Tuesday, September 16, 2014 13:25

Should I Earn A Business Degree?

July 8th, 2014

The prospect of going back into academia and earning a business degree is something I have been thinking about a lot recently. A career in business has a lot more opportunities than a lot of people realise; business serves as the foundation for political, social and economic systems. It’s important to understand that business degrees are varied and offer a variety of specialisations and benefits depending on your career goals. From working as an accountant or business lawyer to work involving the Derivatives Market, a business degree can teach you invaluable skills and secure you a top-paying job.

Types of Business Degrees

Business degrees encompass a wide range of courses and subjects including management, economics, finance and accounting. Some degrees are interdisciplinary while others are very specialised. A lot of individuals choose to combine business degrees to achieve a more competitive edge. For example, you might choose to study international business and modern languages, marketing and computer sciences, strategic management and finance.

What to Expect

Undergraduate business degrees typically last 3-4 years, depending on the country and program and then it is highly recommended to obtain a master’s degree which can take one 1-2 years. As an undergraduate you will generally focus on learning core business principles and ideologies before moving into specialisations.

From the master’s level onward, your education will be highly specialised on your particular interest in the business sector though there is still a great deal of flexibility. Masters of Business Administration (MBAS) and Executive MBAs are suited for individuals who have gained professional experience and development.

Skills Learned

Over the period of your education you will gain tremendous skills that can be applied to jobs in every business sector in addition to other fields including:

  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Logical and critical thinking
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management
  • The ability to interpret complex financial data (such as Swap Rates)

Careers

The best reason to study business is the variety of different fields that you can find great careers in. The most obvious type of careers is accounting or business planning but a variety of sectors have demand for business degrees such as marketing, law, human resources and more. There are many sectors that individuals without business degrees might not even realise are a major part of the global economy such as clearing houses that deal with Interest Rate Derivatives, the Cross Currency Swap and more.

A business degree will provide you with the education and training that you need to achieve your goals in the business and finance industry in addition to providing you with practical skills for career advancements. It’s important to choose a specialisation based on your personality, goals and personal strengths.

Physiotherapy and Parkinson’s Disease

June 10th, 2014

My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years back, and one of the things that was recommended for him by the physician was physiotherapy. A Physiotherapist is primarily concerned with promoting mobility and functional capabilities to improve the quality of life in those with impairments or disabilities. It’s particularly important for older individuals to prevent losing independence and mobility. Physiotherapy can be incredibly beneficial for managing common long-term illnesses in the elderly such as Parkinson’s.

For those who might not know, Parkinson’s disease is a disorder with the central nervous system and is a result of dopamine-generating cells in the midbrain dying. Common symptoms include: shaking, slow movement, difficulty walking and gait.

In the early stages of Parkinson’s a physiotherapist or Chiropractor can start by offering you education, support and advice on how to keep your fitness capabilities and improve posture. A physio will assess how Parkinson’s is affecting your movement and as the condition worsens they will focus on managing walking, balance and posture. Here are several ways a physiotherapist can help you or your loved one who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Maintaining or Improving Fitness Levels

A body in motion stays in motion and that’s exactly what a physio or Osteopath can help with in Parkinson’s patients. By providing a programme to follow at home that is focused on gentle exercises that improve balance and posture the patient can relieve stiffness and move more freely. The physio will also recommend activities such as golf or yoga.

Improve Movement

One of the most difficult aspects of Parkinson’s to accept is the fact that the individual will lose basic functional abilities. A physiotherapist will teach the patient how make movements such s walking, sitting down and standing up easier. As the condition worsens it will become more difficult but the physio can teach you new ways of doing things.

Help Prevent Falls

As we age we lose our stability, balance and muscle but it’s more of a concern for individuals with Parkinson’s because their condition makes everyday movements a challenge. A Chiropodist will improve strength, balance and coordination and also improve walking capabilities. This will reduce both the likelihood of falling and the fear of falling. They will also teach techniques on how to get up in case the patient would fall.

Pain Relief

There are 5 common types of pain with Parkinson’s disease: musculoskeletal pain, involuntary muscle spasms, neuropathic, restlessness and akathisia-related pain. A physiotherapist can use heat and cold, acupuncture or manual techniques to reduce pain and discomfort caused by the condition.

Help with Effective Breathing

Parkinson’s may weaken or cause stiffness in the chest muscles. A physiotherapist can use techniques that clear phlegm to keep the chest clear and help prevent infections. The breathing techniques a physio will teach the patient should improve breathing.

Arguably the best way physiotherapist help patients with Parkinson’s are that they help you maintain your independence and mobility. Their advice, specialised techniques and long-term treatment plans will improve the overall quality of life with the long-term in mind.