Thursday, June 25, 2009

What’s it like to be a…Small Business Owner?

My job title is: President of a small business with 25 employees.
My actual position is—Small Business Owner, Troubleshooter, Salesperson, Personnel Manager, Financial Planner.

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
Arrive at 7:00 or 8:00, do what is necessary to solve any problems, plan for a future with fewer problems. Some weeks are 30-40 hours, some weeks are 40-50 hours.

What other positions have you held prior to your current job?
School teacher, college professor.

How did you get to where you are now?
Networking led to an offer to buy into a niche educational business.

What kind of training/education did you have?
Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate.  I also audited about six college business courses (including management and basic accounting) before taking over the business.

What qualifications/skills/attributes make someone successful in this position?

Common sense, intelligence, honesty, commitment, organizational skills, follow-through, a bit of tech savvy.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 06/25 at 01:45 PM
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What’s it like to be a…..Special Education Pre-School Teacher?

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
I teach 8 preschoolers, aged 2-5, all with disabilities.  They have a variety of disabilities, including autism, physical disabilities, speech impairment, genetic disorders, Down syndrome and others.  The children come for half the day and participate in typical preschool activities, with some adaptations as needed.  Each child has an IEP (Individualized Education Program), which the parents and I develop, to address problems in areas of development (social skills, communication skills, cognitive skills, gross and fine motor skills and adaptive skills).  We work on their delays at school and then I do home visits in the afternoon, coaching parents and working with the children.  Our classroom also has speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other specialists also working with the children.  I have two assistants that help to carry out the program.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 06/25 at 09:04 AM
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What’s it like to be a….TV News Reporter?

My job title is: Senior Reporter
My actual position is (if this differs from job title): Sometimes I shoot and edit video

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?

A typical day starts at nine AM with an editorial meeting.  We decide who is covering what, and we go out and get those stories.  It hasn’t changed a lot in the last 30 years, except that now we email back photos and notes to update our website.

What other, if any, positions have you held prior to your current job? How did you get to where you are now?
My first job out of college was in radio news.

What kind of training/education did you have? What would you suggest? What qualifications/skills/attributes make someone successful in this position?

A college education is essential, along with curiosity and willingness to learn new technologies.

What are the rewards in your position? Challenges? What makes a good day for you?
It’s rewarding to tell human stories that people respond to.  A good day is finding compelling characters that make the news stories come alive.

What trends or changes do you foresee in the next 5-10 years?
Reporters will shoot and edit more of their own stories and file them on the web as well as on TV.

How could a person find out more about your field?
http://www.rtnda.org;www.poynter.org

When you were growing up, did you have any interests that you have built into your work?

I was interested in the world about me.

What obstacles have you overcome to get to where you are today?
Fighting fatigue with covering the same stories over and over.

What was your first job like after college?

It was a radio news reporting and anchoring job and a lot of fun.

How do your beliefs and values or worldview perspectives impact what you do at work?
The most impactful video news stories aim for the heart to inform the mind.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 06/23 at 09:18 AM
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