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PostHeaderIcon 3 Steps to Creating Your Career Plan

The year is almost half way done. Where are you in your career goals? You probably made some plans for your career when the year began, but have you remembered to check in on yourself? Maybe you’ve accomplished some of your goals. Maybe you’ve updated and changed some of your goals based on your job circumstances. Maybe you’ve completely forgotten about them all together. That’s okay. It’s not too late to make 2013 your best career year yet. If you’ve fallen off your career path, now’s the perfect time to get back on track. With a little planning, dedication and a lot of hard work, you can really set yourself up for success. If you’re ready to get back to it, use these three steps to resume your career planning.

Step 1: Create an honest assessment of your current career

You probably spend a lot of time thinking about your job. You think about the tasks you have to do. You think about the things you really hate doing. You think about the things you wish you could do. Use those thoughts to formulate an assessment of your job role that will help guide your career path. Ask yourself a couple questions to guide your assessment: What does my current job role entail? Where had I hoped to be within my company at this point? Where had I hoped to be within my career at this point? What aspects of my job role do I enjoy? What aspects of my job role could use a little work? Is my current company/job role doing something to help me reach my goals? What am I doing to reach my career goals?

When you answer these questions openly and honestly, you can begin to re-establish your career goals and adjust your career path as needed. If you’re off track, make goals that will help put you back in line. Set achievement goals that will help you along your path.

Step 2: Seek assistance

There is no shame in asking for a little help sometimes, especially when it comes to your career. More than likely, you know someone who has gone through something similar to you in their career path. Use these people as resources as you plot your own path. Ask for advice from peers and colleagues that you look up to. Find people that are in roles similar to roles you aspire for and pick their brains about their job and what steps they took to get there.

Another great area to get assistance in is feedback. We all like to think that we’re pretty aware of our strengths and weaknesses, but that’s probably not the case. Start seeking out honest and frequent feedback from your superiors and peers. This feedback will not only help you clarify which areas you need improvements in, but may also highlight some strengths that you didn’t know people appreciated.

Step 3: Act on your plan

You can’t just think; you must do. Goals are pretty useless if you don’t have plans to accomplish them. All your career assessments and planning will be for nothing if you don’t have any ideas on how you actually intend to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Maybe your goal is to get a promotion. What do you need to get that promotion? If it’s further training, sign up for the appropriate classes or certifications. If you need some leadership experience, start taking the initiative to lead tasks and or be a resource for your other team members. These actions will help you not only stick to your career path, but will also help you keep moving along towards bigger goals in the future.
Career planning is an important part of achieving your goals. If you’re willing to put in the time, you can create an excellent career path to success.

Andria is a content writer and career guidance expert for Minneapolis based company, Benchmark Learning. The company specializes in IT training, business training and career training center. Being in the training industry for more than 25 years has helped lead Benchmark to the top of the training industry.

PostHeaderIcon Chemistry Tuition: Enhancing Students’ Interest and Performance

Chemistry is a field of science that deals with the study of matter in all of its aspects. It focuses on chemical bonds and atom interactions. Some say it is the centerpiece of all branches of science because it links a lot of other scientific fields. It is not a surprise to consider the sciences as the pillar of education.
Chemistry is an important subject in school. It is a challenging subject that can't be ignored no matter what. It is something that students really have to pass; otherwise you will not be able to have the sought-after diploma. Any educational system would not be complete without including chemistry in the curriculum. Every student should have proper training in the fields of sciences along with communication subjects. In school, a great number of hours are dedicated in the teaching and learning of the sciences. Without the sciences, education would be lame and less significant. The things done in school may not be enough to inculcate the best training possible, but it is okay because there are chemistry tuition offerings outside the formal educational systems.
Chemistry tuition will help enhance a student's ability to appreciate and perform scientific processes even outside the four walls of the classroom. At O Level Chemistry tuition, you will have a great future with chemistry. O level chemistry tuition will improve performance in all testing aspects of chemistry. To extend the context of instruction, a blog has been created as well a website. An interface has been improved for better learning process. These blogs presents a wide array of educational articles that are really useful. These web pages also provide an avenue for enthusiasts to leave messages and comments for the purpose of intelligent and academic interaction. This is something that students can seldom experience in the classroom or laboratories.
The content of the instructional or educational materials have always been updated to include recent scientific discoveries and findings. Various professional correspondents have been tasked to keep abreast with the latest trends and theories all around the world. Collaborators have also been assigned to communicate with the local or regional correspondents who will eventually contact the editors to produce the new editions of the materials.
Through these websites and blogs, a student can choose O Level Chemistry tuition topics by checking links that offer a wealth of information. You can even post questions and comments in the blog. That is how empowering chemistry tuition is. A list of topics would be made available for skimming or scanning.

The program payment is very flexible. The student can choose from a group package or individual offer. A tuition clinic is also offered to support students from acquisition of reference materials and supplementary stuff. Moreover, they have result-guarantee programs that ensure excellent and transparent performance among the tutees.

The chemistry tuition program has been structured by competent chemists and experts. The program is aimed at developing confidence among students, exploring strengths, training instructors, and incorporating discoveries from other related sciences. This program has been producing successful tutees all over the world.

James Liao a.k.a The Educationist of Singapore, a MASTERS scholar from NTU, has been on the forefront of Singapore's education fabric for more than a decade. Through this period he has helped many students improve from F9 to A1 in Chemistry, Physics, A.Maths and E.Maths. As a result, these same students managed to qualify for Junior Colleges and most of them have already graduated from NTU, NUS and SMU.

PostHeaderIcon School Direct Creating Waves in Universities

British universities are feeling the effects of the government’s plans, announced last July, to expand the School Direct scheme that funds teacher training through schools and which is resulting in reductions in the number of training places funded through universities.

Already the number of university courses funded to train secondary English teachers has been cut from 54 to 28 while eleven geography courses and nine history courses have lost their funding. And, the position could get worse – the government’s aim is to increase School Direct places from 300 to more than 6,000 from September and reduce university-led provision to 26,000 from 28,000.

Under School Direct, students apply directly to a school or group of schools for teacher training. Universities are then contracted by the schools to provide the academic elements of training. This means that the funding a university receives depends upon how much business it obtains from schools rather than having places directly funded by government.

This system is creating uncertainty for universities. Even Cambridge University, which only recently was celebrating the first ever ‘perfect’ Ofsted report for a teacher-training course, is concerned.

Elaine Wilson, who runs the Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for secondary teachers, confesses that she does not understand the government’s motives for changing a system that has proved so successful. By cutting the number of students it funds directly, she says, government runs the risk of seeing the PGCE programme fold in the future, although there is no immediate risk.

Wilson says that she is not against change but wonders what evidence there is to support the new system. Students on the PGCE course already spend one third of their time in local schools. Cambridge is itself involved with the School Direct scheme but has only been able to fill 10 of 20 places allocated. There is also a complication for students in that they not only have to apply to the school but also have to complete Cambridge’s admissions procedures.

Voicing similar concerns. Samantha Twiselton, Dean of the University of Cumbria’s Faculty of Education, has no issues with the philosophy of training teachers in schools but says that, although Cumbria has been allocated 315 School Direct places, it is only budgeting for 200 to be filled because the recruitment process is untested. There was also a risk that too few teachers could be trained in the future because there would be less government control.

Other university teacher educators echo these sentiments. They say that the system makes cash flow more unpredictable and subject to fluctuation because schools’ needs will vary. Also, universities will probably have to wait until the school year starts to be certain of student numbers.

Professor Peter Tymms, Head of the School of Education at Durham University which currently has an ‘outstanding’ verdict from Ofsted, has said that losing the rating would leave the school in serious trouble. Other countries, he says, cannot believe that England wants to downgrade the role of universities in teacher education.

For his part, Oxford University’s Professor John Howson is concerned about the primary education sector. He points out that, by the end of the decade, the sector will need several thousand more teachers to cope with an expected pupil increase of 800,000. He doubts that primary schools will be able to meet this need on their own.

The government has added to the concerns by announcing that only those providers that receive ‘outstanding’ verdicts from Ofsted will be guaranteed any funding for teacher training in the future. It also raised the ire of university providers when Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of schools in England who is already under fire for negative comments he has made about the quality of schools, said that under Ofsted’s new inspection regime a greater proportion of school-based training was rated as ‘outstanding’ than university-based training. Describing the remark as ‘overtly political’, the Universities’ Council for the Education of teachers pointed out that the evidence base was too small as only four out of 73 universities with teacher training programmes were included in the verdicts.

Defending the government’s position, a Department of Education spokesperson has said that schools asked for more control over teacher training so that they could take charge of their own profession and better serve the needs of their pupils. The Schools Direct scheme is already proving popular, with schools reporting strong competition for places. School Direct does not mean the end of the important role played by higher education institutions. Rather, by creating strong partnerships with schools, they have the chance to increase their initial teacher training places.

The government’s confidence, however, may be misplaced. With September just a few months away, it is rumoured that, so far, offers have been made to students for only 10% of the available School Direct places, which is adding to the uncertainty. Clearly, these doubts will need to be resolved if this new system is to become a credible alternative to the traditional university route to a career in teaching.

– Alison Jones

PostHeaderIcon Best Chemistry Tuition for You: Online or Offline?

When studying, people have different ways of learning things and different grasping capacities. A good tutor is the one who understands the quality of his student and teaches him/her accordingly. Chemistry is a subject that requires a nice amount of concentration and dedication towards learning to be understood properly. Chemistry tuition then is something you will require in order to understand your strengths and weaknesses and confront them willfully.

Chemistry combined Chemistry Physics tuition and maybe along with the other subject of your choice is recommended for everyone learning the subject.

Offline and online, there are many options available for the tuitions in chemistry and other science subjects and the choice depends on one's attitude towards the subject. If you're a quick learner and do not have much time to give in travelling and thinking about it, online tuitions are a way to go for you. They will not only be a good option, but big money savers too. For those who want to learn face to face and have much more interaction involved, offline tuition is definitely a better option.

If you go for online tuitions, you get many advantages like it generally gives you the freedom of time since the lectures are stored online and you can simply watch them as per your convenience. It is also recommended since you do not have to feel shy about anything and you can freely post your doubts and have them solved. With all this, it proves to be a money saver as compared to offline and provides a better insight through various web links where you can find more researched articles on the topic you want to learn.
Offline tuitions have the biggest advantage of interaction. If you want your doubts to be solved in front of you and you want a moral support along with the teacher's guidance over the topic, offline tuitions provide a decent way there. If they are nearby your place, the commute time is something that has not to be thought of, although it is not necessarily a time saver. You can still get all the free online lectures in case of doubt, so having offline tuition will prove to be an added advantage.
As said earlier, both have their own advantages and disadvantages too. Chemistry is a subject that has to be understood with deep learning and understanding and a good tutor definitely helps in that. If you go for combined chemistry physics tuitions, you get to learn physics along with chemistry and both subject have many similarities on the same time when they have amazing contrasting differences too. Learning them together definitely gives a deeper insight in sciences.

Once you decide what to opt, you can just relax and concentrate on learning and having fun with the subject as once you know how to enjoy learning, it becomes a very easy task and you do not feel exhausted after hours of it. It just proves to be another fruitful exercise that helps you learn greatly.

James Liao also known as The Educationist of Singapore, a MASTERS scholar from NTU, has been on the forefront of Singapore's education fabric for more than a decade. Through this period he has helped many students improve from F9 to A1 in Chemistry, Physics, A.Maths and E.Maths.

Visit us at our website www.theeducationist.com for more details and sign up for a free consultation now in order for your child to experience this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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