Heading for the East

It used to be the call in the USA for young men to head West to seek fortune and adventure.  However these days they may be better advised to be heading in the opposite direction i.e. East.  The simple explanation is that economic power is slowly shifting and the powerhouses of China, Taiwan and South Korea are attracting many talented individuals.

However it can be difficult to work in such a different environment.  I was reading an article on the BBC website the other day explaining how a second year University student managed to offend the CEO on his second day of work.

“I was sitting next to the chief executive and it was a fish dinner and I took my favourite part of the fish, which is the cheek,” he says. “It turned out this is reserved for people of high rank and standing – and being an intern I needed to eat from near the rear of the fish and the bits with more bones. “I had to apologise to her the next day once one of my colleagues had pointed out what I had done, and make it clear I wasn’t questioning her authority,” he reveals.

An innocent indiscretion but it does illustrate the problems and cultural barriers that people face from the West doing business in China.  We are of course used to the flow of students who travel from the East especially to the United Kingdom and US colleges and universities.  Although it is merely a trickle so far in the other direction – studying or working in China is starting to look very impressive on any CV.

There are lots of resources to help learn the basics of tradition and etiquette in China.  You can also use proxies to access Chinese TV channels that exist online (may be blocked without a Chinese IP address).  Check the language and culture information pages on the BBC website, there are some great shows on China on the Iplayer as well at the moment.  If you’re outside the UK and can’t access this website illustrates how to watch the Iplayer abroad.  A Proxy or VPN service is well worth investing in if you travel to China to work as there are so many sites blocked and filtered by the infamous Great Firewall of China.

It’s also extremely useful for other entertainment, check out this residential VPN service which is needed if you want to access the media giant from China.

 

Students Switch from Traditional College Courses

Education has certainly changed drastically over the last couple of decades and so has the way students approach this pivotal part of their careers.    Unfortunately money has always been an issue in choosing your education and now it has become an even bigger part of the decision making process.

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In earlier times, the four year college degree was pretty much the only option for young people seeking to continue their education but now there are lots more options.  Although this traditional route is still the most popular many students are becoming mindful of both the cost and the burden of debt that it brings for years to come.  Of course it’s true that statistics suggest that an investment in most educational course sees a corresponding increase in lifetime earnings the benefits are not quite as clear cut as they once were.

Students are starting to actively compare the expected earnings increases with the amount of debt that they will encounter in pursuing college degrees.  There is no doubt the gap in closing and in some subject areas there is little to be gained financially by pursuing a college degree in specific subjects as far as future earnings is concerned.

Americans owe more than $1.3 trillion in student debt between some 43 million students, it is a huge amount of money and only expected to rise.  Do economies and individuals benefit from taking on these levels of debt?  It is becoming an important election issue as well as a difficult life choice for individual students.  They do increasingly realise that college degrees are expensive and extremely pressurized, the days of endless frat parties and sitting around using a proxy for Netflix to watch all day are long gone.

Many are switching from the traditional routes and looking at community college educations instead.  They are generally much more affordable and flexible allowing students to continue to work alongside their studies.  In essence you can normally achieve a college degree within the community college framework for much less money although it may take a little longer.

The prospect of obtaining a degree without accumulating huge levels of debt is obviously increasingly attractive to students.    It’s also a useful safety net for students who are so adverse to accruing debts that they consider ignoring further education completely – community colleges give them other options.

The focus is perhaps more now on life-long learning rather than the four year cram that is a normal University education.  There are other benefits as well as cost, students can adapt and structure their learning over their lifetimes something that is not always possible when you have to make such an important decision at such a young age by choosing a University degree.

With thanks:

James Williams, BBC World News Streaming, Faber Press, 2015.

New York College Closes it’s Doors

Many feel it is a fate awaiting thousands of private colleges across the US, as the 48 year old Dowling College has finally had to close down.  It is not unexpected with many students and staff were already aware of the fact that the college was struggling with rising levels of debt combined with a fall in enrollment numbers.

Albert Inserra released a statement this week –

“As painful as this announcement is, we want the student body, faculty and alumni to know that we made every effort to form a suitable academic affiliation so that we could keep the college open.”

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The college had supplied for almost 50 years undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice and some aviation programs for up to 2400 students. Although it was well known that the college had been struggling for years with numbers falling consistently over the last few years particularly.

There were other rumours that the college was not particularly well run, there have been seven different presidents over the last 12 years. Other issues included allegations of money paid by the college to businesses linked to the Board of Trustees, apparently more than $4 million.

The school was founded in 1955 as part of an expansion of Adelphi University, it became a separate institution in 1968 taking the name of it’s principal benefactor Robert Dowling who was a well known aviator and New York City Planner. It’s campus is set in beautiful grounds and as such it is not known what will happen to them.

It is surprising that Dowling couldn’t attract more students because it’s very well situated and the college courses would seem to be in popular areas. Certainly criminal justice is often cited as a growth area even in times of austerity. However the supply of these courses has also grown, in a phenomenon some have referred to as the CSI factor. The field is likely to improve too as there are growing opportunities in related fields such as forensics for example. Crime is becoming increasingly technical, for example online crime takes specialist skills to encompass computer crime. People frequently use techniques and VPNs not just to stream Wimbledon live like I do but to encrypt and hide their connections.

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Hegn – A case of two brothers

untitledDoes education matter? Well sometimes it can be hard to prove it, and just to help explain this, I have found an interesting case about the two Hegn brothers.

The oldest brother Jamie Hegn, got a nice education, he went to collage, and studied for several years to become a computer programmer. All of which his parents paid for. After finishing his school, it took him about a year to find a job in a nearby city. After 8 months, the computer company closed down and he was without job again. He managed to get a few freelance jobs creating wordpress plugin for various companies for the next two years. Jamie Hegn was barely getting by, but at he earned enough to put food on the table, and being able to stay in his small appartement. He had only been getting good grades and he was pretty good at his job, so after a years with freelance jobs, he managed to get a full time job as a Perl script programmer. Here two years later, he is still having the same job, but his salary has increased with 20% since he started.

His younger brother Oliver Hegn, dropped out of school in the 9th grade. He knew he wasn’t going to collage, as his parents couldn’t afford to send him to collage, and he wasn’t particular good at anything, so no chance of getting it for free. Oliver Hegn has always been a hardworking guy, delivering newspapers and helping out at the local Mcdonalds while going to school. After school he got a job at the local Ford car factory, a pretty ordinary factory job. The pay was alright, even though the work could be a bit hard. Oliver was a hardworking guy, never had any sick days and took pride in what he did. After 2 years, he got promoted to supervisor of his department. A 2½ years later he was once again promoted to assistant manager and got a nice raise too.

Today Jamie is still working as a Perl programmer at the computer company, where he might have a chance of getting promoted to project manager on a new project. His brother Oliver Hegn is still assistant manager, but will most likely take over the spot as full time manager, when his current boss retires next year. Right now Oliver is making about 35% money than his brother with the nice education. Not to mention he had been making money ever since he left school, while his brother needed someone to pay for him, while going to school.

As you can see, working hard can sometimes also give you the same benefits as a good education. I am not saying that education is a waste of time, even though it might seem so in this case. Having a good education makes it a lot easier to get a good job, compared to no education. But this case still proves something important. Just because you don’t have an education it’s still not impossible to get a good job, you often just have to work a little harder for it. The Hegn brothers is a excellent example of when things are going well, but this isn’t always the case. So stick with the education if you can.

Here’s a website where you can real more social examples of jobs contra studying – Socialmediatoday.com

Lack of Education Can Shorten Your Life

It’s sounds rather surprising, but this isn’t the first research to suggest this – education can be related to lifespan. We’re also not talking about a few months either, in fact it was suggested that it could be the difference of about a decade of extra life.

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The researchers at the University of Colorado found that leaving school without reasonable qualifications, left people at the mercy of a lifetime of a poor diet, low paid and long manual work plus there was an effect on mental health.

They obviously suggested that widening educational disparities could cause all sorts of social issues beyond the obvious income effects. The data that was checked was from the US population and covered the period of 1925 to the present day.   The studies suggest that the effects of lack of education seem to be increasing too, with mortality rates in the lower educated rising substantially.

It mirrors several other studies including some UK and European ones, in fact there was a documentary covering the effect some years ago on BBC Ireland, might be available here.

The effect can be noticed across the education levels too, with those at A level/High school degree levels living longer than those with less education.  The more education the better so US college/University degrees living even longer – the more education the better as far as longevity is concerned.

 “Our results suggest that policies and interventions that improve educational attainment could substantially improve survival in the U.S. population, especially given widening educational disparities,” said study co-author Dr Patrick Krueger, assistant professor in the Department of Health & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver,

There seems to be some sense in it when you think about it, after all education also shortens your working life slightly whereas someone going straight into manual labour from school would work several years longer.  That may seem insignificant when younger but those years can add up when you get older.  Also many manual jobs can be very difficult cope with mentally for periods of time, as anyone who’s ever worked on a dull production line or tedious manual job will testify too.

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Education for Becoming an Educator

As the population keeps growing the need for educational instructors is increasing. By registering in one of a number of faculties and degree schools, pupils may obtain a diploma in the field of education. With an accredited degree in teaching pupils will gain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a variety of professions. Available degrees in this field include a bachelor’s, masters and doctorates amount degree. Pupils must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible for entrance into an education training curriculum.

 

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Educational degree training programs are provided to aid pupils prepare for the world of teaching. With an accredited school or college students will gain the skills to work with children of all ages in addition to grownups. Coursework will change according to the program of enrollment as well as the amount of degree desired by every individual pupil. Most professional in this field must study subjects like:

  • English
  • Science
  • Computers
  • History
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Artwork

…and much more. School and some schools may also offer training in philosophy of physical education, social studies, music, education, teaching methods, and other class subjects that are relevant.

It’s a fast, growing field and the demand for educators is unlikely to fall in the coming decades.  It’s also an area where the scope and variety of roles is changing too, mainly due to the growth of online teaching and resources.  Now a college can reach a global audience of thousands instead of simply one classroom or lecture theatre. The world’s big media sites are getting in on the act too with broadcasts and programmes through their own networks, check out channels like the BBC iPlayer for example, you made need a proxy like this to access from outside the UK though.

Students who are looking for the chance to enter into a vocation training curriculum to get a diploma in education may do so by entering a bachelor’s degree program. Using a bachelors degree in this field pupils may receive the skills needed to work using an assortment of ages teaching numerous subjects. Teachers using a bachelor’s degree possess a number of obligations when providing others with an instruction. Accredited schools and colleges will train students to offer educational instruction for their course in a number of ways. Students can acquire a masters or doctorates degree in instruction as well.

With doctorates degree or an accredited masters program students may prepare for a profession providing an education to others. Schooling teaching programs at this level provide a more in depth program of study for students looking to specialize in a specific area of the discipline. With a masters or doctorates degree in instruction pupils may find employment focusing on areas like early childhood education, special education, physical education, reading, electives, plus much more. Masters and doctorates degree are the maximum level of degrees obtainable in this field.

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Where are the World’s Best Universities in 2015

It’s been a strong year for the UK with 12 of the world’s top 100 university brands (up from 10 in 2014) while Harvard University keeps first place on the list of the world’s most esteemed universities.

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The UK’s Cambridge University ranks in Oxford and second place at third, which pushes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology down to fourth place and Stanford University down to fifth.

World Reputation Rankings 2015 results: top 10

1 Harvard University (US)
2 University of Cambridge (UK)
3 University of Oxford (UK)
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
5 Stanford University (US)
6 University of California, Berkeley (US)
7 Princeton University (US)
8 Yale University (US)
9 California Institute of Technology (US)
10 Columbia University (US)

London pips its European rival to the post with all the highly ranked associations of the two, although European powerhouses London and Paris tie for top place as the world cities together with the highest variety of top ranked universities. Many Universities are investing heavily in online operations, although the future of these and how they will be funded is still uncertain. At the moment you may need to be in t he country of origin to access some of the courses although you can use a quick IP address changer to bypass any restrictions temporarily.

All in all, the US continues to command, with 26 of the top 50 positions, as well as a total of 43 of the top 100 (down from 46 last year). The star performers of the US include Columbia, climbing into the top 10 from 23rd in 2011, when the survey was first carried out, and New York University, which this year makes 20th spot, up from outside the top 50.

Following the United States, the UK has the most top 100 representatives: 12, last year, up from ten and nine in 2013.

The “golden triangle” of Oxford, Cambridge and London reinforced its grip on UK higher education: in addition to Cambridge and Oxford growing nearer to the summit, University College London moved up from 25th to 17th, the London School of Economics climbed two spots to 22nd and King’s College London jumped eight places from 43rd to 31st. The BBC has produced a new documentary detailing the highly competitive world of University Education, if you miss it’s first screening in March you can pick up on BBC iPlayer for up to 6 weeks normally. Use a BBC iPlayer proxy to access from outside the United Kingdom.

Edinburgh University is Scotland’s only representative among the worldwide super-brands, climbing to 29th position.

UK higher education has a longstanding reputation for excellence and more UK and international students than before are signing as much as benefit from their teachings and world leading facilities.”

Thinking About a Community College Education?

Community colleges are also known as junior colleges. Essentially, a community college is a two-year post-high school association that offers Associate degrees, certification programs and many other programs. Since community colleges are generally public schools, the emphasis is obviously on the credo that everybody needs to be provided the opportunity to pursue higher education, operating on open access to quality education as well as a minimalist admissions policy.

A community college offers students from all possible backgrounds the chance learn and to join to the ultimate certification (earning of credits) or the degree, not with the emphasis on learning. As it is, many classes and programs offered by an average community college are non-credit classes and often just about imparting knowledge and vocational skills.

In fact, besides the flexibility offered by their two-year program, community colleges are in many respects quite much like faculties with four-year programs. You can find minimal requirements that students are expected to keep when it comes to academic standing, while there’s an emphasis on allowing individuals the benefits of a higher education. This mix of an open-door policy with all the benefits of a regular four-year college system regarding quality of instruction and moving pupils to preserve minimal standards can be astonishingly effective in the fast changing social environment of today. Technology is also a strong point in most colleges, often heavy use is made of the internet to leverage online learning – using tools like this.

Community colleges are now increasingly significant in recent years because of the additional demands of the workplace. Employers now demand more abilities and education from their employees than before. A faculty degree offers the completeness of schooling and knowledge that employers look for. Additionally, community colleges enable students to enjoy the favorable aspects by preparing them to get a livelihood-oriented life in a two-year program. For students who want to get a head-start in their own livelihood or pupils which are still open that they want to go through four years of school education, a community college could be the ideal option about them to get started.

The course program in a community college is unique in its practical nature. For those who desire to understand instantly appropriate skills that will allow them to enter the work force and be eligible for higher level occupations, the alternatives that the community college education offers are extremely valuable. As such, community colleges are a popular choice for people ‘returning’ to school to master a new skill or certification. The truth is, community colleges are popular for his or her ability to readily incorporate members in their student body from diverse backgrounds.

The decision to attend a community college can be an important one to make. Often, you will be pushed by the requirement to understand a brand new skill towards getting a certificate. Sometimes however, you might need the extra selections and flexibility a two-year program provides. Regardless of what your needs, a community college instruction is to be seriously considered for those students who would like to follow an alternative route to the traditional career path (through a four-year program).

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The Role of Community Colleges

Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal, unveiled this week, proposes several initiatives meant to minimize the expense and time connected with earning faculty credentials. Each of these has a significant role for the state’s community colleges.

They bring welcome public consciousness of the value. We’re uniquely positioned to meet two of Ohio’s urgent challenges: workforce needs that are unmet and increasing student debt.

Focused completely on teaching, community colleges help students achieve their targets.

Community colleges are simply cheaper: a child born now may face a bill of thousands of dollars for a traditional university education. People who adopt a “2 2” strategy, in which students finish the initial two years at a community college where the costs really are a portion of these at universities, and transfer to universities for their final couple of years, have drastically lower costs.

 

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We are aligned with companies’ needs: Hiring pools have hampered Ohio companies. Community college programs are developed in real time through close cooperation with companies. They often use more work related technology for instance, rather than dedicated education based resources. They’ll typically use industry standard programming languages, office software and tools like these for everyday tasks.

We’re built to improve professions: Students who earn certificates or associate degrees at community colleges are stepping into occupations in IT, health care, advanced insurance, manufacturing and fiscal services as well as other fields with starting wages of $50,000 or more. Many come seeking new skills to help them compete in today’s economy.

Crucially, community colleges pair affordability with great results for grads. The Educational Advisory Board wrote, “More so than just about any other institution type, two-year colleges have formed long-standing and heavy cooperation with high schools, industry, government, and universities, putting two-year colleges in a unique position to forge new pupil pathways from cradle to career.”

Students may graduate into the state strong market able to pursue their professions, unburdened by the crushing debt of student loans by taking advantage of the community college system in Ohio

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Advantages of Community Colleges

Community colleges have grown to be a staple of several places offering quality college level classes for individuals unable to attend a conventional four-year association. Unfortunately some consider these colleges as simply a place for the average and “not good enough.” to go and study.

You will find many positives, although there are a number of drawbacks to attending community college.

1.) That means Intro is not unlike, credit shrewd, at the prestigious university that bills more than double for the exact same class as well as the local community school.

2.) The truth is, there is many pupils are applying a favorite strategy attending a community college for a couple of years, gaining their associate’s degree, and after that transferring into a four-year school. This can be an incredibly cost effective method to get a college degree (harkening back to favorable #1 recorded previously) since pupils may finish their General Education requirements all in community college and finish their major classes in the four-year university. So essentially, you will end up having a while saving a boatload of money.

3.) More easy transition: Many pupils become overwhelmed from high school. This is credited to being independent and leaving home or the extreme coursework included can only be a bit too much. Community college provides an excellent equilibrium. Pupils are subjected to the tougher coursework which is trivial in four-year schools, however they’re able to remain close to home and transition into a more independent lifestyle. And so, when the students choose to follow the two-year transport course, they will be a lot more than effective at heading off to some university, being on their very own, and getting the experience of finishing college level coursework that is extreme.

Most community colleges now have all the latest technology and utilize it as well as many traditional colleges.   Many are also taking advantages of the internet, to allow students to take online courses from other education centers and even let their students access resources and tools which allow you to watch the BBC iPlayer in the USA, this is done by using remote servers which hide your real location.

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