Monthly Archives: August 2012

10 Reasons Why Some People Love What They Do – Forbes

But people who love what they do never fully lose sight of the challenge and the sense of purpose that drives them; they fight their way back toward it no matter how murky things get because it’s the very thing that gets them up in the morning.

– David DiSalvo, 10 Reasons Why Some People Love What They Do

These ten characteristics of people who love what they do should be on everyone’s mind when looking for a new career. During these first weeks of College, take a step back and try to see what motivates you towards your goals.



Rising Cost for Higher Education

The Rising Price of Higher Education
By William Trombley

State spending for public colleges and universities dropped sharply last year, as the state-by-state numbers contained in this special report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education demonstrate. At the same time, tuition and required fee charges rose significantly in many states, and some states reduced their student financial aid programs.

The result was the worst fiscal news for public higher education institutions and their students in at least a decade, as the economic recession struck almost every state. So far this year, the picture looks even bleaker, with states continuing to cut higher education appropriations and campuses responding by raising tuition even higher, imposing new fees and reducing student financial assistance.

Click “Here” to learn more how the system works and how you can save money for school.

Scheduled Open Competitive Examinations – New York State

There are currently scheduled Open Competitive Examinations for State Civil Service positions. The page to these scheduled exams could be found by clicking here. They include Youth Communication Aide, Specialists, Sanitarian Trainee and Public Health Inspector. The page specifically forbids giving a listing of open exams, so make sure to click the link to see the available exams.

Career Center Events Updated

The Career Center Events for the next two months have been updated. To attend, simply click on the link to the event you want to attend and register. You will need your library barcode and Pin. Or, you could ask a librarian to register you for the event. The events include basic and advanced job searching skills, using and Starting a business.

Two New Government Agency Job Links

Two new websites were added today under the Government Agencies and Civil Service category. OLAS, the Online Application System for Educators, and the New York State Unified Court System. Visit Them by looking on the righthand side of the page, titled “Government Agencies and Civil Service.”.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

The Program will retrain Veterans for Occupations that are in high demand. These include (but are not limited to) Computer Support Specialists, Preschool Teachers, Acting, Broadcast Technicians, Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Bookkeeping, Accounting, Auditing Clerks, Air Traffic Controllers, and various construction and production trades. Click here to few the entire listing of High Demand Occupations and click here to visit the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program website.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (Department of Veterans Affairs)

NY Department of Labor – Veterans Services (NYS DoL)

Apprenticeship Opportunities Link

The Apprenticeship Opportunities link has been added to the Government Agencies & Civil Service Category of links. Provided by the New York State Department of Labor, the page lets patrons know which Programs are actively recruiting throughout the State.