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Job Interview Do’s & Don’ts


Posted on Jul 22, 2015 by huangr
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Have you ever wondered…“Why can’t I get a JOB or the RIGHT job???” Well, maybe it’s because you’re just not as prepared as you could be. I’m going to help you solve this issue or at least give you the 1, 2, 3‘s on how to better prepare for a job interview.

I think there are a few common mistakes that job seekers make which can definitely be a deciding factor in not getting a good job. They start with a lack of research on the company they are applying for and not asking the correct questions when called for an interview. They end with not looking the part, not being mentally prepared and not showing up early with proper documentation and alone.

You might be asking yourself, “How do I do that???” or “Where do I start???”It’s actually quite simple.

First, we’ll start with researching the companies you will be applying with. You should always walk into an interview knowing as much as you can about the office or company you are applying with and the individual you will be interviewing with.  If you are thinking about applying for a job look into the company online (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, or the company’s website). This will help you see if the company is a right match for you and if they can offer you what you need.  You will want to try and get an understanding for what the company and the interviewer is looking for in a potential employee. This will help you with answering the tuff questions like, “Why do you think you are right for this position?” and “What can you bring to the company that would add value?”. By doing the research you will be able to word your answers to fit exactly what the company is looking for in a potential employee. Second, if you are contacted for an interview  ask for the name and title of whom you will be meeting with, that way you can look into the individual on the company’s website. Also, confirm the address and ask if upon arrival there are any parking instructions you will need to be aware of, so you can prepare your time frame for those obstacles. Make sure to ask about the dress attire.  Third, you need to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Do I look the part for this job?”. Now, this is a head to toe look so take your time and don’t be afraid to ask someone else’s opinion. You need to start with your hair…this includes color, cut and style. When entering into the professional field you need to look professional!! Hair should be natural colors, the cut and style should be conservative. Make up should be light with a natural look as well, never over done with bold, bright or really dark colors. Now it is time to pick out an outfit for the big day. Let’s first look into your closet and see what’s interview appropriate and what’s not. Nice clean, unstained clothing that is ironed and smelling fresh (don’t overdue the perfume/cologne…remember too much of a good thing isn’t always good thing) is a great start to being appropriate. Make sure your clothes fit your body correctly and the style is conservative (meaning everything that should be covered is). Make sure you wear closed toe shoes.  Now let’s talk about what’s not appropriate…well, this list is a bit longer. Now you shouldn’t wear anything that would be considered club attire, no form fitting clothes, nothing see through and no platform/stilettos shoes. Make sure all tattoos are covered completely and that you are always wearing a SMILE!!! Fourth, make sure you are mentally prepared and know what you can do for that company. Do mock interviews and remind yourself of your strengths and weaknesses, these can be key to being hired. Make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes early, with 2 resumes and alone.

Now you have some great tips to get you on your way…happy job seeking!!!!

If you are looking for more tips or would like to have a practice interview or two, check with the Career Services department at UEI College. Our dedicated staff members are there to help you any way they can. Plus their services are available to you even after you graduate!

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UEI Cares – A Message from Dr. Fateri


Posted on May 18, 2015 by huangr
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Dear Students and Graduates,

I hope this note finds all of you well and in high spirits. You may have heard that colleges by the names of Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech abruptly shut down and closed their doors on Monday, April 27th. All students who were attending these schools now don’t have a college to finish their education. So, I need your support to help these students.

First, I want to let of you know that UEI College is doing well and continuing to strive to be the best in class in career training in high demand professions in the fields of healthcare, business, technology, criminal justice, automotive and trades. So please be confident that your UEI College will be here for you now and in the future.

Our primary objective is to ensure your success because your success is indeed our success. Plus, we genuinely care about you and your future! UEI CARES!

I also want to mention that because of the sudden shut down of Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech, many students now don’t have a school to finish their education. This is a true tragedy. We want to help these students because they spent a lot of money and time and they deserve to finish their training and enter their chosen careers like all of you.

I ask all of you to make it your mission to help these students. Reach out to them and invite them to come to UEI College. Have them come to your campus and meet with one of our staff members and sit in class and realize that we are here to help them. These students do deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and they do deserve to finish their education.

Let’s all work together as ONE family and help all these students!

THANK YOU for caring….UEI CARES!

Fardad Fateri, Ph.D.

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5 Tips on Starting a New Job


Posted on Nov 26, 2014 by racenr
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Starting a new job can be quite exciting. However, it can also turn out to be a bit stressful. Your new employer is likely to understand that you need time to adapt to your new job role. However, your new employer will most likely be observing how long it takes you to be acclimated to your surroundings and teammates. UEI College wants you to start your new job on the right foot by following our 5 tips.

Start Fresh

Be sure to get a full night’s sleep before your first day at your new job. A healthy breakfast before you head to the office is also important to boost your energy. If you feel fresh and energized, you’ll be able to deliver your best.

A new job means an opportunity to start anew. It involves meeting new people, experiencing a new work culture and most importantly a chance to start with a clean slate. Make sure you don’t repeat your old mistakes. Possibilities are redesigned for you, you can create as many new outcomes as you desire. So leave all negativity behind and start your new job with an optimistic outlook.

Communication Styles

Every organization has an unwritten set of rules. Pay attention to those rules in your new workplace. Try to learn the communication styles of your superiors. Don’t use slang or foul language when speaking to your team mates, always speak professionally even if they use unprofessional language. Also, follow the dress code, if you are not certain ask your supervisor. To develop a good relationship with your co-workers quickly adapt to the basic etiquette of your new office.

Clarify Expectations

During your first few days, meet your manager and discuss your role in the organization and the tasks and duties that you’ll be performing daily. Find out how your performance and job role affects the overall objectives of the business. Ask your manager how you’ll be evaluated and what key performance indicators will be used to evaluate your overall job performance. Follow your supervisor’s overall expectations if you want to be successful at your job.

Get To Know the Team

Your immediate boss or HR personnel will probably introduce you to everyone in the office. But, make a point to meet your team members personally, invite a few out to lunch. It’s a good idea to build a friendly rapport with your new coworkers. Learn about their job roles and find out how their work will influence yours.

Have a Game Plan

For your initial 30 days at the new workplace, make a strategy. Write down the goals that will help you get ahead of your game. Also write down specifically what action you will take to meet those goals.

These 5 tips will help you start your new job on the right track Be confident in your abilities, and give it your best. If you’d like to learn more tips on office etiquette or questions regarding  your job search, reach out to your campus Career Services Department and one of the advisors will gladly steer you in the right direction.

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5 Tips to Become Financially Responsible While in College


Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by racenr
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In order to lead a prosperous life, it is essential that you recognize the importance of managing your finances properly. It’s never too early to start thinking about your finances and planning for your future. If you want to become a financially responsible individual, then start by following these 5 tips provided by UEI College:

1. Make a Budget

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to create an awesome budget. Start by looking over your monthly bank statements, and highlight your most important living expenses. For example, rent, utilities, car payments, food, school tuition, etc. Once you have established your main living expenses, start by cutting out extraneous expenses that may be keeping you from saving. By following your set budget, you’ll learn to differentiate between a need and a want. Most of the time, we spend money on things we don’t really need, but just want at the immediate moment. Learning to curb impulse buys is the key to learning how to save.

2. Start Saving

Start by establishing a rainy-day fund, so that you have enough money to cover your living expenses in case of an emergency. Begin by saving 5 to 10 percent of your income each month. Your rainy day fund should be able to cover your most important bills, e.g. rent, utilities, car payments, etc. The more money you save, the better off you’ll be in case of a tragedy. Think of saving money as a bill that you pay yourself each month.

3. Use Credit Cards Only for Emergencies

Credit cards come with high interest rates, the more you owe, the more you’ll pay in the long run. If you must use a credit card, choose one with low-interest rates and no yearly fees. The extra costs of using credit cards can wreak havoc to your savings plan, so use them only for emergencies. For example, on a credit card with a balance of $1000.00 dollars with an interest rate of 20 percent, if you send monthly payments of only 25 dollars, it will take you 5.54 years to pay off that debt. The total amount of interest you’ll pay over the course of your credit card debt is money you could have been saving.

4. Save on Transportation

If you own a car, have you considered carpooling with other students that live near you? Gas is very expensive nowadays, and sharing this expense with a few classmates will help you save a little money. Carpooling won’t only benefit your finances, but it’s also better for the environment. Fewer cars on the road mean fewer greenhouse gas emissions being produced.
If you live near your campus, you can also ride your bike, instead of driving your car. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also get in shape.

5. Learn About Investing

It’s never too early to start learning about investing. Read books or reputable online articles that will teach you the basics about investing. Check out Investopedia’s Investing Tutorial to learn more about the financial world. If stocks seem too risky for you, explore the market and choose a suitable retirement account, which will meet your needs. By managing your finances properly, you will be able to save money and retire early.

By following these 5 tips, you’ll be on your way to becoming a financially responsible individual. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

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Top Reasons to Become an Automotive Technician


Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by racenr
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There are millions of automotive vehicles racing on the roads everywhere. Besides that, there are numerous automotive manufacturers and new types of vehicles such as hybrids and full electric, which make each vehicle technologically different from another. Naturally, a different skill set and knowledge base is required to repair each automobile.

With time and use, cars tend to wear out and have diverse problems. This is where the role of an automotive technician begins. They are not only responsible for identifying the specific causes of problems in automobiles but also for correcting the problems through diagnosis and repair.

They help prolong the life of a vehicle and improve its efficiency by using specialized tools and diagnostic equipment to perform repairs. To become a general automotive technician, all you need is to the proper training and love for automobiles.

Why Become A General Automotive Technician?

Working as a general automotive technician is an interesting job. It requires creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills to repair. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider pursuing it as a career.

It’s an evolving industry

Traveling with personal vehicles has become the norm nowadays. Technologies used in different vehicles are evolving with high tech computer and safety systems as well as power plants for electric and hybrid cars. As new technologies develop, there is more of a need for specialized technicians to diagnose and repair vehicles with hi-tech systems.

Due to a shortage of highly skilled automotive technicians, unparalleled opportunities are in store for specialized automotive technicians to work and develop within the automotive repair field. Employment shortages in other fields in some cases have been outsourced, but automotive repair is one that can’t be outsourced. Opportunities to work with dealers and repair facilities should be readily available for many years to come for a specialized automotive technician with the proper training and certification!

One doesn’t necessarily have to be a graduate or a postgraduate in order to work as a general automotive technician. You can begin your career during high school by joining the training programs popularly offered to students. It will give you a basic know-how about cars, their parts and systems. Therefore, by the time you graduate high school, you may already be earning money and will be skilled enough to start working at a larger company that will present more opportunity.

Automotive Training

You can begin your career training right after you graduate high school. All you need to do is find an auto tech program that will provide with the hands-on experience and knowledge of all the latest technology and techniques in auto diagnostics, maintenance and repair. If there is any particular aspect of automotive repair that interests you, you can choose to specialize in that particular area of expertise. However, in order to do so, you must have first received your basic general automotive technician training.

Job Prospects are high

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employers are reporting difficulties finding automotive technicians with the right skills and education, job opportunities for qualified applicants should be very good.” Graduates from a postsecondary automotive training program will have the advantage to find employment over individuals that lack the formal training from a postsecondary institution. Graduates that choose to further their education by specializing in hybrid technology or automotive computer systems will have a higher chance of finding employment. *(BLS)

If you are passionate about cars and wish to pursue a career as an automotive technician, you can start earning your Automotive Technician diploma at UEI College’s Gardena campus.

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Skills Needed for the Computer Systems Technician


Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by racenr
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Computer Systems Technicians are in charge of detecting and fixing computer software and hardware issues. A Computer Systems Technician must have a good grasp on all the technicalities of computer systems and must have hands on experience to resolve issues. Although one can be an untrained systems technician if they have a knack for computers, it is recommended to get technical training from a reputable school. Computers consists of components and embedded integrated systems so a computer technician needs up-to-date knowledge that an education provides. There are certain professional skills that every computer repair technician must develop regardless of their area of expertise:

Technical Knowledge

This is probably the most important requirement for being a Computer Systems Technician. Technicians should be highly knowledgeable in all aspects of computer design, architecture and operation. However, the type of knowledge depends on the job at hand. For software troubleshooting, knowledge about antivirus, firewall, instruction set and software are important. On the other hand, a hardware technician must have a good grasp on the internal architecture, organization and function of every component. This will help detect and resolve the problem quickly.

Issue Diagnosis

A Computer Systems Technician is just like a doctor- the only difference is he has to deal with silent patients who can’t tell their problem. If the issue is evident, then it’s easy to resolve the problem. However, if it’s not possible to detect the problem in one go, technicians use a systematic troubleshooting approach. They consider all the possibilities and inspect them one by one. Again, you have to be knowledge in all aspects of computer systems, and are able to detect the problem in as few attempts as possible.

Communication

Everyone doesn’t understand technical terminologies, so a Computer Systems Technician must have good communication skills to tell the clients about the issue in layman’s terms. Whether, working for private clients or are hired by a company, technicians should know how to explain the computer jargon in user-friendly language. What’s more important is clients’ satisfaction; being able to ensure them that their computer systems are in secure hands and assure them that the issue will be resolved is very important.

Patience and Concentration

Patience is very important when dealing with machines. Computer systems are complex and require focus and concentration when troubleshooting. The ability to work on computer systems with a clear mind, considering all possibilities, and taking a systematic approach is very important.

Maintenance

Computer maintenance is another professional skill that a Computer Systems Technician must have. They not only have to resolve the issue but also make sure that repairing or resolving one component does not impact the functionality of other components. Compatibility of components and software is extremely important in upgrading, maintaining, and repairing computer systems. A thorough understanding and knowledge of the latest technologies, viruses and antivirus software, firewalls, software updates and other applications is key to keeping systems running properly with as few issues as possible.

 

Now that you’re familiar with the essential skills needed to succeed as a Computer Systems Technician, do you think you have what it takes to make it I.T.? If you do, UEI College offers a Computer Systems Technician program that will give you the hands-on training and career focus education that you’ll will need to succeed in today’s fast paced business world.

 

 

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5 Tips to Reduce Stress for Students


Posted on Oct 15, 2014 by racenr
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Do little things irritate you? Do your shoulders and back always feel tense and tight? As a college student, juggling a job and a family, you probably answered yes to both questions. Stress is how our body shows us that we need to slow down, and re-prioritize our lives, too much stress can break you down, burn you out and eventually make you feel like a total mess. According to an article by the Mayo Clinic, the long-term activation of your stress response system can put you at risk for various health problems and diseases.

Don’t be alarmed, thinking you are the only one living a highly stressful life. Actually, according to a 2013 online survey conducted, by the American Psychological Association, 52% of Americans lead highly stressful lives. At UEI College, we want you to achieve success, and for this reason, we want you to try out our 5 tips on reducing stress in your life. So let us get started:

Tip #1- Eat Healthy

Stress is known to weaken the immune system and put you at risk of sickness. Therefore, to ensure you are ready to battle the stress monster like a winner, it’s important that you eat healthy and avoid eating junk food. Try to add more green leafy vegetables and fruits in your diet. For example, in the morning make a smoothie and add a handful of spinach, an apple and a handful of blueberries. Eating the right foods and drinking healthy smoothies can help the brain and the body deal with stress.

Tip#2- Exercise Daily

Exercise helps keep the mind and body healthy and stress free. A 20-minute walk, bike ride or dance session helps your mind ease from worrying and makes you feel good by pumping up your endorphins. According to an article by the Mayo Clinic discussing exercise and stress, “Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel good neurotransmitters.”

Tip#3 Smile and Laugh

We have all heard that laughter is the best therapy. Therefore, why not try it for a change. With so much stress in life, we often forget to laugh and smile and enjoy the little things. So, laugh, smile and let go of the tension.

Tip#4- Talk it out and Share

Another way to release stress is to interact with friends and talk it out. If you keep all your tension and worry inside, you’ll never be able to find a solution to what is bothering you. When you discuss your problems with people you can trust, they can comfort you, give you advice provide you guidance and more importantly help you get through this stressful phase in your life.

Tip#5 Get a Proper Good Night Sleep

To stay stress free it is important to get a good night’s sleep. A full 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep can help you stay fresh, think straight and gain full control of your life.

Stress less by loving what you do. If you don’t love what you do or what you’re studying, and you’re ready to pursue a new career that you truly love and enjoy, check out UEI College for career training. We offer career-focused education in a variety of programs in the healthcare, technology, legal, and business fields.

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6 Essential Job Interview Tips


Posted on Oct 08, 2014 by racenr
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Congratulations, you finally landed a job interview after weeks, possibly even months of applying to countless jobs. Now that you have your foot in the door, what are the qualities you think are crucial to ace the interview? Most of you would come up with a long list of factors like a sound academic profile, versatile skills, career experience, etc. Don’t sabotage yourself by lack of planning – start preparing as soon as possible. Well, of course after you’re done jumping for joy, and telling everyone you know your great news.

Here are 6 essential job interview tips from UEI College to help you land your dream job.

1. Research the Company

Research is just as important as rehearsing potential interview questions. Make sure to investigate how the company runs its business, by looking up their mission statement and vision. It is essential you get a better understanding what they’re looking for and what they will expect of you. The more you know about the company, the more questions you will be able to ask your interviewer and prepare yourself for their potential questions.

You can obtain your information by going to the company’s website and by checking out their Linkedin page, as well as Glassdoor for any reviews by employees.

2. Time Matters!

Arriving late will get you a guaranteed rejection. Make sure to look-up the destination of where your interview is being held – plan the route you will be taking in advance. Schedule yourself to arrive 15 -30 minutes before the agreed upon time. The earlier you arrive the less anxious and nervous you will feel during your interview. Use this time to prepare yourself mentally and survey the surroundings, to get accustomed to the environment. Remember, the early bird catches the worm.

3. Appearance Matters!

Believe it or not, you have less than 30 seconds to make a lasting impression to your interviewer. The night before, select the outfit you are going to wear, and make sure that it’s clean, wrinkle-free and that it fits well. The attire for women is a knee length skirt, with a nice blouse, a dress suit, or pantsuit. The attire for men is a tailored suit (preferably blue or black, dark charcoal also works) with a nice button down shirt. Don’t forget to remove your facial piercings, and to cover up any visible tattoos. Make sure you look your best by not forgetting to schedule a haircut, shave, or trim your facial hair. Remember you only have one shot to make a lasting impression, so dress to impress.

You don’t want something as trite as the way you look to hinder you from getting your dream job.

4. Sound Professional

Have you ever thought why hiring managers conduct interview sessions when they already have all the information about you in front of them? That’s because they want to assess your professional and communication skills. When you work in an organization, you need to interact and communicate with other employees and hiring managers are trying to gauge if you are going to be a good fit.

Before your interview, practice your communication skills with a friend, or one of the career services advisors at your campus. So that you can show to the hiring manager that you have a flexible demeanor and will easily be able to work in a team environment.

5. Be Yourself

Hiring managers conduct several interviews daily and they have a keen eye in spotting whether you are being sincere – don’t pretend to be someone you are not. Furthermore, don’t forget to breathe; taking deep breaths will ease your nerves by allowing more oxygen to be supplied to your brain. Pay attention to your body language, don’t fidget, slouch, bite your nails, or play with your hair, this will distract your interviewer and will make you appear lacking in confidence. Lastly, remember to smile and maintain good eye contact but don’t stare like a weirdo.

6. Follow Up

The most essential and commonly forgotten part of the interview is the follow-up. But what makes the follow up so important? When you follow-up by sending a thank you note, it shows to your potential employer that you are serious about the job. Send your thank-you note within 24 hours after your interview, via email. If you want to add a personal touch, send a hand-written note instead of an email.

So the next time you go for a job interview, be prepared and keep the above-mentioned tips in mind.

If you are looking for more tips or would like to have a practice interview or two, check with the Career Services department at UEI College. Our dedicated staff members are there to help you any way they can. Plus their services are available to you even after you graduate!

Good Luck!

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