Career Prospect in Sports Science

Career prospect in sports scienceCareer prospect in sports science explored

Sports science is indeed an interesting career discipline. The field generally involves scientific approaches and studies of improving sports performance, encompassing various subfields that include physiology, motor control, psychology, sports management, diets and nutrition, biomechanics and performance analysis/feedback. Behind that immense success of world-record sprinter Usain Bolt is a hugely competent sports science team that has been dedicating years of their work to bringing the athlete into world fame today.

For decades, sports science experts have been in great demand from teams and nations wishing to bring their sport into a different level. Many universities now offer higher education opportunities, such as degree in sports science in the wake of the growing demand. Careers and job opportunities for a sports science grad can be found abundant in various local, national and club sports teams, fitness centers, gymnasiums, universities and even sports retailers.

Along with the growth opportunities of the sports science career, you can also enjoy a peace of mind in connection to the monetary benefits the sports science jobs have to offer. With numerous job opportunities to choose from, you must go with the one offering long-term results. Following are the career prospects in sports science you can possibly look into.

1. Sports Therapist

The role of a sports therapist is to consult athletes and sportsmen in training for optimized output. Ideally, a sports therapist would have a combined expertise and knowledge in the sport they are taking charge of (e.g., football, tennis, athletics, etc.) as well as the physiology involved in the sport. Job scopes of a sports therapist may involve sports massage, electrotherapy (e.g., ultrasound), core stability training, muscle strengthening and so on.

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How to Become a Lawyer

How to become a lawyer

How to become a lawyer?

Many students aspire to study law and pursue careers in law for many reasons. While some students want to pursue a challenging and fulfilling careers in law, others want to effect change or help members of their respective communities. If you are thinking of pursuing a career in law, then you need to get acquainted with the expectations and requirements of law schools and state bar associations. In the section that follows, we shall look at fundamental things that may help you in your quest to become a lawyer.

Enrolment in a law school

Like most other demanding courses, a degree in law requires more consideration and preparation. The reason is that most law schools are highly selective of the students who enroll for their programs. Many law schools prefer applicants with high grades with good record in extra curricular activites. Critical thinking is also required as it forms the basis of creating and evaluating arguments surrounding an issue. So, if you are thinking of enrolling in a law school, you have to take these requirements seriously.

Studying and training as a lawyer

If you are interested in pursuing a career in law, then you need to be cognizant of the work habits and lifestyle of law students before you enroll in  law school. The rigorous study cycle may seem quite disenchanting, but it nurtures students to be meticulous and diligent as is required of attorneys and lawyers. As a student, you should have good research and documentation skills. In addition, you should know how to source information, organize your ideas, and present arguments in a persuasive manner. Students are required to read widely and assimilate the information quickly. Besides that you should be ready to study for long hours and undertake exhaustive reviews and analysis of cases.

Traits of good lawyers

Lawyers are expected to have a deep understanding of legal issues and to keep up to date with changing laws and legal systems. Most importantly, they must be able to advocate different interests some of which they may not personally agree with. Fundamentally, lawyers should have excellent verbal and written communication skills which are requisite for effective negotiation and persuasion. The demanding and exhaustive work requires diligence and commitment of the highest level.

Certification and licensing to practice law

For you to work as a lawyer, you must complete your law degree and pass the bar examination. A law degree qualifies you to work in private practice or with big law firms and corporations. Since law careers are highly competitive, a law degree alone does not guarantee you job. Good grades may build your portfolio, but it is personal initiative and dedication that makes you a good candidate to a prospective employer. To work as a lawyer, you must also possess good analytical and problem solving skills.

What kind of lawyer?

Law is a broad field which covers many areas that overlap. Lawyers work with different entities, from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, interest groups, and corporate firms. If you want to become a lawyer, you should decide whether you want to work in in civil criminal or in civil litigation. Civil law focuses on agreements such as contracts, leases, wills, and mortgages while criminal law focuses on individual crimes. There are also special areas of corporate and private practice for law graduates.

Attorneys and lawyers study agreements and situations to avoid litigations, not to engage in confrontations and lawsuits. Lawyers read, research, discuss and negotiate with clients and parties in a lawsuit.  If you pass the bar examinations and get sworn as an attorney, you can pursue any of the following specializations:

  • Trial lawyer
  • Corporate lawyer
  • Intellectual property lawyer
  • Property lawyer
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Patent lawyer
  • Government lawyer
  • Insurance lawyers

Besides the above areas of specialization, you can work as an international lawyer, a bankruptcy lawyer, or even a probate lawyer.

How much is a lawyer’s salary?

All law graduates are required to do chambering, which is a form of law apprenticeship, before they can be qualified lawyers. In Malaysia, a chambering allowance of RM800-RM1200 is paid, while a qualified lawyer gets a salary between RM2500 and RM3500. The figure goes higher as the number of experience accumulates. A report by PayScale.com indicated that lawyers with between 5 and 9 years earn between RM4,500 and RM7,500 monthly. In the US market (experienced lawyers), statistics from Bureau of Labor shows that the annual median salary range for lawyers is between US$60,000 and US$137,000 ($5,000 and $11,000 monthly). A lawyer’s salary do vary depending on experience and employer.

Law partners tend to earn more than lawyers in private practice. Lawyers in big law firms earn six-figure yearly salaries, that include profit sharing. It is not unusual to find corporate lawyers earning half a million dollar or more per year. On the other hand, lawyers in smaller legal practice earn more modest incomes. Regardless of their experience and area of practice, lawyers make decent incomes that guarantees them comfortable lifestyles.

Career outlook for lawyers

The career outlook and employment for lawyers remains positive. Country laws continue to evolve and with it, the demand for litigation services will always be around. Government reports indicate employment is slowly shifting from individual practice to employment in large firms. However, competition still remains a challenge for new lawyers. So, if you want to go into private practice, then you should consider working in smaller cities where competition is relatively low.

Regardless of your motivation for pursuing a career in law, the fact remains that legal practice is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. High grades and demonstration of requisite skills is necessary for enrollment in a law school. Graduates with good academic records and requisite skills stand a good chance of securing the best job opportunities. To work as a successful lawyer, you must complete a law degree and pass the bar exam. Thereafter, you can choose to work in private practice or in a law partnership.

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10 Top Career Fields to Watch in 2013

What are the top career fields to watch this year?

If you intend to pursue an ideal career doing the trick for the years to come, consider reading this article until the very end. On the one hand, finding an ideal career requires a thorough soul searching; on the other, you have to consider the prevailing trends as well. Be conversant with the job openings offering ample growth opportunities.

Coming across the ideal career can be a bane, but if you have sound knowledge of the market trends up your sleeves, then you can decide a career serenely. If you are hoping 2013 will pave the way for you to enjoy a sound career, then you must have knowledge about the careers to watch out for in 2013. Following are 10 of them:

1. Software development

Software development has been around for decades, and it is here to stay for a long, long time. The only catch is, you will have to adapt to changes quickly and be ready to embrace new technology. With technology on a high these days, software engineers are enjoying hefty profits working for various applications, and of late, mobile device-related applications. Becoming a software developer can be the ideal pick, provided you have the necessary expertise and passion to get the job done. The continuous expansion of systems and technology can pave the way for thousands of new job openings for the software developers. Last year in 2012, Software Engineer was named as the best job in the US. 

2. Social media marketing

Digital marketing has been swiftly and furiously overtaking the conventional marketing in the recent years, and at the crux of it, say hello to social media marketing. Effective social media marketing strategy engage users, readers and followers, and ultimately enhance branding and positioning. The likes of Facebook and Twitter have become a powerful weapon in marketing; most major companies, if not all, have resigned to the fact that without social media marketing, their products, services and branding are doomed to perish.

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Do You Plan to Quit Your Job in 2013?

Year 2013 has come and you might have outlined some of your career plans for the year. Hopefully, most, if not all of these plans will translate to positive outcomes. One of the many things that could be of your thought—many would not see this coming though—is to quit your job in year 2013.

Quitting a job does not necessarily mean a bad thing, especially when you are moving to something that promises you much more. After all, gone were the days where people work for a company for a life. At some point of time, you will need to make a move. Only time will tell.

Nevertheless, before you submit your resignation letter, here is what you should do first:

Validate your reason

By now, you should have established your reason (or reasons) for quitting. It is time to justify and validate them. Some may be valid. Some may not. Remember, circumstances of your move can make or halt your career growth. So thread carefully here.

Are you being approached for a better opportunity? Are you relocating? Are personal conflicts in office getting in your way and hindering your growth? Did you make a bad career move last year and now seeking ways out? Do you have problems with your current boss? Or rather, do you hate your job now and want to try something else altogether?

Did you gain anything from gain current job?

Moving on to another job will be good if you have maximized your exposure in your current organization. Did that happen? A worker who stays on for a couple of years (e.g., between 3 and 5 years) would have learned a significant and valuable experience, and a move now can be timely. Of course, this does not apply if you inadvertently made a mistake in your move last year and now you are looking for a get-out act.

It will also be imperative that you do not burn bridges with your network in the current organization. This is especially important if you are staying in the same industry. As you grow, chances are, you will be meeting the same people again in a few years time. So maintain good relationship with your current network.

Assess your next move

It is critical to assess your next move, i.e., where you are heading. Have you made all the due diligences before reaching this decision? Salary is one of the key factors people consider when making a move but that’s not all. You will need to assess all other aspects that include environment, the company’s prospects, the people you will be working with, responsibilities, growth opportunities and so on.

Talk to people you trust on your plan to quit your job; they can be people from the same industry or totally unrelated. See or hear things from different angles and perspectives, you might be surprised to hear what you have to hear. What you think is true might not be shared with others, so you can weigh your judgment better.

One thing for sure, if you are resigning from your job without a job offer in hand (for various reasons), expect a tough ride when you are ready to be employed again.

Quitting your job can be an exhilarating or traumatic undertaking depending on what’s in the offering before you. So, take your time to thoroughly appraise all the pros and cons before finalizing your move.