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Top tips to get into pharmacy school

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There are certain tips that you can follow if you want to receive education at a pharmacy school. The first thing that you need to do is generate awareness regarding the issue. First of all get all the information that you need to get regarding admission process itself. In case you are planning to apply to more than one pharmacy schools you should get the information straight from the horse’s mouth. At the official website of the said programme you can get all the data you need about the procedures of admission as well as the deadlines by when the work needs to be done.

Getting in touch with the academic advisors

After you have done your initial research you should definitely get in touch with the academic advisor of the said programme and clarify from him all the questions that you may have. Never believe any rumour that you hear. Do not make decisions based on hearsay. Also, be careful when it comes to getting advice from the other students. Before you take any decision as such make sure that you confirm all the facts at your disposal. You should also do enough research on colleges where you want to go to.

How to go about research?

When you are trying to research on a pharmacy school you should ask for catalogs and brochures from the same. In any case, most of the information would be there on the school’s website itself. Before you apply to any institution it is important that you are familiar with its history and curriculum in general. You should also have a fair idea regarding its tests and the various materials that you need in order to be prepared for the same. When you are getting ready for the admission you should fulfill each and every academic requirement.

Getting ready

When you are trying to get ready for one of these examinations it is better that you make sure that you already have enough exposure to preparation materials for different tests. It is better that you take as many tests as you can before you sit for the big one. It is very important that you take this phase as seriously as possible and start getting ready as early as you can. Ideally, you should only take a test when you are absolutely ready for one. At least, you should have such confidence in yourself.

Should We be Concerned regarding the Quality of Academic Papers?

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As far as higher education in Kenya is concerned you should be bothered about the quality of the academic papers that you are writing. These are normally supposed to be presented before you graduate.  All this has been indicated in its recent findings -revealed in an audit report done by the Commission for University Education (CUE). However, the said audit has also revealed that there are some serious issues regarding compliance as far as research projects and thesis are concerned. In Kenya only around 50 universities among ones that offer postgraduate education have the necessary framework for supervising errant practices and activities. There are five universities that do not have any quality check setup at all.

Where are these five universities?

These five universities are located in Nyanza, greater Nairobi, and Coast. The report also says that even in cases of universities with necessary frameworks there are problems regarding access to important documents. This is especially applicable with regards to supervisors as well as students. The report has also found out that in some instances the universities themselves are contravening the supervisory framework that they have built up. It cited a couple of universities in Mount Kenya where masters’ degree holders are supervising masters’ thesis presentations.

Misallocation of supervisors

In some cases, it was also seen that the supervisors had been misallocated. One was assigned to supervise a thesis that did not fall within his or her field. The report also stated that some universities did not follow the guidelines laid down by the Commission for University Education with respect to the workload to be borne by supervisors. This is why a lot of supervisors had much more work on their plate than they could manage. In some cases, the report also found that graduation lists were not approved by Senates but by other organs that presumably are not supposed to take any such step.

Issues with graduation lists

A Christian university in Nairobi and a public one at Nyanza were found to have two separate graduation lists. In one case, it was seen that the Senate had approved one list and the final list was much different from the same. Students were added later on in the graduation booklet as per the report. The report also cited the examples of a public university in North Rift and a private university at Nairobi where the supervisors and departments respectively did not give their approval to the graduation lists.

Should you get too involved in your child’s homework?


There are lots of problems that your children can face at different stages of their education. It all varies and depends on the basis of their age. The issues of a first grader are always going to be different from that of a third or a seventh grader. Now, the question that needs to be asked is what you are going to do about this situation as a parent. At times, you may want to give just a few pointers to your child but then you may have to take a greater part in the same. In fact, it has also been seen that parents have often done the homework that their children have found to be difficult.

Been there done that

This is one experience that almost any and every parent has gone through at some or the other point of their lives. So, if you are facing that situation as well do not consider it to be a unique one. Do not think that you are the only one in such a predicament. It is really very tough to maintain that line between getting too involved with your child’s homework and just helping them a little bit with their work.

You need to be careful

As parents you might balk at the suggestion that you may be too much involved with your child’s homework. However, experts say that it is always better to let children figure out how they can solve the challenging assignments by themselves, without taking any help from anyone else – even you, their parents. This is an important part of their education. They argue that school should not only be about grades.  They should be able to write papers by themselves and also ask questions to their teachers in school.

Accepting failure

It is not important or possible that your child will score well in each and every test and assignment that he takes. Failure is a part of life and the earlier they experience it the better. This is because any failure and ensuing disappointment will have your child looking for answers. The precise intention in such a case would be to make sure that such disappointment never comes back in their lives ever again.  This is something that will help them face the tougher challenges of life later on. They should learn from the mistakes they are making so that they never make them again.

Food Styling: Exploring its Prospect as a Career

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Food styling. The words do not really ring a bell when we’re talking about lucrative career opportunities. Who are food stylists? The ones who’re responsible for arranging food for food photography. So, the photograph of the sundae which you came across a magazine looks so good because a culinary professional has taken the trouble to ensure that hot-fudge sundae doesn’t end up looking like a helpless chunk of sugar laced with corn syrup. The sundae looks delicious because of the food stylist. And, if you’re eager to jump to conclusions regarding the “insignificance” of food styling as a profession, then do ensure that you are going through the next segment of the post.

Food Styling: Can it be treated as a profitable career?

How do we adjudge the profitability of a job? Numbers are definitely the way to go. Professionals who are associated with the special food services are closest to being called “food stylists.” These professionals, as per Bureau of Labor Statistics earned an average salary of $ 40,890 in the year 2010. So, you can well imagine that to claim that food styling is not a financially rewarding career option would be to undermine its scope.

What more? Food styling is as nuanced a profession as food photography is. Even if someone is looking at food styling as a side hustle, he/she must have the following skills or qualifications:

  • Passion for food
  • Eye for details
  • A degree in culinary arts

If you are interested in food styling you should understand that there is no actual degree for food styling but most of the aspirants start off with culinary arts degree.

Job Responsibilities of a Food Stylist: Basics and Beyond

As far as food styling is concerned, there are more responsibilities than just arranging the food artfully. The stylist is also responsible for making the food taste good as well. There are commercials or cooking shows where the models have to actually eat the food. Under such circumstances, the food stylist has to be careful about the garnishing added by him/her. For instance, it wouldn’t really be prudent to add Pennzoil on pancakes. Plus there are laws that necessitate parity between the food thus advertised and the actual food to be sold.

It is important for food stylists to be duly aware of the nuances of food photography as well. Let us tell you that food stylists have to take care of nuances of things that other artists don’t even have to bother about.

Are you Mulling a Job Change at 50?

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Why would you want to work for a long period of time? Why would you want to work at least part time in retirement? Different people actually have different needs as far as working longer is concerned. The primary need – definitely is money. However, the degree of the “need” definitely varies. While some work “just for money”, there are others who “just cannot afford to retire from job completely”.

Workers who want to work long term: What’s the good news for you?

So, if you are someone who want to work for a long term then this particular post is meant for you. Let us tell you that most of the people out there are like you – most of them want to work as long as they can. As per a study, workers who switch jobs at the end of their career usually get to stick to their job on a longer basis.

As per Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, employees who voluntarily switch jobs in their 50s are likely to stay a part of the workforce longer than what’s the case with those who choose to stick to the same job for a long time. According to other reports, the likelihood of still being a part of the workforce at the age of 65 years was actually 9.1% points higher for employees who change jobs in their later years.

The immediate implication of the same is that you should actually go on to make the switch if there’s scope and not be held back by age. If you are getting a chance to change your job in your 50s, you shouldn’t really be apprehensive of trying the new job thinking that there’s no point in leaving your old job because you’re already on the verge of retirement.

What do the experts have to say? Find out

Geoffrey Sanzenbacher, who works as a research economist at the Centre for Retirement Research opines that if anybody is able to find a job which seems better than his existing job and is worth a switch – such a scenario- on an average – at least leads to longer careers.

It has been maintained by experts that none can rule out the risks entailed by late job switch. There are chances of discrimination and of course that constant nudging fear of leaving a fat paycheck – but the current job market is indeed suitable for the leap.

Whites still receive better education than blacks, reports suggest

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Statistics South Africa recently revealed in a report that black South Africans – those aged between 25- 64 are still struggling when it comes to securing their higher education qualifications compared to other population groups. The report stated that white South Africans are far better off in this regard with 38% of them having post-secondary education. Further details of the report have been offered here.

What is the report all about?

The report is titled Educational Enrolment and Achievement 2016 and focuses on the status of the country’s present education scenario. This is only the third installment of the series of documents highlighting the academic fabric of the country. It was in the year 2015 that the first document was published and it primarily had details of a census conducted in Limpopo schools.

Looking at the numbers, world renowned statistician General Dr. Pali Lehohla suggested that the country was clearly in need of more work and efforts as far as transformation of its education system was concerned. Notably, the report took several aspects into consideration including enrolment in schools, literacy, the average years of education and intergenerational academic mobility among other such things.

Should the world at large be worried about the present status of Black Education?

Mr. Lehohla particularly focused on the need to have a serious look at everything that has been done for transforming education in South Africa so far. He added that there was also a serious need to assess objectives – was the country looking at the blacks to be like the whites? Or, was it looking to work towards a holistic target?

Thanks to comprehensive research, it was found that around 15% of the black Africans and around 17% of the colored people had dropped out of school at the primary education level only. The country has some 12% people who have some kind of post-secondary qualification. The bottom line is the country still has more white graduates than graduates from other population groups.

What else does the report have to say?

Notably, according to the report, more white children are enrolled at Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres than what children from other population are. Black Africans were also found to spend the shortest time in schools. The figure stood at something around 8.3 years compared to others who generally spend around 11.4 years. As per the reports, the educational qualification of the parents had a bearing on their kids’ education as well. On an average, it was seen that parents who had post-secondary qualifications had kids with the same as well.

Can you Help your Child Beat Poor Grades?

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The impact of bad grades can be more intense than what you can imagine. Before reprimanding your child for the same, try to adopt a more systematic approach to the entire fiasco at hand. Give your child a chance. Bringing those poor grades home might as well have been devastating for him too. Your response as a parent, will now go on to determine how less or more painful the experience is going to be for him.

You know that your child is lagging behind and that there’s much learning to do. With your child, it’s part of your learning as well. It is perhaps the time to strategist your response a bit. Provided below are a few tips with the help of which you can help your child get over bad grades in school.

Be patient

That’s a textbook advice. Being calm and patient helps – perhaps because you’re in a better position to judge your kid’s situation than what would have been the case if you had chosen to flare up. Ask the most prudent of educators or child psychologists out there and they will tell you that yelling, screaming and lecturing will not help your child at all. The initial impulses of reproaching your child may be handled tactfully as well. Just take a break from the whole discussion to cool down.

Plain calmness doesn’t help

In certain cases, parents in a bid to be too tolerant end up making the mistake of not discussing the problem with their children at all. Be calm but be sure to discuss your child’s grades. Don’t convey a wrong message to your child. Your tolerance might as well be interpreted as ignorance by him, resulting only in further deterioration. A better bet would be to start chalking out a more effective study schedule for him.

Don’t promise excess rewards

Another dampener on the way! External rewards – especially money can actually end up interfering with your kid’s intrinsic motivation to learn. There should be a constant effort from your end to make your child understand the true value of learning for its own sake – not for money, not even for high grades. Open up new and interesting vistas of learning for your child and good grades will follow.

Consider organizing your child’s study

You might as well want to consider reorganizing a messy room because the problems of such rooms might as well manifest in many ways including forgotten homework supplies, missing school project tools and so much more.

The “Why” and “How” of Special Education Conferences

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Do you aspire to teach children with special abilities? If yes, then you would probably require a degree in special education. With the degree you will be able to help children with special needs. Children with different cognitive and emotional needs would be able to reach out to you. It’s not easy to win their trust, let alone guide them through their difficult moments of adjustments to the surroundings.

Special Education: Willing to become an educator?

Besides attaining a degree, as a special education teacher, you should consider attending the best of special education conferences being held from time to time. There is so much to learn. The best part of special education conferences is that different conferences focus on different aspects of special education. So, today, if you’re attending one conference bringing the need for disability rights to the fore, there’s another one dealing specifically with autism spectrum disorders.

Special Education Conferences: What they should ideally focus on

There is virtually a wide range of insights to secure. As someone willing to be a special education teacher, you should actually find out about the qualities of an ideal special education conference – i.e. you should be aware of what they should focus on in order to guide teachers who, in turn, will guide learners. Read on to explore.

Generally, the most famous conferences or special education seminars thus held from time to time have focused on the following issues:

  • The latest teaching methods that have emerged in the field of special education
  • Presentations revolving around the developmental issues faced by these children
  • The pressing issues or challenges that educators have to face in this particular field
  • The new legislation or upcoming federal policies concerning special education
  • Special academic facilities needed in the rural areas
  • Ways in which you can diversify your teaching skills
  • Focus on technologies (both the emerging and existing ones) that can help educators in this regard
  • Statistics-based discussions

Your chance to grow your network!

These conferences also offer you an opportunity to grow your network—to meet people who are in the same field and share similar interests. You should seek future opportunities to bring your research-based findings in special education to the fore. Looking out for publication opportunities is definitely the next step.

So, it will not be an exaggeration to say that attending these conferences bolsters your scope and horizon of knowledge as an educator. So, why miss them?

What are your job responsibilities as a security analyst?

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With technology emerging as the biggest job sector in the year 2016, potential security analysts have a whole new world of openings to explore today. However, there is still a considerable degree of ambiguity surrounding the job responsibilities of security analysts. You might as well be keen on doing something with cyber security in the near future and are perhaps wondering if at all there are lucrative chances in the field of security analysis or not. Let us take a look at further details in order to be duly guided in this regard.

What are you supposed to do as a security analyst? A brief look at the same

Before delving into substantial details, let us tell you can land up with meaningful job offers as a security analyst. On any given day, you would be required to perform the following responsibilities:

  • Carry out vulnerability testing, security assessment and risk analysis
  • Plan and execute security controls and upgrade them as well
  • Track security access and maintain data
  • Establishing protocols designed for protecting digital files and other information systems against unauthorized access, destruction and modification
  • Coordinating security plans without the help of outside vendors
  • Manage and control network and detect intrusion
  • Assess security breaches and determine their root cause
  • Conducting internal security audits
  • Conducting external security audits
  • Installing appropriate countermeasures and tools to deal with security breaches
  • Anticipating security alerts

The role of a security analyst: Analyzing the “real” prospects

Based on the varied responsibilities, a security analyst might as well be called by different names including Security Manager, Security Architect, Security Consultant and Security Engineer. These might as well be the logical paths to your career growth (like from security analyst to security manager to architect and so on).

Recruiters are yet to zero in on a specific degree when it comes to selecting security analysts. However, they will be looking for a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security or Computer Science or any related field. Even if you don’t have a degree as such, you can still end up impressing recruiters with due experience and certifications. Remember, your troubleshooting skills will be under scanner while you’re appearing for boardroom interviews.

So, make sure you are getting in touch with hiring agencies to impress them with your skills today!  Wish you all the luck for the wonderful journey of yours.

Online Job Search: A Few Misconceptions to Get Rid of

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Believe it or not, modern job search is riddled with misconceptions. A casual internet search virtually opens up a world of job opportunities for you and you think that signing up for multiple job portals at the same time might as well result in you being flooded with job offers. However, let us tell you that this one remains one of the most notable misconceptions in the world of online job search. We will tell you why and acquaint you with more such job search myths in the course of the post. Do read on in order to be duly informed.

#Myth 1: Signing up for more job portals entails a greater number of job opportunities

You might as well believe that signing up for more job portals will actually go on to help you secure more job offers. However, let us tell you that there is no guarantee of the same. Numbers have proven that online job search is not the proverbial elixir that job seekers think it to be. The internet is definitely an important part of the job search but let us tell you that as per reports, only 5 percent of job seekers get jobs through online job portals. Make sure you are considering newspaper ads besides the online ones as well.

#Myth 2: You will get a response within a day or just a few days of applying

You will get a reply as soon as you apply. This is another online job search myth that you should make yourself aware of. You have taken great pains to modify your resume and are probably expecting a response as soon as possible from the recruiters’ end. However, you have to understand that every recruiter has their own sweet time for checking out updated resumes and follow up with the updated job portals. A more effective job search is characterized by you keeping in touch with the human resources after sending over your application.

#Myth 3: You get all the job openings online

Much to the shock of job seekers, let us tell you that only 15-20 percent of the job demands are actually advertised. Most of the job openings are actually a part of the closed job market. So, before getting too hopeful about the online job search opportunities make sure you are duly steering clear of such misconceptions.

Educate yourself more about these myths just so that you can steer clear of them and adopt a more meaningful approach towards your job search.

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