Three Things You Need To Consider Before You Choose an MBA Degree for You

November 30th, 2011

One of the most popular and in-demand degrees available today is the Master of Business Administration because more and more companies are in need for business experts and are most of the time looking for particular sets of technical skills. Salaries have also risen that’s why most students want to enroll in an MBA degree. Actually, there are a lot of MBA programs that are being offered today, so if you are planning to enroll in one, it is only essential for you to know which course is right for you according to your needs and skills.

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SPECIALIZED vs. GENERAL

There are different subjects included in MBA programs that range from general courses to specialized ones. Some students opt to choose a degree without any specialization so that they can be able to change careers easily because of a broader knowledge that they can gain. Others prefer for a specialized MBA degree because this will give them a higher chance of getting hired for a specific job.

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WORLDVIEW: INTERNATIONAL vs. NATIONAL

You should also consider where you want to work after you graduate for an MBA program. There are schools that train people to work in the home country while there are others who pay attention to going for the global economy. The differences in these two can be seen in the kinds of courses that are being offered as well as the approach being applied to them in school. That’s why you have to be sure that the program you will choose can meet the need of your prospective company in the future.

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INTERACTIVITY: Low vs. High

Another factor that you should take into account is the level of interactivity that you would want to engage in when pursuing an MBA degree. Online MBA degrees can be earned without actually going to school. You won’t have to read textbooks or take exams. But you should remember that students are expected to be online, on the phone or at meeting of local groups at least for a few hours a week. On the other hand, some people enjoy being with groups and sharing ideas and insights that’s why they prefer to attend a formal school. With this kind of set up, faculties can also be asked easily if ever a need arises. Keep in mind to choose a program with a model that matches your preferred learning style, level of interaction as well as preferring to set your own pace or have regularly scheduled meetings.

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There a several important things that you need to consider if you decide to pursue an MBA degree. Choose whether you want a more specialized or general approach to your study; whether you prefer to work locally or abroad; and also take into account the level of interactivity that you might want to be in. Everything depends on you but just remember to carefully think about the decisions that you have to make before choosing the MBA degree that you think is best for you.

Teach English in Spain – reasons on why you should pull off a Vicky Christina Barcelona

November 26th, 2011

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In the Woody Allen romance comedy, Vicky Christina Barcelona, the two titular characters spend a summer of art, culture and winding love in Barcelona. Vicky and Christina, in their topsy-turvy stay in Spain, discovered how flavorful Spanish food is, how colorful and vibrant Spanish artists are, how mesmerizing Spanish guitars are, and how passionate Spanish lovers can be. Now, isn’t that just wonderful?

Of course, we can’t all be in a Hollywood movie, or expect movie plotlines to actually happen in our lives. But you can do the next best thing – teach English in Spain.

Teaching English in Spain can be not only a very profitable career, but also a very passionate, culturally-rewarding one as well. Imagine teaching English to beautiful and handsome flamenco dancers, or having a matador as a student. It’s an exciting job, especially since the Spanish are known for the very welcome and friendly personalities.

Satisfying yourself on Spain’s cultural offerings can also help you bridge your English teaching. Using Spanish food as examples is not only easy to grasp, but can be gastronomical as well. Better yet, there are English translations of the best and well loved Spanish stories, to let you and your students learn from each other.

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Spanish architecture, especially churches, help on building a link between the English and Spanish languages. A visit to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and if applicable, attending Spanish and English Masses, can bring about a sense of familiarity.

By now, you would have noticed that teaching English in Spain is just like having a long, drawn-out version of Vicky and Christina’s vacation. It’s like being a tourist lost in wondrous, amazing Spain. Except, you’re doing something beneficial.

Beneficial, not just for you, but for the Spanish students themselves. Helping them learn English can help them contribute on Spain being a top-player in the world market. With English being a primary business mode of communication, knowledge of this language can help the Spanish on letting their work force grow, spreading their culture even further out, or just simply, saying what they really want to say.

So, you may want to consider pulling a Vicky Christina Barcelona stint in warm and sunny Spain. Not just for the food, art, culture, music and people, but also for helping them speak out and break down the communication barrier in the international market. Try searching online for teaching English in Spain today!

Standing Tall – 4 tips on dealing with school bullies

November 22nd, 2011

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School bullies are a worldwide phenomenon. No matter the school or country, there’s always this mean kid who gets away with everything. These bullies either physically abuse other kids, or surprisingly even worse, taunt, tease and threaten others. That in effect results to the loss of self-esteem issues, moral rules are forgotten and social standings are shown to be just as bad and distorted for the victims.

Yet all is not lost. If you think you are being bullied, there is still hope for you. The common adage “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” may not ring true to you, but you can take a stand against these school monsters.

 

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Here are a few tips to help you stand tall against school bullies:

Talk
If bullies taunt and tease you all the time, try to always consider talking. Don’t talk back to them though! School fights are commonly started by misunderstandings and misinterpretations. If a bully teases the way you wear your hair, explain to them why you wear it like that in the first place. Or if a bully talks you down every single time you meet, explain to them that you don’t appreciate him doing that. Sometimes, a simple explanation on how things work may show wonders.

Show
And in dealing with bullies, try to literally stand tall. Body language is a direct reflection of one’s personality, or what he or she is currently thinking. So it really wouldn’t help if you keep a slouched posture all the time. Standing tall will not only help you on standing up to bullies – it’ll help you to build up confidence needed in school, and most importantly in life.

Ignore
If the words – and worse, beatings – won’t stop, ignore them. Simply walk away from the bullies. They may not stop shouting hurtful words at you, but stand tall and walk away. Ignoring the words and running away from beatings may seem like you’ve lost a battle. Actually, it’s not. Always think that there’s more to life than what you’re currently in right now.

Share
Most importantly, share with a friend – preferably an adult – that you’re being bullied. This will help you relieve all the pent-up anger and frustration you’ve kept in your chest for so long. Talking and sharing the hurtful events in your life will prove to be one of the best things you’ll ever do.

 

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It’s a hard phase and place in life when you need to deal with a rock such as a school bully. But by standing tall and never giving up, you’ll soon get past this stage in life.

5 fun things to do in the University of the Philippines

November 18th, 2011

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The University of the Philippines (UP) is not only known for producing some of the finest minds in the country, it’s also known for its beautiful campus grounds. UP is like a city within a city, with the myriad of establishments and activities one can find and do.

If you do get the chance to visit this wonderful campus city, you may want to try some of these fun things out:

Run

The University of the Philippines’ main vein is an oval that circles around a big garden. Right outside the oval are the various colleges of the campus. A fun thing to do here in the oval is run. Simple right? Running along the UP oval may seem trivial for some, but it’s a fun and good way to familiarize yourself with the school. You can even join running and jogging groups in here. Trees are lined along the oval, so you can be sure on having a relaxing run. And with the benefit of being in the campus, you’re guaranteed a safe and fun run.

Bike
If you don’t feel like running, try biking instead. The University of the Philippines actually encourages this activity to its students. They even offer bike rentals for entire semesters. Not only is it a healthy exercise, it’s a faster way for you to get around the large campus.

Eat

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The University of the Philippines is also known for its affordable but very tasty food. Since establishments here cater to students, food prices are lowered to accommodate student allowances. The establishments also take pride of their home-cooked style of dishes. The funny thing is, not only do students eat at some of these establishments, but even professionals and celebrities travel far and wide just to experience that tasty UP food. Some common dishes found here are the tasty barbecue, the exotic pares (combination of beef and rice meal).

Listen and Dance

5 fun things to do in the University of the Philippines Garden
If you want to enjoy The University of the Philippines at its best, attend the yearly UP fair. The fair, done at the Sunken Garden (a garden within the oval), features performance from some of the best, and up and coming bands in the country. Artists also get to show off their works in the fair. Games and contests are also done. Best of all, food and drinks are priced at low, low prices!

More than a school, The University of the Philippines is a community of surprises. Visit The University of the Philippines to get that wonderful feeling.

How to Make Your First Resume

November 14th, 2011

Graduating from college is such a fulfilling and happy experience. It is a full and proud recognition that you have successfully submitted all your class requirements, and have completely fulfilled all the things expected of you as a university student. However, the next chapter of your life begins – a chapter which you will decide for yourself. As there are college graduates who opt to go into further studies, law, or medical school; most graduates go into finding a job. Most will opt to join the workforce and hopefully, help out in the expenses of their parents.

No one however will specifically guide you and tell you step by step on what to do. The first and most important thing however, in beginning your search for work is preparing – and preparing well – your resume. You must be able to make a company think that you will be a great asset to their company, even only with your resume first. There are some key points to take into consideration when preparing your resume.

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First, only put necessary things and facts about yourself in your resume. These would include your educational background, awards received, any internship or working experience, seminars attended and extra-curricular activities significant to the job you are applying to. Some people put very irrelevant personal information such as height, weight, etc. This is already unnecessary. Just remember to put information that will show your professional side.

Second, make a good layout for your resume. Although people may think that doing this is already not necessary, the layout or design of your resume is also important in catching the attention of any employer. According to research, there is only 20 seconds for your resume to make the right impression to any company, so also put an effort in outlining your resume.

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Lastly, be honest about what you put in your resume. This is probably the most important thing you can do. Putting things that are not true or completely made up will only result to negative things. Once you are interviewed and hired and your employer asks you to perform something that you put in your resume, then how will you be able to carry this out? This will not only embarrass you, but will put your reputation on the line.

Remember, one’s resume is the very first avenue for any potential employer to get to know you well. They will form their initial impression of you through your resume, so you better make it comprehensive and extraordinary. Your resume will be your key into getting an interview with a potential employer. Therefore, it is very important to show your best through your resume.

Teen Jobs – Jobs For Students During The Summer Vacation

November 10th, 2011

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Summer vacation is always the light at the end of the tunnel that most students look forward to when in school. It is the end of the ten-month daily grind of waking up early, and studying for things you do not really like. Summer vacation is seen as the perfect reward for all the months of toiling away with books, hand outs, papers, projects, reports, home works, terror teachers and some cruel classmates. It is a reward that students cannot wait to get, especially during the last weeks of school. Most students during summer vacation are enrolled in fun activities like swimming lessons, art lessons, cooking lessons, or some other activity that they actually like – something very far from the academic environment. However, there are also things that student teenagers can do to truly make the most out of their vacations. As they are already young adolescents and can do so much more, they can look for a summer job. This is really very beneficial especially for those who do not receive any allowance from their parents during summer vacation. Here are some summer job ideas perfect for teens.

Teen Jobs Baby Sitter

First, be a baby sitter for your neighbors, older siblings, or relatives. This will be a great way of helping those close to you, gain a closer relationship with the kids, and of course earn money. As much as this job will seem to be fun, because all you’ll probably do is play with the kids, keep them entertained and feed them, you also have to ensure that they are safe and secured in your hands at all times.

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Second, offer your neighbors to give their safe and friendly pets a bath. Most people nowadays find it time consuming and tiring to give their pets, like dogs, a bath. If not the pets, offer to clean the cars of your neighbors or even relatives. Just ask help from a couple of friends in cleaning the cars.

Third, if you are good at something like playing the guitar, cooking, or painting and drawing, why not offer to teach little kids this special skill? It will be a fun way for you to do what you love, and at the same time impart your knowledge to them.

Fourth, apply as a barista at a coffee establishment. With so many coffee establishments today, there is sure to be one willing to train and take you into their care. This will be a truly exciting time for any teen, as it is such a different environment from school. Moreover, the fun and relaxing ambiance that coffee shops provide gives one a feeling of tranquility.

Fifth, you can apply at small organizations like Hands on Manila, Haribon, Meralco Foundation and more. You will just probably get an allowance even smaller than a base pay, but at least you get to expose yourself into a working world and receive money in the process as well.

These are just some ideas that can help you to fully enjoy your summer vacation. Just because it is vacation time and you receive no money from your parents, does not mean that you cannot have money of your own. Pretty soon you will be applying for real jobs and earning huge sums of money on your own.

Free Jobs – Doing Volunteer Work for Hands On Manila

November 6th, 2011

Getting a job, most often than not, is primarily a way for people to earn money. This is the reason why people go to school and study hard – in order to land a high-paying job in the future after graduation. However, there are certain jobs that really have no resources whatsoever to help you in earning money. These places just really need your genuine help – your skills and talents, in order for them to be able to reach their goals. These jobs are the volunteer works that you can do at the non-governmental institutions built in order to make the Philippine society a better place.

Free Jobs – Doing Volunteer Work for Hands On Manila

One of the avenues in which you can share your skill, talent, time, and effort is Hands On Manila. Hands On Manila has been established in 2011, precisely to have an innovative and alternative model of volunteer service. What makes this even more effective is that the different volunteer programs that Hands On Manila has are very flexible, depending on the kind of work or school schedule that you have.

Hands On Manila is a non-profit, non-governmental institution which aims to improve the different parts of our community in the Philippines. The mission of Hands On Manila is to mobilize people in order to address the serious educational, environmental, and educational needs within the Metro Manila area and some provinces through volunteer work. Hands On Manila truly believes in the power of volunteer action capable of creating change in society. Therefore, HOM is very much dedicated to empowering individuals willing to offer their time and effort in creating change in the Philippine community.

The volunteer programs of Hands on Manila has been the driving force of this institution, that makes it possible for them to truly be a significant factor for change in the Philippine society. Orientations for interested volunteers are usually given every last Thursday of the month. There is no registration or sign-ups needed for the orientations, In fact, walk-ins are very much welcomed. Over the years, HOM has had over 5,000 volunteers and 75 partner organizations in achieving their goals. There are even Corporate Employee Volunteer Programs for companies as part of a company’s corporate social responsibility projects.

Free Jobs – Doing Volunteer Work for Hands On Manila Group

You might say that doing these types of volunteer work will do nothing for you. As a matter of fact however, these kinds of work can give you a sense of fulfillment that high-paying jobs can never provide you – such as the gift of generosity and a sense of achievement and satisfaction. It will provide you with such rich and meaningful experiences, that no money can ever pay or compensate you.

4 OJT Tips – because it’s more than just a job

November 2nd, 2011

More than just a school requirement, on-the-job training programs are meant to give college students a taste of the real world. Face it – most schools are actually sheltered, wherein education is spoon-fed on most of its students. This gives the students a negative impression on the real, outside, working world. Thus, you should treat your OJT programs as an investment for professional and personal growth.

To help you out on getting the most out of your OJT program, here are some tips you may want to remember:

Attendance
Being on time for your OJT reflects how you treat your life as well. Prompt employees are usually individuals who have laid out a plan for the day. Factoring time into their plans make these people into productive individuals. You, as a student, figures just as much as well. Being prompt makes you maximize your required OJT hours in a certain company. More often than not, the company will actually recognize you as an asset.

4 OJT Tips – Help out

Help where you can

Just because you’re part of an OJT program doesn’t mean you’re left out on other tasks. If needed, help out where you can. Use whatever additional skills you have learned (whether it be in graphic design, software programming, etc.) to help out the company you’re in. Not only will you be recognized by your efforts, you’ll get to maximize your potential as a student and practice multi-tasking as well.

Smile

Smile! Just because you’re having your OJT doesn’t mean you have to be prim and proper all the time. Learn how to communicate with your colleagues. Ask them questions – how they handle certain tasks and responsibilities, how they handle stress, how they live their daily lives and whatnot. Bridging and connecting with your fellow work colleagues will help you develop the confidence to speak up, and communicate properly in the real working world.

4 OJT Tips – Smile

More than a job
Your OJT, if you’re treating it as an investment, can turn out into something more than just a job or school requirement. If you’re actually contributing as much or more than the company requires you to do, you may very well be absorbed in the workforce. Also, having built and maintained the connections in your chosen OJT company may lead to new and brighter opportunities in the future. More likely than not, how you see your employers at this stage – and how you deal with them – is a sure reflection of your future working self.

Investing in a good OJT program is a crucial step on not just landing your desired career, but help you develop your personal strength as well. Just remember to have fun in your OJT, and hope you’ll get to learn a lot!

Why an MBA Degree Can Make a Difference

October 29th, 2011

Do you want to know of a decision that can actually make you and your loved ones’ lives a whole lot better? Simple. Earn an MBA degree. By having an MBA degree, not only will you have a label or credential to be proud of, you’ll also have new and better opportunities to land into. So what else can you get out from an MBA degree? Let’s know some of the details on why an MBA degree can actually make a difference:

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Managerial Skills
An MBA degree hones and shapes your managerial skills. This is done so by studying textbook and practical business application in your course. These skills help provide the essentials for dealing with real-life scenarios pertaining to management, and as well resolution of these problems. MBA degree holders get to actually experience and grasp core responsibilities in running a certain business. Seeing that an MBA degree holder manages and juggles a lot of responsibilities, it comes at no surprise that these students are often invited to higher management level jobs.

Develop Business-Smarts
MBA degree holders can learn to develop out-of-the-box strategies by looking at the job, not from inside out. This essentially gives them an edge over students from non-business courses and backgrounds. With practical knowledge in business administration and combination with the MBA degree holder’s previous course, management can be handled more efficiently. Also, the learning never stops for an MBA degree holder. Even after MBA completion, the student can continue his or her doctorate in any other discipline.

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Recession Proof Degree/Job Security
Companies consider MBA degree holders as major investments. It’s mainly because of the amount of experience and learnings the MBA degree holder has. As such, companies would more likely keep individuals of this level, assuring MBA degree holders of a secure, long-term job with his or her chosen company to work with.

Networking
Since earning an MBA degree program deals with the experts of the business field, immersion in this program will open more and better doors of career opportunity. If you’re lucky, you may even get hired on the spot by some of the best CEO teachers. Also, studying for an MBA degree program will also help you an effective work network, assuring you that you’ll never run out of work options.

Starting your Business
Most importantly, earning an MBA degree allows or teaches you to be business- savvy. MBA programs equip with you the tools and proper mindset on starting your own business. This in itself is one of the best factors on why most consider taking up this type of investment – you get to be your own boss.

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Earning an MBA degree is an investment worth taking. It’ll help you know the ins and outs of a business. It’ll not only help you work for the best companies, it’ll also give you the skills to start your own. Check your preferred university today to get up-to-date with the latest MBA course offerings!

Getting the best out of your Journalism Course

October 24th, 2011

Getting the best out of your Journalism Course Notebook

If you are a journalism student, you know how hard and stressful your course may be at times. From having to churn out a large amount of work in little time, to the various projects and trips needed to accomplish in order for you to pass, it’s actually quite normal when you feel like giving up. But don’t worry. Here are a few tips on getting the most out of your otherwise harsh journalism course.

It’s what you want
You took this course to accomplish something. For some, they want to be a writer. Others want to be behind the scenes on media-related jobs. Whatever the reason is, remembering why you’ve signed up for this course will help you accomplish your goal. It’s a dream worth all the trouble for. Believe me, all the stress, hardships and disappointments you’ll be facing in this course is all for shaping you into a good, journalism graduate.

Learn from the best
If you’re in the dumps, try talking with journalism graduates and experts in the field. Simply searching online for famous journalism graduates and personalities can also help you, if you can’t or don’t have any access to these people. These journalism individuals’ stories and experiences will help you emulate and resonate on your studies. More often than not, they’ve been through on what you’re currently doing. Knowing their success stories and how they managed to reach their dreams can motivate you on achieving your goals.

Just do it
Simple to say, yet hard to execute. But by just simply doing the task at hand and making the most out of your resources, you’ll find that you can accomplish anything. Nothing starts from nothing, so it’s best to get things started, no matter how slow you may feel. Think of it this way: it’s a work in progress. You’ll be one of the best journalism graduates soon by simply doing what is asked from you.

Getting the best out of your Journalism Course reporter

Journalism can be a hard course to accomplish. But by following these tips, you can get through it. Putting into mind why you’ve decided to enroll for this particular course will help you strive on achieving your goals. Seeking role models and looking up to journalism graduates will assure you that hard work will result in success. By just simply starting things, you can see things through the end. Remember why you’re in journalism in the first place, and everything will soon follow.