Commencement Speeches: Best Advice for Recent Graduates

It is now the season for famous speakers to give advice to recent graduates. Apart from wearing graduation gowns, students will hear many inspirational commencement speakers. Some are alumni of the institution, others are respected for their accomplishments. What is the best advice for graduates and job seekers offered during the graduation season?

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President’s New Infrastructure Plan: Creating New 11 Million Jobs

President Donald Trump is proposing to spend up to $1 trillion in the next 10 years on infrastructure projects. It would be used to upgrade and support investments in various areas such as roads, bridges, airports, pipelines, telecommunications, or energy projects. According to some estimates, this could create more than 11 million jobs in the US. Which industries and jobs could benefit from this the most?

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Lawmakers Try Again to Accelerate Discipline of VA Employees

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, file photo, an American flag flies over Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are trying again – this time with support from the Department of Veterans Affairs – to give the VA secretary more power to fire, demote or suspend poor-performing employees and recoup their bonuses. Continue reading

Work-Life Balance: Tips From 4 Successful Working Mothers

At the beginning of the last century, almost all married women stayed home as housewives. Today, the labor market looks much different. 7 out of 10 mothers are working, most of them full time. Out of 83 million moms in the United States, roughly 61% of them work. Working moms account for almost one-fifth of all employed individuals.

On top of that, working women are also spending time cleaning, cooking or taking children to their sport/music activities in the afternoons. With Mother’s Day coming up soon, we talked with four mothers who shared with us the secrets of multitasking and how to balance work and life activities. Here is what they can advise us on the balancing act.

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Juggling All The Balls: Tips For Working Mothers

We recently sat down with La Tonya Walker, TAD PGS’s Director of Recruiting for Alexandria and California, to get some golden nugget insights into how this high-performer balances her family and career.

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“For some people looking into my life, it may seem that I handle it effortlessly, but I’m the first to admit that life can be overwhelming at times. To handle life’s roller coaster I have systems in place that help me turn the negatives into positives and to live life purposely every day.”

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Famous Veteran George Gaynes lost in 2016

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Best known as Punky Brewster’s cantankerous foster father and the comically clueless Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy movie series, George Gaynes had a personal military history that could easily have been classified as “too crazy to be true.” Born as George Jongejans to a Dutch father and Russian mother in Finland, Gaynes was a classically trained opera singer making a living in in France when the Germans invaded in 1940. Upon escaping the occupying German forces, he was arrested by the Francoist Spain police in the Pyrennes. After being released in 1942, Gaynes made his way to Britain, where he enlisted in the Royal Netherlands Navy. Because of his skills with languages (he spoke Dutch, English, French, Italian and Russian), he was detached to the Royal Navy in 1943 as a translator assigned to the convoy commodore HMS Hilary, which eventually took part in the Allied invasion of Sicily later that year. Later Gaynes was assigned to the destroyer HMS Wilton, which participated in the Battle of Anzio in 1944, and was promoted to Sergeant (Petty officer, 1st class). Continue reading

Interesting STEM Jobs

What do skatepark engineers, coconut safety engineers, volcanologists, or 3D filmers have in common? All these professionals have degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). These are jobs unfamiliar to most people. What are some of the jobs you almost never think about (but perhaps should consider) while searching for a job)?

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Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts That Everyone Should Know

 

Your job interview is the culmination of a lot of effort on your part to get to the “starting gate”. There are some simple rules that can make the difference on how that interview goes. Sam Becker of the Cheat Sheet has some observations that may be of help. Continue reading