Tag Archives: Choosing a Degree

Careers in Construction

What’s the Best Way to Build a Career in Construction?

Careers in ConstructionGuest Author: Emma Smith

With all the festivities of the end of the year behind us, it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to make the coming 12 months count. Whether we admit them or not, we all make a resolution or two come December 31st, and branching out into a new career is always a popular ambition.
In the current economic climate, choosing the right industry is paramount as you want to enter into a field with ample opportunities and the versatility and fluidity to progress, which is why this year’s crop of job seekers are flocking to construction.

Construction has a lot to offer any ambitious, hardworking individual; from bricklaying to project management, there is a wealth of opportunities waiting to be snapped up. So how can you lay the foundations for success in 2014? By making your first step consulting recruitment experts like PSR Solutions, you can receive expert advice and access to the latest positions and training, and by following the advice of industry experts, you can make sure you’re putting your best foot forward when it comes to career success.

Making Education a Priority
There are many routes into the construction trade, but with a solid degree you can keep your options wide. Choose a course that is accredited by professional bodies like The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to ensure your education will help you get the right jobs. The project management and surveying sectors are going from strength to strength and a degree in the field will help you get your foot in the door.

The right degree won’t just help you enter into the UK construction industry; building and infrastructure projects are booming all over the world and the lucrative experience you gain in your education can get you in some fantastic positions.
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Changing Career Paths

Questions Answered: I’m a junior; is it too late to change my career path?

Changing Career PathsQuestion: I’m a college junior majoring in accounting. When I got to college I didn’t know what I wanted to major in so I picked accounting because my dad is an accountant. My grades are decent, but the more classes I take and accountants I talk to the more I realize I don’t want to be an accountant! I am pretty sure I want to pursue a career in higher education, maybe admissions or student life. I’ve been involved in res life almost my whole time in college and I really love it. What should I do? Should I change majors? Is it too late for that? ~ Tyrel H., Anaheim, CA

Answer: Realizing that you want to change career paths can happen at any time; in fact, it can happen several times throughout your life. Taking time to speak with professionals in a prospective career field, as you have done, can really help you make decisions about the career’s fit with your interests, skills, goals, and needs (financial, personal, spiritual, etc.). Interning or otherwise gaining practical experience in the career is another excellent way to determine if the career is a suitable fit.

When planning to switch majors, there is typically some amount of time and extra money that will be needed to make up pre-requisite courses and take the required courses for the new major. While this may set you back financially and in terms of when you graduate, in the long run, you will have saved yourself the potential emotional and financial stress of working in an occupation that is the wrong fit. Changing majors is an important decision, so speaking with academic advisors, career counselors, your parents, faculty/students in the new major, and professionals in the new career path is also important.
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Top 5 Reasons To Go Into Criminal Justice as a Career

Guest Author: Stephan Gerard We all dream of being super heroes, fire-fighters, pro-athletes and police officers. As we grow older we realize that it’s not so easy to make these dreams a reality and choosing the right career can be harder than ever imagined. For those who are still unaware of what the future holds, here are some of the […]

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Health Professionals

Questions Answered: What is the difference between environmental health, health care administration and health information management?

Health ProfessionalsQuestion: Can you explain to me what is difference between environmental health, health care administration, and health information management? Also the salary they make each year and which is the best degree are hire more? ~ Laura P.

Answer: Thank you for your follow-up question to our “What is the Difference Between Healthcare Management and Healthcare Administration?” post.  Here is some information about each of the occupations you asked about. You will want to do some additional research on each of these career fields as there are a number of occupational paths that can be followed in each. You will also want to make sure that your interests, skills and other personal attributes align with the path you eventually choose. (Check out our Getting to Know You series which explores various aspects of self-assessment, an important, but often neglected step of career decision making.)

Environmental Health

According to ExploreHealthCareers.org, environmental health professionals work to improve public health by identifying, tracking and addressing environmental risk factors.  Most environmental health professionals specialize in a particular area, such as: Reducing air, water, soil, noise or radiation pollution; protecting our food supply; improving safety in schools, public areas and the workplace; ensuring safe living conditions in housing; promoting public health with a focus on environmental hazards.   Jobs are available in government health agencies at the local, state and national levels, private industry, academic institutions, and international health agencies.
Salaries can range quite a lot, depending on the type of work that you would be doing, your educational background, credential and experience level: $44,550 – $143,700 (source)
Education options will tend to be found in the schools of Public Health within a university. For more information, see the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). (more…)

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