Nowadays many parents are very anxious to see their children be effective readers even before they enter elementary school. They are afraid that their child lose out to others and fall behind in the fast changing pace of education. Each milestone is closely monitored as they hope that their kid does not have any reading disorders which may hamper their development.To give your child the edge one should start through cultivating the interest in reading in the child while they are young.Here are 3 tips on how you can make reading more interestingTip # 1 Read anything and do it often.Reading could be done anytime/anywhere throughout the day and not only confined to bedtime stories before they sleep. You can read out snippets from the magazine/newspapers that you subscribe as a change from the usual storybooks.If you are out of the house you just have to look around to notice that we are swamp by print media through advertisements on billboards, road signs and other signage. This can help stir their interest in the daily happenings and increase their knowledge in current issues. It also helps you build up a close bond with your child as you are sharing with him/her what is close to your heart.Tip #2 Do not just read the book from cover to backBring the story/article to life. Discuss with you child what the story is talking about. Get him/her to interact with the story by asking inferential questions. Use hand actions to place focus to certain items on the page which you would like to emphasize.Some books have in-built buttons where music is played, flip or slide open pockets and even textured areas which could help you to get your child to interact with the book. You can also add in songs and dance to make the story move lively.Tip #3 Make reading fun.Make it a positive and happy activity. Never force your child to sit and read a book if he/she is unwilling. By doing so it will only instill negative thoughts towards the activity and make them shut themselves off from being receptive to the pleasures of knowledge building through reading. If you yourself show that you enjoy reading, your child will slowly develop the same desire and interest too as they love to model and emulate what us, adults, do.
With so many university graduates and ex-graduates finding themselves either jobless and /or starting to default on massive college loans, it is time to rethink the value of a traditional university education in lieu of a more practical and economic approach.A four year degree or higher no longer guarantees stability in the working world. While we have always known that some career fields are more lucrative than others, it is a disturbing trend that MBA graduates from Ivy League schools are no longer in demand and have resorted to entering the realm of the menial worker (waiter, waitress, etc.) in order to pay the bills (housing, tuition loans) while continuing doggedly to search for the holy grail.They are tired of the nerve wracking instability of losing one temporary job after another.Everybody realizes that the job market in 2010 isn’t what it used to be. Unemployment is at record highs. Despite this, what many may not realize is that demographics and shifts in industry trends have forever altered the face of the landscape. And in the new economy, be prepared for a further set of rule stretching.Competition will be fierce – Borrell Associates estimates that there will be seven job seekers for each one of the 2.9 million job openings projected for the U.S. in 2010.What’s Gone – the following industries are being hit hardest in the Great Recession:
Real Estate Sales
Recession-Proof Jobs – these industries are still hiring and expected to add jobs in the immediate future:
Health Care* – Nurses, technicians, therapists, and aides. Also medical product areas like medication and equipment.
Education – teachers
Finance- Accountants, internal auditors, financial advisers
Green Industry – energy efficiency management, recycling, new product R&D, entrepreneurs
* top field”The thing to keep in mind is that there are something like 50 million jobs out there that don’t require a bachelor’s degree and pay upwards of $40,000 a year,” says Harlow Unger, author of “But What If I Don’t Want to Go to College? A Guide to Success Through Alternative Education.”Specific Recession-proof Jobs Available with a 2-year degree
Physical Therapist Assistant
Electrical or Electronic Engineering Technician
Computer Support Specialist
Executive or Administrative Assistant
Top Ten Paying Jobs without a College Degree (recession proof**)
Employment Recruitment Specialist**
Physical Therapist Assistant**
Health Information Technician**
Food Service Manager
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2010, almost two-thirds of all projected job openings will require only on-the-job training.Tips for those still in High SchoolA GED can benefit from summer jobs, seasonal employment, and internships, which can lead to full-time employment and a career in a number of fields.Apprenticeship programs in the trades and some technologies are also available across the USA in some cities – Check you local county employment office listing or the local trade unions in order to gain this information in your locale.For youth, some charter schools and magnet schools offer a specialized program that awards graduating students with both a High School Diploma and a Vocational Certificate or even an Associate Degree. These are significantly specific programs available in only a few cities.Tips for those Re-entering School (Continuing Education)Consider seriously the pros and cons of attending a trade school / vocational school / community college as opposed to a 4 year degree.
Direct route to employment
More money than a college graduate
Learn as you go
Hands-on experience / Internship
Tips for laid-off and retrenched workersHaving a concrete, marketable skill seems to be the key to occupational success. If you have or can obtain some training in a specific area, and choose the right occupation, you can make more money than many degree holders.ConclusionConsidering the outlook for the economy, at this point in time it makes more dollars and sense to go the less traditional, although highly practical skilled route.