Fashion Design: Education and Career Opportunities

If you ever wondered what the secret is behind those successful fashion houses that seem to sell and sell every time not only locally but internationally, then you need to sit tight. Their secret is not just hard work but they also work smart. They spend their resources in garnering knowledge instead of depending on trial an error like many people do. Whereas the competition may depend on the fickle feelings of the moment, the tigers in sales of the best garments worldwide know that the lifeline of any design business is linked to the intimate knowledge of the finer tastes that are linked to the needs of the customer. This type of knowledge comes with the acquisition of fashion degrees that have made a great deal of a difference in developing great names in careers in fashion design.A fashion degree from a reputable university will give you an edge over the competition because you will acquire the innate knowledge that gives you information relating to inner sensibilities in fashion design. You will have developed enough skills that will help you know just about everything that has been there before and what is likely to come back again with a blast. Fashion degrees sought by upcoming designers help them get involved in all the phases of the development of fashionable items beginning from the design, production, display and even sales of any type of clothing you can think about. With this type of fashion degree combined with your vision, determination and ambition succeeding where others are failing will not be an option.Taking a career in fashion design and upping your chances by acquiring a fashion degree means that you will gain the insight that helps you interpret a client’s needs and at the same time communicate your ideas, philosophy, vision and capabilities comprehensively. It will not matter how complicated a client’s personal style is; a qualified designer will employ his or her creativity in a simple yet exciting way. A fashion degree combined with your sharp eye for color, shape, style and form in design will give you an excellent resume that will keep you in business when others are falling by the wayside.

2012 State of the Union Address on Education

Last night, January 24th 2012, President Barack Obama delivered his 2012 State of the Union address. It was filled with a teamwork concept of lawmakers to shore up a potential long-term financial crisis and risk to traditional American lifestyle and the middle class. He also focused on energy, tougher banking and financial restrictions, health reform, tax adjustments for the wealthier Americans, and educational improvement.Since we’re mainly focused on higher education and financial aid, we’ll only speak to that point of the State of the Union.First off, President Obama spoke about education being a major part of his agenda. He believes America should be a country that leads the world in educating it’s people.”An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world,” Obama said. “An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.”So What Did Obama’s 2012 State of the Union specifically say about American Education? He started off congratulating states and local educators for raising their standards for teaching and for learning. And doing it for less than 1 percent of what our nation spends on education every year. That’s the first time in a LONG time that has happened.He spoke about the importance of teachers. And in a time where a lot of other countries are spending MORE on teachers and education, budget cuts and deficit worries have forced American states to lay off thousands of teachers. He offered suggestions on reward programs and providing additional resources to state education to keep, hire, and employ more and better teachers who are happy with their jobs.He wants to increase graduation rates and called on states to pass new laws to mandate that all students stay in school until they graduate or hit 18 years of age.President Obama addressed concern over the growing cost of tuition stating that, “…the most daunting challenge can be the cost of college. At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July.”He implored Congress to extend the tuition tax credit his administration has already started as well as loan borrowing cost reductions. The President has already put loan borrowing policy into place that reduces the burden on student repayment plans. He wants to double the number of work-study programs available so students can work their way through school and increase aid to ease costs.Lastly, he warned higher education institutions to keep their costs down and education affordable for everybody. Obama said, “So let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down. Higher education can’t be a luxury – it’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.”So What does the 2012 State of the Union on Education Mean for Me?In our opinion, it’s clear that the President realizes the importance of affordable education. We believe the current tax breaks and borrowing percentage reductions will continue as is, maybe even get better. The Obama administration has already bumped up the Pell Grant to $5500 and that may increase as well in the near future. There seems to be a strict focus on making higher education as affordable as possible for every citizen while increasing student and financial aid options to every student. This should only get better as we move along, especially now that private colleges as well as university institutions are going to be on notice to keep their skyrocketing costs from going up.It doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with President Obama and his organization, there is a focus on education and it still seems like a great time to apply for college and take classes. Financial aid will only increase and we’re already aware of the benefits of a college education.

Getting Back Into Internet Marketing

Today I am getting back into internet marketing. In the last few weeks I have completely stopped internet marketing to focus on property. There is so much more money to be made easier in property than internet marketing and I can see now how property can provide me with financial freedom a lot quicker than internet marketing ever could.Although I do have a problem. Property doesn’t take up a lot of my time. Doing property deals is an elongated process and takes minutes of your time spread throughout each day and each week. But then you have the dilemma of what you do with the time in between. I could do nothing, but that isn’t exactly me, I always love to have my head full of something.So after much consideration I have decided to start getting back into internet marketing. Property will still be my focus, and will be my focus until I am financially free, but I realise that internet marketing will be good for me also. Firstly it will generate income which will increase my borrowing power, secondly it will give me something to do, but most importantly it will give me an outlet for which to teach.I have come a long way in the last 6 months when it comes to understanding wealth and actually being in a position where I am moving forward into wealth. I am currently still in negotiations on my first property deal and I am looking to do my second deal within the next month.It will be very different teaching wealth from a place of wealth (or really moving towards) than just from a student’s perspective. In the past I have always been the student of wealth, someone who knows a lot but not someone that had a lot of money. In fact I worked just enough to scrape by so that I could spend my time studying wealth. This meant I had great knowledge but no money.I do believe that knowledge brings with it finance. The size of your bank account will increase to fit in with the size of you as a person. If you are rich on the inside, you will naturally gather and grow money to reflect who you are on the inside. If you are poor on the inside, even if you win lotto, your money will naturally shrink to fit who you are. So I am so glad that I focused on increasing my capacity instead of working harder for money.I haven’t really planned out exactly what I am going to do when it comes to internet marketing. This blog exists as my own outlet for my life, so it won’t be part of my investment plan. I am not trying to make money from this blog. Although I have a few other things in mind.I have grown a large subscriber base over the last few years (about 1,500 subscribers) but making money from my subscribers has always seem to elude me. So to combat this I plan to create my own course to market to my subscribers. It will be a course to teach people about the financial basics that I have been learning for the last 6 months. The financial basics that have allowed me to purchase my first property and start generating passive income.I also want to continue to market and grow my list. I have around 1,500 subscribers. Ultimately I want to have 60,000+ subscribers and to get them I will be writing articles and submitting them to article directories.I also want to eventually create a “How to make money with Aweber” course. I free course that I would market and get people to sign up for. The course would be free and I would only make money through affiliate sales of the Aweber service.Basically I am trying to keep my brain occupied and have a little bit of fun in between doing each property deal.