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How to Separate: Sometimes it’s Easier Said than Done

~by Elizabeth Stephenson~

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how to separateIt’s that time of year for Spring cleaning, and sometimes that may include cleaning op your personal life and relationships. That may mean refocusing on your current relationships and moving forward together, or realizing that it’s time to move on separately. If your decision is the latter, wanting to separate from your spouse is sometimes easier said than done. There are a myriad of issues you need to consider before either of you physically leaves the marriage.

1. Somebody’s gotta go.  Even when both parties are unhappy and want to separate, many times neither wants to leave the marital home. You may have a great emotional attachment, you may want to stay for stability for the children, or sometimes, you just don’t want the other spouse to be able to live in what used to be “y’all’s” home. No matter the reason, in order to be legally separated in North Carolina, one of you must vacate the marital home.

2. But I don’t wanna leave.  Now you may have a problem. You can’t force your spouse to leave. If there is domestic violence, you can seek a protective order and be awarded possession of the home and your spouse is not allowed to return. You could seek a divorce from bed and board – in essence a judicial separation, where the court could order your spouse to leave because his/her behavior or treatment of you is so intolerable. If neither of these fit your situation and you want to separate, you may be the one who has to leave.

how to separate3. I’m outta here!  Although you and your spouse may own the home together or both be on the lease, once you leave with the intent to remain separate and apart, you no longer have a right to come and go as you please. You still have ownership rights to the home, but you’ve “abandoned” the property, so if you return without your spouse’s approval, you could be cited for trespassing. If you didn’t take all the personal property you wanted when you left, you’ll need your spouse’s approval or a court order to get what’s left. The spouse remaining can also have the locks changed.

4. Whoa Nelly… not so fast. Her or she may be a jerk and you want out now, but if you leave and you have no court orders in place or a signed separation agreement, then neither of you are legally obligated to provide financial support to the other. Sounds crazy, right?! But it’s true. Even if your spouse leaves you with the marital home, he/she is under no obligation to financially contribute to the household bills unless a court orders them to do so or you can come to a mutual agreement.

5. So, now what?  If you are not in danger of domestic violence and you can tolerate one another (perhaps living in two separate bedrooms or floors of the home for example), make a plan and set a timeframe to physically separate. If you’re not working, you may want to get a part time job and stash that money away so you can have some funds in the event you have to support yourself or your children for a couple of months. Run your credit report, and if you don’t have your own credit card, open one so you can begin to build your own financial history. Plan on selling your home? Many couples stay in the marital home until the sale of the house. Then they use the proceeds to set up their own separate households.

James R. Sherman once said, “You can’t go back and make a brand new start, but you can start now and make a brand new ending.” Keep that in mind when considering separation. Deciding to end your marriage is the first step. Finding out about all your legal rights and options BEFORE you separate can help you put a plan in place so that you can make the best decisions for you and your family’s future.


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Meet the Author: Elizabeth Stephenson

New Direction Family LawElizabeth has extensive experience in a range of different family law legal proceedings, including mediations, arbitrations, litigation, and appeals. She is the person you want by your side when you’re facing divorce, separation, child custody, property division, domestic violence, or any other family law issue. She understands the emotional upheaval and stress experienced by families facing separation and divorce. Using expert knowledge of North Carolina family law and 17 years of practice in the field, she is dedicated to providing steadfast support and guidance to each and every client.Family Law


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7 Benefits of Going Green in Your Business

~by Tess Pajaron~

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Many businesses today are struggling with the idea of changing the way they do things to get on board with green initiatives. It looks like it will cost quite a bit of overhead to get things in place, and the idea of having to train employees on new technologies or procedures can seem overwhelming. What many business owners don’t realize is that there are many benefits to their company going green that may make it worth the transition in a very short time.

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1. Reputation

Today’s consumer is bombarded with choices about what to eat, wear and buy. Moreover, today’s consumer is very concerned with their own environmental impact and their carbon footprint. When offered a choice between two products, many people are now opting to spend a little bit more to support a company that they feel is socially and environmentally responsible. When you opt not to go green, you can eliminate this entire segment of your market, basically handing potential customers to your competitors that have chosen to go green.

2. Archiving

Switching to digital technologies not only reduces use of paper, it means that you can keep a record of absolutely everything that transpires. Emails, memo’s, chat messages, invoices; you name it, it’s backed up on the “Cloud”. There is the added protection of knowing that your data, customer records and record books are all safe in the event of a disaster.

3. Cost Savings

While there may be an initial expense in going green, there will be long-term savings realized when you do. LED lights are expensive, but they last practically forever and use minimal electricity. Going digital will cut down on the money you spend on paper, pens, tape, staples, and other office supplies. Even updating your building with energy efficient products will save you money on your power, water and heating bills.

4. Tax Breaks

This is a big one. There are numerous tax incentives for businesses to go green. Whether it’s a deduction for building improvements or a credit for upgrading a system, this is often where businesses find the most gains. Look into your local tax codes to find out where you might catch a break, and even if your local government can advise you.

5. Marketing

going greenAs stated above, today’s consumers are interested in finding businesses and products that not only meet their needs, but that share their values of environmental sustainability. Being able to market your business as one that cares about protecting the environment and preserving the earth for future generations can really boost the traffic that you see.

6. Employee Wellness

This one is overlooked by many people. Removing harsh chemicals from any of your products or just from your building maintenance can improve the health of those working around you. Getting rid of harsh overhead lighting, switching to cleaner-burning fuels and many other green processes can actually help your employees to avoid illness and stay positive. Even things like incorporating “walking meetings” can have multiple benefits. It keeps you from using energy resources while sitting in a conference room, while at the same time giving the benefits of exercise to everyone involved.

7. Recruit Fresh Talent

Just like today’s consumer, today’s talent is interested in working for a company that shares their values and makes them feel as though they are contributing to more than just the bottom line. Young graduates will take the job at the green company over a traditional competitor, even for less money. The very fact that they are working for a green company that values the environment over profits is considered a benefit. You can’t go wrong there.


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Tess PajaronMeet the Author: Tess Pajaron

With a background in business administration and management, Tess Pajaron currently works at Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online educator. She likes to cover stories in careers and marketing.


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Is it Okay to be Dating While Separated?

~by Elizabeth Stephenson~

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D.W.S. (Dating While Separated) — Can I date after I separate from my spouse, but have not officially divorced?

This is a question a lot of people ask once they are no longer living as a married couple. Legally, the answer is yes. There is no criminal law that prevents someone from dating after separation and before they are divorced.

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Whether you were unhappy in your marriage for a long time prior to separating, or as the months have passed after your separation and you miss the companionship of another person, it’s a reasonable question to ask. Many people enjoy having a special “someone” to share their free time with and waiting the “year and a day” from your date of separation to file for divorce can seem daunting without companionship and support. Therefore, you may have good reason to want to date.

The more tempered and reasoned answer to “Can I date after I separate?” is yes, BUT, it’s best to consider any legal consequences it could have on issues related to your separation, such as negotiating a separation agreement, spousal support (post separation support and alimony) or child custody. 

  • dating while separatedSpousal Support. The court can consider marital fault in a spousal support. Evidence that you are in a relationship with someone after you separate could be used to support that the relationship occurred prior to your separation. This can also apply to alienation of affection or criminal conversation tort claims.
  • Child Custody. Although you may be ready for a new relationship, your children may not be. Remember, the life your children knew prior to your separation has changed drastically. They may not want to share your affection with another person or they may resent, be defensive or angry about your new relationship. They are just coming to accept that you and the other parent are no longer together, and that can take time for them to accept and process. This is a time to focus on providing as much stability, love and support as you can for your children. It’s best to be overly cautious when introducing someone new to your children. Be certain they hold your same values, and that they are stable and open and accepting of your children.
  • Negotiations. Consider the consequences that dating someone may have on the negotiation process. It’s always best to try and come to an agreement with your spouse without court intervention whenever possible. If your spouse knows that you are in a new relationship, will they become defensive, hurt or angry? This could impede the settlement process.

Generally, if you’ve met someone for the first time AFTER you separated, it’s probably okay to date (but see above), and if your spouse is dating someone, it’s generally acceptable (but see above  :-) ).

Talk with your family law attorney if you are considering dating after you separate. Be honest and upfront, and talk with them about your options and the possible consequences.  And remember, a year in the grand scheme of things is a relatively short time. So patience may be your best option.


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New Direction Family LawMeet the Author: Elizabeth Stephenson

Elizabeth has extensive experience in a range of different family law legal proceedings, including mediations, arbitrations, litigation, and appeals. She is the person you want by your side when you’re facing divorce, separation, child custody, property division, domestic violence, or any other family law issue. She understands the emotional upheaval and stress experienced by families facing separation and divorce. Using expert knowledge of North Carolina family law and 17 years of practice in the field, she is dedicated to providing steadfast support and guidance to each and every client.

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Celebrate the Lives of Great African American Business Leaders

~by Lance Jones,
Chief at Safe & Secure Worldwide Protection Group~

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The time has come to move change forward.

We can no longer be satisfied with being job takers. We must now become job makers!

Join the 10,000 fearless business entrepreneurs!

We are building black business leaders through increased entrepreneurship.

African American Business LeadersHear, learn and be inspired by black men in business such as Mr. S.B. Fuller, Mr. Joe L. Dudley, Mr. George Fraiser, Johnson and Johnson, and many more!

10,000 African Americans and blacks from throughout the world are meeting at the convention center in Winston Salem, NC for a weekend that will absolutely change your life and change the way a nation views people of African descent. 

We will also recognize local and national black business owners and you will learn how to begin and/or grow your business to new heights. 

You will and must learn the principles of FAITH NEEDED in business! 

You will meet and be taught business principles from business owners who started from nothing and now make millions of dollars!

Join me for a special black tie affair as we plan to build your museum to show the world what black people have really done in and for American business, and now, will continue to do more of.

No more business as usual!

Join me as we give away 100,000 S.B. Fuller Business and Economic Books to 100 Historically Black Colleges around the country and to prepare black children to graduate and become entrepreneurs who can then give back financially to their schools and communities.

We must effect change!

African American Business LeadersWe will celebrate the 80th birthday of Mr. Joe L. Dudley Sr., of Dudley hair products, with a formal black tie affair and dinner.

I’m asking you to be present, join us, as this is a historic event born in the American south to change the economic landscape of a people.

We must make jobs for ourselves.

So, please register now at Eventbrite. Click the link below and be counted as one of the 10,000!

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About Joe L. Dudley Sr.

Joe L. Dudley Sr. was born and raised in a one-bedroom house along with his 11 brothers and sisters. Labeled mentally retarded as a young man growing up on a farm, he was forced to overcome many challenges in order to be successful. He credits his mother with inspiring him to prove to the world that he was just as able as anyone else by challenging him to “show them Joe”. He went on to become one of the largest manufacturers of black hair products in the world called Dudley Hair Care Products.


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Advice for New Entrepreneurs from Entrepreneurs Who’ve Been There

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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I am so blessed to be part of a community of entrepreneurs and experts in their field. They all have so much to offer, and I wanted to share their tidbits of wisdom with other entrepreneurs — especially for those who are just starting out.

So I posted this question in my Facebook group, Women’s Entrepreneur Network:

What is one piece of advice you would give to new entrepreneurs?


We received so many awesome responses; here are just a few:

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Petra Monaco: Create a vision of what you want to create and be clear on your why. It will come in handy on those not so awesome days!
http://petramonaco.com/

Angela Moore-McGrath: Know your WHY and have a passion for what you do!
http://www.mysteepedtea.com/teawithang

Sara Adams: Whatever you decide to pursue make sure it’s your dream. Make sure it’s something you love beyond measure, because when things get tough and you’ve got to grind through the hard times you’ll need that love and that dream to keep you going.
Sara Adams https://www.facebook.com/AveryTaylorAdams/

Tandy R Elisala: Do what brings you joy and will help you lead a life that matters. Progress over perfection. Remember taking imperfect action is the way the grow. If you wait until everything is “perfect”, you’ll never get your business off the ground. Lastly, stay in your lane! The only opinion of yourself that matters is yours.
http://tandyelisala.com/

Tammy Everts: It takes more time and money than you think.
http://spokanesbdc.blogspot.com/

Evangela Childs: Create a business vision that operates like a machine without you. Know your why. Make sure you know company roles and task. Create a bomb OM.
https://m.facebook.com/bombmominternational

TL Williams: Treat your business like a business everyday. Everyday, do something to move your business forward.
http://easyscratchoffs.com/buy-scratch-off-stickers/#!/Holiday-Scratch-Off-Cards/p/74678118/category=20794155

New EntrepreneursLin Gorenkoff: You only have to do the first time once.

Alison Cummings Zajac: Differentiate yourself and your products before you go to market. If your stuff is the same as everyone else’s, do some soul searching about how and why you are different.

Andrea Joy Nussinow: Laugh a lot. Especially, when you want to cry. :-) And keep going….always.

Nathan Hirsch: Calculated risks is everything. It’s the difference between success and failure.
https://freeeup.com/blog/

Tara Louise: Spend time digging deep to really get to know the real you and your values. Make you and your values the heart of your business. It’s the only way it will work long term & your intuition will let you know when you’re going off course.
http://www.womenslifecoach.co.uk/

Leslie Wright: Be dedicated to reaching your goals even if you don’t have a cheer team. Be your own motivation. You’re enough!!

Devan Spear: What’s your why? Write it down! Make a vision board!
https://spear1214.le-vel.com/

Maria Lironi: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to all the work by yourself.
http://loveyourwork.ca/

Alice Louise Taylor: Research and follow the habits of successful people. Duplication, tenacity, integrity, and a good sense of humor will go a long way. Be committed… there will be tough times. Believe, Endure, and Pursue.
http://altaspire.com/

Shannon Matthews: Start with your branding first and create a solid foundation for your business.
http://www.smatthewsdesigns.com/

Megan Allen Tsui: Separate your business and personal finances immediately. Open a separate checking account and keep all receipts for things you purchase for your business — no matter how small. You’ll be glad you did come tax time!
http://unleashed-inc.com/

Bethany Pelts Smisson: Stay focused on yourself and what you are doing and stop comparing yourself to other people.
https://bethanyskincare.myrandf.com/

Jo Hausman: Always remember to take care of you! Your business is very important but if your not well your business won’t be either.
http://www.johausman.com/

I hope you’ve found these pearls of wisdom helpful. Stay tuned for more!


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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Fight Data Theft with these 5 Digital Security Tips

~by Kara Masterson~

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At a recent conference organized by the Minnesota Better Business Bureau, cyber security experts presented two sobering statistics related to data theft. The first statistic came from the FBI, which reported an increase of more than 250 percent in data theft since 2015. The other figure was the average loss endured by small business owners after a cyber breach, estimated to be more than $7,000 beyond insurance coverage.

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Preventing data theft has become an economic necessity for companies in any industry. Identity theft awareness became a corporate trend a few years ago. Information security experts believe that the time has come for business owners to train their employees on digital security standards. To this end, here are five tips to get started:

1. Using Pop Culture as a Training Tool

Television series that feature cyber crime as their main or secondary theme have become very popular in recent years. Employees are bound to be more interested in the basics of cyber crime when they are explained by their favorite television celebrities. The best series in this regard would be Mr. Robot. Others may include select episodes of Halt and Catch Fire and Person of Interest.

2. Learning to Recognize Insider Threats

Businesses that deal with sensitive data are more likely to fall victim to insider attacks. Law firms, for example, are particularly susceptible to insider threats motivated by potential profit, activism or revenge. Employees are the first line of defense against insider threats. A loyal and well-trained staff would be eager to detect suspicious activity.

data theft3. Going Paperless

A surprising amount of data is stolen from paper documents. A business owner who forces the transition to a paperless office will have no choice but to schedule information security training sessions for staff members who are not used to handling electronic files instead of paper files.

4. Post Security Process Charts

Employees these days tend to be very visual. For this reason business owners and managers should invest in producing large and colorful charts depicting the data security process for maximum understanding. Imagine a chart that shows how data enters the communications as it is challenged by firewalls and antivirus shields. A similar chart could show how data is stored and encrypted.

5. Hiring a Cyber Security Trainer

Using a security awareness training guide is the best action a business owner can take to teach staff about efficient data protection techniques. Following these guides will result in advanced protection techniques such as breach validation, incident manager assignment, documentation, mitigation, and others.

In the end, the best way to avoid data theft is by empowering employees to learn the best ways to prevent it. You definitely want to make sure that you are always doing all that you can to fight against data theft.


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Meet the Author: Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.


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How to Assess the Health of Any Business

~by Marlena Stoddard~

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Just because a business hasn’t yet closed its doors doesn’t mean it is in good financial condition. Some companies may be able to borrow money from friends, relatives or financial institutions to keep them going in the hopes that they will one day turn a profit. In some cases, the owners themselves contribute capital to keep their dream alive.

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How can you tell if a business is healthy or not?

Take a Look at Its P&L Statement

The profit and loss statement will give you a good idea of how much money the company brings in, what its sources of revenue are and how much debt it has. If the statement shows a large number of owner contributions or outside loans, it may be a sign that something is wrong. Either the company is not making enough to meet expenses or it is spending too much on people or equipment it cannot afford. According to the experts at Navicor Consulting, the number one point of failure for new businesses is misinterpreting the profit and loss report. At the same time, the number one path to success is interpreting profits and losses correctly, and in the appropriate context.

Is the Company Able to Find Customers?

Looking at a company’s customer acquisition rate as well as the number of customers it has currently can indicate how well it is doing. If a business can attract a paying customer or client base, it is logical to assume that it has a product or service worth offering.

It may be even more encouraging if the customers are government agencies or other large companies because they may be able to sign long-term and lucrative contracts that may not change over the course of many years. If either are the case, it may be a sign that something as simple as a price increase or tweaking the company’s process could be what it needs to become profitable.

Does the Company Have a Strong Brand?

A company’s brand is essentially its identity and what it uses to make a good first impression. You know an organization has a strong brand if consumers, who may not use the product or service, know what the company provides or at least knows what it prides itself in offering to the customer. If a business knows how to market and position itself properly, there is a good chance that it is profitable or heading in that direction.

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Understanding the health of a business is important whether you are an owner, an investor or someone looking to partner with it in some capacity. Looking at a profit and loss statement as well as looking at its current customer base and branding efforts are all ways to quickly ascertain whether a business will survive and grow in the long-term.


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Marlena StoddardMeet the Author: Marlena Stoddard

Marlena Stoddard is a freelance writer who received her BA from the University of Georgia. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, two kids and puppy ‘Molly Belle’.


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4 Ways to Implement Security Awareness in the Workplace

~by Meghan Belnap~

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No matter your specific industry, digital information is crucial to your business’s success. You must secure and protect all digital information. Security breaches cause huge financial damages and can ruin your company’s reputation.

Here are 4 ways to implement security awareness in the workplace:

Prevent the Use of Unauthorized Applications

security awarenessYour employee network contains sensitive information; it’s important to regulate what programs and applications your employees can and cannot access on company networks. Personal email and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook should never be used at work. Employees who use these applications present an opportunity for hackers to access both personal and company-related information.

Proper Password Protection and Logout Procedures

One of the fundamentals of security awareness is proper password protection for computers and logging out of computers when they’re not in use. A report from Cisco shows that a disconcertingly high number of employees neglect these procedures, and that their passwords offer insufficient protection. Though these employees are most likely not neglecting these practices out of malicious intent, recent data show that internal negligence is one of the primary sources of data loss and security breaches.

Prevent “Tailgating”

“Tailgating”, is the term for either digitally or physically allowing potentially unauthorized people into security areas. This unauthorized form of access is common, especially to networks on which employees can “wander” into parts of the company network they’re not officially authorized to access. It’s important for employees to know that “no means no” when it comes to unauthorized parties accessing high-security areas. If there’s ever a question as to whether or not someone has authorization, refer to security awareness training guide.

Educate Employees in the Potential Costs of a Data Breach

Employees need to understand that security breaches cause an expensive chain reaction. Explain in detail that managing security breaches entail the following steps:

  • Validating the Security Breach
  • Assembling an Incident Response Team
  • Determining the Scope of the Breach
  • Notifying All Affected Parties

 

Not only do the procedures take time and money, they interrupt the regular company workflow.

By teaching your employees these best security practices and procedures, you can prevent the costly loss of data and security. Often, it’s as simple as teaching them to be mindful of security issues. Try implementing programs like those provided by Global Learning Systems in order to teach your employees best security practices. They need to know that their job security depends upon the physical and digital security of your company.


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Meet the Author: Meghan Belnap

Meghan BelnapMeghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.

You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.


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Where the Best Medical Careers are Today

~by Brooke Chaplan~

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These days, many people are starting to wonder whether a vocational path in healthcare could be a better start to a career. If this is the case for you, it’s important to know that there are a wide range of medical careers that provide great salaries and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Here are four of the best.

 

medical careersPharmacist

Pharmacists are individuals who provide patients with prescription medications. They also offer patients guidance and instruction regarding how to safely use the prescriptions. In some cases, pharmacists will also offer advice on how to maintain a healthy way of life, provide immunizations, oversee the distribution of medications, and conduct wellness screenings. The median salary for pharmacists is $116,670. To work in the field, you will need to obtain a doctoral degree and you must also obtain a state license.

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists treat patients who are experiencing difficulty breathing. The problem could be a mild respiratory issue like emphysema, or a more serious case such as a chronic respiratory disease. Respiratory therapists treat a range of people, including premature newborns and elderly patients. In some cases, they offer emergency care for individuals suffering from drowning, heart attacks or other emergency situations. The median salary for a respiratory therapist is $55,870, and the minimum educational requirement for this career field is an associate’s degree. Obtaining a bachelors in radiation science technology can make you a more marketable job candidate and increase the likelihood of attaining a competitive position.

Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist specializes in administering anesthesia during medical procedures or surgery. Anesthetists work in numerous types of healthcare environments, including clinics, schools, nursing care facilities, physicians’ offices, and hospitals. They earn a median salary of $96,460. To work within the field, you must hold a master’s degree. You must also attain board certification in anesthesia.

Medical And Health Services Manager

Medical and health services managers are responsible for planning and executing medical and health services. In some cases, they manage a specific clinical department. In other cases, they run the whole facility. Additionally, the medical and health services manager may work as the director for a group practice. They are responsible for effectively responding to rapid changes in technology, regulations and healthcare laws. To work in this field, you need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. However, higher-level individuals within the field will often attain masters and doctoral degrees.
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If you’re serious about developing a solid career, you should consider working in the healthcare industry. Many of the best and most well-paying jobs are found here and can put you in a good position. Review the information listed above to determine whether any of the careers mentioned in this article would be appropriate or ideal for you.


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Meet the Author: Brooke Chaplan

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening.

Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.


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Professional Millennials: What are the Top Breakout Industries?

~by Brooke Chaplan~

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The modern work landscape is shifting as more and more Millennials settle into their careers. Also known as Generation Y, these unique professionals are rapidly entering industries that allow them to balance their work-life demands. What’s different about their experience and education is coming into play in many different sectors.

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Here are some of the leading breakout industries for young millennial professionals.

Health Care

The field of health care is the fastest growing profession in the U.S. today. As baby boomers retire and the older population continues to grow, there is a corresponding increase in available health care positions. Some of the most popular careers include a variety of nursing positions, such as RN, LPN and APN. However, Millennials tend to prefer certain entry-level health care positions that do not require a full-year degree. These jobs include certified nursing aide (CNA), radiologist and pharmacy technician.

Retail and Wholesale

Retail jobs used to be a standard career starter for those interested in sales, marketing and customer service. However, Millennials with four-year degrees are also interested in working in logistics, procurement and management. Either way, independent Millennials tend to prefer these jobs because there is flexibility and room to advance quickly. For example, most retail and wholesale jobs offer part-time work or full-time telecommuting opportunities. In fact, many digital marketers are freelancers who work from home these days.

Manufacturing

Millennials who enter the manufacturing industry aren’t content with performing mundane production duties. Instead, they are drawn towards things like design, engineering and project management. Many states are encouraging local production by offering lower tax rates and other commercial incentives. However, these companies have higher standards when it comes to production, so employees are expected to obtain certifications and possess the right skills. For international companies, there are exciting opportunities to travel and work abroad in foreign facilities. For example, recent graduates with online MBA’s or similar degrees could find themselves living abroad supervising a production plant.

Business

In the past, companies gave key positions to employees with solid training and experience. For example, account managers, business administrators and strategic planners have traditionally been veteran business professionals. However, most industries are struggling to keep up with constant consumer, market and industry changes. When compounded with the steady flow of new technology solutions, companies are now more willing to hire younger professionals who better represent consumer markets. Many Millennials with families are willing to move and resettle in a different state to secure flexible work.

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Millennials are revitalizing workforces and business environments through passion for finding meaningful employment and the right work-life balance. These are just a few of the changing and adaptive career fields they are entering.


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