Category: Career Opportunities

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Now Coding

Great article in the New York Times all about teaching seven year olds how to code!  At first, I was kinda shocked;teaching seven years old to code? Then I got to thinking about all the junk I was taught when I was seven years old….maybe teaching a real life skill has some serious merits!

Since December, 20,000 teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade have introduced coding lessons, according to Code.org. Here’s a cool development: some 30 school districts including New York City and Chicago, have agreed to add coding classes in the fall, mainly in high schools but in lower grades too. And policy makers in nine states have begun rewarding the same credits for computer science classes that they do for basic math and science courses rather than treating them as electives.

I think this is really going to be a game changer in the coming years-I realize not everyone wants to code but what a terrific way to teach something that requires many skills and potentially put money in your pocket. Long live cash flow-what are your thoughts?

Code Cademy

I saw a news clip this morning on CNBC. It featured an interview with the president of Codecademy. What’s really cool about this is the fact that you can take online coding classes for FREE! They have thousands of graduates and talk about getting down to business; Codecademy can actually give you the skills needed to become employed!

Kudos to Codecademy and their great efforts 😉

Life After NASA?

Yes, there is life after NASA….if you live in Colorado! a company called Denver Relief hires NASA Scientist as a Pot-Growing Adviser!

“With the tremendous expansion of this industry over the course of the past year and the expectation that it is only going to keep growing, we need to start taking a hard look at energy consumption and how we can reduce the impact commercial cannabis production has on our environment,” Denver Relief founding partner Kayvan Khalatbari said in a statement.

“Bringing in a former NASA researcher who has already been working toward this goal is a massive addition to our team, as well as those of our clients throughout the country,” Khalatbari said.

So many opportunities in Colorado now for those interested in this industry-and some of the positions are big money deals!

Marijuana Will Be the Single Best Investment Idea?

Todd Harrison believes that Marijuana will be the single best investment idea of the decade.

But while the public has watched recreational marijuana take off in Colorado this year, how can they profit from it as an investment theme?

Harrison believes it will be driven by the broader legalization of marijuana, inspired by states’ need for tax revenue. He points to expectations that legal marijuana use is expected to generate $134 million in tax revenue for the upcoming fiscal year in Colorado, the first state to allow recreational marijuana. That’s  nothing to sneeze at, and Harrison calls the state the “litmus test” for broader legalization. Harrison also cites the expected decline in crime rates and  prison populations as powerful incentives to decriminalize  marijuana. Read more »

A Young Inventor, Finding the Crunch Factor

I saw this article in the New York times called A Young Inventor, Finding the Crunch Factor. 

Mark King is lucky, he knew early on in life that his passion was inventing. As many people can attest; the single hardest thing in life can be discovering your passion and make a living at it!

King had seen a call for ideas on a website sponsored by General Mills, where the company invites amateur inventors to come up with fresh concepts. King typed out his musings in an email and hit send-soon General Mills had him on a plane to Minneapolis, its corporate home. Check this site out it’s called G-WIN. Big shout out to General Mills for this effort!

King tells us the background of his invention:

When he saw what General Mills was looking for in a granola-bar texture machine, “I took a ton of different ideas and ran them through my mind, and then I just came onto this one that I saw was kind of interesting,” he said. He wrote down a description and sent it in.

“Then I got an email, and they said the idea was awesome,” he recalled. “They said, ‘O.K., call this number at this time, and use this code, and then you’ll be calling into a teleconference.’ ” Imagine. “It was like a James Bond scenario.”

How cool, great job Mark King-continued success!

Colorado Gets $2 Million From Marijuana Taxes

140310180024-marijuana-tax-revenue-620xaYes, I do live in Colorado and this cash flow phenomena generated from Marijuana blows me away. Wherever you live-you can bet your greedy state legislators will be watching Colorado closely. In the month of January alone, the greedy dogs raked in $2 million in new tax dollars-thanks to the hefty 25% tax on recreational marijuana!

Looking for a new career or a very profitable investment? I’ll periodically update the risks and rewards in this new frontier.

Happy Tuesday!

 

Is Your Smile Keeping You From Employed?

Have you ever just met someone and when they smiled you cringed? I’m guilty-I just expect people to take care of their teeth and I make judgements based on the condition of your teeth! Come to find out, I’m not the only one.

Take the example of Patty Kennedy; with 5 broken teeth, three cavities and a painful gum disease, she knew her job prospects were not bright:

“But like many of the more than 2,200 people who showed up for the 5:30 a.m. clinic on May 18 and 19, Kennedy knew that bad teeth translate into poor employment prospects, even for the best workers.”

“I really don’t smile a lot,” said Kennedy, whose husband, Lucas, also 53, lost his job five years ago when California’s construction economy tanked. “I know that when you have a job, you want to have a pleasant attitude and you’ve got to smile and be friendly.” Read more »

Mistakes Are O.K., But Never, Ever Lose Your Passion

 

Adam Bryant has a column every Sunday in the New York Times called Corner Office. He recently interviewed Kevin Liles of KWL enterprises. I wanted to share some great excerpts for all of you who may be job hunting!

Q. What are some important leadership lessons you’ve learned?

A. I’ll start with one of my early failures. I wanted to be the host of a new hip-hop show, and I didn’t get the job. I was the biggest guy in the marketplace. Given what I’d done, that should have sold me. But I didn’t sell myself. So, after that, I realized that no matter what I have done before, I had to learn the art of selling. I had to learn the art of explaining my value proposition when I show up somewhere. How do I differentiate myself? I know who I am. I’m very clear. If I’m meeting someone, I’m very clear about their value proposition, and I know what my value proposition is. So as long as we do what we’re supposed to do, we’ll get everything done. Read more »

20-Something Power Brokers

I saw this article in the Wall Street Journal this morning-it’s called 20-Something Power Brokers. This is a great read regardless if you are 20 something or 50 something! It has some great nuggets in the article as it relates to my favorite subject-Cash Flow! How to make it happen and some very insightful comments.

Let’s look a little closer at this article:

In August, broker Oren Alexander shattered real-estate records when he sold the most expensive home on record in Miami, a $47 million estate in Indian Creek. Just a month earlier, he celebrated his 25th birthday. Now, he’s marketing two adjacent estates in Alpine, N.J., with a total price tag of $95 million. Read more »

You’re Fired!

Always Nurture Your Network!My friend is a contract recruiter here in Denver. She was on assignment for an International Engineering firm who was gearing up for a major project. Her phone rang a short time ago and she was told:

As of today, you’re fired! We’ve decided not to move forward with this project. Nothing personal, your work was exceptional!

A little shocking, you betcha! I think more companies are starting to worry about the financial cliff and are going in the freeze mold! Two major take a ways :

  • Always have money set aside for the rainy day-in our case today in Denver, a snowy day.
  • Always nurture your network and have a plan B

My friend has both of these covered, but still kinda shocked!!

How important do you think it is to nurture your network-even in good times?

Dansette