Archive for February, 2018

Student Team Projects: Tips to Complete a Successful Remote Project

February 16th, 2018

BY MELISSA BURNS

The world is changing rapidly. Technology is advancing at an astonishing pace. And companies are keeping up with progress. Nowadays, more and more companies are incorporating flexible time, giving digital nomads a chance to work on their projects from remote locations. For example, Mozilla and GitLab are allowing most of their workers to work from home; and this home can be located anywhere in the world.

The problem is that there are also several challenges when it comes to managing a project on which people work from various locations. Project management can become a bit difficult when teammates work remotely. However, as it was proven by various companies time and time again, completing projects using teams that work from home or remote locations is very possible. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to complete the project and prevent several problems.

5 Tips for Successful Remote Collaborations

Teammates should bond on a personal level and be able to socialize with each other. It can be quite difficult to bond the team together, as people are located in different parts of the world – and also have different cultures and religions in many cases. To overcome this issue, use instant messaging applications that allow meetings and video calling. Skype comes to mind instantly. Being able to see and hear your teammates is very important if you want the team to bond.

Resolve time zone differences and be firm. In many cases, teammates are located in different time zones. Some may work from Europe, while others probably work from the United States. To solve this problem, you need to clearly define specific time slots when online meetings and calls must take place. Team members must understand that joining the meeting is not optional.

Use adequate Document Management software. Most projects require teammates to collaborate on various documents online. This is why a comprehensive Document Management solution with integrated online editing tools, like Zoho Docs, is highly recommended for remote projects. Using such a tool, people can easily collaborate online, as well as make edits, approve changes, and create new documents as necessary.

Use Time Tracking software to make sure that everyone is doing their part. Although it rarely happens, there are times when certain team members are a tad lazy. To make sure everyone works on the project equally as hard, use a time tracking solution. For example, Time Doctor is just one of the better tools for the task.

Use a project management system, especially for larger projects. It may sound like a good idea to use email to handle everything, but it is absolutely not. Managing a virtual team needs more than email. Communications, files, documents, schematics, videos, screenshots, etc. – everything must be easy to organize and find later on. This is why a project management system like Zoho Projects or Wrike is highly recommended.

Remote Projects Work

For many organizations – and their number is on the rise – remote project management works just fine. In fact, many companies find that remote project management works better than traditional project management. Remote teams help companies save money due to lower project costs, greatly decrease travel time for team members, and improve a company’s ability to attract highly skilled and experienced workers. If done right, remote projects can be very successful, and both the company and the virtual team have a lot to gain.

However, digital project managers must be able to manage their virtual teams and the workflow correctly. This is why an adequate set of tools, as well as various techniques like the tips listed above, are very important for a remote project. In other words, the success of the project depends in large part on the tools and strategies you use.

Melissa Burns graduated from the faculty of Journalism of Iowa State University. Nowadays she is an entrepreneur and independent journalist. Follow her @melissaaburns or contact at burns.melissaa@gmail.com

 

 

Keeping Business Degrees Relevant in a Digital World

February 15th, 2018

BY ANNABEL MONAGHAN

Business degrees come in all shapes and sizes, with dozens of degree type varieties (such as entrepreneurship, administration, and management) and dozens of more certificate/minor programs. A business degree is designed to be a generalist degree while simultaneously fostering a high level of career options. There have been historical commonalities amongst these different paths to a business degree, such as a broad understanding of organizations, strategy and policy, and finance fundamentals. The most competitive business schools keep a great pulse on the economy and modify their curriculum to reflect recent innovation and best practice, in order to provide output of the most relevant and highly-qualified graduates.

Since business schools clearly see an importance in maintaining relevance in their curriculum, it leaves one wondering why there is not always an inclusion of digital marketing skills within every business degree program. The overwhelming majority of business degree programs entail at least an introduction to marketing. Even for those that do not specialize within marketing, such as those pursuing a management career track, it is essential that those whom manage marketing personnel have a rudimentary understanding of marketing. If the desired outcome of a business degree is a business professional that can do a little bit of everything, and has the foundational knowledge to work with all corporate job functions, business degree programs are falling alarmingly behind in setting students up for success in regards to working with modern marketing teams. The recent graduate with a business degree is expected to have not just highly relevant, but highly varied business skills that transcend several corporate job functions.

Digital marketing is the new gold standard of marketing. A recent graduate with a business degree, as well as anyone that has been in business for even a few weeks, understands the importance of lead generation and the full sales cycle. Marketing, and in modern times, most importantly, digital marketing, is the cornerstone of success in these aspects of business. Digital marketing constitutes a substantially higher percentile of marketing expense than traditional marketing, with forecasted digital marketing spend increasing and traditional marketing spend decreasing. The need to have a foundational understanding of such a large budgetary allocation is a critical skill set to fulfill for anyone in business.

Anyone in business knows that what matters to shareholders and the big executives, or even your manager as an entry-level worker, are the deliverables. Put simply, what talks in business are numbers and money- not guesswork. What separates digital marketing from traditional marketing is the increased ability to gather these hard numbers, providing the ability for marketing professionals to report KPIs and analytics to business decision-makers. If a business decision-maker is unable to comprehend what these numbers mean, they’re likely out of a job. The level of irony in a lack of digital marketing knowledge will not be lost on prospective employers, and a failure to implement digital marketing knowledge in business degree programs will devalue business degrees.

A core foundation in digital marketing fundamentals such as social media platforms, digital advertising budgets, social media calendars, and content automation needs to be implemented alongside historically taught (and still equally important, as well as leveraged in digital marketing) topics such as market and demographic research. A business could have the most experienced and talented marketing professional or team, but without the management and leadership to properly assess their performance, feedback, and metrics, the growth of that business is stunted. This has been a fatal mistake made by many late-adopters of digital marketing and technology, becoming rapidly overtaken by competitors that made the choice to stay relevant.

 

Decisions that a business graduate might make include decisions that stem beyond proposed and ongoing digital marketing campaigns. Selecting your digital marketing employee, team, or outsourcing is one of the most important decisions one will make in business. Lacking the fundamental knowledge of digital marketing will result only in a complete inability to make the right choice in digital marketing strategists, which can have devastating results for your business. Selecting the wrong PPC management services not only provides a nonexistent ROI for your business investment, but renders a sunk cost, hurts your business’ branding, and leaves a permanent stain on your individual reputation.

Every business degree should create a fundamental understanding of core digital marketing concepts such as SEO, data-driven marketing, content strategy, social media management, platform selection, and customer experience. Many of the topics mentioned previously directly tie in to existing marketing topics instructed in major business degree programs. For example, most business degree programs include lectures on demographic research, which leads directly into platform selection: how many of your potential customers use a cell phone relative to a laptop, how often, and when? The core understanding of these topics is derived from business finesse regardless, so if your digital marketing experts are already knowledgeable about business fundamentals (and if they are competent digital marketing experts, they are certainly knowledgeable of business fundamentals,) bringing this full circle requires business specialists with a core foundation in digital marketing fundamentals.

Annabel Monaghan is a writer with a passion for education and edtech. She writes education and career articles for The College Puzzle with the aim of providing useful information for students and young professionals. If you have any questions, please feel free to email her at annabelmonaghanwriter@gmail.com

    

Things to Consider When Visiting Your Professor: Including Websites

February 14th, 2018

BY AUDREY ROBINSON

It’s smart to browse professor rating websites. Your education is important to you, and you’re counting on your professor to help you achieve your goals. Just like you wouldn’t purchase a service from a professional without first reading their testimonials, you likely wouldn’t want to receive an education from someone you know nothing about.

When reading reviews however, there are a few things to keep in mind before you come to your final conclusion – it’s not always as straightforward as other types of testimonials.

1. People Are More Likely to Rant When They’re Angry

A good experience is something to be expected. When things go the way they should, it leaves nothing to be reported. Since rating a professor isn’t as commonplace as reviewing a restaurant on Yelp, people are more likely to seek out these professor rating websites to air out a grievance they have. This is why some professors who would otherwise be considered perfectly fine by the majority of students might seem to have disproportionately negative feedback.

2. Personal Situations Count for a Lot

If a student is taking a myriad of difficult classes, it’s likely that they’re experiencing a lot of stress. You’ve probably found yourself in a similar position. If people are hard on a professor, it could simply be the contrast or addition of this professor in their educational arsenal. Someone who is attending university while working two jobs might find a professor expects too much of them because of their other time commitments – it’s these little biases that skew objective truths.

3. You Need To Read a Ton of Ratings

If a professor has a lot of written ratings, only the most recent ones are going to show. If you want to get the full picture, you need to be willing to spend a considerable amount of time going through that professor’s ratings over the past few years. It helps to take notes on things you like or don’t like as you’re reading. This allows you to create a complete and balanced portrait of a professor that you can use to make an informed decision.

4. Understand That Some Things Will Always Be Difficult

People are often intimidated by professors that seem difficult, but you can’t always avoid these people. Sometimes, the nature of the subject matter creates a naturally difficult classroom environment. An art course is likely going to be easier than a course centered around tech skills. You can’t push all of that difficulty onto the professor – much of it comes from the material being presented. You might have to take a deep breath and agree to do something seemingly hard if you want to succeed in your education.

5. Evaluate Your Personal Needs

Professor ratings are a good way to gauge what other people can handle. What can you handle? If you’re a born academic who takes pleasure in studying and retaining material, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed in a learning environment regardless of the professor. If you’re the kind of person who actively craves personalized attention and assistance from a professor in order to make the most of your learning experience, you’re better off choosing someone with a hands-on approach. It ultimately comes down to the kind of environment you know will work for you, and everyone is different.

While visiting professor rating websites is helpful, it’s important to take the information you receive at face value. If you’re unsure, see if you can arrange a meeting with a professor to make determinations based on your own firsthand experience.

Author:

Audrey Robinson is a careers blogger, often working with young people looking for jobs and trying to boost their career opportunities. Currently, Audrey works as a part of the team behind Datastical, an online knowledge library. You can reach out to her on her Twitter @AudreyyRobinson.

 

 

 

Why Technology Matters but Good Teachers Matter More

February 12th, 2018

BY EMMA BONNEY

Technology has made a foray into the world of education around the late 90s and early 2000s. Like every other sector the field of education has gained immensely from the integration of technology. From information to classroom teaching, everything has become much more easier and education is finally achieving a universal global standard. With this, one vital question always raises its head: Will technology replace teachers?

Smart classrooms for smarter teaching

Over the recent years, the world has seen the rise of smart classrooms. A smart classroom is one which makes use of gadgets and internet to integrate teaching and technology in order to facilitate education. The integration computers, networking, audience response technology, specialized software, assistive listening devices, special audio-visual aids etc. facilitates a better learning as well as teaching experience to make classrooms more interactive and enjoyable.

Educational applications as a help beyond classroom

Various educational applications have flooded the field of academics. They are offering interactive lessons on every subject which are of great help. Sometimes these also come with additional exercises and tests to help them prepare better. Such apps are of great help, along with regular classroom lessons as they help students practice more as well as revise the lessons they learned in class.

Can technology replace teachers?

The simple answer to this question is no. Technology, in no way, can replace a teacher because technology aids the learning and does not impart it. While technology can definitely help a teacher to teach, here is why a teacher can never go obsolete.

Human interaction is important

The value of classroom education ceases to exist without human interaction with a teacher to impart, educate, help, rectify, correct etc. Education is much more than MCQ pattern questions and this is where technology doesn’t stand up to human aid. Only a teacher can interpret and impart education in a wholesome and comprehensive manner like no machine ever can. This is where the value of a teacher shall never dwindle.

Catering to individual students

Every student is different and has different needs. While technology is excellent for a standardised class, a teacher is essential because only he or she can go beyond the standard exercises to create lessons which can help every single student, with their individual needs. The learning curve and process of learning for every student is different. While encouragements and praise work for one student, clear logical explanation might aid the other. No technology can understand individual needs of students like a human teacher can.

Complexity of lessons

Teaching is a complex task that needs an understanding of human psychology, cultural experience, family conditions and so much more, besides a thorough knowledge of the subject matter in question. There is no such fixed lesson plan which works perfectly for every class. With time and situation, a teacher has to modify the lessons to make it more interesting. Teaching requires passion and emotions. While technology can offer a knowledge of the subject, but it can never go beyond what it is programmed to do.

Enforcement of discipline

Education goes hand in hand with discipline. It is important for everyone in academia to imbibe a sense of discipline and respect for the field. From the lowest classes of school to the highest degrees of education teachers are instilling a sense of responsibility and discipline in the students.

Technology is an important aspect of education. A MacBook Pro and educational apps can unfold a world of information, but it is only a teacher who can impart education out of that information.

A bit about myself:

Emma Bonney is a successful blogger whose articles aim to help readers with self-

10 Common Student VISA Questions

February 12th, 2018

BY LINDA ANDERSON

Studying abroad is a dream most students have. But when it comes to the red tapes, most students are utterly confused. If you are about to go abroad for your education, here are some of the commonly asked questions about getting a student visa.

When do I apply?

You need to apply immediately after you get accepted in a course. You cannot apply for a student visa before getting an acceptance letter for the course, so this is the first thing you need to take care of.

What documents do I need?

Different countries and degrees often have different sets of documents but the common ones you need are your academic records, which have to be arranged in chronological order, with the most recent on top, followed by your financial documents and any other supporting documents.

 What type of visa do I need?

Different countries have different categories of student visa depending on the kind of degree you are opting for. Do you research and make sure you apply for the right category?

How long does the interview take?

A student visa interview doesn’t really take a long time. You will be asked some basic questions on your intent, reason for choosing your subject and university etc. Be ready for questions regarding your financial situation, student loans, if any.

What about money?

Studying abroad is definitely not cheap but do not panic because it is nothing that you cannot take care of, if you plan well. You will be asked to declare your financial standing where you have to prove that you have adequate funds to pay you fees and expenses, hence, it is a wise idea to not make any big expenses before applying for the visa.

Can I get a job there?

Although different countries have varied rules when it comes to working on a student visa, but usually as a student, you can get certain kinds of jobs, but usually with limited work hours per week to sustain yourself. You can join a job once your classes start.

Can I take my parents with me?

Depending on the course and its duration, you are allowed to invite dependents such as your parents, spouse or children to visit or even stay with you. Usually it is applicable only for full time students. In this case you will have to prove that you are financially stable enough to afford their expenses.

How long can I stay?

Your visa is valid for the duration of your course and for a short period of time after your course is over which varies between 60 days to 4 months depending on the country in question, as well as the course you are applying for.

Do I need to know the language?
As a thumb rule you need to have to have a working knowledge of the language of the country. For example, if you are applying for Japan or Malaysia visa online, you need to prove that you have a basic proficiency of Japanese or Malay. So, you might want to start taking language courses seriously.

What if my visa gets rejected?
It is quite common to get your visa rejected. It is usually because of small errors like filling out a form wrong or not being able to produce the right document etc. But even if everything was right and your visa still got rejected, do not panic because you can reapply. You will be off

A student visa application is indeed a taxing process with all the documents, terms and rules that you have to keep in mind.

By line for Linda Anderson

I’m a writer and musician residing in Boise, ID in the United States, although I spent a small amount of time (about three years) living in the UK growing up, due to my father’s occupation. I graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a focus in marketing in 2014.

  

 

6 Mental Health Challenges Facing College Students

February 8th, 2018

BY  PAMELACURRIER

Did you know that one in every five college students faces a mental health issue, and that 75 percent of all mental health conditions come to the surface by the time a person reaches 24 years of age? These are pretty high, and scary statistics. There are many mental health challenges that a large percentage of college students must recognize and deal with, as most people who suffer from any form of mental illness will struggle with symptoms before they graduate from college. Today we are going to discuss six of the most common mental health challenges facing college students.

 

  1. Addiction 

One of the biggest problems facing a lot of college students is addiction, and there are many forms that this problem can take. Substance abuse is common among many college students, with alcohol being one of the biggest problems. Drug and alcohol abuse in colleges around the United States is becoming a serious health issue, and it can have a huge impact on every aspect of a student’s life. In fact, studies show that one in four students have problems with their studies due to alcohol use.

 

  1. Adjustment Disorder 

Many first-year college students find it difficult to adjust to being away from home for the first time. There are so many things that they have to adjust to, and for some, it can be quite overwhelming. Some reports show that as many as 20 percent of college students receiving treatment for mental health issues are diagnosed as having adjustment disorder, and there are many things that can be stressors, including moving to a new town, meeting new people, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, etc.

 

  1. Eating Disorders 

A lot of people think that this is an issue that mainly affects females, but it is actually common in both males and females. We just tend to hear more about girls who suffer from eating disorders. As many as 20 percent of all college students are affected by the most common eating disorders, Anorexia and Bulimia, and the results can be deadly, as eating disorders do have the highest mortality rate among those suffering from mental illness. The sooner this condition is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. David Michigan, worldwide model and actor, who gives fitness & life coaching sessions, suggests: “Self-hypnosis can be one of the best possible solution to treat eating disorders, inasmuch as it can allow to fix the hidden emotional issues directly leading to anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating and all other kinds of eating disorders.”

 

  1. Depression 

Another common mental health condition among college students is depression. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health states that depression is a serious issue for college students, and that 30 percent of students have reported feeling depressed. This is due to a number of factors, including the higher stress levels, adjusting to their new surroundings, struggling to get good grades, etc. Statistics show that depression is the third leading cause of death among those aged 10 to 24. Diagnosis and treatment as early as possible is important.

 

  1. Anxiety 

We all get anxious from time to time, but those who experience anxiety regularly can attest that it is a serious issue, and that it can have a huge impact on their lives. At least 30 percent of all adults are affected by anxiety in one way or another, many to the point where it interferes with their daily lives. Anxiety is also one of the top concerns for college students, ahead of depression and relationship issues. It is reported that more than half of all college students seek help in dealing with their anxiety.

 

  1. Suicide

Some students fall so deeply into depression, or face such serious anxiety that they end up taking their own lives. In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, it was noted that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in 2011, with a total of 39,418 suicides reported in the United States. It is also reported to be the second leading cause of death among college students, as per studies from the American College Health Association.

Pamela Currier helps recent grads land the jobs of their dreams, she is a career coach and educator.

Online Courses: earn a degree and expand knowledge

February 8th, 2018

DAVID GUTIERREZ

Studying at a college is a great time to make friendships that last for a lifetime, to take a break from comfortable living with parents and what was usual and known and start calling university campus a second home for a few years.

However, the change of lifestyle is rarely the major reason why students apply to universities. Getting a degree as well as the knowledge that will be useful in future career are among the main reasons for such a decision.

Perhaps you are a person that seeks efficiency and have a desire to make use of every minute available. Or maybe you are already looking into master studies programs that could help you to advance in your field of study, but you want it to be compatible with the job you have or are planning to have by the time you finish your undergraduate degree. Or possibly you just want to expand your expertise in an area that is not related to your course of study and university that you are enrolled in is not offering it as an elective.

If any or all of the cases seem to be describing you, you might be interested in checking out possibilities of online education. Although most students prefer physical and social college environment, there are opportunities to study online courses that will award you with a degree, a certificate, or will simply provide knowledge in a discipline that you find fascinating.

Courses that do not provide a degree

There are many online schools and academies, such as Coursera, edX or Udemy where you are allowed to take online courses, even submit assignments, get grades and earn a certification. However, courses are usually not comprehensive and although after paying a small fee you will be able to receive a certificate that you finished the course and have knowledge in the field, that will not substitute bachelors, masters or doctorate degree.Still, this is a great opportunity if you are looking for a way to expand your CV and learn an additional marketable skill or simply to study something that has always interested you.

 

Courses that provide a college degree

In addition to that many universities provide an opportunity to study remotely and earn a bachelors or masters degree online. Most programs can be studied that way, an many universities are glad to provide such opportunity. Therefore, even if nearest universities are not offering a program you are interested in, you can find a way to study it in university, which might even be in different continent than your own.

In addition to that, studying online gives you an opportunity to earn a degree of a prestigious university in Australia, Europe or anywhere else in the world.

Free courses that do not provide official certification, but give you knowledge

Perhaps you just want to learn a new skill or language so that you could apply it in a project you are working on. Or maybe you just want to understand processes or ways to build arguments, write or learn better. There are ways to do that for free using online education. Although, many things can be learned simply watching Youtube videos, there are online systems that provide courses for free in order to promote their content. The websites of Coursera and Edx have quite a wide selection of courses that you have to pay only if you want to receive certification after completing the course.

In conclusion, there are opportunities to study and to even earn certification if necessary while traveling, working and trying to combine work and study and studying from the comfort of your home. The most important thing is to understand what you want, need and what will benefit you the most.

David Gutierrez has worked in the field of web design since 2005. Right now he started learning Java in order to get second occupation. His professional interests defined major topics of his articles. David writes about new web design software, recently discovered professional tricks and also monitors the latest updates of the web development.

 

 

 

 

Why College Students Should Make Time for Exercise

February 7th, 2018

 BY: ANNABEL MONAGHAN

Most of us have read studies about the health risks we’re faced with today due to our sedentary life style. Lack of exercise and hours sitting in front of a screen mean that some of us find even menial day-to-day activities, like grocery shopping, a tiring effort.

When you’re young, it’s natural to not feel so concerned about your health, and college students are notorious for putting health on hold while they enjoy the freedom to eat, drink and do whatever they want. But, there are plenty of reasons why college is a perfect time to start making health conscious decisions.

The accessibility and affordability of healthcare after college is another important reason why students should make the time to incorporate healthy habits into their daily routines. Establishing these habits earlier in life is one way to help prevent many afflictions that plague us later in life. For those graduating without a job providing health benefits, and who no longer under their parent’s coverage, preventative healthcare becomes especially important.

It’s not only after graduation where establishing healthy habits can provide benefits either. Joining the campus gym could provide a boost to your grades. According to one study, published in the journal of the United States Sports Academy, students who regularly participated in physical activity had a higher over-all GPA than their more sedentary peers.

Science has long boasted about the benefit of regular exercise. It makes us smarter, helps us live longer and makes us feel good.

When you’ve got mountains of textbooks to read and assignments to write, it might seem like you’ll never find the time to work out, there are some strategies you can follow to stay active.

Consider combing your exercise with your studies.

Combining the two elements of your life can help give you more time. Signing up for a PE class as an elective for credit is a perfect choice If you want to earn an easy A for your efforts, and enjoy the atmosphere of social exercise. If you’re not too into the idea of taking dance class or signing up for hockey, then try sneaky tips like doing your class readings while you walk and run on the treadmill and get your cardio in. Or downloading audio lectures and listening to them while you head out for a jog. Take a break from writing your paper to do a mini-workout of 10 minutes. You’ll head back into it feeling refreshed, and when you add up all the hours you can spend working on a paper, you’re easily finding your thirty minutes of exercise that day.

Find ways to stay motivated and get help!

If you’re unsure how you should be working out, turn to technology. There are hundreds of apps available on smartphones which can do everything for you, from designing a workout routine, to tracking how well you’re meeting your goals. The internet is also full of blogs and communities that are a wealth of resources and support for the newcomer to fitness. Magazines like LifetoLiveit are full of tips and tricks to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, getting involved with these sorts of online info-sharing fitness communities can be a terrific way to maintain motivation toward your health goals.

Keep your goals realistic

It’s impossible to take exercise seriously if you don’t know what you want to get out of it. Figure out what you aim to achieve. Do you want to improve your general fitness and be able to run a mile without having to stop to catch your breath? Do you have weight loss goals you want to meet? Go into it knowing what exactly you want to get out of working out, and why, then plan out what you need to do to achieve it.

Annabel Monaghan is a writer with a passion for education and edtech. She writes education and career articles for The College Puzzle with the aim of providing useful information for students and young professionals. If you have any questions, please feel free to email her at annabelmonaghanwriter@gmail.com

Useful Podcasts for College Students

February 6th, 2018

BY LORRAINE McKINNEY

Many people don’t realize the value that can be found in podcasts, especially for students. There are so many opportunities to learn, and not just academics. You will find a number of podcasts that can help you get motivated, take better care of your health, train your brain, and a whole lot more. Some podcasts are geared specifically for students, and others that are more general are still important for students to check out. Today we are going to look at seven important podcasts for college students.

 

  1. Tiny Leaps, Big Changes: Wellness, Inspiration, Self Help & Motivation for Your Daily Life

This audio podcast is one of the best self-help podcasts you will find, and it offers a wealth of information on a variety of topics. Find over 250 episodes that will give you advice you really need. Tiny Leaps, Big Changes is not just a self-help podcast. It is a wellness and motivational podcast that offers personal strategies, information about personal habits, and more.

 

  1. The College Info Geek Podcast: Study Tips & Advice for Students

Here is a podcast that every college student should be listening too regularly. Thomas Frank and Martin Boehme offer great advice about things that students can do to improve their grades, and their overall college experience. They will help you learn how to be more productive, and how to build your own personal brand that is going to help you get your dream job after graduation.

 

  1. TED Talks Daily

The great thing about this podcast is that it is about everything you could ever want to know about pretty much everything. Whether you are interested in zoology or music or artificial intelligence, you will hear some ideas that are really going to get you to thinking, from some of the leading thinkers in the world today. This podcast is also available in video format. Sell laptop products and upgrade to newer versions for better video viewing.

 

  1. The Moth: True Stories Told Live

Listen to true stories, as told by those who lived them. These are people who have stories that are as engaging as they are informational, and you never know, you may learn a thing or two as you listen to the stories from around the globe. The podcast features stories from the Mainstage, StorySLAM, and community programs. There is also the Moth Radio Hour, which airs on more than 400 stations.

 

  1. Stuff You Should Know

Have you ever checked out HowStuffWorks.com? If so, you will love Stuff You Should Know, the podcast from HowStuffWorks. You never know what Josh and Chuck are going to be talking about. It could be anything from how landfills work to how mosquitoes sting. A lot of the things you are studying could end up being topics, and you will get a lot of information that will help with your studies.

 

  1. Rationally Speaking

This is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Julia Galef and guests take a look at the fine line between nonsense and reason, the likely and the not so likely, science and fake science, and more. This podcast was co-created with Massio Pigliucci, and it is produced by Benny Pollak. Recording is done right in Greenwich Village.

 

  1. Good Job Brain

This is a free, weekly audio podcast that is a little bit offbeat news, and a little big quiz show. If you are looking for a podcast to really stimulate your brain, look no further than Good Job Brain. This is the ultimate podcast for trivia nuts, started by a group of people who wanted to be able to share their own love of trivia to the world.

 

Lorraine McKinney is an academic tutor and elearning specialist.

 

What to Expect from a Careers Fair

February 5th, 2018

BY JANE HURST

Some of your best opportunities in college will come from careers fairs, and there are many different kinds that you can attend. Some may be general career fairs, some may be hosted by local employers, and others might be industry-specific. But, even though there are many different types of careers fairs, they all have two things in common: to give students a chance to connect with potential employers; and to give employers an opportunity to screen potential future employees. Today we are going to talk about what to expect from a careers fair, and how to be prepared.

Pre-Registration

Some careers fairs are open to anyone who wishes to attend. For others, you must pre-register prior to the event. This usually involves submitting a resume, and you can do the pre-registration online in most cases. It is actually a pre-screening tool for employers, and they will take notes about the applicants that they would like to meet. Pre-registration can get you noticed, and that is the first step in landing your dream job after college. Once you have registered, you can start learning about the fairs and the companies that will be in attendance.

Do Your Research

Before you attend any careers fair, it is important that you do your research. First, read the guides for each careers fair that you are attending, so you will know which companies are going to be there. Then, you can make a list of the companies that you are interested in learning more about, and do some research about those companies. Compile a list of questions that will show potential employers that you have done your homework.

Remember, there are right and wrong questions to ask at careers fairs. For starters, after your initial introductions, you can skip the small talk. Jump right into the meat of the conversation, and start discussing the company, why you are interested in working for them, etc. Ask your researched questions, and if there are things that you were unable to find out from the brochures, you may be able to get that information now. Do not ask how much you might be paid, what the company can do for you, etc.

Resumes

Make sure that you have plenty of copies of your resume to give to potential employers. If you are applying to a variety of companies, it is a good idea to tailor your resume to fit each different category, and have two resumes for each company that you are interested in. You will likely end up having several different resumes to hand out, and you need to know which skills to put on a resume for a variety of jobs. They will all be pretty much the same structurally, but they will have some different sections that pertain to the specific industries you are interested in.

Something else to consider is how potential employers are going to save read your resumes. Make sure that your resumes are scannable, so employers can easily scan them and save them into their databases. Even if they are not hiring now, they will have your resume for future reference.

Dress for Success

You may not actually be applying for jobs when you are at a job fair, but you don’t want to go in there looking like a slob either. You need to dress for success, and wear the proper attire for the various companies you are interested in learning more about. Remember, a careers fair is a potential employer’s first impression of you, so you need to make sure that their impression is a good one. Yes, you want to be comfortable, but you don’t want to appear so comfortable as to seem sloppy. This is your only opportunity to make a first impression.

Byline:

Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter.