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The Inherent Value of Knowledge and Information

By on February 12, 2013

There are people who think of nothing but themselves because they live a sheltered and ignorant life inside their own safety bubble but there are also those who are constantly hungry for knowledge and information. These are the people who are updated about the Hispanic current events and news from all over the world because they know that knowledge is power in this day and age. And instead of wasting all their time about the latest buzz in Hollywood, fashion and the world of sports, they focus on important news and events that can very well affect their way of life and their future in the long run.

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Aside from reading a wide array of newspapers and tuning in religiously to news channels on the television, people can still remain updated through their friends in social networks and websites that feature the latest news from around the globe. The Internet keeps people informed about anything under the sun round the clock including Hispanic current events  and the latest occurrences that can very well affect their lives one way or another. But people need to be wary of the things that they see and hear because there are those who take pleasure in spreading false information to gullible fools out there. It is important to be aware on things that gives negative vibes and bring us down.

And that is why in searching for what is true and what is real in different areas of life, people should use their ability to filter out useful information from those that do nothing to enhance their knowledge about the world and life in general. They need to use all of their natural senses and their logical reasoning as well so that they can fully comprehend and understand the things that are happening around them. Only then will they be blessed with knowledge and information that can turn their life around for the better. 

Leila Rice graduated with a degree in Psychology from a prestigious university and is nowworking for an established publishing company. Aside from reading books as part of her long list of responsibilities at work, she also organizes fund-raising events to help the troubled youth around her community. She lives in the bustling city of Los Angeles but she plans to retire someday back to her hometown. 

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Taking online classes are helping campuses go green

By on February 8, 2013

On the surface, taking an online class seems that it has little connection with going green. However, they allow colleges to expand their course selections without hiring additional instructors. Students earn course credits without the hassle of
commuting with these added benefits.

– Lower toxic emissions
– Minimize exhaust fumes
– Online access to college services
– Reduce gasoline use

Increase Student Enrollment

Online classes increase college enrollment without adding to operation orenergy costs. Students taking classes off campus do not use common areas like student lounges, cafeterias, and libraries. When studying at home, off-campus students consume less electricity by not sitting in a campus classroom. Fewer students on campus decrease greenhouse emissions that cause environmental climate changes.

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Used and Digital Textbooks

Textbooks and printed material require reams of paper to print them; however, college students can reduce the need for paper used by making a few changes. When possible, buy digital textbooks instead of hard copy versions.

Digital textbooks eliminate the need for printing, storing, and transporting books. Although many printers use soy-based inks, there are the costs for printing, shipping, and storing textbooks. A campus bookstore has to pay for heating and cooling the sales floor, administrative area, and storage room. Bookstore staff shelves, moves, and rotates stock. Reduce energy waste when there are less hard copy textbooks in campus bookstores.

However, if a paper textbook is the only option, buy or buy a used one. By doing so, it reduces the number of hard copy textbooks and saves on printing new editions. According to the Nature Conservancy, it takes 60 to 70 percent less energy to produce recycled paper.

Used textbooks help to complete the cycle by reusing, reducing, and recycling, and multiple students get to use the same book. In addition, when students take advantage of textbook buyback programs, they receive money and another student is able to rent or buy the textbook.

Printed Material

It is true that paper is recyclable; however, paper made from virgin pulp requires more than double the energy than using recycled pulp for reclaimed or recycled paper. In order to go green, print as little as possible and read class information and digital textbooks from a computer. To avoid eyestrain, get a text-to-speech program with a natural voice that reads back notes, online text, digital textbook information, and text from word processing programs.

Before hitting the print button, decide if the information is worth printing. For example, only print the syllabus and weekly to-do lists for each class. Before turning in a printed paper, ask the instructor for permission to turn in a paper electronically. Students save time submitting papers this way and they get an electronic date stamp. The instructor skips printing altogether, makes comments directly in a word processing document, and sends it back to the student electronically.

Printing less material saves toner or ink and paper. If printing is necessary, use recycled paper, ink, and toner cartridges. Recycle used cartridges through the printer manufacturer or a third-party recycling center. Make notebooks from printed pages instead of purchasing them constructed from virgin pulp.

Take notes using a laptop or tablet. Create shortcuts or macros and format lecture notes in an outline format that is easy to navigate using a word processing program.

Study Area

Students enrolled in online classes do not use campus facilities such as libraries, cafeterias, student lounges, and classroom space. In addition to that, students studying at home help colleges go green and save energy. Make sure computer equipment is Energy Star rated and use energy saving LED light bulbs.

Colleges have online access to their libraries where students check out digital information, perform searches, and reserve books. Even when they have to pick up their reserved books from the library, they do not spend time and gas only to find out a book is unavailable. Better yet, reserve material online from the local library and receive a voicemail or text message as soon as it arrives.

Technology helps enhance students’ online experiences.

– Adviser, support, and tutor services
– Buy textbooks
– Earn degrees
– Register for classes
– Student admission

A college lessens its impact on the environment when making green choices.

 

Author Bio

TorchBrowser is the youthful face for web browsing and downloading in the hi-tech world. Sarah Anderson is guiding young adults and professionals with TorchBrowserstwist on prompt web surfing.

 

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Benefits of Obtaining a Degree Online

By on February 6, 2013

 

Currently, it is not only important for you to have your undergraduate degree but it is essential to get a master’s degree and even a doctorate degree. This reason for this is the job market is becoming more and more competitive with each passing day. So in order for you to remain relevant, you have to go for further studies.

If you have aspirations of taking any degree including a human resources degree, you should consider getting a human resources online degree. This is because there are various benefits of getting an online degree.

Online Programs Are Less Expensive

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Most online classes for different degree programs are usually much cheaper than their on campus counterparts. This is because the student is not utilizing any campus facilities when they attend online classes. The only University or College facilities that they may use may be the reading materials that the lecturer may post online and the cost of their examinations.

Other than this there are likely to be no other costs that the University may be incurring in offering the education. In addition, when you attend classes at a campus, you may also incur other incidental costs for things such as gas, parking, health fees and miscellaneous purchases. You can easily avoid these costs by getting a degree online and not having to go to the campus.

Schedule Flexibility and Convenience

Enrolling for a degree program at a local campus can be quite cumbersome especially if you are working and/or have a family. If you do, you require all the flexibility you can get when it comes to class attendance. When there are pressing responsibilities, it may be very hard to find adequate time to be attending sessions at the University.

By enrolling in an online program, you can easily fit your class time into your schedule by “going to class” whenever you can, and wherever you are provided you have internet access. This way you will not have to sacrifice anything in the process.

Diversity

Interacting with new people from all over the world is the experience you can get by getting a human resources degree online. The students who may have registered for the online program are very likely to be from various parts of the world, whereas the students who attend a campus are more likely to be local. Thus, it gives you the opportunity to interact and learn from people of various cultures. This interaction will go a long way in broadening your knowledge about how to interact with different people.

Ease of Access to Study Materials

Learning new things can be quite challenging especially if what you are learning is very technical. With e-learning you can have access to audio, video and text materials for use.

In addition, it makes reading much easier since you can easily revisit lectures, assignments and other online materials. Instead of trying to scribble down notes when attending a lecture, you will have necessary information in easy to read documents.

On Campus Equivalency

A human resources online degree is as good as a degree that a person may get after attending classes at the campus. This is because there is nowhere in the transcript, result slip or certificate that indicates your degree was an online one.

The gains attributed to getting a human resources online degree are many. Getting an online degree is cheaper, offers more flexibility and convenience, will expose you a wider variety of culture and diversity, and it will give you equal footing with a person who got the same degree but more expensively at the University. 

Denielle is responsible for a wide variety of tasks at her company. She is always willing to take on extra tasks and does so with a smile. She enjoys spending time with her family as much as possible and loves hosting BBQ’s for everyone to get together.  

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How to Get That PR Job after Graduation

By on February 2, 2013

Even though the PR industry currently has a reputation for poor standards, it is far from easy to get your first PR job. With each year that goes by hundreds more recent graduates come to us looking to get their start in the industry. I wouldn’t relish the thought of doing it myself; it’s no easy task right now with competition tougher than ever to get the few jobs that do exist.

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Take a look at this guide if you’re on the brink of starting a career in PR.

During school:

1.Select a degree that you like: While it is true that there are a large number of English and Marketing Communications graduates in this field, it does not necessarily mean that the best PR people have these degrees. I find that many of the skills you need to do well in PR are things you learn while doing the job. You are much better off focusing your studies on an area that you are interested in. This will make it more likely that you will get good grades, which carries much more weight than they type of degree you get.

2.Stay with one job: Like any other profession, PR work can be difficult. You need to be able to show that you can face challenges and ride them out and stay with your job. I find it much more impressive to see that a person has worked all through school at a shopping market than someone who jumped around from job to job for years.

3.Three words – writing, writing, writing: At the centre of any PR job today is writing. Take advantage of your time in school and get all the practice writing that you can. I’m not talking about the essays you have to write for classes but writing that is published. Take the time to get involved in the school newspaper, write a blog or guest write on someone else’s blog.

4.Don’t worry about work experience in PR: Working at a PR firm when you are on break for a few weeks really adds nothing to your experience. Odds are the tasks you get assigned are not very meaningful and you won’t learn much about the industry in short time spans like that.

Upon graduation:

5.Work on creating a quality CV: Having a CV that is well organised, clear and formatted properly makes a big difference. Try to keep it under two pages. Highlight any meaningful achievements you had during school. You should also be precise about all the dates included, specifically the month and year when you started and left each job you have had. Begin your CV with a brief introduction outlining your abilities and what has drawn you to PR work..

6.Your cover letter is important: Just write a brief letter of two paragraphs stating why you are a good fit for the job and some highlights of what you have achieved. Make sure your letter has perfect spelling and grammar.

7.Target every possible employer you can: Limiting yourself just to places where you have seen advertisements is not the way to go. Go after every agency out there. Sure, we get a lot of applicants just looking for an opening, but they usually are not very good. If you have a standout letter and CV, you will get noticed.

8.Tailor your CV and cover letter to the potential employer: Compile a list of potential employers and change your application so it suits each one. Check out their website, any social media they may use and you can target them specifically by telling them how much you want to work there and how much they need you there. I sent out over 100 CVs when I tried to find my first job in the industry. It can be arduous and discouraging, but it is worth all the time and effort.

9.Use recruiters to help you: Look around and find some of the great PR recruiters who will help place you in potential jobs. Some agencies only like to hire directly, so don’t use recruiters exclusively or you may miss out on potential job leads.

At the interview:

If you followed this strategy and have an excellent application, you are likely to get an interview. You want to leave them with a good impression:

10.Be smart and attentive: Get to the interview right on time (you don’t even want to be early). Forget gum, mints or anything else in your mouth. If the weather looks iffy, be prepared with an umbrella. Don’t show up looking like you fell off a boat.

11.Do your homework: Research the company thoroughly. You can use what you know casually as it comes up in conversation.

12.Be optimistic. No one wants to hear a complainer.

13.Have samples of what you have done: Bring hard copies of anything you have written or published.

When the interview is done:

14.Make sure you follow up: Always be sure you send a note via e-mail to the interviewer, thanking them for the time they spent with you. Tell them you were happy to meet them and look forward to hearing from them about the job.

It’s a tough road to that PR job you desire – stay the course, persevere and good luck.

Heather Baker CEO and Founder of TopLine Communications, a B2B PR, social media, video and SEO consultancy based in London. She is also editor of The B2B PR Blog.  

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