Four career paths that no one knew about 10 years ago

A lot of the time, the straight and narrow way to do life (aka University) seems like it’ll end in an office doing a mundane job with boring people…right? Luckily, it’s not the case at all these days. As generations become more aware of the world around them, university degrees are starting to more and more reflect the need for change and innovation. The array of exciting new university degrees and careers on offer these days might just make your career choice easier – and a whole lot more appealing! Have a look at the latest and greatest in careers.

1. Environmental Engineering and Geophysics

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If you’re a bit of a ‘greenie’ who’s all about saving the planet, one of these career path could be right up your alley. We all know that fuel is a big topic of tension these days, and we’re starting to rely on Environmental Engineers to create new fuel sources – wind, solar, biofuels – and create solutions for safer atomic fission. Geophysics is another cool arm of this career path, focusing on understanding how the earth produces natural energy resources.

How do you know if Environmental Engineering and Geophysics is something you should study?

These fields let you use that science brain and also get your hands dirty – while saving the world! What more could you ask for? Anyone who’s into learning about the earth and science and loves solving problems could make the perfect Geophysicist or Enviro-engineer.

2. Biotechnology

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Biotechnology sounded like a freaky Frankenstein kind of job until recently, when we’re starting to understand the biotechnologists are helping solve the world’s most pressing problems and most advanced innovations in healthcare and nutrition in particular. It’s all about using a biological process for technological advancement.

How do you know if Biotechnology is the right career for you?

This field of work is perfect for anyone who has a shared curiosity of biology, engineering and computer science – because it’s a marriage of all three!

3. Financial Engineering

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We all used to thing ‘people who build bridges’ when people said the word ‘engineer’. These days, there’s a kind of ‘engineer’ for almost everything – including finance! Financial engineers are also called a ‘quant’ and they’re becoming integral to the financial world. This is great news for people who were scared to enter the notoriously tedious world of finance – this one job is pretty exciting and still very math-sy! Being a quant is all about assessing market risk and predicting future sources of revenue.

How do you know if Financial Engineering is something you’d like?

Becoming qualified to be a financial engineer includes having a background in computer science, finance and economics. Think the excitement of the movie ‘21’ – but less casinos.

4. Distance learning

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No joke – online learning is where education is going! We’re seeing a trend of adult online learning – learners who balance families, jobs and study. Becoming skilled at teaching and managing curriculum remotely however, requires a certain amount of IT know-how and management skills that the new generations of teachers and educators will have to learn.

How do you know if distance education is something you could do?

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a teacher – then boom! Imagine doing that dream teaching job, but from anywhere in the world. Literally anywhere. A degree in education, curriculum or adult education is perfect if this sounds like the lifestyle for you.

Remember, whatever you decide to study – or even if you decide that University isn’t for you, you’ll always find a tutor at Eurekly who can help with teaching you the skills you need to get where you’re going in your career.

Things you need to know before starting your degree

Entering the world of University is an exciting time, with a lot of lessons to be learnt along the way – in and outside the classroom. Here are our handiest tips for someone about to dive into the world of study!

Self-directed learning

First things first, Uni is not like school. Your tutors are not going to give you the answers, they’re not going to tell you what pages to read (ok sometimes they actually do – but don’t count on it!) and whatever you decide to read or work on is what you will learn. This can be awesome because it means you get to write essays and conduct research on topics you’re really, truly interested in. It can also be detrimental because you’ve got to make yourself actually do the work.

Writing lots of essays

No matter what you study, Uni comes with a lot of writing. But it’s not all bad! Writing for Uni comes in all kinds of various forms – essays, creative writing, reflection, reports – and all of those things are easy to get the hang of if you put a little time into learning their structures.

P.S. if you really do struggle with writing, pop over to http://bit.ly/eureklywritingtutors where you’ll find the perfect tutor to get you up to speed on academic writing in no time!

Team work can be hard work

There’s a big pro to team work and that’s learning to work with others. There’s also a big con…working with others. Yes, there will still be someone who does nothing, someone who does the wrong thing, and someone who will never agree with you.

Just remember that while it seems like torture, it’s growing you into a co-operative, team-playing, people-skilled machine for the future.

Time management

Uni seems like a dream after high school. There’s no one checking on your homework every night and you don’t have to be in class as long – sometimes only four days a week!

It’s easy to procrastinate by ‘carpe diem’ing… Every. Single. Day. Unfortunately, before you know it you’ll be two days before a due date and WAY behind on the work. The feeling of poor time management is much worse than taking yourself to the library to study or work just a couple of hours a day!

Take it from all the Uni students who have come before you.

Spread the study.

Getting tutor-time

If you’re getting into a fairly broad or popular degree, like engineering, law or business studies, you’ll have some pretty big lecture and class sizes. Those crowds can be a BIG bonus if you don’t like being called out to answer questions but can be a nightmare when you really need something clarified and they just don’t have time.

Usually tutors are really good about making time for everyone in tutorials, but if you find yourself struggling you can always lean on a Eurekly tutor to help you keep afloat of the Uni workload!

Studying something you love

You’ve probably had plenty of parents’ friends and other people tell you ‘you’d make a great lawyer’, or ‘you should get into finance, it pays SO well’.

And while the shiny money seems like the best path to follow, if you end up hating your job or doing the degree everyone else did ‘just because’, you’re not going to actually enjoy earning all that money!

So before you dig in to a career path you don’t really like, do some research, talk to some people, ask as many questions as you can and, lastly, think about what you truly enjoy doing and the rest should be a breeze.

NZ’s most popular degrees and exciting places they can take you

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For a bunch of fairly unique and innovative people, New Zealand’s most popular degrees remain, well, kind of vanilla. We’ll give you three seconds to guess which degrees are the most popular…..

Alright, got it? Okay, here we go…

#1.

The degree that some turn up their noses at – the humble Bachelor of Arts (BA). If you’re new to University lingo, a BA is not just for someone who loves painting and making unidentifiable things out of clay (that’s a Bachelor of Fine Arts).

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The Bachelor of Arts degree has a bit of a bad rep because it’s so broad – but that’s precisely what makes it such a huge opportunity. A BA gives you the flexibility to study all the things you’re interested in, in one degree! Interested in history? Tick. Languages? Tick. Politics? Perfect. This degree means you can get creative with your career. Graduates from a Bachelor of Arts have the opportunity to become: a Government Intelligence analyst, an International Diplomat, a Game Designer, a Radio Producer, a Museum Curator and even an Archaeologist.

Mind blown? We were too!

The Bachelor of Arts is all about giving you a qualification with a broad base, gaining you transferrable skills that could be taken into almost any career – it’s just up to you to decide. It’s really no wonder this is New Zealand’s most popular degree.

#2

Maybe it’s our curious, DIY nature that makes this next degree the second most popular degree in New Zealand. What are we talking about? The Bachelor of Science. This one gets really fun.

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A common perception of this degree is that it’ll either get you into a cushy teaching job, or have you stuck in a lab for the rest of your career. Wrong. Science these days is very much attached to the real world and its progress.

The cool thing about science is that whatever you’re into in your personal life, chances are that there’s a field of science you’d love. Ever consider a career creating the latest and greatest in cosmetics and makeup? Have a knack for thinking up handy inventions? Maybe you’re passionate about saving the planet. A Bachelor of Science could have you doing any of these things and more.

Some of the less obvious career pathways from a Bachelor of Science include becoming: an Aquarium Biologist, a Forensic Scientist, a Bio-economist and a Science Journalist.

So, who loves science now!?

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As you can see, even the most normal-sounding degrees can lead you to the most exciting places. That’s the magic of learning – it can take you anywhere. All you have to do it start.

The rules of micro learning say you should study less!

We’ve all been there before…burning the midnight oil to get as much last-minute info crammed into our brains as humanly possible before a big test the next day. You’ll know from that experience that it doesn’t make you feel good, but it turns out that it doesn’t make you learn any better or retain information either!

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Before you say ‘duh, obviously staying up late is bad’, it’s not just the studying late thing that we’re talking about. Studying for more than ONE HOUR at any time of day or night is detrimental to your focus and memory retention. Here’s why.

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The latest research in learning has brought us this wonderful thing called ‘micro learning’. What exactly is it? Let’s analogise your brain first. Think of your memory like a funnel. You’ve got to pour information into the funnel and give it time to come out the other end, into the ‘long term brain bottle’. If you pour information in too fast, most of it will spill over the top of the funnel and never make it into the bottle. If you just pour in a little at a time, everything gets safely through the funnel and into the bottle. Can you see where this is going?…

Micro learning is about feeding your brain new information in bite sized chunks, with good breaks between learning so that each little bit of info has time to sink into your long-term memory.

Why is micro learning so exciting?

Before we get too excited about how awesome this micro learning thing is, we should tell you… scheduling in little bits of learning time will mean making a really solid study plan that begins WAY before you think you need to start studying. The great news is, by breaking up your study and learning time, you create gaps of free time in your day! By studying for only an hour or two a day, you’ve got a whole lot of daylight to burn doing literally ANYTHING else. Oh yeah.

Gone are the days of the never-ending study sessions

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So we’ve said no longer than an hour at a time, but really around 30 minutes at a time is ideal for your attention span and memory capacity. Organising your studying into chunks of 20-30 minutes means the light at the end of the tunnel (aka snacks) is never far away!

Shorter length sessions don’t only apply to studying, but learning too. Our Eurekly tutors have class lengths of anywhere between 20 minutes to 1 hour.

If you need to add a quick lesson on anything to your kick-ass study schedule, just hop over to www.eurekly.com to find the perfect tutor for you!

The secrets to smashing New Year’s resolutions

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of setting a New Year’s resolution that you forgot about before summer finished…we see you. And we’ve all got our hands up, because it’s SO damn hard to stick to goals for yourself when work, family, day-to-day and our phones demand so much of our time.

 

With that said, we bring you a fool-proof way to smash your New Year’s resolution…

Choose a positive goal

Make your resolution something positive – not lose weight, but get healthier and understand your body better; not stop wasting money, but learn how to invest smartly – you get the gist. Giving yourself something positive to work towards is motivating and means you’re working forwards, not in reverse.

You could decide to learn Japanese, or get better at photography, start coding, or playing the guitar!

Get someone else involved

Having someone dedicated to motivating you through the process of learning, and guiding you along the way is by far the most effective way to stay on track – think of it like personal training for your brain! So this way, you don’t even have to worry about sticking to your resolution, we’ll make sure it happens.

Learn the new definition of ‘sun smart’.

Put our two previous tips together, add in some world-class tutors – and you’ve got the perfect recipe for resolution success – it’s called Eurekly.

Eurekly means you can learn whatever you like from wherever you are this summer – no excuses. All that’s left to do is book a free trial class at eurekly.com and start soaking up the skills.

Let’s dig in to something new…what will it be for you?

3 Reasons why Summer is the best time to learn.

Believe it or not, summer is the perfect time to learn something new!

‘But summer is for chilling out!’, you say. That’s exactly why it’s the perfect time to focus your brain on a fun new skill. The best thing is that, thanks to Eurekly’s online tutoring, you can be learning wherever you’re holidaying this summer.

Still not convinced you should be flexing that brain right now? Here’s a few reasons why…

Reason One:

A fresh place makes for a happy brain

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In summer, we’re all over the place – the season is exciting, new and refreshing. That environment right there is exactly what makes your brain feel motivated to take in brand new information. So, make the most of it. With our international online tutors you can be learning at the beach, poolside… or wherever you’ve got an internet connection!

Reason Two:

Learning loves a mind with no to-do list

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You heard it here first clever people – it’s not your fault you can’t remember stuff! You may have heard people booing multitasking lately and for a good reason too. Multitasking sounds like it’s awesome, but it means you’re not giving anything your full attention. Without full attention, your poor brain doesn’t file and store information properly – in fact it throws most of it out the window. The good news? When you’re indulging in the bliss that is holiday mode, that to-do list is short, and your mind is ready to dive into something with full concentration!

Reason Three:

So many hours and you only need one!

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Now that you’re not stuck in an office or a classroom for eight hours a day, you’ve got time galore to sunbathe and exercise your brain with something you’ve always wanted to try. It’s proven that short bursts of learning are the best way to retain information, so take that in your stride and learn at top-speed by just doing an hour every now and then while you’ve got the extra minutes. Easy.

So, how do you start doing this awesome summer learning thing?

It’s easy with Eurekly. We’ve got world-class tutors from all over the world waiting to teach you everything they know. All you need to do is sign up at eurekly.com, pick a subject that takes your fancy, and a tutor you like the sound of. From there you can book a class at a time that suits you, then sit back in the sun and get excited to learn.