Right Hobbies to Boost Your Career Prospects

It’s no secret that more companies are now hiring for cultural fit in an effort to capitulate higher performing candidates. As one study from the prominent University of Atlanta’s analysis and research center discovered that, many employers are now bringing focus to a candidate’s hobbies and analyze their personality accordingly. In fact, many employers indicated that these hobbies and benefits candidates more than experience and qualification when selecting an individual for a job.

You might think that having skills is what really attracts an employer, and hobbies carry no credibility, but if you’re a job seeker, this means that you may want to take up a hobby or two in order to make yourself more attractive to prospective employers and boost your employability –Pick hobbies that would add up to your strength, It all depends on what type of personal strengths you’re looking to showcase!  University of Atlanta experts in career counseling have short listed a few hobbies that would elevate your strength and benefit your standing in the industry.

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Outdoor Sports

Hobbies like cycling, running or swimming would suggest that the person has strength and power. It would be the exact quality that would be required for a person who is looking for a career in sales or business development.

Adrenaline Rush

Mountain climbing, scuba diving, skydiving and mountain cycling are high risk taking activities, this clearly states that the person has a risk taking personality and he is not afraid to experience new and exciting things. These people are leaders that will give a major impact in their resume and personality.

The Creativity in You

Hobbies such as painting, photography and cooking, these hobbies clearly brings out the creative side of you. This kind of people are a best fit for social media, marketing, design and Public relations. Your hobbies truly reflect your characteristics.

Group Sports
Team sports such as hockey, cricket, football or dodge ball  shows off that you are a team player and your can very well work with the people around you, and this quality is useful in every team based environment and people having such qualities are desirable and well appreciated in every organization.

Mind Bending Strategic Games
Games like Chess,  Sudoku and Backgammon classifies that you enjoy thinking strategically,  these kind of people are a best-fit in industries where policy makers, developers, and strategic formulation is the key factor for the required  vacancy for e.g. planning based role.

Creative writing

If you own a personal blog where you share information such as blogging, poetry and short stories you are the best fit for in places such as content writing, communications or writing editors. This type of skill is extremely appreciated for editorial arrangements, public relations positions with a prominence on communications, or social media-type roles.

Important Note – Don’t Fake a Hobby!

It’s significant to note that if a hobby makes you miserable, you probably shouldn’t do it – even if it will amaze employers. The same goes for constructing an interest in certain hobbies. If you fake an interest in team sports despite being the type that runs away from the ball, it might not work out so well for you, what if you’re hired and asked to join the company’s volleyball team it will be embarrassing right?

University of Atlanta Career Center and student council makes sure that graduates of UofA are not lagging behind and are always up-to-date with what happens around them. At present, UofA student are working in reputed firms all around the world. To stay connected and learn more follow us on Facebook , Googleplus, Pinterest and Twitter.

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University of Atlanta is bringing out the emotional side of everyone on this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, University of Atlanta is celebrating it to the fullest, it’s not just about presenting your mom that kitchen appliance that she always wanted or breakfast in bed, its right from the heart through words, giving you a chance to come out and say those things for your mom that you always felt but never expressed. Things never last, but memories live forever.

“When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

― Erma Bombeck

On 10th of May, UofA is celebrating Mother’s day to admire and give tribute to mothers all over the world, recognizing the struggles and contributions she makes each day for their children and family. Mothers are like Queen Bees, Who live to give their child the best food and shelter with love and care. UofA asked their student to share their feeling about their moms.

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A letter to my mother:

Dear Mom, at the breakfast table today, you told me all you want for Mother’s day is to spend some time with you. This wasn’t the first time she said those words to me, but today I realized something. It took me 20 years to realize it that , you were chosen to be my mother for a reason , Nobody in the world could handle the emotional monster in me, you love and care has taught me so much in the past couple of years .  Through this letter, I want to let you know that Mom, You’re the best!!

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The second Mother’s Day message was also from a student; her words were as overwhelming as a mother’s hug.

“I haven’t seen my mother for the past seven years, but she always there with me, Whenever I want to talk to her I close my eyes and she’ is there with me, listening to every word I say., she’s always in front of my eyes. I want her to just laze in her lap and tell her how much I need her and talk to her all night long, then fall asleep in her warm lap. I still remember how we used to talk all night long, and then she tucked me in. I love you, mom, I miss you with all my heart”

Let’s give all we have to our mother on this day. However they are, wherever they are, alive or dead, they can never escape away from our spirit and mind. The ultimate prize that we can and should give to our mothers on Mother’s Day is to make a resolution to elevate ourselves not merely as great personalities but as good persons.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, from University of Atlanta! To cherish this day with us follow us on Facebook , Googleplus , Pinterest and Twitter.

Diseases Caused by Earthquake in Nepal

After rescue operators are eventually able to reach the victims of the Nepal earthquake and address their damages, health care workers will be attending carefully for two diseases that crop up later: “crush syndrome” and “compartment syndrome.”

The related difficulties, which are life- and limb-threatening, result from hours of compression of arm and leg tissues by rubble in earthquakes and building collapses. But doctors also see them in drug addicts and others who pass out with their heads on their arms, and surgical patients who aren’t placed properly.

 Crush Syndrome

“Crush syndrome” is the more critical of the two; it can result in death. When earthquake victims with arm or leg injuries are removed from the rubble, releasing the weight on crushed muscles, blood begins to flow through the area again.

As it circulates, it brings the byproducts of that damaged tissue to other parts of the body, which aren’t prepared to handle the toxins, according to Mark Pearlmutter, vice president of emergency medicine for the Steward Health System near Boston.

Compartment Syndrome

In “compartment syndrome,” the infection of a crushed muscle causes so much puffiness that the blood supply is cut off in the area around that muscle. Within hours, that muscle can expire if doctors don’t release the pressure by cutting open the fascia, the thick lining that surrounds the muscle.

Victims also may go into shock in the first few hours after they’re pulled from the rubble, often because of reduced blood capacity as a result of their wounds and dryness.

University of Atlanta urges everyone out there to step up and help the people of Nepal. Your contribution may just save an innocent life. To get more details and learn how to help. Follow UofA on Facebook , Google plus , Pinterest and Twitter

Saving the Earth with Solar Energy

On this 45th Earth Day, we are facing severe climatic changes which have exposed our economy, health, safety as well as the safety of our future generations to a great risk. Our planet is suffering from our own neglect and with every passing year the condition is becoming severe.

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Since the very first Earth Day in 1970, the United States has been making consistent efforts to improve the climatic conditions of our planet which have resulted in the implementation of several much needed environmental legislations.

Today on this 45th Earth Day, we can say that we have found better and more efficient sources of energy, but we still have a long way to go. Scientists are now focusing on environment-friendly energy sources and they believe that solar powered energy is one of them. Solar energy is not only an efficient alternative to other carbon-emitting energy sources but it is a source to provide clean energy consistently. Top scientists and researchers believe that the use of solar powered energy can play an instrumental role in protecting our planet’s environment.

Solar energy is obtained from the radiation from the sun. It is used to generate electricity with the help of solar panels and is an emission-free energy source which is being used to replace other high carbon-emitting energy sources.

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Solar powered energy has made much progress in America as a new solar panel is installed 2.5 minute of every passing hour according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). With each new installation clean and carbon-free energy is produced which is direly needed by our planet’s environment.

There was no concept of solar powered energy on the first Earth Day but today on this 45th Earth Day, the solar energy produced in America only is powering 4 million homes and this number is expected to double by the end of 2016.

Moreover, if the progress continues the solar energy produced by the end of 2016 would be equivalent to removing approximately 10 million carbon emitting vehicles from the roads of United States or shutting down 10 coal powered energy plants that are today’s number one source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.

The solar powered energy has huge potential and we at the University of Atlanta strongly believe that this source of energy will be instrumental in providing clean and emission-free energy in the future.

Four Tips for a Greener Lifestyle- University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve

University of Atlanta not only teaches students to become more responsible but also help them discover hidden realities and make them become a polished individual. With University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve campaign we aim to explore more, educate more and evolve more.

Individual action in one’s community or region is key to reducing all kinds of air quality problems — from neighborhood smoke to global atmospheric degradation. Each one of us plays a part in polluting the air. Equally, there’s so much we can do to become part of the environmental solution.

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Hints for Green Lifestyle

Avoid garden tools that run on gasoline

The engine in a gas-powered lawn mower produces eight times the pollution that a car engine does. The best option is human energy: push a hand mower, and use a rake instead of a leaf blower. Your neighbors will appreciate the peace and quiet, and your body will get a free workout!

Buy products with less packaging

It takes a lot of energy to make packaging, and VOCs are generated during the printing process. More packaging also means more solid waste, putting an extra strain on our landfills.

Screen savers use energy

Make sure your computer automatically switches to sleep mode and turn your monitors off if you can.

Check your walls for cracks

Check for holes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, lights and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets that can leak air into or out of your home. Caulk and insulate everywhere.

Learn to become environmental friendly and use tips that would save the earth. University of Atlanta Evolve, Educate and Explore campaign wants to spread the message of education and humanity this campaign is an initiative towards a better and brighter tomorrow.

Stay connected with University of Atlanta and explore ways to make a difference join us and share your contributions. To get frequent updates don’t forget to follow UofA on Facebook , Google plus , Pinterest and Twitter

What Research Says About the Real Worth of a College Degree? – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

A college degree comes with much financial burden in the United States. Whether it is at a community college, at a public or a private institution, the cost of getting a college degree was never this much. More importantly when we examine higher education from an investment point of view the picture is not so good. The increasing financial burden along with a gloomy picture of return on investment has raised many reservations about the real worth of a college degree.

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Recently a study was conducted in the United States that measured how much the U.S. college fees have increased since the recession. According to the research, the college fees have increased more than 1,225% in the last 36 years, this is more than the average increase in the biggest U.S. expenses that is medical which increased 634% and it has increased even more than the inflation measure consumer price index which increased 279% in the last 36 years. Moreover, the U.S. per student college cost has increased nearly five times the rate of inflation since 1983.

The United States Department of Education has named financial consideration as one of the big reasons for students failing to get a college degree and these students are about 33 percent of the U.S. middle-class students. Even Americans who borrow money for education in form of student debts are at a disadvantage as nearly $1 trillion student loans have been taken by the U.S students making student debt bigger than the credit card debt in America.

A more recent 2014 research from the Pew Research Center showed that not going to college is even worse and it proves to be much more costly in the later years. The research showed that students who successfully graduate from college earn US$17,500 more than their peers who are only high school graduates and when we start to compare graduates and non-graduate salaries the decision whether to get a college degree or not gets all clear.

The University of Atlanta strongly believes that it is extremely important to invest in a college degree today and the reason is quite obvious because who fail to do so are falling further and further behind. The University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign brings you most useful facts and information that prepare you for academic and professional success, you too can join the campaign by following us on Facebook , Google plus , Pinterest and Twitter.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle with University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve Campaign

Our land is our treasure and to save it from hazards is our social responsibility. We want you to make smart choices and save the mother earth. The message of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle, is to eliminate problems such as global warming and deforestation. With University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve Campaign, follow these 3R’s and help create a better world.

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Let’s learn how to make these three R’s work:

REDUCE

The best way to manage waste is to not produce it. This can be done by shopping carefully and being aware of a few guidelines:

Tips that can help you contribute.

  • Buy products in bulk, avoid over-packaged goods, especially ones packed with several materials such as foil, paper, and plastic.
  • Make sure that you always purchase durable goods – ones that are well-built or that which carry warranties.

REUSE

It makes economic and environmental sense to reuse products. Sometimes it takes creativity.

  • One can save paper and plastic bags, repair broken appliances, toys and furniture.
  • Use resealable containers rather than plastic wraps. Use ceramic coffee mug instead of paper cups.

RECYCLE

The process of recycling means to make a new product out of an old product. You can contribute by:

  • Purchase goods made from recycled material. Look for the recycling symbol or ask store managers or salesmen.
  • Check collection centers and curbside pickup services to see what they accept, and begin collecting those materials.

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Learn to become environmental friendly and use tips that would save the earth. University of Atlanta Evolve, Educate and Explore campaign wants to spread the message of education and humanity this campaign is an initiative towards a better and brighter tomorrow.

Stay connected with University of Atlanta and explore ways to make a difference join us and share your contributions. To get frequent updates don’t forget to follow UofA on Facebook , Google plus , Pinterest and Twitter.

Take a Look at the House of News in Atlanta – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve

With the world changing so dynamically and improvements taking place every now and then adding towards technological advancements, there is so much to offer to an individual’s success. As an educational institution, it’s our responsibility to spread awareness about everything to not only our students but to all those who have a passion for learning

The CNN Center in Atlanta is known for its beautiful structure and for visitors it is amusing to see how things function behind the scene. With our unique campaign, we will explore what really goes around this building.

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THE CNN Center – House of News

The CNN Center is the world headquarters of CNN. The main newsrooms and studios for numerous of CNN’s news channels are located in this house. The facility’s commercial office space is occupied entirely by CNN and its parent company, Turner Broadcasting System, a subsidiary of Time Warner.

What attracts tourist the most?

The tour starts in a small theater with an explanation of the control room function then progresses to a set mock up complete with newscaster desk and green screen. Tourist can get their picture taken behind the presenter’s desk and buy it at the end of the tour in the CNN Store.

Something for Everyone

Once they continue the mock set they get to look into the CNN world headquarters set, the CCN Atlanta set, and CNN Espanol. Then the tour ends with a small video highlighting their top news anchors, such as Soledad O’Brien and Wolf Blitzer and a stop at the CNN store. People who are interested in becoming anchors can get a proper newscast done with professional attire.

Hotels in CNN Center

The indoor portion of CNN center used to be an amusement park. Now it’s a spacious open concept food court area. There are hotels and offices all linked to this building as well as the CNN World HQ with the various Turner type showcase such as Cartoon Network, Atlanta Braves and CNN stores.

The Indoor Structure

One thing that really amuses the visitors is the tables which are actually a map of the world.  This is something not really easy to see unless you are on the top floors.

Since we believe in empowering the students and the communities connected to UofA, we have received a remarkable response as a result of our initiatives thus marking our place in the top league. To ensure the world continues to evolve with advancements, University of Atlanta will continue to discover with University of Atlanta Evolve, Educate and Explore Campaign. To learn more about our campaign follow us on Facebook , Google plus , Pinterest and Twitter.

These Students Learned the Most Powerful Lesson of Their Lives in 5 Minutes – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

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You need to experience life in order to learn valuable lessons. But this is not the case every time as you need to be curious to learn from others too. You can easily learn valuable lessons from other people and apply them in your life. Here is a powerful lesson a high school teacher taught his students about life, privilege and the need for education.

Let’s Play a Game

The teacher told the students they will be playing a game and asked them to take a piece of scrap paper and start to crumple it.

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Once the students were done crumpling the paper the teacher moved the recycling bin to the front of the class.

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The teacher then said “the Game is pretty simple as all of you represent the population of our country and each one of you has an equal chance to move into the upper class and become rich.

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What You Need To Do

All you have to do is throw your crumpled paper into the recycle bin without leaving your seat.

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Immediately the students who were sitting at the back of the classroom responded that this is not fair as the students who are sitting in front have a better chance of throwing the crumpled paper in the bin.

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But every student had to take the shot from the same position so they did.

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Results

Very few of the students from the back managed to get their crumpled papers into the bin whereas almost everyone from the front row successfully made it.

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Life is Unfair

The teacher then concluded that you have a better chance if you are closer to the recycle bin. But if you are not closer to the bin it is not your fault this is how life is. ‘It is unfair’.

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Some Are Born Privileged

Did you notice that only the students in the back of the row complained? While the ones in the front did not, this is called privilege and this is how it works. Some people are just born into it and they are never aware of what privilege they have over others, the only thing they see is that they are close to their goals.

What is Your Privilege?

The University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign wants you to be aware of your privilege which is your ‘education’. At the University of Atlanta, we believe that you can use your privilege that is your education to get ahead of those who were born with privilege and this is how you make your life fair. Become a part of our campaign follow us on Facebook, Google plus, Pinterest and Twitter.

These 10-Year-Old Website Screenshots Show How Fast the Internet Has Changed – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

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Today, there are more than three billion internet users in the world which accounts for 40 percent of the world’s population. Looking back at these website screenshots you will realize how far we have come from the digital Stone Age which was only 10 years ago.

Facebook.com

The world’s largest social networking site ‘Facebook.com’ was founded in 2005. Currently has over 1.3 billion active users. Initially, it was just a social networking site for Harvard students but soon it took over the world. Here is how it looked like back in 2005.

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Source: web.archive.org

 

Youtube.com

The world’s largest video sharing platform was launched in 2005 and at that time it had only 65,000 daily video uploads and around 100 million video views every day, which in 10 years grew to 4 billion daily video views and 300 video hours uploaded every minute. This is how the site looked in 2005.

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Source: web.archive.org

 

Twitter.com

Twitter introduced the world with short 140 character crisp messages in 2006 was initially a service that people used to answer only one question that was ‘what are you doing’. Initially, twitter users were posting 20,000 tweets a day which in nine years grew to 500 million tweets a day and 288 million active users. This is how the site looked like in 2006.

 

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Source: web.archive.org

 

Google.com

Google.com is the heart of web search. The initial site would search nearly 25 million web pages, had a subscription option and was updated monthly. This is how the internet giants looked in their first days.

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Source: web.archive.org

In 2005, Google was quite close to what it looks today but still only searched 8 billion pages and also had online shopping search engine named as ‘Froogle’. Below is how they looked in 2005.

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Source: web.archive.org

Today, Google is synonymous with search and searches more than 1 trillion unique web pages and is updated several times a day.

 

Wikipedia.org

The free encyclopedia that anyone is able to edit started with as less as 6,000 pages and wanted only to make over 100,000 pages. Today, Wikipedia has over 35 million pages and 70,000 active editors in its community. This is how they used were like in their early days.

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Source: web.archive.org

 

University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign believes that we have come far in this digital age, but we still have a long way to go. In the coming future, we can expect that there would be people who would write about how outdated people were in 2015. Become a part of the Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign by following us on Facebook , Google plus , Pinterest and Twitter and stay ahead.