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I graduated high school and dont know what to do next

I’m not sure if I should go to the community college I’ve been considering or just start working right away. I know a degree can be really good but I also really need money because my family can’t support me. Is it worth going to school? What should I do for money? I’ve thought about working part time but I’m afraid it wont be enough.

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Alyssa Hicks
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Figure out what's right for you. Maybe work for the next year and look at taking a class or two at the community college. Look into different ways to get financial aid for next year and see what you would be able to then. Maybe you can work part time then and do school full time. You could also look into vocational schools. Those usually have programs that are shorter (9 months or so) and then you're ready to get a job in that field. You can always to school part time and work!

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Production work

I almost. gave up when i had a hard time learning the job

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Ally G
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All jobs definitely have a learning curve, some take longer than others, but it is always rewarding after pushing through! Hope your job is going well now!

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Ask for a "Mental Health Day" or just "call in sick"

I was just reading this article

https://www.forbes.com/sites/denisebrodey/2020/02/27/omg-people-are-asking-for-mental-health-help-at-work-now-what/#11fe6e0b681b

about how some millennials are asking for a "Mental Health Day". I'm wondering what Jobcasers think. When you need a day off to deal with something and aren't sick, do you

  • ask for a Mental Health Day
  • or are you afraid of the stigma and just call in sick? #worklife #jobcase
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Lenin Pina
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Hi Karen Murphy , I'm in agreement with much of this article. Employers should contribute more support services and time off benefits for encourage sound employee mental health.

Folks today are working more hours and accounting for more on the job responsibilities than ever before. Labor cut back's, layoff's and employer financial soundness concerns are some of the major contributors to the lack of resources in the workplace.

Supporting employee mental health inspire tremendous advantages to employee moral, workplace culture and retention.

Nice quick read and great find Karen Murphy , thanks for sharing!

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Poll : Jobcasers - What would help you most during the coronavirus?

a) paid time off for "sick time" and time I can't work b) a waiver to pay for my health care during this time c) putting my bills "on hold" until things get back to normal d) all of the above #coronavirus #worklife #stressful

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Will Rhudy
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A has been dangling in congress for awhile now...it may be the time we can get that put into law across the board.

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Tracy Rogers
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People, it’s posts and comments like this that keeps promoting fear! If you look at basic statistics the flu kills more Americans per year then there are confirmed cases of Corona Virus. This is every year. I’m the first to tell you that the flu vaccine is not always accurate especially in my region where you have a small flu epidemic before the holidays and then everyone goes out of town and then it mutates. I’m sorry this is political bull! Just was your freaking hands all of the time not just when there is a “virus” going around. FYI the Corona Virus has been around for years, look on the back of a Lysol can.... its says it kills the human corona virus. So nothing new. If you notice, people in China were protesting their government hardcore then bam.. corona virus and just like that no more protests. Look at the numbers, don’t be fooled by the media. Always practice good hand washing and hygiene. Yes you may still get sick but it reduces your odds.

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Thinking ahead - will the #coronavirus impact your worklife?

As countries around the world grapple with how to handle the coronavirus, companies are starting to make decisions about how to keep their workers healthy. Chevron, in London, sent their workers home to "work from home" - link here: https://fortune.com/2020/02/26/london-coronavirus-work-from-home-chevron-sends-traders-home/ Has your company shared any information about what their strategy will be? Do you have the ability to "work from home"? Will you postpone work travel until the virus subsides? #coronavirus #worklife #travel #wfh

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Justin Henry
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😷😷😷😷😷

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Nihar Suthar
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It's pretty insane how fast the corona virus is spreading across the country!

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What programming language(s) should I learn as a growing data scientist?

A bunch of articles online are saying either R or Python. Are these the right languages?

I already know SQL and Java.

#careers #worklife #training

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Jeanette Abad
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In that case, what are the best resources to learn R and Python?

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Jeff Li
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watched this online video series, https://www.coursera.org/course/rprog wasn't the best, but taught the basics of R.

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How to Create a Safe Work Culture

I found this exciting blog post about creating a safe work culture and wanted to share it. Our company practices a lot of this!

Does yours?

  1. Get your team to show appreciation for each other One easy and rewarding thing you can do to create a positive working environment is to actively show appreciation for your team, and encourage them to show appreciation for each other. This can be done in an unstructured way, by just encouraging your employees to be thankful to each other. Alternatively, this can be done in a more structured manner by using tools such as Mentimeter to create and hold reflection sessions with your team where you can share feedback. Test out this template with your team:

  2. Make space for equal and open discussions The workplace should be the perfect place for open discussion. Discussion sessions can be a great opportunity for brainstorming and generating new ideas. When conducting group discussions, you may find that some team members will dominate the discussion. In order to promote a safe and positive environment for the whole team, develop a system where everyone gets the chance to voice their idea or opinion. Try out this discussion template to encourage a fair and open discussion with your team:

  3. Learn about different personality types If you find that there are some tensions between team members in the group, you should tackle this proactively. Usually, any tensions between members are down to lack of communication and different personalities. Therefore, you will want to consider holding a workshop or presentation that looks at different types of personalities. This will help your team to get to know each other and understand how to work with each other better. A team that understands each other will definitely have a positive impact on your working environment.

  4. Celebrate team wins A team that celebrates together, stays together. You will discover that most successes you have in your work are not down to one person, but a whole team. Be sure to celebrate wins in the workplace, no matter how big or small. This will not only help people to feel appreciated but also make them understand that they are having an important impact on the organization too! Get your team to decide on how they would like to celebrate their next win. This will help them feel more invested in their goal. Try out this interactive Mentimeter template to decide:

  5. Spend time together not working Your employees are human, not resources or man-hours. Take some time to do a non-work related activity together. This can help to rejuvenate the team and also help them to see each other beyond their job title. If your team feels relaxed and comfortable in each other’s presence, this will create a positive and safe working environment.

  6. Use anonymity where appropriate You can create a safe discussion environment by using anonymity where appropriate. This can be useful if you need to discuss sensitive topics or need to ask for very honest opinions or feedback on something. There are a number of ways of doing this, for example by using an anonymous feedback form. You can also use Mentimeter to collect anonymous feedback.

  7. Reflect back on the week together Take time to reflect on what you and your team have achieved during the week. This is something that we do each week at Mentimeter. On Friday afternoons we set aside 15 minutes and use our tool to reflect on the past week. We look at a different area each week, but try to keep the discussion positive and focused on our learnings from the week, so that everyone has a great feeling when they leave the office on a Friday! Test out this Friday reflection template and take a look back on the week:

  8. Trust your team As a leader, it is essential that you trust your team. Avoid micromanagement, or taking over tasks that others should be responsible for as this will cause your team to harbor negative feelings. Instead, nurture an environment of trust and give your team freedom (with responsibility, of course) and this will spread positivity throughout your employees.

  9. Set boundaries and expectations together Create a positive and safe environment together by conducting a workshop where your team can set boundaries and expectations together. By creating these commitments together you will avoid team members from feeling that something has been ‘imposed’ on them, and instead they will feel more committed to the team's boundaries and expectations as this is something they have created together. Test out this template to find out what your team thinks is important so that you can create rules and boundaries:

Creating a positive and safe environment in the workplace is important for the well being of you and your team and it can be easily implemented and managed. Try some of these tips and see if you feel a difference. Good luck!

https://www.mentimeter.com/blog/transparency-at-work/9-ways-to-create-a-positive-and-safe-work-environment

#worklife #workculture #officeculture #work #positivity

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What are some ways to break through a creative block?

Whatever profession, it's probably safe to say that you've probably experienced a creative block. It happens to everyone! Ways that I break through a creative block include taking a walk, grabbing a book, drawing it out, walking the dog or just sleeping.

What are some ways you spur more creative thoughts?

#worklife #officelife #motivation #firstjob

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Matt Coccoluto
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This is something I picked up in college but I'll watch clips from my favorite movies.

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Bianca Corey
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I will do jigsaw puzzles or go to the gym. Sometimes I also just take a step back from work all together and just need to reset and try again at a different time!

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Working while dealing with a sick kid or family member

I've always been very lucky to have super supportive bosses and teams when I need to take some time out of the office to help care for my kid/family. But I know so many others in the workforce aren't as fortunate. I was hoping the power of the Jobcase community could lend some advice to those who find themselves needing to make some hard decisions when it comes to childcare/family care and work. #Healthcare #Advice #Family #Worklife

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Hi Mark Bryan ! I unfortunately have read many posts by Jobcasers where their employers were less than supportive when they needed to care for a loved one. I think the key is before you even apply to that job to establish the culture and how that company will treat you. If you are already working somewhere and well established check on your company's out of office policy and also see what their policy is on sick children and emergencies. Providing a doctor's note can be helpful as well to your employer as well as keeping them informed!

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A good resource if you are at a crossroads....

Hi everyone, I'm new to job case but wanted to share with you this resource. I've been an executive assistant for 30+ years, was laid off but have had some really spectacular interviews, however I'm not landing any job offers. I'm on a personal journey to figure out if I want to do this same type of work or if I would really like to do something different. I thought I would share the book that I am reading to find out where I'm at and where I want to go. If you have a curious mind like me that's great, and if you're not into that's ok as well. Best wishes!

https://www.amazon.com/Designing-Your-Life-Well-Lived-Joyful/dp/1101875321/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2EDRYFGP2D1O4&keywords=designing+your+life&qid=1582748708&sprefix=designing+%2Caps%2C197&sr=8-2

#resource #worklife #evaluation #lifeplan

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Hi Kathleen Grover , Welcome to Jobcase!

**"find out where I'm at and where I want to go".

This is a hot topic resinating in the community recently. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book suggestion. Please feel encouraged to offer more solution strategies and successful experiences around this issue. Thanks again! :-)

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