Ten Courses Of Study If You Want To Be Your Own Boss.

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Ten Courses Of Study If You Want To Be Your Own Boss.

By: Max Stein

For many Americans, an important component of the American Dream is the possibility of hard work turning into financial fortune. The career exploits of such self made magnates like Andrew Carnegie, Lee Iaccoca and Donald Trump are examples for many.

The idea of being self-employed appeals to many people who want the possibility of unlimited income, a flexible schedule and perhaps the opportunity to work from home. If you're one of these people, having the proper training, especially in a growth industry, is very important. Consider these ten courses of study, if you want to be your own boss.

Creative Careers

The personal computer has made it much easier to enter the marketplace in many professions. Training in graphic design, multimedia design and web design allow you to work from home, or as your clientele increases, out of an office. Education in these skills can also create opportunities for you to work as an employee, or contractor. These creative jobs are very much in demand, particularly as advertising spending has increased as the economy has improved.

Mechanical Careers

If you like to fix things or work with your hands, there are some great, lucrative training programs that will allow you to do this type of work for a career. Most of these jobs require you to work for someone else first, either to gain skills training or the money to go off on your own. A career in HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), home appliance repair, electrical installation/repair or auto body repair are all great ways to make your hands create a living for you.

Service Careers

There are many service careers available as well for the self-employed. Home healthcare is one such growing field. Nurses, both RNs and LPNs, are in wide demand. Another career field that is growing is court reporting and closed captioning. The growing legal system and new Federal laws designed to benefit the hearing impaired are driving growth in these categories.

In addition to having the skills to perform your chosen business, you need the business skills as well. Sales and marketing are in first order, while organization and administrative skills will keep your clients and the IRS happy.

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About The Author

Max Stein, Salt Lake City, UT, USA


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Comments

Aaron 20.08.2010. 15:54

What is the best way to get into environmental science? I want to be able to get a career working in environment science but want to know what kind jobs there are available in this area and how best to get the right qualifications.

i am currently studying for my A levels and taking Maths, Geography, Biology and Chemistry

i have heard that it is best to take a different course at uni such as biology or something instead of a specific environmental science course. is this true?

Aaron

Admin 20.08.2010. 15:54

Hi Elisa!
Good question that a lot of people want to know - First off:
Stay in school, and get as much scientific education possible. A two-year college degree or associates' degree will probably get you in the door, but not very far.
A four year, or bachelors' degree is a practical 'must', for most jobs.
These days, the Master's Degree is the new College-Degree, and going for a PhD should be not unthinkable for you.
Next: What to study -
That depends on whether you intend to be "Applied" or "Laboritory" -bound. That is, if you're going to work in the field, which includes office-work, or teach, research, or just study-the-study.
Now, you have to know where you're going before you start any journey, and career-wise, this is no exception. You'll have about 3 options, and I'll list them in decending order of popularity:
1. Government Jobs - Federal, state, or local agencies all hire environmental scientists these days. Of course the title probably won't be "Environmental Scientist", but something like Biologist, Hydrologist, Environmental Health, etc. etc.
2. Private Industry - Consulting firms are where its all at these days. Governments are trying to Privatize their work, by hiring firms to do their 'dirty-work', then, they've got someone to blame their mistakes, and its really overall cheeper than keeping highly paid professionals on their payrolls. There are lots of them out there, but you've gotta be crafty - don't look for these guys in the want-adds. Start with the internet, loking up trade-shows, on environmental companies. Get your foot in the door early, because these guys will pay you big-bucks to hire you on while you're still a student so that you will be their "Intern". It gives them a chance to bring you up through the ranks, plus give you a lot of free training along the way. Here is a chance for you to really expand your resume.
3. Private Industry - Self Employed: Here you get the education, select a line of work you want to delve, and go for it. Set out a sign, print up your own business cards, and hit the ground running. This has the greatest chance of the highest income, because you've eliminated the middle man and you're the boss. Unfortunately, the down side is that about nine out of ten of these fail, so you should start out at number one or two above, until you know the ropes and establish a network of business clientele.
Well, at this point, all I can do is wish you the best of luck. I don't think you'd like me to write a book on this, so I'm keeping it rather short.
I can only guarantee, that if you try, even a little, you will far exceed your wildest expectations.
Best wishes always,
Will in IL

Admin

D [[ ????? ?? ?? ]] 20.01.2009. 18:39

Would you trust this? Does it sound fake? When I went to my first OB appointment they gave me this bag of pregnancy/parenting books along with coupons and things like that. Well I was looking through these things and came across a paper that said 'Work at Home' so of course that caught my interest since I am currently out of a job and it is very hard to find one being 5 months pregnant.

So I was wanting to know what some people think about this. It says 'Work at Home, Top ten reasons to train at home for moneymaking career as a medical claims & billing specialist. Earn $10 to $20 an hour. Full time or part time. Set your own hours. Save money, no commuting... tax break opportunities. Be your own boss. Be home with your family. Toll free career support for graduates. Work in any of the 50 states. Prestige of working for doctors. Plenty of office jobs too.'

This is from School of Medical Studies, U.S. Career Institute. If I want to per sue this I have to fill out this paper at the bottom, tear off, and send in. This will make them send you a brochure and full information.

So this sounds really good to me but I don't know if this is just one of those gimmicks. Should I try or do you think this is risky or a gimmick?

Thanks!

D   [[ ????? ?? ?? ]]

Admin 20.01.2009. 18:39

Ok, a lot of medical billing is outsourced and a lot of people do it from home. The scam is possibly in the training course not the work from home opportunity. I would find some people who do it from home, search online or the phonebook and ask how they got started. Most probably did it for a job in an office originally. The biggest hurdle is the software to do it which can be expensive.

If you wish to work from home there are plenty of other things you can do, since you really have not background in this. Check out some freelance websites, there is usually something that will match your skills.

But beware, once you have the baby you may not be able to do much work for a while.

Admin

James 06.02.2013. 21:37

Do I deserve it? Have I earned a break? I am sitting my final year in school and I'm working really hard in studying for my final exams (10 hour school days). Additionally I got a part time job for weekends, so in one weekend I could work up to 16 hours. That's a 66 hour week.
When it's all over in 4 months, I want to take a break before going to college, I want to visit my mum and brother (who live in Israel) and travel around with my friends (who live in Israel). I want to abdicate all responsibilities (keeping my job of course) and just take a break from this incredibly difficult year. My dad ,however, wants me to work full time until I go to college, in order to help him fund it for me (the funds for me to go to college will be there, regardless of whether I work or not).

I can't tell if I'm a spoiled little brat or a hard working person who has earned his break.
Opinions will help.

James

Admin 06.02.2013. 21:37

You have earned your break when YOU are the one paying for it.

What I hear you saying is that you want your dad to pay MORE for your education than he would have to if you were working full-time during the summer. In a nutshell, as long as you are expecting someone else to subsidize your life you need to do your part.

And by the way, most adults, when they look back on it, realize their school years were the most fun, free and easy time in their lives. When you graduate and HAVE to work full-time and no longer receive parental subsidies, life gets harder. You will have to answer to a boss, pay your own way, you might get five or ten paid days off in a YEAR. You can't just "take a break."

So...I see your point that now is probably a good time to take a break IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT. But it sounds like your Dad doesn't want to pick up the tab for it. So the two of you will have to work it out.

P.S. You are very lucky to had a father who is willing and able to fund your education. Many people have to pay for their OWN education. They work and work and take out loans which saddle them with debt for a decade or more.

My personal opinion is that a "break" might be a week vacation. Other than that you need to work or fund your own education. Welcome to adulthood.

Admin

Itchyca 09.05.2010. 16:50

My Life Is A Mess, I Have Been Cursed? I am 25 years old and my life is messy. My childhood was happy until the age of ten years old. When I was ten years old my father would beat me and call me names if I didn't get my homework right, my mum stuck up for him. When I was 12 years old at Secondary School, a friend of mine turned against me and also told others not to speak to me, because she thought I wasn't intelligent. I was left a loner and only had one friend who was bullied. I did attend saturday theatre school because I always wanted to be an actress. I didn't do too well at school, because I wasn't academic. When I was 13 years old my dad stopped me from going to theatre school because my grades were not up to scratch. I still struggled at school, got bullied a lot. Kids told me that I wasn't intelligent and I was ugly. Whenever my dad gave me work and I got it wrong, he would beat me, call me stupid and compare me to people who were smarter than me. I left school with not so good GC SE grades and went to college. The first two years of college ran smoothly for me, I did very well.The last year of college was terrible, I had a new tutor and she was very rude to me, she turned the other tutors against me, they bullied me as well. I wrote a letter to the head, regarding the bullying it was handled very well, the tutors started to be nice to me. I dropped out and went to pursue another course at college.
I have three brothers, one of them is very strange and distorted with reality, he has always clashed with my parents, the other is a bit of an arrogant bully and the other is down to earth and I get on with him well. The one who is a bully, bullied me since the age of 18 for two years. Whenever I didn't do anything for me, he would yell at me and prove to me he is the boss. At the age of 20, he did control me for a bit and was violent to me. There was a times when he threatened to hit me, but I told him once if he laid a hand on me, I would call the police. I didnt speak to my brother for four years as a result of that.
My mum has always been a miserable old witch who is quite domineering, at the age of 18 I was till not allowed to go out clubbing or have a boyfriend because she was scared that I was gonna get murdered an so forth (she is still domineering). When I was 21 years old, I studied nursing, but failed the course because I wasn't interested in Nursing. I completed the academic component of the course. I also made multiple mistakes when I did the pratical part, I was suspended from a couple of placements as a result of that. My mum that controlling *****, always wanted to know how far I am in my coursework and revision, and expected me to show it to her at all times. There was one time when I was so behind in my revision because I broke up with my boyfriend. My mum was so pissed off when I was behind, we got into an argument she swore at me. I remember when my mum told me that my brother should go to the library with me, I told her I am grown up to make my own decisions. She got pissed off and swore at me again. There was one time where I did my coursework at last minute, we were up late doing it. When the computer went wrong, my mum grabbed my ear and said 'You are stubborn, why did you leave your coursework late'
When I was 19 I met a man online, who I thought was charming and lovely. We became boyfriend and girlfriend. He was controlling, possessive, and so jealous. I lost my virginity to him, I eventually dumped him because of his evil nature. A year later I dated another man who was a bastard who didn't care about my feelings and was very cruel to me, I dumped him. I dated because I thought I was in love and I wanted to be loved.
My family say they love me, but they have very funny way of showing it because they can be cruel especially my mum who is a domineering woman. If I cut contact with her because of overbearing nature, it would kill her.
My brother who is very strange, has also hurted my family. He moved back with us when I was 16 years old. My brother moved abroad for a year, he came back, his state deteriotated and got into fights with my mum. When I was 18 years old, he started acting weird around me and kept on telling sexually things to me. There was one time when he flashed his private parts at me, I told my family, they were very pissed off at him. When I told my ex boyfriend about what happened, he made a joke about it, one time when we had an argument he told me 'you are messed up because your brother must have slept with you' I wanted to get a knife out of the draw and stab him for that.
My life is so messed up, I am very unlucky, I wish I was someone else. I am a very short tempered person as a result of my life and I can be very violent. I wish some of my family members were dead.
Last year I tried to kill myself, I hated my life.
GO AWAY AND LEAVE ME ALONE!

Itchyca

Admin 09.05.2010. 16:50

The easy, off-the-cuff answer would be, "Kick loose from your dysfunctional family!"

In reality, that's not so easy. You would have to get some kind of job that allowed you to support yourself, and move away from them. You might have to share a small flat with a roommate for a while. Do you know how to prepare your own meals? Are you familiar with the usual regulations that people are expected to know?

One of the toughest things about setting up your own life is the boyfriend situation. When you are still struggling with your family issues and trying to improve your life, that's no time to become tangled up with boyfriends. You have seen how some guys can sense vulnerability and zero in on it. Everybody deserves to be loved, not exploited. Soon enough, when you gain the confidence you were born to express, you'll attract the right sort of man.

It sounds like you started off well in your education, but got sidetracked with problems and issues. Perhaps you could go back to one of those institutions, and see what credits you've earned and how you can continue with your course work. An academic advisor can help you make a plan. It might not involve nursing as such -- perhaps lab work, phlebotomy, or some other medical field that doesn't require direct contact with patients.

Many, many young women have been able to rise above a bad background. I sincerely hope you can be one of them.

Admin

Aaron 27.06.2010. 18:35

how can i quote these for an APA process paper? The title of my paper is how to succed in your dream job


How to Succeed and Get Ahead
You?ve got the job you always wanted and you have done it for a year or two. Now you are ready to increase your responsibilities, challenge yourself and progress your career.

Try these ten tips for the best way forward:

Keep your ear to the ground. The people who move fastest up the career ladder are not always those who wait for positions to be created. Listen to the grapevine. If you hear of anyone leaving or a new position being created, get in there before someone else does.

Make yourself indispensable. The people who get promoted are the people who are always there. Don?t be too pushy but make sure your boss knows you are always willing. Show that you are paying attention to what is going on, and join in conversations whenever it seems appropriate.

Be knowledgeable Learn as much as you can about banking and finance practices, and about your niche in particular. Companies want people who understand the marketplace and can capitalise on emerging trends. Study the competition, read financial publications and network widely. The more you know the more you will be respected.

Take control. Try and define what you really like doing. Do you prefer working with others or on your own? Do you like taking orders or giving them? Are you a team player or a leader? You will soon get irritated and disillusioned if you aren?t doing what you enjoy. Be proactive.

Get feedback Find out what your company thinks of you. Don?t wait for your appraisal, ask for feedback when you have completed a a particularly important project, or when the opportunity arises for a quiet word with your manager. The more you know about how you are perceived, the easier it will be for you to adjust your performance to achieve more.

Hit targets. Whatever your job, it is important that you hit your targets from day one and that someone above you is aware of this in a subtle manner. To demonstrate your abilities keep a record of all your achievements and be able to reference specific examples during your next appraisal.

Show responsibility. If you are after a more responsible position, one in which you have to manage other people, for example, demonstrate that you can do it. This might mean volunteering to manage a project, organising a fundraising event or the office Christmas party. You are sure to be noticed if you are seen to take the initiative.

Be politic. Plan your career move carefully, perhaps over several months. You might have to move sideways first. Look within the structure of the whole company. Is there another area that would appreciate your skills? Is your manager planning to expand the team? Strategic planning applies to you too!

Train. Most companies are open to staff training; some provide it, whereas others recommend external providers. Choose a course that is appropriate to advancing your skills and interests. If your company doesn?t provide its own programme, find one for you and ask them if they will fund it.

Be flexible. You don?t have to specialise too early on in your career. Move around a bit, even within the same company and keep your options open. Go for informative interviews for other jobs to find out about what they involve. Don?t be scared to try something new. Expertise comes with experience.

Prepare a good CV. Make sure that your CV covers all your skills, it?s not just a list of jobs you have done. Show your achievements, not just your responsibilities. Get help to ensure you have highlighted your best selling points. Age shouldn?t

Aaron

Admin 27.06.2010. 18:35

What exactly are you quoting? If anything, you're going to need the author, the title of the work, and some publication information.

Admin

Itchyca 09.05.2010. 17:00

My Life Is A Mess, I Have Been Cursed? I am 25 years old and my life is messy. My childhood was happy until the age of ten years old. When I was ten years old my father would beat me and call me names if I didn't get my homework right, my mum stuck up for him. When I was 12 years old at Secondary School, a friend of mine turned against me and also told others not to speak to me, because she thought I wasn't intelligent. I was left a loner and only had one friend who was bullied. I did attend saturday theatre school because I always wanted to be an actress. I didn't do too well at school, because I wasn't academic. When I was 13 years old my dad stopped me from going to theatre school because my grades were not up to scratch. I still struggled at school, got bullied a lot. Kids told me that I wasn't intelligent and I was ugly. Whenever my dad gave me work and I got it wrong, he would beat me, call me stupid and compare me to people who were smarter than me. I left school with not so good GC SE grades and went to college. The first two years of college ran smoothly for me, I did very well.The last year of college was terrible, I had a new tutor and she was very rude to me, she turned the other tutors against me, they bullied me as well. I wrote a letter to the head, regarding the bullying it was handled very well, the tutors started to be nice to me. I dropped out and went to pursue another course at college.
I have three brothers, one of them is very strange and distorted with reality, he has always clashed with my parents, the other is a bit of an arrogant bully and the other is down to earth and I get on with him well. The one who is a bully, bullied me since the age of 18 for two years. Whenever I didn't do anything for me, he would yell at me and prove to me he is the boss. At the age of 20, he did control me for a bit and was violent to me. There was a times when he threatened to hit me, but I told him once if he laid a hand on me, I would call the police. I didnt speak to my brother for four years as a result of that.
My mum has always been a miserable old witch who is quite domineering, at the age of 18 I was till not allowed to go out clubbing or have a boyfriend because she was scared that I was gonna get murdered an so forth (she is still domineering). When I was 21 years old, I studied nursing, but failed the course because I wasn't interested in Nursing. I completed the academic component of the course. I also made multiple mistakes when I did the pratical part, I was suspended from a couple of placements as a result of that. My mum that controlling *****, always wanted to know how far I am in my coursework and revision, and expected me to show it to her at all times. There was one time when I was so behind in my revision because I broke up with my boyfriend. My mum was so pissed off when I was behind, we got into an argument she swore at me. I remember when my mum told me that my brother should go to the library with me, I told her I am grown up to make my own decisions. She got pissed off and swore at me again. There was one time where I did my coursework at last minute, we were up late doing it. When the computer went wrong, my mum grabbed my ear and said 'You are stubborn, why did you leave your coursework late'
When I was 19 I met a man online, who I thought was charming and lovely. We became boyfriend and girlfriend. He was controlling, possessive, and so jealous. I lost my virginity to him, I eventually dumped him because of his evil nature. A year later I dated another man who was a bastard who didn't care about my feelings and was very cruel to me, I dumped him. I dated because I thought I was in love and I wanted to be loved.
My family say they love me, but they have very funny way of showing it because they can be cruel especially my mum who is a domineering woman. If I cut contact with her because of overbearing nature, it would kill her.
My brother who is very strange, has also hurted my family. He moved back with us when I was 16 years old. My brother moved abroad for a year, he came back, his state deteriotated and got into fights with my mum. When I was 18 years old, he started acting weird around me and kept on telling sexually things to me. There was one time when he flashed his private parts at me, I told my family, they were very pissed off at him. When I told my ex boyfriend about what happened, he made a joke about it, one time when we had an argument he told me 'you are messed up because your brother must have slept with you' I wanted to get a knife out of the draw and stab him for that.
My life is so messed up, I am very unlucky, I wish I was someone else. I am a very short tempered person as a result of my life and I can be very violent. I wish some of my family members were dead.
Last year I tried to kill myself, I hated my life.
Thanks Luminous

Alien man, stop being so stupid

Itchyca

Jim 14.11.2008. 03:24

Why do you believe in God? I answered a question today on R&S about this and got no response.
I want to ask the question again, to everyone, and I would like you to read my response and comment on it, FWIW (for what it is worth).

My question to you is: Do you feel the way I do? If yes, then expand on your reasons, if no, then say why.

Here is what I wrote:

[I believe in God] simply because there IS something else bigger than me, wiser than me, and something that IS a part of me which I do not have a full or even partial understanding of. Since I have had personal experiences with God, I know God exists and I am part of God...just like you are.

Why believe in God? My question is, "Why not?" If there is a Source for my Being and I am more than what I think I am, why not? If there is an all-loving and all-good superbeing, why should I ignore and close my mind? I want to know myself you see, and if there is a superior being, I want to know that Being too. Plus, a God gives me HOPE, something this world so sorely lacks. It's my fault, not God's, if God does not act like I want God to. If I have these expectations and God decides not to live up to them or God is different from what I expect God to be like, is that God's fault? Should I say to myself - "Well, hurumph! I am pissed off with God because God will not DO what I want God to do ... so I will get back at God in my spiteful little ways and shout: "I don't believe in God!" ?

That is what I think a lot of people do. They cannot MAKE God [do things or be things] their way; they cannot force God to do anything...they cannot have life in their own selfish and primitive ways...so when things don't seem to go their way - they say - "God must not exist", e.g., God is not my puppet so I will get back at God and everyone who believes in God, because God will not do some miracle for me or jump to my demands, or fulfill every little petty requirement I have."

You [some believe this, but I do not] have been taught that God is the kind of Being who will strike you dead, condemn you, send you to hell...if you get out of line. So some shout out loud and curse God, shaking their fists at the sky, in their minds they are saying: "I will get you God!" - they scream! "I am going to have it my way or no way at all. See! I can curse you and defy you and you do nothing about it! Therefore, God does not exist because nothing happens to me."

So on and on we go with the ranting and the raving and the cursing...and the denials, the illogical logic, the "prove it to me's"... and all the other human rationales that demand evidence of God's existence. Life is so rotten, hard and screwed up, we all want to blame God for it. So in the end, when we cannot have our way, when our petty demands are not met, when we do not get love the way we want it and when we want it, when we cannot suck off the teet of God as we desire...When life seems to be $hitty to us...we think we have all the proof we need that we do not need God or that God does not exist.

I say, the reason why I believe in God is because I am willing to ask and wait for answers, I am willing to be open and to receive clues...I am willing to LOVE by taking a risk without expectations of pay-backs, I desire to be something greater than myself - and I want to know I am loved and wanted by a superior being who makes no demands upon me, who will not judge or condemn me for my faults. I believe in God even though I cannot always have life MY way. Sometimes, being alive itself, is a sufficient gift for me. Being thankful for a yet beautiful world, for the existence of others...for art and music and all the great genious', for intelligence and the ability to reason and think...I know there is a God, whomever that IS and wherever that IS...something greater than myself, I can look up to - someone who can be my best friend...that is why I believe and so much more.

It would take a book to say all the reasons why I believe in God, an encyclopedia in fact.

To EddieJ - You have a liver you have never seen and yet you believe you have it.

Jim

Admin 14.11.2008. 03:24

Your Answer:
FIrst of all, i believe in god.
Lets look in the past, Neolithic age (its good enough).
In the Neolithic age, people used to paint on their cave walls, pictures, They fought that, if they believe in this these things (that they draw on the walls) will help them (like at hunting for example).
You see, that when, the population (society) advanced to a new level, and had a new need, the need to believe (if i spelled this correctly).
Mostly, we all have one god. ITs just that, these religions (catholic, orthodox, Pentecostal and other) have different books about it.
But, i say, that, the rules that god told us, are not bad at all. In fact, more people use them, as, it doesn't resemble only a faith full life, but also a rational and positive life, this if we talk about the ten rules that god gave to us.
And, in my opinion, god gave us those rules, to help teach the people that where not smart enough to realize those things.
And of course, they help us now, help us having a rational and positive life. BUT, mostly, religion will like exaggerate with this,and, that is a thing why, i said, well ok then, i rather take care of things more important.
You might ask: "Is there anything more important than god?"
But, the thing is my friend that, people are not interested in god as they where ages ago."WHY?"
Because, if you look at the countries and cities that have a strong economy, the people are more interested in Politics and economy, than in going to church, because they are interested more in what will happen tommorow with the salaries, than, when will the apocalypse come.
And as i know, they made a survey, and they found out that most of the people, where not even named at church (you know, when you get born and the parents take you to the church to name you).
But, of course, world has changed and WILL CHANGE drasticaly in the next years. In the past, the people where more poor than the chruch. SO the church made these caritas things, and helped the poor, the people cared more about the churches more than about the mining industry.
BUt now, churches are not as significant, as mostly the workers will get their salary from their boss, or from the goverment.. And, there are soo many churches these days, you jut get to think, that some people had the idea to make a buisness out of this.

OK, ENOUGH OF THIS, LETS GET TO THE POINT JAMES.
Close, youre, eyes, take a deep breath, open youre eyes,and WAKE UP, look on the window, You will see, your house, maybe your wife, and your kids, you will see what you have realised with youre hands.
Afterall, if we just sit in the church and prey, it wont take us too far, we will need to study, and to work hard to have a good FUTURE, yes, we make our future with our own hands.
Of course, god will help us, as, we believe in this, we believe that he will help us, IT will help us get the WILL to do what needs to be done.

People dont really blame good that much these days. But they will more blame him, when they will have a close person that will die, you will say like "why god? why him? (and you could add) TAKE ME, just leave him live"
But, this is not up to you, you cannot change a persons life, BUT, you can influence it in some ways.

DOnt think that, god will take you in hell, cos you didnt respected some of the rules he gaved you. NO, you think wrong, but, you will think like this, and get scared, AND you will try to,make up to god, doing good things, THAT IS RIGHT, it is good.

God, is our father, he is our parent, this means that, whatever we will do, god will love us, as a child. PARENTAL LOVE, thats what it is.

You can believe in god, yes, he is there, HE IS everywhere, and he is the one you will talk with, if you will feel that you need to talk with someone, BUT, you wont have who to talk with.

These days, i had some problems (of course what problems could have a kid at hes age, well, its problems, afterall, we all have problems), and, i had the need to talk to someone, SO i talked to god.
Of course, he will hear me, and i will feel better, its the closest friend you will have, and, its the closest friend you will talk to if you dont have someone to talk with.
And i thank god, for leting me live, and for giving me life, but, more, i will thank my parents, That they took care of me, They gave me the love that i needed, and made me understand how things work in this life that changes day after day. They helped me with many things, they are my parents, one of the closest persons i could love, besides god.("You where made in love, grew in hope, born in pain").

And another thing, James, dont think about what others say or what others think about this, IT matters what YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, what do you feel about this.
There are 6.72 bilion people live on this planet, and that is VERY MUCH. We are all different, we are all UNique. dont forget this.

I dont really feel the way you do, I believe in god, but, i dont believe like you.
And about the demands thing.
Its really good to dream, but its more good to make things that you want and that you dream about.
If i want to make something, i wont hope it will fall from the sky, i will try to get it.
I could really say anything more right now about god.
What i am now searching is for a song, that could open and calm my heart, my soul, a song that will give me the peace i want in Myself.
We all want, a perfect world but, it will always be a mistake somewhere, afterall, nothing is perfect.


RIght now i saw that my toe was bleeding, ah, i didnt even saw it, i came home, from school, i was like stressed on the way home, and tired, i saw many people, there was a big noise in the city, and the air is not something i breathe with pleasure:). i got really tired, all i wanted is to, go outside and run on the river shore, in that air that is a little more clean, to run where is peace, and so i did, i went to run, thinking of what happened today, but still, that runing was not enough, i wanted to go with my bike, to release my anger, my nervs, the stress, but, i didnt go, it was already late and its cold enough. SO i started to listen some music, so i can calm myself. Its not that i am some kind of depresive, afterall we all need some peace, we dont go home to have what we can get at work:).
SO like, more things i done, but god was not really in my mind, and for days now it was not in my mind. NOt that i want to show that i lived withouh him but, i didnt died because of this.

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Fibijean 22.04.2012. 08:41

How can I improve this plot? Well it's actually for a manga, but that doesn't really matter since I'm just concentrating on the story at the moment. I just thought I'd explain why all the names are in japanese etc.
(For anyone who helped me with my last question about protagonist goals, thanks again. This is the extended plot I came up with afterwards.)

The main character is Yuki, her best friend is Naoki (who is a guy), her other friend is Shika. They are all in high school. Her older brother, Kazuo, works to help the family and her dad just works and doesn't think about his kids at all. Kohana is her younger sister.

This is the basic plotline:

One Sentence Synopsis: A young high school student struggles with family, social, work and school life as she attempts to fulfil her dead mother?s last requests.

One paragraph synopsis: A young Japanese high school student, whose mother died of cancer, is now living with her father and two siblings as she struggles to fulfil her mother?s final requests (to help her father raise money for the family and to look after her younger sister) as well as her own dream of becoming a doctor. Her story is complicated by competition at work, her father?s neglect of his children, a confession and finally the fatal illness of her younger sister, which may force her to abandon one of her goals. The story ends with the fulfilment of all her goals, as well as reconciliation with her alienated best friend and repentant father.


Event Timeline:
1)Prologue: Yuki, age ten, tells Naoki (age ten) about her past ? told in flashback. Includes overview of life in Izushi (childhood home) with mum, sickness and death of mum, Yuki?s promise.
2)Introduction of other characters and Yuki?s ambitions ? Yuki walks home with friends, goes to job for a few hours, interacts with family members upon arrival at house. Introduces neglectful father, hardworking older brother and his relationship with Yuki, happy, bubbly younger sister and her relationship with Yuki. Also introduces co-workers and boss at work, Shika, and Naoki as best friend.
3)?When I grow up? scene at school ? Yuki and Shika discuss at lunchtime. Introduces Yuki?s ambition, school subjects (maths, chemistry, biology, Japanese), etc.
4)Competition at work heightens. Yuki and [female co-worker] are in fierce rivalry in the pursuit of a coveted promotion, which Yuki wants in order to make her job insuring the family a bit easier with the pay raise the promotion offers.
5)Yuki has small fight with Kazuo ? she claims he is not helping enough with Kohana and running the house, he believes she is not working hard enough to earn money. Both agree that their father is not doing his job as a parent.
6)?What?s his problem? scene at Shika?s house ? Yuki asks Shika?s advice about the recent strange behaviour of Naoki. Shika, who has realised the truth long before, explains the cause. (?Isn?t it obvious, Yuki? He?s in love with you!?) Yuki doesn?t fully believe her.
7)Naoki?s confession ? [takes place at/in ?]. He kisses Yuki, she runs away in confusion. Feeling awkward, Yuki continues to avoid him in the following days.
8)Kohana?s illness ? Naoki brings Yuki the news that Kohana is very sick with pneumonia. The two of them, along with Kazuo, desperately work to save her life over the next few days/all night.
9)Yuki confronts her father ? tells him how serious Kohana?s condition is and berates him for his neglectful parenting. (?Your daughter is dying in the next room and you don?t even seem to care!?)
10)Resolution ? Kohana recovers (just!), Yuki and Naoki are ?reconciled?, Yuki gets accepted into a university course in medicine, their father makes a promise never to let something like that happen again, and Kazuo gets a promotion in his job, meaning that the family will soon have enough money to live a sustained lifestyle.

It's not exactly like that - that's just a summary. But I feel like I need a few more events to flesh it out a little. It would be great if people could just make helpful suggestions about how I can improve it/ make it longer, or offer some constructive criticism.

Thankyou!
I know it's kinda perfect - I had thought of that myself. I just really love Kohana and I can't bring myself to kill her off. I'm a happy endings kind of person ^_^
lol the paragraph summary was only supposed to give you guys an overview - I'm not including it in the actual thing ^_^
but sorry if it spoiled the story for you!
but sorry if it spoiled the story for you!
i'd also just like to add that neither her father nor her sister is sick until Kohana gets sick at the very end. if yuki sounds very mature - she's supposed to. She is nearly 18 after all.
and the idea of Kohana's illness was to give Yuki an opportunity to fulfil her promise to her mother, her simplified thought train being something along the lines of "oh no, now my sister's sick and it's just like when mum died and if i don't do something fast she'll be going the same way". it's just a bit hard to cut out either the sister or the mum's sickness, since they're both so crucial to the story.
as for originality - i did try :) i know it's kinda hard to make a normal person's normal experiences seem original. still... i did my best. i'll keep your suggestions in mind. :)
thanks!
Lex - yeah I was wondering exactly what Yuki's reaction to naoki's confession should be. i'll keep that in mind, thanks. the only problem is, if i kill kohana off yuki's going to feel like a failure because she couldn't fulfil her promise to her mum, and that would make a sad ending which i don't want :(

Fibijean

Admin 22.04.2012. 08:41

I don't know anything about writing for Manga, so I'll just look at your idea from a plot point of view.

I like it, but some of it is pretty cliche: father/daughter conflict, mother dying, sister with a terminal illness, fulfilling a promise to a dead parent. That doesn't mean you can't use these plot points, but you will need to work harder to have an original take on them because we've all seen them before.
You also run the risk of being too depressing because a dead parent, father/daughter conflict and a dying sister is a lot for the reader to deal with. A mother who died of cancer and a sister with a terminal illness is too much terminal illness for one story, so I'd cut one of those. Yuki seems very mature to be going to school, looking after her ill sister and father as well as studying hard to be a doctor. Competing with a colleague for a promotion makes Yuki sound like she's in her 20s, so I'd cut all of that out. If it's a family drama story, keep it in the family.

I also think the story ending is too happy. You have all these depressing events that you drag your readers through only to turn around and say "everything is fine now!" at the end which is a bit odd.

Good luck.

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Chris Camberis 04.09.2012. 23:08

Chemical Engineers - Questions? Hi,
So I had a few questions for any current chemical engineers.

Did you find chemical engineering interesting at university?
How challenging was it?
How long did it take you to get a job after completing your degree?
What field do you currently/used to work in and do/did you enjoy it?
And, if you wish to share, how much money do you earn now and how much experience do you have? How much money did you start off with?

I know it's quite a lot of questions and I wouldn't expect all questions answered; I'm mainly concerned about what was study and if you found it interesting and how available jobs are.

Thanks!

Chris Camberis

Admin 04.09.2012. 23:08

Yes, Chemical Engineering is an interesting thing to study....... IF that's the right thing for you!!

Ask yourself, are you interested in understanding science and how the universe works? Are you interested in applying your scientific knowledge to real life situations? Also, how are your mathematical skills? There's plenty of maths in all of the Engineering disciplines, so it's well to be aware of that right from the start.

Chemical Engineering is thought of as one of the more challenging degree courses. I won't disagree with that, and I did seem to have a lot of lectures compared with many of my friends. However, I was interested in what I was studying, and I got a good job at the end of it, so that made it worthwhile.

I managed to get a job offer before I finished Uni. Plenty of my friends also managed to get jobs right away, though I won't say they all did. I started off working in operations support on a chemical plant. This was a challenging role, troubleshooting problems with the plant and managing small projects to improve the process. After two years I moved to an engineering consultancy firm, where I worked on larger engineering projects for a variety of different clients (everything from food and drink to pharmaceuticals). Ten+ years on, I am now self employed. This means that I have the freedom to go where I want, and do whatever work I can find that interests me. Currently, I'm designing a new control system for a fungicide factory, so that's keeping me very busy indeed!

As for salary, my starting wage wasn't that great (I took the job for the experience, not the salary). The money did start to come once I had more experience though (especially once I became 'chartered). I make good money now I'm self employed - IF I can find the work that is. However, what that does give me is loads of choice in what I do, and how I work. Being my own boss keeps things interesting for me, and I really appreciate the flexibility.

I hope that helps! You'll also find lots more info on Chemical Engineering at http://www.whynotchemeng.com/

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Jason 15.01.2011. 20:01

Can someone help me figure out what to go to college for? I'm afraid I'm on the wrong path.? I'm a 17 year old senior student in Ontario Canada and college is soon going to be a reality in my life. I plan on taking one year off to work and get my mind set on college, but I'm worried I have my mind set in the wrong place. I want to study at my local college, and take a two year business course. I do enjoy the idea of owning my own business, but thinking of spending $10,000 - $15,000 on an education that may not satisfy me for my entire life worries me.
I have a much stronger interest in studying languages, different cultures and politics, as well as traveling the world. Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of courses or programs I could take in order of fulfilling my goals in interests? Thank so much!

In a nutshell: I think I want to go to college for business, but now I'm not sure. Maybe I should go for languages, culture studies or politic studies. Anyone heard of a college program covering all that?

Jason

Admin 15.01.2011. 20:01

Alright, first and foremost, I think you are making a mistake taking a year off. This is probably the biggest pitfall you can possibly put in front of yourself from the get-go. You're young, (presumably) healthy, and that leads to a good work ethic, but it also leads to some naivete. You will work hard, your bosses will praise your work, you'll feel good about yourself, get raises, get promotions, and before you know it, you're stuck in middle-management ten years down the road, nowhere to go, and college a faint memory of something you should have done. Trust me, this happens a lot to people. My strongest advice would be to jump from grade school to college straightaway. You will still retain a lot of what you have learned, and you won't be distracted with the prospect of making money/gaining promotions in the working world yet.

Secondly, I would recommend going to a four year university and earning a degree in international business. It is a subject area in high demand, especially if you are going to learn multiple languages. Personally, I can tell you that Florida International University has an amazing international business school.

Finally, I want to emphasize that, when you do go to college, you join a professional organization that has to do with your field of study. If you're serious about traveling the world and being an international businessman, you need to network as much as possible in college. By sophomore year you should be talking to prospective companies, junior year narrowing down the field of what you want, and by senior year you better have a serious job offer for graduation.

I am telling you these things because I have gone through the first scenario. You don't want to get distracted by promises of promotions and better pay, it WILL bite you in the ass. Go for gold and never look back.

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