Where’s the green?

It’s difficult to believe that we are already a couple weeks into the spring season but some of the signs are already here: spring break is over, registration for summer and fall 2014 is opening across MnSCU, baseball is here, tax season is coming to a close this month and we finally had outside temperatures in the 40’s.

Gravel road appearing from beneath the snow

“Where The Pavement Ends and The North Begins”

While some students are getting ready to graduate, now is a good time to see if you can shave time off the length of your degree. Check out available online summer courses and see if there is a per-requisite course you can get out of the way. It is amazing how much time one or two summer courses could shave off of your program length.

The summer is also a great time to get some of those pesky foundational courses out of the way. Need online foundational/developmental writing, reading or math? Talk with an online advisor about how to find one that will transfer back to fulfill your college’s requirement.

Finally, if after this long winter you are feeling the need for some heat, try a Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper. This past weekend, Guinness World Records dubbed it the hottest chili in the world. You can order one, see how happy it made these people who tried it.

Contributed by Scott Tadlock | Online Advisor

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The Comfort Zone Part II

In a recent blog that I wrote entitled “The Comfort Zone,” I spoke about trying new things and taking risks to continue our growth as human beings.  If you have decided to step out and take a risk to make a career change; WAY TO GO!!!  The first thing to do is congratulate yourself!  Many people never make this decision and will never take risks.  The next thing to do is figure out if you want to change jobs and/or companies or if you want to change careers altogether.  Once you have figured this out, you can proceed with building a plan of action.  Everybody’s plan of action is going to be different; there is no right or wrong here.  Write it out and put it somewhere where you can see it on a daily basis to remind yourself what you are working to accomplish.

Two areas where you may decide to make a change: Start here.

JOB HUNTING. Many people tend to treat it like it is a four letter word. Job hunting is not difficult, however, it does take a lot of work. Here are some things you can do to get the ball rolling:

  1. Brush up your resume. You can get help with this from one of the many workforce centers throughout Minnesota.
  2. Think about building your networking skills with Linkedin. Today’s job market is all about who you know.
  3. Create an account at MinnesotaWorks.net. This is a job board run by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Ok, so you want a new career. Many people will say: “Where do I start?” Well, I say that you start with learning about yourself. There are two quick easy ways to do this:

  1. Complete an online self-assessment at ISEEK.org.
  2. OR,  consider the free online career workshop offered at Minnesota Online.

Now that you know yourself, you can research careers at ISEEK.org or by using the Job Skills Transfer Assessment Tool offered by DEED.  Once you have a new career chosen, it is time to figure out if you need training. If you do not need training, go to the previous paragraph and review the section on job hunting. If you do need training, then you need to look at what schools offer a program for what you want to do. Minnesota Online is a great place to start researching school and training programs.

Good luck as you move forward outside of your comfort zone!

Contributed by: David Johnson | Online Advisor

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