Is a Career in Manufacturing Right For You?

The manufacturing world could hold many benefits for the right candidates. Indeed, that is why some people focus their efforts on that industry for their entire career. You don’t want to work as an unskilled employee in a factory. However, there are plenty of better roles you could fill that offer decent rates of pay. Today, we’re going to look at the realities of working in that area and hopefully highlight some of the benefits you could expect. It’s certainly not for everyone, but some people love being part of the production process.

Reliable job with predictable pay
Firstly, it’s important to note that working in the manufacturing world often allows job security. Most of the big factories around today have been operational for many years. That means you won’t have to worry about paying for your next meal. Business owners tend to offer full-time contracts filled with many benefits.19916679620_f93b9ab212_n

You’ll get standard holiday pay, and some companies even offer sick pay for a few days each year. The level of your salary will depend on the role you select and the expertise you hold.

Simple work routine
You might have to use large and complicated machines to perform your job in a factory. However, you will complete the same tasks all day in most instances. So, it’s certainly not difficult to get into the swing of things. Maybe you’ll become a CNC Swiss machine operative? Perhaps you’ll spend your day using pipe bending tools? Whatever your job might involve, you should have gotten to hang of it within a few days. So, most of the work you perform after that will come as second nature. Continue reading

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Launching A Small Business Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

Does the idea of being your own boss appeal to you? Have you always dreamt of running your own business? Then launching a small business could be the perfect career move for you. While you’ve probably heard that starting your own business is hard work, it doesn’t have to be. Yes, you’ll need to put in a lot of time and effort if you want it to be a success, but running it doesn’t have to be hard. To make getting started easier for you, we’ve put together a few useful tips.

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Come up with a business idea
Before you can do anything, you need to come up with a business idea. This needs to be something that you have a lot of knowledge about, and should be in a field that you’re experienced in. Your business could offer a service or a range of products, what area you choose to focus on is up to you. Aim to pick an area that you’re passionate about, as when it comes to running a business, passion is crucial.

For example, if you’ve always loved to cook, launching a catering business could be perfect. This could be a company that offers a catering service or a business that sells catering tools and books. Or, if you’ve always loved to write, how about launching a freelance writing company? This could be running a website about a niche topic, or it could be creating content for other companies. Continue reading

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4 Well-Paid Freelance Careers You Should Consider

When many people are looking for work, they decide to become a freelancer. Freelancing means you don’t work exclusively for one company. You aren’t on anyone’s payroll; you get paid as you work. Here’s my pick of the best freelance careers to dabble in:

Freelance Writer
The most common freelance career is a freelance writer. Why is it so common? Because there’s loads of things you can do. A writer can write about lots of different things and work for multiple companies.typing

Some people think freelance writers only produce articles for media outlets. This isn’t the case; you can earn money producing content for anyone. If someone needs something written, you can do it for them. There’s such a diversity of freelance writing; it means there’s the opportunity to make a lot of cash. Plus, you can do all of your work from home. Continue reading

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How to jump-start building a professional network

Jump-starting your professional network is going to boost your chances of landing the job you want and building a successful career.

Here are some top tips for how to jump-start building a professional network.

Be a professional
First, you need to be a professional. You will need a professional headshot. If you can’t afford a professional one now, take a look at some you like and have a friend help you by taking your picture and recreate a similar pose and look.

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Check out everything you have online for the public. Update the platform you were once using to look for work. Update all of your social media sites discarding anything that would be embarrassing for a potential employer or recruiter to view.

Create a digital portfolio.
Add an email signature that includes links to all of your social media networking sites, your digital profile and your work profile on any recruiting sites.

No time for online social media networking?
Check out buffer.com and hootsuite.com where you can manage several accounts from one place. Continue reading

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How To Stand Out From The Crowd With An Engineering Degree

Getting an engineering degree is a good choice because there are plenty of choices when it comes to a job. In fact, you can find a job all over the world with a degree in engineering. So you don’t have to worry about staying at home.

The only complication is that people are catching on to the trend. And, that means there has been an influx of people competing for a job. Nowadays, if you want one you need a lot more than a degree to stand out from the crowd. So, what do you need?certificate-576788_960_720

Get Some Work Experience
Regardless of how many qualifications you have, employers love candidates that have experience. They love experience because it shows them that you have the ability to work in the industry. Although a degree is an accomplishment, it doesn’t have much to do with the hands-on element of the engineering sector. As a result, it is always a good idea to get some experience for your resume. Work experience, as well as a degree, should convince them that you have enough ability to succeed. At the very least, they will like the fact that they don’t have to spend as much on training. Continue reading

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A Career In Medicine Could Be The Right Choice For You

You may be at a point in life when you’re starting to think about choosing a career and settling into a steady path. Depending on who you are you might be just coming out of school, heading out of university or in your late thirties.

It can take some people a lot of time to decide what they really want from life. But there is no doubt that one of the best career paths available is that of academic healthcare. By practising medicine, you will have the chance to be part of something that really matters. The question of course is, are you the right person for the job?

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An Ability To Connect And Detach
Being a skilled medical practitioner is something of a paradox. You do need to be a people’s person. You should want to be around people and help them as much as you can. But, in tough situations, you also need to able to detach yourself from emotional responses. For instance, if you are working with a patient and the outlook isn’t good you need to be able to still continue to work. If you get too attached, this could cripple you as a doctor. It’s a tricky balancing act to master. But the best people in medicine care while also remaining emotionally distant from their patients. Of course, just because you are working in medicine doesn’t mean you’ll be working with patients. It’s possible you’ll be behind the scenes and very little interaction at all. This is something to consider when choosing your speciality. Continue reading

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Why You Could Consider Working Offshore

If you feel like you are stuck in a rut or going nowhere fast what can you do about it? Sometimes the opportunities locally run dry. If you are feeling a little tired and uninspired by the same old surroundings then why not consider working away from home? Leaving the tried and tested and starting a new career in a new place could be exciting, challenging and even rewarding. If that appeals to you, why not consider working offshore?

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The oil and gas industries are always on the lookout for enthusiastic and capable workers. Whatever the level of your experience and education there is likely to be a role for you. And in spite of ‘the oil is running out stories’, there is a great demand for workers to provide the energy and the fuel that keeps our countries running.

What you can expect.

You will be commuting by helicopter for the most part which is a pretty cool way to get to work! Once you are there, most workers do a 12-hour shift that lasts for two to four weeks. You’ll then have a couple of weeks off and so it goes!

One of the major bonuses of working on a rig is that once you have finished work you don’t have to lift a finger. There’ll be personnel to ensure that your cleaning, washing and cooking are all taken care of. Once you have finished your shift you’ll be able to relax. These day accommodation facilities are state of the art. Offshore Living Quarters Manufacturers produce purpose-built accommodation that is safe and luxurious. You are able to indulge in fitness, games or simply relax in your own space.

Ranges of Career
It is possible to gain entry level jobs on a rig, without any offshore experience. It may be that you undergo some training so you know what to expect. Obviously the closer your background is to engineering the better. A motorman for example will check the machinery and pump rooms. He or she would be expected to have a mechanical background with some knowledge of diesel engines. From drillers to assistant drillers and derrick men, you’ll need to be fit and have a head for heights. If you have a background in shipbuilding, construction or engineering then you could be well placed to apply.

More technical roles offer electrical responsibility. To qualify as an Electrical Supervisor, you will need a higher degree in engineering or will be a certified industrial electrician. You could start offshore and then gain experience leading you to the role of electrical supervisor. Many roles on the modern rig are highly technical. There are many opportunities for graduates of mechanical, structural, or electrical engineering.

Qualities needed
You will be asked to apply online. If your experience and qualifications are right, you will be expected to undertake tests in logic and personality. At the second stage you’ll be called for an interview. Again you’ll be expected to answer questions about your motivation and expectations. From there if you are successful you’ll be made a job offer and probably expected to undergo some basic training. Remuneration is competitive. and you will have opportunity for further advancement and training throughout your career. If that sounds like you, why not give it a go? A career offshore may just be the change of direction you need.

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