Monday, October 27, 2008

Advice for School Leavers

While cruising through the internet I found this interesting website about school leaver career building advice. My first thought was 'what's a school leaver?'. The answer is - one who leaves school usually after completing a course of study. This was very intriguing to me since most of us haven't a clue what we want to do once we get out of school. This site has opportunities for contruction, engineering, commercial law, hospitality and leisure just to name a few.

I wish there was something like that around here. When my kids finished school we relied a lot on word of mouth for openings and that worked out pretty good, but can you imagine how many more opportunities there are when you open up the whole world. Interestingly enough, my husband spread the word about our son graduating to all of his friends and clients and before you know it he had a few interviews that panned out quite nicely. It happened to be a member of the church that we used to belong to, that had a neighbor that was working for a company that was looking for an engineer, that put him on to his first job (did you follow that?). Our daughter usually made her own connections through previous jobs. One of her most interesting finds was, while she was in school, another student was the president of a company and he was impressed with her and offered her a job when she graduated. But how many more opportunities are there using a career guide?

I also read an interesting fact on this site about education and Alzheimer's. There is a theory that education and demanding jobs create a buffer against the effects of dementia on the brain. The brain could be made stronger through higher education and job challenges. Sign me up for higher education if it helps combat Alzeheimer's, especially after seeing the ravages of this disease on some of the older folks that I know. A friend of mine has also changed her diet a lot after reading about the effects of a Mediterranean diet on the brain. Guess there's a lot we can do to help stay healthy and stay in the job market for as long as possible.

4 comments:

Two Lines On a Stick said...

I would be curious to see more research about higher education and Alzheimers. It makes sense, because they say if you do stuff like crossword puzzles and things that "use" your brain daily, you are less likely to develop dementia.

Harmony said...

Interesting...

Michelle said...

It's amazing what great opportunities the web can open up for people. Sounds like a great place to start on a career.

B Boys Mom said...

Very interesting!