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From the past comes the gift of possibility

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Dwelling on the past is considered something you should avoid if you are trying to get on with life.

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The Evolution of Work

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As we observe Labor Day my thoughts turn to how work has evolved over the last ten years. There are more options of how, where and when we work.

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Don’t be held back by limiting beliefs

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What’s holding you back from reaching your goals?

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Why Diversity Matters

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What does real diversity look like and why is it essential in organizations that want to be successful and continue to serve and represent itself effectively in the twenty-first century?

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Don’t allow the victimhood narrative to define you

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For many decades now we have been identified as part of social categories such as “underrepresented and underserved”, or “minority” based on our race, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background.

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Gaining inspiration from Women’s History Month

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During this month we honor all women who have made contributions to their communities and our nation. It is a time to reflect on how women have made our lives better, richer, safer, healthier and happier through service, education, the arts and innovation and a commitment to excellence.

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Begin Again

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What a year 2016 proved to be. With the raw and contentious presidential campaign, the election and the results, many people are looking to the coming year to be filled with great changes.

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The importance of self-management at work

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It would probably not be difficult for many workers to recall an incident where they witnessed or may have been involved in some unfortunate form of inappropriate workplace behavior.

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How to start a business

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Are you brave enough to work for yourself? You may feel drawn to start your own business, but not sure how to get started.

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A diverse workforce makes good business sense

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To survive in a highly competitive global market most businesses recognize the need to stay competitive and relevant. This requires a workforce that can provide creative ideas, meaningful insight and a diverse perspective.

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How to save more money

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Employment for most people in the world is not an option; it is a necessity of life to sustain ourselves and families.

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Encourage women, minorities to get degrees in STEM

There has been a lot of effort over the last few decades to mentor and encourage young women to pursue careers in science and technology that are non-traditional to gender.

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What to do if you were passed over for a promotion

Most people work hard and seek opportunities to advance in their careers. However, sometimes in our efforts to make the most of our careers we can get sidetracked by situations that seem outside of our control. For example, a colleague received a promotion that you feel you worked hard to achieve and deserve, but believe that bias or favoritism may be the reason you did not receive it.

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A new job in the New Year

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Are you satisfied with your job?

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Let the season inspire you

The holiday season seems like a fitting time to think about inspiration and what moves and encourages us to create and work toward becoming more of our full selves by maximizing our potential. Choosing to focus on the things we value and feel passionate about gives us the energy to make the most of the things we do in our everyday life and work that can make us feel more fulfilled and productive.

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Understanding Millennials In the workplace

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Remember the days when the conversation about who is in the workplace was largely about gender, race and ethnicity? These may still be concerns, but the larger conversation about workplace diversity concerns are around age and generational differences. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the generation known as the Millennials, a population group slightly larger than the so called Baby Boomer generation is now the majority in the workplace.

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How to turn idea into reality

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Do you have an idea for a product or service that you believe will transform your life or the lives of others?

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Ten Simple Steps to a Better Life

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With all of the challenges that present themselves in life, and sometimes for no apparent reason at all, we can, from time to time feel stuck, non-productive, diminished creatively and generally unhappy. A prolonged period of time in this state of mind can lead to poor health, troubled relationships and diminished effectiveness at work. Some individuals turn to food, alcohol or narcotics for relief which only exacerbates the situation.

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Math is Our Friend

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Throughout my high school education experience I held a deep dislike and lack of interest in math and wanted to avoid it at all cost.

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The Power of Words

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One of the first things we are taught as youngsters is to protect ourselves against the cruelty of others who would try to wound us with their words. I recall the childish chant “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”, and how I and other children would use it when our friends, siblings or school yard bullies were being unkind with their words toward us.

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Remaining focused and determined despite setbacks

Sometimes we experience events in our lives that challenge us such as a major health crisis, conflicts in familial relationships, or the loss of a job. These challenges can throw us off balance and leave us feeling lost and uncertain of the future.

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How to get your career mojo back

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There often comes a time in life and career when many people experience a shift in attitude and feel the need for meaningful change.

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How to find satisfying work

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“I just want to be happy more than anything else” is a sentiment often expressed by individuals who are seeking a career path, but find it difficult to commit to anything specific.

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The Importance of Good Interpersonal Relationship Skills

So much of what we do in life whether at work or in other social settings involves interacting with other people, and for these interactions to be positive or meaningful, we need good communications skills and effective people or interpersonal relationship skills.

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Honoring those who serve others

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A sound education and relevant training is the primary source of empowerment for most people and therefore the field deserves our support and continued vigilance to ensure that it is valued and the quality is monitored.

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Use S.M.A.R.T. strategy to achieve goals

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My gratitude for the coming of the New Year is immense. It signals the chance for me to begin again and to consciously take lessons from the past year to improve my experiences in the future.

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Take Time to Assess Career Goals

As you look back at this past year how would you rate or assess your progress toward any goals that you set for yourself?

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Beware of the Box

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Categories and groups are our way as humans to identify things and make our emotional and physical world seem more orderly and feel less chaotic and frightening. It is a base survival instinct and happens without much thought. It helps to know how to respond to certain stimuli in daily living.

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Opportunity - How the inexperienced become experienced

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There seems to be two issues at hand preventing the recently educated and trained from launching their careers.

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Are you happy at work?

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who seem to actually enjoy being at work? They seem enthusiastic and appear to have effective and productive relationship with most co-workers and management as well as with customers.

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High-paying middle skills jobs in STEM

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If you made the decision to enhance your marketability by obtaining skills that are in demand in the current job market it is not too late to pursue preparatory programs at area community colleges.

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Don’t be discouraged by job numbers

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A recent study shows that African American college graduates have a 12.4% unemployment rate which is higher compared to those of other racial/ethnic groups with similar credentials.

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Job search tips for graduates

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We are in that season when many recent graduates are pursuing employment opportunities. Whether you have just graduated from a vocational high school or just completed a post-baccalaureate degree program, you are competing with others with similar credentials and goals in mind. How do you stand out from the crowd and secure a job that’s right for you.

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How to recover from job loss

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After several years of working in a particular position you suddenly find yourself unemployed. What now?