture) agreements to ensure your position is protected and that you have legal recourse in all instances, especially in things like profit splits, responsibilities, liabilities and that its clearly documented in all areas. "

Others believe that $ 5,000 and ongoing costs is money well spent to shorten your learning curve. The course the forum was discussing was a property options course, and one gentleman commented that a good property lawyer with knowledge of options could explain it for a fraction of the cost. There is also a book / CD on the subject, Options Made Simple, by Rob Balanda.

I do not believe that education will prevent you making mistakes as you go from novice to expert investor. Any path to wealth is one negotiation with steps backwards as well as forwards, and it is your response to these challenges that really determinates your ultimate level of success. Read up on any multi-millionaire and you will find that they failed at least once before they had major success. With all his great mentoring from his Rich Dad, even Robert Kiyosaki had to close his once successful surf business, and start from nothing again before he went onto success in training and wealth education.

On the other hand, it is important to get some knowledge before jumping in. For example, as a novice I might be buying a big block and thinking of doing a subdivision. In my research, I would buy a comprehensive manual on subdivisions, search all the …

Education in Theory and Perspective

Education in Theory and Perspective

What is the meaning of education?

Webster defines education as the process of educating or teaching. Educate is further defined as “to develop the knowledge, skill, or character of…” Thus, from these definitions, we might assume that the purpose of education is to develop the knowledge, skill, or character of students.

It is also defined in Oxford that education is the knowledge, abilities, and the development of character and mental powers that are resulted from intellectual, moral, and physical trainings. So, it can be said that someone who already got education will have additional knowledge, abilities and change in character and mental power.

While in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, it is stated that:

Education encompasses teaching and learning specific skills, and also something less tangible but more profound: the imparting of knowledge, positive judgment and well-developed wisdom. Education has as one of its fundamental aspects the imparting of culture from generation to generation (see socialization). Education means ‘to draw out’, facilitating realization of self-potential and latent talents of an individual. It is an application of pedagogy, a body of theoretical and applied research relating to teaching and learning and draws on many disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, computer science, linguistics, neuro-science, sociology and anthropology.

From the quotation above, it is assumed that education does not merely transfer knowledge or skill, but more specifically it trains people to have positive judgment and well-developed wisdom, better characters and mental powers. Through education, someone will be able to search through their natural talent and self-potential, empower them and finally will result in gaining their self-esteem and better life.

The history of education according to Dieter Lenzen, president of the Freie Universität Berlin 1994 “began either millions of years ago or at the end of 1770”. Education as a science cannot be separated from the educational traditions that existed before. Education was the natural response of early civilizations to the struggle of surviving and thriving as a culture. Adults trained the young of their society in the knowledge and skills they would need to master and eventually pass on.

The education of an individual human begins since he was born and continues throughout his life. Even, some people believe that education begins even before birth, as evidenced by some parents’ playing music or reading to the baby in the womb to hope it will influence the child’s development. For some, the struggles and triumphs of daily life provide far more instruction than does formal. Family members may have a profound educational effect – often more profound than they realize – though family teaching may function very informally.

Education: the purpose, function and in practice

Theorists have made a distinction between the purpose of education and the functions of education. A purpose is the fundamental goal of the process-an end to be achieved, while Functions are other outcomes that may occur as a natural result of the process- byproducts or consequences of schooling. To elaborate these terms, it can be seen in reality that some …

Foundational Career and Corporate Life Management Mentorship

Foundational Career and Corporate Life Management Mentorship

In the Career and Corporate Life Management Mentorship we refer to the need to mastering the following generic phases: career development education → enter first job → technician → admin → functional → specialist → supervisory → management → leadership → executive → directorship → board role → retirement → post retirement roles. We also acknowledge that career and corporate life journey is not a straight line. We should, in our orientation, see our career progression following a pattern like the one above. When there is detour, we must be conscious of it and, as far as possible, influence the new direction. That will confirm to us that we are alert and directing our career and corporate life evolution. We will make mistakes but they will be manageable.

We all start somewhere in our career journeys, either as administrators or technical workforce. That is the foundation that is highly recommended. It is during these foundation years that we discover ourselves in the corporate world.

In most cases we are naive and impatient. It is expected because we are not experienced and just want to shoot through the phases of our careers. We are soon humbled and learn to be open-minded about our careers. If we do well as administrators and technical workers we will easily transition into areas of specialization. We are also prepared to become productive functional role players in our various industries.

We must all get our foundation right for the possible various career paths in the future. We get this foundation stages wrong, we suffer the consequences later in our careers. These stages are the base for supervisory, management and leadership roles in the future. This is over and above our academic and corporate development programs.

Many people can confess that their great performance during their foundation administrative, technical and functional years paved their transition into supervisory, management, and leadership roles. The reason is obvious; we all have to earn the trust of our superiors through hard work and great performance in our first jobs. They are the core of any business and therefore highly visible to the leaders. Many companies compete at this level in their sectors.

More than 50% of the curriculum of vocational and corporate academies is at the administrative, technical, specialization, and functional levels. These are the areas that can be verified against the development investment that the business makes. The intellectual capital of companies is entailed at these levels of the knowledge base of the company. The senior management and leadership are rewarded on how good they look after the company talent at these levels. The future of the company is guaranteed by the best talent at these levels. This is what sustains some of the best economies in the world. This does not suggest that supervisory, management and leadership levels are not important. They are. However, the critical mass is at the administrative, technical, specialization and functional levels. If things go wrong here the impact will be huge.

From here onward …

Educational Options Provided By Technical Colleges

Educational Options Provided By Technical Colleges

Not everyone is cut out for a college education or has the financial means to attend degree based courses. Technical courses are an ideal option for individuals who are looking for an alternative solution. With less strict entry requirements, you can find a course of interest without the need to have an exemplary SAT score. The type of courses on offer are diverse and can provide a rewarding, challenging and well paid career. With the ability to attend local or community based colleges, undertaking education does not have to burn a hole in your wallet or leave you devoid of opportunities.

Technical courses are an ideal option for individuals who are just starting out, trying to build bridging credits or retraining for a new career. Courses are typically run with smaller class attendance levels and do not take as long to complete. With flexible class attendance options, you can find a local based college to cut down travel time, avoid the need to fit expensive accommodation bills and work out a solution that fits your individual needs.

How does one determine the types of courses on offer? You can do a web search to determine which campuses are located close to your town. You can then request a free information pack or peruse the range of courses on offer which are usually outlined on the corresponding website. Each course will have separate entry requirements so you need to determine whether enrolment can be done immediately or you are required to undertake an aptitude test. For applicants that require financial assistance, the college financial officer can outline the range of loan and government programs that can be investigated for funding solutions.

The staff that conduct college courses are familiar with background learning material and can relate with real world practical experience. In some courses, such as cooking, students receive one on one training and are subject to live simulated environments in preparation for real world working conditions. Many industry bodies and local businesses actively support and recruit from technical colleges. In some cases, apprenticeships are sponsored by employers who support skill development or partially subsidize further education and skill development. Find out more about your options today by concluding a search for a technical college near you. …

Prospects and Futures in Aeronautical Engineering

Prospects and Futures in Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical is one of the most challenging fields of engineering with a wide scope of growth. This field deals with the development of new technologies in the field of aviation, space exploration and defense system in all over to maintain national integrity.

Aeronautical engineering deals with all the technical details and mechanism behind all flying bodies. Aeronautical engineers are needed in all sorts of areas such as aircraft manufacturing unit, space stations. Aeronautical engineering degree helps one to equip knowledge as the complex design and development of these flying machines like jet engines, airplanes, and others. It deals with the aerodynamic and mechanical aspect of these machines and systems.

This is a specialized and improved branch of mechanical engineering that involves learning about design and construction of airplanes, aircraft, and spacecraft. The course needs a good understanding of basic mathematics and physics because a lot of fundamental principles of physics and mathematics are applied to flight technology.

This course will teach you basic principles of flight engineering with few individuals' experiments. The field also deals with the navigation system, radar, and other communication networks.

What would you do as an aeronautical engineer?

Aeronautical engineers work in aircraft manufacturing units, space stations etc, and their major involves designs and development of aircraft parts, testing new aerodynamic and aviation system. They are the one that utilizes their skills in how technical designing high-end vehicles for the automobile industry.

Career prospect

• Aircraft industry

• Government and private airlines

• R & D organization

• International organization of aircraft and spacecraft

The increasing popularity of air travel and space exploration requires expertise to design and maintain improvements. Looking at heightening growth rate, the demand for smart and create aerospace engineers is only going to increase in the near future.

Skills required for the aeronautical engineer

• Mathematical and analytical skills

• Technical skills

• Creative skills

• Basic skills

Topics that can be covered

• Mathematics

• Fluid and solids mechanics

• Thermodynamics

• Avionics

• Aerodynamics

• Control system

Since this field emphasizes a lot on creativity, a sound academic background coupled with a passion for learning and pursuing this highly technical field of engineering, which will result in you achieving great success in career.

Main objectives for the students to get in the field

• Adapt to new technologies in aeronautical engineering and cater the need of the society

• Gain sufficient knowledge from modern design tools and apply to current technical is sure

• Encourage an attitude and independent learning and communication skills

• Execute multidisciplinary engineering projects in a team

• Inculcate lifelong learning to be able to cope with the changing technologies

• Have a high degree of professional ethics and standards

• Develop an ability to critically analyze and carry out innovation at independent research.

There are many countries in the world offering the education with the quality standards to help the students get an in-depth knowledge in the subjects and used it in either disciplinary field …

New Mexico Colleges

New Mexico Colleges

New Mexico, which was earlier known only as a popular tourist destination to many, is fast emerging as a big education capital as well. The universities and colleges of New Mexico are making their presence felt in both the national and international education circuit. There are more than a fifty colleges and universities in the small city of New Mexico. Some of the more prominent universities are namely, the University of Phoenix, DeVry University, and American Inter Continental University. The range of programs offered to students by these universities and colleges will leave you astounded. From technology to art, from business to health, you are sure to find a course of your choice here.

Most of these universities offer a very good financial aid to a few deserving students, mostly at the graduate level. There are special scholarships and fee wavers granted to deserving local students. This is probably done in an attempt to promote education at the local level and also decrease the number of college dropouts, at least those, which occur due to financial reasons.

Like all other universities and colleges in America, you need to acquire in the prescribed standardized examinations like SAT for the under graduate level and GRE for the graduate level, in order to gain admission in these colleges. The other application requirements can be easily found out from the web sites of individual universities. You can also mail your query to the application contact head or the concerned university. Contacting individual department unit heads is also particularly a good idea as at times a department may have application requirements different from those of the rest of the college.

Admission in one some of the colleges of New Mexico is very tough as there is stiff competition, but once you are in there, your future is secure.…