Preparing for an Automotive and Diesel Career Through Higher Education

Opportunities for enrollment in an automotive and diesel career training program are available through a variety of accredited schools and colleges. Preparing for an automotive and diesel career through higher education can be done by finding a program that meets your individual needs and beginning the path to a new career. Options are available allowing for the selection of the level of education and specialized area of study that best fits your needs and goals. Training can help to provide the skills necessary to work with a variety of vehicles to service, repair, inspect and maintain them. Start by finding a program and request more information to learn about available opportunities.

Higher education is offered to allow you to receive the preparation needed for a career in the automotive and diesel field. Different levels of training can be completed in a number of areas. Selecting the area that interests you most can help when pursuing the profession that is desired. Schooling is available in areas like:

  • Auto Body
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Motorcycle Mechanics
  • Automotive Service Management
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • NASCAR

…to give you the chance to complete training in the specific area of your choice. Once the decision is made of what area to obtain a higher education in, the level of training that is needed to enter a career can be selected.

Various automotive and diesel certificate and degree levels exist in order to provide the chance to seek out the career and profession you long for. Opportunities exist at different levels of educational training including:

  • Certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Associate Degrees

Pursuing an education at any of these levels can be done through a number of accredited schools and colleges. The level of education will help decide on the career options available to you.

Numerous careers exist in the different areas of the field. Accredited career preparation can be completed to help enter the profession you long for. Enrollment and completion of a higher education program can provide the chance to become an auto body technician, automotive service manager, motorcycle mechanic, automotive diesel mechanic, NASCAR technician, and many other professions related to this field. With the decision to enter into a career in automotive and diesel you can enter the workforce and seek the employment that is desired once all required coursework is complete.

Coursework will vary but can allow for the learning of a variety of topics. Studies can teach you to carry out a number of tasks related to the field and the career that is chosen. Coursework can allow you to learn welding, body painting, refinishing, electronics, customer service, and much more. Topics will cover all the needed training for entrance into the workforce. You can also study transportation, computers, physics, engine systems, and a variety of other studies. Training in these areas will help prepare for an exciting future career.

Accredited automotive and diesel degree programs can provide the quality educational training that is needed to be successful in this field. Numerous agencies like the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology ( http://www.accsc.org/ ) can fully accredit qualifying schools and colleges that offer the best quality educational training available. Start by finding an educational training program and enrolling today.

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The Home Based Business Explosion Is Upon Us!

INTRODUCTION

Perhaps I should start by asking the question “What is a Home Based Business? This is any business operated from the comfort of the residential home of the owner.

The next question is who is a Home Based Business owner? This refers to an Entrepreneur who decides to run his business from the comfort of his home.

I decided to clarify these terms because there is a huge difference between a Home Based Business owner and a Home worker who might be working with a government/private organization but decides to be working from home once or twice during the week.

Evolution of Home based Business

Many businesses operated from home usually start as a Micro or Small Enterprise. Some eventually metamorphose into Medium Scale Enterprise and others eventually grow into quite large companies.

The desire by Entrepreneurs to start operating businesses from home actually started in the 1980s. During this period, a lot of things combined to precipitate this massive desire by people to own Home based businesses.

In the main, the combination of many factors like socio- economic change, improved technology and new management thinking resulted in the loss of otherwise permanent paid employment and this encouraged people to attempt to revalidate their freedom by opting to set up a business at home.

The advent of new management thinking and theories like downsizing to make an organization Lean and more agile and efficient created fears in the mind of the average worker

So mass lay- offs helped create the right environment for some workers to go it alone and set up a Home based business.

The period of late 1990 to 2010 can be appropriately described as the period of massive explosion in the establishment of businesses at home. The use of Computer, Internet and Mobile Technology helped in the growth of this idea.

I strongly believe the idea of setting up business at home will continue to be positive and will remain so for a long time.

The continued upsurge in the desire of people to own businesses has attracted the attention of Universities and other higher institutions. They have responded by introducing different courses and programs on Entrepreneurial studies to cater for these needs.

Unlike earlier belief that businesses run from home are not well managed and don’t make good money, the present situation is that many Entrepreneurs motivated to set up business at home now have college degrees including a lot of high level professionals with business exposure.

The entrepreneurial spirit is innate in all of us and we only need to be adequately motivated to take the necessary action.

It’s really an exciting world out there.

THE HOME BASED BUSINESS EXPLOSION

As stated earlier, though the crave for running businesses from home started way back in the 1980s, what can be termed the explosion of this way of doing business was between the late 1990s and the first decade of the new millennium.(2010+)

This coincided with the time when the setting up of a Home based business became a Fad. According to Mr Lewis of the National Association of Home Based Businesses, Home based business in the United States grew from about 6 million in 1984 to 23 million by 2007.

With the help of modern technology like computers, mobile phones, printers and the huge power of the internet, more work is being done virtually than ever before and more global businesses are routinely being run from home.

According to the 2012 GEM report, 69 percent of American entrepreneurs start their business at home from either a spare room in the house, the dining table or from the garage. The report further revealed that more than 50 percent of entrepreneurs continue to operate from home even after the business has taken off successfully and stabilized.

Again according to Mr. Lewis of the National Association of Home Based Businesses, his own companies do training in 20 countries, import eyeglass frames from China and also develop condominiums.

Mr. Nuyten of the Home Based Business Statistics in America quoted the following statistics as at 2012:

38 million Businesses were operating from residential homes in America

A new business is started from home every 12 seconds in the United States

The Home Based Business sector in the United States earned Four Hundred and Twenty Seven billion dollars.

It revealed that 70 percent of Americans would like to be self- employed.

Entrepreneurship has become entrenched in the psyche of the average person. The Baylor University study of 2005 revealed then that more than 5 million jobs had been lost in Fortune 500 companies since 1980 while 34 million were created in small businesses.

The United States Census Bureau data of October 2012, also revealed that the number of businesses being operated from home have been on the rise since 1999.

The United Kingdom Experience

The continued growth in the Home based business sector appears to be a global phenomenon as the report from the United Kingdom will show shortly.

The United Kingdom department of Business, Innovation and Skills released a report titled ” Backing for Home Business” which revealed that 2.9 million home based businesses in the United Kingdom contributed 300 billion pounds sterling to the UK economy. The report also stated that 70 percent of all new businesses in the United Kingdom started from home.

According to Home Business report compiled by Enterprise Nation, 1,400 new businesses are started from home each week.

This report also confirmed that out of a total of 4.5 million small and medium enterprises, 2.1 million are Home based businesses.

Factors contributing to the growth of Home Based Businesses

There are many factors motivating people to set up Home based businesses such as:

  • Losing one’s job

Being laid off in a time of economic downturn could be very devastating. With difficulty in getting new job offers, the next best thing would be to start a Home based business.

  • Flexible lifestyle

You are your own Boss. Literally, you can come and go as you please. You maintain better work/family balance. There are no set opening and closing times. You go for lunch and vacation when you feel like

  • Reduction in Stress level

The daily commuting, especially with the present heavy fuel costs is avoided. Also those train/bus rides to and from work with all sorts of characters is avoided.

  • No corporate office politics

You are not thinking of how to always please the boss and climb the corporate ladder. You don’t have to engage with difficult colleagues. Best of all, there are no dress codes.

  • Cheaper start up and running costs

It’s cheaper to set up a Home based business. A serious entrepreneur can get started with just $5,000. The main requirements could just be a computer, mobile phone, printer and a good internet connection. No rent of physical store space.

  • Secondary Income

Some entrepreneurs set up business at home to bring in extra income to support a day job. Some people start the business as a part time hobby. Eventually the business may become very successful and the entrepreneur will now take the decision to resign from the day job.

  • Be your own boss

You are your own boss. You have the freedom to do things the way you want. There is nobody breathing down your neck reminding you of targets.

  • Job dissatisfaction

An otherwise loyal employee may become unhappy with the company for lack of promotion and motivation. The next thought is to set up a Home based business.

  • Opportunity to achieve Self actualization

Having your own business gives you the opportunity to make as much money as you desire. This of course depends on how much money you want to make and the amount of time and effort you decide to invest in the business.

Advantages of running a business from home

The desire to get out of the rat race, avoid the daily grind coupled with the power of modern technology make telecommuting more productive.

Together with some of the factors already mentioned above, listed below are more advantages:

  • Tax advantages

You can deduct some of your expenses as business expenses. These could be utility bills, insurance, mortgage and property tax.

  • Opportunities for Professional improvement

It is safe to assume that with the day to day running of your business, you will develop more business management skills.

  • Multiple streams of Income

With more time to yourself and the freedom to follow your lead, you can decide to explore other areas of interest and create multiple streams of income.

Disadvantages of running a business from home.

In spite of the almost glamorous attraction of Entrepreneurship, there are some disadvantages which must be effectively managed in order to improve the chances of success.

  • Irregular Income

For some one that had been used to regular pay checks, having to go through some weeks without income could be a huge challenge.

  • Lack of adequate space

This could arise where work sometimes spills into the home space

  • Nearness of Family and Friends

The nearness of family and friends could become a distraction if not properly managed.

  • Lack of Fringe benefits

Fringe benefits like health and dental insurance and paid vacations which were hitherto being enjoyed in paid employment are no longer available.

  • Friction with neighbors

The type of business you are involved in could create friction with neighbors due to noise pollution and lack of packing space

  • Health Issues

Staying glued to the computer screen and in a small space may affect health and fitness. So try and create time for exercise and recreation.

CONCLUSION

So as the French would say Voila! There you are! The idea of starting a business at home has become engraved in the mind of people. Every day, people are starting thousands of businesses in their residences all over the world.

Though there are disadvantages in running a business from home, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

Some industry watchers believe that crave for setting up businesses at home is waning and the general trend could be heading downwards.

However, I personally believe that the trend can only continue northwards. Why? Because I see all the indices still pointing positive. The factors that motivate people to set up Home based business are still very much around. There are still massive lay- offs going on in many companies and workers are still feeling short changed by employers.

To crown it all, the technological tools like Computers, Mobile Phones, Printers and the Internet which assist Home Based Business owners to work smarter and achieve more with lesser effort are still evolving.

Therefore I’m of the view that the trend of setting up businesses at home is still on the upward swing.

So, how about you? What do you think? Is the trend moving up or going down.

Let’s have your thoughts.

Early Education Tips – The 7 Most Common Mistakes Parents Make in Promoting Readiness to Learn

Learning toys for toddlers and developmental educational activities are important for encouraging and developing the naturally inquisitive minds of the youngest children. However, even if you are a conscientious parent who buys the most highly rated toys and books, there are critical mistakes that you are probably making that could keep your child from being ready to learn.
 
You have probably heard at least some of these, but here are 7 of the most common mistakes along with positive, corrective steps that you or caregivers in your child’s life can take to help your toddler or pre-schooler become an enthusiastic learner.
 
Mistake 1:  Not Reading to Your Child Every Day
 
Solution: Read to your child at least 20 minutes a day. Discuss each book that your child reads while you are reading together. This reading time doesn’t have to be all at once. At home, we have a set of 5-Minute Bedtime Stories books that essentially are summary plots from my youngest son’s favorite movies (Cars, Finding Nemo, and more). It’s easy to pick one up and get some quality reading time in with him, even when I’m busy and working under deadlines.

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Mistake 2: Buying the Wrong Kinds of Books
 
Solution: Buy and read picture books with your child. Make sure your child’s books have lots of pictures! A recent study by researchers from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University  (Gelman, Waxman and Kleinberg 2008) has found that the very common parent-child activity of picture-book reading may be the most effective way to encourage early knowledge and cognitive development.
 
Mistake 3: Hiding Books from Kids
 
Solution: Keep all kinds of reading materials around the house. While it’s great to keep a tidy house, leave the books out! Make it easy for your child to find something to read. When growing up, all of my mother’s books were easily available on bookshelves in the living room. I was exposed to many books – some of which I didn’t understand at four and five, but it sure encouraged my love of reading. As I got older, I re-read the books I was exposed to at a much younger age.
 
Mistake 4: Reading in Private
 
Solution: Make sure your child sees you read regularly each day. Don’t make taking time out to read a personal activity or quiet time for you alone. Don’t just read in your bed after your child has gone to sleep or before they wake up. Let them see that you love to read!
 
Mistake 5: Not telling stories to your child
 
Solution: Tell stories to your children all the time. Often, we get into a mindset where we are always lecturing our children. At the earliest ages, we tell them how to go to the potty, to be careful, to play nicely and that carries into the teenage years when the stakes are even higher. Get into the habit now of talking to your children about the things you see or people you meet during the day. Share your opinions about current affairs and your personal challenges and triumphs. As you’ve often heard, the toddler mind is like a sponge-I swear the more stories I tell my  youngest son, a two-year old, the more his vocabulary grows!
 
Mistake 6: Not watching TV with your child

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Solution: Of course you have heard that you should limit TV watching, especially for children under two years old. It’s probably more important to be wary of the kinds of shows your child watches. Even cartoons on kid networks can be racy or bizarre.  But no matter what you allow your child to watch, don’t let them watch TV alone. There are so many images and messages that they are exposed to during television shows and commercials. Watch shows together and explain what they are seeing. It’s a wonderful learning opportunity.
 
Mistake 7: Not encouraging and participating in unstructured play
 
Solution: Encourage and participate in unstructured play with your child. Over the past two decades, research has consistently shown that highly structured learning environments work in opposition to the natural learning processes of pre-school children. Unstructured, self-directed play at that age-range leads to the development of problem solving, literacy, creativity and social skills. 

The Energy Healing Power of Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is a system that uses a variety of therapeutic or preventive health care practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine. Alternative medicine is also known as traditional, naturopathic, natural or holistic medicine. Proponents of alternative medicine are not refuting the validity of discoveries in and the practical uses of conventional medicine, but are merely trying to put some things into perspective. Due to the widespread interest in natural medicine along with the disappointment and disenchantment with Western medicine, many people, especially in the United States and Europe, where conventional medicine has taken a dominant foothold, are seeking the advice and treatment from naturopathic physicians. These practitioners include herbalists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and others, who advocate preventative health measures as well as recommend wholesome foods and nutritional supplements for their patients and clients. Considering the growing popularity and effectiveness of alternative health treatments and products, certified and licensed professional practitioners of such medical practices should be given their rightful and respectful place in medical society. Natural medicine has been proven not only to be safe, but more effective than Western medicine in treating many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and many other diseases as well

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The history of Natural Medicine and its roots can be traced back thousands of years to ancient cultures such as India and China. Ayurvedic (E. Indian) and Chinese medicine, along with their diagnostic and herbal systems, are still used in these countries extensively, as well as in the United States, especially in Europe, where alternative medicine is well respected. Chinese herbal medicine has a documented history of over 2500 years in China, and is now widely used by practitioners all over the world. It has been legally practiced in the United States. since the mid seventies by licensed acupuncturists. Homeopathy is also a well-known form of alternative medicine discovered in the 18th century by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, but was practically stamped out in the U.S. in the late nineteenth century by the American Medical Association. In 1938, though, the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act finally recognized homeopathic pharmacopoeia as the legal equivalent of allopathic medicine.Another more contemporary and popular form of herbal medicine, called Western herbalism, can be traced back about two hundred years in America. Samuel Thomson, born in 1769, is considered the father of Western herbalism. He discovered over sixty different medically effective native plants by clinical testing, and on the basis of these findings, devised a theory of disease and botanical drug action. Randy Kidu, D.V.M., Ph.D., writes in his articled entitled A Brief History of Alternative Medicine: “The history of herbal medicine is interesting because herbs have been a part of our diet and pharmacy since man began roaming the earth. Coprophytic evidence (seeds and other plant part(found in preserved fecal pellets) points to herbal use by cavemen. Early herbalists practiced their trade since before recorded history in all parts of the world including China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, England, the Americas, and Europe. Many herbs are also mentioned in the Bible. Today, based on sheer numbers of folks who use one form of herbal medicine or another, it remains the most-used medicine worldwide.”Twenty-five hundred years after the advent of allopathic medicine, modern medicine is still grappling with the idea that herbal medicine could be an effective treatment, and not just quackery, although thousands of years of recorded history has proved its efficacy. A new model of understanding in medicine needs to be incorporated into the existing allopathic model. Because of the growing popularity and effectiveness of natural medicine, practitioners may eventually be given their deserved place in medical society. The incorporation of natural medical practices into the existing model of conventional Western medicine, including the training of new medical doctors, is now called Complimentary Medicine. In order to solve our health problems, this modern paradigm for treatment in medicine must be promoted. This can only truly emerge when bias, self-interest, greed and discrimination is discarded and diverse medical knowledge is promoted and shared, not only between university trained scientists and medical doctors, but among Alternative Medicine practitioners, philosophers, metaphysicians, and other intelligentsia of society as well.