Month: May 2016

Class of 2016 – Congratulations!


According to the National Center for Education Statistics 3.3 million students will be graduating over the next few weeks.

To all the graduates, congratulations! You should be extremely proud of yourself.

As you say good-bye to this chapter in your life take a few minutes to think about what you’ve accomplished.

If nothing comes to mind, here’s what you’ve done over the past twelve years:

1. Studied for and passed hundreds of tests,
2. Made friendships that will last a life time,
3. Made tough decisions to let some friendships go,
4. Handled numerous awkward conversations,
5. Crammed your mind full of facts, figures, and information,
6. Your first kiss,
7. Learned to drive,
8. Your first job,
9. Participated in sports, band, dance, or an academic club,
10. Laughed a lot and shed a lot of tears.


What comes next will be up to you. For some, you’ll go to college. Others, you’ll start working. No matter what you do, own it. By that I mean it’s up to as to how far you want to go. You really can achieve your dreams but it’ll take work and perseverance.

Set-backs will be inevitable. Mistakes will be plenty. Failures you bet. They happen to all of us. Learn from them and then get up and get dressed and get moving.

Awhile back I read a list of 45 Life Lessons as written by a 90 year old. Here are the top the top five:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

Here are a few more lessons that I’ve learned along the way:

1. You are never alone.
2. Karma is real.
3. Don’t give up your power to anyone.

I believe our founding fathers got a lot right when they drafted the Declaration of Independence. But there’s one thing I think they got wrong and that’s our right to pursue happiness.

In my opinion, happiness isn’t anything to pursue. It’s a way of being in every moment. So my advice don’t pursue happiness, just be happy!

Finally, to my niece who happens to be one of the 3.3 million, you are a shining star! There isn’t a doubt in my mind you are going to succeed at anything you decide to do.

Now all of you, take a deep breath and step into the next chapter of your life!

Entrepreneur – 10 Signs Your Kid Might Be One



In an article first published by Teresa Palagano on the Ballooning Nest Eggs blog, New York Times best selling author Grant Cardone has studied entrepreneurs for the past 25 years and has identified 10 traits of budding entrepreneurs.

Those traits are:

1. Hates the Status Quo. Your child doesn’t believe in the reason behind doing something just because it’s always been done that way.

2. Bores Easily. Your child needs to be challenged to stay engaged.

3. Gets Fired A Lot. Basically means your child doesn’t play well in the sandbox only because she doesn’t like following another person’s rules.

4. Is Labeled a Rebel. Your child believes rules are guidelines to be negotiated.

5. Resists Authority. Your child resists you being the boss.

6. Is Ready to Improve Everything. Your child is constantly coming up with ideas on how to improve everything.

7. Doesn’t Believe in Small Talk. Idle talk bores them.

8. Gets Bullied. Kid entrepreneurs don’t follow the pack and because they’re different they get picked on a lot.

9. Is Obsessive. Your child starts something new and doesn’t stop until she’s mastered it.

10. Has Difficulty Relaxing. It’s hard for your child to turn their mind off when they go to bed.

Cardone cautions parents of kids that show these traits from parenting them back into the “norm.” “Why not leave them alone and see what happens?” asks Cardone.

To see the full article click here.

If you already know that your TEEN is an entrepreneur following are some options on how to help them blossom:

Option #1  –  Catapult is a start-up incubator for high school students who either already have a product idea or who are interested in becoming an entrepreneur. At Catapult, high school students participate in a 3 month session and learn from professionals how to launch a start-up.

Option # 2 – Watson University is a new model for a university focused on providing a place for students to accelerate ideas that will shape the future. Students ranging in age from 18 – 23 are instructed by the world’s foremost leaders including a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace price and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

Option #3 – Following is a list of competitions for budding entrepreneurs:

U Pitch Competition & Showcase
Conrad Challenge
The Hult Prize
Rice Business Plan Competition
New York Young Entrepreneur Challenge
International Business Machine Challenge
MIT Clean Energy Challenge
Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Youth Innovation Challenge

The future is in the hands of our children. Their ideas will create the jobs for tomorrow. It’s up to all of us to help our kids succeed!

No Clue What You Want To Be?


If you have absolutely no idea what you want to be when you grow up what do you do?

Start by first figuring out who are you?

What’s your personality? What makes you…you?

Following are some tools you can use to find out what your personality TYPE is.

In the book Do What You Are , authors Paul Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger, talk about how your personality TYPE is derived by assessing four aspects of human personality and where you fall on the scale associated with each aspect.

The four aspects and their associated scales are:

  1. How we interact with the world and where we direct our energy. This aspect is assessed by looking at where we fall on the scale between extroversion and introversion.
  2. The kind of information we naturally notice. This aspect is assessed by looking at where we fall on the scale between sensing and intuition.
  3. How we make decisions. This aspect is assessed by looking at where we fall on the scale between thinking and feeling.
  4. Whether we prefer to live in a more structured or spontaneous way. This aspect is assessed by looking at where we fall on the scale between judging and perceiving.

The authors explain that we have a preference for one end of each scale and they walk the reader through a serious of steps to determine that preference.

Once you have an idea for your personality TYPE, the authors describe how to use the knowledge in charting your career path.

Career Zone provides tools for you to take four different types of assessments to learn about yourself and then matches your assessment with corresponding careers that might be for you. allows you to complete the ORA Personality Profile and then matches your profile to suggested career paths.

I’ve taken three professionally given personality profiles over the course of my career and every time the results of each profile have been basically the same and have been correct in assessing my personality TYPE.  I’ve used the information over the years in my career planning with great success.  So I can honestly recommend personality profiling is a valuable tool in figuring out what you want to be when you grow up.



Career Research Summer Activities

Summer is almost here! In between having fun in the sun and at the beach summer is a perfect time to spend researching careers.


Spend 30 minutes at your local library and complete a CAREER INTEREST WORKSHEET

Review a book on a career of your choice.



Ask if your library subscribes to the New Careers Internet Database. Using the database you can print off hundreds of  career ebooks. The database is maintained by the Institute for Career Research.

Research using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handout.



Interview someone doing the job you have an interest in:interview

If you know someone already doing  what you want to do ask them if you can interview them about their job.

If you don’t know someone, you can use the list of Professional Associations for the career field your interested in to find a local chapter. Go to one of their meetings or contact them and let them know you would like to request an informational interview from a member.

Ask the following questions:

What do you do in your job?
What do you like best about what you do?
What do you like least about what you do?
What education do I need to do what you do?
What other types of jobs could you be promoted to in your career field?
What skills do I need to be able to do this job?
What advice do you have for me to succeed in this career field?

IMPORTANT: Be sure to talk to you parents first before contacting anyone.



Watch a video.


Check out these sites for videos: – career videos are arranged by career cluster

Career Videos on You Tube  – over 200 career videos

ICould – real stories about what people do

Even Better Make A Video.

Wistia – how to make a video using GoPro


8 of the Fastest Growing Occupations

Software Developers – Applications

Employment for Software Applications developers is projected to grow 19 percent driven by the increase in demand of mobile devices and tablets that will increase the demand for new applications.

Software Developers – Systems Software

Employment of Systems Developers is projected to grow 13 percent driven by the increase in the number of products that use software such as cell phones and appliances.

Computer Systems Analyst

Employment of computer systems analysts is projected to grow 21 percent as organizations increase their reliance on information technology (IT). Analysts will be needed to design new computer systems.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent driven by organizations expanding their operations to digital platforms and the need to bolster cyber security in computer and information systems.

Computer Network Architects

Employment of computer network architects is projected to grow 9 percent as organizations continue to expand their information technology (IT) networks.

Information Security Analysts

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent driven by the increasing number of cyber attacks. Analysts will be needed to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating problems for computer networks.

Database Administrators

Employment of database administrators (DBAs) is projected to grow 11 percent driven by the increased data needs of companies in all sectors of the economy.

See the full list of  50 Fastest Growing Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

May 2 – 8 Children’s Book Week

I’ve always been an avid book reader. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hands. Yes, I was even one of those kids with a flashlight reading under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping. I still read at night before I turn out the lights.

Why not celebrate Children’s Book Week by taking the opportunity to pick up a book and explore different careers.

Here are some of my picks:

What I want to be       kids cookingwhat color book   careers dummies

For a list of other books on careers click here.

Be sure to check with your local library and your local bookstores for activities related to celebrating Children’s Book Week.

To see a listing of activities that might be going on in your state click here if your state begins with the letter A- L or click here if your state begins with the letter M – Z.

Whatever you do READ A BOOK!