Thursday, March 24, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: General Physician

There are two types of physicians: M.D. (Medical Doctor) and D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). Both types of physicians require at least four years of education beyond a bachelor's degree in the life sciences, and both use the same methods of treatment, including drugs and surgery, but D.O.s place additional emphasis on the body's musculoskeletal system, preventive medicine, and holistic (whole person) patient care. Family and general physicians assess and treat a range of conditions that occur in everyday life. These conditions include anything from sinus and respiratory infections to broken bones. Family and general physicians typically have a base of regular, long-term patients. These doctors sometimes refer patients with more serious conditions to specialists or other healthcare facilities for additional care.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Dancer

There are numerous ways to make an occupation from dancing. Aside from being a dance instructor or dance-fitness leader, you can also perform as part of a professional ballet company, social event planner, or even with a touring popular music artist. In any case, a successful professional dancer is in excellent physical shape and is experienced in numerous styles of dance. Many professional dancers have a bachelors of fine arts in dance, and college dance majors require an audition, which also requires the ability to perform several styles of dances.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Security Guard

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and inspect property against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity. They monitor people and buildings in an effort to prevent crime. Guards must remain alert, looking for anything out of the ordinary throughout their shift. In an emergency, guards may call for assistance from police, fire, or ambulance services. Some security guards may be armed. Unarmed guards generally need to have a high school diploma. For armed guards, employers usually prefer people who have some coursework in criminal justice. Some employers prefer to hire security guards with some higher education, such as a police science or criminal justice degree. Programs and courses that focus specifically on security guards also are available at some postsecondary schools.

Monday, March 21, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Psychologist

There are numerous ways to be a psychologist, and most involve earning a doctorate after completing a four-year bachelor's degree. The typical counseling psychologist either has a doctor of psychology or doctor of philosophy, and meets with clients in either individual or family, or sometimes group sessions, to talk through current problems, the origin of those problems, and possible solutions to their problems. Some psychologists use tests to understand the cases or make recommendations for court cases. Psychologists have high ethical standards and need to have the courage and social dexterity to challenge their clients for the purpose of encouraging growth and change toward their treatment goals. If you are interested in a career in psychology, consider undergraduate majors in psychology, sociology, human development, or criminal justice.

Friday, March 18, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Pharmacist

Simply put, pharmacists fill prescriptions. They are responsible for ensuring that patients get the exact potency and type of medication prescribed by the physician, and they consult the patients on proper dosage and possible side effects. They maintain accurate records in order to bill insurance companies and limit liability and negligence. Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school, which is typically two or three years beyond a 3- or 4-year bachelor's degree.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Stockbroker

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents deal with a wide range of products and clients. Agents spend much of the day interacting with people, whether selling stock to an individual or discussing the status of a merger deal with a company executive. The work is usually stressful because agents deal with large amounts of money and have time constraints. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents generally must have a bachelor’s degree to get an entry-level job. Studies in business, finance, accounting, or economics are important, especially for larger firms. Many firms hire summer interns before their last year of college, and those who are most successful are offered full-time jobs after they graduate.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: School Psychologist

School Psychologists have the primary responsibility of conducting assessments on students, as part of the teaming process to identify suspected learning disabilities and make recommendations for addressing those disabilities. They are experts in learning styles. School psychologists are also trained and well equipped to assess when students pose possible threats to themselves or others. In order to be a school psychologist, you will need to obtain a master's degree in school psychology or a doctorate in psychology, both of which come after a four-year bachelor's degree in either psychology or a related field like education.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Town - Pikesville Partnership College Fair!

Announcing the first collaborative college fair in Northwest Baltimore County!
On March 23, Pikesville High School and New Town High School are partnering to present a college fair with at least fifty colleges present to provide information and answer questions from students at both schools (and any others who wish to attend).
The college fair is from 6 to 8pm on March 23 at New Town High School.
In addition to the colleges, Pikesville High School's own Jeremy Goldman and Molly LaBricciosa will present workshops on Getting Money for College and what skills you learn in HS that will help you stay in college and graduate on time.
We hope to see everyone there!

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Diplomat

The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad.
If you’re passionate about public service and want to represent the U.S. around the world, a challenging and rewarding career is waiting for you. The opportunity to work and experience cultures, customs and people of different nations is truly a career unlike any other.
The work you’ll do will have an impact on the world. You will be asked to serve at one of any of the more than 265 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions in The Americas, Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. Some of these posts are in difficult and even dangerous environments, but working in them affords great challenges and rewards.

Monday, March 14, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Software Developer

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They begin by understanding how the customer plans to use the software. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it. If the program does not work as expected or people find it to difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance. Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer-programming skills.

Friday, March 11, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Plumber

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair pipes that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases to and in businesses, homes, and factories. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems. The median annual wage of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters was $46,660 in May 2010. A 4- or 5-year apprenticeship is how most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn their trade. Each year, apprentices must have at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education. Apprentices learn safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and how to read blueprints. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. They become familiar with different types of piping systems and plumbing tasks.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Retail Sales Manager

Retail sales managers’ responsibilities vary with the size of the organization they work for. However, most sales managers direct the distribution of goods and services by assigning sales territories, setting sales goals, and establishing training programs for the organization’s sales representatives. Most sales managers have a bachelor’s degree, although some have a master’s degree. Educational requirements are less strict for job candidates who have significant experience as a sales representative. Courses in business law, management, economics, accounting, finance, mathematics, marketing, and statistics are advantageous.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing aides, and home care aides. Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Writer

Writers must establish their credibility with editors and readers through strong research and the use of appropriate sources and citations. Writers and authors select the material they want to use and then convey the information to readers. With help from editors, they may revise or rewrite sections, searching for the best organization and the most appropriate phrasing. A bachelor’s degree is typically needed for a salaried job as a writer. Because writing skills are essential in this occupation, many employers like to hire people who have a degree in English, journalism, or communications. Writers and authors need time to polish their craft through on-the-job training before their work is ready for publication.

Monday, March 7, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Film Producer/Director

Producers and directors are in charge of creating motion pictures, television shows, live theater, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience. Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the film or show is completed on time, and they are responsible for the way the finished project turns out. Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsal, they work with the actors to help them portray their characters better. There are no formal training programs for producers or film directors, but some major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication while in college. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Friday, March 4, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Farmer

Our food doesn't just come from a store. Even the most processed foods start as crops or livestock, on a farm somewhere. Farmers and agricultural managers have an obligation to maintain responsible methods of growing fruits, vegetables, grain, and/or livestock for the purpose of eventual cultivating to be consumed in some capacity. The size and diversity of a particular farm or ranch's operation is usually dictated by its mission and values. To be an effective farmer, once must have knowledge and experience in agriculture and/or animal husbandry.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Live Blogging Career Lessons

E vs I

  • Are easier to read and know; are open with information
  • Communicate with enthusiasm
  • Talk more than listen
  • Like being the center of attention

  • Are more private; are more restrictive with information
  • Are more reserved with enthusiasm
  • Listen more than talk
  • Avoid being the center of attention

N vs S

  • Trust what is known
  • Value realism and common sense
  • Are oriented by the present
  • Tend to be specific and literal

  • Trust inspiration
  • Value imagination and innovation
  • Are oriented toward the future
  • Tend to be general and figurative

T vs F:
  • Apply impersonal analysis to problems
  • Value logic, justice and fairness
  • Are motivated by a desire for achievement and accomplishment
  • Truth is more valuable than tact

  • Consider the effect of actions on others
  • See the exception to the rule
  • Are motivated by a desire to be appreciated
  • Tact is of equal value to truth

P vs J:

  • Work first, play later
  • Set goals and work toward achieving them by a deadline
  • Emphasis is on completing a task
  • Enjoys finishing projects

  • Live for now, there will always be time to work
  • Change goals and deadlines as circumstances evolve
  • Emphasis is on the process of completing a task
  • Enjoys starting projects

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Journalist

Reporters and correspondents, also called journalists, often work for a particular type of media organization, such as a television or radio station, or a newspaper. Those who work in television and radio set up and conduct interviews, which can be broadcast live or recorded for future broadcasts. These workers are often responsible for editing interviews and other recordings into a cohesive story and for writing and recording voiceovers that provide the audience with the facts of the story. They may create multiple versions of the same story for different broadcasts. Journalists for print media write articles to be used in newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Most newspapers and magazines have both print and online versions, so reporters must produce content for both versions. Often, doing so requires staying up to date on new developments of a story so that the online editions can be updated with the most current information. Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, if they have relevant work experience.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Probation Officer

Recidivism is a person breaking a law after having consequences for breaking the law a first time. In order to keep individuals from violating laws and getting into more trouble, corrections departments have probation officers or correctional treatment specialists to conduct follow-up meetings with such individuals. Becoming a probation officer requires at least a bachelors degree in criminal justice, psychology, and/or social work. This career can be frustrating at times and immensely gratifying at others. Successful probation officers are firm yet gentle, have strong social skills, and are very organized.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Cook

Working as a cook allows a person to combine many different aspects of career types. A chef needs impeccable timing to ensure that their food is presented to the diner at its peak temperature and texture. This requires understanding the physical and chemical properties of all of the dish's components and their ingredients, working as a team with your fellow line cooks and the executive chef. Training is available at many colleges, and will require apprenticeships and several years working as a line cook.