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Getting to Know Two Lads

Diego TrevinoWith St. Patrick’s Day just passing, I recall teaching English with foreigners from other English-speaking countries (England, Canada, Australia, South Africa, etc.) in South Korea. Among the diverse crowd I met, I found Irish lads and lassies very interesting. The two Irishmen who made a strong impression on me were named John and Cathal (it was pronounced “Kah Hull,” but I American-ized it as Carl). As contriving as it may sound, these two were almost complete opposites. One of them was an optimist and the other was a realist. One made great first impressions and the other left negative lasting impressions. Everyone loved one and hated the other (I didn’t hate him, I actually appreciated his honesty). Continue reading ‘Getting to Know Two Lads’

The Clown that Could

Josie TothIt’s March. We have pleasant weather and we’re looking forward to turkey legs and funnel cake! Howdy, ya’ll, it’s rodeo time! Continue reading ‘The Clown that Could’

Breaking this Frozen Fourth Wall

Diego TrevinoAs I write this blog, Workforce Solutions is closed today and tomorrow (1/16-1/17/18) because the roads are frozen all over our 13-county region and our board values the safety of our staff at our 24 career office locations. I am totally grateful for this opportunity to #netflixandchill; but now that I have exhausted the endless movie and TV options offered on multiple streaming sites, I would like to try to demonstrate something I observed. In movies like “Deadpool,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Annie Hall,” the main character will break the fourth wall, or cross the line between themselves and the audience. Usually this can be seen in several ways such as talking directly to the audience or recognizing themselves as a character. As you read along, I will talk to you directly, relate this cold event to job searching, and explain how Workforce Solutions can help you meet your career goals. Continue reading ‘Breaking this Frozen Fourth Wall’

Moving Forward with Adult Education

Diego TrevinoIf you are like me, high school was not the best time of your life. I am not an academic by any means and struggled with the required classes I had no interest in. I passionately despised those classes and they made my high school career miserable. I remember thinking to myself, “if only college allowed students to take only the classes related to their career, and let them forget the rest!” I would have loved for this to be the case, but it wasn’t. Fast forward 10+ years, and now community colleges are offering programs to accelerate your career path without all of the classes unrelated to your major. Continue reading ‘Moving Forward with Adult Education’

Presidents Day 2018

Daniel MabryPresidents Day is February 19, 2018. Initially, the federal government set aside this day to honor George Washington on his birthday because of his determination during the American Revolution and as the first president of the United States of America. However, that day has evolved into the popularly known holiday it is today because of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act which created more three-day weekends for our nation’s workforce. Many states observe this day for all presidents both past and present.

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What’s Love Got to do with It?

Richard PratherThe 2018 year brings another Valentine’s Day (V-Day), to your doorstep. This year’s V-Day happens to fall on a Wednesday, hump-day no less. Now it’s not lost on me that this day can either bring you happiness or sadness! Trust me, I know both sides of this coin all too well. Nevertheless, you are most likely thinking about your V-Day plans and those long stem red roses. Or maybe, you don’t have a date on V-Day. No matter, you love the outdoors and you’ve have already made camping plans on the beach in Galveston and the weather looks great. As the clock counts down, you can’t wait to get out of the city. You check the day and time but alas, it’s still the beginning of the week. You start thinking back to high school in hopes that someone would pull the fire alarm. Continue reading ‘What’s Love Got to do with It?’

Six Types of Job Interviews

Velta WorleyJust like Valentine’s Day when we think of our own special sweetie, I think of interviews; aren’t interviews fun and don’t we just love them? I know I get a little nervous just thinking about interviewing for a new job, and maybe you do too. But if we are prepared for interviews, the pressure can be removed and the process can actually be a good experience. Knowing what to expect and practicing for interviews can be strategic in getting that next job offer. Continue reading ‘Six Types of Job Interviews’