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Mistake on numbering - USA
Wants to be an aerospace engineer - France
Mistake on numbering
Topic: Where Companies Look
April 26, 2011
On #3 of the mini-quiz, there is an (a), but two (c) responses -- no (b)! You might want to change that on-line. Enjoyed the quiz!
Thanks for pointing that out to me. I corrected the quiz answer numbering.
Best wishes in your career.
Is it necessary to attend school to succeed?
April 8, 2011
is it necessary to attend schools/colleges regularly to do good result.
Samrat - India
Getting a degree or diploma in high school, as well as college is very helpful in getting a good job. The knowledge you gain will allow you to advance.
If you are going to school but do not attend regularly, you will probably be missing important information required to pass the tests.
However, many students are now learning through online courses, where they study at home or other place on a computer.
Although a good education is important, there still are some who have not received a degree or diploma and are still very successful. Usually, they are hard workers who have gained skills through other means.
Get nervous during job interview
Topic: Fear in Job Interview
February 7, 2011
I have a real serious problems with interviews I dont know what to do, I am breaking point. When I arrive at an interiew I start sweating, get nervious, when I get into the interview room I dont know what to say, this has being going on for about 20 yrs now. Please help.
Janet - UK
One of the most important things to do before an interview is preparation and practice.
Find out about the company and what they consider valuable traits in an employee.
Go through some practice interviews with a friend acting as the interviewing manager. Have you friend ask some tough questions like, "Why do you want this job?", "Why did you leave your last job?" and "Tell us why we should hire you." Think of some other questions like that. You need to have your answers ready.
Another thing to do is to memorize a few mini-stories related to your experience and background. For example, if asked, "Do you know about Accounting?" you could respond with a story like, "When I was working at XYZ company, the accountant became ill, so I filled in the position for several days. It really helped out."
When you go on your interview, bring your resume that you can refer to during the interview.
Finally, before you go into the interview room, visualize the others as friendly people who are interested in what you have to offer.
I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in doing well in you interviews. (I know you will do a great job.)
Don't know what type of job to get
February 1, 2011
Im doing physcs, life science, mathematics and business studies at school. But my problem is that i don't know what kind of job i want to do when i finish school and what caurses i must do when i get to university. I'd like you to give me option of subjects that i can find. I'd also love to do something that is based on science.(e.g discovering new things about the world). I am currently doing grade 11. Hopefully i will finish school next year
First of all, consider what is your favorite subject and which one are you best at? Usually -- but not always -- they are the same. This gives you an idea of the direction you might want to go.
In college, you typically major in one subject and minor in another, such that the combination would work well with the type of job you want. For example, an inventor may major in one of the sciences and minor in business, so that he can invent and then sell his invention.
The big thing in grade 11 is to start looking at possible colleges to attend. In the first year in college, you usually take general courses and then pick major courses in your second year. They do have career counselors in colleges to help to guide in what courses and what jobs are available.
Look in newspapers and magazines to see about exciting new fields. Also look at the want ads in a major city newspaper to see a listing of interesting jobs. Often they give requirements of courses that should have been taken.
Take a look at "Jobs Using Physical Science" at:
It is an exciting time to be considering a great career. Start looking now to get some good ideas. Best wishes in your efforts.
Wants to be an aerospace engineer
November 24, 2010
I've been consulting yr website for the past months, and it has been of great help in my final exams revisions,THANK YOU.
However, now that I'm done with exams, i've started applying for colleges. i would like to ask some advice/help in deciding about the field of study which is best according to what i want.
OK, I am a science student,greatly interested in physics but also good at math and chemistry.I want to have a career in aeronautics or aerospace engineering. While applying,I'm asked to choose fields btn physical sciences and engineering, what is the best option? i find choosing just engineering a broad option(not specific) and physical sciences appears vague option(not clear what the future career ought to be).Let me know yr opinion on this.Thanks.
A career in aeronautics or aerospace engineering are great choices for someone interested in the sciences. Typically, in your first years in college, you will be required to take physics, advanced mathematics and mechanical engineering courses. You'll probably need to take a year of chemistry, too.
Some advanced study areas in Aerospace engineering include:
* Aerodynamics/Fluid Dynamics
* Aerospace Control
* Aerospace Design
* Aerospace Structures
* Computational Fluid Dynamics
* Hypersonics/Kinetics of Gases and Plasmas
* Space Science
Ideally, it would be good to find a school that gives a degree in Aerospace engineering. However, you can take appropriate sites in engineering courses that you can later apply for an advanced degree in Aerospace engineering.
The big thing is to find a good school that you can afford and where you will be comfortable. Start getting your education. You may change directions or find something that you really like, once you get started.
Best wishes for success in school and in your career.
My heartbeat increases before I speak to a group
Topic: Fear in Meeting
October 14, 2010
Hi to all!
it's really interesting, I've a question that when I try to speak in a meeting or somewhere else before a group or morethan that...My heartbeat increases and sometimes I forgot what to say and I get sore throat so please can you advise me how to solve this problem...
I really like to be a good speaker/communicator but this problem is bothering me everytime... SO please please I'm waiting for feedback..
Thank you very much!
Asad - India
You must always be well-prepared before speaking to a group of people, including rehearsing your speech or presentation. Note that a stage actor does not perform without many rehearsals.
Everyone gets a little anxious before speaking. However, the more confidence you have in your material, the less the anxiety.
For more on overcoming the fear of speaking, see:
Also look over the reader feedback on this topic.
I hope that helps. Best wishes in becoming a good speaker and advancing in your career.
Can't get hired because past employer says she was fired
Topic: Getting Fired
July 8, 2010
I was fired from my job October 2008 and I have not been able to find full time work yet.
My question is Why won't the employers speak with the immediate managers that you have worked with on the job, instead they are verifying general employment with the Human Resources Department that does not know anything regarding your work skills nor your personal skills. They just know you were fired and what was put in your file.
I have talked with my lead administrator and she said she would be fair, regarding a reference however she never gets a call from an employer because the human resources department is being contacted.
How can I get around this dilemma? I have a credit score of 751, educational background of 137 college credit hours toward a teaching degree and can pass criminal record check.
Cleola - USA
When you interview for a job, you could tell the hiring manager up front that you were let go from you past job due to "personality conflicts" with a manager at the job. Give the name and number of the lead administrator and say that she was the person with whom you worked. If they are interested in hiring you, they will understand.
That happened to me once, so the new company bypassed my old boss and checked with my immediate supervisor.
Most companies will not tell that a past employee was fired, due to fear of a lawsuit. You could check with an employment lawyer and have him send the company a "cease and desist" letter. That will typically stop them from giving you a bad reference.
Another issue is that you need to explain why you haven't been able to get a full-time job since 2008. Certainly don't tell a future employer about your problems. Instead, say you have been thinking of a career change or such.
Best wishes in getting a good job soon.
I want to know what is my choice of job
Topic: Three Motivations
December 23, 2009
i want to know what i want in life.
i want to know what is my choice of job.
feroz - India
Think of all the things you are good at. Also think of all the things you enjoy doing. Often you enjoy doing what you are good at.
You want to get a job that you would enjoy doing. Think of various jobs that would be enjoyable or even fun. Getting such a job can be a goal to achieve.
However, you also need to earn a living, so you can compromise to get a job that you enjoy but also pays well and has some security. It takes some creativity and research to find such a job.
Look around you. Find people who have the type of job you would like and ask for advise.
Life is a journey. You want to grow in skills and experiences. You want to improve your circumstances. It takes an effort to do those things.
Best wishes for a successful career and life.
Want to be a computer engineer but weak in math
November 19, 2009
I want be computer engineer and i have mathematical problem, what to do?
Babatunde - Nigeria
Some areas of engineering require a strong knowledge of mathematics. However, there are other technical jobs where you do not need such a background.
If you are weak in mathematics and the requirements for a degree in computer engineering require much math, then you might consider other areas of technical study. The other choice is to take easier math courses first to build up your skill in that subject.
The best job to have is one in which you are interested, have good skills and which pays well. Often you need to search around for the best combination.
Best wishes in your studies and your career.
Nervous and desperate to get a job
Topic: Fear in Job Interview
October 27, 2009
I feel nervous because I am so anxious to get a job because I need one bad. I am Desperate to get a job or I will loose my house. this is my first interview in 8 months and I cant tell you I am so nervous about having maybe an opportunity I cant even be excited. Help me to relax and not worry what do i do???
Andy - USA
Before your job interview, you need to do some thorough preparation.
Do some research about the company. Find out what they do and what type of things they need. Google them to find their website, as well as anything about them. Also, examine their want-ad carefully to get clues as to what skills they want. You want to come in their familiar with their company and business, so that they will feel you are a good prospect.
Do some practice interviews with a friend who is willing to ask some tough questions: Why did you leave your last job? Why haven't you found work? What have you been doing in the meanwhile? Why do you want this job?
You need to have good answers for such questions. Don't make excuses. Don't bad-mouth your past employer. Have a positive spin on what you will say.
Go over your work experience and write down some examples of how you saved your employer money or helped out. You can use these mini-stories or examples to show your potential to the new employer.
Having a thorough preparation should make you more confident in your interview, as well as help you make a good impression.
As soon as you get home, send the person or persons who interviewed you a hand-written note, thanking them for the opportunity and telling them you are really interested in their position. (Remember to write down their names during the interview.)
I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in getting a job.
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