Ken Simmons

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Experience in Human Relations, College Recruiting, Teaching and Coaching Career Related Networking. Interested in helping people recognize and realize the skills, abilities, aptitudes, and interests that they have and help them to develop them and put them to use to help themselves and others.

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What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome to get to where you are now professionalls? How did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge was the result of choosing a career area that was very volatile. Human Resources is an area that is very sensitive to the economics of a company. It is the department that many times is the first to be affected in bad times, and the last to be affected when times get better. Therefore, I had to learn job seeking skills and coping skills when I was out of work due to the economy. As time went on, I was able to develop these skills to the extent that I was able to set up a reemployment program for a non-profit organization to help people get back into fulfilling positions of employment. Also, I chose a career area for which I was not well suited, ignoring red flags along the way during my education. This, combined with the situation that I ran into too many times of a college graduate whom I recruited off of a college campus not liking the job for which he was recruited, prompted me to work with high school students to encourage them to become involved in internship, coop, shadowing, and volunteer programs to allow them to experience the career area before inappropriately committing to it.

How did you start building your network?

I started building my network when I attained my first professional position after college. I later recognized that I should have started building my network while I was still in college. As I have learned, and now teach, the majority (70-80%) of people get their jobs through people that they know and get to know through networking. People can get along farther and faster by taking advantage of natural connections such as alumni relations departments of the schools and college that they graduate from, attend, and possibly plan to attend. Who can better give information about a school, college, career, etc., than a person who has been there or is doing that about which you seek knowledge. Although the current generation considers itself to be very technically and digitally proficient, I am concerned that they are lacking in the development of personal social relationships. Developing person to person social networking will allow them to overcome this and allow them to enhance their career development.


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Posted on Feb 11 '16 at 09:55

I'm still deciding between radiology, ophthalmology, mechanical engineering, and aerospace engineering.

If I go into medicine, I want to major in biochemistry and volunteer at a hospital. After that, I want to go immediately to medical school (after taking the MCAT, etc.), before applying for residency/fellowship. If I go into engineering, I can major directly in engineering and go from there. I think I'll be all right with a Bachelor's degree in engineering, but I might also go to graduate school in either mechanical or aerospace engineering. Currently, I'm struggling with my college search. I have no idea which colleges I want to go to, and I'm not sure where to start. #engineering #career #medicine #mechanical-engineering

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Posted on Oct 19 '15 at 13:30

Computer Programing

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Posted on Dec 10 '15 at 18:32

Mechanical Engineer meets my needs of work values, interests, and skills. One of my work values is achievement. This value involves the need to use my individual abilities and have a feeling of accomplishment. Occupations that would satisfy this work value are result based and allow employees to use their strongest abilities. Becoming a Mechanical Engineer would full fill my value of achievement by allowing for me to use my abilities of math and science to design and build a product that would solve a problem. One of my interests is investigative. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require extensive amounts of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems. Mechanical Engineer would satisfy this interest by allowing for me to work with a team to brainstorm ideas to create new and innovative designs to improve society. One of my skills is Installation. Installation is installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications. Mechanical Engineer would test my skill of installation by making me work on machines and equipment that require multiple parts and a very specific configuration of the parts to function correctly. A program called CAD, computer aided design, would help with this skill.

To reach my goal of becoming a Mechanical Engineer there are several steps needed to be completed before I achieve my goal. First, I must graduate from high school so that I can go college. Once in college I would pursue the degree of Mechanical Engineer. I would obtain a Bachelor's or Master's degree for Mechanical Engineer. In college I would begin the process of networking to acquire professional contacts, internships, and job opportunities. Once I have graduated from college with a degree in Mechanical Engineer I would pursue this field by starting at an internship or by being employed after college. These are the steps required for me to become a Mechanical Engineer.

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Posted on Dec 10 '15 at 15:35

Lawyer

Context: graduate high school get my undergrad go to law school pass the bar exam
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Posted on Oct 29 '15 at 16:19

My career goal is to create a clothing line.

Context: I plan to manage my money to invest in buying materials and making connections with professionals. I also want to go to college for business administration.
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Posted on Dec 13 '15 at 18:05

My career goal is to become a project manager at a company.

In one of my businesses classes I am currently taking, I have had the opportunity to research many aspects of project management, including pay, location, education requirements, demand/trends in career field, hard and soft skills required, day-to-day activities, and more. Based on my wants, needs, and my skills in communication, organization, and interpersonal areas, I know this career would be a good fit for me. I plan on attending a business school next year (I am currently applying, as I am a high school senior), hopefully in the Boston area. While in college, I will participate in internships during my sophomore and junior year which will hopefully lead to a job offer during my senior year. I will begin at an entry level position, but take as many opportunities as I can to show my leadership within the company. The company may offer to let me lead one project to see how well I will work in that position, and if I do well enough, I will be offered a project manager position. #logistics-management

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Posted on Oct 14 '15 at 14:50

stockbroker

Context: I need to be good a persuading,money,and math.
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Posted on Oct 09 '15 at 12:46

entertainment manager record label person

Context: i want to major in music industry or entertainment management. I'm hoping to attend the Bandier program at Syracuse University.
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Posted on Jun 23 '16 at 19:04

I want to be a fashion merchandiser. I would like to be hired by a company to be sent out to its locations in order to change the store displays of the locations.

Context: Right now, I am pursuing a communications degree and a business degree in the University at Albany. I am planning on joining the fashion club that we have on campus. I am hoping to get into social marketing internships as I accumulate more experience. I don't know if I am doing the necessary steps to achieve my goal.
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Posted on Nov 22 '15 at 15:38

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Posted on Oct 19 '15 at 12:07

cook and bisiness woman

how can you achieve these goals and how to write these kind of cover letters

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Posted on Dec 09 '15 at 22:14

I have always been interested in teaching, but recently I have found that my interests and skills lie further beyond just teaching. I have taken a liking to business classes, and I really have the skills and know how to be a leader in whatever I do. The way that I have compiled these facts in my head is to go to college taking classes that are all inclusive of these things, but still connected, and see what careers along the way can capture my interests, and skills, and will be fulfilling.

Context: To reach this goal I will be taking advantage of the PIKE program at the college I will be attending. This is a program where I can basically build my own major, with prerequisites and requirements included. This allows me to dig deep into the spectrum of my interests and skills, and help me cultivate them, but also narrow down what my career will become.
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Posted on Oct 09 '15 at 12:44

clinical or anatomical pathologist

Context: college (bioinformatics major), intern at a biotech company OR do bioinformatics-oriented research, medical school, residency
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Posted on Dec 10 '15 at 14:25

My career goal is to be a biomedical engineer, but I do not know the steps and programs I should take. I am not entirely certain about which engineering field I would like as well.

Context: My ideal college is University of California of Los Angeles. From high school, I am taking majority of regular and advance placement courses relating to math and science that are offered at my school; for example, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, physics, and biology. Knowing that biomedical-engineering courses at California's universities are very competitive, taking those courses give me a feeling of how classes might be at colleges. I plan on majoring in engineering, but I do not know whether or not I need to get minor courses in college.
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Posted on Mar 08 '16 at 07:57

my goal is to be a nurse and the high level nurse. i would have to get over my fear of needles. but i am only afraid of them when there going in me.

Context: i will finish high school and go straight to college. i will go for at lest 4 years. then i will finish college. then i will a ply for a job as a nurse.
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Posted on Mar 01 '16 at 12:38

My career goal is to major in law. My dream career is to become a lawyer/attorney. I know it might several years of school, but I hope never to give up. I am not sure what type of lawyer, but I hope to look more into it as I continue being in school.

Context: The steps that will help me reach my goal is to finish high school first of all, then to look for a particular college that has the major that I want to study. If I want to be able to go to a college of my choice, I will have to score really high on my ACT test in high school, so that schools see that I really want to get in. Hard work and dedication also plays in this role because learning all of the material isn't easy.
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Posted on Oct 14 '15 at 14:50

My career goal is to become a CSI.

Context: I will succeed in highschool and also college to achieve this goal
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Posted on Oct 08 '15 at 14:58

fashion stylist, fashion design, chef , secret spy, fashion representative , fashionista, taste tester (food), model , interior designer, mercandiser displayer, fashion blogger

Context: study what I need to study ask for help go to free events and continue learning go to college
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Posted on Jan 21 '16 at 23:53

I wish to become a Pediatric Nurse.

Context: I will try volunteering at Kaiser (hopefully the will let me in) and I will try to do that as long as I can. I plan on continuing with my clubs (GSA which I am the VP of currently and plan on becoming the Secretary next year, Interact Club which I am very involved in by doing multiple volunteer opportunities, Film Club I am very involved in that, and two fun clubs that I just really talk and have fun in). During the summer I wish to attend NYLF: Medicine work at the snack bar for the little league baseball and also do babysitting gigs (The working I will continue into my Junior year and Senior year most likely). During my Junior year of high school (Next year) I plan on continuing my volunteering at Kaiser, taking classes at Chaffey College, and as many volunteer opportunities that I can. In my Senior year I plan on continuing my Clubs, Kaiser Volunteering, Chaffey College Classes, and also I wish to get an actual job with the most pay so I can save up as much as I can. After I graduate I plan on going into Chaffey College fully and to get my Associate's Degree in Nursing and then my dream is to move to LA and go to school at UCS or California State University and if that doesn't happen I wish to go to Loma Linda University.
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Posted on Apr 22 '16 at 03:04

my goal is marine engneering

Context: swimming i will learn more i can score more marks
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Posted on Dec 10 '15 at 15:39

I want to become a chemist.

Context: I need to graduate high school then go to college. I'd get a masters in chemistry? and hopefully get a job. I'm thinking community college and then transfer into a 4 year college.
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Posted on Jan 20 '16 at 09:56

I want to be a Preschool teacher, who teaches children with special needs, or just a special needs teacher. I just want a job,preferably teaching , where I as a teacher can take what I have learned, and pass it on to someone younger than I, who's lives I could change.

Context: Right now I am enrolled in an Early Childhood Development Program (Early Childhood Education) at my local Technology Center. After I graduate I am Looking to go to college for my Maters.
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Posted on Feb 05 '16 at 15:21

Paleontology

Context: Study hard at science, history and take internships at museums
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Posted on Dec 10 '15 at 15:47

My career goal is working on the science field. I would like to be a forensic, and investigate cases. Or, also a person who does autopsies.

Context: The steps i will take to reach my goal is do well in school, after that go to a college that has that and helps me later to be what I want to.
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Posted on Oct 23 '15 at 14:31

nfl linebacker

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Posted on Dec 10 '15 at 13:59

My career goal is to be involved within the STEM field. Even though I like STEM, I do not see myself being involved with medical science, or live science. I enjoy physics and astronomy and am open to exploring other options. I have also thought being a teacher and teach a science subject.

Context: To reach my goal I will go to a college that has a variety of science majors. I have been researching many colleges that offer these types of majors, but I am not sure where to go. I notice that many colleges do not have astronomy as a major, so I was planning to minor in it. I would continue my education, I am not sure if I would stop at a Masters degree or at a PhD.
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Answer to: College? Minors, Majors, and coursework?

Hi Jack! It is great that you are looking ahead, as the class and course choices that you make in the next few years will have an impact on your journey towards an appropriate career. A good first step would be to get to know how your personality, aptitude, and interests compare with people in...

Answer to: what kinda college courses would be best?

Hi Kassi! The answer is that it really does not matter where you go to college, as long as you study hard and learn and use networking on the computer through such programs as CareerVillage and in person. Here is a helpful video:...

Answer to: How did failing a class in college affect your career decision?

Hi Darrian! You asked a very good question. Don't be so hard on yourself. You will survive. You just need to see how you can switch gears. When I had that problem in college, I talked to my academic adviser, who advised that I take interest and aptitude tests at the counseling center to...

Answer to: What does it take to build and run a new apartment complex?

Hi Brittany! Congratulations on your ambition! A great way to start would be to talk to the head of alumni relations at your school to arrange to meet talk to graduates of your school who are involved in property management. Also, you might talk to the career services people at your school...

Answer to: Would it be hard to pursue a career that you did not major in in college? Can they do it?

Hi Josephine! Yes it is possible. I set up and ran a re-employment program for people who had lost their jobs. Many times they had pursued a career area for some other reason than personal choice or they were locked into it for many reasons. Losing that job in that career area gave them an...

Answer to: Is there a career that combines technology and scientific research?

Hi Josephine! You asked a very interesting question. Here are some sites that will help you to learn more: http://www.stemwomen.net/about/ https://www.engineergirl.org/ http://www.scitechleaders.com/ The first step is to get to know yourself to see which career areas might fit your interests,...

Answer to: I totally dislike my major, what should i do?

Hi Jane! Sorry that you are having such a hard time. I have been where you are. I went to my academic adviser and he suggested that I take interest and aptitude tests at the counseling office to determine which careers matched my interests, aptitude, and personality,and he helped me to change...

Answer to: What is a good school for presidents in training?

Hi Kobe! Here are some good tips on choosing a college! First, get to know yourself and see which careers are aligned with your interests, personality, and aptitudes: https://www.themuse.com/advice/14-free-personality-tests-thatll-help-you-figure-yourself-out Then, follow these hints:...

Answer to: what jobs should i get to sustain me until i can run for president?

Hi Kobe! Congratulations on having such high aspirations. Here are some hints on how you can find that career path that will fulfill you on your journey! Success is individual. Success is a feeling when one experiences fulfillment and satisfaction with what one is doing in life. Success is...

Answer to: What should I study at university?

Hi Anaka! You asked a great question. Success in finding an appropriate career area is individual. Success is a feeling when one experiences fulfillment and satisfaction with what one is doing in life. Success is looking forward to going to work or whatever activity one does during the day and...

Answer to: Do employers favour certain university clubs or societies?

Hi Anaka! You asked a good question. The best groups that you can find would be the professional organizations to which professionals in your career areas of interest belong, so that you can mix and mingle and gain helpful information and relationships. Your school counselor and/or the...

Answer to: Why should I study Geography at university?

Hi Anaka! You asked a very good question. Here are some things that you can do with a geography degree: https://www.thoughtco.com/geography-jobs-and-careers-1434398 http://www.hofstra.edu/pdf/studentaffairs/studentservices/career/what%20can%20i%20do%20...%20geography.pdf The most important...

Answer to: Should I study at home or abroad?

Hi Anaka! The answer is that it does not matter where you go to school. As long as you get to know yourself when picking a career and do as well as you can in school and do networking well to take advantage of information and assistance offered by those around you, you will be fine. Finding...

Answer to: Which careers make the most money?

Hi Sarah Miller! You asked a very interesting question. To help with your answer, I am sending you a site that will enable you to look up the salary of 800 career areas: https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Wages/find-salary.aspx However, the most important part of a career selection is not...

Answer to: How can i use college flight time to get a career.

Hi Ricky! Here is how to get a job when you get out of college. I would like to share some tips that I have found to be helpful from my years in human resources, college recruiting, and teaching and coaching networking. Don't depend on electronic means as a primary way to go through the...

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