Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Best Cities for Working Mothers

This year ForbesWoman inaugurates its first annual list of the Best Cities for Working Mothers. To calculate the rankings, we started with the 50 largest cities in the U.S. and the premise that different mothers have different needs. So while it's safe to say that all moms want a secure and protected place for their children to live in, first-rate medical care and excellent schools, if they're running a business or earning a paycheck, there are other important considerations.
The potential for a relatively high income, job opportunities and family-friendly cost of living are obvious ones. But childcare is way up there too. Some big cities that seem like choice places to raise a family, such as Salt Lake City, Utah, and Orlando, Fla., offer comparatively fewer childcare options--including daycare centers and pre-K--for moms who work.
We took a slightly unusual approach to evaluating a city’s health care quality. We realized a mom wants options when it comes to pediatricians; trust and a good rapport are just as important as competence, after all. But we also included information from Dartmouth Atlas, which tracks the quality of health care across the U.S.
Researchers at Atlas, affiliated with Dartmouth College, have found that cities with a higher proportion of primary care physicians to specialist physicians have a better health care system. When there are more general practice physicians, their research suggests, a mom has a greater chance of getting in to see a doc when she needs one, and her child's care will be more closely overseen.
We also used two different data sets to evaluate education--the amount a city spends per pupil and ratings given by parents whose own kids attend a city's schools. The latter data comes to us exclusively from GreatSchools, a nonprofit which works to involve parents nationwide in improving school quality.

Working mothers also want to be able to afford to live (and play) in their city of choice, so we counted cost of living among our priorities. Many of the "obvious" but expensive West Coast meccas, such as San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle, are clearly still attractive despite their high costs. Some less-heralded cities, such as Columbus and Virginia Beach, may be less stylish, but their lower cost can translate into a good quality of life.
So how did New York and Austin end up as Nos. 1 and 2 of the same list? Austin does have a reputation for offering a high quality of living for all age groups, but New York is a playground for grownups, not a sanctuary for kids and their moms, right?
Answer: Austin and New York each shine in different categories of what a working (or job-seeking) ForbesWoman reader wants in her city of choice.
New York is--unfairly--known for being crowded and dangerous. But what it does have is plentiful park space and a low violent crime rate. Salaries there are also good, among the six highest of the cities we surveyed.
And the Big Apple is generous when it comes to what it spends on educating its students, coming in at the second highest, right behind another New York metropolitan area, Buffalo-Niagara Falls.
Austin parents love their schools. The city's unemployment, at 6.1%, is one of the lowest of the cities on our list. Like New York, it also boasts plenty of outdoor places for the kids to work off steam. Both cities score high for plentiful childcare options.

Four Florida cities make up the bottom 10--Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami and Orlando. They all have a dearth of outdoor space. Primary care physicians are also relatively low in number. When it comes to parent opinion of the public schools, parents in Jacksonville are particularly unhappy.
Do you agree with our results? What data categories would you like to see in next year's list?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

HotJobs 100: Updated for 2009

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1Tenet Healthcare Corp.
2Kaiser Permanente
5Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings
6UnitedHealth Group
7Bayada Nurses
8Army National Guard
9Providence Health & Services
11Coca-Cola Enterprises
12Kindred Healthcare
13Catholic Healthcare West
14The Univ. of Texas Medical Branch
16Sutter Health
18Verizon Wireless
20RadioShack Corporation

What to look for in companies that are hiring now
When you're considering taking a new job, it's important to find out how a potential employer treats employees. But getting the answer to that question, along with others that will help you determine if you'll be happy at the company, may take some sleuthing.
Here are five questions that will help you decide if the company is a fit -- and some unconventional ways to find the answers:

What makes employees join this company and stay here?
You can always ask your potential manager this question in an interview. But if you ask the employees you see while walking around the premises, you'll get a wider variety of answers -- and possibly more honest ones.

How are people treated here?
You may not even need to ask anyone this -- just observe carefully from the time you set foot in the building. When you arrive for your interview, are you kept waiting with no explanation? Does the interviewer interrupt your conversation to take phone calls?
"Try to come at different times if you have multiple interviews," advises Gail Ginder, a leadership coach with the Claros Group in Healdsburg, Calif. That way you'll see if the mood around the building changes with the time of day.

What are the unspoken rules?
For this and other questions that are best asked of employees, you have two options. One is to use your network to find employees who work at the company but aren't involved in hiring you. The other is to ask your interviewer -- but only when it's clear that the interviewer has decided you're the best candidate and is trying to get you to sign on. "When they've decided you're the one, you can ask pretty much anything as long as you ask it well," Ginder says.

What happens when people make mistakes?
The answer to this will give you insight into the company's management and culture. You can ask it of an interviewer late in the interview process, or ask employees who aren't involved in hiring.
The key is to pose the question without sounding like someone who is planning to make a lot of mistakes. Use humor, Ginder advises. "Say, 'If I were lucky enough to be offered this job, I would never want to make a mistake. But what happens here when people make a mistake?'"

What is a typical week like?
The answer to this question can give insight into everything from how long the workdays are to how many after-hours phone calls you can expect. Vic Snyder, senior career counselor at the University of Washington's Center for Career Services in Seattle, suggests that in informal conversations with employees, you pair this question with one about how often employees take their full vacations.
Getting answers you need to these questions will help you make the best-informed decision about your next career move.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Online Education - Advantages of Online Degree Programs

Online education is increasingly common because it offers convenience factors against which most 'traditional' university cannot compete—attend classes online anywhere and anytime you want; interact with students from all over the country and the world; continue to earn while you learn. For all these reasons and more, online education is a great option.

Is an online degree right for you? At Edvisors.com we help you to answer that question and provide you with the best online programs from accredited online schools.

Top Online Education Schools

University of Phoenix Online Now the largest private university in North America, we have nearly 200 educational facilities, as well as a flexible online learning format. University of Phoenix offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, nursing, technology and human services.

Kaplan University Online We're a completely different kind of university. One that's using technology to rewrite the rules of education. One that's creating innovative programs to analyze how you learn best, so we can teach you better. One that comes to you, rather than you going to it. One that puts education above tradition.

Everest University Online Everest online education provides students with the convenience of earning their college degree completely online. They offer online college degrees in Accounting, Business, Computer Information Science, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, and Paralegal.

American InterContinental University The AIU Online degree programs allow students the freedom to study online anytime to achieve their Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's degrees in an ever-expanding range of degree programs.

South University South University is focused on the student experience and helping you to achieve your educational goal. Programs of study are offered at the associate, bachelors and masters level and include business, criminal justice, graphic design, health professions, information technology, legal, and nursing.
Online Education: Your Path to a Better Future
However far your education takes you is up to how much you put into it. And just looking at pure numbers, over 20% of the 17.0+ million higher education students enrolled are taking at least one course online. And this figure is on the rise. Traditional schools, employers, and students of all ages are recognizing online education as a legitimate and an endlessly useful tool towards starting, continuing, or finishing a degree. On average, a person with a Master's degree earns $31,900 more per year than a high school graduate and a person with a Bachelor's degree will earn, on average, almost twice as much as workers with a high school diploma over a lifetime ($2.1 million compared to $1.2 million). Online education simply reduces that gap between those who are able to attend traditional universities and those who are not.

With online education, it has never been easier to earn a college degree. Online education programs provide endless opportunities for a student to find a degree program that meets the challenges of his or her daily life. Most working adults can't forgo their day job for the sake of continuing their education. For the last decade, millions of professionals everywhere have been supplementing online course work to increase their earning potential while meeting the demands of their daily schedule.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

10 Careers that Top $30 per Hour

In just 60 minutes, you could earn enough to pay for a tank of gas, the cable bill, gym membership, or dinner out. Thirty dollars still covers some of life's essential costs. Earn that much in just one hour on the job, and you have enough to build a comfortable life.
The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures put the median household income in the U.S. at $50,233. A $30-per-hour job brings in $62,400 before taxes, or 20% more than the national median. For many people, this extra margin is just one promotion or one credential away. To boost your economic security, consider these 10 careers with
salary data as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Database Administrator
Mean Hourly Wage: $33.78
Salary: $70,260

Database administrators perform a vital role in our information economy, managing the database systems that help companies store, process, and access data effectively. Job growth is stunning in this high-demand field as well -- the profession is expected to grow 37 percent through 2016. Continuing education is a must to keep up with evolving technology, but entry requirements are modest. You can launch this $30-plus-an-hour career with an associate's degree in database administration or
information technology.

Registered Nurse
Mean Hourly Wage: $30.04
Salary: $62,480

Historic demand for registered nurses is inspiring many people to reinvent themselves as health care practitioners. Nursing is projected to generate more new jobs than any other profession -- an estimated 587,000 positions through 2016, which represents a 23% increase in a decade. To take advantage of this boom, head to nursing school for your bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN). Accelerated programs are available for career changers who already have a bachelor degree in another field.

Technical Writer
Median Hourly Wage: $30.18
Salary: $62,780

Technical writers interpret engineering and scientific information for a lay audience, producing product documentation, user manuals, project proposals, and scientific reports. Most writers come to the field with a college bachelor's degree in a communications or liberal arts field. Some colleges offer specialized certificate programs in technical communication, which incorporate IT literacy training.

Fashion Designer
Median Hourly Wage: $34.22
Salary: $71,170

Fashion design has the reputation as an all-or-nothing labor of love -- you begin as a starving artist and ultimately attain celebrity stature designing haute couture. In fact, the majority of fashion designers -- 3 in 4 designers -- work secure, salaried jobs for apparel manufacturers. What these artists give up in suffering and glamour they make up for in a solid and stable paycheck. A job as a salaried fashion designer starts with an associate's or bachelor's degree in fashion design.

Median Hourly Wage: $30.11
Salary: $62,640

Accountants should have no trouble finding work as businesses throughout the economy sort through the financial rubble of the credit crisis. Mounting federal regulation will also contribute to demand for trained accountants. Accountants working for accounting and bookkeeping services earn upwards of $30 per hour. These employers hire trained professionals with a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance.

Environmental Scientist
Median Hourly Wage: $30.71
Salary: $63,870
Environmental scientists will be the heroes of the coming era, developing much-needed strategies to redress environmental damage to soil, water, and air. The field is expected to grow 25% in response to new federal regulations and funding, as well as private investment. A bachelor's degree in earth sciences will get you started in this fascinating and important field. Many scientists go on to a master's degree to secure the best opportunities.

K-12 Curriculum Designer
Median Hourly Wage: $30.87
Salary: $64,220

Curriculum designers are at the forefront of educational research, developing new instructional materials and strategies to improve the quality of education in our nation's schools. The job typically calls for a graduate-level degree in the field, such as a
master's degree in education (M.Ed.).

Dental Hygienist
Mean Hourly Wage: $31.21
Salary: $64,910

To make about the same amount of money with a two-year associate's degree, enroll in a dental hygiene program. Dental hygienists work alongside dentists to promote oral health and hygiene. Hygienists enjoy distinction as one of the nation's fastest growing occupations, with 30% growth expected through 2016.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Median Hourly Wage: $30.05
Salary: $62,500

Solving crimes is all in a day's work for these criminal justice professionals. Criminal investigators can build their skill set by completing an associate's degree in criminal justice, where they take courses in crime scene investigation, criminal investigation procedures, and more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics rates job opportunities as "excellent."

Television Producer
Median Hourly Wage: $31.66
Salary: $65,850

Producers coordinate the television features we enjoy, from sitcoms to dramas to the nightly news. To build the necessary skill set, producers enter the field with an associate's or bachelor's degree in mass communications or broadcast media.
A tight economy hasn't stopped employers in these ten fields from hiring qualified grads. With the right degree, you can upgrade your career and find job security in the form of a $30-an-hour paycheck.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

College Admissions Help for International Students

International students often have a need for additional information about how colleges and universities in the United States work and how to pay for these colleges. The links below should help answer some of those questions. Of course, we encourage anyone with specific questions to contact us to discuss your particular issues.

Here we provide definitions of a number of terms related to the college admission process in the United States.
How American Higher Education Works
Wondering how American colleges and universities work? And just what is the difference between a college and university? Here we have your answers.
Special Considerations in Admissions for International Students
Admissions for students from countries outside the United States often involves different considerations than those facing American students. Here we discuss some of those issues.
Financial Aid for International Students
If you are wondering about how to pay for college in the United States this will provide some guidance on what aid is available for students from countries outside the United States.
How We Can Help International Students
Still have questions? Still not sure about whether you can handle the process of applying to colleges in the United States? Check out what we can do to help and how we work with students outside the United States.
Links for International Students
There are lots of resources on the web that say they can help. Here are some of our favorites.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

12 Cell Phones We Love to Hate

Some cell phones really look great, but are impossible to use. Other cell phones have cool features, but are ugly ducklings. Then there are those rare mobile monstrosities that fail at both looks and usability. Some have pricing issues as well.Now to be fair, many cell phone makers fail when they are too ambitious, adding cutting-edge features way before their time or taking a design risk. Without these noble failures, perhaps no iPhone would ever have been possible.The phones in our dirty dozen list all suffer from either design flaws or functionality failures, or both. While we hope you never get stuck with one of these stinkers, we also hope these phones have contributed to the greater good of the mobile world by letting handset makers learn from their mistakes.
-- By Daniel Ionescu, PC World

Monday, April 20, 2009

Basic Parts of a PC

The main parts of a computer that we'll be focusing on are the Power Supply, Access Slots, Motherboard, Hard Drive, CPU, RAM, CD-Rom, and Floppy Drive.
First, let's look at two simple diagrams of the inside of a computer.

Quickly, you may recognize some parts of you computer just from these simple diagrams. The first diagram is of a tower computer, which currently is popular for the home PC. The second diagram is a desktop computer, which normally is used for space as you can easily place the monitor on top of it and have the whole computer compact in one easy spot.
Power Supply
The power supply is vital to the computer as it is the source of power. The power supply is usually a small metal box in the top corner of a case (tower). You can see the power supply in both diagrams.
Access Slots
Access slots or expansion slots are openings in a computer where a circuit board can be inserted to add new capabilities to the computer. Examples of drives that may go here would be modems, USB drives, networking cards, video adapters, and sound cards. These expansions are easy to install along with being very useful to your computer to allow you to do new things, such as network computers together.

The motherboard has been an integral part of most personal computers for more than 20 years. The motherboard contains various circuit cards performing various functions all plug into many similar sockets on a common circuit board. Each circuit card performs a unique function in the computer and gets its power from the socket.
The motherboard contains many circuits and slots, but let's focus on some of the important ones. The motherboard is home to the processor (CPU) along with the access slots and RAM.
If we look at the diagram above I've labeled the parts of the motherboard that I wanted to discuss. The objects labeled 1 are the access slots. 2 is the processor slot and 3 are slots to hold memory (RAM).

The CPU, or processor, is the heart of your computer no matter what type (PC, Server, and Laptop). There are many brands for processors such as Intel and Athlon all with different processors for your computer. The CPU processes everything that your computer does, therefore the better the processor, the faster the computer.

Random Access Memory (RAM) is the form of memory contained in most computers. RAM is considered "random access" because you can access any memory cell directly if you know the row and column that intersect at that cell. When an application is running it stores its information in the RAM. When you close the application the information is deleted from the RAM. This is why you need certain amounts of RAM to run applications. The more RAM you have the faster your computer will be, and the more applications you'll be able to run without loosing speed.

Hard Drive
Nearly every desktop computer and server in use today contains one or more hard-disk drives. These hard disks do one thing well - they store changing digital information in a relatively permanent form. They give computers the ability to remember things when the power goes out.
A hard drive stores all your files and information in a permanent form unlike storing it in RAM (which is temporary). The larger your hard disk (drive) the more information and files you're able to store. Today's average hard drive is 40 GB although slowly 80 GB hard drives are becoming used more often.

The CD-Rom is quite simple, it reads CD's. CD-Rom completely stands for Compact Disk Read Only Memory. The revolution of CD's is that they hold much more data than a floppy disk, although are not as flexible when it comes to rewriting and storing personal data.
Using CD-RW you can make your own CD's and use them more like a floppy disk. These are becoming more and more popular although you still need a CD-Rom to read them.

Floppy Drive
A floppy drive reads the popular floppy disk. Floppy disk are easy to use, rewritable, compact, and great for storing information. The floppy drive is simple and allows you to read, write to, and write over information stored on a floppy disk.

Now you have a basic knowledge of the parts of your own PC. In the future you'll be able to read more advanced articles and have an understanding of the parts of a PC.


Computer hardware pictures

A typical motherboard contains areas for computer memory, CPU, AGP, PCI and more.

Computer hardware, such as memory, PCI and AGP connect to the motherboard through slots. Have you ever seen a motherboard bridge?
The chipset is the "glue" that connects the microprocessor to the rest of the motherboard and therefore to the rest of the computer. On a PC, it consists of two basic parts -- the north bridge and the south bridge.

Computer memory has a big effect on system performance. Pictured above is SIMM memory, or single in-line memory module, which is a type of RAM memory module.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Do you know "Web Culture" ?

How Carnivore Works - The FBI's Carnivore can tap into networks to intercept anything done on the Net. Find out what's involved in Web eavesdropping.

How Computer Viruses Work - New viruses seem to pop up on a daily basis. Find out how to avoid these pesky computer "infections."

How E-commerce Works - A fascinating look into the world of e-commerce!

How E-learning Works E-learning has the ability to turn any computer into a classroom. Explore the dynamic world of e-learning!

How E-mail Works - Learn all about the system that routes billions of messages each day and keeps you connected -- it's simpler than you might think!

How E-Voting Will Work - E-voting is something that LOTS of people are talking about after the 2000 presidential election debacle. Learn how it will work!

How Internet Search Engines Work - With billions of pages on the Web, if you're looking for something specific you use a search engine. Learn how search engines store and organize massive amounts of data.

How Majestic Works - Yearning for a break from reality? Become immersed in conspiracy-filled Majestic, one of the hottest interactive games available!

How MP3 Files Work - Learn about the MP3 file format and the tools you can use to download, listen to and create MP3 files!

How Napster Works Napster revolutionized the music industry, and you may be downloading a few songs yourself. Learn how Napster works!

How Newsgroups Work - Newsgroups are conversations between hundreds or even thousands of people. Learn how newsgroups work, where to find them and how to subscribe.

How Online Degrees Work - Online degrees are becoming pretty common, and many established universities now offer online programs. Find out about long-distance learning and what it means to employers.

How SETI Works - Looking for ET: It's the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Find out what would happen if ET were to phone!

How Webcams Work - Webcams let you monitor your home, share live video with friends and show the world what's going on in your refrigerator. Learn how to set up your own, step by step.

How Instant Messaging Works - Sometimes, even e-mail isn't fast enough! Learn about instant messaging, how it works and what's in the future.