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by Ron Kurtus

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What if you forget what you want to say. Fear in Job Interview RSA
 
I wish to become auto-wiring technician General Kenya
 
Job listing Resource USA
 
Afraid to speak in a job interview Fear in Job Interview South Africa
 
Studied math and computer science but got bored General Nigeria
 
Have problems speaking to customers General India
 
Not good at arithmetic but want to be a software engineer General South Africa
 
What careers are available for a History major? General Nigeria
 
Does vocation have to do with talent? Top Mistakes Nigeria
 
Mistake on numbering Where Companies Look USA
 
Is it necessary to attend school to succeed? General India
 
Get nervous during job interview Fear in Job Interview UK
 
Don't know what type of job to get General RSA
 
What grades needed to be a paramedic? General UK
 
Wants to be an aerospace engineer General France
 

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Fear in Job Interview

What if you forget what you want to say.

August 25, 2012

Question

You have mentioned that one must have his or her material at hand in the interview bit but how can one be able t do that and is it allowed to go and refer to your material if one maybe forgets what she or he wants to say?

phindi - RSA (22860)

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Usually, the person interviewing will look at your resume and application form during the interview. It is a good idea to also bring a copy of your resume with you on a job interview so that you can refer to it in answering a question.

But the most important thing is to practice a job interview beforehand. Have a friend interview you and ask tough questions about your experience, skills, weaknesses and such. In this way, you will be ready and probably will not forget things.

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General

I wish to become auto-wiring technician

August 10, 2012

Question

Am from poor background, and i wish to become auto-wiring technician, but i have no finances so i wish to benefit from free online lessons in physics please help. Thank you

stephen - Kenya (22833)

Answer

It is good that you have a goal of the type of job you would like. Although our lessons will help you learn the concepts of physics, you really need to learn about the skills needed for being an auto-wiring technician.

Try to find businesses that hire auto-wiring technicians to see what requirements they have. Perhaps you could learn the trade through on-the-job-training or an apprenticeship. Also try to talk to some auto-wiring technicians to get advice about the job.

Best wishes for success in your career. I am sure you will achieve your goals.

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Resource

Job listing

August 7, 2012

Question

Good Day,

I am Jessica from the Locanto Jobboard and I noticed that the link Hotjobs doesn´t seem to work anymore.

Also, if you are open to suggestions, I would like to suggest Locanto Jobs for the page with almost 500.000 jobs in the U.S. (locanto dot com).

Please let me know if the website can be added as an additional resource.

Thank you for your time. I am looking forward to your response.

Best regards,

Jessica Myers
Project Manager Locanto
jessica.myers@locanto.com

About Locanto - Jobs:
Locanto is a free classifieds site which offers jobs, internships and the opportunity to upload ones CV in United States and 39 other countries worldwide. All ads get reviewed and updated on a daily basis. Jobs vary from part-time to full-time offers, and from small businesses to Multinationals like Oracle and Google.

jessica - USA (22827)

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Thanks for letting me know. Hotjobs was purchased from Yahoo by Monster and then went away.

I replaced the Hotjobs link with one to Locanto Jobs.

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Fear in Job Interview

Afraid to speak in a job interview

July 18, 2012

Question

hi, my name is rejoyce ngobeni, i am 21 years old.i have completed a degree in administration at university of limpopo. now im busy doing hours of public administration. i have a problem, i am a very intelligent, talented young woman, but i have little confidence with my self. im very shy in front of new people. i am afraid that i will ruin my career before it even start. i know that to be successful in life i need to communicate with people, but im failing to do that. the reason im saying this is because from next year i will be going to lots of interviews an im afraid that i will mess up because of this fear that i have in me.

rejoyce - South Africa (22786)

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It is a good idea to practice a job interview with friends, so that you know how to respond to various questions about your background and goals.

However, if you are shy or nervous in presenting yourself to others, you might try Toastmasters. They have a good, inexpensive program to improve speaking skills and to get over the fear of speaking. Check Find a Club to find a TM club in your city in South Africa. You can attend a meeting to see how you like it , with no obligations.

Best wishes in getting a good job and having a great career. I am sure you will succeed.

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General

Studied math and computer science but got bored

July 3, 2012

Question

Hi Ron,
I stumbled across your site and decide to share my story incase you have some advice:

I won a Maths competition when I was in High School in Nigeria and was awarded a scholarship to study Mathematics Education which I accepted despite my ambition of becoming a Computer Scientist. I left Nigeria to study Maths in Semptember 2011, but returned back to the country in January 2012 because I grew tired of the studying Maths and was left with no other option than going back to my country.

I started reading some Computer Science books and teach myself some Computer Programming languages and also wrote the Joint Nigerian Universities Entrance exam, but didn't score quite well and have a small chance of obtaining admission to a University. The University cut-off mark depends on how well your fair in the Joint Universities exam and your choice University exam.

I grew tired of reading Computer Science books and Learning Programming Language just after learning little, I Just Feel Stuck. I don't know what to do next with my life.

Olabomi Mujahid - Nigeria (22756)

Answer

Realize that you have skills both in mathematics and computer science. Also note that the same type of thinking and logic is required in both subjects. Usually, if you are good in something, you enjoy studying it for its own sake.

However, since you grew tired or bored with both subjects, it looks like you can't see the future in studying them. Look in the want ads and online employment websites to see what jobs are available for people with degrees or background in math and computer science. There are many jobs available, and the pay is good. This should be a motivation for you to continue your studies.

Look at the job requirements and see if they fit your knowledge. Note that many colleges have job boards with listings for graduates. You can see what is available, even if you do not have a degree.

Aim for a job where your skills apply. Check into these various companies. Even small web development companies are looking for beginning programmers, provided they know the right language. Find out what is in demand.

I hope these idea will help you get going in your career and in your life. I am sure you will excel.

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General

Have problems speaking to customers

June 11, 2012

Question

Greetings!
I am Prakash. I have been working with a Top software organisation as a Manager. I recently joined this organisation.
In my previous oranisation i dis not attend any calls or talking to customers. Now I have to attend Phone calls daily. I have to talk and listen more. I am not able to talk more than 2 minutes in a call. I feel humiliated and losing my confidence. I have a thought in my mind that better to got the previous job for less salary. I am in a Manager level. I have reportees. They talk very fluently. I could not able to answer them fluently. I feel disappointed.
Please help me out.

Prakash - India (22712)

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Such a situation sounds difficult. However, they would not have hired you if upper management did not think you had needed skills and potential.

Although difficult, it can be an opportunity to improve yourself and expand your horizons.

If customers are calling about problems or for technical information, you could act as a filter and then transfer the call to an "expert" on your team. As a manager, you should manage and the workers should perform the detailed tasks.

It would be good to check with your supervisor to verify exactly what you are expected to do. Often a detailed job description is available to use.

Show appreciation to your reportees for the fact they are more fluent than you. They will not think less of you if you praise them for their efforts.

Note that in your career, it is often better to be doing what you like to do, as opposed to doing something that makes you uncomfortable, even though you are making more money.

Try to improve your skills such that you can do a good job. But also make sure you are doing what you love and are good at.

Best wishes in where your career is taking you. I am sure that things will get better for you.

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General

Not good at arithmetic but want to be a software engineer

September 16, 2011

Question

Hello there ! I'm recently looking for information, i'm not good in using my head for calculation in arithmetics but i know how to use rules and calculate it using the calculator so i want to know i can succeed in computer softwer engineer ? And what is the minimum marks required so that i can qualify to this course , my grade is 10 . So please can you please rejoin in details about that cos i am a passion person and enjoy your day .

Arnold - South Africa (21994)

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A computer software engineer needs to know various programming languages and be able to apply them to solve problems or create applications. Being good in making calculations in arithmetic is not essential for that job.

A big problem today is that many students do not learn to perform calculations. Instead, they use a calculator. However, it is good to be able to do the calculations in your head, because it is faster and shows an understanding of the problems.

Do not think of only getting the minimum grades. Instead apply yourself to do the best that you can in all subjects.

Learning how a computer and the operating system works is a good start in becoming a software engineer. There are many clubs and groups where students gather to discuss writing software code. Try to find such groups in your school of community. That is a good way to start.

Best wishes in becoming a top software engineer.

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General

What careers are available for a History major?

May 25, 2011

Question

hi! Am just been admited to school recently and i was giving history & international studies as a cause in univesity, my question is that what can i do with it even without working under anybody .

omotoso - Nigeria (21621)

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Students who major in History and International Studies can get a job teaching the subjects, provided they get advanced degrees. Often people going into national politics are versed in those subjects. Also, experts can be hired as consultants to the government.

One problem with those subjects as majors in college is that they are many more students taking such course as there are jobs or careers available. Your school should have a career counselor who could tell you what types of jobs there are.

Although you may be very interested in History and International Studies, it might be better to put those subjects as a minor area in school and look for a major area that has good job potential, plus is something you are also interested in.

Combining job potential with your areas of interest can have the best results.

Best wishes for you in school and in your career after you graduate.

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Top Mistakes

Does vocation have to do with talent?

May 22, 2011

Question

Running a vocation, does it have any connection with talent?

Dennis - Nigeria (21608)

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A vocation is the same as an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or that they are suited, trained or qualified to do.

Usually, if you are talented in an area, you enjoy doing that type of work and may turn it into a vocation.

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Where Companies Look

Mistake on numbering

April 26, 2011

Question

On #3 of the mini-quiz, there is an (a), but two (c) responses -- no (b)! You might want to change that on-line. Enjoyed the quiz!

- USA (21518)

Answer

Thanks for pointing that out to me. I corrected the quiz answer numbering.

Best wishes in your career.

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General

Is it necessary to attend school to succeed?

April 8, 2011

Question

is it necessary to attend schools/colleges regularly to do good result.

Samrat - India (21452)

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Getting a degree or diploma in high school, as well as college is very helpful in getting a good job. The knowledge you gain will allow you to advance.

If you are going to school but do not attend regularly, you will probably be missing important information required to pass the tests.

However, many students are now learning through online courses, where they study at home or other place on a computer.

Although a good education is important, there still are some who have not received a degree or diploma and are still very successful. Usually, they are hard workers who have gained skills through other means.

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Fear in Job Interview

Get nervous during job interview

February 7, 2011

Question

I have a real serious problems with interviews I dont know what to do, I am breaking point. When I arrive at an interiew I start sweating, get nervious, when I get into the interview room I dont know what to say, this has being going on for about 20 yrs now. Please help.

Thanks

Janet - UK (21159)

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One of the most important things to do before an interview is preparation and practice.

Find out about the company and what they consider valuable traits in an employee.

Go through some practice interviews with a friend acting as the interviewing manager. Have you friend ask some tough questions like, "Why do you want this job?", "Why did you leave your last job?" and "Tell us why we should hire you." Think of some other questions like that. You need to have your answers ready.

Another thing to do is to memorize a few mini-stories related to your experience and background. For example, if asked, "Do you know about Accounting?" you could respond with a story like, "When I was working at XYZ company, the accountant became ill, so I filled in the position for several days. It really helped out."

When you go on your interview, bring your resume that you can refer to during the interview.

Finally, before you go into the interview room, visualize the others as friendly people who are interested in what you have to offer.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in doing well in you interviews. (I know you will do a great job.)

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General

Don't know what type of job to get

February 1, 2011

Question

Im doing physcs, life science, mathematics and business studies at school. But my problem is that i don't know what kind of job i want to do when i finish school and what caurses i must do when i get to university. I'd like you to give me option of subjects that i can find. I'd also love to do something that is based on science.(e.g discovering new things about the world). I am currently doing grade 11. Hopefully i will finish school next year

- RSA (21121)

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First of all, consider what is your favorite subject and which one are you best at? Usually -- but not always -- they are the same. This gives you an idea of the direction you might want to go.

In college, you typically major in one subject and minor in another, such that the combination would work well with the type of job you want. For example, an inventor may major in one of the sciences and minor in business, so that he can invent and then sell his invention.

The big thing in grade 11 is to start looking at possible colleges to attend. In the first year in college, you usually take general courses and then pick major courses in your second year. They do have career counselors in colleges to help to guide in what courses and what jobs are available.

Look in newspapers and magazines to see about exciting new fields. Also look at the want ads in a major city newspaper to see a listing of interesting jobs. Often they give requirements of courses that should have been taken.

Take a look at "Jobs Using Physical Science" at:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/jobs.htm

It is an exciting time to be considering a great career. Start looking now to get some good ideas. Best wishes in your efforts.

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General

What grades needed to be a paramedic?

January 19, 2011

Question

could you please tell me what grades i need to start training to become a paramedic

ryan - UK (21039)

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A main requirement for being a paramedic is to have at least a high school diploma. There doesn't seem to be any grade pint average requirements. However, after high school, you will need to take Emergency Medical Technician training to get certified. Good grades in school will help you pass that training.

For information on becoming a paramedic see:

http://education-portal.com/requirements_to_be_a_paramedic.html
http://articles.localcareers.com/paramedic-jobs/

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General

Wants to be an aerospace engineer

November 24, 2010

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I've been consulting yr website for the past months, and it has been of great help in my final exams revisions,THANK YOU.
However, now that I'm done with exams, i've started applying for colleges. i would like to ask some advice/help in deciding about the field of study which is best according to what i want.
OK, I am a science student,greatly interested in physics but also good at math and chemistry.I want to have a career in aeronautics or aerospace engineering. While applying,I'm asked to choose fields btn physical sciences and engineering, what is the best option? i find choosing just engineering a broad option(not specific) and physical sciences appears vague option(not clear what the future career ought to be).Let me know yr opinion on this.Thanks.

- France (20738)

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A career in aeronautics or aerospace engineering are great choices for someone interested in the sciences. Typically, in your first years in college, you will be required to take physics, advanced mathematics and mechanical engineering courses. You'll probably need to take a year of chemistry, too.

Some advanced study areas in Aerospace engineering include:

* Aerodynamics/Fluid Dynamics
* Aerospace Control
* Aerospace Design
* Aerospace Structures
* Computational Fluid Dynamics
* Hypersonics/Kinetics of Gases and Plasmas
* Propulsion
* Space Science

Ideally, it would be good to find a school that gives a degree in Aerospace engineering. However, you can take appropriate sites in engineering courses that you can later apply for an advanced degree in Aerospace engineering.

The big thing is to find a good school that you can afford and where you will be comfortable. Start getting your education. You may change directions or find something that you really like, once you get started.

Best wishes for success in school and in your career.

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