There’s nothing like the start of a new year to rejoice in our past successes, reflect on our mistakes, and resolve to learn something new.
Professional Development can take many forms. It might consist of reading books pertaining to your career, participating in networking events, or taking courses for continuing education credits.
Professionals in all fields should frequently seek out development opportunities to enable them to stay current and informed. And, let’s face it, learning something new can be invigorating!
Change. How is it possible that one word can evoke so many emotions? Excitement, apprehension, energy, fear. Change can be scary, but it can also be rewarding. Some of the biggest decisions in my life involved a lot of change. Moving to a new state, starting a family, switching careers. Making the decision to change and then taking the steps necessary was at times daunting; but I had help along the way which made it easier to stay motivated.
Many of us are getting ready for the holiday and a nice winter break. The holidays are a wonderful time to catch up with friends and family (as well as catch up on some much-needed rest!). However, after the first few days of relaxation and overeating, you might find yourself a bit bored and looking for something to do. Instead of sitting around and letting the weeks go by, here are some tips to make your winter break more productive:
With the frenzied pace of the holiday season (activities, guests, shopping, parties, baking, etc.) it’s no wonder that stress and depression can seem an inevitable part of the festivities. However, with a little planning, there may be a way for you to enjoy your holiday time a little bit more! Mayo Clinic and Health.com offer the following tips:
We all encounter problems in our everyday lives – whether at work or at home. Common problems might be time-management issues, or personality conflicts at the work-place. As unpleasant as some of these problems can be, it’s important to come up with an effective strategy to dealing with them. The following steps can help you better identify issues and come up with solutions for life’s obstacles!
"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo
Professional Development is an ongoing process that should continue throughout one's career. It’s necessary to stay up to date on the latest trends and information in your field, and in the professional world in general, in order to remain capable and competent in your position.
Did you know that expressing gratitude can improve the quality of your health and even add years to your life expectancy? Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis, is a leading researcher in the field of “positive psychology”. His research supports the theory that those who develop an “attitude of gratitude” can experience a wide variety of health benefits.
The theme of this year’s National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) is “Friends Helping Friends.” A friend is anyone who is there to offer support, care, concern and a listening ear. Friends can be peers, family members, mentors, teachers…anyone! For those in need, the National Runaway Safeline is set up to be a friend and to provide support for any youth in crisis as well, 24/7.
Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. This year's theme is "Teens Need Families, No Matter What” and it centers on efforts to achieve lasting permanency for teenagers in foster care.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stresses that teenagers who have spent years in foster care need the commitment and care of a loving family to help them transition into adulthood.