5 Personality Requirements for Vocational Education Teachers

Compared to other teaching professions, teaching vocational courses might seem quite easy. You handle a class of adults, who are genuinely interested in the class and eager to hear what you have to say. Students tend to be cooperative, Read more

For the Young Professional: Where You Should Move in London

London continues to paint a beautiful picture of a diverse community with thriving opportunities. Government figures show that the employment rate of domestic workers has risen to 72.8%, a few digits higher than the statistics for non-UK citizens, which Read more

Radiation Nation: The Health Repercussions of Exposure to UV Rays

Ultraviolet rays, more commonly known as UV rays, are an integral component of several biological and chemical processes in the environment. For one, the radiation plays an important role in the skin’s production of Vitamin D, which is among Read more

5 Personality Requirements for Vocational Education Teachers

Posted on by Robert McMillan in Higher Learning | Comments Off

vocational teacherCompared to other teaching professions, teaching vocational courses might seem quite easy. You handle a class of adults, who are genuinely interested in the class and eager to hear what you have to say. Students tend to be cooperative, mature, and hard working. Of course, you also get to teach a trade that you are likely very familiar with and enjoy talking about.

Despite this, it’s not a career for everyone. It can be very challenging at times, and some personalities do better at it than others. Here are several traits that you should possess.

1. Confident – You have to be sure of yourself and what you’re teaching, especially since many students are likely to be older than you. Being able to project a professional and reliable image is crucial to creating an effective learning environment.

2. Willing to learn – Of course, anyone pursuing this career must have the right certification and educational background. A Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is a requirement, and many learning institutions will require you to keep studying. Many fields experience breakthroughs and industry changing news regularly, so you also need to keep up with the latest information.

3. Well-organised –As with any teaching job, being organised is a major requirement. You will have to maintain accurate records, prepare lectures and teaching materials, and keep track of everyone’s progress. You will also need good time management skills, as most classes are too short for any sort of wasteful activities, and deliver regular reports to superiors.

4. Empathetic – You must be able to relate to a wide variety of people, and know the best way to interact with them. Students will have different backgrounds, different learning styles, and will run into different problems. Being able to remain patient and adjusting the approach to meet their needs is not something that everyone can do.

5. Objective –As you will regularly have to assess and grade the students’ progress, it is important that you do not let personal opinions get in the way of a fair evaluation. You must be willing to give constructive criticism to everyone who needs it.

Being a vocational teacher is a demanding career, but it is also very rewarding. Apart from the financial benefits, you can also take pride in knowing that you are training people to become skilled members of the workforce.

For the Young Professional: Where You Should Move in London

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property salesLondon continues to paint a beautiful picture of a diverse community with thriving opportunities. Government figures show that the employment rate of domestic workers has risen to 72.8%, a few digits higher than the statistics for non-UK citizens, which is at 69.5%. Indeed, the UK capital has been teeming with young professionals in the past few years.

But for those who are about to join this population, there is one problem: where would you live in London? To help you with that, here is a short list of the finest places in the UK capital for the young professional.


Brixton may seem like a dull, busy area, but it is actually ideal for young professionals. The rent in this location is not as expensive as most people think, not to mention that the area is home to posh restaurants, shops, and cinemas. Transportation is easy, too, given the many bus and tube connections in Brixton.

Shad Thames

ChaseEvans.co.uk says rental properties in Shad Thames have reasonable prices, given the location and charm of the area. The place has many apartments and warehouses, not to mention that it is very close to the City of London. With this charming appeal on top of the many attractions in the area, it is the perfect location for the young professional who wants a calming retreat after every busy work day.

Dalston and Shoreditch

These two locations are perfect because of their eclectic, bohemian lifestyle. Dalston is quite new in being one of the top locations for professionals, but it has become quite popular since the Italian Vogue named it as the coolest area in London. If you want to go a little more high-end, consider Shoreditch. This is where bankers, entrepreneurs, and fashionistas all intersect. It is, in a sense, the hub for creative and financial centres in London.

Move to any of these places and enjoy what London has to offer. Surely, these locations will tickle your fancy and give you the best living experience possible whilst you climb up the career ladder.

Radiation Nation: The Health Repercussions of Exposure to UV Rays

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window filmUltraviolet rays, more commonly known as UV rays, are an integral component of several biological and chemical processes in the environment. For one, the radiation plays an important role in the skin’s production of Vitamin D, which is among the important vitamins essential for strengthening the immune system. It’s also used in sterilising medical equipment. Animals with developed eyesight can see UV rays and use them to their advantage. Reindeer, for instance, utilize UV rays to look for lichens.

Despite its wonders, overexposure to this type of radiation has many repercussions. Some of them can be serious. Realising certain hazards, many have found different ways to ward off the rays or minimise their effects; they’ve formulated special lotions and redesigned solar film windows. To understand why you need to invest in these things, refer to the list of the UV rays’ consequences below.

Eye Diseases

Regardless of the length of your exposure to UV light, your eyes will suffer from different diseases. The radiation may damage the retina and increase your chances of developing macular degeneration. It may also affect your eye’s natural lens and increase your odds of having cataracts, which may lead to blindness.

Skin Disorders

UV rays may cause your skin to age prematurely. Sunburns may seem like a typical problem, but they may pave the way to skin cancer, as UV rays can alter the DNA structure of your skin. Developing melanoma is the worst-case scenario. Other than those who go sunbathing, people who frequent tanning salons are at risk of developing these skin diseases.

Impaired Immune System

As UV rays hit the skin first, your body’s natural defences in this organ are impaired. When this happens, your body becomes more vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and other organisms. This may lead to infections, cancers and other forms of diseases.

Exposure to UV rays, whether the source is natural or not, can take a heavy toll on your health. Protect yourself by putting on sunscreen when going out. Rest under the shades during peak hours of heat. At home, coat your windows with anti-UV film or change the tints of your cars.

4 Smart Ways to Stop Leaks

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water leakFew household problems are more inconvenient and frustrating as water damage and annoying leaks.

The worst part of it all is that it is easy for minor plumbing leaks to become a major problem and warrant costly repairs. Fortunately, though, you can make intelligent choices to prevent plumbing nightmares. This is possible as long as you have the tools, the time, and the most basic know-how.

Here are some smart ways to prevent leaks and water damage:

Find the Main Water Shut-Off Valve

The first thing you need to do is to locate the main water shut-off valve—normally found somewhere along the perimeter or maybe behind an access door. If you ever have a plumbing leak, you can go straight to the main valve and quickly shut off the water supply to the entire house. Call the plumbing experts as soon as possible to fix the leaking pipes.

Take Advantage of Technology

Flow sensors can detect plumbing leaks, and some even automatically shut off the water supply. Some plumbing contractors also use water leak detection devices. According to Perina Plumbing, a plumbing authority in Australia, this technology helps locate hidden leaks in pipes behind bathroom walls, beneath floors, and other areas of the house.

Fix Problems as Soon as Possible

Even the smallest drip can lead to the corrosion of pipes, which may cause more leaks as time goes by. This can lead to a significant build-up of mould, water damage, as well as wasted money and some headaches down the road. Take the time to check for signs of leaks periodically, and if you find any, have them fixed as soon as possible.

Do Not Overload the Sink Cabinets

Using the exposed pipes as hanger rods for clothes and other things may seem harmless, but they can loosen the fasteners and connections in the pipes. This will eventually lead to leaks. You do not want all your clothes hanging from the pipe if it happens.

No one ever wants to deal with a plumbing nightmare. Fortunately, with these smart tips, you can up the chances of avoiding it.

Things to Remember Before a Bathroom Remodel

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bathroomRenovating your bathroom is exciting because you’re about to improve the way it looks and how it functions. Fixing one, however, is not all fun and games. The renovation can be time-consuming and overwhelming.

Below are some tips from Perry Plumbing to help you plan things accordingly and keep from missing anything important:

Improving Plumbing Features

A bathroom renovation is never complete without plumbing remodeling or repairs. Update your bathtub, toilet, shower, showerhead, sink, faucets, and bidet. Hire a certified plumber to get this job right and to prevent any mishaps.

Finding a Contractor

A bathroom renovation is too big a task for the do-it-yourself approach. Finding the right contractor will make the process easier and ensures everything goes smoothly. Save yourself from misery and taking too much time by asking for referrals from family and friends.

Setting a Budget

It is important to know precisely how much you can afford to spend on the project. A set budget (with some allowances) will make it easier to set limitations and determine what will work and what won’t. Don’t forget the cost of labor. Add them all up and see what fits into your budget.

Work Sequence

Once you hire a contractor, ask them to plot a work sequence to save yourself a lot of time and money for labor. They need to commit to this sequence and do the tasks in an orderly manner to get more done in less time.

Design and Functionality

How it looks and how it functions should go hand in hand. You must consider tile choices, paint color, vanities, tubs, showers, faucets, and how all of them come together. Do a little research first so you won’t be overwhelmed. Put these elements together in a way that takes your bathroom design and functionality to the next level.

Plan well so that you get a bathroom that you will love for the years to come. Work with a reliable and skillful contractor to make sure the execution is majestic as well.

Overcoming the Financial Hurdles of Running a Dental Practice

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dental practiceDental professionals who are just starting their own practice often run into a common stumbling block: apart from helping their new patients have good oral health, they must make sure to keep a good account balance, as well.

Most problems encountered by new practitioners have to do with financial matters. This is why having a good handle on the financial aspect of running a dental practice early on is important. Only a few, however, have enough experience. If you want to run your practice well, you should keep an eye on particular details, especially your overhead expenses.

Keep Your Overhead Down

Overhead expenses can eat up your finances without you realizing it. You have to pay close attention to the costs of rent and equipment to make sure you are not bleeding money. One simple trick is to stock up on quality dental supplies. A lacking inventory might send you into a spending frenzy and lead to you ending up with too many “extras”.

Disposable dental supplies are now widely available and have become the practical choice for many. They are more manageable when it comes to checking the inventory and are less expensive, too. Plus, by disposing them of after use, you can prevent contamination and avoid endangering your patients’ health. Another good thing is that InfectionControlProducts.com says there are now various disposable dental supplies that can fit right in your budget.

The Art of Budgeting

The key to making a working budget for dental practice is setting realistic goals. Emergency expenses are inevitable, so you always have to factor that in. If you can set target expenses based on your current capacities, you can better manage your finances. This will help you learn to stick with your financial plan, and still provide quality and affordable treatment to your patients.

You can also learn more about good financial practices from other dentists and professionals. Do not be afraid to expand your network of contacts. There are many professionals who can help you get started with your practice like CPAs and industry-specific contractors. Partnering with them can get you on the right track.

Running a dental practice involves a lot of work, and it is best to handle them with great efficiency. With a comprehensive grip on your finances, you can provide better dental healthcare services and push your practice forward.

3 Things to Avoid when Making a Video Storytelling Project

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videoOne secret to making a good video is choosing which story to tell. Online videos, if done well, have the power to transform into an art that touches people, makes them understand something, and makes them care.

It seems like everybody nowadays is venturing into video journalism, or video storytelling, to get their message across more effectively. Many, however, still stumble as they fail to properly integrate the basic concepts of video making and storytelling.

To help you avoid any similar roadblocks, here are some of the most often overlooked video storytelling mistakes you’ll definitely want to avoid.

1. You Don’t Prioritise Sound

Videos are a visual medium, but don’t forget it’s also an aural medium. Videos are a great way to deliver any message because it blends both images and sounds. Make sure to give as much priority to sound and sound quality as you put in the animations and clips.

When using stock video clips and animations, for example, make sure to incorporate the right musical score or background music to accent the scenes. The right sounds for particular images give your story more depth.

2. You Don’t Understand Storytelling

There are many journalists and artists who see themselves as multimedia or digital storytellers, but have never really understood the right way of telling a story.

Storytelling is an art; one that does not have a specific set of rules. It does, however, have a goal: to connect with the audience and pass on a message. If your video doesn’t achieve either of these, your efforts may just be for nothing.

3. You Tell But Don’t Show

Many online videos nowadays stick to narration because it’s a popular style. This, however, doesn’t work well with certain audiences and industries.

Videos that feature long, rambling voice scripts, a few sound bites, and some pictures don’t really tell a story; it just ends up as a radio broadcast with some pictures.

Remember that the photos, clips, animations, and background music should be used to show the story, not to describe it.

Video storytelling only makes an impact to your audience if you get it right. Make sure you’re giving it your best shot by avoiding any mistakes that could be ruining your visual narrative.

Better Ways to Clear Your Driveway from Snow

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clear drivewayWinter is coming.

While kids often find the winter season fun and enjoyable, many adults may see it as a challenge. Driveways in Kent and many other cities across the country are likely to see snow again, and it is your responsibility to clear a path through the ice around your home.

No to Rock Salt

People often use rock salt to get rid of snow, but it is not exactly ideal for the environment. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Salt residue stops plants from absorbing nutrients and moisture.
  • Excess salt accumulates in the soil.
  • Salt can seep through heavy metals and eventually enter your water supply.
  • Salt can injure your pets if it stays in their paws.

Better Alternatives

There are better ways to melt snow, so just stop the salt method. One way to minimise ice and snow is by shovelling them. The sooner the snow stops, the better. You can also use an electric snow blower if shovelling is too hard of a task for you.

Go for Sand

Scatter more solid and firmer materials on your driveway, like sand or birdseed. These grains will not melt the ice or snow, but they will help you get a better grip on icy surfaces.

No to Products with Nitrogen-Based Urea

Products with nitrogen-based urea are expensive and ineffective in temperatures lower than 20°F. Moreover, the application rate during a single melting can be as much as ten times greater than what is needed to fertilise a yard.

No Effects

Contrary to popular belief, wood ashes and kitty liver do not melt ice and snow. In fact, they have a high tendency to get messed up when the weather starts to warm up.

Knowing how to handle ice and snow better will not only help you, but will also help the environment. Never use salt again. Instead, go for more practical and eco-friendly alternatives.

Top 3 Mobile Security Threats

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mobile securityMobile has grown rapidly over the years and while consumers cannot get their hands off the devices, businesses are incorporating mobile into their operations and digital marketing strategies. But because smartphones and tablets have been adopted by enterprises, cyber criminals have seen this as an opportunity to take advantage of corporate information and use it to generate money. Mobile device security threats are on the rise, thus putting organizations at risk.

Here is an overview of some of the most common mobile security threats.

1. Mobile malware

There are over 1,200 identified malware types. Mobile device management experts from Is.co.za say that some of these are dial international premium rate numbers that leave expensive charges on the mobile bill. Others target apps and services or may cause devices not to function properly. According to statistics, mobile malware that target Android phones alone has risen to 76% over the recent months.

2. Unauthorized access

Although there are access control measures implemented, such as password requirements, minimum password lengths, blocking access after a number of failed login attempts, etc, there is still a strong security threat among mobile devices as users often keep their login credentials in mobile apps for easy access to business resources. Cyber criminals take advantage of this and get confidential information from corporate email accounts. It’s important for mobile users to be educated.

3. Stolen devices

The convenience of carrying mobile phones everywhere and having free and continuous access to important corporate data poses a very high risk for incidence of theft and loss of devices. A single case of theft can expose employee and client information, trade secrets, corporate policies, business email, business strategies, etc.

You can protect corporate information and prevent the mentioned threats by having a strong mobile device management. Consult IT professionals who can develop a mobile security designed for your business.

Of Caps and Raps: Hip Hop’s Influence on Urban Fashion

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snapback capsHip hop and fashion are two things you wouldn’t exactly pair together, but the history between the two runs deep. When you take a closer look at this interrelationship, you’ll see how a circa 1970s street subculture has made a mark on what we wear today.

Put simply, all those The Hundreds shirts and 10 Deep snapback caps you wear exist because of hip hop and its influence over fashion. Without the street culture this type of music created, urban fashion wouldn’t be the same. Given that premise, one question begs for an answer: how did hip hop culture influence fashion?

A study from Cornell University claims that hip hop has the natural “mix of influences” toward fashion. The paper goes on to describe how fashion diffusion comes into play, as the typical hip hop look that stood out in the streets got picked up by big brands in fashion.

At the core of hip hop is the principle of nonconformity, which prompted the shift of typical street clothing from the usual suit-and-tie combination to more casual pieces, such as tracksuits, overalls, and sporting gear. This “homeboy” look became a hit among the masses – and this proved to be something fashion brands cannot ignore.

Hip hop fashion became even more mainstream come the 1990s. This is the time when some of today’s well-established brands began. Soon after, even rap icons made their own mark in urban fashion. You can thank Run DMC for popularising tracksuits and Snoop Dogg for the boom of starter jackets. There are even more “formal” looks that stemmed from hip hop, thanks to the Mafioso appeal of Biggie Smalls and Jay-Z. Now, you have the likes of Kanye West who have their own clothing lines, designing clothes with hip hop influences.

Some might say that hip hop is just one area of urban fashion. Of course, there is truth to that statement, knowing how well the punks, the goths, and the hipsters have influenced streetwear as well. Nevertheless, when it comes to the intensity of the influence, nothing comes close to what hip hop has done to change the way we view urban fashion.

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