Author Archives: Endre Fredriksen

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Top In-demand Jobs of the Future

Category : Careers

Unfortunately, we have all seen people being laid off or made redundant over the past several years, due to all sorts of reasons. Perhaps you yourself have lost your job?

The fact that the unemployment rate is higher than ever coupled with the fact that more people are now graduating from college than ever before, which means that making the right call when choosing a career is now more important and more difficult than it used to be. Luckily, there’s now more information available to those who know where to search for it. If you just take a look at some statistics, you’ll be able to see what industries are most likely to be the leading ones in the future.

For the following article, we’ve compiled a list of jobs that are either already very popular or are expected to be.


Despite the rapid development of software solutions aiming to provide these services, it’s safe to say that the demand for excellent interpreters and translators will remain at a high level. The basic reason is that there is more content being created in all fields and if that content is to reach wider audiences, it needs to be translated. Also, for as long as there is literature and entertainment, there’ll be need for translators.

Physical therapists and assistants

The importance of physical therapy in helping people recover from illness or injury can’t be underestimated. This highly rewarding, yet equally difficult job is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. One of the advantages of this profession is that you might be able to look for a job even outside the borders of your country, since the communication between a physical therapist and a patient is minimal.

Geotechnical engineer

This probably comes as a surprise, but due to the shortage of experienced professionals, geotechnical engineering provides almost certain employment, even without a master’s degree. The mechanics of soil and rock (geodetical surveying) is vital for design and construction of foundations, roads, tunnels, embankments, etc., which is why a career in this field might be very attractive for many. One of the best examples of successful geotechnical engineering companies is Douglas Partners.

Information security analyst

The whole IT industry is expected to thrive even more in the future, so any job that is somehow connected to it should bring vast job opportunities. One of the segments that is definitely going to grow is the field of information security. Those in charge of designing and implementing security measures that protect a company’s network and systems will become even more important in the future.

Nurse practitioners

There is already a great shortage of qualified nursing staff in many countries all over the world. People assisting patients’ health needs need to have great communication skills, have to be extremely detail-oriented and able to remain calm under a lot of pressure.

Software developers

Since there’s no end in sight for the need to create more software to assist our private and professional needs, we are going to continue being heavily dependent on those able to produce them. Another advantage of this job is that is doesn’t necessarily require any formal education and qualifications, but is very much skill-oriented, and many people from different professional backgrounds worldwide are re-training to become software developers.

Naturally, this is just a short list of occupations that will most certainly be popular in the future, but there are also many other that will provide decent chances for employment. When making a decision about your career, you do need to be very much aware of your wishes and inclinations, but it would be unwise to neglect some obvious trends.

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Your Personal Boom Bust Cycle – Part 2

As we become more acquainted with the patterns of income we saw from the family we grew up in and the family we currently live in, then we have the opportunity to better understand the points of stress we experience. In our married life it’s especially important to understand how our spouse experienced their family cash flow, and what that meant for them as a family—the things they got to do, the things they did not get to do.

As you think about your life horizon and the planning process that goes on, there are a number of variables to consider. There are some questions that will get answered soon, and some that will remain unknown until further along in growth and understanding.

The personal boom-and-bust cycle often plays out when there are larger variances in family income. If mom earns a big bonus check what does the family do with it—new cars, vacations, clothes, charity—what happens? Then what happens after the money is spent?

What about those families where income expands and contracts on a regular basis—are they able to set aside enough in the boom times to even out life in the bust times? This takes the ability to look into the future and anticipate the bust times to come. A family without a future orientation, may be more subject to having to expand and contract life style as income fluctuates. What stress is that placing on you? What kind of stress is that placing on your partner?

I was recently working with a couple where the husband was not concerned about the home equity line of credit and said they would get it paid off, whereas the wife was very concerned about getting it paid off. Below the surface of their argument lie deeper personal convictions and money scripts that caused them to see the situation from two very different perspectives. This family had variable income from both partners. The husband earned a small base salary with the potential for a big bonus, and the wife was a small business owner and did her own consulting work, which led to variable income. This dynamic ultimately led to a level of uncertainty in the relationship about when and how the home equity line of credit was going to be paid off.

So what’s your personal boom-and-bust cycle? If you don’t receive regular income for any number of reasons, what is that experience like for you, your spouse, your kids and perhaps other people that count on you to produce an income?

Where are you in the cycle?

Do you often have a steep recovery to climb out of the bust, i.e. is there debt that has to be repaid?

If the boom-and-bust cycle is wearing you out, what are those things that you can start to change that would reduce the variability in the cycle?

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How to Improve Your Costumer Communication in 2017?

Category : Marketing

Communication is a two-way street and in order for it to work, you need to learn how to both convey a message and receive it. While this may not seem as such a hard task when it comes to personal relationships, the same could not be said about a B2C connection. Your clients have a set of requirements they expect you to fulfill, but you will have a much harder job without knowing what they are. So, instead of spending a fortune on analysts trying to predict what is on your client’s mind, you could just provide them with the means to tell you this themselves.

Keep Your Inbox Organized

Let’s be completely clear about one thing- giving someone your contact email doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t check it regularly. Unfortunately, over the course of years, you are bound to subscribe to a newsletter or twenty which means your email inbox will constantly be swarmed with a myriad of emails you have no intention of opening. It is easy to imagine how a vital customer email could be lost in this sea of unopened electronic mail. This is why, your first step towards improving customer communication should be organizing your inbox. Clear it regularly, unsubscribe from websites you don’t frequent and spend more time with your auto-filter option.

Make a Forum

Sometimes, there is this one huge thing issue on everyone’s mind, but people are reluctant to start talking about it. This is why making a forum may be so efficient. You see, once a thread is made it practically starts living a life of its own. At first, someone will complain about a particular problem or give a productive idea, but then other people will join in with their own comments and suggestions. Before you know it, you will get a better insight on what your clients really think about your business. In rare cases, you can even let a cat out of the bag yourself, by anonymously asking a question that you believe will bring the most interesting responses.

Better Customer Service

Although corporate email or forum may sometimes seem sufficient, your first line of defense will always be your customer service. It is in our nature to trust a human voice more than we do some words we see on the screen, even if that person could be on a different continent. Still, if these people are to be the voice of your company, they need to be carefully handpicked.

The most important condition they must fill is to have a highly developed sense of empathy. People calling will usually have a problem and they need someone on the other side of that line who can understand how they feel at the moment. Few more improvements you could make is expanding the support hours and even sometimes call them on your own (as a pseudo client), just to see how things work out practice.

Automate Some Processes

Finally, even though personal approach is completely invaluable, you simply won’t be able to have everyone on your team dealing with B2C communication. Even if you did such a thing, chances are you would still be understaffed to undertake such a task. This is why, you may want to look for some software to help you out. For example, you could automate mobile marketing activities and in this way, take at least part of this enormous job off your team.

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Your Personal Boom Bust Cycle – Part 1

In the economy at large, we go through periods of expansion and contraction. This is a known and natural part of Economics 101. Few like it when the economy contracts and turns down, we all have to live in the cycle of boom-and-bust. We would love to have an economy that grew at the same rate, year in and year out, yet that is not reality. Our economic system is vast and dynamic, with many moving pieces that lead the to the boom-and-bust cycles that occur. Yet when we look over time we can see an overall economic expansion.

So if we apply this same concept to our personal finances, what do we make of it? Through meeting with a number of different professions, I have discovered that people within their own family have boom-and-bust cycles of their own. These cycles do not necessarily correlate with the broader macro-economic patterns, but they seem to have a similar psychological effect—perhaps an even more profound impact because the individual experiences it personally.

For the point of this blog let’s assume that people earn money in one of two ways. 1) Regular Basis (same amount): typically these are hourly employees and salaried non-bonus employees. 2) Variable Income: where much of their income is tied directly to what they produce. They can be entrepreneurs, sales professionals, contract based employees. These folks do not get a regular paycheck every two weeks or once a month. Rather they get paid based on a contracted basis.

So what does this do for families that receive variable incomes? They live with a higher degree of variability in their earnings. That level of uncertainty creates practical challenges like managing cash flow to pay bills, and also psychological challenges as their income and ability to pay bills are directly contingent on producing.

As you look at your own family economics

1. How does income flow through your home now, does it come in a steady stream, mild waves up and down, or in big waves with potentially big breaks in between?

2. How did the family you grew up in earn their living—was it a steady paycheck or uneven cash flow?

3. What was the perceived ability of your family to create, sustain, maintain, or grow financial security?

4. What was the variance in your families’ income?

5. Where there big swings week-to-week, month-to-month, year-to-year?

6. Did your families’ income remain relatively flat, grow as you grew, or decline?

7. Where there interruptions to income producing ability—perhaps a significant career shift, disability or death?

8. What emotions come to you as you reflect on these questions?


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How A Loan Broker Can Help With Financing Concerns

Category : Tips

Companies understand the difficulty of being required to meet deadlines on a regular basis. From marketing to cost management, they have to juggle everything in order for the operations of the company to go efficiently. With a tremendous array of to do list, entrepreneurs resource to getting help from the specialists. One of the options that they have is employing an SME loan broker. A certified SME loan broker can immediately ease the challenges of business owners. How? Check the paragraphs below for more information.

To help make best use of resources
With the amount of work that company owners are getting on a daily basis, they sometimes forget about resources that can make a huge difference on their business. This is when a reliable SME loan broker can help. A SME loan broker has a good comprehension of the uniqueness of having a small business and how to increase the business’ resources.

To pay based on the approval quantum
To guarantee that you are getting what you paid for, you will find SME loan brokers that charge services depending on the approval quantum. Which means that in case the loan agents fail to obtain financing for the client, there will be no costs.

To get a fresh new perspective
There are times when business owners themselves can not see the troubles in their own business and they require a fresh pair of eyes to provide them solutions. SME loan brokers are trained to analyze business data and also to develop strategies. That’s why many business owners rely on their experience to solve their unique issues.

Remember that one of the best methods to ensure a business’ achievement is if the people creating the business have focus to detail. And this will not be feasible if the company owner has overpowering amount of work load every day. In case you think it’s time for you to hire a certified SME loan broker, trust only Capitalize. Count on them for high quality solutions that are the best!

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Most Effective Ways to Improve Your Concentration

Category : Basic Necessities

“Focus, focus, focus!” yelled almost student while banging his head with a textbook. The mind wanders around and you have trouble focusing on anything for more than a couple of minutes. You have countless unfinished projects lying around somewhere, a bunch of ideas you think about executing, and a bunch of regrets about where you are in your life. Dear You, this looks like a usual case of lack of concentration.

Luckily, there are ways to improve concentration and we have compiled a few tips that can help boost your short- or long-term improvements.

Short-Term Concentration Boost

– Make some simple 3×5 cards, divide them into 3 sections (morning, afternoon, and night), and make a little check mark each time you catch your mind wandering. This will raise your awareness of each time you lose your concentration, and that same awareness will help you boost it. This can also show you which parts of the day are your most vulnerable times and what to do in order to improve concentration.

– Improve the oxygen flow to your brain. Because of gravity, blood gets pooled in the body’s lower half, not pushing enough oxygen to the brain. Thus, get up and walk around a bit every now and then improve your blood circulation and help oxygenate your brain.

– The concentration levels go down if you don’t take breaks every half an hour. Your brain loses its processing power if you try concentrating for hours at a time. Take power naps or breaks in order to reboot and use the maximum potential of your mental capacities.

Never work from your bed. The desk is where you should concentrate on your work, while the bed is where you sleep. These associations are made by our minds subconsciously. When you try to work on your bed, you’re actually sending “sleep” cues to your mind, and that makes you counterproductive.

– Whenever you feel that your concentration is drifting away, remember the five-more rule – whatever you’re doing, do five more. Quite simple, isn’t it? Look and find that extra energy within you to do five more.


Long-Term Concentration Fixes

– If you don’t have it, you concentration dissipates, so you’d better make a plan. Sitting down to work on something without a plan usually ends with Internet browsing, instant messaging, and constant email checks. Time is wasted if there’s no purpose. Instead, make a clear plan in which you will allocate enough time for work, sleep and entertainment.

– If you continue working in the same place, it can drive you crazy. However, the problem can be solved by taking constant breaks and mixing up the environment. It will make you more interested in your work or study subject, and make you more active.

– It is important to avoid overeating, and develop a balanced and controlled diet. Otherwise, overeating can make you feel sleepy and uncomfortable due to the huge load of digestion. Eat light and healthy in order to reap maximum benefits from your concentration efforts.

– You can’t expect someone to have Mr. Olympia muscles without doing some strength training. It’s the same thing with your concentration – practice makes perfect. The more you exercise it, the better and stronger it becomes. You can aid the process by using supplements like the Lucid smart pill to add up to your mental agility and get you into the track faster.

– Some places, like private rooms, study lounges and school libraries, are better for concentration than others. Thus, you should think about and choose your own place for concentration. If you really want to concentrate on your work, stay away from other people and choose a place with the least or no distractions.

Concentration can be improved also by avoiding oversleeping and lacking in sleep. You should always take some rest, but at the right time and in right amounts. This can calm your mind, which is required for better concentration, as well as the practice of meditation and regular exercise. If we are stressed, disrupted, weak, and unhealthy, it would be more difficult to stay concentrated over a longer period of time.


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Why your Business Should Hire an Internet Marketing Company

Category : Marketing

An internet marketing company is a team of skilled digital marketers who can help you develop an online presence that will boost your business. A lot of businesses are jumping on board with these companies, but you might be a little indecisive. Surely you can just do it yourself? It doesn’t take a genius to create a website, right? The work of internet marketing companies actually goes far beyond this and the work they do is pretty complex. Here’s why you should hire their services to help your business.

A New Perspective

If you already have a website and online content, but it just doesn’t seem to be bringing in much traffic or getting you higher in the search results, a fresh look could be needed. When you’ve designed it, it’s much harder to see the flaws. An internet marketing company can take a look at what you already have and build up a strategy of how you’ll improve it and what you need to change and add. They’ll then do all this for you so you get the online presence your business needs.

Skilled Craftsmen

Of course, you can go DIY and create your own website and content, but if you don’t really know what you’re doing it’s going to show. A digital marketing company will have a team of talented designers, coders and writers behind them who will all be specialised in what they’re doing. This will mean you’ll get a far more professional looking website and your content will be well written, meaning that any potential customers who come across your site will take you much more seriously. A good-looking site with quality content is essential to turning browsers into customer.

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SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)

An essential aspect of gaining more traffic to your website is through local SEO, which is hard to do in-house. Internet marketing companies will have the programmes and knowledge that you need. They’ll be able to find the keywords to incorporate into your content to launch you up the search engine ranks, and writers who know what to do with these keywords. People won’t go scrolling through page after page of search results, so hiring a company that will get you to the top is key to being an online success and outranking your competitors.

Time and Energy

It’s unlikely you’re going to want to spend hours and hours every day monitoring and updating your online content and marketing strategy. You do have a business to run, after all! Hiring a company to do all this for you will free up your time to focus on other aspects of your business whilst knowing that the online side of things is in safe hands. They’ll be able to strategize, create and monitor the whole of your internet marketing so you don’t have to.


Arguably the most important reason why you should hire an internet marketing company rather than do it all yourself is simply that they know how. They know what works and what doesn’t and how to get it all done. You can give it a go, but chances are if you don’t have the expertise you’re just going to get confused by the whole thing (it is very complex) and end up with a bit of a botched job. It’s like fixing a car without the faintest idea of how it works – it’s just not going to happen.

Internet marketing companies are a great help to businesses. Even if you already have an online presence, they’ll help to improve what you’ve got and bring in more traffic. In this day and age, if you want to be successful you’re going to need to gain attention online, and internet marketers can help you do just that.


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