Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 30, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Weight gain isn’t only attributed to improper diet and lack of exercise–stress plays a big role.

College life is a hotbed for gaining extra weight. Stressful late nights studying, eating high calorie, salt-laden fast foods and drinking coffee concoctions loaded with sugary syrups and whipped cream, all wreck havoc on a body. But now there are ways to eat smarter and relieve stress.

What’s Your Food I.Q.?

Here’s a quick quiz to test your nutritional I.Q., guess which option has fewer calories. (Answers at the bottom of this blog).

1.) Burger King Tendercrisp Sandwich vs. Burger King Whopper-one has 800 calories, the other 670.

Your Brain Needs Relief

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 28, 2011 in , , | No Comments

 

 

It brought stress relief to U.S. soldiers–why not college students?

Karen Reivich, PhD, a research associate in the Positive Psychology Center and co-director of the Penn Resiliency Project, along with her staff, were contracted to develop a way to teach U.S. Army soldiers practical skills to better deal with the stresses of military service.

Below are four tips given to the soldiers, which students may incorporate into their stressful collegiate lives:

Job Hunting? Polish Your Approach

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 21, 2011 in , , | No Comments

In key areas of the U.S., and in specific industries, employers are hiring.

Solar, wind, computer-assisted manufacturing, education (math and science), health care, nonprofit and government support staff and social services, to name a few, are where job seekers should look. Now is the time to polish your search approach.

The following is a compilation of several expert’s opinions regarding what you should do for a better outcome:

From Grad Student to Community Builder

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 17, 2011 in , , | No Comments

 

 Do you have what it takes to be an innovator extraordinaire?

A grad student was pursuing her master’s in urban planning at Columbia University when she left for South Africa. In 2007, Candy Chang was offered a fellowship in a township in Johannesburg, South Africa, to help develop new community information systems–though not as modern as one might think–they were sorely needed nevertheless.

The township Cindy set out to help had no real neighborhood-wide communication–no local radio station, telephones, computers with e-mail–which proved problematic in an emergency. Devising a simple solution, Cindy and her team installed blackboards in well-traveled public areas where locals could post news, events or jobs. It was an inexpensive, effective and easy way to solve a major problem.

Collegiate Chemical Dependency

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 16, 2011 in , , | No Comments

When does drinking or taking illegal drugs move from “fun” to chemical dependency?

Binge drinking and illegal drugs on college campuses are as commonplace as textbooks–probably more so. But when does it move from experimentation and “having fun” to chemical dependency? Would you know if you, or your roommate or friends, were developing a serious problem?

In this blog I am not judging anyone for their decision to party by getting drunk or taking illegal drugs. Rather, I’m presenting known facts to help you decide if you, or those you know, have stepped over an invisible line.

Only the Winter Blues?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 14, 2011 in , , | No Comments

A Japanese study found depressed men missing an important vitamin.

After studying 500 men and women, researchers discovered men with the highest levels of a key B vitamin, folate, were 50% less likely to have depression than those with the lowest levels. So, if you’re feeling down, try bumping up foods with folate in them and consider taking a high quality B vitamin complex with folate. Women in the study were found to be unaffected by low levels of folate, however, other studies show benefits of B vitamins to both sexes.

Occupy Critical Thinking (Part Two)

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 10, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Does the workplace allow for much Critical Thinking?

As stated in Part One of Occupy Critical Thinking, some employers have complained younger workers don’t have Critical Thinking skills necessary for their jobs. But, as many college students and recent grads know all too well, there are entry level jobs which don’t often allow for opportunities to use their Critical Thinking skills. Usually, a work day might be filled with following set rules, regulations, and procedures–in jobs some employees say “a monkey could do this!” Employees who deviate from the norm, attempting to use their Critical Thinking skills, could suffer negative consequences.

Occupy Critical Thinking (Part One)

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 9, 2011 in , , | 2 Comments

In a recent article, employers complained younger workers don’t have Critical Thinking skills.

Having read that statement, (and using my Critical Thinking skills) I didn’t feel it was completely accurate, especially in light of certain political developments world-wide involving people under 30 years old. The article pointed out employers believed older workers had the edge, possessing more Critical Thinking skills than their younger coworkers.

What I know is this: Critical Thinking skills continue to be in demand and younger workers must convey they possess them.

Can’t Afford to Dress for Success?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 7, 2011 in , , | No Comments

 

It’s imperative to dress properly for an interview. But what if you can’t afford to buy new clothes?

Dress for Success, the wonderful organization which provides professional attire to cash-strapped job seekers, has what you need to make a good impression.

New, or nearly new clean clothing, is donated by department stores, boutiques and private individuals to Dress for Success. There are helpful volunteers who can assist in choosing the right dress or suit before an interview. Accessories are also available to complete your look!

Are You “Scary Smart”?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 3, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Scary Smart–a term used for those with very high IQ’s–are in demand.

In Rich Karlgaard’s article in Forbes, “Scary Smart: The Next Trillion-Dollar Industry”, he discusses how many billionaires today were born with a 150 plus IQ and have math SAT skills at the 800 level. Familiar names such as: Bill Gates, Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google Founders) and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, are just a few of the Scary Smart folks among us. Certain people in the internet, biotechnology and algorithmic finance fall into the Scary Smart category too. It would seem being highly successful these days requires ridiculously high levels of IQ, creativity, and energy. But what does that have to do with the average job seeker today? A great deal.