Over Stock Sale!

Due to some overstock My Career voyage: Charting the Course is now on sale for $13.95 plus shipping and handling. Now is the time to start Christmas shopping! This valuable career resource is for people of all ages and stages of career from graduate to 50+. If you know someone who would like to get their career moving and attain their career goals, this is answer. Sale price applies to all orders through this website. (Sale price may not apply to orders through amazon.com.)

Mexican Immigrant Fills Need for Translation and Interpretation Services

As a child living in Mexico, Jackie Metivier did not understand why her father felt so strongly about her learning to speak fluent English. He believed that immersing her in the American culture would be the best way for her to learn English, so he sent her to Colorado to live with family members for one year.

When she became an adult, Metivier moved to America and worked as a bilingual assistant, using her bilingual skills and degree in Mass Communication from the Universidad Intercontinental of Mexico City, Mexico. Metivier saw a need for translation and interpretation services and embarked on a career as an independent translator and formed Bilingual Communications, Incorporated (Bi-Com) where she is president and owner.

Due to North Carolina’s growing Latino population, Metivier has seen a tremendous need for translation and interpretation services. Thirteen years ago, Metivier mostly accompanied representatives from local companies with international markets, who were selling products and services in Mexico. Since then, Bi-Com has experienced a large shift. Recent requests for translation and interpretation services now come from local companies who want to communicate with their Latino workforce. These workers used to do seasonal agricultural work—now they are bringing their families and staying while working year round, mostly in construction and service occupations.

“Many Hispanics are not familiar with how the culture works—they don’t know the rules,” Metiever explains. Bi-Com seeks to bridge the gap between Hispanics and the American culture. This is accomplished through providing translation and interpretation services to businesses, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, law firms, political candidates, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The language and cultural barriers among Spanish and English speaking citizens, creates a demand for qualified translators and interpreters in North Carolina. However, being bilingual does not mean one can translate or interpret. An effective interpreter puts personal feelings aside and interprets only what is being said. An interpreter or translator must have a thorough understanding of both languages, possess a nearly perfect use of grammar, and earn a four-year degree.

Durham Technical Community College recently introduced a new 18 credit hour certification program for Community Spanish Facilitators. This course specializes in facilitating communication between Spanish speaking individuals and community agency settings.

Metivier, like her father, seeks to raise awareness of the importance of being bilingual and using these language skills. She instills this in her children and helps other kids through the NC Society for Hispanic Professionals. Metivier is also president of the Carolina Association of Translator and Interpreters (CATI). CATI consists of 190 members from North Carolina and South Carolina representing 32 languages. Metivier’s family tradition continues.

Reprinted from Career Choices of North Carolina 2004-2005

Character Counts in the Workplace

Have you ever heard the saying, “Character counts”? Well, it does count. Character can be applied to all of life, especially career life. How we display our personality traits to employers, co-workers and customers is by our attitude, words and actions.

The Josephson Institute (JI) of southern California, developer of the national youth program Character Counts!, also developed a program for businesses called “The Six Pillars of Character” based on six character traits:

  • trustworthiness: having integrity; being honest, reliable and loyal
  • respect: be courteous, tolerant; accept differences and show dignity
  • responsibility: be self-controlled and accountable for your actions; do your best
  • fairness: play by the rules, be open-minded
  • caring: being kind and compassionate, help those in need
  • citizenship: obey laws and rules; be involved in community

When it comes to finding a job, desirable character, or personality traits, is just as important as skills, abilities and knowledge. Think about your personality traits, and how you have demonstrated these traits in the workplace. Be ready to use examples in job interviews.

WRAL Capital Area Career Expo, Nov. 14

Capital Area Workforce Development Board and WRAL will hold its annual ‘Career Expo’ at the McKimmon Center, located on NC State University’s campus, on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over 1,500 job seekers, on average, attend this event. The Career Expo offers a number of employment related services to job seekers including: job seeking skills workshops taught by local human resource professionals; a computer lab to assist with online job applications; and access to employers that are currently hiring.

Gold Sponsors: Caterpillar, Grifols and Time Warner Cable; and to our silver sponsors: NC Wesleyan College, Verizon Wireless, Carolina Form and Scaffold Supply, and Manpower.

For more information on how to register as an employer or to be a sponsor, go to: www.capitalareawdb.com/careerexpo

New Charter School for Disabled to Open in 2014

As a family member of a child in the Autism Spectrum, I see the struggles she endures academically, socially, developmentally and psychologically. Her mother and I have discussed the need for a school in Raleigh that would address her needs and help prepare her for adult life and vocation so she can be as independent as possible.

Then we heard about Dynamic Community Charter School (DCCS), a new middle and high school for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, like autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. We attended an informational meeting Oct. 17 at  North Regional Library, North Raleigh. The room was packed with eager parents wanting to know more about this school.

Here are some key points we learned:

DCCS is focused on the needs of children with disabilities and providing an environment where students are valued and free from bullying.

DCCS will provide each student with a customized education plan that addresses vital life skills.

DCCS will use project-based learning so students will be better able to absorb and use academic knowledge.

Collaborative Problem Solving will enable students to deal with frustrations and negative emotions in healthy and productive ways.

DCCS will use Teacher-Directed Programming meaning the teachers will work under the guidance of a Lead Teacher to structure lessons and projects in ways to meet the diverse needs of their students.

The school is scheduled to open in August, 2014, but has not acquired a building yet, but it is projected to be located in or near Raleigh-Cary.

In the meantime, DCCS will be raising funds, like “Icing on the Cake” a gift and craft sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh. There will be raffles and cakewalks and lunch by Firewurst.

For more information about the school and future events, go to http://www.dynamiccommunitycs.org

Special Needs Students Deserve Special Teachers

Being a family member of children with special needs, I realize the importance of employing teachers who understand, know how to deal with, and care about children with special needs. These kids have special talents and abilities to contribute to society, but they may not excel unless they get necessary accommodations and special education teachers who are trained to help them to reach their full potential. If these kids do not get the accommodations and teachers they need early on, they may not stand much of a chance as adults in the work world.

With Autism and other impairments quickly on the rise, more and more special education teachers are in demand. Recently, Wake County Public School System Human Resources held a Special Education Hiring BLITZ in an attempt to fill 50 openings. More than 200 candidates registered online for the event and had the opportunity to interview with principals.  If you or someone you know is interested in applying, it may not be too late. For more information, go to http://www.wcpss.net/careers/critical-positions/special-education-teachers.html

Military Veterans Deserve a Job

Its good to hear in the news that the unemployment rate for military vets is going down. After sacrificing their lives, health, and time with family while serving our country, these men and women deserve the opportunity to go to work and earn a decent living. However, transitioning from military work/life to civilian work/life can bring challenges that the typical civilian worker may not face. Listed below are many resources that are available to military vets as they transition to civilian work and life.

  • Hero Health Hire – a coalition of health care companies dedicated to helping our nation’s disabled veterans find and retain meaningful employment
  • Vet Propulsion – a comprehensive 21st Century System that guides each individual along a focused, structured path placing responsibility for success with each participant.
  • US Dept. of Veterans Affairs – VA for Vets facilitates the reintegration, retention and hiring of Veteran employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • NC Dept. of Commerce – state and federal employment and training services for military veterans

If you or someone you know is a military vet who is looking for a job, check out these resources, or feel free to forward the information. Lets help more of our vets get hired!