Archive for March 2016

Not Sure What You Should be Doing With Your Life?

March 27, 2016

I get the chance to meet many teenagers and twenty something’s who are in a place in not knowing what they should do with their lives. If I could possibly reach them I would want to share with them these important things. Knowing what you are good at is very important. To determine what skills could help you choose a career you would enjoy, you should do an aptitude test. You can get some on the Internet but I highly recommend you speak with a guidance counsellor at school. They have excellent aptitude tests that are free – but also they will give detailed results.

1.Aptitude Test  – Please , if you have not done one, sign up to do one. It will ask you are series of questions about yourself – example if you like working outside or inside, if you like working with people or alone… It is usually between 50 -100 questions.

The computer will score your completed results and recommend workplace settings and jobs that you would most likely enjoy. The results are detailed. There will be jobs mentioned you may have not even known existed. This is essential to help you see the opportunities. It will also show you what educational path is required to do the job. You can make wiser education choices knowing it is something you want to do.

2. Do your \Research – There is an excellent resource for you to use on a government website: Ontario government of Colleges and Universities

http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/

This site will let you search for colleges and universities that offer the program that you ar interested in. Do the aptitude test first – do this next. You will also be able to see the demand for the career and possibility of getting a job in the field. You will also be able to see the approximate salaries in the profession. Further still, you can search the job bank after you’ve completed your education to find jobs in Ontario and Canada.

3. Education – Do not believe the lie that it is not worth investing in your education. There are scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for if you have an A average. There are also some College or University entrance scholarships you may be able to get – your guidance counsellor could help you to know about them.

The best scenario is that you have money to go to school because of parents helping you or money you’ve saved by working. Even if you do not have money saved – it is worth it to take a student loan.

4. Invest in yourself – If you must take a student loan and are believing it is not worth it, let me share with you. I took student loans and worked to get through school. I had a debt I had to pay but I thank God I chose to stay in school. I would not have the job I have today if I had not stayed in school. Professional jobs require Diplomas and Degrees.

The chance of getting a job that pays more than minimum wage without post secondary education is not high. For you to be able to succeed, you must invest in yourself. Sometimes there are special bursaries for those showing financial need.

Stay in School. It is the way out of poverty.

 

 

 

Why You Should Keep a Journal

March 8, 2016

Journaling is an excellent way to practice your writing and also to catch key ideas and topics you are most interested in. I would recommend keeping a journal for many reasons but for those who want to write stories, books, poems or those who are interested in improving their writing, keeping a journal is essential. It is best to write every day a brief entry, but it is not mandatory,

Keeping a written journal

Ideally an entry would be at least a page or approx 200 words or more. I received my first journal book before I was in my teens. My sister gave it to me as a present. At first my entries were only what I did that day. Later, as I continued writing I began forms orf expression and planning etc. I credit my sister with starting my love for writing because it was the journal that started me writing creatively. You could write about topics that are your priority that day with insight and opinions. My mother kept a journal faithfully. She also recorded history in it. Any events in local or world news she documented. Any events in our lives as a family, she recorded. I have known writers who not only keep a journal for personal insight on current events but also opinions and critiques of movies and books. It is a way to express yourself much like a blog. It can include the days events and your opinions, insights on people, your thoughts and insights.

Digital journal or blog

You could keep an on-line journal in the form of a blog. You would discuss issues important to you and that could be helpful or enjoyed by other people. This digital journaling has both a built-in blessing of being able to share your thoughts and ideas with others. Some people may want their journal to be private so a digital journal is not the way to go. Why should you blog? You are unique. Your opinions and insights matter. You could encourage other people by writing a blog. You should pick an area you are good at or that you care about. For instance if you are in a church group, or a club. You could also blog concerning your work place. You would be communicating with others who share your same experiences.

Creativity

To stir your creativity in case you don’t know what to write about, search the Internet for creative writing topics. I have used these types of exercises with my students and find they are an excellent starting point for the developing of essays and opinion pieces as well as stories. You could discuss works of art, paintings or sculptures. What is you impression of that piece? Describe your opinion and expression of it. Possibly imagine the origin of the art. You could always write an alternative ending to a story you have read or movie you have seen. You could take your favourite Bible passage and discuss it and its meaning and possibly start a discussion about it.

There are so many people who have a secret desire to “write a book one day”. I don’t know if that includes you but journaling is an excellent way to begin. What you write could be used and developed into your book.

Is it Social Media or is it Spoken or Written Communication ?

March 1, 2016

It is more and more common to use electronic sources and digital media than in person contact or connection. Often “tweets” and Face Book replace human interaction. Those teenagers who used to talk on the phone have been replaced by a generation of teens who text message and are attached to their laptops, tablets, phones etc. Digital media is important. It has many positive attributes.

 

Use Social Media

I highly encourage you to use social media to connect with friends and family and colleagues. It is a good way to communicate, but it does not replace written or spoken communication. It is an excellent and inexpensive way to connect with loved ones or people who share similar ideas. I use it regularly. There are so many social media websites to choose from. Sometimes, minor details someone may not have told me will be posted so I can share in their joys and pray for them should they have a need.

A like on face book is a momentary gush of approval, but a specially written card or note shares your affection and honouring of the person for more than a moment. Literally, you may place your cards on view for several days or a week. I don’t know the etiquette rule on how long cards should be displayed, but I often keep them more than a week.

Don’t Replace Spoken or Written Communication

A handwritten letter is almost never sent anymore. Letter writing was often a way for adults to connect with their adult children and share family photos. Today photos are posted on websites. Truly it is valuable to be able to download a picture of a friend or family member in seconds, but it doesn’t replace the printed photo we want to place in a frame and place in a special place so we can think of the loved one.

Please keep posting your photos and joys and things to pray about. Please also, send a card or make a special attempt to visit to talk face to face.