The 5 Reasons As To Why Studying Information Technology Is Important

Choosing a career path can at times, be overwhelming and stressful. It is thus a requirement that you should evaluate yourself first to be able to determine what you really enjoy doing in life. 

We are currently living in an era where everything is all about technology. Technology is being experienced in almost every aspect of life. So if you are one of those who genuinely enjoy technology, and love keeping up with the latest innovations in the field of information technology, then you might be looking forward to turning your hobby into a career.

In today’s world, information technology (IT) is influencing almost every human activity, meaning its a necessary thing to be knowledgeable about. In fact, most information technology jobs fall within the spectrum of business and technology. This means that, as an IT expert, you will be at a better position in helping your clients meet their goals.

Here are the 5 key reasons why you should consider studying information technology (IT) today;

1. You Have A Variety Of Career Choices

Information technology has over the years diversified, and it’s no longer just about fixing laptops or computers. With this course, you have an opportunity to shape your career in different directions. Such careers vary from information technology director, web developer, chief technology officer, technical writer, etc. 

Also, as a graduate, you have a chance to specialize in a vast area of interest. Some of these jobs require training, skills, and logical thinking. There are even those jobs which are stressful and too demanding but offer better financial reward something everyone out there is looking for.

2. Enjoy Flexible Work Style

Your personal preferences always count whenever you are searching for a job. So, if you love working on your own, then there are jobs out there related to information technology which allows you to do your thing. This means that you will have a chance to work according to your time schedules. 

When you are flexible in your work, you will always be a happy and satisfied employee since you will be in a better position to structure your personal life and work according to your needs. This way, even the opportunity to be your own boss might present itself.  

3. Able To See What You’re Studying

Practical is the most significant part of studying information technology. So, by studying an information technology course, you will not only be learning the theoretical part, but you will also have an opportunity to make different things. You can adjust or make things and also implement what you have learned in class. 

The ability to become more practical on what you learn can only be enhanced by engaging in more practical work. This way, you will be able to put into practice whatever you have learnt in class. More so, anything you do practically is hard to forget but very easy to be remembered. 

4. Always On-Demand

When you specialize in information technology, you will always be on-demand since there are many careers to be followed. As innovations come in and technology progresses, there is an urgent need to increase the number of information technology professionals who can handle different projects with a lot of competence. With this kind of an increase, the more skilled and competent you are in your area of specialization, the more in demand you become. 

Even when job opportunities continue to be scarce in most of the fields, information technology industry continues to display promising demand trends as it creates more job opportunities. This means that specializing in information technology will definitely expose you to diverse job opportunities which enables you to make touchable progress in life. 

5. You Have An Opportunity To Earn Good Money

There are a couple of factors which normally influences your decision in pursuing a career in information technology. One of the factors which push most people into pursuing this course is the amount of money you can make out of it. In fact, working yourself up the ladder and being able to select the most in-demand information technology course is the best thing you can do if you are looking forward to making hefty money.

Studying something you genuinely love offers you a sense of satisfaction and achievement. So, if you are truly fascinated by the technology world, why then not take part? Qualifying in any of the information technology course is the most important milestone you can ever take in your life. It’s one of the most crucial keys to revealing your dream job.  Enroll today and be part of technology innovators!!

The 6 Benefits Of Studying Business Management

According to a recent study, it has been found that business management is one of the most popular subjects studied in various university and college across the globe. Following this reason, business management has continuously outperformed all other disciplines and subjects.

But, why does business management attract more attention from most of the candidates across all ages worldwide? The answer to this question lies in the reason that this subject has a vast potential application of business management knowledge and skills in almost every career today.

Below are some of the specific benefits you can experience simply by studying business management in any institution today.

1. It Gives You A Perfect Introduction To The Reality Of Business

A quality business management program has the potential to provide you with a helpful general overview of the realities about business. This is specifically useful to people with no prior experience of doing business. To such people, business studies provide them with a clear industrial insight that is of great value to their future life. To be successful in business management, you need to build a strong foundation of educational understanding of how most successful businesses are managed.

2. You Become A More Effective Team Player

To be a successful business manager, you must have a full understanding of the value of teamwork. Contrary to most beliefs, business management isn’t all about providing direction as a sole member of the workforce. Instead, business management is all about doing what is necessary no matter what to get the job done and also optimize the organization’s general performance.

This means that to succeed in any business, you need to be an active team player but not a boastful good for nothing manager.

3. Gives You A Chance To Effectively Learn How People Are Managed

Supervision and delegation of duties represent some of the two prime business management duties of a good manager.  One important thing you should note when managing a business is that people’s management doesn’t always come naturally to most prospective candidates as they may expect. Instead, it’s gained by studying business management. 

Here, you will learn how to gauge your expectations in the right manner, helps you build strong working relationships with your workers and boost both productivity and morale in your organization.

4. Helps In Gaining A Competitive Edge

Another obvious benefit of studying business management is that it offers you a chance to gain an immediate and permanent advantage over the competition. In most cases, employers and decision-makers often show preference to people who in one way or another have demonstrated their full commitment and potential in taking quality study programs.

5. Business Management Knowledge Complement Your Work Experience

In any business field, work experience alone will not take you far. In fact, today’s job market, you cannot qualify for any position even at a new organization with only work skills. Most employers tend to demand educational qualification documents for you to be considered.  

Academic qualifications have over the years been associated with personal competence and countless skills which you need as an employee to effectively perform your assigned duties.  So, to achieve your long term career goals all you need is to take a business management class. 

If you choose not to study for an accredited business qualification, you will always be finding yourself taking back seats whenever you are with highly qualified business managers.

6. You, Will, Have A Variety Of Career Choices At Your Disposal

Currently, one of the most significant benefits of studying business management is its ability to create a great variety career choices. It’s of great importance to know that, most organizations across the globe both in private and public sectors solely depend on committed managers for them to succeed.

So, by studying business management, you immediately enhance and expand your overall career prospects in life. Hence, irrespective of your current objectives and position, there is nothing that can boost the value of your professional CV more than business management qualification.

Therefore, don’t be left behind since most of our Universities and colleges are currently offering a wide range of premium and quality business courses which covers a variety of specialist business sections. Enroll today and study at your own pace for an accredited diploma or certificate which will transform and take your career prospects to the next level.

Catholic University to Develop 8.6 Acres of “South Campus” Property

The Catholic University of America (CUA) is in the early stages of developing 8.6 acres of campus property at the corner of Monroe St. NE and Michigan Ave NE. The property, referred to as “south campus,” consists of five individual parcels ranging from .07 acres to 5.21 acres in size (see map).

According to CUA chief counsel Craig Parker, the primary reason for developing the parcels is to generate revenue for the university’s plans to build three new campus dormitories on John McCormack Road. The University has reviewed proposals for the south campus properties from eight developers and expects to sign a letter of intent with the finalist by the middle of summer.

The university is considering a mixed use residential/retail development for some or all of the properties, although few details are available at this stage. Mr. Parker emphasized: “we can’t say for sure what is in or out of the project until we talk to the neighborhood.”

Similarly, Mr. Parker said no decisions had been made regarding building heights. He stressed that “height will be determined in collaboration with the neighborhood.” However, expectations are for taller buildings to be located close to CUA and Michigan Ave NE. Building heights would then decrease as the development approached residential areas.

“We are sensitive to the fact that there are single-family homes that are adjacent [to the proposed development] on the south side” said Mr. Parker.

Once a developer is selected, the university will start working with the community on the details of the development. According to Mr. Parker, outreach to local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) began in June 2006. More recently, CUA has participated in the D.C. Office of Planning’s Small Area Plan for Brookland.

CUA anticipates a two-year long process for drawing up the plans. This will include working with the District and the community to obtain the necessary zoning adjustments and planning approvals. Construction would not begin before the end of 2009 at the earliest.

Mr. Parker said that the university has a number of “guiding principles” for the project. One of the guiding principles is to ensure the development is an asset to the neighborhood. The objective is to create something “that reflects and contributes to the unique character of Brookland,” said Mr. Parker. He also stated the goal of improving connectivity between CUA and Brookland by making the Monroe St. bridge more attractive.

Another key tenet of the project is to include “neighborhood-serving retail” that complements the 12th St. commercial corridor. Mr. Parker noted that at neighborhood meetings, community members consistently mention the desire for more retail amenities in Brookland. Locating attractive retail stores next to the campus is also intended to make the university more appealing to prospective students.

CUA has evaluated the developers on a number of criteria. The selection process includes a review of their financial and organizational strength, their track record working with D.C. neighborhoods, their track record successfully delivering similar projects, the quality of their vision, their architectural strength, and the quality of their construction. Mr. Parker stated that the project will adhere to all city norms and regulations for affordable housing.

Catholic University has found it necessary to build additional dorms on John McCormack Road due to the success of their efforts to increase enrollment. In the mid to late 1990’s undergraduate enrollment dropped to approximately 3,000 students. CUA has recently brought levels back to approximately 4,000 students. The sale and/or lease of the south campus properties will fund the construction of the new dorms.

Mr. Parker was enthusiastic about the possibilities the development had for both the university and the neighborhood. “We have the opportunity to make a really unique place,” he said.

Note: the editor of Brookland Heartbeat has a part time job at Catholic University.

Businesses Celebrate Completion of 12th Street Storefront Improvement Program

If you noticed 12th Street businesses looking better than ever, it could be because of improvements to five storefronts sponsored by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD).

DSLBD paid for exterior painting, lighting, awnings, signage, glass, and security gates for five businesses that applied to a grant program targeted exclusively at 12th Street businesses.

According to a DSLBD spokesperson, each business received $10,000 to $15,000 in storefront improvements.

Not only did DSLBD pay for all the work, but District employees coordinated with the contractors to make it all happen. The only expense picked up by the business owners was permit fees.

Doris Johnson, owner of Total Relaxation, was ecstatic about the increased visibility of her store, which sells bath and spa products, spa services, and gifts.

“People are calling more, they are getting out of their cars and coming in, and they are getting off the bus and coming in,” she said. “It so changed the face of my business that after it was completed, I just wanted to sit outside and stare at it.”

Doris Johnson said that as a small business owner, she never would have been able to accomplish the improvements on her own. Ms. Johnson gave particular credit to Camille Nixon, DSLBD project manager. “In terms of excellence and outstanding service, she went to the highest level—even above that,” said Ms. Johnson. “She handled every detail.”

Charles Oguh, owner of Brookland Grill (formerly called the Ice Cream Station) was equally thankful.

Mr. Oguh said his new sign and freshly painted storefront were generating compliments from customers.

He said DSLBD also helped him rename his restaurant “Brookland Grill” so customers would know he sold more than ice cream. Brookland Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, including items like rotisserie chicken, macaroni and cheese, and crab cakes.

“If I was doing it myself it would have been very difficult,” he said.

Mr. Oguh also commended the work of Camille Nixon. “She is one of the best DC employees I have run into,” he said. He added that the experience was so positive that he is now planning to make improvements to the restaurant’s interior on his own.

Nadeem Ali, owner of Pizza Boli’s, said his storefront received a new sign and new glass. He credited the improvements with increasing his sales by 5%.

Mr. Ali, who applied to the program when it was first announced several years ago, said he was glad to see the improvements finally come to fruition. “It took forever but it was worth it,” he said.

The 12th Street storefront improvement program was initially launched in partnership with the Brookland Community Development Corporation (CDC) in 2006. The Brookland CDC was awarded $300,000 to make improvements to more than two dozen storefronts on 12th Street.

The District government rescinded the funds in 2007 after determining that the Brookland CDC had misappropriated $10,000.

In 2008, DSLBD restarted the program in partnership with the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), but reduced the total amount of funding to $87,000.

Shakti MindBody Studio Comes to Brookland

Brooklanders interested in yoga and Pilates now have a new place to take classes. Ieshia Ali, Brookland resident, opened a satellite location of her Shakti MindBody Studio here in Brookland. Ms. Ali co-founded the main branch of her studio, located at 1015½ 7th Street NW, with business partner Faith Hunter. The Brookland satellite location is operated out of a studio in Ms. Ali’s home at 3805 13th Street NE.

Co-owners Ms. Ali and Ms. Hunter describe their Studio as a “bohemian chic yoga urban hang suite” that is much more than a place to take classes. Ms. Ali says that clients are invited to stay and relax, enjoy cookies and tea after class, make lasting friendships, and achieve “good health, inner peace, and a free spirit.”

Shakti MindBody Studio has 12 instructors and offers a wide range of classes and other services, such as several types of massage, yoga for expecting moms, yoga for runners, and various forms of “natural healing” such as Reiki. The Studio also offers a 200 hour yoga teacher training course.

At the Brookland site, Ms. Ali has offered a “Mama and Me” series of classes for moms and infants, and a “Mat Fusion” class, which combines elements of yoga and Pilates. Other offerings include evening yoga classes and an “Aha Basics” yoga workshop that teaches beginning and returning yoga students the fundamental principles of pranayama (breathing), asana (postures), and meditation. Clients can also take private lessons in-studio, at home, or at their office.

Ms. Ali came to yoga with a background in gymnastics and dance. In the 1980s, Ms. Ali lived in the Cloisters on Michigan Avenue while studying at Howard University. In the mid-90’s, after an injury, Ms. Ali began practicing yoga and Pilates to help recuperate. Later in her career she became an Operations Manager for France Telecom, and found that yoga and Pilates were great ways to stay healthy on long business trips.

Neither yoga nor Pilates requires complicated equipment or a lot of space, so they can easily be practiced while on the road and living out of hotel rooms.

A bout with thyroid cancer led Ms. Ali to reevaluate her priorities, and she decided to pursue her passion for yoga and Pilates full time. In 2005, Ms. Ali started teaching yoga and Pilates at several locations in the District. However, her ultimate goal was to create a space for “joyous living, divine play, mindful awareness, and the freedom to be who you are.” She found that her friend Faith Hunter shared similar views, and the concept of Shakti MindBody Studio was born.

To those who are concerned that yoga is only for people who are flexible, or that it may be too difficult, Ms. Ali emphasizes that yoga is not a competition but an individual experience. No matter where you start, she says, yoga can help you to build physical qualities like strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance.

Ms. Ali adds that it is important to understand that yoga is not a faith or religion; it is a philosophy and a way of life that encourages both physical and spiritual health, wellbeing, and balance. Ms. Ali hopes that no matter what their previous experience with yoga, Pilates, or other practices/therapies, people will find the Studio to be a place where “smart compassionate people with introspection” will have an opportunity to “make connections and live a more proactive life.”

Ms. Ali’s Mat Fusion classes begin with a short period of relaxation, lying flat on one’s back on a yoga mat in order to slow down and become “centered.” The class then moves into a series of exercises that varies in each session.

Some of the exercises focus on building a particular physical skill, such as balance, strength, or flexibility, while other exercises draw on many different physical skills at once. In addition to leading the class, Ms. Ali provides gentle guidance to individual participants, and interjects humor to help everyone relax after a particularly challenging set of exercises.

She creates atmosphere by lighting candles and playing background music that is both soothing and invigorating. She also ends each class with an insight from a favorite teacher or author (at the last class, it was a quote from the book The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav).

In the future, Ms. Ali and Ms. Hunter hope to expand their offerings both downtown and at the Brookland studio, and possibly open a third location.

Byte Back Celebrates “Community Computer Day”

On Saturday, June 9th, Byte Back partnered with DCTV to host Brookland’s Community Media Day. According to Byte Back Executive Director Patricia Jayne, the purpose of the event was to make electronic media (computers, the internet, video and television) more accessible to all DC residents.

The event featured free computer workshops and activities for children. One of the main attractions was a booth where children made crafts and artwork out of old computer parts.

Byte Back also sponsored free computer recycling.

Joyce Hemmons, Vice Chair of the Byte Back Board of Directors, said the best part of the event was “being outside, where people could come by and learn about us without have to knock on our door.”

Activities were held at Byte Back’s classrooms on 9th and Monroe St NE and across the street at DCTV, located in Brooks Mansion.

Byte Back is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides computer training to residents of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. Byte Back is supported by its volunteers, as well as by donations from individuals, companies and organizations. Byte Back’s mission is to close the “digital divide”—the gap between those who have access to computers and those who do not.

Byte Back offers community computer classes in 4 and 8 week sessions. Class offerings include PC for Beginners, Microsoft Office Fast Track, PC Hardware, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and HTML.