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Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog, Education & Development |

It’s Never Too Late: Three Reasons For Adults To Take Up Martial Arts

As an adult, it’s easy to fall into the grind of getting up, going to work, coming home and watching TV ’til bed. On the weekends, you perform chores around the house, run errands and pretty soon it’s Sunday night and you’re preparing to start the workweek again. It’s time to add a thrill to your week. Even if you never practiced martial arts as a child or teenager, don’t be afraid to jump into the fray as an adult. Many martial arts centers have classes designed for adult beginners, and you’ll soon find that breaking a sweat with other like-minded individuals could be the highlight of your week. Here are three benefits to taking up martial arts if you’re an adult.

Weight Loss Or Maintenance

Many adults fall into the categories of either wishing to lose weight or striving to maintain their current weight, and martial arts can help you in either regard. This activity has a high caloric burn; a 185-pound adult who practices martial arts for just 30 minutes will burn about 444 calories. This high rate of burning calories is akin to swimming laps or running at a pace of six miles per hour — both of which are also effective ways to improve your physical health. If you’ve struggled with finding an exercise, martial arts might be the choice for you.

Stress Relief

Whether you’re among the more than 40 percent of Americans who feels that their stress level is increasing or you’re simply more stressed than you’d like to be, martial arts can be the answer. This activity has stress-relieving benefits; as you’re concentrating on the moves that you’re learning, you’ll hardly have an opportunity to be thinking about the stresses of the day. Additionally, using so many major muscle groups throughout your workout can reduce the muscle tightness that is a common symptom of stress. Physical activities such as martial arts also release endorphins that can help lighten your mood.

Improved Teamwork

Martial arts can help you build your ability to work as a team. When you eventually reach the point at which you’re lightly grappling or sparring with an opponent, you’re technically working as a team. You’re each relying on the other person — especially as you’re working to implement what you’ve learned — to treat you with respect and position his or her body according to your training. You might soon find that working as a team in this physically challenging setting makes you a better teammate in other settings, such as at work.

For more info, speak with professionals like Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts.

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Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Blog |

How To Get Your Electrician License

In order to be an officially licensed electrician, you must complete a set amount of training education coupled with hands-on training in the field. There are typically three levels or steps to becoming fully licensed: journeyman, master, and contractor. When you’re ready to begin your foray into the world of electrical work, here is what you need to do in order to get the qualifications to continue your career.

Journeyman

Becoming a journeyman electrician is the first step to becoming fully licensed. Journeymen must have two years of experience working in the field along with the completion of a two year formal training program. These programs are available at most trade schools or community colleges. Alternatively, you may receive your journeyman certification if you have four years’ worth of training in the field along with a set amount of hours of formal classroom training. The more years you have in the field, the less formal training hours you will need. This number varies by state, so be sure you check with your individual state to get your exact requirements.

Master Electrician

A master electrician is typically paid more for their work and has more authority over job sites and other electricians. No one can become a master electrician until they receive their journeyman qualifications first. You must complete at least one year of hands-on experience as a journeyman and pass an official master electrician certification test. For those who never received their journeyman’s certification, they may be able to circumvent this with ten years’ worth of experience as an electrician in the field as long as they can obtain a signed affidavit by someone who can verify their length of time performing electrical related tasks on the job. 

Licensed Contractor

Those who have received their master electrician certification can apply to become a licensed contractor. This title allows you to start your own business and perform your own work without being directly employed by an electrical company. You can perform duties such as planning layout details for electrical installation and providing electrical maintenance contracts to customers. In order to get your license, you must apply with your local jurisdiction’s department of occupational and professional regulation board. Once the application is submitted, you must take an examination that will register you as an officially licensed electrician. Getting your contractor’s license can open the doors to a long and successful career as a professional electrician. For more information about becoming an electrician, contact a school such as the HVAC Technical Institute.   

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog |

Choosing The Right School For Your Child Interested In The Ivy Leagues

When your child expresses an interest in one day attending an Ivy League university, you could not be more proud of them or excited for them. However, no matter how young they are when they tell you about their dreams, you know that it is never too early to start them of the path towards successful entry into those schools. Because of the elite and competitive nature of those universities, you are aware that choosing the right schools leading up to their college applications will be one of the most important keys to getting admitted. Get to know some of the factors to keep in mind as you choose your child’s schools so that you ensure they have the best possible chance of getting into the Ivy League.

Pay Attention to Test Scores and Class Offerings

One of the most important factors when choosing a school for your child who wishes to be Ivy League-bound is to pay attention to the average test scores of students attending that school as compared to the rest of the state and the rest of the nation as a whole. While it is true that test scores are not always the best indicator of whether a child is receiving a quality education, for students with Ivy League ambitions, they matter more than for some others.

This is because, even in elementary schools and middle schools, high standardized test scores can indicate that the students will also get higher than average scores on college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT. These test scores will not get your child into an Ivy League school without other important factors, but they are what can get an application moved on in the process or rejected outright.

Additionally, in middle school and high school, you will want to carefully look over the class offerings available to students at the school. Make sure that advanced placement courses are available to students. These advanced classes will be important on an Ivy League application. However, what can really make the difference between schools is the electives that they offer. Look for schools with a wide variety of elective courses that can help your child really hone their skills in an academic area of interest, whether this means Latin and the classics, or organic chemistry and astrophysics. The more advanced in academic areas of interest your child is, the better.

Extracurriculars Do Matter (A Lot)

Many parents and students alike, place their focus primarily on academics when they are striving for the Ivy Leagues. However, the issue with this strategy is that virtually all of the students applying to those prestigious schools will have high test scores and good grades in advanced courses throughout their school years.

What sets some students apart from others is their extracurricular activities and achievements. As such, choosing the right schools for your child means choosing schools with high-quality extracurricular activities for your child to choose from. If your child is artistic or musical, you will want to be sure that performing arts, music, and visual arts are embraced by the school and that students have the chance to join groups and showcase their talents in these areas. Athletic children will need schools with strong sports programs that will attract the attention of college recruiters.

Also keep in mind that civic or community service extracurricular activities are just as important when applying to Ivy League schools. Students who are civic minded and who strive to give back to the community and help others are desirable applicants because those students will often go on to uphold the ideals of Ivy League schools and keep their reputations for excellence intact. Oftentimes, the schools that offer such extracurriculars and opportunities are private schools because they have the extra funding and the flexibility to put more emphasis on these areas of education.

Now that you know a few of the important factors in choosing your child’s schools when they have Ivy League aspirations, you can get started in the selection process. Remember to look into both quality education private schools and public schools to determine which school option will provide your students with the greatest advantage when college application time rolls around. With any luck, they will be packing their bags to head off to an Ivy League college before you know it.

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development |

Private Pilot Certification And Flying For Money: What You Can And Can’t Do

People have dreamed of flying for a long time – perhaps ever since they first saw birds soaring freely through the skies. But for most of human history, it was just that: a dream. Today, of course, people fly constantly; it has become so commonplace that travelers often prefer to sleep through their flights. But there’s still a big difference between flying as a passenger and being in control of a plane.

If you’re interested in learning to fly, you should know that there are a lot of different types of pilot certifications out there. These certifications fall into two broad categories: private and public licenses. The difference between these two categories is whether you’ll be allowed to take money in exchange for flying; however, as is often true with regulations, the reality is a little more complicated than that. If you have a private pilot certificate, here is what you are allowed to do financially.

You May Not Work As A Pilot

In order to work for a major airline, you need an airline transport pilot license – this is the most difficult type to get. But there are other ways to make money as a pilot: crop dusting, towing banners, or even conducting aerial photography. It’s important to note that it’s not just being paid by passengers that is disallowed with a private license; you can’t be paid for any of these kinds of work. Receiving financial compensation for any type of work you do while flying is not allowed with a private pilot certificate.

You May Be Reimbursed For Some Expenses

If you’re carrying passengers in your plane, you can’t charge them money. However, you can accept money from them to cover the costs of very specific things. The cost of fuel and oil, rental fees, and landing and ramp fees at airports are the only things you are allowed to take money for. In addition, you have to pay an equal share of these expenses; if you are flying another person, they can pay for half of the fuel costs, but no more than that.

You May Work As An Aircraft Salesman

It’s a very specific exception, but there is one job that involves flying that you can do: sell aircrafts. Working as an aircraft salesman, you may take potential buyers up in planes to demonstrate them as part of your job. However, this is considered incidental to your actual job – selling airplanes – and so you are not barred from receiving either a salary or commissions as an aircraft salesman.

To learn more, contact an aviation college like Parkland College

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development |

Career Change Alternatives To Grad School

Many adults find themselves in the position of wanting a career change. But with the costs and time commitment of a graduate degree, it can be challenging to get the education you need to make a vocational switch. Here are some options on how to educate yourself for a new career, without having to get an entirely new university degree.

Vocational Schools

Vocational schools are one of the best options for students who want to switch careers, because the programs at vocational schools are geared towards preparing their students for a particular career. While many students choose to enter a vocational school directly after high school, this can also be a great degree alternative for older adults who want to focus on a specific trade. And the programs are often shorter (and thus, less costly) than the traditional degree program.

Whether you would rather do something more hands-on or more technical, there are many online and regional options for choosing a vocational or trade school. To find the most viable vocational school, look for a program that includes career guidance and help with job placement after the program.

For more information, contact a vocational school in your area, such as the New Mexico Institute of Dental Assisting.

University Extension Programs

Another option is to try an extension program for adults who work full-time. You can complete a certificate program by taking night classes every week. Some extension programs are designed to let you explore courses at your leisure, while the certificate programs are often more structured. Each university has its own requirements for students to enter their continuing education programs, but usually these are less stringent than their 2- and 4-year degree programs.

Online Schools

Finally, you should consider attending an online school that caters to one specific need in the workforce. For instance, there are many programs cropping up related to web development, user interaction design, and graphic design. The benefit of these programs is that you can work from anywhere and study at your own pace, but you’ll need to be careful about verifying the school’s reputation. Be sure to compare the curriculum and the skills learned with other similar programs.

Each of the ideas mentioned above can be great alternatives to graduate school if you’re looking for a quick and affordable way to change your career. Consider that there are both in-person and online options for many of these educational programs, so your horizons are wide open for choosing a professional development program that suits your interests.

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