continuing and professional education


One of the things I know blog readers are frequently concerned about is if the people who run zoos really know what they’re doing. Talking about the credentials of staff is on the to-do list, but for now, here’s a quick and easy example of some of it: above are photographs of the continued education professional workshop leaflet in my recent AZA magazine. These are the academic sessions they’re hosting nation-wide for the next calendar year. Anyone can attend - preference is given for AZA staff, but non-AZA professionals can attend too. This is just one organization of many who host seminars to support field and staff growth.

Job Interview Questions You Should Ask

Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget something very important: You are there to ask questions, too. Here are 10 interview questions you could ask:

1) What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?

2) What is the single largest problem facing your staff and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?

3) What have you enjoyed most about working here?

4) Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

5) Do you offer continuing education and professional training?

6) Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?

7)  Who previously held this position?

8)  What is the next step in the process?

You are interviewing the employer just as much as the employer is interviewing you. This is your opportunity to find out if this is an organization where you want to work. Read more.

Once Upon the N Train

CS Modern AU, Based partially on actual events…

Words: 3,066 | Rating: Soft T (Adult themes, suggestive dialog) | Ao3: x

Dedicated to all the lovelies in the Writer’s Hub, without whose encouragement and humor, I probably would have abandoned this days ago. ♥♥

After a mad dash across the platform, Emma scooted her way onto the subway car just as the doors closed. It was nearly empty, the only other person was a man near the back leaning against the window with his eyes closed. He had the collar of his tan trench coat popped up, covering most of his face, but Emma could see the bottoms of his grey suit pants and his shiny black oxford shoes. He’d clearly been working late at one of the downtown offices, catching a nap on his ride home in the quiet lull between the evening rush hour and the last-call crowd. 

Emma took her seat as the train lurched forward, setting her shopping bag on the spot next to her and pulling out her tablet to choose something to read. As a responsible and successful adult who was choosing to continue her professional education, she should probably have opened up the reading for her Advanced Topics in Criminology class, but it was Friday night and she wasn’t that responsible. Instead she tapped the cover of a cheesy romance novel about a time-traveling Viking with too many kids, and shifted in her seat to get comfortable for the ride home. 

“So, is it a gift or for yourself?” the sudden sound of the man’s voice startled Emma.

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aseethe  asked:

regarding your statement about how people in the wolfdog community consider hands on experience just as relevant as academic and professional experience, would academic only apply to people who have gone to college for it? or would academic experience also include people who have spent years studying their behavior and biology in their free time?

As much as I personally would like to say that I think years of self-study can count, I don’t think it’s really a reasonable way to quantify experience. People who for whom it would be credible experience are probably a minority of the number of people who would like it to count as experience. Yes, you might know a lot, but you’ve never really proven that you’ve grasped the topic and can apply it effectively in a supervised and rigorous setting and honestly I don’t blame the field for not really trusting the validity of that credential with their reputation and the lives of their animals. (And I say this as someone who is frequently frustrated that I do not get taken as seriously as I would like by some professionals in the fields I write about specifically because I have a lot of self study in my background instead of a graduate degree.)

‘I read a lot of books on the topic’ is different, however, from doing academic research or attending conferences and professional seminars and workshops. You’re more likely to have appropriate and useful academic credentials if you’re heavily involved in continued education efforts that professionals or graduate students in the field are expected to engage with. That’s a big part of what I do to try to make sure that I’m not just reading things and formulating my own opinions without having a grounding in reality - I attend as many conferences as I can and pay to take the workshops at them, I attend lectures, I shadow whomever will let me, and I take online classes. 

However, in a professional setting, this accumulation of experience would not be considered the equivalent of a graduate degree, no matter how much my family likes to say I’m “effectively self-teaching a masters”. When you’re staking the safety of staff and the lives of animals on a staff member’s knowledge, requiring  an advanced degree of study in the specific area of knowledge needed is entirely reasonable and appropriate. 

(In many cases, however, the appropriate staff are determined by a combination of academic and professional experience. A facility wouldn’t hire a new ethology PHD to manage a group of animals because while they have the book learning, they lack practical experience. This is why mentorship and working under career professionals is so vital to being a good keeper, trainer, or behaviorist.) 

Job Interview Questions You Should Ask

Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget something very important: You are there to ask questions, too. Here are interview questions you could ask, and why:

1)  What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?

2)  What have you enjoyed most about working here?

3)  Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

4)  Do you offer continuing education and professional training?

5)  Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?

6)  What is the next step in the process?

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A man at the gym told me it was a good thing I was going to a nurse.

“How nice,” thought I. Thinking he was referencing the amount of professional mobility and continued education opportunities I would have.

He continued by saying “that way you can snag a doctor for a husband”

Statement from Marissa Alexander after her release:

“Four and a half years have passed since August 1, 2010. But today, after the sentence imposed by Judge Daniel, my family and I will be able to move forward with our lives.

Although the journey has been long, and there have been many difficult moments, I could not have arrived here and where I am today without the many thoughts and many prayers of so many people who have voiced their support and encouragement. Words can never express my gratitude for those who have stood by me, including my children and family.

I am also grateful that Judge Daniel approached this case with such care and diligence.

I look forward to the full time challenge of getting my two teenagers through high school and into college, as well as preparing my 4-year old daughter for nursery school.

My goal is to continue my education beyond my Masters degree and to continue my professional career.

In moving forward, I will continue to learn lessons from this event from the past, but I will not live in the past. At the age of 34, life is too short, and there is too much to accomplish in the years ahead. It is my hope and prayer that everyone associated with this case will also be able to move forward with their lives.”