Viewpoint: What’s Up with the Certifications?

In some of my previous posts, I have alluded to the high expectations placed on recent graduates in our current economy; they’re expected to have critical thinking skills, as well as a whole host of practical, hands-on abilities. While critical thinking skills can be stimulated through conversations with peers and mentors in university classes, credentials…

Don’t Believe in Fate – Or, Changing your Vocation

How many times in your life have you thought of something as predetermined, preordained, or destined to happen? Perhaps it was something that happened to you early in life; say that you won prizes once or twice from your school, and you never seemed to step on that dangerous and mythical crack in the sidewalk….

Training for Employment

Today I’ll be participating in my first Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test, as a single component of my ongoing application to be a park warden with the Federal Government. I’m nervous, but have many supporters and cheerleaders behind me, so I am simply going to do my best. I first saw the posting for…