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By Melinda Smith
Leech collectors, alchemists, ten-pin bowling pinsetters, toad doctors, clock keepers, street lantern lighters, and town criers. These are all professions that were once commonplace and today either don’t exist at all or have almost completely faded from existence.
They’ve been replaced by other professions, such as car mechanic, skyscraper window cleaner, digital marketer, computer programmer, astronaut, airline pilot, and wind turbine engineer.
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If you’re older than around 40, you probably also remember a time when offices weren’t filled with desks lined with computers. Instead, having letters printed would require you to take your handwritten scribbles to a “typing pool” or if you wanted to do some research on the internet, you’d have to book time on the single networked machine.
While you may not realize it, the job market is constantly evolving. Although we may start our working lives with one career, the chances are, we’ll finish it by doing something completely different. In fact, the average person has more than 12 jobs in their lifetime and switches careers several times too. There isn’t just one reason for switching either; in fact, there are many.
With this in mind, it’s important to keep up with the changing job market. It’s possible that the job you have when you retire may not have even been created yet, so we must find ways to adapt.
Find Transferable Skills
Whenever you’re applying for jobs, you’ll likely see the term “transferable skills” thrown around quite a bit. These are skills that you may have learned in one job but can apply in a completely different role too, even if the context or industry has changed.
So if you currently work as a waiter in a restaurant, you’ll likely have developed strong people skills that allow you to create a warm and welcoming environment so that your customers enjoy their time there. These could just as easily be applied to a care job where you’re looking after elderly people or a nursing role were making people feel supported and comforted is just as important.
Similarly, careers that require you to develop skills to understand and assess risk can set you up for many other jobs. One surprisingly common crossover is between poker players and those that work in the financial industry. Alexis Zervos was a professional poker player between 2009 and 2012, a job that helped him learn to calculate odds and assess risks. After that he left the sport to work as a macro hedge fund manager in London, using the same analytical skills in a different way. Since spending time working in finance, Zervos has moved back into poker, using his transferable skills to help him become a SCOOP champion.
You likely already have plenty of transferable skills like this already, so you probably don’t need to learn anything new. Instead, just spend some time considering how you could apply them to another field of work.
Learn New Skills
While some skills can be transferred from job to job, it’s often necessary to learn new ones to either progress in the role we have or to find a new one elsewhere. Thankfully, technology makes this much easier than it once was.
There are plenty of places you can go on the internet to learn new skills, from developing digital marketing skills through Grow with Google or the Hubspot Academy to leadership and management skills through platforms like Skillshare.
Understanding leadership and management can be important if you want to progress from technical roles to managerial positions that often come with higher salaries and more responsibility.
If you’re going to spend several more decades working for a living, you will likely need to stay on top of new skills, software, tools, and systems as they get rolled out.
While we like to think that the world is a meritocracy, the reality is that the old adage “it’s not what you know, but who” remains as relevant as ever. Knowing someone in a different industry or at a different company could help you to open doors to new career opportunities later on in life.
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Formal networking events, professional social networks like LinkedIn, and even meeting people in your personal life can all help to build your professional network.
The important thing to remember is that a skill or a connection that seems irrelevant now may not be in the future, so it helps to remain open-minded and to go through your career burning as few bridges as possible.
Sports betting has been around for centuries for the audience to not only watch the sport but to get more deeply involved in the match. It is a fun and often profitable activity for the viewer to win some extra fortune or simply get some extra sweat while watching the game. At first glance, sports betting may look like it's pure luck, but when you indulge deeper into the activity you realize it is more of a calculative and research activity than just pure luck. We must note that yes, luck does play a certain role to some extend but a win is not completely dependent on luck, if you're putting your bets on a certain team you have to make sure to do some research about the players on the team, history of wins and losses of the team and compare the probability of winning and then place bets.
Even though sports betting has existed since the ancient era, it was not until recently that it became increasingly popular among the youth. This happened due to the legalization of the activity and the rise of online sports betting. The technological revolution has expanded the sports betting industry, offering the bettors new markets and ways to bet. The only major difference between online bookmarkers and traditional brick-and-mortar venues of sports betting is that now you can place bets online from your mobile devices, laptops, computers etc.
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Online sports betting allows the sports enthusiastic bettors to place their sports bet online from wherever they are on real-life happening sports events. For instance, if there is a match between Chelsea F.C. and Machester United in the English Premier League, you can place wagers on either of the team to win from your comfort space, on your device and if you correctly predict the outcome, you'll win money.
How to Bet on Sports?
Sport betting gives more thrill and involvement in the sport to the bettor.Istockphoto
Now that you understand the basic mechanism of sports betting, how and where should you place your bets? For new bettors, sports betting can be a little intimidating because you're putting real money as stakes and no one wants to lose it. Here are the steps to place your sports bets online:
Choose a betting site: The first step to placing your sports bets is to find a reliable sports betting site. BetRivers sportsbook is one of the most popular sports betting sites in the US which also has a mobile app. It has a solid design with intuitive navigation, user friendly and polished layout.
Sign up: After choosing the website, you must sign up and provide simple details like your name, email address, age etc. to verify your proof of identity and if you're legally allowed to start betting in the state or not.
Deposit money in your online sportsbook: Once you've registered an account, you can immediately deposit some money and place your bets on the sport of your choice. Most online sports betting platforms accept numerous deposit methods. BetRivers accepts various methods like online banking, Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, pay+, etc; and withdrawing money is as simple as depositing the amount.
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Locate the market: Before placing your first bet, pinpoint the sports you want to place bets on, then select specific competitions or leagues that interests you the most. Then you need to find a team you want to bet on. Do some research on the odds and market. Once you've made up your mind you can bet your money on your prediction.
Place your first bet: Once you're certain about your bet, you're required to enter the amount you want to bet. Most sites give you a preview of how much a bettor stands to win in the bet slip. If you're satisfied with the odds, you can happily hit the button to confirm your bet and wait for the results.
Enjoy the game: The bet has been placed, the game has started, now all you need to do is sit back, relax and watch the game and let your bet come in.
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It is indeed good news that the book showcasing the wisdom of India in the eyes of Western intellectuals is getting due recognition and appreciation from other states and abroad. After Karnataka and Punjab, the Government of Assam has recently consented to translate the research-based book by Shillong-based author - Shri Salil Gewali titled "Great Minds on India". The Chief Minister of Assam - Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma was amazed to know that so many top western scientists and philosophers have drawn a considerable amount of inspiration from ancient scriptures of India, particularly in the studies of modern physics, linguistic and astronomy. In the recent meeting with the author, the Chief Minister had highly appreciated Gewali's book and promised to read it thoroughly. Gewali's book was also approved for translation in the year 2020 by the former Chief Minister – Shri Sarbananda Sonowal but due to COVID-19, the translation work was delayed.
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Furthermore, the two scholars from Canada --- Dr Hema Murty -- Air Space Engineer at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Harsh H Thakkar of Sheridan College of Brampton, Ontario have sought permission from Mr. Gewali for the translation of 'Great Minds on India' into the Sanskrit language. After the translation, the Sanskrit edition will be published and circulated and utilized by Samskrita Bharati of Canada, besides its other branches in India, USA and UK. Gewali says that the book that has been praised by countless scholars and publication by the Government of Karnataka and Punjab has so far been translated into thirteen languages, including German.
'Great Minds of India' by Salil Gewali is an impressive compact book discussing the power that Indian ancient wisdomFile
A university scholar from Winchester, United Kingdom - Ms. Janet Murphy remarks:
" 'Great Minds of India' by Salil Gewali is an impressive compact book discussing the power that Indian ancient wisdom, thought and way of life had an impact on western minds, especially those who are of great historical significance, such as Voltaire, Albert Einstein, Ralph Emerson, Julius Robert Oppenheimer, Mark Twain, HG Wells et al. It is hoped all right-thinking scholars will find Gewali's work extremely applaudable."
BEIJING — Chinese organizers have confirmed participants in next year's Winter Olympics will be strictly isolated from the general population and could face expulsion for violating COVID-19 restrictions.
Vice mayor and Beijing 2022 organizing committee official Zhang Jiandong told reporters Wednesday that those taking part in the games beginning Feb. 4 must remain in a "closed loop" for training, competing, transport, dining and accommodation.
A strict Olympic bubble has long been on the books, but Beijing has now made it official in keeping with its zero-tolerance approach to the pandemic. Athletes and other participants will also be tested regularly for the coronavirus before and during the Games. Family, spectators and sponsors from outside the country will not be allowed to attend.
"All participants of the Games and our Chinese staff and volunteers will implement the same policy," Zhang said. "They will be strictly separated from the external society.
"Those who do not comply with the epidemic prevention regulations may face severe consequences such as warning, temporary or permanent cancellation of registration, temporary or permanent disqualification or expulsion from the competition, and other punishment."
All participants must have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to their departure for China.
China has enforced strict rules on mask wearing, quarantines and contact tracing that have largely succeeded in eliminating the local transmission of COVID-19, but imported cases and domestic infections continue to appear in daily reports.
"Indeed, epidemic prevention and control is the biggest challenge for us to host the Winter Olympic Games," Zhang told a news conference.
Wednesday marked 100 days until the Beijing Games. Organizers have held test events featuring international athletes at Olympic venues under strict conditions.
Japan imposed restrictive rules and an Olympic bubble during the July 23-Aug. 8 Summer Games in Tokyo, which had been postponed by 12 months because of the pandemic. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: China, Winter Olympics, Closed Loop, Epidemic Prevention