Sunday, July 25, 2010

Different Careerfields

Funeral Directors-Perform various tasks to arrange and direct funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary for embalming, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, procuring official for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners.
The median salary range for this position is $54,370. This career field is on the rise and is projected to excel by 12% between 2008 and 2018.
The credentials are important as interested candidates will need two years of formal schooling, a license to perform this job, as well as a mortuary course. An exam is required. The field can be geared towards a Communications Studies career due to the preparation and research involved on the job.

Reporters-News analysts, reporters, and correspondents gather information, prepare stories, and make broadcasts that inform the public about local, State, national, and international events; present points of view on current issues; and report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, interest groups, and others who exercise power. The median salary range for this/these positions is $50,400. This field is expected to decline 6% within the next couple of years. Aside a degree getting your foot in the door in this industry, there is also the following required: Reporters typically need more than good word-processing skills. Computer graphics and desktop-publishing skills are essential as well. Students should be completely proficient in all forms of multimedia. Computer-assisted reporting involves the use of computers to analyze data in search of a story.

Travel Agents-assist travelers by sorting through vast amounts of information to help their clients make the best possible travel arrangements. Travel agents offer advice on destinations and make arrangements for transportation, hotel accommodations, car rentals, and tours for their clients. In addition, resorts and specialty travel groups use travel agents to promote travel packages to their clients. The median salary for this position is: $30, 790. This industry is expected to decline 1% between 2010-2018. Travel agents must be well-organized, accurate, and detail oriented in order to compile information from various sources and to plan and organize travel itineraries. Agents must have excellent communication skills and must be professional and courteous when dealing with travel representatives and clients.

Teacher-Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. Ph D. graduates do have the optimal choices in choosing a path. The median salary for this position is: $58,890. The future for this field forecasts a 15% incline. Four-year colleges and universities usually require candidates for full-time, tenure-track positions to hold a doctoral degree. However, they may hire master's degree holders or doctoral candidates for certain disciplines, such as the arts, or for part-time and temporary jobs.

Authors, Writers, and Editors-develop original written materials for books, magazines, trade journals, online publications, company newsletters, and advertisements. The median salary for this/these positions is: $53,000. The growth potential for this/these fields is expected to grow by 8%. Most jobs require a college degree, preferably in communications, journalism, or English.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at (visited July 16, 2010).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Delivering Bad News

When an employee is causing a conflict within a workplace, it is important for a manager to take certain steps on the issue that has occurred. First, create a list of conflicts that have occurred so to have evidence of the issue at hand. Secondly, it is important to deliver the information in the utmost professional manner.
One must exercise every effort on trying to come to a determination before having a meeting with a less than satisfactory performing employee. In a situation when an employee must be confronted on his/her performance it is important to present evidence for the purpose of the meeting. As the person in a supervisory role, it is important to observe the interaction so not to disturb the person that is being confronted. A mild disturbance may cause the meeting to turn sour.
Several steps can be taken in order to move forward with an interaction such as this. The situation at hand can be compared to that of the manifest conflict process, also known as MCP (Sandole, 1993). MCP is characterized by phases of initiation, escalation, controlled maintenance, and management, perhaps leading to some kind of termination reflective of settlement, resolution, or transformation (Sandole, 1993). Ultimately, in a situation where a manager must confront an employee on a conflict that has occurred between customers or co-workers a decision must be determined on how to pursue the relationship between customers and coworkers with the difficult employee. In this conflict, a secondary decision must take place regarding the future at a company with a prospective employee.
Personally speaking, I have had the unfortunate experience of being a part of a situation where a coworker was being combative to customers, fellow employees, and even clients. It was at a point where a decision had to be made. The decision was simple. The employee was given the opportunity to redeem himself in order to continue his employment with the company. Eventually, in this conflict, the issue escalated and the employee had to resign. Observing this employee's behavior led me to believe that the conflict was not only occurring in the workplace, but the employee also has issues with internal conflicts.
When an employee is facing conflicts not only within an organization, but internally, an employer has the option to recommend the employee take courses that could improve his or her work performance. Sometimes, people need to be reached out to in order to take such courses.
It is always important to exercise all possible routes when determining the demise of an employee by analyzing possibilities to make a work environment functional for all. If an employee is experiencing an issue with accepting his/her errors that are being discussed in such a conflict, then it is up to the manager and/or employer to decide if the person in question should have their employment terminated.

Sandole, D. (December 1998). Comprehensive mapping of conflict and conflict resolution: a three pillar approach, a. Retrieved July 11, 2010 from:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cultural Diversity

Week 3-Cultural Diversity
I find these commandments to be interesting because we as a society need to be reminded that people are different and come from all kinds of backgrounds and upbringing. Everyone can utilize these commandments in everyday life. It is important to respect others for their differences whether they are physical, mental, or religious. Obviously, someone would not walk into a church as blab against their own belief versus others inside of that very same church that are preaching what they believe. It would not be right. I can exercise these guidelines on a daily basis because of the area that I live in. I currently reside in Arlington, Virginia, which sits just outside of Washington, D.C. the diversity in this area is overwhelming. There are so many different cultures that are currently occupying this region that it is abnormal to not encounter someone from a different background. I can embrace others for their differences much easier and exercise more patience when I am in a public setting or even in traffic. I do have a pretty big "pottymouth" when it comes to driving on the roads in the DC Metro area. I am learning to control it a little bit better. It seems that I am always in traffic behind someone who may not be from the United States on a regular basis. I need to learn to put myself in that person's shoes when driving. The road signs, constant lane changing and the aggressive drivers on the road may come off as intimidating because the person may not be used to such behaviors or rules in their native setting. Patience is a virtue.

Four Different Types of Media Communication

Four different media technologies that come to mind are the following:

Internet-The internet is absolutely, to me, the most viable means of expressing an outlet on divulging a certain topic and/or subject that is being expressed to an audience. The internet is, hands down, the best way of reaching a broad group of people of all ages on a topic of discussion and a main method of reaching to those respective audiences.

Television-This method of media has been around for several years as a mean of reaching the audience and optimal attention for the product/service/subject that is being discussed.

Publications- Periodicals, newspapers, magazines are also an excellent means of reaching a specific audience. It is sometimes speculated that publications are somewhat of an outdated method of reaching an audience because of it's history of being the method of reaching audiences for many years. There are still individuals that rely on publications as their primary means of knowing what is happening in the world, thus making it a viable means of media technology.

Radio-We listen to radio in the car, at work, or even at home. Several companies use the radio as a way of reaching the an audience to advertise a product because of it's inevitable usage. By inevitable, I mean the fact that, for example, when turning on your car, it is automatic, in most cases, that the radio comes on simultaneously. So, in other words, the audience is reached, which is what the advertiser intended.