The female trader

If you’re involved in spread betting or CFD trading, it’s understandable that you’ll want to make a profit from your trading. Different traders have different strategies with varying levels of success, but gender is seen as being important. Research conducted by a Cambridge University professor showed that when it came to trading on the markets, women were seen as better at making important decisions than men, and that they were more cautious in their approach.

There has been a huge rise in the number of women traders, and the fact that many of them are making significant profits every year could be put down to being more pragmatic when it comes to their trading. As the infographic clearly displays, the average annual profit of the top female traders is over £250,000, with the top one making over five times that amount. This proves that women are just as capable of being successful as men in this field.

Take a look at the City Index infographic below to find out more information about female trader:

Job openings for truckers

Here’s another area where plenty of jobs are open:

Attention out-of-work Americans: Want to be a trucker?

A worsening shortage of truck drivers is pushing up freight rates and delaying some deliveries, defying the weak economy, high unemployment and falling gasoline prices.

“It’s getting harder to get drivers,” says Mike Card, president of Combined Transport of Central Point, Ore., and incoming chairman of the American Trucking Associations. “I could hire 50 guys right now.” He now employs 393 drivers.
Many Baby Boomers are retiring and fewer young people are interested in long-haul-trucking careers that often require drivers to be away from home for weeks at a time, says Ben Cubitt, senior vice president of Transplace, which manages freight delivery for businesses.

Despite the 8.2% national jobless rate, many unemployed construction and factory workers can’t afford the $4,000 to $6,000 cost of a six-week driver-training course, says Rosalyn Wilson, senior business analyst of consulting firm Delcan.

The training costs are certainly an issue, but this can be a an excellent option for plenty of people looking for work. Do your research and see if this might apply to you.

Working on projects during job interview process

With a very competitive job market, prospective employers are getting much more demanding in their interviews. Basically, they don’t want to just talk to you. They want to see what you can do. So job applicants end up doing work for free as they work through projects developed by the prospective employer to test actual skills.

In today’s competitive job market, employers are increasingly asking candidates to show — not just tell — what they can do. Top candidates are asked to solve problems on the spot, give feedback on products, and research new markets. “Companies ask for whatever they want, and people do it,” says Cynthia Shapiro, an L.A.-based career strategist. One of Shapiro’s clients created 10 greeting cards in 24 hours to win a graphic design job, while another client did market research and made a formal presentation to top executives — only to hear that the company was no longer filling the position.

These case study-style interviews, also known as situational, scenario, or behavioral interviews, have been common among i-banking and consulting firms but are now permeating all sectors. Career experts say the techniques are relevant to even the upper echelons of executives — those used to being wooed with box seats. SHL, the world’s largest employment assessment provider, saw a 65% jump last year in employers using such techniques to vet candidates.

This is new in many industries, even if it’s been commonplace in the tech world for years. Software jobs in particular involve hacking sessions as part of the interview process. That said, it’s a new trend that you have to be prepared for.

Jobs opening up in insurance industry

Around the world we’re all still grappling with the after-effects of the financial crisis from several years ago. Now we have troubles with Greece and other countries in Europe to contend with, though we might finally be seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

That said, we are seeing some healthy trends as various industries get back on their feet. In the United States for example, record low mortgage rates have spurred job openings as banks have had to keep up with demand for refinancings. This has helped to offset some of the cutbacks in the financial services industry. While workers in this area won’t be seeing the huge bonuses from the last decade, these are still very desirable jobs.

The insurance industry also appears to be improving if you look at the news on jobs in insurance. InsuranceJobs.com recently announced that demand is still strong for insurance jobs.

Currently InsuranceJobs.com is showing nearly 5,000 new positions for insurance employment from hundreds of companies. Areas of the strongest demand from companies appear to be for insurance claims jobs, claims adjusters, insurance sales, insurance agents, and insurance customer support representatives. These type insurance career opportunities are coming from prominent insurance companies such as; AAA, Allstate, Farmers, Florida Blue, MAPFREE, UNUM, and USAA just to name a few.

Workers with solid office, computer, clerical and phone skills can do very well in this area, and these jobs are opening all around the world as well. In the UK for example you can check out insurance jobs with Direct Line Group. Professionalism is very important in this field, so make sure your resume is updated and that you’re prepared to interview well. These jobs are often best for workers who enjoy an office environment, yet there are many positions like insurance adjusters that can spend time out in the field. Look for positions that match your strengths and interests. If you’re good in math, perhaps an actuary job is right for you.

The insurance business will also be growing worldwide as emerging nations like China and India start consuming these services with the growth of their middle class, and US and British companies will likely be very active in trying to penetrate those markets, so insurance might also be an interesting field for workers interested in international business.

The virtual classroom of the future is here now

The idea of college kids congregating in libraries on college campuses will likely never go away, but a revolution in higher learning is underway that can shake up the university system in the United States and around the world.

The trend of putting college courses online for free is exploding, and the idea of a college education may never be the same. That’s probably a good thing, as the cost of a college education has been spiraling out of control. We believe that the emergence of self-education through free online tools will be one of the great trends of the 21st century.

Steve Klinsey is the founder and CEO of New Mountain Capital and has been very active in education reform for years. He has published a very interesting commentary in Baron’s discussing this topic.

The American Dream is increasingly blocked by steadily rising college costs, and America’s student debt stands at more than $1 trillion. Fortunately, the combination of readily available technology and a simple regulatory change could create a low-cost or even a no-cost alternative path toward a college degree. The edX program recently announced by MIT and Harvard points the way toward a massively open online course movement.

EdX is designed to make MIT and Harvard college courses widely available online, building on the MITx program that already offers MIT courses free of charge online to any student anywhere. EdX will support students’ learning and grade their work, and a certificate from the program will be granted for successful course completion. EdX is also offering to give its online-course-delivery software to other educational institutions that want to broadly distribute their courses.

Last fall, Stanford offered an introductory Artificial Intelligence course for free, online. It reported that 160,000 students, from high schoolers to retirees, enrolled from 175 countries, and 22,000 students completed the rigorous course.

Princeton, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and others are pursuing similar paths. The Open University system in the United Kingdom and Western Governors University in the U.S. have been pioneering this philosophy as well.

Digital technology can revolutionize the cost structure of education, just as it has for other forms of information. However, regulation needs to change to enable the advance, particularly in the area of accreditation.

He goes on to discuss ways that some sort of certificate of completion can be given to people who complete these courses online, and how the government can incentivize universities to come up with a standardized system to handle these certificates so that prospective employers and other universities can count on them.

This is yet another example of the tremendous power the the internet and social media. The exponential effect this can have on global learning is simply staggering and also very exciting.

Hopefully, the days of ridiculously priced college educations will be coming to an end.

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