– Having someone else dictate what to study in College, in something you are not even interested in and have next to zero career applications. (It is one of those “Nice to have, but not a useful skill” degrees)
– Taking Martial Arts courses via Books and DVDs, and some occasional Individual training. Like training for a Big Fight… But the big fight is never to come.
– Having to attend a Church, were you don’t recall any of the sermons, and get told you are going to hell and there is no salvation for you and you alone.
“Education transcends books”- a dictum which has withstood the trials and ravages of centuries and has etched its existence boldly in the minds of one and all. On retrospection one would invariably realize that education had augmented its roots from the time when evolution of man began. In fact it would be apt to conclude that had it not been for education in its varying forms, evolution of man was both an improbability and impossibility. Over the centuries we have learnt to ‘learn’ and ‘imbibe’ the best- this is the spirit of education.
Reverting to the 21st century, education has encompassed all barriers of classroom walls and has become more comprehensive. Just about three decades ago only three major strands were popular among the youth to be pursued for a career viz., medicine, engineering or government service. Sounds like history. Isn’t it? Globalization and increased exposure to international education standards coupled with the advent of multifarious job opportunities provided by multinational companies has ensured that a plethora of career and educational options are available to students. Gone are the days when education was bound in books with little or no attention being paid to the practical aspect of the subject and the student’s aptitude and personality. The increased competition is an evidence of the expansion of education beyond books and theory.
Innumerable career options today lay unfolded for students within the realm of education. To begin with, let us review some of the popular competitive entrance exams which have nullified the emphasis laid on marks obtained through cramming. The most coveted career option today is that of management. Thousands aspiring to be an MBA appear for the CAT exam every year. Clearing the CAT means that the 6 Indian Institutes of Management open their gates for the successful candidates. Never mind if you can’t get through CAT, MAT, SNAP and XAT are some of the other management entrance exams conducted by other institutes which will help you achieve your dream of being a management graduate.
Though MBA is the call of the day, Engineering and Medical profession still retain their charm. The key difference now is that the entrance exams for admission to reputed engineering and medical institutions have become more challenging. To get through to engineering, hundreds queue up each year to take the JET- Joint Entrance Test- and AIEEE i.e., All India Engineering Entrance Exam. PMT – Pre-Medical Test- too sees an ever increasing turnout of aspiring medicos each year. Administrative services still woo many by the hordes. That’s why the IAS or Indian Administrative Services Exam is becoming tougher by the day.
Even if you wish to study abroad, you are required to clear IELTS which stands for International English Language Testing System. It is a comprehensive exam designed by the Cambridge University to assess a candidate’s English language skills in all the four aspects viz. reading, listening, writing and speaking. Most of the US universities accept scores of exams like TOEFL, GRE, GMAT and SAT for admission.
Education, as we can see, has now assumed a more significant role. Most of the institutes and colleges hold entrance exams to assess the real ability of a student. Therefore it could be said that education has now blossomed and its myriad ‘petals’ are exuberant with all the hues displayed.
To end I would like to quote B.F Skinner, who very aptly said, “Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.”
Healthcare management jobs combine your knowledge of both health care and business together, providing you with the skills you need to manage a hospital, doctor’s office or nursing home. Students working toward completing training for this career field usually obtain a Master’s degree in Health Administration. You can either earn online degrees or attend a traditional college campus. No matter you choice, health care training and education will cover topics ranging from human resource management to managerial epidemiology as well as law and ethics.
Other types of health care jobs are performed by people trained to be technologists in various health-related fields. You can find careers as an anesthesia technologist, lab technician, patient care technician, pharmacy technician, and if you enjoy working with animals, as a veterinary technician. All of these wonderful health career options can be studied online through accredited college and university course offerings leading to the degree of your choice. Many technologist degrees take approximately two years of coursework to complete.
For example, an anesthesia technologist will take classes that cover the topics of sterile techniques, tool and materials management, as well as life support. In addition to course work, you will also spend time in hands-on training held at hospitals and other settings. After you have completed training and testing, you will work under the supervision of an anesthesiologist to assist with patient care while they are under anesthesia.
Becoming a pharmacy technician is another popular health career that can be completed in a one to two-year program. You will receive training so that once on the job you will be prepared to take prescription requests from customers utilizing appropriate customer service skills, then prepare the prescriptions and the corresponding labels, and check to make sure that prescriptions have been filled properly.
If you love science and like to work on detail-oriented tasks, then you might want to consider a career as a laboratory technician. These individuals prepare and analyze test samples using skills taught in online courses such as biology, urinalysis, organic chemistry, and also through hands-on work done in a lab.
Any of these fabulous health care careers can be worked on in the comfort of your own home, at your preferred time schedule, when you take online health career courses.
i dont know how to ask my question , therefore i don’t know how to define my problem ….
the problem that i have very low self esteem in work ,,, i cant remember i got the right training when i graduated ..when i compare my self to my brother ,,,i see how lucky he is “i am thankful because he has not my problem .” i see my family paying too much on his education and his training ..when I graduated i remember no training on the contrary a war started “I live in awar zone “ i jumped from job to job ….sometimes it is my problem sometimes it is there problem …but here i am working , i have no problem in my current job because it is not so much difficult and i have a nice boss who appreciate whatever i do …i have other opportunity to work in this organization ..it is easy job ..but the bad experiences in work get into me ..and i want to reject because i dont want to relive the experience to be rejected ,,on the other hand .i dont feel distictive in this job i am very scared to have the other job ,,,I have very good English skill “ english is not my mother tongue “ I have excellent computer skills …I know I need to upgrade my skills but no opportunities and no money as well! Mentioning that I had lots of personal troubles all through my career ,,,,, my dad died by cancer ..my faince got sick ,,war started ..maybe I was not focused ,,,I enjoy blaming my self ,,,
when i read my question i found out that i am giving excuses for not being successful ,,,i know i have to learn how to stand for my self …but i dont know how and i am really scared of pain ,sometimes i feel i am prefering to hide in this job so i wont have dealing with my fear ..other times i feel like taking the other job …i have nothing to lose but still i need the salary ..i applied for university abroad to proceed in my education though it is hard to get a visa ,,,,i need to do what i love ,,i dont know what i love ,,,,,it is hard fact what you are thirty
i dont like the other job ..it is better money and more experience but still i dont like it
Considering the heat of a Texas summer, it’s no surprise that Texas is the nation’s largest user of air-conditioning systems. And these days, the search is heating up for skilled AC and heating technicians who understand the intricate operations of commercial and residential heating and air-conditioning equipment.
Texas has an increasing need for technicians who can service complex commercial refrigeration equipment, as well as diagnose problems in sophisticated heating and cooling systems operating in our homes, work places and schools.
The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology program at Texas State Technical College in Waco offers the education to help develop your skills as an air-conditioning and refrigeration technician. TSTC’s facilities include high efficiency commercial and residential heating and air-conditioning equipment, energy efficient heat pumps, commercial refrigeration equipment and a 200-ton chilled water air-conditioning system. You can learn basic and advanced control systems and Direct Digital Control Systems. Additionally, you will work with advanced refrigerant recovery systems, to help you prepare to deal with the critical environmental issues of the industry.
1. Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
2. Architecture & Construction
3. Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
4. Business, Management & Administration
5. Education & Training
7. Government & Public Administration
8. Health Science
9. Hospitality & Tourism
10. Human Services
11. Information Technology
12. Law, Public Safety & Security
14. Marketing, Sales & Service
15. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
16. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
States and federal agencies across the nation have created career cluster web sites and resources. We have reviewed three (3) of the best state or federal agency web sites.
Louisiana Integrated Skills Assessment (LISA)
One of the most unique comprehensive career cluster resources is the Louisiana Integrated Skills Assessment (LISA), an Internet program. LISA lets you explore career clusters, careers, abilities, training requirements, and more. Using the Lisa, you can do the following tasks:
Assessment: Explore career options using the Work Importance Locator.
I Enjoy: Find careers based upon the things that you enjoy.
Cluster: Find careers from Career Cluster Groups.
Search: Search for jobs based on knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Best Match: Use your current job to find knowledge, skills, and abilities to identify a new career.
Compare: Compare current job to potential new job.
Profile: Use this feature to create a profile from a selected career.
There are 3 steps in the LISA program. In Step 1, when you choose a career cluster, you will read the description of the cluster. When you select a career cluster in Step 2, you can select a career group. In each career group, you will see a lot of different careers. Finally, in Step 3, you see additional occupational information, such as:
Educational and training requirements
Crosswalks, for example ONET, DOT, GOE, and other codes
Labor Market Information
There is detailed information in each job profile:
Occupational Characteristics Narrative
The Louisiana Integrated Skills Assessment (LISA) is an excellent tool for students to do career cluster exploration.
NCE Career Clusters and State Career Clusters Initiative Resources
The NCE Career Clusters has adapted information from the State Career Clusters Initiative to create a career education toolkit for teachers and counselors. In your NCE Career Clusters toolkit, you can find a Career Cluster Model, poster, resource booklets, At-a-Glance PDF Slices, and Plans of Study. Each resource is designed to facilitate the exploration of Career Clusters.
Career Cluster Resource Booklet
To prepare for a Career Clusters discussion, teachers and counselors use the State Career Clusters Initiative Career Cluster Resource Booklet. The brochures discuss the differences between career clusters and career pathways. The booklet outlines that career clusters are career groups from the same industry that have the same skills and educational requirements. Career pathways are specific careers that are within the each career cluster. The Resource Booklet discusses the following topics:
Historical background information
Cluster Knowledge and Skills
Pathway Knowledge and Skills
O*NET Crosswalk Report
The booklet is a “must-read” resource that provides in depth information on each career cluster. Each booklet has detailed graphs, charts, and tables.
Career Cluster Model
To provide an overview of Career Clusters, teachers and counselors use the Career Cluster Model. The Career Cluster Model simplifies sixteen (16) Career Clusters model. The center of the NCE Career Clusters model focuses on six (6) major groups. The career clusters are color-coded so that you can easily present six (6) major groups in classroom activities. The six (6) major groups are:
1. Environmental and Agricultural Systems
2. Business, Marketing, and Management
3. Communication and Information Systems
4. Industrial, Manufacturing, Engineering Systems
5. Health Sciences
6. Human Services and Resources
Here is summary of the relationship between the sixteen (16) Career Clusters and the 6 Super Clusters.
1. Environmental and Agricultural Systems
Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources (1)
2. Business, Marketing, and Management combines:
Business, Management & Administration (4)
Hospitality & Tourism (9)
Marketing, Sales & Service (14)
3. Communication and Information Systems involve:
Arts, A/V Technology & Communication (3)
Information Technology (11)
4. Industrial, Manufacturing, Engineering Systems
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (16)
Architecture & Construction (2)
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (15)
5. Health Sciences
Health Science (8)
6. Human Services and Resources
Education & Training (5)
Government & Public Administration (7)
Human Services (10)
Law, Public Safety & Security (12)
The sixteen (16) Career Clusters systematically fit within the six (6) major groups.
Career Cluster Brochure
Another excellent career cluster student aid is the Career Cluster Brochure. The brochure is filled with photographs that show people performing the different jobs. With this easy-to-read booklet, students get an overview of the different careers, career clusters, and career pathways. Students read about:
What is a career cluster?
What is a career pathway?
What school subjects are important for a career in the … career cluster?
What is the educational or training requirement for a career in the … career cluster?
What are the necessary credentials for a career in the … career cluster?
What is the employment outlook for a career in the … career cluster?
What are some sample occupations?
Career Cluster Slices
Besides the Career Cluster Model and the Brochure, a third student Career Cluster aid is the NCE Career Cluster Slices. The NCE Career Cluster Slice identifies specific career opportunities found within each Career Pathways. Each Cluster Slice is illustrated and designed to explore areas, such as:
Cluster Knowledge & Skills
Preparation for a Career in …
Examples of Education and Training Postsecondary Programs of Study
Students discover that each pathways leads to post-secondary options including:
Associate’s Degree Programs
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Master’s Degree Programs
Doctoral Degree Programs
Professional Degree Programs
Career Clusters Plan of Study
At the beginning of the students’ middle school years, the students use assessments identify career cluster interest areas. With the Career Clusters model, brochure, Slices, and LISA resources, the students have explored the different careers and post-secondary training options. Students, teachers, counselors, and parents then use the Career Clusters Plan of Study to strategically plan the students’ high school course work. The Career Clusters Plan of Study provides examples of English, Math, Science, Social Studies, electives, and extra-curricular activities for the following grade levels:
7th – 8th grade
9th – 10th grade
11th – 12th grade
Examples of advanced coursework for postsecondary credit
The NCE Career Clusters web page is the gateway to the student career cluster resources.
State Career Clusters Initiative, NCE, and Lisa materials are just examples of career cluster resources. Career clusters resources have established a connection between school subjects and careers.
Explore Career Clusters, Texas Workforce Commission/Career Development Resources (TWC/CDR), US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and Louisiana Department of Labor
Nebraska Career Education, States’ Career Clusters Initiative, 2005, and NCTEF/NASDCTEc (National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium) States’ Career Clusters Initiative, & National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium
just was wondering if anyone new any decent paying careers with a normal 9-5 work schedule that dont require many years of education (i’m talking probably around a 2 year tech degree or a non demanding 4 year bachelors degree).
my boyfriend is in the military reserves and is more of a hands on type of learner who isnt huge on demanding college courses (high level math/science) and was considering doing an air traffic control program because its on the job training/good paying job, but he doesnt like the rotating (24/7) work schedule for the rest of his life.
hes also good at drafting/auto cad and was considering doing some type of engineering but doesnt want to/isnt that great at all the math/sciences courses you’d have to take. do you have to have a bachelors degree to get a job as an engineer (he’s interested in maybe getting into site excavation/building estimation type work for construction or excavating companies..)
All Cleveland Schools high schools have developed the Career Fields path of study to help students choose and succeed in higher education, work, and life after high school. The Career Fields places occupations into paths that share common skills. This allows teachers and students to combine educational study with more technical instruction. The six career paths chosen by Cleveland Schools are: Arts and Communications, Business and Management & Information Technology, Environmental and Agricultural Systems, Health Services, Human Resources/ Services, and Industrial and Engineering Systems. Following an educational path allows students to plan for a career after high school or a two-year technical or associate degree, or a four-year college degree. Cleveland Schools’ Career Fields provides the elective courses, in addition to the core requirements that will prepare them for the career of their choice.
Each Career Field is a part of a Career Pathway Certificate Programs, the only difference between these and the regular high school curriculum is that Career Pathway students may enter the workforce immediately after graduation from high school. When entering the ninth grade in the Cleveland Schools students can choose to enter the Individual Career Plan. This allows students in the Cleveland Schools to have a greater understanding of who they are, have a potential career path that is grounded in their personal skills and interests, and put together an educational plan in high school that will help them achieve their dream of a successful career.
The Six Career Pathways in the Cleveland Schools Career Fields Program
The Arts and Communications Career Field focuses on those careers that pertain to the arts in some way. Such job opportunities in the path include: vocal & instrumental music; visual and media arts; theater and film; journalism and literature; mass media, TV/radio and broadcasting; advertising, public relations, graphic design, printing/publishing, telecommunications and technical writing.
The Business, Management & Information Technology Field pathway provides training in high skilled world of business, management and administration as well as marketing, finance accounting, and data processing. Students who follow this path usually have a strong background in math, science and technical skills.
The Environmental and Agricultural Systems Career Field trains students for opportunities in agriculture, the environment and natural resources. It includes agricultural science, earth sciences, environmental sciences as well as service, research, education and production. Some careers to consider are agriculture, earth sciences, environmental studies, fisheries management, animal care, forestry, lawn care, plant care, floral work, horticulture, and wildlife management.
The Health Services Career Field path offers students education in health and treatment of injuries and disease and includes service, research, education and manufacturing areas of the health industry. There are a variety of jobs in the health services field including: working in medicine, dentistry, nursing, therapy and rehabilitation, nutrition, fitness and hygiene.
The Human Resources/Services Career Field trains students in possible pursuits in economic, political and social systems and include personal, protective, legal, educational and children’s and family services. Students will have the future opportunity to work in the law and legal services, community support areas such as fire and city services, education and personal services such as cosmetology and home health aide.
The Industrial and Engineering Systems Career Field pathway educates students in the careers that related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install and maintain physical systems for transportation, construction and manufacturing areas. The jobs in which students could pursue might include engineering and related technologies; mechanics and repair; transportation; manufacturing technology; and precision production and construction.