Guest Writers for the RDA Blog

From time to time our friends help us out and write articles for the Research Design Associates. This is where their articles are posted.

Before STEM

Up until 4 years ago STEM wasn’t an acronym on my radar – much less in my career plan which started at the age of 5.  My mom took me along to archeological ‘digs’ led by a friend of hers who ran the excavations for the Tennessee Valley Authority.   I wanted to be an archeologist swooping into sites like Indiana Jones! 

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6.21.2014
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Actuarial Science

Actuarial science is a field of applied mathmatics and statistics used to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries. Much of the preperation and study to become an actuary can be done outside the classroom at your own pace. You demonstrate your skill on a series of rigerous professional exams, not completion of a specific degree program.This STEM field consistantly ranks in the top of career job satisfacion and compensation.

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6.14.2014
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How I Got to My Career

There were times when doing what was necessary to support myself and proceed with my education was halting and difficult. The untimate result was not always clear. However, a series of systematic steps led to how I came to be a woman in a STEM field.

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College and Life

During college life grew complicated and my original vision needed to be altered.

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Moving Toward My Career In A STEM Field

How I came to be a CDC scientist. There were serveral steps that I'll explain over a series of blogs here. While my journey in my PhD and my job at the CDC my not be the typical route I would not change it for anything.  This journey allowed me to grow as a person (and mother) and to truly understand what I enjoyed doing in life. 

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The 7 Most Common Mistakes That Could Be Keeping Your Business From Getting To The Top This Year

Nothing beats having your own business, being your own boss, and having the power to make things happen.  But with it come great responsibility and a degree of irreplaceability as everyone looks to you for solutions.You know you have it in you to take your company to the next level. But when you’re dealing with so many fires to put out, there’s no wonder you’re facing challenges moving your business to the next level. It’s hard to provide the strategic leadership and implementation needed to achieve your goals.

 

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4.7.2014
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Tired of New Hires That Turned Out Just Like the One You Fired?

“Bank employee steals a million, 2 SBC employees found stealing.” Certainly not something anyone wants to go down in company history for, and be remembered for eternity as the person responsible for that hire. Well, at least, not intentionally. It often makes you wonder what could possibly have gone wrong in the recruiting process and what might have prevented something like this from happening. Generally, it isn’t the big things that get overlooked because we’ve prepared adequately for them but more often, the little ones that get right past our eyes.

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3.30.2014
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Exploring the Freelance Economy Across Generations

Approximately 14 million jobs vanished in the wake of the 2008 economic meltdown. While many layoffs were directly tied to an overall decline in business and decreased corporate revenues, there were a certain number that resulted from a desire to shrink the labor force.Many people have had to shift to frelancing.

Most of the articles written about the Freelance Economy focus on the freedom enjoyed by the freelance worker: the freedom to work when and how they want, for whom they want and from any place they choose. Yet there can be a great deal of "free", non-billable time spent generating the work opportunities needed to pay our bills. There is true opportunity for those who fighre out how to fit their skills to a specific task rather that selling blocks of time.

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1.13.2014
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Budgeting Your Vision

Visioning is the cornerstone of every successful company. Your vision is the framework upon which you build a successful business.Creating a meaningful vision is essential to how you focus in the coming year. Your vision for your company is the process of putting a pricetag on what you want your company to be in the comming year.

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11.24.2013
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The 7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Delegating Unless You’re Going For The “Tony Soprano”

If you have been in a supervisory role or a management role, you’ve probably heard this a million times, “In today’s busy world, one of the best ways to get more time for those top-priority projects is by delegating some of the lower-priority work to someone else.” Sounds fairly simple as a management theory….until you have to actually deal with real people.

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11.18.2013
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