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TOP 5 Tips for Academic Success: How to Make the Most of Your Education for a Career in Healthcare

Careers in Healthcare are BOOMING right now. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010). If you want to pursue a career in healthcare, you need an in-depth education.

Education is one of the most important, and necessary steps to the start a career in healthcare. In the healthcare industry your body of knowledge and clinical expertise is your skill set. It is the marketable asset that will use to land that dream position you desire. Unfortunately, sometimes I see healthcare students who do not know how to maximize their training for the most benefit.

I have spent several years in education. Throughout that time I have noticed that there are 5 consistent habits and/or traits that successful students demonstrate. The students who embrace these practices are more likely to succeed in their career path than others that do not. If you implement these practices in your education it will be richer, more dynamic, and much more valuable.

Here are the TOP 5 traits of successful healthcare students that separate them from the crowd:

1. They engage with their teachers- The instructors are there for a reason, use them! Ask questions when you do not understand something. By having your question answered immediately you are helping to develop a better understanding of that theory or concept. In addition, when the teacher asks a question of the class, answer it. Be involved with your instructor’s discussion. Open discussion, if guided by the instructor, can be a valuable method of learning. However, be careful not to monopolize a discussion, instead seek to add to it.

2. They collaborate with others- Teachers are not your only ally in your education. Your peers in class and other professionals in the field can also complement your training. Many of the successful students whom I see form study groups. These groups create a synergy of learning. They use each other’s strengths to help one another. Students strong in one area can help those that are weak. Furthermore, another aspect of the group is accountability. While making a commitment to study to yourself can be easily dismissed, making a commitment to a group of peers carries a sense of duty and is not so easy to break. Aside from your peers, do not hesitate to utilize those already in the field. Not only are they a plethora of knowledge they can also become an integral part of your network.

3. They study for the present but look to the future- While studying for your career in healthcare you will feel the need to focus on the present (the next practicum, the next exam, etc.). However, do not become shortsighted to your goals. Those students who are focused on their end game will not let any small setbacks deter them from moving forward. By knowing what you want down the road, you are more focused on what you need to do to get there. In effect, by knowing what is ahead of you, allows you to better prioritize the present.

4. Know your resources- Many schools offer numerous tools that students can utilize to help them succeed in their course of study. Several have libraries, workshops, tutoring, and coaching readily available for students. For example, our school offers Skills Boot Camps in which students can come in and work on their patient care skills after class in a casual environment. In addition, there is a workshop where they can come in and work on getting vital signs from patients with one of our Nurses, almost one on one. Numerous schools in today’s world have online resources of which the students can use to augment their classroom time and better understand the material. This can range from books online, to practice tests to even games. Discover the resources that your school has and USE THEM!

5. Show up!- This is the most important, if you do not show up you will not succeed, PERIOD. Be there every day ready to learn. Any time you miss out on a class you miss out on the knowledge. Finding yourself falling behind in class is never a good way to find success. Besides physically being there make sure that you are mentally there as well! Show up well rested and prepared so that you are in the optimal mindset to absorb that day’s material.

So there you have it, the top 5 tips for a successful start to your career in healthcare. These tips by and large, are the pillars of successful students. Use these pillars to build a great foundation, and you will find success. Good Luck!

Tips on Building Wealth – Education Is the Key

I attended a free financial education class conducted by one of the independent associates of the International Marketing Group here in Cebu. It was indeed very enriching. I felt all fired up with the mission to eradicate the problem of poverty in this country that I decided to write this article.

I actually learned a lot from the seminar but I can’t put it all in just one article. So, let me just share with you ideas that appealed to me the most. I hope you will also get fired up and join me in this crusade against poverty.

Based on statistical research, it has been predicted that a large number of Filipinos will face an increasing challenge with the future of their financial lives. Wanna know why? Well, let me tell you.

Four (4) Major Challenges of the Average Filipino

  • There is an uncertainty in the labor market. With the advancement of technology, more and more companies prefer to spend on automating their business operations.
  • Most Filipinos are living in high debts but their savings are low or none at all.
  • There is an extremely high cost of education. According to studies, college tuition fees in the Philippines double every six (6) years.
  • As the country is developing, the cost of living in the Philippines is also increasing. Prices of commodities go up more rapidly than a person’s regular wage.

Build Your Wealth Like You are Building A House

The Filipino is indeed facing a weary situation about his financial life in the future. Although some have already learned the value of saving for the rainy days but they have not yet mastered the art of building wealth. Many people are making this mistake. They become so excited about getting rich quick that they go right on to making an investment while neglecting the one thing necessary – a solid foundation.

Building wealth is just like building a house (or any architectural structure). You need to build a solid foundation in order for the house to stand strong. The taller the structure that you want to build, the deeper you need to dig for its foundation.

It is also the same with your wealth. If you want to secure your future, then you need to build a solid foundation for your wealth building. The International Marketing Group has a team of financial advisers who can teach you strategies on how to build this solid foundation for your wealth.

Education is the Key to Success

In everything that we do, there is always a learning curve. We do not get to be masters right away. We still need to study and learn how to do the work. Carpenters were not born with a hammer in their hands. Somebody taught them the skills of driving that hammer. In the same way, we also need financial advisers to teach us the right way to building our wealth.

4 Proactive Dragon Slaying Tips for IEP Meetings, to Empower Your Advocacy!

Are you the parent of a child with Autism, or another disability who receives special education services? Do you become overwhelmed during the IEP process, and would like to learn a few tips to help you? Are you tired of the lies and deceptions being told to you by special educators? Then this is the article for you—4 proactive advocacy tips (dragon slaying tips) to empower you in IEP meetings and afterward!

1. Try and see if you can have a friend or relative attend the meeting with you (bring someone who knows how to write fast and take good notes). This is for a couple of reasons: a. the person can take in-depth notes about what is being said and who is saying it, and b. the person can be a witness in the future, if a dispute develops between yourself and special education professionals.

2. Tape record the meeting so that you can listen to the tape after the meeting, and fill in your notes (in case you missed something). Also, CD’s of IEP meetings may be used in due process hearings (if allowed by your state).

3. Bring a written list of issues that need to be discussed (do not forget to add items from an independent educational evaluation (IEE). By the issue write yes or no and leave a little bit of space. This way you can document if the school agrees to provide the service or not, and jot down specific things that they say during the meeting (don’t forget to add who said it).

4. Write an IEP summary letter after the meeting (do not forget to date the letter and sign it also), documenting what happened during the meeting. You should include discussions not in the notes, special education professional’s attitudes, and specific comments made by staff (to include their names). I have begun doing this recently in my advocacy and find it very helpful because I can include things not in the IEP document that should be—-but now the letter is in the child’s educational record!

Recently at the end of a meeting one of the school staff said something that would help the parents in their quest for their son to receive scientifically research based reading instruction. I immediately grabbed a piece of paper and wrote down what was said and who said it (the mother gave me funny looks because she did not know what was said or that I was writing it down). In the IEP summary letter I put this information and I believe that it was helpful in my advocacy! When the school answered the letter, they never mentioned what was said, or denied that the educator said it, so I was home free! Always document when special education professionals say something that can support your advocacy!

Good luck—remember your child is depending on you!

4 Tips If Your Special Education Advocate is Banned From IEP Meetings

Are you a parent or advocate who helps children with autism or another disability, receive special education services? Have you been told that you can not attend IEP meetings with parents in a certain district? Would you like to learn a few tips on how to handle this situation? This article will give you 4 tips to use if this situation happens to you or an advocate that you work with.

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that parents have the right to have people help them, who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the student. IDEA also states that parents have the right to be equal participants, in their child’s IEP process! If parents ask an advocate to come to a meeting with them, the advocate is to be considered an IEP team member.

OSEP agrees with this and issued a memorandum on January 15, 2004 clarifying an advocate’s role at an IEP meeting. It states that: Since the parent has invited the advocate to the IEP meeting, this person is considered to be an IEP team member and may assume an active role in the student’s IEP. Some advocates are being banned from student’s IEP meetings because they are considered divisive! Below are 4 Tips to use if this happens to you:

Tip 1: If your advocate is banned from an IEP meeting, send a letter to your school district asking for the state and federal law that allows them to do this. Attach to the letter any evidence that you have that the advocate was actually banned (Letter, E mail etc). Ask for a response within 10 days.

Tip 2: In the same letter, state that according to IDEA you have the right to have people at the IEP meeting that have knowledge or special expertise regarding your child. For Example: Your advocate has worked with your child for over a year and understands their needs, or has special training in the disability that your child has.

Tip 3: Also state that: IDEA requires school districts to develop an IEP for each child with a disability, with parents playing a significant role in this process. Also, that for you to do this you require the help of a qualified advocate!

Tip 4: Send a complaint to your state board of education stating that the school district is violating IDEA by banning your advocate from attending IEP meetings. The actual violations are:

A. School district is preventing you from having a person who has knowledge or special expertise on your child, at the IEP meeting.

B. School district is preventing you from being an equal participant, and playing a significant role in the IEP process.

C. School district cannot give you any specific state or federal law that states they have the right to ban certain advocates.

Parents have the right to bring the advocate of their choice to their child’s IEP meetings. School districts cannot ban an advocate from coming! If this happens to you, stand up to the special education personnel for the benefit of your child’s education.

7 Easy-To-Use Health Education Tips for Families

Do you know that one family that always seems to keep so healthy and trim? What is it about their lifestyle that you are not doing to keep your family fit? More often than not it is simply a matter of having a more thorough health education. Here are seven ways you can educate yourself and your family to make health and fitness a priority.

1. Work as a Team

In order to get the whole family involved, you need to increase their buy-in. Giving everyone a voice leads to greater participation. Sit down as a family to discuss your lifestyle choices and set some healthy goals you can work towards as a team.

2. Don’t Starve

Most diets are very restrictive, and result in people simply eating less. When you do not eat right, your body initiates production of the hormone Ghrelin which causes you to become insatiably hungry. The result is that you end up over indulging on unhealthy foods when you could have simply had plenty of healthy snacks, such as almonds or carrots, throughout the day.

3. Automate Meals

As Americans, we are infamous for skipping the most important meal of the day. The reason breakfast is so important is because it is the first thing you have eaten in 8-9 hours, and determines your hunger levels throughout the whole day. Instead, pick a few staples for breakfast and lunch that are quick and easy, and eat those every day. Use dinner as your meal to get creative.

4. 30 Minutes a Day

Try to get 30 minutes of exercise every day, if you can at your home. If you have to drive somewhere to exercise, you make it more difficult on yourself to keep up with it every day. If need be, split up the 30 minutes into two sessions of light, gentle exercise like walking, running, cycling, body weight resistance exercises, and weight training.

5. Be The Decision-Maker

When it comes to food, whatever you buy your children will eat. If you buy them chips and cookies, they (and probably you, too) will eat them. After this, if you try to restrict them, it will cause them to crave those unhealthy foods even more. Instead, avoid bringing those foods into the house to begin with. Keep fresh fruit and vegetables chopped in the refrigerator, and have nuts, pretzels, and other wholesome snacks on hand.

6. Eat Dinner Together

The simple ritual of sitting down together as a family for a nightly meal places a priority on nutrition and proper eating habits in your family values. Additionally, this simple act has been shown to improve parent-child relationships, and increase academic performance.

7. Play Together

An important part of your exercise regime, should be pure, unadulterated play. Whether that means putting on music and dancing around, kicking a soccer ball around, rough-housing or anything that brings out your inner child.

Tips To Choose Students For Direct Entry Into Schools Of Higher Education

This is a common situation that you have to face. Every year, you have to select from a large group of 16-year olds, a few who automatically qualify to join institutions of higher education even before the final examinations.

This poses a big dilemma when these students have almost identical academic results and extra-curricular activities.

Are there other ways of trying to separate these teenage students and choose the most suitable to enter into the respective educational faculties?

Here are some tips that you should seriously consider.

Philosophical Questions

Firstly, you can create some philosophical or ethical questions to slowly see their own personal stand and bias. The coming new workplace will have a big portion of robotics and automation. Thus it is crucial to see if your candidates are not merely book-smart but am also ready to face the new realities of life.

Video Resume

You can instruct them to make a minute presentation describing their strengths and why they fit a particular faculty. This one-minute presentation can follow the style of a video resume and should have clear dialogue and accurate subtitles to allow the assessor to get a first impression.

Referees

You can also contact the referees of these candidates and find out why they want to recommend these students to direct-entry into higher education. It is up to your own experience to discover if these referees merely associate themselves with these candidates just to give blind support but may not know have enough reasons for their support

Extra-curricular Activities

You may have to create an internal system of grading your potential candidates in terms of the results of their chosen extra-curricular activities. For example, a higher grading can be assigned if the candidates have proven leadership responsibilities.

Open-ended Questions

You can give all final-round candidates some open-ended questions and ask them to provide their best replies and analysis to the given case studies. Do ensure that you allocate sufficient time for these activities.

Future Thoughts

Pose a question about where their chosen industries will be headed to in the next few years. This is crucial because you do not want a chosen candidate to switch faculties on a whim. Normally, a good candidate will make an effort to read more about the new chosen path.

Lego

The truth of the matter is this. Lego blocks are very good for any candidate to highlight what is in his mind. The Lego pieces are of different colours and sizes and are only constrained by the deep recesses of the candidate’s imagination.

Team building exercise and observation

You can also follow-up by allowing each final candidate to join a team of senior students who are already in the higher educational institutions. Break them into different groups and give them group projects to do. Remember to delegate the group presentation to be done by each candidate and then allow the other group members to evaluate them. This is very crucial because their peers are very good judges of competency and maturity.

Best of luck for your search.

Getting The Most Out Of An Online Education – Some Study Tips For You

For most people today, taking an online course can be the most convenient way for them to get a degree or to enhance their current knowledge and skills. But online learning will require time management skills, willpower, very strong motivation, and self-discipline. It can be a very challenging task to finish an eLearning course.

Some Study Tips For Online Learners

Be aware of some online learning practices. You must know that online courses aren’t the easiest way for you to learn but the most convenient one. For you to successfully learn, you must dedicate a considerable amount of your time to attend the program. Moreover, you must fully commit and focus on the learning process, similar to what you would be doing if you are taking up a regular course.

Know what to expect. When taking an online course, you might be expected to become tech-savvy, work with others efficiently, be self-disciplines, and complete all your tasks and assignment on time.

Make sure that your Internet is reliable. Tech issues always happen. To avoid any mishaps, you have to ensure that you always save your work repeatedly. Most importantly, you need to backup all your documents using cloud storage so you can be able to have access to them from your tablet or other smart devices anywhere and at any time. With a reliable Internet connection, you can stay current with your course as well as deal with any sudden changes in your schedule.

Have a devoted study space. Regardless of whether you decide to study in your office or living room, make sure that this place is free from distraction, organized, quiet and available for use at any time. Find a study space where it enables your study routine. It is very important that you turn off your phone of log off all your social accounts when studying. The main point is that you need to study uninterrupted.

Build a study plan. This is very critical, whether you are studying online or in a traditional classroom setting. Online learning must be structured so consider creating a calendar that will help you remember all significant dates and a to-do list for each week. Indeed, this is a great way of prioritizing your study plan as well as staying on track with your studying. Most importantly, you need to stay on schedule.

Take some breaks. When you are feeling frustrated whilst studying, your performance will definitely be decreased. So consider taking study breaks. You can have a change of scenery.

These study tips can work efficiently with online learners. This will help make sure that your online learning is an enjoyable eLearning experience.

Looking For Online Education Tips?

As the computer age rolls on we are encountering more and more universities that are willing to invest in the education of pupils who may not necessarily be in a place to attend classes at that particular institution of higher education. The offerings are still somewhat restricted but there are chances to get associates, bachelors, and also master’s degrees strictly through online course work. This is something that was practically extraordinary even a few years ago.

These days pupils truly do have more choices presented to them than ever before if they are disposed to put in the time and strength into their studies, there are few restrictions to the level of education you can receive, even if it has been years since you last went to a university or community college. Even those colleges and universities that do not present full fledged diploma programs wholly through online learning methods are beginning to offer majority of programs on the web for students with tiring schedules and lifestyles. This means that you now have the occasion to blend distance or online learning with a few night or weekend programs in order to end your degree even if you have a full time day employment and folks that needs to discuss with you at home on occasion.

With online classes it does not matter if you are in your pajamas or in a suit and tie you can still do the work you suppose to do on the internet and no one will be the wiser. You also might find that you can slot in your education into your lunch hour, especially if you can type and chew at the same time. The truth is that online classes offer better flexibility to those hoping to further their education. Whether you’re eager to get hold of a diploma or simply desire to broaden your horizons by taking one or two online classes, you just might find that the potential are limitless once you commence taking these courses from your residence.

Even if a diploma is not something you are essentially seeking you might be amazed at the large array of programs that are presented for those enticed by enlarging their depth of awareness on different matters from the convenience of their own homes.

Tips for Setting Up a Special Education Classroom

When dealing with special needs children, setting up the classroom may be one of the most important things you can do to make your year successful. Many special needs children regardless of their diagnosis have similar things they find difficult. Below are many ideas to help the teacher arrange and get the classroom ready for the year to begin.

1. Make a visual schedule for students to follow each day.

2. Put tennis balls on the bottom of the chairs to decrease the sound in the room.

3. Be very aware of sensory issues. If a child is overwhelmed by sensory stimuli in the classroom this is going to distract them making it impossible for them to concentrate.

4. Prompt students when they get off task. Sometimes this may be just walking over to the student and putting a hand on their back.

5. Use things like visual supports however make sure the visual supports aren’t so cluttered the child becomes overwhelmed by it.

6. Teach organization. This can be a notebook with all their information in one place.

7. Have open communication with parents so they can follow through and there is a consistent way of doing things.

8. Model appropriate behaviors.

9. Many children have problems with memory, help make flashcards so they can find what they are looking for and help them study.

10. Seek out and understand success as much as possible.

11. Break tasks into smaller tasks. Don’t give them a huge task or a list of assignments and expect them to follow through. They are much more successful when its broken down.

12. Go for quality rather than quantity with classwork and homework. Keep in mind, many children with special needs take medication and remember that the medications are wearing off by the end of the day. Before assigning homework is it really necessary?

13. Make consequences logical and reward often. Come up with a reward system so the children are getting positive reinforcement on a continuous basis.

14. Use privacy boards when there are things going on around the room.

15. Move student’s desk to where there are fewer distractions. Most of the time that will be beside the teacher, up front or beside a quite child.

16. Many times it’s better to use rows for seating if possible. Group seating is just too much stimuli for them.

17. Keep a portion of the room free from visual stimuli, noise and windows.

18. Use headphones to play while noise or soft music to help block out what is going on in the classroom.

19. State directions, write them down, speak them and repeat. Special needs children need information more than once and in multiple formats.

20. Be sure to get eye contact. They sometimes are not “able” to pay attention. Reward or praise them when they do have eye contact. This is very difficult for them.

21. Allow escape if a child can’t deal with a problem. Allow them to go to the assigned area in the classroom where they can go and calm down.

See how these tips help. Please leave me a comment and let me know if they were helpful.

Elemantra Consultancy Group CEO Shares His Secrets to Successful Career Development

Today’s guest post is written by Alissa Corto of Panorama Education, a company that provides educators with research-based, job-embedded professional development to increase collaboration and improve the outcomes for students with special needs.

Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman is a successful CEO. As CEO, starting out as an educator has taught Dr Elmi Zulkarnain everything about what drives people. His small company has sucessfully grown into a group of companies that is operating in a myriad of industries under one corporate group called Elemantra Consultancy Group (Singapore).

Elemantra Consultancy has controlling stakes in subsidiary companies that conducts corporate training, event management,  team building, media publishing and education related businesses in Singapore. I first met Dr Elmi when he came to Boston University for a master’s degree.

We are interested on how an educator like you started an Event Management company. What’s your story?

It all started during my university days where I was inspired by how international events were organised. I knew I was going to be a good teacher but I also wanted to make a difference in the event industry. After I left the public service, I gathered some people and that’s how Elemantra Consultancy came about. Today, I am proud to say that we’ve made it into an awesome 20-member team and is now expanding across 3 different countries – Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

What excites you most about the Event Management industry?

The feeling of building something out of nothing; going from zero to a hundred and a hundred to thousands. We take empty spaces and turn them into memorable experiences for the public. Crafting that journey for people and seeing the wide smiles on their faces once our events are done, or before it even starts, makes it all so worth it.

What’s your connection to Asia?

I’m a born and bred Singaporean, a very proud one. Elemantra has the advantage of being able to grow in Asia strategically because of our team’s extensive knowledge of the local sphere.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?

Singapore. It has a lot of potential and so many people in the same industry want to work together to create win-win situations for everyone. Business talk aside, the people are lovely and the food is wonderful too!

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received and I would like to share with everyone else, would be that you should never think that you know everything. Even after being in the industry for many years, there’s still plenty for me to learn and absorb. We have to constantly innovate our brands in order to keep up with the times. Many businesses fail simply because they think they know everything.

Who inspires you?

No one else inspires me more than books do. To me, books are the greatest source of inspiration.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?

How the whole world of private equity and venture capitalist works. We are ready for expansion and I totall understand how this industry works. It is a whole lot of numbers and negotiations and I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned into Elemantra’s future projects.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?

I would’ve definitely chosen my team more carefully. Any business in any industry is always about its people. I’m so thankful and am glad to say that we now have an extraordinary group of talented and passionate people across 3 countries.

How do you unwind?

Reading and writing short ghost stories. I’ve been a huge fan of short stories for as long as I can remember. I have tonnes of anthology of short ghost stories back at home that it takes up a whole room! Reading them really helps my brain shut off for a while and allows me to take a breather as I travel into these imaginary worlds of made up characters. It’s like directing your own movie in your head.

How can people connect with you?

Email me!

I’m online 24/7, my email is [email protected]ancy.com

Twitter handle?

You can follow and tweet me at @elmizulkarnain