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Cabin Crew Qualities and Suitability For the Job

Embarking on a journey to become a full fledge cabin crew is an exciting journey but not without it’s challenges. Hence, it is important to be sure why, where and what the job entails in order to generate satisfaction from the career, financial and experience from the job as a cabin crew.

The objective of this chapter is to provide guidance and evaluation if this job is suitable for you. Very often, we leave this part of the job fit to the airline recruiter or interviewer. Of course, each of us would hope the interviewer accepts us regardless on whether we are a good candidate for the job. It is also possible that we try to mould ourselves to fit the job, as it is common for many to justify why the job is suitable for them.

Without proper evaluation, the journey of looking and working in this job can be frustrating and in many cases, disappointing due to the lack of understanding of the job requirements and it’s implication on career growth, mindset, financial management/behavior and lifestyle. It also affects longer term career interest, transition to ground positions and personal quality of life.

In the following paragraphs, we hope to provide into insights on what the cabin crew job entails as well as some of its advantages and disadvantages.

Knowledge and Suitability for the Job

Role of a Cabin Crew

1. What do you think the role of cabin crew involves / What do you think is the primary responsibility of a cabin crew?

Cabin crew are on board an aircraft for safety reasons. In case of a real life emergency, the cabin crew must ensure that passengers follow the captains instructions, use safety equipment correctly, and stay as calm as possible.

During the flight, the cabin crew spends a lot of time looking after the comfort of the passengers. This involves giving special attention to children traveling alone, disabled people or people who are ill. Crew must appear friendly and sympathetic to anyone needing help, advise, reassurance, sympathize or even, at times, firm persuasion.

Other duties during the flight includes preparing and serving meals and drinks and cleaning up afterwards, selling duty free goods, and helping passengers use in flight entertainment system. There is also paperwork to complete, this can include flight reports, customs and immigrations documents, accounts of duty free sales and meal and drink orders.

At the end of the flight, the crew makes sure the passengers leave the aircraft safely.

2. What kind of individuals would fit this role?

An individual who has the following ideal qualities:

a. Dedication to details

b. Assertiveness

c. Adaptability

d. Cross Cultural Understanding/Sensitivity

e. Organized

f. Rule oriented

g. Good listening skills

h. Stable Emotion

i. Discipline

j. Friendliness

k. Humble disposition

l. Honesty

m. Sincerity

n. Warm personality

o. Approachability

g. Sense of humor.

The successful candidate will also need to have the ability to remain calm and level headed in emergency situations and be totally flexible about working with new people, flying different routes and working on unsociable hours.

3. Is the role of a cabin crew job glamorous?

Well, it certainly is perceived as glamorous and it certainly has its benefits of travel. People see cabin crew in action, jetting around the world and form an immediate impression of what they think the job involves. In fact, the customer sees only a fraction of what goes on in order to make each flight a success. The truth is, cabin crew has to combine working as a flying waiter or waitress, mobile shop assistant, cleaner, plus all the emergency services rolled into one. It can be an exhausting and disorienting lifestyle that places tough demands on family and social commitments. It is also physically demanding and many crew who do not have the right physical build (appropriate Body Mass Index or BMI) typically suffer lower back injuries on the job due to the amount of bending, squatting and lifting required to support the baggage, kart, trolley and equipment used on the aircraft.

Combined with the irregular flight time, sleep and meal times, cabin crew typically has irregular sleep pattern and meals. Hence it is not a glamorous job except for the perks of travel, hotels and nice uniforms for some international airlines.

With the onset of budget carriers, many cabin crew do not even travel beyond the aircraft that lands in the other countries only for transition before heading back to their home country. These are called turnaround flights and typically affects short haul flights of not more than 3 or 4 hours from the country of origin. The flight allowance, per diem, meals or layover allowance are also lower due to such quick turnaround patterns that are short haul flights.

4. What are the disadvantages of this position?

a. Jetlag

b. Irregular weight gain/loss

c. Minor cuts and injuries inflight

d. Lower back ache

e. Lack of mental stimulation in the long term

f. Physical fatigue

g. Dehydration

h. Rash due to overseas travel and weather changes

i. Allergies to hotel and aircraft environment

j. Harassment from opposite gender

k. Relationship commitment

l. Motion sickness

m. Financial and lifestyle habits

n. Hierarchy reporting structure

o. Irregular or unsociable work hours

5. What are the advantages of this position?

Working as a cabin crew member is not just a job, but a way of life and provides an alternative and very stimulating lifestyle where no two working days a likely to be the same. The sheer dynamics of different crew, passengers’ profiles, destinations and roster structure ensures that there will always be variety.

Furthermore, there are opportunities to visit places and experience cultures that are beyond most people reach. Cabin crew go to places they always dreamed of and find interests in destinations they would not necessarily have chosen to go to.

Additionally, it is a good feeling to deliver businessmen to their meetings on time, reunite family and friends; deliver newly weds to their honeymoon destinations, or vacation airs to their dream holiday place. There is genuine feeling of doing something worthwhile, in a unique way which not many jobs regularly produce at the end of a hard day.



Source by Albert Tay

5 New Facebook Mobile Marketing Revamp

During its recent F8 Developer Conference, Facebook revealed a new set of features currently undergoing optimization. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg convened with the largest social network’s executives and developers, emphasizing on building apps and growing a mobile audience.

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For the past months, Facebook has been making efforts to expand mobile reach with new social media marketing apps and the acquisition of Parse. This mobile network revamp is a good news to advertisers, enabling them to reach exact target audience and create a larger network.

Growing Up, Growing Faster

The old motto “Move Fast and Break Things” has now changed to “Move Fast with Stable Infra.”
“It might not have the same ring to it and might not be as catchy, but it helps us build better experiences for everyone we serve and how we operate now,” Zuckerberg said in the conference.
Zuckerberg isn’t that much into ‘breaking’ things to reach more, but is more committed to fix major bugs within 48 hours for its more than a billion users.

More Control For Users

To gain the trust of users, Facebook released new set of permissions for users to have control over information they share online.
Facebook is working on permission for third party apps where users can select what they share. Users can now have more options for privacy. This line by line permission access for third party apps will reportedly start next year.

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Anonymous App-Browsing

Despite encouraging users to use their own identity by rolling out anti-identity theft features, it is quite surprising that now Facebook enables users to browse and test apps anonymously. This way, users will not have to share more info to continue using the app. One of the apps Facebook currently tests is Flipboard.

Facebook Mobile and Network

Since January, Facebook ventured into its own mobile ad network which can be used by advertisers as a tool to place ads into third party applications. To date, 59% of Facebook total revenues make up its mobile ad network and is continuing to grow. The audience network will aid advertisers to get the right apps for their campaigns.

More Developer-Friendly Tools

Facebook intends to make developer-friendly tools through its Parse acquisition, which enables back-end cloud services to various apps. This allows developers to have push alerts and analytics through Applinks. This is already available for iOS and Android (limited) but is set to become standard in the next few months.

Reasons to Fire Your Mutual Fund Company – Fresh out of High School

The fudging of expertise is appalling in our business. Believe me, I know. I am 35 years old now, and have been in the financial services business 13 years now. When I was 22, fresh out of the University of Texas with a History degree, my first job was with Fidelity Investments as a mutual fund adviser. I passed the Series 6 exam in a matter of days. After a few weeks of training, most of which was listening to one of the more tenured reps (by “tenured”, I mean someone with six months experience), I was on the phone taking calls from all over the country, advising people on how to take care of their financial future. If you had called an 800 number on a prospectus or an advertisement, you would have been speaking with someone like me. Dozens of reps like me fielded calls, and not one of them had more than three years experience. I, myself, only lasted a year and a half in that job. Call center work has a way of burning you out.

In the 1990’s, Fidelity was undergoing rapid growth, and they could not keep the place staffed. They had planned on staffing to a level where no more than five customers were holding at any given time. Shortly after I arrived, we were constantly on “red alert”, which meant that 30 people or more were holding all the time. So, they relaxed their hiring requirements. They had previously insisted on a college degree for their newly hired reps. Soon, I was sitting next to pimply-faced 18-year-olds who had been in a high school classroom only a few months prior. Looking back on it, who was I to feel so superior? It’s not like I learned how to plan someone’s financial future in my “Western Culture, 1865-present” seminar at UT.

Think about that, though. Customers were entrusting their retirement plans to kids. If you go to Fidelity, Schwab, E*Trade, TD Waterhouse, Ameritrade, T Rowe Price, Ameriprise, or any of the other purveyor of mutual funds, and click on their links to “talk to an adviser”, it is usually accompanied by a smiling, healthy, slightly graying middle-aged man with great teeth and his own corner office. In fact, you are more likely talking to a very young, underqualified, underpaid call center worker who barely has a cubicle and is definitely NOT smiling.

Of course, it is true that it does not take grand expertise to do what they do. Back in my day, we were given a script to inquire of a customer’s marital situation, age, risk tolerance, spending goals, and that is it. With that information, there was (wait for it) a Fidelity fund that met their needs. This is how it works at most firms. You need what they are selling. Financial planning requires more than that.

All investment products should be discussed in the larger context of a person’s life — not just financial life, either. If you take no other advice from me, take this one tidbit. If a “financial adviser” is selling you a product from which he is getting paid a commission, he will not have your best interests at heart. Period.



Source by Mark Brandon

GRACE Under Fire

Although few years ago there was a sitcom of the same name, this GRACE is of an entirely different nature. We've all encountered situations at work, during family events and during the course of everyday living that were unfair, or were unjustly accused of something or an interaction with a colleague or boss that at left you wondering how they ever get the job in the first place. Your hot button is pushed and you react with a defensive retort, or end of justifying what you did as your voice gets higher and tighter and you seethe the rest of the day. How much better would the day go if at the beginning of your day you take an inventory of how GRACEful you feel?

The principle of GRACE :

G = Grounded
R = Relaxed
A = Alert / Aware
C = Centered
E = Energized

Grounded: What are some spiritual routines / or practices that would help you feel more grounded? One practice that I use daily is to stand with feet flat on the floor, take several deep breaths and tune in to where my energy is. Is it in my body? Is it scattered? Once I determine where it is, I then visualize my energy returning to my body filling me up internally from my feet up to my head. I then bring my hands together to seal in the energy. Find an activity / practice that resonates with you to increase your connection to the present.

Relaxed: "to become less stiff and stern in manner. Easier in manner". Staying in the present and with an open heart is inherent for a relaxed manner. As we practice being in a relaxed state our mirror cells will communicate with the mirror cells of others and a tense situation can definitely more calm.

Alert / Aware: There are numerous studies that show that a high percentage of Americans are sleep deprived. The first creative habit that can be put into practice to being more alert the next day is to get a good and restful night's sleep. Turning off the TV and computer a full 30 minutes before going to bed is one of the simplest habits to put into place. Wind down time is very important prior to bedtime. What other changes can be made that would benefit you in getting a good night's sleep?

Centered: I think of centered as being in equilibrium. No matter what the day brings you are able to keep your internal balance coming from a sense of your own deep heart based power. The sense of who you are, the total acceptance of who you are springs from the solid foundation of self-love in the highest and purest sense.

Energized: What is the core feeling that you want to radiate throughout each and every day? When coaching my clients, I borrow a term from quantum physics and ask what is your energetic calling card?

At the start of a new day, look inward to determine if you are feeling grAceful, GRaceful, or maybe GrAce. With greater attention, you will find ways to be equally full of GRACE .

How might feeling graceful make a difference in how you approach or respond to a situation ?



Source by Colleen Crook

Learn Python: Online training courses for beginning developers

The Top Programming Languages 2019 list from IEEE Spectrum ranks Python at the top of their list above Java, C, C++, R, JavaScript, C#, Matlab, Swift, and Go. According to Stack Overflow’s 2019 developer survey, Python is currently the fastest-growing programming language.

Learn Python

And whether you’re new to the programming language or a long-time Python developer, there’s always more to learn. To help keep your Python development skills sharp, here are a list of online courses, bootcamps, and master classes from our very own TechRepublic Academy. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for in this list of courses, check out all the TechRepublic Academy Python training materials.

Python online training courses

The Python mega course: Build 10 real world applications

Description: “Over the course, you’ll truly begin to appreciate the many, many uses of Python as you build web applications, database applications, web visualizations, and much more. By course’s end, you will have built 10 applications that you can be proud of, and have the tools to go off on your own into the world of Python programming.”

Python master class: Complete Python programming with projects

Description: “Python is a general-purpose programming language that is used in a wide variety of industries and is considered one of the most valuable first languages to learn. In this extensive course, you’ll get up to speed with all of the most important concepts in the latest version, Python 3.7.”

Python machine learning projects

Description:Machine learning gives you extremely powerful insights into data, and has become so ubiquitous you see it nearly constantly while you browse the internet without even knowing it. Implementations of machine learning are as diverse as recommendation systems to self-driving cars. In this course, you’ll be introduced to a unique blend of projects that will teach you what machine learning is all about and how you can use Python to create machine learning projects.”

Python for Android hacking crash course: Trojan perspective

Description: “Mobile security is of utmost importance, and developers will pay good money for pentesters who can identify security breaches in apps. In this course, you’ll learn how to use Python to build a Trojan for ethical hacking purposes. You’ll be able to discover flaws in Android security, and clean them up in one efficient swoop!”

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Become a professional Python programmer

Description: “Python is an extremely versatile language used for a variety of tasks including: web development, data analytics, game development – even controlling robots! Get up to speed on all the essential Python skills, and learn it all at your own pace with this detailed course. Python developers ranked #8 of the most in-demand tech workers, and make an average of over six figures a year. So what are you waiting for? Start coding with Python.”

Connect the dots: Linear and logistic regression in Excel, Python and R

Description: “Linear Regression is a powerful method for quantifying the cause and effect relationships that affect different phenomena in the world around us. This course will teach you how to build robust linear models that will stand up to scrutiny when you apply them to real world situations. You’ll even put what you’ve learnt into practice by leveraging Excel, R, and Python to build a model for stock returns.”

Python online training course bundles

Pay what you want: The Python eBook bundle

Description: “Master the Python essentials & foster in-demand programming skills with insight from 3 Python pros”

Python 3 bootcamp bundle

Description: “Over 30 Hours of training in Python basics & advanced libraries to become a programming wizard”

Python programming bootcamp 2.0

Description: “Here’s a revamped, beginner-friendly 37+ hours of training in this crucial general-purpose language.”

Pay what you want: The Python master class bundle

Description: “The 10-course, 58-hour bundle is your A-Z guide to learning one of today’s most foundational coding languages”

The ultimate Python programmer’s bootcamp bundle

Description: “A 45-hour path from absolute coding beginner to professional python programmer”

The ultimate Python coding bundle

Description: “Get on the fast track to programming success with 7 courses on Git, D3.js, Flask & more.”

The Python & Django web development bundle

Course bundle description: “Get started on web development & learn the Python & Django programming language.”

The Python power coder bundle

Description: “Master Python with 38.5 hours of training & quality for endless high-paying careers in website dev, game dev, data & more.”

Python network programming bundle

Description: This 3-part (28_ hours) bundle will help you build, automate, & secure networks using Python.”

Protecting the Public Speaker’s Most Valuable Asset: Your Voice!

A lawyer has his briefs and his arguments. A basketball player needs a basketball and a plumber uses a snake to clear a drain. What do these professionals (who get paid a lot of money) all have in common? Without one specific tool, they cannot do their job properly. In addition, if that tool is not in tiptop working condition — their job will become more difficult, if not impossible to perform!

Well, guess what? If a public speaker wants to make an impact with his or her audience, the one tool he absolutely needs to protect is his voice. Doing so, will allow you to effortlessly do your job so your audience can enjoy your message and content.

Before I worked as a professional speaker and humorist, I trained as a professional actor. I did oodles and oodles of stage work that allowed me to speak on a stage and be completely heard (without straining) in the last row of the theatre/auditorium.

I accomplished this with hours of voice training and the proper use of my voice using my diaphragm.

You see, your voice box is a muscle, and just like any other part of your body, if you abuse it–you will lose it! And if you don’t take care of your body and don’t get enough sleep or you’re fatigued, I guarantee you, as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west — your voice will be the first thing to go! Hello, laryngitis!

Your body and voice should work in peak performance mode so your inspiring message and content ring loud and clear like a bell!

Please don’t rely on the sound system to help you out if your voice is scratchy, hurting, or withering away due to fatigue.

The result will be a scratchy voice that is NOW louder to your audience and more annoying to listen to. Remember: If your voice fails, you’re a goner! Also apologizing to your audience every few minutes will not help the matter. They don’t care. They want a speaker they can ALL enjoy now!

What to Drink to Protect Your Voice

Yes, drinking is very important. Of course, we’re talking about drinking the right fluids that are NON alcoholic. Working pros know that alcohol is a clear no-no before preparing to speak in front of an eager audience.

I can’t tell you how many times at night before doing a corporate show, a client or an attendee has offered me a cocktail before bounding onto the platform.

I always turned it down, and I hope you do the same. You see, not only will the alcohol dry out your throat, but the combination of drinking it and talking to a crowd are fraught with danger.

Try this on for size. You could forget what you wanted to say; you could stumble off the stage and into the audience. Landing off the platform and into the lap of an audience member is NOT how you want to be remembered, do you? And just imagine what the evaluations forms will point out.

“Speaker was pretty decent until she stumbled off the platform and landed on me breaking my collar bone! Would enjoy hearing her again when she’s sober and I am healed!”

Again, do yourself a favor: Drink alcohol AFTER your presentation during your down time in the hotel bar!

That said, you should do everything you can to lubricate your voice and not have phlegm rear its ugly head. The best thing to drink is plain old H2O. In fact, you should drink a lot of water (hydrate as they say) the day BEFORE you are scheduled to speak.

Doing this will moisten up your vocal chords, not to mention your entire body (which is always a good idea anyway.) Then during your speech have a cup of room-temperature water beside you on the lectern, and sip it every now and then.

Another big no-no is to keep away from soda and other carbonated drinks right before your presentation. If you want to protect your voice, remember to stay away from carbonation, especially if you do NOT want to belch or slightly burp on stage. Imagine the embarrassment when you belch out a word or two in the middle of your talk!

If water is just not your thing, try drinking something naturally sweet, like orange juice or grapefruit juice. They are astringents and can help clear any congestion from your vocal chords. Again, doing this will enable you to NOT have to clear your throat after every other sentence!

Coddle Your Voice Like a Baby!

Just as you wouldn’t send your small child out into the cold without a sweater and scarf, do the same for your speaking voice.

Protect your voice by wrapping a winter scarf around your neck in winter. Wear turtleneck sweaters and shirts (in season, of course). Wisely, do what you have to do to keep yourself and your voice warm and cozy.

Don’t go too far by wrapping a woolen scarf around your neck in mid-July. Oh, sure, other speakers might know you are protecting your voice. BUT some folks might think you’re a nut job and could possibly alert the authorities. (And no, that never happened to me!)

There’s More You Can Do

Does the word “strain” conjure up feelings of pain or tension? Well, your voice thinks it does! Common sense dictates to always use a microphone when you are speaking to an audience. Certainly if you are in an intimate setting, say less than fifty people, then you might not want to. But only do that if you can project your voice properly to your listeners without hurting it.

Along with being trained as an actor, I also trained earlier in my life as a singer. And because I was, I always want to keep my voice limber by singing scales and doing certain vocal exercises.

If I am on the road (and I usually am when giving a presentation), I do my scales in my hotel room (preferably in the shower). My public speaking program has certain voice exercises for you to use that can help give your voice more timbre, vocal range, and flexibility.

Remember: Just like an athlete stretches his arms and leg quads for flexibility, so must a speaker get his voice flexible to get the job done!

Be prudent: If there’s a break during the day’s schedule before you have to speak, protect your voice by taking that time to be alone.

Do your best to NOT speak to anyone. Explain to your host or client that you’re not being antisocial; you’re just saving your voice for the time you’re scheduled to speak. (They’ll hopefully understand and drift away for you to be alone!)

Again, it’s worth repeating: Before your begin your speech, find a quiet area (preferably your hotel bathroom) and warm up your voice. Do this just as you would warm up your muscles before you go for a jog or whatever type of exercise you enjoy doing.

Don’t worry if a few people can hear you doing those odd vocal exercises to continually protect your very important asset: your voice!



Source by Peter J. Fogel

5 Proven Instagram Marketing Tips to Fuel Sales

Today, social media platforms are the holy grail when it comes to implementing effective marketing strategies. With over 3.7 billion active users in 2019 globally, it’s no doubt the reason behind why marketers across the world are leveraging social media platforms to boost brand awareness, generate user engagement, increase organic visibility and reach their target audiences. While there are numerous social media platforms you can use to promote sales in your business, Instagram should be one of them.

Instagram Marketing

It’s no secret that this visual-centric platform, with a staggering 1 billion users is an effective marketing platform. Moreover, Instagram is continuously gaining popularity among brands and businesses due to its undisputed potential to fuel sales, attract more clients and convert leads or followers into brand advocates.

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Truth be told, although Instagram marketing is very competitive, this platform is an effective sales generating pipeline. However, to optimize the benefits of Instagram and all its useful features, it’s imperative to establish a strategy that aligns with your goal—to increase sales. Below is a list of proven Instagram marketing tips to increase sales in your business.

  • Invest in high-quality images

It’s vital to keep your followers updated about your brand. With Instagram, you can do exactly that by posting high-quality, and captivating images or Instagram stories that perfectly highlight your brand and the products or services you provide.

Additionally, ensure that you maintain the brand’s visual consistency. This will allow your brand to be easily recognizable which boosts the chances of people engaging with your posts (through likes, shares, comments and so on) more.

  • Piggyback on the right hashtags

Consider this, Instagram is used by billions of people and over 25 million businesses as well. And for you to reach your target users, you have to compete for your brand’s visibility. The best way to ensure that your brand out spreads its reach, brand awareness and audience engagement is to use the relevant hashtags. Establish an effective hashtag strategy and watch your brand visibility on Instagram snowball.

  • Take advantage of Instagram ads

Instagram ads can significantly boost audience reach. It is a great technique that businesses use to advertise their products and services to their target audience. And the best thing about Instagram ads is that your ads will target followers or users who are already interested in your products and services.

Additionally, you can use Instagram ads to run retargeting campaigns for leads that have visited your website and try to convert them once more. However, to achieve this, you need to provide ads that focus on their previous interaction and behavior to turn them into customers and increase sales. You can integrate vibrant colors, attractive features and eye-catching images of your products and services to do this.

  • Incorporate the Instagram shopping feature
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This shopping feature simplifies users’ shopping experience by allowing them to shop for products within the app. Additionally, the function will enable brands to sell through the app by marking products you wish to trade with a shopping icon. This will not only increase sales but also promote customer relationships and boosts positive customer experience with your followers or clients.

  • Use influencer marketing

Influencer marketing is among the most effective and reliable advertising approach businesses use. Generally, consumers prefer to buy products from brands that have been endorsed by industry influencers, celebrities, bloggers, and so on. Using influencer marketing not only increase sales but also doubles your audience reach meaning improved brand awareness and visibility.

There’s no doubt that Instagram is an excellent platform for positioning your brand as the industry authority and increase conversions. This platform allows businesses to reach a wider audience, create brand visibility and awareness as well as increase revenue. To successfully do this, a professional social media agency in Dubai can assist your business to establish an effective Instagram strategy to ensure you achieve your goals.

What to Do With a Degree in Communications

Communications majors study the best practices for conveying information on interpersonal and organizational levels. When you graduate, you should know how to write and speak effectively and persuasively. You will have strong interpersonal, time management, and critical thinking skills.  You will be detail-oriented and adept at information gathering.

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In addition, you will be able to work independently and as part of a team. This major can prepare you for a wide range of careers. Many communications majors choose to work in mass communication and media, film, music, television, journalismpublic relations, and advertising, among others.

Let’s take a look at 10 such careers.

Marketing Manager

Marketing managers assess the demand for a company’s products and services and then help decide how, where, and to whom to sell them. They also help set prices. They collaborate with public relations and sales staff and with product developers. This requires excellent interpersonal skills. Such work also requires marketing managers to be good at gathering information and communicating effectively.

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Event Planner

Event planners, also called convention and meeting planners, make sure events run smoothly. They choose locations, hire vendors, and arrange lodging and transportation for attendees. They must be detail-oriented and excellent at time management. Event planners also must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Lobbyist

Lobbyists are, by definition, communicators. They are paid (although some volunteer) to persuade legislators to act in the best interests of the groups the lobbyists represent. As a communications major, you have almost all the skills and knowledge you need for this career, but you will need to learn about the legislative process. A minor in political science would be advantageous, as would internships or volunteer work with legislative staffs or lobbying organizations.

Sales Representative

Sales representatives, working for manufacturers and wholesalers, sell products to retailers, government agencies, and organizations. They do not sell to the public. Their job is to convince clients how selling these products will help grow their profits or contribute to achieving other goals. Your ability to speak and write persuasively will be an asset in this career, as will your strong interpersonal skills.

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Advertising Sales Rep

Advertising sales reps sell time during television and radio programming and space in magazines and newspapers and on websites and outdoor media. They must be able to persuade companies that advertising in the media they represent is the best way to reach customers. You will make good use of your strong communication skills.

Human Resources Specialist

Human resources specialists are responsible for hiring and retaining a company’s or organization’s employees. They recruit, interview, and hire job candidates and answer employees’ questions about company policies and benefits. This occupation will make good use of your strong speaking and interpersonal skills. When it comes to checking candidates’ backgrounds and keeping records, being detail-oriented certainly will be an asset.

Producer

Producers deal with the business behind making movies, television shows, stage productions, and even video games and computer software. They coordinate personnel and tend to budgets and schedules. The amount of time you will spend dealing with other people will make you thankful for the excellent communication and interpersonal skills you attained while earning your degree.

Attorneys

Attorneys give advice to their clients in criminal and civil legal cases. They represent them in court and at hearings. Attorneys need excellent speaking and writing skills which you will have after earning your undergraduate degree. They also must be adept at gathering information, which is another of your skills. Admission to law school requires that you have a bachelor’s degree, but it can be in any major of your choosing.

Graphic Designer

Graphic designers employ visual elements to communicate messages through print and electronic media. As a communications major, you learned about using words to convey messages. Your communication skills augmented with technical training in graphic design can put you on this career path.

Management Consultant

Management consultants are hired by companies who want to become more efficient or profitable. The consultants, who work for firms or are self-employed, help them achieve these goals. Your strong communication, interpersonal skills, and time management skills will allow you to succeed in this career.

Top 8 Web Development Trends of 2019

Web Development 2019 is here, and it promises to bring with it fresh ideas, modern innovations and new initiatives in web development we deserve; from the current developments on AI through Machine Learning to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency influencing the global economy.

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indeed, when it comes to technology, everything is so variable and unpredictable. Now and then, advancement and breakthroughs surprise us and shift our world. The digital revolution continues to set trends and tempt us with new technologies that developers and programmers everywhere will be crazy about. People are always excited to know the most in-demand languages/frameworks as well as the latest updates on web design and software applications.

To give you foresight on what will happen this year, here’s the Top 8 Web Development Trends of 2019 that will dominate the web industry.

1. AI or Bots

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the intelligence displayed by machines to mimic human intelligence and perform cognitive functions like the ability to learn, collect data, analyze information, understand emotions or solve challenging problems. The need for AI-enabled communication, multi-task automation, and analytics solutions will become more prevalent this year.

As early as now we can see how AI’s chatbots, virtual assistants (like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana) and voice bots helped businesses engagement and transformed social interaction. Their evolutions empowered the omnichannel for digital customer experience and guaranteed consistency across voice, chat, messaging and websites.

With the help of Machine Learning (ML) development and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) researches and studies, AI might achieve its coveted goals – to successfully simulate genuine human empathy and demonstrate commonsense knowledge.

2. JavaScript

JavaScript is still the most popular language for the last six years, and it continues to develop according to Stack Overflow 2018 report. The evolution of its frameworks, libraries, and designs for the past years proved that it has lots to offer in the market. No wonder it’s developer’s top pick language for it provides a whole new experience of flexibility, challenge, and power.

In Coding Dojo boot camp, we teach not only Javascript, but we offer five of the Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2019 ranked in TIOBE Index. Our learning platform equips developers with the most sought-after tech skills and helps them stand out on the job market.

3. Progressive Web App

Progressive Web Apps (or PWAs) are still part of 2019 hottest web trends. These modern web applications load like regular web pages or websites but have a high level of functionality. They can load instantly, regardless of the network state and browser choice because they’re built with progressive enhancement, a strategy for web design that emphasizes core webpage content first.

PWA ensures an instant, independence and reliable experience of users without cache issues. It’s safe because it served via HTTP to avert content snooping and data tampering.

On top of that, PWA is user-friendly, installable and hassle-free which enhances the existing web technologies—thanks to its service workers and other built-in features. It can be shared via a URL and can re-engage users with web push notifications.

4. Single Page Application

A single-page application (SPA) is a web application based on Javascript which works well among user devices. It boosts performance, minimize interruptions due to page reloading and decreases web development time by responding to navigation actions without creating a request to fetch new HTML from the server-side.

Why is SPA well-liked?

It’s an excellent pick when building responsive websites, support mobile, tablet & desktop apps. Most recent developments on SPA are based on React and Angular frameworks that make it practical and suitable for hybrid apps.

5. Mobile-Friendly Website

Mobile-friendly websites are websites that work well on smartphones. They use touch controls and can fit on small screens for quick navigation. Furthermore, they load fast due to their fantastic features which reduce data entry.

In 2016, Google’s A-Team created its own first mobile-optimized search index. It’s one of Google’s best approaches to give their smartphone visitors the same quality of user experience when delivering search results regardless of the device they’re using.

Although hardware and user-interface are different between desktops and mobile devices, many companies adopted the strategy to start digital traffic and increase their website marketability. It’s a wise move for the number of mobile phone users in the world. And it is expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019 according to Statistica.com.

6. Motion UI

With a great demand for interactive web design, Motion UI will still be trending this year for its dynamic graphics, amazing animation and real impacts on usability. It showcases the developer’s ability to tell a visual story while communicating to the viewer using a variety of tools and techniques.

Motion UI is a sustainable library that allows the seamless transition effects on the user interface. It’s one of the most rapidly gaining popularity libraries because it enables developers to animate content as easy as possible even without having a solid foundation in JavaScript or jQuery library.

7. Blockchain Technology

Thanks to Satoshi Nakamoto, the unknown person who [claimed to be a Japanese] created and developed the bitcoin, we’ve entered the Bitcoin Era. And from it, the Blockchain Technology emerges which heyday is still evident nowadays.

Blockchain is an open and distributed ledger, notorious for its secured design, decentralized consensus, and modified-resistance blocks. It’s designed to lower the financial business cost, reduce the frequency of transaction settlement and improve cash flow backed up by transparent records/data.

As a peer-to-peer network manages it, it has a strict protocol for inter-node communication and new block validation process that earned it the title as the “First and Most Trusted Global Cryptocurrency Company.”

One of the best practices of Coding Dojo workshops is to teach our students on how to create digital certificates using blockchain. This BlockCerts project is made possible with our partnership with MIT. Now, we issue verifiable graduation certificates on the BitCoin blockchain that ensures valid status.

Learn More- 5 Cyber Security Ways to Protect Your Site in 2018

8. Cybersecurity

Ever since data breaches, cyber threats, website hacking, and data theft are the terrible menace that lurks on the darkest shadows of technological advancement and scientific progression, and 2019 will be no exemption. Thus, cybersecurity won’t disappear soon.

Cybersecurity or information technology security (IT security) is the computer protection systems against theft, service disruption or misdirection as well as on hardware, software or electronic data damages.

IT security experts envisage that those cybercriminals won’t stop to look for vulnerabilities and victims. With that in mind, individuals, companies, communities, and industries need to strengthen their security system to protect their private info, servers, and databases. Therefore, tenacious solutions are necessary to battle the cyber challenges of the contemporary world.

The Future is NOW

The web development industry is doing a great job coming up with new frameworks, design trends, and mobile web app developments to satisfy the incessant demands and expectations of mankind. And despite some setbacks and flaws, it continues to thrive, flourish and improve.

So, no matter what project you’ll be working on in 2019, find time to update your skillset and learn new languages and frameworks to stay on top of your game. And for those who are planning to change their job or career, try web programming—it’s fun, challenging and worth exploring.

 

5 Cyber Security Ways to Protect Your Site in 2018

Cyber Security New year, new ideas, new goals, new threats. In the past five years, malware infections have increased rapidly with things like Ransomware reporting millions of such infections.

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By looking at these reports, we can safely assume that this year is not going to be any different.

We need to protect our sites against cybercriminals and malware. Here are five secure ways to do that:

  1. Use security programs
  2. Use your head
  3. Use a VPN
  4. Keep your computer updated
  5. Disable 3rd party plugins that you don’t use

Learn More- Why Business Website Needs Redesigning

Use Security Programs

Security programs are the most basic thing that a Windows computer must-have. Linux and other operating systems are a different story. Let’s focus on Windows for now.

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The good thing about security software is that it has the ability not only to easily remove malware but can also prevent a malware infection from happening in the first place. That can make all the difference in the world.

An ideal, common, security configuration, is to use an Antivirus and an Anti-Malware at the same time.

Yes, using two security programs at the same time is forbidden. But, that only goes for using two Antivirus or two Anti-Malware programs at once.

Having only one Antivirus and one Anti-Malware is fine because the two of them detect different kinds of threats and are meant to work with each other.

As for which ones to use, it comes down to personal preference. MalwareFox and Avast should make a good pair in general though.

Use Your Head

Security software is at best, the second layer of protection. The first one is always the user. That is if you can add the operating system as an exception.

If you make a mistake and end up clicking on a malicious link, then chances are that your security configuration will protect you.

However, no security program is flawless. There is always the chance that something will manage to bypass the defenses of an Antivirus or an Anti-Malware.

So, if you’re going to be chasing after malware, then you might as well burn your computer right now.

You need to use your head. Avoid suspicious links, ads, emails, and try to stay away from non-legitimate freeware. If something looks too good to be real, then it most likely is.

Just pay attention to what you’re clicking on and be wary of the information that you provide online.

Use a VPN

VPN stands for Virtual Private Server. It’s more helpful for privacy issues rather for security ones but it’s still a nice thing to have.

A VPN conceals your IP address which somewhat makes you anonymous and even makes it look like you’re browsing the web from an entirely different country.

Other than that, it encrypts ingoing and outgoing traffic so that no one but you will know what you’re looking at.

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Do keep in mind that by using a VPN you’re entrusting all of your browsing information to your VPN provider. Which is why people often don’t recommend free VPNs.

Other than that, don’t think for a second that you can utilize the anonymity of a VPN to do nasty things.

Any logical VPN provider would rather give away a customer to the police than facing jail time for protecting a cyber-criminal.

Keep Your Computer Updated

Imagine yourself using your computer like any other day and getting infected with malware out of nowhere without touching anything. That’s more or less how an infection from a zero-day exploit looks like.

It’s at the very least a frustrating experience, which is why we need to constantly keep our computers updated.

Security updates/patches are an important aspect of computer security and are often overlooked by the average person.

If you don’t believe me, check out the zero-day exploit which WannaCry Ransomware utilized to infect millions of people.

Disable 3rd Party Plugins That You Don’t Use

As mentioned before, zero-day exploits are quite possibly the worst thing that can happen to a PC user.

But, did you know that browser plugins are also susceptible to this? Java and Adobe Flash Player have been known to be huge targets for this kind of thing.

Mostly because there are thousands, if not millions of people using them, without even knowing that they do so.

Cybercriminals generally aim to create malware for the most widely used platforms. Which is precisely why some 3rd party plugins are dangerous to have.

If you don’t use/need Adobe Flash Player, then go and remove it right now. Literally, stop reading and do it. I’m waiting.

Not only Flash Player but any plugin which you don’t need. Anyone of them that is currently residing in your computer could have a zero-exploit.

All you need to do is to visit a malicious website which takes advantage of that exploit and boom, you’re infected.

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