Archive for the ‘self-improvement’ Tag

Train Prisoners for Green Careers?

Matt Kelley has an interesting and thought provoking post at on training prisoners in green jobs to help them re-enter society.

Corrections departments and facilities around the world offer many kinds of training for prisoners, including GEDs and college degrees, vocations like carpentry and plumbing and artistic talents like painting and video production. But prisons are too far behind the curve. Green jobs — including earth-friendly construction and solar panel manufacturing and installation among many, many other specialties — are certain to be booming in the years ahead, and prisons are a perfect place to teach these trades.

The comments are worth reading as well.

I wonder: how receptive is our society to training prisoners to take some of the best-paying jobs, especially given the current state of the economy? Ex-convicts should become productive members of society, but should that come at the expense displaced workers who haven’t committed a crime, or had to pay for their own training?


Where The Green Jobs Are – How to Find Them, How to Get Them

Want to find a job in green energy? Here you go. You’re welcome.

This map of renewable energy and energy efficiency companies from the Environmental Defense Fund is just plain cool:

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently published an online map that identifies and profiles more than 1,200 companies in key manufacturing states that they see as poised create new jobs when Congress passes a cap on global warming pollution. The interactive map spotlights companies located in manufacturing regions, including those in communities in the rust belt and coal country.

via Where The Jobs Are – Interactive Tools Tells You Where to Look | The Green Economy Post: Green Careers, Green Jobs, Sustainable Jobs.

Now you know where to look. All you need are the skills. If you’ve wanted to make a career change, but weren’t sure if you had the right background and training, this free seminar from Green Career Central can help.

“NOW is the Time to Prepare for Your Green Career”
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
6 – 7 pm Pacific Time

Green Career Expert and author of the upcoming “Green Careers for Dummies,” Carol McClelland, will reveal five actions you can take right NOW to move toward your green career – even in an economy that is shifting and growing.

Click here to find out more and to sign up for the teleclass.

As I have mentioned before, the renewable energy sector has been adding jobs – even during the recession. If you’ve been thinking about making a change, this is a good opportunity to see what steps you need to take to start your career in the green economy.

Dave Navarro’s 7 Ways To Play A Bigger Game (With Free Workbook)

Frequent readers of this blog (hi Mom!) may recall that I’m big on business coach and productivity guru Dave Navarro, of Rock Your Day. If you are not familiar with Dave, here’s the money quote from his own “About ” page:

Dave Navarro, Rock Your Day

If you don’t have someone who kicks your ass on a regular basis, doesn’t put up with your excuses and demands that you rock out with all the potential that you have inside … well, you better find one fast. We all need people like that.

Dave has been that for me – through his blog, his weekly Monday Morning Kick in the Ass newsletter, and the tips he sends through the intertubes by way Twitter (@rockyourday).

Dave has a new blog post up that he calls his best ever: 7 Ways To Play A Bigger Game (With Free Workbook).

I agree. He walks you through a step-by-step process to help you identify your weak spots, and how to overcome them.

If you have ever thought – or even suspected – that you were holding yourself back, you owe it to yourself to check this out. It works – it has for me – and it’s free. That combination is tough to beat.

To paraphrase Dave: If you’re ready to demand more out of life, quit settling for excuses and make each day as satisfying as it can be, join us. You’ll thank yourself for it.

Go! NOW. And let me know what you think.

Dave Navarro’s “More Time Now:” A Different Perspective on Time Management

I’ve been a fan of Dave Navarro’s Rock Your Day blog for a while, so when he offered a free 40-page “starter kit” of sorts, I jumped at it.

It’s called “More Time NOW: How to Invest One Hour a Week to Free Up 1000 Hours a Year.” Even if he’s only half-right, you’re giving yourself more than an hour a day to work on your most important goals. How much is that worth to you?

Did I mention that it’s free?

You’re welcome.