OK Allen School Online students. You’re online a good portion of the day every day right? You know your way around the Internet and likely spend alot of time using social media to stay in touch. But beware the latest threat to cyber living: clickjacking. Clickjacking is defined in this excellent Wired online article thusly:“Clickjacking, put simply, is when a button, image, video, or some form of embedded content on a website is overlaid by an invisible layer that sits on top of the site underneath it.For instance, you may see a page with a movie embedded on it. You want to watch the movie, so you click on the play button. You don’t think twice about it — you’ve done it a million times. Meanwhile, a hacker has superimposed an invisible web page over the movie. It just so happens that a button allowing access to your camera and microphone has been placed over the movie’s play button. Now, when you think you’re playing the movie, you’re actually permitting the hacker to access your video camera and microphone.”Read the rest of the article to learn how to avoid being taken by clickjackers.
The Allen School Online Blog wishes you and yours a happy, healthy, safe Fourth of July. Go America!
Noticeably absent from this depressing article about the disappearance of middle class jobs was any mention of declining numbers of available careers in medical fields. The middle class squeeze, as we all know, has hit hard at industries like manufacturing where thousands of jobs in factories and assembly lines have been sent overseas to “low cost labor markets” like China and India or automated with robotics and other technologies. But this article showed the top five hardest hit career fields outside of manufacturing. They were:Travel AgentsFive-year decline: 14%Vocational Education Middle School TeachersFive-year decline: 14.4%Broadcast News AnalystsFive-year decline: 15.9%Agricultural EngineersFive-year decline: 18.4%Transit and Rail PoliceFive-year decline: 18.7%Notice what was (thankfully) not included in this sad list? If you said, “medical industry jobs”, give yourself a prize!
Yahoo! recently published a list of the top 5 fastest growing jobs in the medical field. Medical Records and Health Information Technician took the number 3 place on the list! With a very attractive average annual salary, medical billing and coding specialists can anticipate continued strength in the job market for people with their qualifications. Click here to view the list and the entire article.
One of the best parts about online study is that you can study whenever you carve the time out to do so. And, you’re not tethered to any one particular location. For many of us that means we can study wherever we can bring our laptop. Think, coffee shop, airport, friend’s houses, etc. But, even that level of portability can become cumbersome. Particularly if you’re not keen on moving around with a very expensive laptop or other device. Yet, you can work wherever there is a machine available. Think, library, hotel business center, Kinko’s or on friend’s machines at their homes. To do this though, you need to be able to access your own files from a remote machine. This has grown increasingly simple in recent years as “cloud computing” and other technological innovations have permitted such accessibility. Here’s an excellent “how to” article on using these new “sharing” technologies from the Hot To Wiki at Wired.com.
What causes “brain freeze” when eating ice cream or other cold treats too fast? Admit it, you have always wanted to know why that happens right? I know I have. With today being the first day of summer, and the Northeastern humidity already squeezing beads of sweat out of my forehead, I am sure the local custard stand in every neighborhood is seeing increased business traffic. So watch out. Brain freeze is lurking just around the corner. Waiting to make you ache as you consume your chocolate-vanilla twist with rainbow sprinkles. The nice people at Mother Nature Network have answered the question “what causes brain freeze” in detail in the article linked here. As a future member of the medical field, you’ll need to know the answers to pressing questions like this one.
If you’re just beginning your course of study with the Allen School Online, you may be wondering if you can make it. Perhaps you were forced out of another career path by the economy. Maybe there are people in your life who tell you its a mistake and that you cannot succeed in this new direction. Let me urge you to tell the naysayers and nattering nabobs of negativity to stifle their criticisms. You can do this! Anything that one sets one’s mind to accomplish can be done if the determination and dedication is there. Consider the image at the top of this post. If you had asked people “Is it possible to build a river ON TOP of another river” you would likely have a hard time finding someone who would say it were possible. Yet, engineers and physicists in Germany did this seemingly impossible feat. This demonstrates the potential for success if the will is strong to pursue it. Share these images with anyone in your life who wants to dissuade you from your goal. Click “more” to see the rest of these phenomenal photos. Continue reading…
Dear Editor:I was a straight A student during my training at Allen School and I have excellent skills. I also have a lot of tattoos and piercing. During a workshop at school, we were told to hide tattoos and remove piercing when going on interviews. This makes me feel like a fraud. Isn’t it my right to express myself that way and shouldn’t my qualifications speak for themselves?Printed, Pierced and PuzzledYes, PPP, you are correct, “the times they are a changin’,” as far as tattoos, piercing, etc. go, and you should be able to express yourself. Whether we like them or not, in today’s society, tattoos and piercing have become commonplace and, as such, many barely raise an eyebrow anymore.That being said, based on the school’s experiences, many medical facilities will not look kindly on visible tattoos and piercing. It’s not worth the chance of screwing up job possibilities to have them visible. That is why we suggest covering them up. Even if they do not prevent you from getting the job, they might hurt your chances in progressing or being promoted.You must remember that the health care field has a particularly conservative culture as evidenced by the uniforms, white coats and so on. Patients may not think you fit the mold of a medical professional when they see you wearing body jewelry or visible tattoos. I know it sounds antiquated, but you made the decision to enter this conservative profession. If you try to go against the grain, you’ll find that standing out this way is not a quality that will be admired.You do, however, have the right to do as you please and it would be stupid to judge your professional abilities because of your body art. But, an employer might have to wonder about your maturity in making the decision to stand out in this particular fashion.However, PPP, If your tattoos and piercing prevent you from landing a job in the health care area, take comfort in knowing that there may be a place for you in a tattoo parlor somewhere [smile!].The Editor
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ALLEN SCHOOL STAFF MEMBER COOKS UP A GREAT RECIPE TO BENEFIT CHARITYIt started out as potentially a minor event, holding a luncheon on the Jamaica, New York campus of the Allen School to raise money for Breast Cancer. It picked up momentum in the most remarkable manner and took on a life of its own.What began as an idea in the mind of a single inspired individual morphed into a mega-collaboration involving the recruitment and management of twenty team leaders, the entire staff and student body and a building full of visitors from neighboring businesses and offices.In only a couple of hours early this summer – and then again a few weeks later – charging only $3 for a full plate of home-cooked international delicacies, cooked and brought in by Allen School’s diverse student body, more than $1,707 combined was raised for the cause and the prototype for a regular event was created.The major collaboration that showcased the unity of the student body is the brainchild of Jamaica campus Ambassador Junette Shephard-Wigfall, a licensed security officer and former Bank of New York unit leader who has been with Allen School for a year. Junette, the daughter of a missionary, began the groundswell with an idea to mobilize the ever-charitable Allen School students, many of whom have been dubbed “Blue Angels” in the media due to the color of the Medical Assistant uniform and their enthusiastic and ongoing outreach in service of the community.Junette and Director’s Assistant, Cassandra Regis, also joined together to mobilize the students and staff to participate in the Aids Walk this spring. That effort netted $1,164 and was matched in its entirety by Allen School President Robert Teich, netting a total contribution of $2,328 to the cause.Junette’s initial idea was to hold a multi-cultural luncheon on campus to which the students would bring covered dishes, something that had been done on a small scale at various times in the past. Under her direction, however, it was as if an army had been mobilized.Joined in Junette’s enthusiasm and zeal, was the Dean’s Assistant, Aquiana Von Massenbach, whose part in the collaboration was enhanced by her professional organizational skills. Aquiana, with Allen School for eight months, and in the States for the past two years from the Dominican Republic, drew upon her studies in Business Administration, her time as a buyer for the Timberland Corporation, in the Accounting department of a hotel, and as controller’s assistant in a real estate corporation, to jump right in. A powerful team, Junette and Aquiana made and the level of participation engendered has been immeasurable.Junette’s smile beaming from the front desk daily as she sits greeting visitors, faculty, administrative staff and students, has become synonymous with the project and her ally and powerhouse of a collaborator, Aquiana, is recognized as the other pillar in the ongoing project with Cassandra Regis providing strong support. Allen School is proud of this inspired demonstration of caring and community service and thanks Junette, Aquiana and Cassandra for being selfless role models for future medical professionals of the world. Allen School also thanks all of the participants and guests for being part of such a far-reaching and noble effort. TO SEE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF THE LUNCHEON GO TO ALLEN SCHOOL’S FACEBOOK PAGE