As some of our student readers are enterring this career field mid-life, leaving other fields behind, the article linked below offers some excellent advice. No one has to tell folks in this transitional space that the nature of the job market has been radically changed. Between the rapid evolution of technology and the economic upheaval of the last few years, many of the rules of the jobs game have been re-written. This is why today’s winning resumé does not share so much in common with the resumés we all may have used not so long ago. Porsche Moran’s article “7 Ways Your Resumé Dates You” offers great tips on how to make sure your Curriculum Vitae is ready for action in the current environment.
Ready for some positive job news? Especially for people studying what you’re studying? Popular online jobs portal Monster.com compiles an employment index. They report that in the last 13 months, job postings in the medical support fields are up 20%. That’s right! Now, the overall employment outlook remains difficult so don’t go out on a spree just yet. But it is looking better for medical support fields than many other fields right now and that’s cause for celebration. From the Monster.com article:
“Fast Fact: A quick search of Monster shows 557 job postings for medical assistants. The Department of Labor sees a 34 percent jump in medical assisting opportunities from 2008-2018.”
Career professionals (that’s people who work in staffing and human resources) are reporting that the recovery in the job market is happening faster than people think. According to recent reports from the NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research) the technical data shows that recession ended last June. “So where are the jobs?” cry out the 10%+ who are still struggling to find full time employment. Read this article by noted jobs expert, John Challenger for some surprising answers.
Today, September 17th is Constitution Day. This holiday, sometimes referred to as Citizenship Day recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. This year, although historic health care legislation has recently been passed, many of the worst abuses of the insurance industry are still in effect as providers plan a double digit rate increase. So even though major provisions of the newly passed bill won’t take effect until 2014, there is still a moral imperative to make sure all Americans have access to basic healthcare. I have heard many opponents of universal healthcare ask, “Where in the Constitution does it say that we’re entitled to universal healthcare?”. Follow me over the fold for the answer to this, and other questions about the amazing document at the core of our Democracy. Continue reading
Just because something has been done the same way for a long time doesn’t mean it’s the only correct way of doing something. As you embark on your careers in the medical field, never forget to keep your mind open to innovation. For some inspiration in this regard, check out this video of a man who looked at the large patches of plastic flotsam on the ocean’s surface and saw something quite different than floating garbage. See how he turned garbage into an island paradise.
I have written several posts on incorporating the eastern spiritual teaching of “mindfulness” into healthier patterns of living, eating and interpersonal relationships. Today, I found a very interesting article by author and health coach, Riva Greenberg entitled, “10 Tips For Mindfulness: The Healing Power Doctors Forget”. The piece talks about the lack of mindfulness the author seems to find increasingly common in doctors’ offices. As many of you will ultimately be working in these offices, I thought it was very pertinent to your education. Read the article to learn how you can infuse your work in the healthcare field with the benefits of mindful thought.
Yes, it is war again. My yearly battle with seasonal allergies has erupted again into violence. Violent sneezing, gruesome coughing and a river of tears and clear liquid pouring from my eyes and nose. I am sure many of you readers are fighting the same battle I am these days. For some it is worse in the Spring. For me it’s worst in the Fall. Well, like any good warrior will tell you, “knowing your enemy” is of critical importance to winning the war. And although knowing what these pollens actually look like (when viewed through and electron microscope) will not provide you any critical advantage, it will at least make you feel better about nuking these scary looking irritants with Claritin, Benadryl or whatever your favorite weapon of allergic destruction may be. Grab a hanky and have a look at this interesting pollen slide show from the Telegraph UK.