Thursday, November 8, 2012

Convenience and Benefits of an Income Protection Plan

What is incapacity? In insurance terms there are different kinds of incapacity. Own occupation is the incapacity of a person to handle their own job and is not working on any other jobs. Suited occupation is the incapacity to do the job in which they were educated and trained. Any occupation is the incapability of the person to do any task. Lastly, there are those Activities of daily living wherein they cannot do any functions. Incapacity can be caused by illness or injury, rendering the person incapable of normal activities as well as earning a salary.
One of the emerging insurance products nowadays is the Income Protection Plan. This is a plan available in the UK and Ireland. The policyholders are given the monetary benefits when a claim was made of incapacity, leading to the loss of income. This particular insurance has a number of benefits. The benefit can last from the time of deferment until the person's recovery, retirement or even the end of contract. The payments are tax free and the payment schedules are mostly monthly but there are those that offer weekly payments. If the policy holder still pays for the premium, the insurer cannot refuse to renew the policy.
The short term plan is the most convenient option that one can use. It is more immediate, the payouts are much faster but since it is only available for a short period only, it can last at least 1 to 2 years only. In most policies, you cannot find inclusions for mental illness such as depression, anxiety or stress. The great news is that this policy can cover such conditions and consider it as incapacity. Of course, it requires proof that the person is actually suffering from such detrimental psychological illnesses.
The difficult task for a policy seeker is the actual search. It takes a lot of research before getting considerable candidates for your particular needs; you can use the internet nowadays to find companies that offer quality Income Protection. It is necessary to ensure that you look at the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy. Comparing these can be tough but if you understand the limitations and strengths of the policies for your own needs, you will be more confident in getting the proper one for your needs.
In some companies, you can increase or decrease the amount of premium to pay in order to extend the effectiveness of the policy. Consult with an expert about what your particular needs. When it comes to incapacity, the policy holder is not just protecting you. He or she is also thinking about the family that might get affected due to the loss of income. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel having insurance makes sense nowadays more that it had ever been and that is why it would be beneficial if people understood its importance.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Saving Money and Energy

Everyone wants to save money. However, these savings could not only help the budget, but also the environment. Loft insulation is an easy fix to a wasteful problem that is happening right above one's head. In addition, through insulation grants made possible by the HES and the SEAI, it is likely this work can be done for free.
There are numerous benefits of adequate loft insulation. Besides enjoying a comfortable and more energy efficient home, most heating bills are significantly lowered as it takes less time for the furnace to warm the house. In addition, less carbon dioxide is emitted from the heating system lowering greenhouse gases into the environment. If the environment is of concern, some insulation is made with recycled glass and can be reused again once removed from a building.
The good news is that, in Ireland, applications for insulation grants are accepted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Once contacted, the organization outlines the terms for a Home Energy Saving (HES) insulation grant.
Homeowners, whose homes were built before 2006, can qualify for the Home Energy Saving Scheme grants and have the process completed free or for half the price. The Home Energy Saving Scheme provides these grants for individuals interested in home efficiency improvements as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Managing the Home Energy Saving Scheme is the responsibility of the SEAI. Founded in 2002, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is a leader in educating and assisting homeowners about energy conservation as well as developing new technologies and standards. Such standards include the SEAI required density levels for weatherizing grants.
Adhering to the Agencies Standards required density levels and the Ireland required density levels also qualifies homeowners for these insulation grants. Current regulations stipulate a minimum of 270mm mineral wool insulation, 100mm between each ceiling joist and 170mm loft insulation over the joists. In addition, a minimum depth of 270mm is recommended.
This savings is due to insulations dense network of fibres holding within it millions of tiny air spaces. Because of these fibres, insulation impedes the airflow coming in or out of it. In addition, this reduces the amount of time the furnace runs and less energy is consumed. As there are many types of insulation one should research to find a suitable choice. Standard choices to look for include Rock wool, Polyurethane board, Expanded or Extruded Polystyrene and Fiberglas insulation. Of these, Fiberglas is the most common choice due to its durable material and ease of installation.
The loft area covers a large surface and as hot air tends to migrate upwards, it is trapped there due to its low density. Adhering to the insulation density levels can reduce energy loss from 50%-100%. In addition, loft insulation requires little time to install and is not a messy procedure for a trained professional.
Everyone is responsible for the condition of this planet. By following the SEAI required density levels and applying for loft insulation grants, not only will the cash flow improve but the environment will as well.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Consider Becoming an Electrical Contractor

Determining the best job option can be challenging, nerve wracking and perhaps even tricky. After all how can you tell what you want to work as - or even whether you will enjoy the job or not - after getting prepared for a particular occupation? How can you tell what you want to be for the remainder of your life? Well, let us back up a moment and assess your career conditions. First off you will need to assess what you're really good at. Do you want to work with your "hands" or would you like to operate in an office building setting?
If you're an outside person, enjoy working in a varied environment, and with a selection of skills, then you could carefully consider schooling as an domestic electrician.
Training as an Electrician
Of course this isn't a career you can get into without any type of training program and certification. You will need electrician education before attempting to get an occupation as a trainee electrical installer. But that is great news mainly because it inevitably signifies a far more satisfying career and more compensation for you. It helps to weed out less qualified people too.
It is also a well-remunerated job where work will always be obtainable.
Sophisticated Set of Electrical Contractor Tasks
The truth is, an electrical contractor's job is more complicated than simply entering a home and fixing light fixtures and the like. He or she will begin by analyzing the construction plans of the electrical wires on the road and in the house. Training as an electrician requires that you quickly learn how to look over different types of electrical plans and / or maps of electrical wiring. These explain to you precisely how the electricity flows in the area, exactly where electrical apparatus, outlets, and wiring can be put in a building.
The next step in an electrician's job is to place tubes as well as wires inside the walls through which cables are fed bringing in the electricity in the house and connecting the wiring to circuit breakers, transformers and a maze of other electrical equipment.
Electrical installers also learn to use special voltage measuring devices that tell them just how much electricity runs through an area. They have to know how to wire telephones, fire alarms as well as computer systems. They also work with a selection of various cables and machines.
On-The-Job Training
Because this is an intricate career with numerous facets, most would-be electrical installers take some type of electrical instruction and certification. But another of the rewards this job has over others is that students can begin to apprentice with electricians and work while they are learning.
Types of Jobs
The majority of electrical contractors work in the construction field for other contractors, but approximately 9 percent of them work for themselves.
Others work in factories and may have a selection of different tasks which cover anything from working with motors, generators, on robots or in the inspection and upkeep of plant equipment.
Future Outlook
The job outlook for electrical installers is good and jobs are expected to open on a yearly basis. Fully trained electrical contractors make roughly $25 an hour and perhaps much more depdending on where you live. While electrician apprentices in training do not make that much, they do get on the job training in a variety of different electrician processes and tasks.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Mentor's Horror Story

It started as a conversation over coffee about the differences between mentoring and coaching but it soon emerged that my colleague was pretty traumatized by her own mentoring experience.
My colleague, a skilled communicator and experienced professional, had volunteered to be a mentor in a program lasting six months. She'd quit in frustration after a few meetings with the mentoree. She was seeking to understand whether she'd misunderstood the mentoring concept, or in some way got the mentor role wrong.
As her story unfolded, it became clear that despite her best efforts, mentoring had not only failed, it had left both parties frustrated, hurt and angry. What went wrong? Why did it, literally, end in tears?
Both mentor and mentoree had volunteered and been matched in a formal mentoring program. A contract was signed and meetings followed. The mentor, attempted to facilitate the mentoring process by asking questions, listening and prompting reflection and self-direction. She restricted expression of her own opinions and expert input to those times when the mentoree explicitly requested answers. The mentor provided guidance through feedback and discouraged dependence by getting the mentoree to choose her own actions. The mentor encouraged her mentoree to complete assignments that were part of the program.
However, the mentoree seemed to expect the mentor to do tasks for her, give specific instructions, or to respond more as a paid consultant might in delivering services. She became more and more demanding, hostile and critical, even on a personal level, of the mentor.
The relationship deteriorated. Clearly, neither party was enjoying the process and outcomes were less than optimum. The mentor requested support from program organizers but obtained no response. Things went from bad to worse. The mentor quit.
Like most problems, there is not a single cause. In my view, the outcome was a result of a number of major flaws in the mentoring program. These include:
1. Inadequate participant selection
2. Insufficient preparation and follow-up of participants
3. Under-resourcing the program
Participant Selection
Mentors and mentoree's volunteer for this program. There are criteria for selection but these relate to goals and work experience, not readiness for mentoring. Not everyone is suitable to be a mentor and not every one is receptive to mentoring. Attitude and motivation are critical to the success of a mentoring relationship. The expectations of both participants need to be realistic and in alignment.
Participants in a mentoring program should be selected with as much care as if you were recruiting them to work for you. Therefore, an application form that draws out participant expectations of mentoring is important. Interviews designed to elicit their attitudes to the process of mentoring will increase the likelihood of positive outcomes.
Preparation and Follow-up
People need to be crystal clear about their roles and how to approach mentoring. Education and specific guidance from the outset, regular follow-up and ongoing support for participants is essential.
Program organizers need to check in with mentors and mentorees to ensure that the relationship is progressing satisfactorily. They should be available and able to assist when difficulties arise and if problems cannot be resolved, facilitate exit from the relationship. If a mentoring relationship is discontinued, the program coordinator should debrief participants to minimize negative after effects and elicit constructive insights for self-development.
Program Resourcing
Mentoring does not have to be expensive but the above example shows the cost of running a program on a shoestring so that immediate and adequate support for participants is not available. You can't properly select participants, train them and support them when appropriate resources are not available.
Done properly, mentoring is a very cost-effective strategy that offers a significant return on investment. Yet mentoring is often given a low budget. Underestimating what is required in terms of time, money, materials and human resources is common. An adequate budget can only be determined through a thorough and well-informed planning process. If funds are limited, choices can be made about how to get the best value from what is available.
Finally, our enthusiasm to celebrate success in mentoring should be matched with equal attention to lack of success. Typically, we want to focus on the good news stories and positive outcomes of mentoring. It's easy to assume participants themselves are to blame for breakdowns in relationships or lack of results and while sometimes this might be valid, you won't know unless you take an objective look at all facets of the program. Therefore, evaluation must look at what worked as well as what didn't and why that was the case. Failure can be as valuable as success if it is instructive. That's how mentoring works!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Business Networking Can Empower Women

In the past business networking has consisted primarily of providing events in meeting places where women could connect with each other and hopefully discover ways to become more successful. Networking for women has really grown and that is good news. Now you can find support networks where you will learn key skills to help you start a business or expand an existing one.
Because women are seldom trained in what it takes to become an entrepreneur, there are always many different places they need to begin on this journey. Let's just take a look at a few of the things women grapple with when they first decide to become independently employed:
Lack of Self Esteem
Women often under value who they are and what they are capable of achieving. Most of the time this comes from self-judgments created from their early childhood environments, including being raised in a culture where women are devalued in terms of their ability to be prosperous. Many women still live with a co-dependent mentality that says, "I can't build a business on my own, but I could help my husband do it." We have to ask the question, "Why am I standing in the way of my own success," and begin the process of re-education.
Absence of Faith
Fear limits our abundance and keeps us stuck in scarcity. We end up in a vicious cycle of creating causes that produce the exact results we don't want. The way out is to adopt a consistent attitude of gratitude. Wake up happy for what you have, give thanks for everything that is right in your life, and put your attention on the positive and avoid the negative as if it were a life and death decision. You will begin to build a new belief system from which faith develops as your awareness is raised to a higher level of truth.
Poor Quality Communication
People react to you based on what they sense you feel about yourself as well as what you say. Pay attention to your inner judge and learn to love and accept yourself exactly as you are. In this way, you can become more open and honest in your communications. You also develop a sense of worthiness that attracts positive and supportive relationships.
Just attending the right business networking site can cause you to take action steps that demolish your self-doubt and help you move away from self-sabotage and procrastination. It is very inspiring to be around women who are doing the stuff you can only dream about in the beginning. You will become empowered by their presence, courage as well as learn what steps you need to take to get yourself where you want to go.
You can also learn proven exercises that others have used to overcome common obstacles all budding entrepreneurs face such as fear and a lack of focus. One of the best tactics you can employ when facing a personal block is to learn to breathe properly and ask yourself the right kinds of questions. There are great business networking places for women that will teach you exactly how to do that.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dealing With Autism On A Day To Day Basis

If it is ever going to be possible for an adult who is autistic to live a life where they are fully functioning on their own, then it would have been important for them to have received an autistic friendly education when they were growing up as a child. So, when dealing with autism, if the child who is autistic is given one-on-one lessons early on in life they'll be able to function in the real world and special care homes a lot better than an autistic child who did not receive the same treatment growing up.
When a person is diagnosed with autism you can expect them to have a very tough life ahead of them. It is a very difficult and challenging disease to have to live with. There is a lot of debate taking place about what exactly is the best care for people with autism since this particular disease covers such a wide spectrum. And everyone who is dealing with autism will handle the way they receive their diagnosis very differently from someone else who is it there current situation.
If you or someone you know is dealing with autism, please recognize that there are a lot of different levels of care that autistic patients could potentially need to receive. Some people suffering from autism will need lifelong care and constant attention while others will be able to thrive in the real world and lead great lives full of independence. There are a lot of groups out there in the United States of America that specialize in helping all of the adults who have been diagnosed with autism and who aren't living inside some form of a care home. The one thing that we have learned through our research is that adults who are dealing with autism often thrive in jobs where they can excel by using their God-given strengths and abilities.
One problem for adults with autism is that they suffer from a serious lack of short-term memory. But on the flip side, their long-term memory is incredible, which will allow them to not only survive but thrive in a job where they can use this type of information to their advantage. You should definitely put an autistic employee in a situation where he or she can use their long-term memory to excel in their job.
The best news possible when discussing dealing with autism in adults is that often it is fine for an autistic person to live outside of a specialized care home because they do not often need 24-hour a day care in most situations. But they usually do need some type of person to check in on them every day to assist them with certain minor things that they just can't seem to do on their own. So realize that a person with autism has no need to necessarily get full-time care and could easily live the bulk of their life on their own without the need for a whole lot of help.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Importance of Industrial Waste Management

Manufacturing and creating products can definitely take quite a bit of materials and energy, and this often leads to industrial waste, which can be tough for a company to manage on its own. Today, many countries and even specific cities actually have laws that tax big companies that produce a huge amount of waste. Those that may cause harmful effects on the ecosystem and air are often taxed as well. The reason these taxes are implemented is to pay for environmental protection, restoration, and for teaching people about these important issues in our world today. Companies and individuals alike need to be education about the environment and the issues that are faced in the environment today.
It is definitely important that companies are responsible. They need to take care of their waste with proper waste management. This is even more important for companies that happen to have hazardous waste to deal with. The good news for companies is that local governments often provide important consulting and information on what can be done to make production processes friendlier to the environment. For companies that don't take this seriously, there should be consequences that are very serious. Harmful emissions should be reduced and industrial waste management should be taken care of correctly.
Most countries have their own laws for companies and their industrial waste management. Most industries are fully aware of the impact that their manufacturer has on the cost of their waste management and environmental pollution. The great thing is that this information is leading to industrial leaders choosing to be more accountable with the way their companies affect the environment today. It is important that individuals get involved though. Individuals should put their support behind companies that responsibly deal with waste and those that are environmentally conscious as well. The management of waste can be improved by using composting, recycling, reducing their hazardous waste, and by ensuring that they use energy in a more efficient way.
Some companies don't have a choice but to create waste that is hazardous. In this case, their industrial waste management should be taken care of in the proper way. They should be honest about the way they manage waste, how they dispose of waste, and what their facilities and vehicles contain.
Governments feel that industrial waste management is so important that they have actually come up with environmental protection acts. These acts are designed to reward and encourage big companies that work to effectively manage their waste. They also encourage companies to work with quality environmental agencies so they can work to further reduce their impact on our environment today. Those who produce industrial waste should be very cautious in the way that any hazardous materials are disposed and they also need to take responsibility and pay for the disposal of their waste as well.
It has been documented in the past that some companies have taken part in practices that were irresponsible and they have even mislabeled their goods, which has ended up leading to local watershed contamination. Companies need to be held accountable for the health of individuals and for the preservation of the environment. This is an important matter and it's easy to see why governments are working to make sure that reform measures are taken. As this occurs, more and more companies are realizing that they must be accountable and are beginning to take careful measures when dealing with their industrial waste management.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fast and Easy Tips for Building a Profitable Ardyss MLM Blog

In today's world, blogs are a major contributor in business promotion on the Internet. Blogs are generally easier to create and maintain than traditional websites, and tend to rank favorably in the search engines. They are a great platform for sharing industry news, product information, helpful hints and testimonials. If used strategically and wisely, a blog can help promote the visibility of your Ardyss business, build a dedicated fan base, and drive business to your Ardyss store.
The most important consideration when creating a blog is having the ability to offer unique and useful information. In this way, you will be able to capture the interest of your site visitors and keep them coming back for more. Resist the temptation to fill your blog with recycled content copied from company literature or the company website. Information that is already widely circulated on the web will not capture the attention of the visitors to your blog, and they will quickly lose interest. Instead, compose your blog posts in your own words, infusing your personal experiences, opinions, and personality into your writings. By doing this, you will stand out from the crowd and establish yourself as a credible and knowledgeable distributor.
A common pitfall when blogging for business is using a writing style that comes off like a sales pitch. This will be a big turn-off to your site visitors. They are visiting your site for information, not to be sold to. A better strategy is to offer information, advice, and tips about the products you want to promote. After they have received the information they were seeking, they will be more apt to give you their business.
Since blogs have the built-in capacity to manage photos, audio recordings, and video presentations, it would be wise to take full advantage of these options. Multimedia is very attractive to web visitors and is an excellent way to keep them engaged while educating them about your products. Pages of strictly text can be intimidating and downright boring. A picture truly says a thousand words, and little effort is required to include product images within your blog posts. Free software is available to create videos and multimedia presentations that can be easily uploaded to video sharing sites like YouTube and embedded in your blog. Visitors to your blog can be converted to potential clients with a little creativity and imagination.
Once you have created a blog with unique content, presented your product information in a friendly, conversational style, and infused it with images, audio and video, you will need to drive business to your Ardyss store. Simply put, you will need to let them know how to directly purchase your products or how to contact you for more information. You can do this by providing link to your web store and/or your contact information at the end of every post.
Blogging is one of the easiest ways to connect with Ardyss prospects and fans on the Internet. With careful planning and these commonsense tips, you have the potential to generate a following that could help you expand your business and your sales team.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Viewpoints of a Model's Success

Is your personal success as a model based on just having nice pictures of yourself to show others? Or is that success based solely on how much money you're making? Well, how about other people in your career and life? How they may view your success can affect you, too. These are some suggestions of how to relate (or empathize) to some of the people that have different roles in your success.
#1. The Modeling Agency's Viewpoint of your success as a model:
Think like an agent. Are clients going to book you? If you are signed with almost any agency, the bottom line will be how much money you are bringing into their business (or may potentially bring in). Remember this as your first and most important business lesson in your career as a model. Modeling agencies are your pipeline to how you are marketed(promoted) as a model, and they make their money (income) from "percentages" from 1.) the model's commission and 2.) from the client's fee.
The more money that you make as a model in their agency is another dollar in their pocket. So, there's more involved in the bottom line of how your agent looks at your "potential" as a model. Will clients hire you? They are looking at how much "income" potential you can bring to their business. They must run their business efficiently, and you must do the same in the planning of your career, too. The agency's role in your representation is that of a glorified "employment agency" that is a go-between for the client and model. The modeling agency works to provide resources to market all of their models, so it's in their best interest to keep the right variety of models that are in demand.
The ultimate decision is made by the client to which model they want to use, but your agent and booker are your representative and they can sometimes have a strong hand in that process. Do not disrespect them! They know their power and should not be underestimated. Learn all that you can about the way your agency wants to promote you and follow their instructions on things that they need for you to do. This can increase your opportunities for success!
#2. Your Parent's view of your success as a model:
Parents worry about all of the horror stories that they have heard about over the years. Whether their child is under or over the age of 18...parents are entitled to worry about their children. PERIOD. Some horror stories are really worse than others. Will their child be lured into drugs or pornography? What about nudity? How far will their child travel away from them and who will be responsible for them if they are in a dangerous situation? Will photographers take advantage of their child or manipulate their photos and use them on the Internet without their knowledge? How will their child's self-esteem hold up against the "industry sharks"? Will their child be required to grow up too fast in order to survive in this industry? What about their education? Why do we have to pay money for our child to pursue a career as a model? (That makes parents skeptical, too!) So many potential questions from a parent's perspective.
A parent's view of their child's potential success can leave them with a lot of questions! Most parents are initially so proud that someone thinks that their child should model that they can view that alone as a "proud" success for you. So, don't be too hard on yourself or your parents if questions arise that need more communication and opens up an opportunity for discussion. Discuss scenarios together and show them that you, too, are trying to do your homework about this industry and want to make safe, mature (professional) decisions. The more that you learn goes a long way with your parents as you break them into your status as being a responsible person and model.
#3. Your "significant other's" view of your success:
Oh, my! Every model that I spoke to had similar stories about this topic. A close partner's viewpoint (boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife) can really be like an emotional roller coaster on your mind if you're in a somewhat serious or longer-term relationship. It really can place a lot of strain on relationships and I've seen more than a few models just not ready to risk losing someone "that means so much to them" and NOT take the risk of losing them. They said good-bye to their modeling careers.
It's confusing to both people in a relationship to have unknown fears, so just accept that this can weigh strongly on your decisions that you make during the span of your modeling career. Many models choose to not be in relationships because of the lifestyle that can come along with being a model. It may be a double-standard for you to feel that you have the "Looks" of a model and your partner likes having a "model" as a partner, but only to find out that insecurities, jealousies, and rejections can ruin what you think is a "great" relationship or cut short a promising modeling career.
Regardless of all the potential rejection and criticism that models face over the span of their career from industry professionals and the public, they can sometimes be torn more by their partner's opinion of them. What choice do you think that you'll make if your partner is feeling insecure or pressuring you? These are potential issues that can set you up for either success or failure, and not just as a model. Consider your short-term goals and how you can incorporate that path into the "Big Picture" of your future.
#4. Friends' opinion of your success as a model:
This one is complicated, too. Let's start with the word "Jealousy". You want your friends to be happy for you, but you may start to notice that they are treating you differently. Why? You will probably be correct to assume that jealousy is getting the best of most of them, but just also do a double-take on yourself that you may be acting a little different than they are used to you being.
Modeling is entirely a different dimension of reality (versus typical jobs), and you may not necessarily be your "old self" during your career all the time. Depending on the division of models that you fall into, this may really be a good thing "professionally", but try to be aware of where you need to keep "model-mode" ON and when it can be toned down a few notches. People are friends with each other because they can mutually have something special to offer, but relationships can change if you stop "getting" or "giving" what this relationship needs. Some people are just naturally the center of attention, and if you are a model, that can work for you, but can throw off the balance of some other relationships depending on their personality.
As for petty jealousies from acquaintances (or superficial friends) that are hurtful to your feelings, try to thicken up your emotions to deflect them away from sabotaging your self-esteem and you'll be in "good practice" for your actual modeling career that faces criticism from the industry and public all the time. The BEST friends are the ones who are there to listen to you vent, keep what you say in confidence, offer their opinion when they see you may need it, and are only a phone call (or Text, or Email) away when you need them for a laugh or a cry!
#5. The public's view of your success as a model:
There are a lot of models in print, on the runway, doing promotions, etc., but what are their names? Is that how the public view a model's success? Sometimes. The public really doesn't know the extent of who or why some models are more famous than others. They just "hear" or "read" who is the next hot thing (flavor of the month) by reading magazines or watching entertainment news shows. Public relations is an art of it's own when models and celebrities are involved. You may have a successful status as a model in your hometown if the newspaper writes about your local, national, or international ventures as a model (even if you know you are still a "small fish" in the sea of the modeling industry, but still, it's a nice perk)!
Being a model places you out there for comments by some brutally opinionated people who either think that their entitled to verbally abuse you or question why you are even a model. Ignorance is not a constructive foundation for you to listen to or even respond to. If there is a shred of truth to the opinion that you are hearing, politely acknowledge and mentally file it away, and work on it next time. You can't impress everyone, nor should that be your goal. That's not permission to be rude, but rather respond professionally when considering the source of criticism. I'm going to include the people who hire you into this category because they tend to look for what the public want to see representing their product. Your personality does put the "icing on the cake" when perhaps they are juggling who they want to hire, so how you present yourself publicly to them does matter. Show confidence as often as you can even if you're faking it!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pay Off Your Student Loans ASAP

There are many new college grads out in the workforce that are dealing with 5-and sometimes 6-figure student loan debt, and with the recession and unemployment rate still in full swing it's not a good time to be dealing with a ton of student loan debt.
Back in 2009 a typical student carried an average of $24,000 in student loan debt by the time they graduated. Consider that a small investment in comparison to what that investment will yield a student for the life of his career.
In any case, in this current economy it's not guaranteed that you're going to get that high paying job straight out of college, so there are some steps that every recent graduate should make that's carrying some student loan debt out there in the work force.
Put your repayments on cruise control. Everybody knows that your credit score can get in trouble by not making your payments on time, so it's a good idea to set up some sort of automatic payment schedule straight out of your bank account to pay for your student loans. Setting up automatic payments-through most banks-should be relatively easy, so it's worth taking those steps so you don't miss any payments.
10 year time horizon. Giving yourself a goal of paying off your student loan in 10 years will save you a significant amount of money in interest.
For example if you have $30k in student loans and you pay it off at 6.8% in 10 years your payments are going to be around $345 and the interest that you're going to end up paying is going to be a little over $11k in interest. If you run in some trouble and stretch out those payments for 20 years the interest you're going to end up paying on that loan is $24,960.95, and if you stretch those payments out to 30 years the interest you end up paying is going to be a whopping $40,405.93!
Organize your loans. If you went to multiple schools, obviously you're going to be juggling several loans. It's going to be imperative that you organize those debts or find some sort of system that organizes those debts for you. The government offers a great way to track your federal student loans, if you Google the National Student Loan Data System you will be able to find them.
Knock off the high interest rate loans first. Taking care of the high interest rate loans first is "Debt 101", if you take care of your highest interest rate debt first you will save yourself a significant amount of money in the long run.
Look into IBR. Everybody falls on hard times and if you're having a difficult time paying back your student loans you might want to look into the federal Income-Based Repayment program. The title of the program basically speaks for itself; the repayment plan is based on your income and makes the monthly payment a little more affordable.
Keep an eye on student loan news. The government is currently trying to cut back on as many things as possible, and sometimes education is the first thing to suffer from these cutbacks. It's a good idea to keep your eye out for any new developments that may affect your student loan or financial situation.
Correspond with the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman. There may be a good chance that you're going to run in some sort of problem with your Federal Student Aid, so it's a good idea to keep in contact with the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman to make ensure everything is running smoothly. When things don't run so smoothly it's also a good idea to make sure that you know where to go when you have a dispute with your lender.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Women Are Ditching the Gym and Making Their Way To Fitness Boot Camps

Gym rats are old news. Hitting the gym several times a week can get boring, and hiring a personal fitness trainer can be quite expensive. Furthermore, doing the same workouts at the gym time and time again might even result in the possibility that you aren't being challenged enough or even worse, you hit a plateau in your training goals.
So what are women doing to combat this boring, same old routine? They are taking advantage of fitness boot camps. If you are thinking about ditching the gym and finding a new way to get in shape and keep it that way, here is what you can expect by choosing a fitness boot camp.
1. More Than an Exercise Class: A good fitness camp will offer more than just a hard and awesome workout. You should be able to get the nutritional information you need and the motivational support you are looking for to accomplish any fitness goal. By getting an all around holistic fitness approach, you can succeed whether you are trying to lose weight, stay in shape, or simply get healthier. Many classes provide support through email, newsletters, and support groups as well as incentives such as contests and friendly competitions.
2. Flexibility: Many camps have ongoing enrollment so you can start very soon when you are ready. Also, many have multiple times in the early morning of 5:30 AM, after dropping kids off from school, and after work. This should help you to find a session that works for you and your schedule. You should also be able to attend as many or as few of these sessions each month without penalty or feeling like you're being left behind.
3. Guaranteed to Work: You want to seek out a boot camp that is headed by a well qualified instructor who will provide you with a guarantee that if you work the program the way you are shown how to, you will see results. The instructors that truly believe in the power of their program will be more than willing to stand behind it. This doesn't mean that you won't have to put the work in, but it does mean that you can count on the support, education, and butt kicking that you need. Few offerings will do a guarantee like this.
4. Fun Exciting Way to Get Fit: An effective offering will afford you the opportunity have the most results-oriented and exciting experience while providing you with a sense of adventure and fun during each and every session. The activities should be challenging and interesting at the same time, without making you so sore that you don't want to show up for the next session. There is a lot to learn and accomplish from taking part in a fitness boot camp and it can actually change your entire life. In fact, you might even get a little addicted to it!